The Crossing

Brooks Crossing & Deans School Newsletter - 6/1/19

Message from Joe Anzek, Interim Principal

We salute Sue Pazinko who has been a generous and versatile staff member in South Brunswick for many years. Her last day was Friday May 31. Congratulations, Sue! Have a wonderful retirement.

What a great Field Day! The weather matched the design and execution of events. The only thing keeping the kids from successfully completing their tasks was that they were laughing too hard. It was great, silly fun. Thank you to Ms. Woronicz and Mr. Dunn and your crack team of aides, teachers and parents.

We had an excellent turnout for kindergarten orientation this week. Many eager students brought their curious parents to the opportunity to get to know each other. Kudos to Ms. Franken the Deans school secretary for organizing the smooth running events of the day.

Come celebrate with the BC/DE school community at our end-of-the-school-year Carnival and Picnic! The PTO has planned this family-friendly event for all to enjoy! See this BC/DE CARNIVAL AND PICNIC Information and Presale Discount Ticket Order Form. This flyer was also sent home with students and has also been posted in our online Friday Folder for the past few weeks.

Be aware of the TOUR de SOUTH BRUNSWICK Bicycle Ride Fundraiser coming up on Sunday, June 9. There are three different ride distances, a variety of entry fees and starting times. This will be a great opportunity for a fun family event and it raises money for the School District and for Brooks and Deans specifically!! See Participation Challenge Rules below. We'll be sending information home. See this Tour de South Brunswick Informational Flyer for details on route choices. The registration website is EDFOUNDATIONSB.ORG .

Foundation FUN WALK The Education Foundation's Fun Walk is also held on Sunday, June 9th at 11:00am and is another opportunity to support the Education Foundation, while enjoying family time on a 2-mile stroll on the SB High School Campus! Pre-registration is only $5 ($10 day of event). Last day for On-line Pre-Registration and Discount is Monday, June 3, 2019


South Brunswick District schools can earn grants for their Physical Education department based on their participation level in the Education Foundation's Fun Walk & the Tour de South Brunswick. During registration you can select BROOKS CROSSING SCHOOL to receive a grant. A school can be selected for each registered walker or TdSB participant. CLICK HERE FOR PARTICIPATION CHALLENGE RULES

PLAN FOR OUR EARLY RELEASE DAYS IN JUNE - Thurs. 6/6, Mon. 6/24, Tues.6/25 & Wed. 6/26

We have many EARLY RELEASE DAYS IN JUNE! DEANS Campus dismisses at 12:45p.m. and BC Main Campus dismisses at 12:50pm.

Will your child miss the last day of school?

If your child will miss the last day(s) of school, due to planned travel, you must notify the main office and your child's teacher as soon as possible. You will be responsible for returning school items and collecting your child's personal belongings before their last day. This includes; returning library books, paying lunch account balances due in full, collecting their artwork and personal items, checking the Lost and Found for missing items, etc. Parents must also contact the Health Office to pick up any medications that were given to the nurses. Medications will NOT be sent home with students.

Some specialists are only on site a day or two, so it is imperative you plan ahead and reach out to them to collect what you need.


Our 5th Grade Recognition will take place on Friday, June 21st at 9:00am. Details and invitations were sent home and reminders posted in our online Friday Folder. If you have not already done so, please RSVP as soon as possible, but no later than June 17th.

Are you moving?

If your child will not be attending Brooks Crossing next school year, please notify the main office and your child's teacher as soon as possible. This will help us plan class placement for next year, and it will aid us in getting your records transferred to your child's new school in a timely manner.

Student Placement for 2019-2020

Even though we have much to do and many tasks yet to complete for the current school year, we are beginning the initial planning steps for the 2019-2020 school year. As part of that process our teachers will be giving lots of thought to how our students are progressing academically, socially and emotionally, and determining which teachers might be a great fit and match for each child for next year. I believe every one of our teachers know the students in their class very well and will be able to make excellent decisions regarding placement for next year. However, parent input is always welcomed. Should you have any specific information that you believe your child’s teacher does not already have regarding the needs of your child, please feel free to email Assistant Principal Lisa Rogol with your thoughts issues or concerns at as soon as possible. Please understand that we can not make any promises regarding your child’s placement with a particular teacher, but all parents should feel free to reach out to Lisa Rogol if you are holding “need to know” information about your child and their class placement for next year.

Important Dates and Events - June 2019

To stay informed and not miss an opportunity you or your child may be interested in, please also read the District Friday Folder weekly for many items that are not included in our BC/DE weekly online Friday Folder and this monthly newsletter.

Mon. June 3 - Order your BC/DE PTO Carnival and Picnic Discount Tickets today!

Tues. June 4 - Schools Closed. Eid al-Fitr.

Wed. June 5 - Parent Orientation Evening - For parents with children going from BC 5th grade to 6th grade at Crossroads North for the 2019-2020 school year. CROSSROADS NORTH MIDDLE SCHOOL, 7:00pm. Please read this letter from Kimberly Bynoe, Principal of Crossroads North Middle School. It contains an important invitation for our 5th grade parents. THIS PROGRAM IS FOR PARENTS ONLY.

Thurs. June 6 - EARLY RELEASE DAY - School Planning Day. DE dismisses 12:45pm/BC dismisses 12:50pm

Sat. June 8 - PTO Carnival and Picnic, Brooks Crossing Main Campus, 1-4pm.

BC/DE PTO Carnival and Picnic

Fri. June 21 - 5th Grade Recognition. Refer to the invitation you received. RSVP's were due by 6/17.

Mon. June 24 - EARLY RELEASE DAY - School Planning Day. DE dismisses 12:45pm/BC dismisses 12:50pm

Tues. June 25 - EARLY RELEASE DAY - DE dismisses 12:45pm/BC dismisses 12:50pm

Wed. June 26 - EARLY RELEASE DAY - Last day for Staff & Students. DE dismisses 12:45pm/BC dismisses 12:50pm

SB School Closing Calendars / EARLY RELEASE DAYS FOR JUNE






(DE will dismiss at 12:45pm and BC will dismiss at 12:50pm.)

Please refer to the CURRENT 2018-2019 School Closings and Early Release Days Calendar Revised 2-12-19 and

NEXT SCHOOL YEAR'S SCHOOL CLOSING CALENDAR for the 2019-2020 Revised 4-15-19

to help plan ahead for when we have school closings and early closing days.

Because the District has made next year's school closing calendar available to you far in advance, we ask that you please plan travel when school is not in session whenever possible.

End of Year Math Testing Dates


The end of year math testing dates have been posted to the district assessment website. It is here that you will find out the specifics of process and criteria. To help you in planning here are the important dates.

2018-2019 Elementary End of Year Math Testing Dates:

o Week of May 28, 2019: K-2 end of year testing

o Week of June 3, 2019: Grades 3 & 4 end of year testing

o Week of June 10, 2019: Grade 5 end of year testing

o Week of June 10, 2019: Grade 2-4 Accelerated testing

Note: There will be one week of make-up testing. Make-up testing will only occur during the scheduled make-up dates.

Testing cannot be accommodated before the posted dates.

o Week of June 3, 2019: K-Grade 4 End of Year Math Make-Up Testing

o Week of June 17, 2019: Grade 2-Grade 4 Accelerated Math Make-up testing

Suzanne Luck-Born

Director of Student Assessment and Instructional Support

South Brunswick School District

Message from the Brooks Crossing/Deans Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

The PTO Carnival and Picnic will be held on Saturday, June 8th. See this BC/DE CARNIVAL AND PICNIC Information and Presale Discount Ticket Order Form to order discount tickets today! DISCOUNT TICKET ORDERS ARE DUE MONDAY, JUNE 3.

BC/DE 2019-2020 SCHOOL SUPPLY KITS - ORDER INFORMATION Save time and order your child's school supplies for next school year! All supplies will be delivered to your child's classroom ready for their first day of school.​ ORDER DEADLINE IS JUNE 30TH. It's easy to order supplies online! Go to Enter zip code - 08852 - then select Brooks Crossing Elementary and your child's grade level for the 2019-2020 school year!​


Did you know the PTO has used funds we've raised to offset the parent's cost of many of our grade level field trips? Did you also know the PTO purchased four large 10 person picnic tables, one being American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant, for our BC students to enjoy outside learning opportunities and activities with their class? These are just two examples of the many ways we support BC/DE. Many do not realize that without our PTO, funding would not be available to help offset costs or purchase items that can enhance our children's learning experience!

Each membership we receive, and every dollar we raise, supports our BC/DE school community! There is much we do to support all students and staff, and memberships are a very important resource for us to meet these goals. Since family memberships are only $10 per family, please consider joining your PTO each school year and support our fundraising efforts. Your support and generosity is very much appreciated!

PTO memberships are always becoming accepted and we really hope you will show your support and join our PTO in the Fall when we start our membership drive again for the 2019-2020 school year.

If you would like more information on becoming a member or to volunteer, please email:

Be sure to read the Brooks Crossing/Deans Online Friday Folder weekly for upcoming PTO events! Go to

Message from our Health Office

If your child has medication in the Health Office, please contact the nurse to pick it up on your child's last day of school. Remember...the last day is Wednesday, June 26th and this is an Early Release Day. DE will dismiss at 12:45 and BC Main Campus will dismiss at 12:50.

To pick up medications, contact:

Susan Kneis at the BC Main Campus. (732) 821-7478 ext. 5709


Katie Brady at the Deans Campus. (732) 821-7478 ext. 3777


NO medications may be sent home with students, so kindly call and make an appointment to pick up your child's medication on the last day of school.

Online Attendance Reporting

Did you know you can now report your child's absence through the Genesis Parent Portal? Click here for Online Attendance Directions.

If reporting your child's absence due to illness, please follow procedures found below in the Important Message from the Health Center, before sending your child back to school.