Monday Message

December 11, 2017

Dear Parents,

Our student council is sponsoring a “Christmas Spirit Week”, December 18-21. During this week we are going to have dress up days along with a coordinating service focus. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, December 18 – “Can” you fill Santa’s Hat?

    Load your Santa hat up with canned goods. Bring them to the office for us to donate to the local food bank and then wear your hat the rest of the day.

Tuesday, December 19 – “Sweaters for Sweaters”

Wear your best Ugly Christmas sweater and bring in any nice, gently used sweaters and other clothing to be donated to a local thrift shop. Drop off the articles of clothing in the baskets in the office.

Wednesday, December 20 – “Warm the Soles”

Wear your favorite Christmas socks! And bring in any slightly worn, old shoes to donate to a local thrift shop. Again, bring these to the office.

Thursday, December 21 – Christmas Spirit!

Christmas dress up day! Come as an elf or maybe Rudolph. Wear your favorite Christmas pajamas. Let’s celebrate this last day before Christmas break!

Thank you to Mrs. Antonino, Mr. Gappmayer, and our student council for all their hard work!

Merry Christmas, Dana Beckert

December 4, 2017

Dear Parents --

It seems like December is in full swing. Here are just a couple of reminders:

  • The 4th-6th grade choir concert will be this Wednesday, December 6th at 4:00 pm.

  • The tree in the school front foyer will be our angel tree this year. We will be collecting items for Lifting Hands International, an organization that collects, sorts and packs humanitarian aid which is shipped from Utah. Needed items will be listed on angel ornaments hung on the tree. If you would like contribute, please take an angel off the tree and bring in the item(s) printed on the ornament. There will be bins in the office for items brought in. The ornaments will be hung on the tree after December 4th and items will need to be returned by December 18th.

  • December 21st will be a half day. Students will be dismissed at 12:00 noon. There will be no PM kindergarten.

  • Christmas break is December 22nd--January 1st. School will resume on January 2nd.

Thank you!

Have a great week!  Dana Beckert

 

November 27, 2017

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday full of family and good food!

With the holiday season upon us, I just wanted to remind you about the Amazon Smile program where you can sign up and Brookside receives a small portion of your purchase price as cashback for our PTA. The link to sign up is   https://smile.amazon.com/ch/87-0451045   or you can find it on the PTA’s Facebook page at   https://www.facebook.com/springvillebrooksidepta/ . It’s still your same Amazon account but you have to make sure you go to the Amazon Smile page for it to work. Thank you -- every little bit helps!

I also wanted to let you know that starting today during lunch we have asked students to put any uneaten, unopened food items from their school lunch (applesauce, bananas, fruit cups, milk, etc.) on the “sharing table”. If other students would like an extra milk, for example, they are welcome to get one off the sharing table at no additional cost. We are hoping this helps cut down on the food wasted each day at lunch time. Students are also welcome to stop in at the office after school and get any leftover food items to take home.

Thank you and have a great week!

Dana Beckert

 November 20, 2017

Dear Parents,

First of all, I want to thank the PTA and all the volunteers who helped at our book fair last week. It was a great success because of the dedication and hard work of so many who helped.

This week as we take time to reflect on what we are thankful for, I too, would like to take this opportunity to give thanks. I am grateful to be the principal at Brookside Elementary and work alongside some of the very best students, families, and staff in the state.

I am thankful for students who come to school each day ready to learn and do their best. I am so proud of them! They struggle through challenges and experience success as they put forth their best efforts. I am thankful for the enthusiasm and support of families and parents in creating an outstanding partnership for our students. I am also thankful for our teachers and support staff who really care about student achievement and have the best interests of the students at heart. They constantly challenge their students and themselves to reach higher, and accomplish more. Thank you!

I would like to wish all of you and your families a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday!

Thanks again, Dana Beckert

Nobember 13, 2017

Dear Parents,

It is Book Fair week! I always look forward to the Book Fair. Students are so excited to shop for affordable books, fun posters, and other educational products. I love it when students stop me in the hall to show me the book they got at the Book Fair. The Book Fair is open everyday this week from 8:30-3:30 and is located on the stage. It is a perfect time for you to come and do some early Christmas shopping. Thank you to our PTA for helping us bring the Book Fair to Brookside.

Reading to your children is so important as explained in this quote from the Washington Post article, “Why It’s Important to Read Aloud to Your Kids and How to Make It Count”. Amy Joyce wrote, “One of the most important things parents can do, beyond keeping kids healthy and safe, is to read with them. That means starting when they are newborns and not even able to talk, and continuing well beyond the years that they can read by themselves. Study after study shows that early reading with children helps them learn to speak, interact, bond with parents and read early themselves, and reading with kids who already know how to read helps them feel close to caretakers, understand the world around them and be empathetic citizens of the world.”

Thank you! Have a great week! Dana Beckert

November 6, 2017

November 6, 2017

Here are just a few reminders for the upcoming week:

  • In preparation for our Veteran’s Day assembly on Nov. 10th, students are invited to bring a picture of a relative, friend, or neighbor who has served in the military with a short paragraph about that person. Please send a copy of the photograph just in case the picture gets torn or damaged. We have also asked that students wear red, white, and blue, if possible, for the assembly on November 10th. Thank you! If you have any questions, please call the school office.

  • We will be having a Scholastic Book Fair the week of November 13th. It will be located on the stage in the auditorium and not the library as in previous years. If you would like to volunteer as a worker during the book fair, please use the link below and sign up for a time. We are so grateful for the efforts of our PTA!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0449afac2fa1f58-book1

  • Nebo School District and Superintendent Rick Nielsen have social media presence. Please LIKE, FOLLOW, and SHARE Nebo School District and Superintendent Rick Nielsen on social media including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay updated on current events and announcements. Also, remember to RATE our school and Nebo School District on Facebook. Thank you!

October 30, 2017

Dear Parents, We are so excited for our Halloween parade tomorrow. Here are just a few reminders:

  • Our sixth grade classes will be performing “Thriller” at 2:15 with the parade starting immediately after.

  • Please park in the school’s parking lot or on the side streets. Please do not use Reams parking lot.

  • Students are welcome to wear their costume to school that day, but masks can only be worn during the parade.

  • Please make sure costumes and masks are modest and not gory.

  • PM kindergarten will participate in the afternoon school parade at 2:15pm. AM kindergarten will parade their costumes at 9:15am through the kindergarten hallway.

This week is also our PTA Ribbon Week. Thank you to our PTA for helping our students be aware of safe behaviors and habits. Here is the schedule for Ribbon Week:

  • Monday - Red Ribbon -- “Proud to be Drug Free!” Show how proud you are to be drug free by wearing red from head to toe!

  • Tuesday - Halloween at Brookside! Wear your costume for Halloween fun!

  • Wednesday - White Ribbon -- “Internet Safety is No Joke!” Show us how “funny you can be with your wackiest hairstyle!

  • Thursday -- Green Ribbon -- “Pedestrian Safety is Up To Me!” Wear your favorite helmet or hat to show us how important it is to stay safe!

  • Friday -- Purple Ribbon -- “Be a Hero, Not a Bully!” -- Stand up to bullying today by dressing as your favorite superhero!

In preparation for our Veteran’s Day assembly on Nov. 10th, students are invited to bring a picture of a relative, friend, or neighbor who has served in the military with a short paragraph about that person. Please send a copy of the photograph just in case the picture gets torn or damaged. We have also asked that students wear red, white, and blue, if possible, for the assembly on November 10th. Thank you! If you have any questions, please call the school office.

Thank you!, Dana Beckert

 

October 23, 2017 

Dear Parents,

I hope you and your families had a wonderful fall break and that you were able to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and colors.

On Thursday after school, we will be having SEP conferences. Teachers have sent out sign-ups so please take the time to schedule an appointment for you and your student to meet with their teacher. Also, here is the SEP dinner sign-up from the PTA if you would like to help provide dinner for the teachers that evening: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0449AFAC2FA1F58-fall2

Thank you so much for your help and support.

Reminder:

The Halloween parade has been scheduled for October 31st. Our sixth grade classes will be performing “Thriller” at 2:15 with the parade starting immediately after. Please park in the school’s parking lot or on the side streets. Please do not use Reams parking lot. Students are welcome to wear their costume to school that day, but masks can only be worn during the parade. In consideration of our younger students, please make sure costumes and masks are modest and not gory. PM kindergarten will participate in the afternoon school parade at 2:15pm. AM kindergarten will parade their costumes at 9:15am through the kindergarten hallway. Please contact your student’s kindergarten teacher if you have any other questions or need additional information.

Thanks again for all you do to support Brookside and your child’s education. Have a great week

MONDAY MESSAGE: October 16, 2017

Dear Parents,

Fall break is this week! There will be no school on Thursday, October 19th, and Friday, October 20th.  Have a wonderful break!

Thank you for supporting the PTA Reflections. During the assembly on Friday we celebrated many students and their talents. Thank you to Suzie LeSueur and other PTA members for their hard work and dedication to our students and the arts.

Tomorrow, October 17th,  is picture retake day. If your student was absent on our picture day in September or if you would like to have your student’s picture retaken, simply return your original package tomorrow.

Just as a reminder, the Halloween parade has been scheduled for October 31st. Our sixth grade classes will be performing “Thriller” at 2:15 with the parade starting immediately after. Please park in the school’s parking lot or on the side streets. Please do not use Reams parking lot. Students will be allowed to wear masks during the parade, but they will not be able to wear them during school. In consideration of our younger students, please make sure costumes and masks are not gory.

PM kindergarten will participate in the afternoon school parade at 2:15pm. AM kindergarten will parade their costumes at 9:15am through the kindergarten hallway. Please contact your student’s kindergarten teacher if you have any other questions or need additional information.

October 9, 2017 Congratulations to Miss Bird’s class for bringing in the most Box Tops! They were given an Amazon gift card to buy something for their classroom. The PTA brought in $362.00 from the Box Top competition. Please keep saving your Box Tops. We will be having another competition soon and every little bit helps. If you log onto the Box Tops website,  https://www.boxtops4education.com, there are coupons for participating products. Also, there is a Box Top app,  https://www.boxtops4education.com/bonusapp 

which allows you to scan a product’s barcode and get double the earnings for the Box Top. Thank you for supporting this program.

We will be having the Reflections assembly Friday, October 13th at 2:00 pm.  You will be notified if your student’s entry has won in its category. Thank you for supporting this program and encouraging the arts.

The Halloween parade has been rescheduled for 2:30pm on October 31st. Our sixth grade classes will be performing “Thriller” at 2:15 with the parade starting immediately after. Please park in the school’s parking lot or on side streets. Please do not use Reams parking lot. Students will be allowed to wear masks during the parade, but they will not be able to wear them during school. In consideration of our younger students, please make sure costumes and masks are not gory.

This week is National School Lunch Week. We appreciate our lunch staff and all they do for our students every day!

Have a great week!

 

October 3, 2017

Dear Parents,

I hope your week is off to a great start!

Nebo School District is seeking public input regarding facility priorities in preparation for a Bond Election to be held next year in November 2018. Please go to the Nebo District homepage and click on “Survey: Nebo School District Seeks Public Input”. There is a brief video available explaining the Bond and a short survey to take.

Also, I wanted to inform parents about a kindergarten readiness program that is available. UPSTART is a free, technology-delivered kindergarten readiness program that will give your child a fun start in reading, math, and science (with a focus on reading) in just 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week. To get more information on this program, go to the Nebo District homepage. We also have fliers available at the school in the front office.  

Please watch for an email with the October Parent newsletter attached.

Thank you, Dana Beckert

September 25, 2017

Dear Parents,

 This week is “No Screen Week”. Please be watching for information coming home from the PTA. They will be sending home a sheet listing some ideas that will help students decrease their screen time this week. Thanks to our PTA for their support and activities!

We will be starting an after school choir, hopefully in October. However, we are in need of a piano player. If you, or anyone you know, (it could even be a student) would be willing to play for our choir, please let me know. We will begin with an upper grade choir and then offer the opportunity to the lower grades in the winter. Thank you for your help!

Our students have been fortunate this week to participate in the district program GAINS, Growing Arts In Nebo School District. Grades 3-6 have had the opportunity to work with our district dance specialist, Melanie Fillmore. Some of the classes worked with her last week and others will have the opportunity this coming Tuesday. Teachers are receiving training and coaching experiences so they can more effectively teach the pure art of dance, as well and integrate dance into other subject areas.

PTA Reflection projects are due this Friday, September 29th. Students can bring in their entries anytime this week. Thank you!

October 2nd is Brookside night at the Sonic in Spanish Fork! A portion of all the sales will go to the school. Please come and join us for dinner from 5:00-8:00 pm. There will be activities and games for a fun night out with the family.

Just as a reminder, as the weather becomes cooler, please make sure that students are dressed appropriately for the weather of the day. We appreciate your help and support. Thank you!

#brooksidetigers #tigerpride #brooksidestudents

September 18, 2017

Dear Parents,

We are excited to announce our box top week has started! Please collect box tops and send them with your students. The PTA is sponsoring a competition this week – the class that brings in the most box tops will receive a reward. The box tops program is a great way for the PTA to earn extra money that will directly affect our students. 

Also, the PTA has extra school t-shirts. If you would like a school shirt please contact our PTA president, Rachel Orme, or talk to the secretaries in the office. Each Friday is spirit day and it is fun to see everyone in their Brookside t-shirt.

6th grade orchestra started this week but it is NOT too late to join. If your 6th grader would like to participate, come into the school office and sign up. Please feel free to come to orchestra on Monday morning at 8:00 in room 19. If you don’t know what instrument you want to play, you can try some out and decide. 

Looking forward, next week is no screen week. During this week, students are encouraged to decrease their screen time and increase other fun and creative activities in their free time. There will be more information coming next Monday!

 #brooksidetigers #tigerpride #brooksidestudents

 September 11, 2017

Dear Parents,

This week as I met with the PTA, I was reminded of the outstanding parents we have here at Brookside. Thank you for the work you do each day to support your students’ learning. Helping students achieve and progress is a team effort and we appreciate your support and dedication.

Next week, September 18-22, is Box Top week. Please clip and save your box tops and send them with your student during this week. Every box top helps in raising needed funds for our students.

If you happened to come into the school today, you noticed that staff members are wearing Nebo Hero shirts. It is so wonderful to be part of Nebo School District and work with heroes every day. Nebo School District is 4,000 staff members strong, each a hero and committed educators; heroes who are at their best when it matters the most.

Today we are also celebrating Patriot Day. We honor those whose lives were taken on September 11, 2001. We also honor and celebrate those heroes; first responders, national service members and citizens alike, who so nobly aided their fellow citizens during America’s time of need.

Upcoming events this week:

  • September 13th: School Community Council Meeting, 11:45 am
  • September 15th: School Picture Day
  • September 15th: 6th Grade Orchestra Parent Meeting, 8:30 am

September 5, 2017

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. It is hard to believe September is already here.

There have been a few changes to the calendar for September:

  • The orchestra parent meeting has been rescheduled for September 15th. It will be at 8:30 in room 19.
  • PTA reflection projects are due September 29th – Thank you for supporting this program!

Activities for this week include:

  • Hearing Screenings for grades K,1,3,and 6 on September 6th
  • PTA meeting – September 6th at 10:00 in the Tiger’s Den
  • Vision screenings (all grades) on September 7th

Thank you for your support! Brookside is a great place to be!

 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Dear Parents,

It has been a wonderful beginning to the new school year. Thank you to those who were able to attend the Brookside’s Open House on Monday afternoon. There is always so much excitement in the air as teachers and students meet each other and relationships are formed.

On the first day of school, the student body came together for an opening assembly. We recognized students and teachers who were new to Brookside. We also introduced this year’s theme, “BEE a Leader”. Students will learn about a specific leadership skill each month. We will recognize those students who put the skills into practice and they lead out at school.

Planning time, specialty classes also began this week. We welcome two new specialty teachers so our staff:

  • P.E. – Heather Child (new)

  • Library – Trisha Olsen (new)

  • Fine Arts – Jill Tolley

  • Computers – Becky Williamson

This week we welcome our kindergarteners to school on the 29th! We are excited to have them and I look forward to getting to know them. Our kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Gallagher and Mrs. Broussard, are ready for a great year!

Thank you!

 

 

05/01/2017

Dear Parents,

It's hard to believe it is May.  Only four more Mondays of the year.

There are a few things happening this week that you may need to know:

Tuesday: Mrs. Tami Evans and class will have their poetry day.

Wednesday: 4th grade track meet will begin at 9:30

Thursday: 5th grade State Floats are available to view in the 5th grade hallway

Friday: Our PTA Fun Run fundraiser.  Thank you for participating in helping to raise money for our school.  This year we have been able to purchase Chromebooks and iPads for the classrooms from the money you raised last year.  Our hope is to finish purchasing for all grades.  We now are 1-to-1 in 6th, 5th, and 4th with Chromebooks and K-3 have 5 ipads for each class for small group use.  Planning to add more with this money.

Thank you