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Read the letter from epidemiologist Krista Rietberg.

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Girl Choir

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 12.14.29 PMThe Brookside Girl Choir and the 3rd Grade Choir will present the “Winter Fantasy” performances on December 11, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. and at 7:00 p.m., in the BKS gym. Singing, simple choreography, dance, two part rounds, and counter-melody songs will all be a part of their choir performance. We‛re even going to ask the audience to sing with us! Come join us for this enjoyable evening.

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Principal’s Message:

As you know, children learn many things at school including how to read, express themselves in writing, and use mathematics as a tool to find solutions. They also continue their exploration and learning in the social arena as well; and this includes having & solving conflicts. Bullying is often a focus of stories about school in the media today. There are certainly many palpable examples on the national scene of serious bullying issues; however, it is also a term that can be ill defined and over-applied. Below is information adapted from Childhood Bullying and Teasing: What School Personnel, Other Professionals, and Parents Can Do, Dorothea M. Ross, Ph.D. These guidelines can be helpful in distinguishing between bullying and very normal conflict that occurs between children as they develop into adults with both academic and social acumen.
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Bullying can also take many different forms:
Verbal: name calling, put-downs, insults, harassment
Exclusion: deliberately excluding certain people from groups and activities, or refusing to interact with them
Physical: shoves, pushes, hitting or other physical contact
Psychological: giving “dirty looks,” threats
Gossip: lowering people’s opinions of the victim
Social Aggression: spreading untrue rumors about a person or telling others not to be friends with someone.
Cyber Bullying: bullying someone using social media
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Sock Hop!

Brookside’s Annual Family Sock Hop is taking place Friday, November 14th from 6:00pm-8:00pm in the Brookside Gym. Please bring the whole family for a fun night of dancing, food and drinks! We have DJ Atomic providing the music, prizes and a hula hoop contest. $3 per person/$10 for families. Volunteers are needed for this event, so please contact Carrie Sanford at if you can help. We look forward to seeing you next Friday!
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Brookside now has a daily breakfast program!

IMG_1006Take the rush out of the morning routine by sending your kids to the Brookside cafeteria to enjoy breakfast before school (they can go directly in from the bus)!
Offerings change daily and include cereals, fruit, muffins, yogurt, breakfast bars and more.  JOIN US!
Time: 8:55 am every school day
Cost: $1.75 or FREE to all students on the free/reduced lunch program!
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Mr. John Simard – Brookside’s New Principal

I join Brookside after leading Sunnyside Elementary School in San Francisco since 2010. Prior to my work there, I completed my graduate work at UC Berkeley, worked as an elementary instructional coach, and taught upper grade elementary students in San Jose. As Sunnyside’s principal, I worked closely with the staff and community to build upon existing structures at the school enhancing student engagement and achievement. Our work together culminated in Sunnyside receiving the California Distinguished School Award in June 2014. I look forward to working with Brookside’s staff and community to further develop the instructional program here for the betterment of our school and students.
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Supply List for 2014-2015

The Brookside staff has prepared the following list of recommended supplemental school supplies. It helps the school year get off to a good start if children are able to bring their supplies the first day of school. Please mark the large items such as backpacks, ring binders and crayon boxes with your child’s name in permanent marker.
All Grades (except 4th) are requesting hand sanitizer to keep in the classroom for use during the year – pump bottles or refills would be very much appreciated!

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Two very important people at Brookside are leaving us for retirement this year. After 40 years of teaching (each), Mrs. Travis and Mrs. Noble will be riding off into the sunset after the last day of school.
Congratulations! You will be missed.


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josephinePTA has selected 5th grade teacher Josephine Jordan as Brookside’s Outstanding Educator.
Additionally, Jody Schlachter was selected as Brookside’s Outstanding Advocate.
Congratulations to both Josephine and Jody!


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Mrs. Noble’s News

Dear Brookside Parents,


I recently announced that I will retire at the end of June. This is my 36th year here in Washington as an educator. I taught for seventeen years before coming to Shoreline to be Principal of Sunset Elementary and then Brookside.

Looking ahead, let me explain the selection process for the next Brookside Principal. It began with a public posting on appropriate job listings. The posting closes in early March. In the meantime some district administrators will elicit feedback from faculty and parents to determine the desired qualities of your next principal.

In mid, March District administrators will review the applications of all candidates, and select a few to be interviewed. The typical interview team includes a district administrator, a principal, a few staff members and 1 or 2 parents.

Opportunities to provide feedback on the desired qualities will be advertised via email, and on our website. If you want to be considered for the interview team, please contact PTA at

I hold you, the Brookside community, in high regard for your integrity and commitment to your school. Serving you as Principal has been an honor.

Kathryn Noble 


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