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Coffee with the Principal is This Thursday! Our last Coffee with the Principal meeting is this Thursday. This is a great time to engage me about school-wide topics of your choice. This is an open forum where the attendees bring the topics for discussion. I look forward to seeing you there.
New Greetings and Fond Farewells
The end of the school year always causes mixed emotions for me, as it does for many of our students and staff. It is a time to celebrate successes and look forward to what the next chapter of life will bring. For our students, that means the freedom of summer followed by a new class (or even new school for our sixth graders). For most of our staff it means sending off students to their next grade and taking the lessons of this year into the next. However, for others, it means a totally new transition! If you have an individual connection with any of these staff members, then you probably already know that we will have some staff changes for the 2016-2017 school year.
Kaydee McGillivray will retire at the end of this school year after a great career serving the students of Brookside and other schools in Shoreline. I’ve had the pleasure and honor of working with Ms. McGillivray for her final two years. She has touched the lives of so many students, families, and staff over her years at our school that her impact is impossible to gauge. She will be greatly missed as a member of our staff and upper-grade team. However, we take solace in the fact that we know Ms. McGillivray’s retirement will be filled with adventure! As she is an experienced photographer, we expect many photo updates.
Katie Sabol joined our primary team a few years ago, and what a boon that has been for our school! Mrs. Sabol has been an integral member of our Kindergarten staff over my tenure at Brookside and we will certainly miss her. She’s decided to seize an opportunity that is closer to her home where she will not only teach Kindergarten, but also mentor several early career Kindergarten teachers. We know that she will be a great resource for her new students and mentees.
Jessica Bengston joined Brookside due to an unexpected vacancy in our Resource Room program last year, and she jumped in with both feet! Ms. Bengston quickly built a reputation for professionalism & providing strong support for our students with IEPs in our general education program. I have also very much appreciated her diligent coordination of State testing for the last two years. We are sure that her new students and colleagues in Eastern Washington will have a great experience with Ms. Bengston as a teacher and collaborator.
Sheryl Lundahl came to Brookside this year as our very first teacher for English learners at our school; in past years our students were compelled to attend other schools for these services. We were very pleased to have Mrs. Lundahl’s expertise in kick-starting our program here. She will continue doing this work with two schools in Shoreline, but unfortunately Brookside will not be one of them. We look forward to continuing to grow and bolster the great work that she started.
Lee Baker is an experienced braillist who joined our team to work with a blind student at Brookside. She has provided superb direct support as well as proactive collaboration with staff on how to best serve the needs of her student. We’ve been very impressed with her student-centered mindset and depth of expertise in her field. We wish her well in all of her future endeavors in education (including teaching culinary classes).
Lisa Roehl has been our class-size relieve teacher this year working with our two teachers of split-grade classrooms and working with their students in small groups for mathematics.
As Ms. McGillivray has stated many a time: “Once a blue jay, always a blue jay.” This applied as much to our staff as it does for our 6th grade students going to Kellogg. We hope that you and your family have an excellent summer filled with quality time together in the sun and we look forward to seeing you in the fall when we all come together refreshed and ready to plunge into the new year!
Thank you for your ongoing support of your children and our school.
Field 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.
If you are able to volunteer on the 22nd, please follow this link to sign up.
Attending to Water Waste…and Winning $500!
Congratulations to Mrs. Benson and the 4th graders in Room 305! They won the $500 grand prize drawing from the North City Water District’s “Fix a Leak” program. Leaky toilets are a primary cause of residential water wasting. Room 305 students participated by collecting information from their homes about the status their own restroom plumbing. This information was submitted and led to the class being drawn for this prize. Mrs. Benson collaborated with her students to purchase items that will benefit Room 305 this year and beyond.
Safety Enhancements at Brookside
Some of you may have noticed new safety measures introduced to Brookside this school year. We have electronic entry scanners at our common entrances (all the double doors) and the exits of our classrooms have been modified to compel use of the common entrances. This was done as part of the District-wide plan to improve safety and security in Shoreline schools (we are the fourth school in the District to have these in place). The safety of your children is of prime importance to us. As we continue to implement our site safety plan over the remainder of this school year, Brookside will have an additional campus supervisor, Wyatt Tonkin. Mr. Tonkin has worked in Shoreline for 17 years in various capacities at several Shoreline schools. Feel free to say “Hello” and welcome him aboard our team if you see him at the front entrance. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office: 206/393-4140.
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. This is
important, but the other considerations I described must take precedence. We do not publish the
class lists until just before the start of school as they do alter and must be rebalanced over the
summer due to families moving in and out of our attendance area.
Thank you for your ongoing support of your children and our school. – John Simard, Principal
We 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!
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.
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
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