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PTA Looking For Volunteers For Next Years Board

Submitted by liz.porter on Fri, 12/04/2020 - 14:19
Mrs. Rachel Cardenas

Brookside PTA can't run without volunteers. Do you know someone who would do an amazing job on our PTA board next year? Please nominate them for a position using this form   

When you nominate someone, it doesn't mean they will automatically be on the board. It just gives their name to the nominating committee for consideration. We would love for each PTA member to think of at least ONE person to nominate. It can be a parent who has been helpful in your classroom this year or in years past, an awesome neighbor, or you can even nominate yourself! Please take 2 minutes to think of someone and submit their name on the form.  We also need 5 volunteers for our nominating committee. Being on the nominating committee is very easy. Committee members will meet together once or twice in person or via Zoom to go through all the candidates whose names were nominated. They will discuss nominees and reach out to them to see if they'd be willing to serve next year. Once the nominating committee has found candidates willing to serve, they will be presented in the general membership meeting in February. Voting for board members will take place in the March meeting. Nominating committee members CANNOT be considered for a position on the board next year, so if you don't want to be on the board next year then please volunteer to be on our nominating committee! We need 5 committee members by December 31st, so if you are interested please email or text me. Thank you for supporting Brookside PTA

Rachel Cardenas

2020-2021 PTA President801-830-9826Brookside Elementary

Staff Spotlight - Mrs. Jurkadis

Submitted by susan.bird on Fri, 12/04/2020 - 11:54

We have a fabulous new instructional coach with us this year.  Mrs. Susan Jurkatis.  Mrs. Jurkatis comes into all of our classrooms and helps us to teach our students many different reading and writing strategies.  She shares books and activities with the students.  And helps them to find the love of reading.

On the weekend, she loves to spend time with her grandson and family

If Mrs. Jurkatis could have lunch with a fictional character she would choose Indiana Jones.

Who was your favorite teacher and why? “My sixth grade teach, Mr. Clark. He shared his passion of music and filmmaking with us, and made learning so fun.”

If you were given $1000 - what would you buy? An Apple Watch

What song would you sing at Karaoke night? Vacation by the Gogos

Who or what inspires you? “My grandmother has always been my biggest inspiration. She always had time for me and other family members. She made going to her house a magical time by telling us stories, making our favorite foods, taking us to movies, and talking to us about things that were important to us.”

What is your favorite thing to teach every year? “To love reading!”

What is the best thing about your job? “I get to work with the best faculty and students.”


  • Pizza: Margherita
  • book/author: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
  • Ice cream: Ben & Jerry's New York Super Fudge Chunk
  • Sport: Utah Jazz Basketball
  • Color: Seafoam Green
  • Snack: Kettle corn, Oreos,  Riesens
  • Zoo Animal: Seals
  • Favorite recess activity: Hopscotch or Jump Rope

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Brookside Elementary Praise Note Students For December 4, 2020

Submitted by liz.porter on Fri, 12/04/2020 - 11:33
Principal Beckert

Ryder Giles is not giving up even when the assignments get difficult, Truman Burton and Wesley Martin have been coming to school early to get ahead, Casey Cottle comes in to class and is on task even before the bell rings, Mati Dellamas is always willing to help others and the teacher, Wyatt Kellar has turned in all of his homework, Kipper Sorensen has been working very hard in math and has made some great improvement, Britany Bejarano is helping a classmate understand his math, Sadie Parker is working hard to have a positive attitude, Brandt Knoebel has been working hard to stay on task and follow instructions in class, Korgan Howell came right back from being gone and got caught up on all his projects, Seth Conrad is so positive and cheers on everyone in his class, Harrison Ricks always tries his best in math and sticks with it even when it gets hard, Auria Quist is a good friend to everyone, Taylor Strong works hard in class and has passed off all her addition facts, Chase Tenney is always on task and is a great example to our class, Logan Dover has passed off all of his addition facts, and Axel Cardenas has passed off all of his addition facts.

Great work students, we sure know you are trying hard everyday.

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Native American Day

Submitted by susan.bird on Wed, 12/02/2020 - 16:59
Mrs. Ann Gallagher

The kindergarten had to make some adjustments, but they still had a fun Native American Day!

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Talking Turkey

Submitted by susan.bird on Tue, 11/24/2020 - 18:52
Mrs. Lexi Hill

Mrs. Hill’s class learned about turkeys this week and got to see this real turkey mount that Mr. Anderson brought to school! 

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Teacher Spotlight - Mrs. Larsen

Submitted by susan.bird on Tue, 11/24/2020 - 15:36

Today’s teacher spotlight is our Optional Extended Day Kindergarten Teacher, Ms. Angela Larsen.  We are excited to have Ms. Larsen on our staff teaching some of our youngest students.  Here are some thing to know about Ms. Larsen.

On the weekends, she loves to spend time with her family and in the outdoors.

If she could have lunch with any fictional character, it would be Rapunzel.

Her favorite teacher was Mrs. Jones because she always challenged her to go above and beyond in all her assignments.

If you were given $1000 - what would you buy? “Restaurant gift cards; I love eating out/getting take out.”

What song would you sing at Karaoke night? Mother Knows Best

Who or what inspires you? “My students; they love unconditionally and play and work hard!”

Share a memory of school:  My favorite times of elementary school were the holidays; I loved the fun crafts and holiday activities we would get to do. 

What is your favorite thing to teach every year? Everything!

Ms. Larsen says that the best thing about her job is seeing students learn and seeing them love to learn.


  • Pizza: Pepperoni and Pineapple
  • book/author: Mo Willems and his Elephant and Piggie books
  • Ice cream: Cookies and Cream
  • Sport: To play - Volleyball. To watch - Football
  • Color: Purple
  • Snack: Chocolate Covered Pretzels
  • Zoo Animal: Anything but snakes
  • Favorite recess activity: Tetherball and four square

One thing that Ms. Larsen wants everyone to know is that she loves my job at Brookside!!!

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Don't Eat the Turkey

Submitted by susan.bird on Tue, 11/24/2020 - 15:35
Mrs. Ann Gallagher

Kindergarten tried to persuade you not to eat turkey! 

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Staff Spotlight - Mrs. Gregory

Submitted by susan.bird on Mon, 11/23/2020 - 15:33

Mrs. Shareka Hall-Gregory is our new fourth grade teacher and her team and students could be more excited to have her.  She brings lots of experience and fun ideas to our fourth grade.  We are so happy to welcome Mrs. Gregory to Brookside and know she will fit right into our Brookside family. 

If you could have lunch with a fictional character, who would it be?  Ellie from Up (the wife)

Who was your Favorite teacher and why? “My High School US History teacher because he told the best stories about history and made me want to be a history teacher one day. I am glad I stuck with elementary school though.”

If you were given $1000 - what would you buy?  Gifts for friends and family (what a sweet and kind way to spend that money!)

What song would you sing at Karaoke night? Any Carrie Underwood song

Who or what inspires you? My parents and my nephew Atticus.

Share a Memory or two of school: (look at all of these fun activities)

  • School has always been fun for me. I loved playing school growing up and I am the daughter of a high school teacher, my dad. My favorite memories of school have always been the really awesome fieldtrips I went on in elementary and Jr high school. As a teacher now I would NEVER be brave enough to take that age of students on those kids of fieldtrips.
  • 4th grade- entire 4th grade flew to Sacramento for the day
  • 5th grade- entire grade went to Catalina Island for a week
  • 6th grade- entire grade went to Space Camp for a week
  • 7th grade- entire grade went to Washington DC for a week
  • 8th grade- entire grade went to Florida(Kennedy Space Center & Disney World) for a week

What is your Favorite thing to teach every year? Double digit multiplication

What is the best thing about your job? “When I get to see the light come on for students who are struggling and when students come back to visit me.”

Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you? I love Disneyland, tacos, Cherry Dr. Pepper, and GOOD gluten free dessert.

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