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Monday Message for January 8, 2018
Happy New Year! 2018 is off to a great start here at Brookside and we appreciate your support and help.
We have some great things happening this week:
SEP conferences are Thursday, January 11th. You should have received an invitation to sign up with your student’s teacher. If you have any questions, please contact us. We look forward to seeing you!
1st-3rd grade choir also begins on Thursday, January 11th. Permission slips were sent home last week students. The choir will meet on Thursday mornings in room 19 at 8:00 am. If your student would like to participate in the choir, there are additional permission slips in the office.
There is no school on January 12th for teacher development day and also, no school on January 15th for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Have a great week,
We have some students that have done praise worthy acts before and after winter break. We would like to recognize Chris Mickelson for plugging in the ipads and chromebooks, Gunnar Weight for staying late to stack chairs, Sophia Melendez for asking questions about her classwork so she could do it correctly, Nixon Young for handling problems on his own and not tattling on others, Olivia Burris, Emma Burris, and Jack Beach for always saying thank you, Jeryck McCoy is always trying to be polite, Eduard Orozco is honest, Lisset Mosqueda helps organize the ipads, Ace York is working on neat hand writing, Lincoln Tibbs set a personal goal and is reaching it, Edie Wilde is having a positive attitude with her schoolmates, Teagan Farrer finished his morning work, Gracie Tanner went the extra mile in picking up things around the classroom, Shawn Costello walked down the hall quietly and sat on pockets during the assembly, Nixon Young cleaned up for another student, Brayden Smith let the office know when there was an issue in one of the rooms at the school.
It's good to be back from winter break and settle into school again. The term end next Thursday with SEP's starting at 3:30. No school Friday the 12th or Monday the 15th.
Together, we donated all of these items to refugee children: 3 winter kits9 packages of socks17 packages of underwear28 fleece blankets696 diapers3728 wipes The collection point manager in Provo was ecstatic to see our donations because they filled up the rest of her trailer, so she was able to go drop off a load at the Lifting Hands International warehouse in Pleasant Grove, which is currently preparing a new shipment to Jordan. What a wonderful Brookside Elementary community effort. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated!
Mrs. Graves 4th grade class performed the Christmas Carol Monday and Tuesday for many classes here at Brookside. “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
December 18, 2017: Dear Parents,
Happy Holidays! I hope you have a wonderful holiday break planned with lots of family and fun. Just as a reminder, there will be no school December 22-January 1. School will dismiss early at 12:00, noon on December 21st. There will be no afternoon kindergarten that day and AM kindergarten will dismiss at the regular time. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you!
Thank you the generous support of our “Lifting Hands” tree and our Christmas Spirit week. It has been wonderful to see all the donations come in and know that everything will be used to benefit someone, somewhere. Here are the remaining days of our Spirit week --
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!
Merry Christmas, Dana Beckert
Dustin has been teaching for 5 years. He started his first year at Santaquin Elementary and then moved to his favorite job yet,at Brookside Elementary. He loves it so much that he will be a lifer here, as long as he gets to keep his big windowed classroom ;)
Here is Dustin's story about why he became a teacher: Sarah Matis was the first reason I wanted to be a teacher. I still remember one time I opened the door for our class going to the library and Mrs. Matis thanked me and told me how I was such a gentlemen for doing it. In addition to several instances such as that she was constantly lifting other students up and helping them see the positive. She made everyone feel like they were valued, it was a lot of small things that made a difference in my life like that that I wanted to do for others. Also, seeing the change and impact on others I had teaching on my mission in Japan played a role in it as well and realizing that I enjoyed doing it. I wanted to make a difference in people's lives and change people's lives like mine had been.