This Week at Brookside...

Friday, November 15, 2019

A Salute to Veterans

On Monday, November 11, 2019, Brookside School held an assembly to honor our Veterans associated with Brookside!

We were very fortunate and grateful to have:

  • Damon Affinito - US Army - Iraq War (Father of Angela)
  • Jim Blaney - United States Navy (Father of Celeste & Jaiden)
  • Russell Caroli - US Navy - (Edward Skiba Grandchild)
  • Robert Courtwright - US Army (Grandfather of Lyla & Talia Tropea)
  • Stephen Demartini - Vietnam Vet - Army (Aiden & Kylie Mockel)
  • Joe Haury - West Point Grad - US Air Force (Father of Ella & Ethan)
  • John Henyecz - US Army (Grandfather of Christopher & Andrew Stewart)

Our program began by Cub Scouts from Pack 350 in Westwood present the colors, and led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Under the direction of Miss Walsh, the Brookside Choir performed a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem.

The Veterans then each shared some interesting facts about themselves and about their time in the service. Students learned that soldiers do not only fight! Our guests shared how they were mechanics, supply convoy operators, aerospace engineers, and other fascinating work!

Our program closed with a special performance by Ms. Morales’, and Mr. Goldman’s class singing, You're a Grand Old Flag.

Click HERE to see photos of our amazing day!

Calm, Energized, Focused, Connected and Ready to Learn

Brookside teachers had a ZENsational time this week practicing breath, movement and mindfulness and are ready to bring it all back to their students! The workshop, sponsored by - Brings BREATH, MOVEMENT, MINDFULNESS to help ALL children live, learn & thrive in joy.
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Calling all artists!

WWRSD has heART is the district’s annual art charity event. Using our children's artistic talents and creativity, we are able to help others in need. Fourteen finalists will be selected from district schools, and prints and notecards of the winning images will be sold for charity and displayed at the Westwood Gallery in downtown Westwood. For rules and an entry form, click here!

November: National Epilepsy Awareness Month

November is National Epilepsy Month. This week, a speaker from Epilepsy Services of New Jersey came to speak to fifth graders about recognizing seizures and providing basic first aid to a person experiencing a seizure. Students learned they should seek help from an adult or call for emergency help if they come across a person who appears to be having a seizure. The acronym TRUST was introduced to help students remember what they can do to help:

T - turn the person on their side;

R - remove any objects from the person, such as glasses;

U - place something soft under their head;

S - stay calm and stay with the person;

T - time the seizure

Visit the Epilepsy Services of NJ website for more information about epilepsy and seizures.

Guidance Counselor's Note

With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, there’s no better time to be discussing gratitude and thankfulness. Click here and here to see how Mrs. James helps the Brookside family explore such important topics.
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Youth Bias Listening Session

The NJDOE is a part of the Interagency Task Force to Combat Youth Bias. The Task Force is hosting community listening sessions to hear from members of the public, particularly parents and children about incidents of bias.

2020-2021 Pre-registration Begins Soon

The Westwood Regional School District will open online Kindergarten registration for the 2020‑2021 school year on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. This is a pre-registration only; students will not be considered enrolled until parents/ guardians submit the required documentation at an in-person registration appointment.

Be aware that your child must reside in the Borough of Westwood or Township of Washington and be five (5) years old on or before October 1, 2020, to enter Kindergarten next September. For more information, click here.


One of the greatest features of our new mobile app is the ability for you to receive push notifications directly to your phone with important information or reminders from the district and school with important information or reminders. Once configured, you will be notified whenever a message is sent regarding any change in school status due to inclement weather as well as occasional announcements / reminders about school level events.

Follow these steps when downloading the mobile app:

1. Search ‘Westwood Regional Schools, NJ’ in your phone’s app store and download the app

2. Select ‘ALLOW’ when prompted on initial download to ensure you receive notifications

3. Open the Westwood app, and navigate to the left-side menu for ‘SETTINGS’

4. Ensure your settings are turned on and your school(s) and/or the district is selected

Brookside PTO

Please check out the Brookside PTO to see all the amazing ways they support Brookside and how you can get involved!! PTO Website

FYI Dates...

11/21: NJCAP Parent Meeting - 9:00 a.m.

11/21: Board of Education Meeting

11/27: 12:45 p.m. Dismissal

11/28 - 11/29: District Closed

Community Resources

Click HERE to access Community Flyers from This Week's Flyers, Active Flyers, and Archived Flyers!