Things get Curiouser and Curiouser with Brookside’s Spring Musical

alice-logoCome see Brookside’s production of The Amazing Ever-Changing Alice in Wonderland on Friday May 15th, and Saturday, May 16th @7pm at the Shorecrest Performing Arts Center.  Bring your friends!  Bring your neighbors!  Bring your friends’ neighbors to a fun show for the whole family!
Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students/children ages 3+.  Tickets will be available at the door, but seating is assigned, so for the best seats possible, pre-order yours using the order forms that came home in the Boomerangs.  Or pick up an order form in the front office.  We’ll see you down the rabbit hole!
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Brookside Elementary Receives the 2014 Washington Achievement Award!

2014 Washington Achievement Award WinnerWashington Achievement Award winners are selected using the State Board of Education Revised Achievement Index and are based on statewide assessment data for the three previous years. The award is given in six categories: Overall Excellence, High Progress, Reading Growth, Math Growth, Extended Graduation Rate and English Language Acquisition. Brookside Elementary is being recognized for Reading Growth and is one of seven Shoreline schools being honored this year. Congratulations to all students, families, and staff who contributed to this great achievement!
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We Love Our PTA

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New Family Tours

Tuesday April 28 9:30-10:15
Tuesday May 19 9:30-10:15
These are tours for new families entering Brookside next fall, any grade.
Please call and reserve a spot: 206-393-4140.
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Principal’s Message

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I‛ve worked with a few students recently around issues connected to technology use outside of school. Thankfully, there have not been any irrevocable repercussions and everyone is safe, but it has been another reminder to me that we, as parents, must be vigilant in our work to monitor our children‛s media access. There was a time that parents could feel reasonably assured that their kids would only view appropriate media as long as they didn‛t watch late night TV or see an R-rated movie. Unfortunately, this is not the world we live in today. Please talk to your child frequently about their media use (Internet, apps, text, phone) and ensure that you have open lines of communication so that s/he knows to come to you directly if anything seems awry.
We Need Headphones!
Many states have adopted the Smarter Balanced Assessment as their tool to gauge student performance…and they are doing this at the same time, which means that they all need the same physical resources. This has now caused a bit of a shortage on headphones as demand has outpaced the supply chain. Therefore, if you have headphones that can plug into a laptop that your grade 3-6 child can use during testing, please send them to school when requested by your child‛s teacher. Our testing schedule is currently going through some revisions and will be posted on our website shortly. If you have extra headphones that you wish to donate to Brookside, please check in with our office staff.
Coffee with the Principal
These are open drop-in sessions for you to connect with me and other parents/guardians about our students and school. Currently, there are not preset agendas for these dates to allow for attendees to direct the discussion toward any school-wide and community topics of interest in this low-key atmosphere. If you wish to join future discussions, I would love to see you at 9:15-10:15 on one or more of following Thursdays: 4/9, 5/14, 6/11.
Smarter Balanced Assessment
There have been many resources released to help families become familiar with the Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our school and your child‛s education.
John Simard
Principal
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Kindergarten Registration

Screen Shot 2015-04-01 at 8.29.16 AMForms are available in the school office for kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year.
The registrations are flying in. Tell your neighbors who have kids who will be 5 years old by August 31, 2015 to come on down and fill out the forms.
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Coffee with the Principal

coffee-hiWe will begin our Coffee with the Principal series this month.
These are open drop-in sessions for you to connect with me and other parents/guardians about our students and school. Currently, there are not preset agendas for these dates to allow for attendees to direct the discussion toward any school wide and community topics of interest in this low-key atmosphere. If you wish to discuss items very specific to your child‛s experience here, it would be best to schedule time with me individually. When I held these at my last school, topics covered areas such as standard-based instruction and grading, school climate measures, the process and parameters for IEPs, facilities improvements, and local community issues around traffic calming.
I hope to see you at 9:15-10:15 on one or more of the following Thursdays: 3/12, 4/9, 5/14, 6/11
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Principal’s Message

 Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 12.01.24 PMIn my last principal‛s message before Mid-Winter Break, I noted that we would begin a system to honor kids when they show great examples of our 3 Big Rules: Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible. Bluejay feathers have been issued to our entire staff so that anyone here can recognize students outside of their classroom in our common areas (hallways, playground, etc.). When a child gets a feather, they write their name and room number on it and give it to their teacher. These will be collected weekly for a drawing over the intercom on Tuesdays. Collected feathers will also be on display in the student lunchroom for everyone to see.
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Smart Snack Recipes

All the recipes in this Shoreline-created cookbook follow Federal dietary guidelines and could be sold at school fundraisers.  They would also make great snacks for your home.
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District closed to new non-resident applications for grades K-6 for 2015-16

Over the past year the Shoreline School District has been keeping a close watch on our increasing enrollment.  While this is a positive sign after many years of declining enrollment this trend does present some challenges to our schools.  As a result of:
Increased enrollment
Space constraints particularly at the elementary level
Anticipated future growth
the Shoreline School District has carefully come to the following decision:
In accordance with Policy 3141 and 3141P, in which admittance of non-resident students shall take into consideration classroom and program capacity to serve and not diminish educational opportunities and services to students of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park residents, the Shoreline School District is now closed to new non-resident boundary transfer applications for grades K-6 for the 2015-16 school year.
Current students with non-resident boundary transfers for the 2014-15 school year will be allowed to continue to attend the Shoreline School District unless the family moves or admission is revoked for the reasons identified in the notice of acceptance. The District will reevaluate enrollment capacity prior to the beginning of the 2015-16 school year. At that time siblings of students with current non-resident boundary exceptions will be given priority should space become available.
The District will continue to honor all statutory and contractual obligations relating to non-resident boundary transfer applications for the children of District employees.
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