No School Friday, February 5

Our students will not attend school on Friday 2/5; but our school is open. Your children know a good deal about teachers’ work during the school day, but our teachers do a considerable amount of individual and collaborative work outside of that to ensure that in class time with your children is productive and meaningful.
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Report Cards Come to You on February 12, 2016

report-card-clipReport cards will be coming home with your child the Friday before Mid-Winter Break. If you have seen any other issue dates for this, this came from a miscommunication to the staff.
The actual date is 2/12/16.
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Principal’s Message

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 12.01.24 PMNational Board Certification!
Congratulations to Ranice Innocent for completing the National Board Certification (NBC) process!
This is a voluntary, advanced teaching credential that goes beyond state licensure. NBC has
national standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. The National
Board certifies teachers who successfully complete its rigorous certification process. Brookside is
fortunate to have several NBC teachers, including: Megan Nandi (fourth grade), Janet Paden (sixth
grade), Allyn Woods (physical education), and now Ranice Innocent (first grade).
Eastside Choral Singfest on 2/4/16
Our 5th and 6th grade Honor Choir will perform at the Shorecrest theater 7:30 PM on Thursday 2/4.
Come enjoy the accomplishments of our developing vocalists.
Non-Student Day on 2/5/16
Our students will not attend school on Friday 2/5; but our school is open. Your children know a
good deal about teachers’ work during the school day, but our teachers do a considerable amount
of individual and collaborative work outside of that to ensure that in-class time with your children is
productive and meaningful.
Coffee with the Principal on 2/25/16
Our next meeting will be Thursday 2/25 at 9:15 AM. People who attend the meeting bring the
agenda items and topics of conversation. I look forward to seeing you on one of more of the
following Thursdays: 2/25, 3/31, 4/28, 5/26, 6/16.
Internet & Social Media Safety
Periodically, I work with students and their families around issues connected to technology use
outside of school. As parents, we must all be vigilant monitors of 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, Instagram, Snapchat, text, phone, and others) and ensure that you have open
lines of communication so that s/he knows to come to you directly if anything seems wrong or
makes them feel uncomfortable.
Thank you for your ongoing support,
John Simard
Principal
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Winter Musical Showcase

Join us on Thursday 12/17 at 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. for this year’s general music winter performance. This time, we will showcase the talents of students in both first and second grades as well as second and third graders in Mrs. Ramey’s class. We hope to see you there.
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Winter Break Approaches

Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 10.23.44 AMThis is my final scheduled Principal’s Message of 2015. As such, please accept warm winter holiday wishes and (an early) Happy New Year from me and the rest the staff at Brookside. We hope that you have a Winter Break filled with joy and quality family time. We look forward to everyone returning refreshed and ready to jump in to 2016!
-Mr. Simard
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Lost and Found

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 12.05.16 PMBrookside has a very full lost and found area in the main office including coats, jackets, sweatshirts, hats and lunchboxes. Remind your children to look there for lost items, or you may stop in to check for things yourself. None of these items have your child’s name visible on the label. Unclaimed items will be donated to THE WORKS on Friday morning Dec. 18th.
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Shorecrest Elementary Night

This year’s annual Elementary School Night at the Shorecrest girl’s basketball game is on Jan. 8 at 7:15 pm! The mighty Scots are taking on the Hawks from Mountlake Terrace and all of our elementary school students from the east side of the District are invited to join us in the “Elementary School Fan Section”.  The night will include face painting before the game, a special halftime activity and a chance to join in and cheer with the Shorecrest fan section! Wear your green and gold or the colors from your elementary school. Tickets are $3.00 for students and $6.00 for adults
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Your Child’s Attendance at Brookside

Thank you to families who are notifying the Brookside office to let us know your child will be absent or late. It’s extremely helpful to receive this information in advance. The office must have a phone call, email, or note from the parent in order to excuse a student’s absence. A good practice is to email us at bks.attendance@shorelineschools.org and cc your student’s teacher…that way we are all on board. 206.393.4140 also works.
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Cut and Chat

edit-cut-thStarted years ago, Cut and Chat is a PTA program where any teacher or support staff who
needs assistance with class prep or odd jobs can hand off their projects in the workroom for us to complete. You’ll work with and get to know, not just your child’s teacher, but virtually the entire Brookside staff and other Brookside parents. Cut and Chat includes super-sized appreciation levels towards you from staff, teachers and students who couldn’t do all the things they do without your help. What happens during Cut and Chat? There will likely be some “cutting” involved, but on any given day you could find yourself copying math and science assignments, prepping paper and materials for various projects, or laminating wall art for the music room. No two days are the same. Previous experience is not necessary and training is available. Traditionally, Cut and Chat happens on Thursdays, but you can come into the workroom and help out whenever your schedule permits. For more information, please contact Rena Holman at renaholman@comcast.net
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Halloween Costumes

thHalloween is a holiday that many of our students look forward to with great anticipation. There are a great variety of costumes that a child could choose from. If you plan to have your child bring a costume to school on Friday, please follow these guidelines:
• Bring it in your backpack; do not wear it to school.
• No weapons are allowed.
• No excessively scary or gory costumes. Remember, this is an elementary school with students as young as five. If you have a question about whether a costume is appropriate for school, please have your child bring it in ahead of time and check with her/his teacher.
If you wish for your child to not participate in any Halloween-oriented activities, please let your child’s teacher know so that we may accommodate your family’s decision.
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