Brookwood's Monthly Newsletter

January 2023, Joyful Teaching! Joyful Learning

From the Principal's Desk . . . Jacqueline Cubberly

Happy New Year Brookwood Families,

I hope this message finds you well and ready to begin a new year!

What is the true meaning of new year?

As part of his reform, Caesar instituted January 1 as the first day of the year, partly to honor the month's namesake: Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, whose two faces allowed him to look back into the past and forward into the future.

What is the purpose of New Years?

The celebration part is obvious. As our birthdays do, New Year's Day provides us the chance to celebrate having made it through another 365 days, the unit of time by which we keep chronological score of our lives. Phew! Another year over, and here we still are! Time to raise our glasses and toast our survival.

In the United States, the most iconic New Year’s tradition is the dropping of a giant ball in New York City’s Times Square at the stroke of midnight. Millions of people around the world watch the event, which has taken place almost every year since 1907. Over time, the ball itself has ballooned from a 700-pound iron-and-wood orb to a brightly patterned sphere 12 feet in diameter and weighing in at nearly 12,000 pounds. Various towns and cities across America have developed their own versions of the Times Square ritual, organizing public drops of items ranging from pickles (Dillsburg, Pennsylvania) to possums (Tallapoosa, Georgia) at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

I hope this new year brings you joy, peace and health.

Jacqueline Cubberly


1/3/23 Classes resume

1/11/23 1:15 Early Dismissal

1/12/23 6:00 - 7:00 PM - Family Brain Night - Please join us in our Library

1/16/23 Martin Luther King Day - NO SCHOOL


Family Brain Night

Thursday, Jan. 12th, 6-7pm

Brookwood Elementary School, Library

Please register by 1/10/2023.

We hope to see many of you and your family!

Family Brain Night! Click on the BLUE link, then again on the BLUE link embedded on the flyer, to register.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Please consider joining the Brookwood PTO.

Complete the Google Form below.

Thank you!

Brookwood PTO Form 2022-2023


Mrs Walters and Mrs Lewis learned how to play dreidel for Hanukkah!

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Dissecting Owl Pellets - in Ms. Everitt's Class

Because owls often swallow mice, voles, small birds, and other prey whole, their digestive system has to deal with bones, fur, and feathers. The owl’s gizzard performs a kind of sorting operation: Soft tissues pass through to be digested, while indigestible sharp and hazardous bits like bones, teeth, and fur are formed into an oval mass. They pass back up the digestive system and are regurgitated as a pellet some hours later, often while the owl is at roost. My 3rd and 4th graders puzzled over them like forensic detectives, to learn hands-on about the food chain and animal anatomy.

Gingerbread Exchange!

Mrs. Fowler and Ms. K’s class participated in a Gingerbread Exchange. We received gingerbread people and letters created by different classrooms all over the country. We learned about other schools and states from the letters!

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STEM - Gumdrop Challenge!

Mrs Fowler’s and Mrs Krusen’s classes worked together to complete the STEM Gumdrop Challenge! Students worked together to plan their structures on paper, then got to work creating with gumdrops and toothpicks. We stacked books on top to see how much weight the structures could hold. The most was 19 books!

The Brookwood Tree Decorating Activity was a big hit!

Each grade level based their decorations on the Wit and Wisdom themes they are studying.

Kindergarten: Zoo

1st Grade: Snowmen

2nd Grade: Seasons of change

3rd Grade: Ocean Animals

4th Grade: Hearts

5th Grade: 3D Shapes


The Tiger Team assisted at this month's assemblies. Tiger Team members also were responsible for photographing BW students during assemblies and Ugly Sweater Day. They were a tremendous help during conference week- selling Smencils and Spirit Sticks and escorting parents and families to their conference rooms.
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Members from the Brookwood SWPBIS Team attended the PaPBS Implementers' Forum in Hershey in December. Brookwood was recognized for sustaining Tiers 1 & 2 for our School Wide Behavior Program.

First Grade - Hibernation Celebration!

First Grade learned about Hibernation.

We learned that some animals MUST hibernate during the winter and that these animals have to gather A LOT of food before the winter begins.

During our Hibernation Celebration, we wore our pajamas, fed our stuffed animals and read them stories, before they went into their homes to hibernate.

Ms. Everitt's Class is Sledding into the New Year!

Character Trait of the Month

Tolerance / Acceptance

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