Brookside Community Bulletin

April 30, 2021

Message from the Principal


Hello Brookside families,


I can't believe that it has been two weeks since most of our students have been back here in the Brookside building. It has been great having our students back for four days a week. We are working out the kinks with arrival and dismissal procedures. A huge thank you to all of you for supporting your children and our staff in bringing all of our children back full time.


Our Brookside Guardians of Equity committee continues to focus on the divierse cultures we have here at Brookside and in the Greece community. We will continue to celebrate all cultures, and in the month of May we will be celebrating Asian-Americans. Classrooms will sign up for each day in May and students will create videos and reports that they will share during our Morning Show. Students will select people from the the Asian culture who have made great contributions throughout history in science, politics, law, sports, the arts, entertainment, and many other fields. Our Brookside Guardian's of Equity team would love to have parents join our team. If you are interested please call me or my assistant principal, Ken Merkey.


As the end of the year nears we will be celebrating this past year with different events. Although it will look very different than previous years our staff is striving to make sure the students have fond memories of their 20-21 school year.


The staff at Brookside couldn't do our jobs without the support from each and every one of you. Thank you for all that you do to assist us in our work. Our Brookside community's motto is we care, we learn, we lead.


Sincerely,



Mr. Anthony Reale

Save the Date!

5th Grade Moving Up Parade Date

Brookside's 5th Grade Moving Up Parade will be on Wednesday, June 23 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. More detailed information will be sent out in the coming weeks

Brookside Spirit Day

Show your Bobcat spirit, every Friday is Brookside Spirit Day. Wear your Brookside Bobcat shirt or wear red and black.

ATTENDANCE EXPECTATIONS

Daily attendance will be taken and students will be marked absent if they do not report via their chosen learning model. Please be advised that in-person learners cannot opt to learn from home whenever they choose. If they don't attend in person, they will be marked absent. If they are quarantined or sick, that is an excused absence. If not, the absence is unexcused

HELPING STUDENTS TRANSITION

Tips for Helping Students Transition
The past year has included a lot of transitions for students. April 19 will be like the start of a new school year for many so it's important to help students adjust. The district's Student Services team put together this list of hints for helping students make the adjustment.

BUDGET VOTE, TUESDAY, MAY 18

VOTE!

On May 18, residents will be asked to decide on a budget to fund the Greece Central School District for the 2021-22 school year, vote on two propositions, and select three Board of Education candidates. The proposed budget keeps the tax rate flat and maintains current programs and services. To learn more about what's on the ballot, visit the district website or read this basic overview of the proposal.


Please note that where you vote may have changed, so pay special attention to your mailed polling location notification postcard or check this website for your current school voting location. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18. Your vote is appreciated.

Parent to Parent Exchange

See the attached flyer for Building Relationships Throughout Our Community on Wednesday, May 5th, 2021 from 6 -7:30 pm

Important Information About Arrival and Dismissal

CAR RIDER ARRIVAL PROCEDURES

  • Students are to be ready with back pack and belongings when your vehicle pulls into the unloading/departing vehicle area.
  • ADULTS MUST REMAIN IN THE VEHICLE WHILE STUDENTS DEPART VEHICLE.
  • 4 vehicles will unload at the same time
  • Students need to wait and be signaled to walk across the Cross Walk.

CAR RIDER DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

  • Download the PIKMYKID app to your cell phone (see below for directions)
  • Post your PIKMYKID student ID cards in your passenger side window
  • Dismissal Car Line starts at 3:00 PM.
  • Once you're in the car line you can check in to the PIKMYKID system.

Brookside PikMyKid Dismissal

Register and manage all your dismissal requests through the PikMyKid app. Please also have anyone you delegate to pick up your child delegated in your system and encourage that person to download the app on their smartphone and you should consider giving them a quick tutorial on how to announce when they are on campus. Please also give them a copy of the car dashboard tag with the child's name and PikMyKid number on it. This helps us efficiently verify if they are allowed to pick your child up.


We will also encourage that you use both the car tag and the phone verification to identify yourself as this helps create an even more secure and efficient process.

If you have questions or suggestions, please feel free to call the school at 966-4800. As always thank you for your cooperation.

Other Information

SHOUT OUT FOR LEADERSHIP

Our Brookside Leader In Me Lighthouse team has created a Shout Our for Leadership where students are recognized following the seven habits of Leader In Me. It would be great for families to send these in to the principal or assistant principal when they are caught exhibiting a habit at home. We would love to read these on our morning show. I have included a copy of the Shout Out for Leadership form at the link below. Send completed ones to myself or Mr. Merkey at the emails below:


anthony.reale@greececsd.org or kenneth.merkey@greececsd.org

OUR BOBCATS ARE WORKING HARD TOWARDS THEIR GOALS

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REPORT CARD GRADING


As we navigate through the hybrid learning environment, we want to remind you that we are collecting report card grades each trimester this year. We realize there are areas on the report card that are challenging to grade this fall due to our hybrid learning environment. For students who are attending and completing work, we will score as usual. We know that some students that have been accustomed to receiving meeting standards, may be receiving a grade that is lower this first trimester. This is expected. We continue to teach essential standards and hold students to the grade level standards as we provide rigorous, differentiated instruction. Our goal is not to penalize students, but instead to provide a realistic picture of where your child is achieving based on the standards.


Grading will reflect the level of proficiency a student has demonstrated in each area across the marking period.


For students who have not been attending school on a regular basis and are not submitting assignments or where we have not been able to observe the behavior in action, we will score a “1” in the content areas and an “N” in the social emotional learning competencies. It is necessary to include a comment from below in your narrative to substantiate the grade.


Ongoing communication with our families is paramount to a student’s success. We appreciate your support and look forward to growing our partnership with you in your child’s education.

Leader in Me Projects

Mrs. Lombardo has been working with each grade level to assist students in creating their own Leader In Me project. Below are just a small sample of our students' work.

PTA NEWS


If you have not signed up yet to become a member please do so at https://brookside.memberhub.store or ask your students teacher for a membership form.