Brookside Has a New Counselor

Version 2We are pleased to announce that we have a school counselor! Jessica Parrott is an experienced school counselor having worked in elementary, secondary, and the district level in Chicago and more recently in Northshore. She will be with us two days per week for the remainder of this school year and full-time after that.
Welcome aboard Jessica!
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Student Placements in Next Year’s Classrooms

As we come closer to the end of the year, you and your child will be thinking more about who will be her/his teacher next year. Our grade-level teams and support staff put a good deal of effort in drafting balanced class lists. Some of the prime considerations include academic performance as well as social & individual behavior of the students in the grade. Often, students may focus on whether or not a particular friend or group of friends is in her/his class. While that is important, the other considerations I described must take precedence. While we do not take requests for having a particular teacher, we do have a form available in the office that you may use to give any particular considerations about your child that you wish us to keep in mind. Please submit it to Mrs. Liekkio this week. Certainly, these are things that you can discuss with your child’s teacher as well. We do not publish the class lists until just before the start of school as they often alter and must be rebalanced over the summer due to families moving and out of our attendance area.
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Green Schools Program Update

imagesOur milk carton recycling program has been a big success. In fact, it has gone so well that Mrs. Gamman has already expanded it to all three of our student lunches! We are pleased to have joined with other King County schools in doing this for the our community and planet.
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Science Fair Success

I hope that you had an opportunity to see all of the wonderful scientific inquiries made by our students displayed at our Science Fair last week. It was a very fun event with various hands-on displays of scientific principles, dozens of intriguing student science projects, and of course the very eggciting Egg Drop. Many egg protection designs were tested Friday evening by being dropped from a cherry picker elevated approximately 3-4 stories high. A special thank you to Mr. Jayakody and the Roark family for coordinating and working this very fun event. – JSimard
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The Park Was Packed

I know that many of you were able to attend the first ever Pack the Park 5k fun run because we won the Spirit Cup for our efforts to get folks registered. It was a fun day of family exercise that benefits families in need within our community. Because of the efforts of Brookside and Lake Forest Park families, more than $7,000 was raised for the Friday Food Packs program. Thank you to everyone who attended and a huge thank you to those who volunteered during the event and especially Brookside’s own Deci Evans as its primary coordinator. – JSimard


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Brookside Field Day Volunteer Sign-Up

Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 9.25.02 AMField Day is coming Wednesday, June 22nd, from 1:30-3:10 pm and we need your help!  This
is always one of the highlights of the year for many kids and we need lots of family support to make it successful.  This years Field Day will run carnival style.  We will have 30-40 stations around the field with everything from the tug of war to belly bumpers.  Students will be able to move around from station to station at their own pace with a small group of buddies.  Our goal is to have at least 2-3 parents at every station.  My motto is: the more volunteers we have, the more stations we can run, and the more fun our students will have.  Parent volunteers will be responsible for running one station with another parent.  When students come to their station, volunteers will explain their task and let them go. Parents should meet in the Brookside Gym at 1:15 so I can teach you how to run your station.
Please fill out the online form if you are able and willing to work a station.
-Mr. Woods
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science night

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Mini Book Fair this week

April 11—13
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in the library from noon until 4 PM
The Brookside library will receive 50% back in Free Books!
Multi-cultural, fiction, science activities, history
reference and more.
Thank you for supporting your bookfair!
Browse & Shop the E fair.
See you there!
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Principal’s Message

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 12.01.24 PM2016 Smarter Balanced Assessment
Last year was our first with the new State test, the Smarter Balanced Assessment (or SBA). It’s been developed and maintained by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. If you have an upper-grade student, you probably learned a bit about the SBA last year. If you are new to our school or to a tested grade (3rd and above) this may all seem new, and perhaps a bit intimidating. As an educator and the parent of two boys ages 2 & 5, I am a firm proponent of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as I believe that these new standards help us to focus on things that will be important for our children. The CCSS help us to engage students with mathematics as a set of tools & ways of thinking to be creatively applied to problems. They also help us to focus our students’ reading and writing skills toward comprehending, creating, and supporting logical arguments. If you think about the kinds and amounts of information that you and I encounter each day, you can easily see how children today must have a firm basis in these skills in order to effectively interact with the world as well as become an informed decision-maker in our democracy. Our testing schedule will be posted online soon. If you have questions about the CCSS or SBA, please feel free to call us: 206/393-4140.
District Calendar Community Meetings
Shoreline Public School and the Shoreline Educators’ Association (the teachers’ union) have been in discussion about various ways to support our teachers doing their best collaborative work together. One part of this support done in many neighboring school districts is holding an early release or late start day for students to allow teachers dedicated time to work together outside of their classrooms. We are holding several community meetings to allow for your input on this.
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We are a Level 1 Green School

Did you know that Brookside is a Level One King County Green School? This means we are doing a great job of recycling paper to reduce our waste. Keep recycling paper in the classrooms and print on 2-sided paper.
Brookside is increasing our recycling this year by starting to recycle milk cartons in the lunchroom as well as recycle markers in all classrooms as part of the Crayola Colorycle Program. Recycling milk cartons will significantly reduce our waste going into landfills. Look for marker recycling boxes in your classroom this month and add any old markers!
Finally, this year Brookside created a Green Team to work together to improve our efforts throughout the school. If you are interested in joining our team, email Missy Liu


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