This Week at Brookside...

Friday, March 18, 2016

Classroom Spotlight - Mrs. Tadiello's Kindergarten

Spring is in the air and in Mrs. Tadiello’s kindergarten class the learners are definitely blooming! The students have been applying their word detective skills while becoming experts about the characteristics of non-fiction text. They have learned that non-fiction texts often contain special features such as bold words, photographs and captions, facts (not opinions,) and sometimes even fun facts about the topic. The kindergarteners love reading books and then categorizing them as fiction or non-fiction and have become quite impressive non-fiction writers themselves.

Mrs. Tadiello’s kindergarten authors enjoyed writing autobiographies and then interviewing a friend and writing a biography about them. Next up, these authors will be tackling a non-fiction topic of their choice. Though Mrs. Tadiello is very excited to see what her expert authors come up with, kindergarten isn’t always all about the facts. Legends and folklore have been a big part of the classroom this week, as the kindergarteners learned all about St. Patrick’s Day traditions. The students have even worked on building their very own leprechaun traps and are enthusiastically hoping to catch a leprechaun in the classroom this St. Patrick’s Day! Since the legends suggest that catching a leprechaun entitles you to his pot of gold, KT is planning a very big field trip with their prize. The class hasn’t made an official decision yet but it looks Mrs. Tadiello may have to plan a trip to Disney World for this creative crew!

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Dr. Sileo Event - The Parenting Recipe: DATE CHANGE!! April 6, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

DATE CHANGE!! Please join us on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. for a special PTO sponsored guest speaker event. Dr. Sileo is an acclaimed author, national speaker, and licensed psychologist.

The topic:

The Parenting Recipe: The 5 Key Ingredients to Effective Parenting

Are you struggling with parenting your child, tween or teen? This lecture will teach you the tools to navigate the challenges of parenting today. Dr. Frank J. Sileo, a licensed psychologist and award winning children's author will offer parents advice on how to implement the Parenting Recipe to help you parent in today's world. He will also talk about how to parent around video games and other electronics. Dr. Sileo will also have a Q&A after his lecture.

Please click the link below to register for the event.

PARCC Talking Point of the Week

Study Commission Started by Governor Christie Reaffirms Commitment to PARCC

The Study Commission on the Use of Student Assessments in New Jersey issued its final report on January 11, 2016. The commission's charge was to review and make recommendations to the Governor regarding the quality and effectiveness of student assessments administered to K–12 students in New Jersey. The report states, “The Study Commission recognizes that Statewide standardized assessments are an important part of a comprehensive school improvement initiative and are necessary to provide equity in education and accountability for results. Based on information available at this time, the Study Commission recommends that the State of New Jersey continue its membership and participation in the PARCC consortium and annually administer the PARCC instrument as its Statewide assessment.”


Health Office - Mrs. Bolton

Healthy Habits!

On March 15, 2016, we had a visit from Erica Abbruzzese of the North West Bergen Regional Health Commission. The students in kindergarten and grade one enjoyed a delightful presentation on hand-washing: the do’s, don’t and everything in between. This included, but was not limited to a practice version of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” twice, to make sure we wash our hands the proper amount of time.

On Thursday, March 17, 2016, students in grades K, 1, 2, 3 & 4 had a visit from the New Jersey State Department of Health, Oral Health Educator, Yvonne Mikalopas. Much to the students surprise, even the fourth graders, there was something to learn about Oral Health. As them about plaque, how much sugar is in a bottle of Coca Cola or how often, long and number of times a day they need to brush their teeth, gums and tongue.


Mary Ellen U. Bolton, MA, RN, NJ-CSN

Pasta Promotion!

On Monday, March 21, 2016 the food services department will be having a pasta promotion at our school. The pasta maker will come in and make homemade pasta for the kids to have for lunch. The lunch will be served with either tomato sauce, or alfredo sauce, and meatballs .

Community Flyers

In our on-going efforts to reduce paper and go green, we are piloting an online opportunity for managing the flyers we receive from our community partners. We would like for our Brookside community to join the district’s paperless initiative as you have seen by our weekly e-Newsletter.

If you click on you will be taken to the community portion of the district website where you can access:

  1. the newest flyers received in the current week
  2. flyers received previously and are still active, and...
  3. an archive of older flyers that are no longer active, but available for your review.

Landscaper Wanted!

We are looking for one of our Brookside parents who could lend their expertise as we look to create an outdoor classroom space for our students and teachers. If you have a company and are willing to assist please email Mr. Conroy at

Thank you!!

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Brookside PTO

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Our lost and found is filled with very good quality clothes. Please stop in and look to see if you are missing anything. A good trick is to label all of your child's jackets and sweatshirts on the inside collar for identification purposes!
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FYI Dates...

3/24: Grade 1-3 Concert - 9:15 a.m.

3/25: School Closed

3/31: BOE Meeting

3/31: Kindergarten Report Cards Issued

3/31: PTO Science Fair - 6:30 p.m.

4/6: Brookside PTO Dr. Selio - 7:00 p.m.

4/7: Open House