Parent Emails

  • Hello families,

    Happy December!  It’s hard to believe that we’re almost halfway through the school year. 

    As temperatures begin to dip, please be sure your child is dressed for the weather. We go outside often during the winter months.

    The Giving Tree - Brookside has erected a Giving Tree in the front hallway.  We decorated it with hats, gloves and scarves.  We've already given out many items and are in need of more donations.  If you are able, we need new hats, scarves and gloves.  We appreciate your help.  

    Several organizations and businesses supported nearly 30 Brookside families for the Thanksgiving holiday by providing dinners. Thank you to The Whitney House Restaurant in Worthington and to Highlands Presbyterian Church on Smoky Row Road.    

    Also, thank you to Franklin County Deputy Laura Stahr for facilitating the DARE program for our fifth grade students. It culminated in graduation and a visit from several officers and the Sheriff, Dallas Baldwin.

    Please note that unclaimed items in our lost and found will be donated to a local organization at the end of December.  If your child is missing a jacket or coat, please have him/her check before winter recess.  Thank you!

    Winter recess begins December 22nd and ends January 4th, 2023.  Students return to school on Thursday, January 5th.

    Have a wonderful weekend with your family.  Stay warm!!

    Jenny Wielinski

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    November 18, 2022

    Hello, Families,

    As you are aware, Brookside students participated in a school-wide safety drill on Wednesday.  This safety drill allowed our school to practice communication in the event of a true emergency.  As a parent/guardian, you should have received notifications via email and text message  at the beginning and end of the drill.  If you did not receive either or both messages, please update your contact information in the Emergency Data Review section of the parent portal. Instructions can be found here: Emergency Data Review Instructions.  Thank you.

    On Tuesday from 9:30 - 10am, our 5th graders will be celebrating the completion of their drug and alcohol curriculum.  As part of their ceremony, we expect a variety of law enforcement to be in attendance.  Please don’t be concerned if you see number of law enforcement vehicles at Brookside during that time.  

    With the sudden colder weather, please be reminded that our students go out for recess anytime the outside temperature is at least 20 degrees (including windchill).  Make sure your child(ren) comes dressed appropriately for these temps.  Also, PLEASE put your child’s name inside his/her coat in case they misplace it at school.  Thank you.

    We will be setting up our Giving Tree again this year.  The Giving Tree holds new donated mittens, gloves, hats, socks, etc.  Students who need any of those items can take them from our Giving Tree.  If you would like to donate, please send any of these items to Brookside.  Thank you!

    If your child arrives at school after the 7:40am bell rings and there are no longer staff members standing outside, the adult dropping off will  need to come in with the child to sign in.  Please do not send them in alone.  Thank you

    Holiday Help - this is our final call for families who may need assistance with gifts for their school aged children.  Please notify us by noon on Monday (November 21st) by responding to this email.  Thank you.

    Finally, there is no school from November 23rd - 25th.  We hope you are able to spend this extended time with your families and friends.  Happy Thanksgiving.  

    Jenny Wielinski, Principal

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    November 4, 2022

    Greetings Brookside Families,

    We had a fantastic week with the Harvest celebrations and dance party.  Parent conferences and third grade state testing are over, and we are settling back into our normal school routines.  

    Holiday Assistance - Please let us know by Monday, November 7th,  if your family is in need of food items for a Thanksgiving meal, or assistance with holiday gifts for your children.  We will do our best to connect you with the organizations that reach out to us. 

    Spirit Wear Sale - It is that time of year again! The PTA has opened their Spirit Wear Sale.  Please see the attached flier and use this link to place your order:  PTA Spirit Wear.  The deadline for ordering is November 11th.  PTA will coordinate delivery to parents and parents will be permitted to pick up “gift” items at school.  

    Upcoming Events:  

    • Sunday, November 6th - Daylight Savings - turn clocks back one hour.

    • Tuesday, November 8th - No School for Students - Teacher workday.  

    • Saturday, November 12th - PTA BIG BOBCAT RUN - Join us for the second BIG Bobcat Run! This event is free of charge. All families and residents of Brookside Estates are welcome to join us for a 1-mile fun run and post-run treat!  All registered marathon miler student participants will receive a Bobcat token as their finisher prize!  Check here to for more information and to register:  Big Bobcat Run

    • November 16 - Safety Drill (see information below)

    • November 23-25:  Thanksgiving break - school.  

    IMPORTANT - SAFETY DRILL IN NOVEMBER:  

    Brookside will be participating in a school-wide safety drill on Wednesday, November 16th, at 9:00am. Students and staff will practice the Lock-out and Lock-down safety drills - two drills intended to keep students in classrooms during a suspected emergency and prevent all outside entrance into the school.

    We realize that safety drills have the potential to create anxiety for students.  Our goal will be to provide clear information in a caring manner and to conduct drills in a way that does not cause fear or anxiety for students.  Prior to the drill, teachers will work with students in an age appropriate way to understand the difference between the two types of drills and to review expectations during each drill.

    In addition, this safety drill will allow our school to practice communication in the event of a true emergency. As a parent/guardian, you can expect to receive notification on the day of the safety drill via email and text message  at the onset of the drill and after it has concluded.  Since this is occurring across all of our buildings, families with children in multiple schools will receive drill messages from each school.  We apologize in advance for sending multiple messages, but we want to make sure all of our systems are working.

    If you would like to confirm or correct a phone number or email address so you can receive notifications, please update your information in the Emergency Data Review section of the parent portal. Instructions can be found here: Emergency Data Review Instructions.  Please update any information in advance of the scheduled drill. 

    Panorama Education Survey - Please read the following information about our Panorama Education Survey for Elementary (grades 3-5):

    We thank you and your family for being our valued partners as we work together to educate the children in our district.  As you may already be aware, building our well-being and social-emotional learning skills is an important goal for our school this year and every year. Over the next few weeks, students will participate in several exercises to better understand these concepts and to reflect on how they perceive these skills in themselves. 

    As we have done for the last several years, we will be asking for your child to reflect on his/her own mindsets and approaches to learning via an online survey.  The survey shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes to complete and will be administered during a two-week window from November 7 - November 18, 2022.We are partnering with Panorama Education,  a third-party vendor,  to support us in administering these surveys.  The survey content will ask students in grades 3-12 to self-reflect on School Safety, Teacher-Student Relationships, Sense of Belonging, Rigorous Expectations, and Self-Efficacy.  Additionally, our students in grades 6-12 will also be asked to self-reflect on two additional topics;  Diversity and Inclusion and Cultural Awareness.

    Student voice matters to us and their responses will provide invaluable insights into their experiences and how we can improve and adapt our instruction to meet their needs.   If a student doesn’t feel like they have enough information to answer a question, they will be able to skip the item altogether.   

    If you have any questions about the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) survey,  please don’t hesitate to contact us in the office at 614-450-5300.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Jenny Wielinski, Principal

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    October 28, 2022

     

    Parents & Guardians,

     

    Just another reminder about the Fall parties at the end of the day on Monday, October 31st.  For the safety and consideration of all students, we ask that you please adhere to these policies:

    • Students may not wear costumes to school.  If they bring a costume, it must 

    be something that can easily slip over what they are wearing.  We do not have the time or space for students to change clothes.

    • No masks or face paint in school.  

    • Keep in mind that we have students who are as young as five.  Please, no scary or inappropriate costumes.  Also, plastic weapons are prohibited, as always.  

    • All food snacks that you arranged with your child's teacher to send to school must be pre-packaged and include a list of ingredients before the party.

    Thank you for supporting these policies. 

    If you have extra Halloween candy, Mrs. Recchiuti’s 2nd grade class is sponsoring a "Feed the Kids" candy donation through Monday (11/7).  They have a goal of collecting 100 pounds of candy to give back to “Feed the Kids Columbus.”  Please consider donating your extra Halloween candy to a good cause!!  Please bring in any NUT FREE candy from November 1-7th and place it in the boxes in the lobby!

    Panorama Education Survey - Please read the following information about our Panorama Education Survey for Elementary (grades 3-5):

    We thank you and your family for being our valued partners as we work together to educate the children in our district.  As you may already be aware, building our well-being and social-emotional learning skills is an important goal for our school this year and every year. Over the next few weeks, students will participate in several exercises to better understand these concepts and to reflect on how they perceive these skills in themselves. 

    As we have done for the last several years, we will be asking for your child to reflect on his/her own mindsets and approaches to learning via an online survey.  The survey shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes to complete and will be administered during a two-week window from November 7 - November 18, 2022.We are partnering with Panorama Education,  a third-party vendor,  to support us in administering these surveys.  The survey content will ask students in grades 3-12 to self-reflect on School Safety, Teacher-Student Relationships, Sense of Belonging, Rigorous Expectations, and Self-Efficacy.  Additionally, our students in grades 6-12 will also be asked to self-reflect on two additional topics;  Diversity and Inclusion and Cultural Awareness.

    Student voice matters to us and their responses will provide invaluable insights into their experiences and how we can improve and adapt our instruction to meet their needs.   If a student doesn’t feel like they have enough information to answer a question, they will be able to skip the item altogether.   

    If you have any questions about the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) survey,  please don’t hesitate to contact us in the office at 614-450-5300.

    Have a wonderful weekend with your family.  

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    October 27, 2022

    Greetings Brookside Families,

    We had a wonderful turnout for the PTA Fall Festival.  Thank you, PTA, volunteers, and parents for supporting this family event.  

    Our Fall parties are at the end of the day on Monday, October 31st.  Parents, for the safety and consideration of all students, we ask that you please adhere to these policies:

    • Students may not wear costumes to school.  If they bring a costume, it must 

    be something that can easily slip over what they are wearing.  We do not have the time or space for students to change clothes.

    • No masks or face paint in school.  

    • Keep in mind that we have students who are as young as five.  Please, no scary or inappropriate costumes.  Also, plastic weapons are prohibited, as always.  

    Thank you for supporting these policies. 

    PTA BIG BOBCAT RUN - Saturday, November 12.  Join us for the second BIG Bobcat Run! This event is free of charge. All families and residents of Brookside Estates are welcome to join us for a 1-mile fun run and post-run treat!  All registered marathon miler student participants will receive a Bobcat token as their finisher prize!  Check here to for more information and to register:  Big Bobcat Run

    HOLIDAY HELP FROM WKHS - The deadline for returning the application form is October 31st.  Families are chosen on a first come, first serve basis and it may not be possible to assist everyone who applies.  Applications (copy attached) are date and time stamped upon receipt.  

    THANKSGIVING MEAL ASSISTANCE:  A local church has reached out to Brookside wanting to provide assistance with food for Thanksgiving meals.  If your family is in need of this provision, please let us know by replying to this email by the end of the day Friday, November 4th.   Families will be served on a first come, first serve basis and there is no guarantee that all families can be accepted.  You will be notified and provided with more details the week of November 7th.  

    IMPORTANT - SAFETY DRILL IN NOVEMBER:  

    Brookside will be participating in a school-wide safety drill on Wednesday, November 16th, at 9:00am. Students and staff will practice the Lock-out and Lock-down safety drills - two drills intended to keep students in classrooms during a suspected emergency and prevent all outside entrance into the school.

    We realize that safety drills have the potential to create anxiety for students.  Our goal will be to provide clear information in a caring manner and to conduct drills in a way that does not cause fear or anxiety for students.  Prior to the drill, teachers will work with students in an age appropriate way to understand the difference between the two types of drills and to review expectations during each drill.

    In addition, this safety drill will allow our school to practice communication in the event of a true emergency. As a parent/guardian, you can expect to receive notification on the day of the safety drill via email and text message  at the onset of the drill and after it has concluded.  Since this is occurring across all of our buildings, families with children in multiple schools will receive drill messages from each school.  We apologize in advance for sending multiple messages, but we want to make sure all of our systems are working.

    If you would like to confirm or correct a phone number or email address so you can receive notifications, please update your information in the Emergency Data Review section of the parent portal. Instructions can be found here: Emergency Data Review Instructions.  Please update any information in advance of the scheduled drill. 

     

    REMINDERS:

    FIELD TRIP CHAPERONES - Field Trip volunteers/chaperones must have their badges OR, if you have applied for your volunteer badge but have not received it, you must have the email from BIB/Secure stating that your has been approved and the badge is in the mail.  If you do not have at least one of these proofs, you will not be able to chaperone the field trip.  

    School Picture Retakes, Thursday, November 3rd.  Students wanting retakes must bring their picture package with them to school.  Thank you!

    Daylight Savings - Sunday, November 6th - turn clocks back one hour.

    No School for Students, Tuesday, November 8th - Teacher workday.  

    Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the beautiful colors!  

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    October 19, 2022

    Greetings Brookside Families,

    Just a friendly reminder to please be very careful and slow down when pulling into the school entrance. Several students must cross at that entrance and we need to keep everyone safe. Thank you for being patient and on the lookout for pedestrians.

    The PTA Fall Festival is tomorrow night (Thursday) from 6:00 - 8:00pm and more volunteers are needed!  Please consider helping out; you can sign up here.  Thank you so much!

    Please remember:  

    • The Fall Festival is a family event for Brookside elementary students and their parents.  Students must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

    • Hayride times are divided into two sessions to help with crowd management:

      • Last names A-L    6:30 - 7:15

      • Last Names M-Z   7:15 - 8:00

    There is no school Friday, October 21st - Teacher Collaboration Day.  

    FIELD TRIP CHAPERONES - Field Trip volunteers/chaperones must have their badges OR, if you have applied for your volunteer badge but have not received it, you must have the email from BIB/Secure stating that your has been approved and the badge is in the mail.  If you do not have at least one of these proofs, you will not be able to chaperone the field trip.  

    Holiday Help from WKHS - The WKHS Elves will be assisting Pre K - 5th grade students with holiday gifts this year.  The deadline for returning the application form is October 31st.  Families are chosen on a first come, first serve basis and it may not be possible to assist everyone who applies.  Applications (copy attached) are date and time stamped upon receipt.  

    SCHOOL FEES  are due by Friday, October 28th.  To see if you owe fees and/or to pay fees, go to My Payments Plus.   If you owe fees and want to pay by check, please make your check payable to Brookside Elementary.   If your child currently qualifies for free or reduced lunch status, you may be eligible to have some or all of these fees reduced or waived by completing the waiver to allow us to share the information. Unless a waiver is on file, fees must be paid in full.  Any student not participating in free or reduced-price lunch programs is expected to pay student fees.  

    KINDERGARTEN GIRL SCOUTS -  All Brookside K girls are invited to try Girl Scouts at a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 6:30pm in the cafeteria at Brookside.  Come learn some fun Girl Scout traditions and meet new friends!  To RSVP or for more information, visit this link: https://bit.ly/GirlScoutInterestForm2022-23 or email Laurie Wirt at lwirt@gsoh.org.

    The PTA 2022-2023 Reflections Program - “Show Your Voice” entries deadline is Thursday, October 27th.  Questions? Please email Jeremie at jeremiestevens@hotmail.com.

    School Picture Retakes, Thursday, November 3rd.

    Daylight Savings - Sunday, November 6th - turn clocks back one hour.

    Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the beautiful colors!  

    Jenny Wielinski, Principal

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    October 14, 2022

    Greetings Brookside Families,

    We are excited to see all of you at parent/teacher conferences next week!

    Parents, if your child is going to be absent from school or will have a change in end-of-day plans, please let the office know (in addition to the teacher and, if applicable, Care After School).  Your child’s teacher may be absent or hasn’t had time to read your email during the day.  Thank you!  

    Please make note of the following events and announcements. 

    • PTA FALL FESTIVAL - October 20th, 6-8pm.  For Brookside students and their families - students must be accompanied by a parent.  There will be a Hayride (IMPORTANT:  see schedule below), Face Painting, Pumpkin Decorating, Food Truck and fun.  Volunteers are needed - please sign up here

      • Hayride Times:

        • Last names A-L 6:30 - 7:15

        • Last Names M-Z   7:15 - 8:00

    • NO SCHOOL Friday, October 21st.  Teacher Collaboration Day.  

    • SCHOOL FEES - There are additional costs for reading and math materials and other consumable supplies that are used in areas such as art, science and handwriting.  The fees vary by grade level as the types of materials are different.  The money collected for these materials will be deposited in a school supplies fund that serves your school.  These funds will enable us to provide your child’s teacher with sufficient materials for the classroom.  The fee schedule is as follows:

    Kindergarten - Full Price $24, Reduced $12

    Grades 1, 2, 3                    $42                 $21

    Grades 4, 5                        $36                 $18

    To pay fees,  go to www.worthington.k12.oh.us MyAccount/MyPaymentPlus to pay your school fees.   If paying by check please make your check payable to Brookside Elementary.  Fees must be paid Friday, October 28th.  If your child currently qualifies for free or reduced lunch status, you may be eligible to have some or all of these fees reduced or waived by completing the waiver to allow us to share the information. Unless a waiver is on file, fees must be paid in full.  Any student not participating in free or reduced-price lunch programs is expected to pay student fees. 

    • Yearbook Cover Contest entries are due Monday, the 17th.  

    • KINDERGARTEN GIRL SCOUTS -  All Brookside K girls are invited to try Girl Scouts at a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 6:30pm in the cafeteria at Brookside.  Come learn some fun Girl Scout traditions and meet new friends!  To RSVP or for more information, visit this link: https://bit.ly/GirlScoutInterestForm2022-23 or email Laurie Wirt at lwirt@gsoh.org.

    •  The PTA 2022-2023 Reflections Program - “Show Your Voice” entries deadline is Thursday, October 27th.  Questions? Please email Jeremie at jeremiestevens@hotmail.com.

    • School Picture Retakes, Thursday, November 3rd.

    Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the beautiful colors!  

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    October 7, 2022

    Happy Fall, everyone!  

    It’s a beautiful time of year but mornings are getting chilly.  Students come to school all bundled up for the cold morning and some leave their jackets outside during the warmer recess times.  Our lost and found is starting to accumulate. Please be sure to put your child’s name or initials on the clothing tag.  Parents, do you recognize anything in the photo that was emailed?

    Book Fair Week is coming up!  The Book Fair is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 17th-Thursday, Oct. 20th (no school on Friday). 

    Open times:  

    • Class library times during the week - make up times will be scheduled.  

    • Two evenings:  

      • Monday Oct. 17th 3:30-5:30pm - during Conferences

      • Thursday Oct. 20th 5-8pm

    Reflections Program.  The theme for the 2022-2023 program is "Show Your Voice!"  Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.  Ms. Murray, Brookside’s Art Teacher, is supporting this PTA program by encouraging participation/creation during art class during the month of October. Students are also able to check out art materials they may need to complete their art at home, if they choose to do so. However, please note that a parent signature is required on the entry form in order to participate in the Reflections program. Due Date: Please turn in all artwork and entry forms to the Brookside office no later than Thursday, October 27th.  The student packet, which includes the required entry form was attached to the email.  Questions? Please email Jeremie at jeremiestevens@hotmail.com. Everyone is an artist... Please encourage your child(ren) to participate in this year's program!

    Upcoming events:

    • Tuesday, October 11th - 7:00 pm - PTA Meeting - Brookside Library

    • Tuesday, October 17th - deadline for yearbook cover contest entries.  

    • October 17 - 20th - Parent Teacher Conferences - Your child's teacher will contact you to schedule an appointment.

    • Thursday, October 20th - 6:00-8:00 pm. PTA Fall Festival - at Brookside

    • Friday, October 21st - No school for students.  Teaching Collaboration Day.

    • Tuesday, November 1st - 7:00 pm - PTA Meeting - Brookside Library

    • Thursday, November 3rd - Picture Retakes.  

    Do you plan to move during the school year?  Please notify us as soon as you know you are moving and we will send you a change of address form to complete.

    Have a wonderful weekend!  

    Jenny Wielinski

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    September 30, 2022

    It was another fantastic week at Brookside. We met in our “Houses” for the first time this year so be sure to ask your child about that!  Kindergarten had visits from the Clinton Township Fire Department and the Perry Township horse patrol.  And, students practiced a safety drill.  Thank you, parents, for your continued partnership. We can't do what we do without all of you.  

    In case you haven’t seen our new signs on school grounds, please note:

    • School grounds are not accessible for recreational use during this school day.  

    • School grounds close at dark - violators will be prosecuted.

    • Please keep your dog leashed at all times and properly dispose of your dog’s waste.

    We appreciate your support of these requests to help keep our students safe.  

    Also, parents, please do not park personal vehicles on school property/parking lots during or after school hours.  We have limited parking for staff and parents and need every space we have.  

    Morning Student Dropoff - Parents, please remember to have your child exit the car on the passenger side.  If your child must sit on the driver’s side, please park in the front of the school (not the bus loop) and let them out there.  This is for their safety.  Thank you.  

    Thank you, PTA and parent volunteers for the terrific Mumkins fundraiser. Many hands made light the work. The mums are beautiful! :)

    Upcoming events:

    • Tuesday, October 11th - 7:00 pm - PTA Meeting - Brookside Library

    • Tuesday, October 17th - deadline for yearbook cover contest entries.  

    • October 17 - 20th - Parent Teacher Conferences - Your child's teacher will contact you to schedule an appointment.

    • Thursday, October 20th - 5:00-8:00 pm. PTA Hayride - at Brookside

    • Friday, October 21st - No school for studentsTeaching Collaboration Day.

    • Tuesday, November 1st - 7:00 pm - PTA Meeting - Brookside Library

    • Thursday, November 3rd - Picture Retakes.  

    Do you plan to move during the school year?  Please notify us as soon as you know you are moving and we will send you a change of address form to complete.

    Have a wonderful weekend!  

    Jenny Wielinski


    September 27, 2022

    Don’t forget, parents:  

    Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 28th - School Pictures -  Pictures begin at 7:45; please make sure your child is on time.  If you are not ordering pictures online, you’ll need to send your child’s picture envelope and payment to school.  To order online, you may use this link:  HR Imaging  When asked for your child’s student ID, it is the 9-digit number that begins with “9.”  You can find it on the district portal.  

    Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 28th - Mumkin Pickup - 5:00 - 7:00 PM - Pick up your plants on the front lawn of Brookside School. We cannot hold your plants, so please make plans to have someone come and pick them up. You will receive an email from the fundraising system with a complete list of the people who placed orders under your student’s seller code and a “pull list” to help you collect your plants. We will also have paper copies of both forms for your convenience when you arrive for pick-up.  

    We need help unloading, sorting, counting and loading mums on Wednesday 9/28. Please sign up for a time to help here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0545ADAC2FA5FF2-mumkin3

    Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 28th - Free Reduced Lunch status from last year expires.  If you qualify for free or reduced lunches (which affects fees and kindergarten tuition) and have NOT completed an application this school year, please do so today at  WCS Foodservice.  Starting Thursday the 29, students without free/reduced status for this school year will be charged full price for meals and milk.  Thank you.  

    Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions about the above three events.  Thank you.

    Angie VanHulle, Secretary

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    September 23, 2022

    Hello there!

    We had a beautiful, wonderful week at Brookside.  Thank you, parents, for your continued partnership.  We can't do what we do without all of you.  

    Students are adjusting to the earlier start times!   Just a reminder, the tardy bell rings at 7:40.  When students enter the building after 7:40, they are considered tardy and may miss part of their morning meetings and instruction.  We appreciate your efforts in getting your children to school on time.  We’re in this together.  

    Upcoming events:

    Wednesday, September 28th - School Pictures -  If you are not ordering online, be sure to send your child’s picture envelope and payment to school.  To order online, you may use this link:  HR Imaging

    Mumkin Pickup - Wednesday 9/28 5:00 - 7:00 PM - Congratulations! We sold 961 Mumkins and airplants this season. Now it’s time to come and pick them up!

    Pick up your plants on the front lawn of Brookside School between 5:00 - 7:00 PM. We cannot hold your plants, so please make plans to have someone come and pick them up. You will receive an email from the fundraising system with a complete list of the people who placed orders under your student’s seller code and a “pull list” to help you collect your plants. We will also have paper copies of both forms for your convenience when you arrive for pick-up.

    We need help unloading, sorting, counting and loading mums on Wednesday 9/28. Please sign up for a time to help here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0545ADAC2FA5FF2-mumkin3

    Thank you for helping us reach our goal and raise over $4,770 for Brookside!

    Tuesday, October 11th - 7:00pm - PTA Meeting - Brookside Library

    October 17th - 20th - Parent Teacher Conferences - Your child’s teacher will reach out to you for scheduling.

    Thursday, October 20th - 5:00-8:00 pm.  PTA Hayride - Brookside

    Friday, October 21st - No School for Students.  Teacher Collaboration Day.

    Planning to move during the school year?  Please notify us as soon as you know you are moving and we will send you a Change of Address form.  Thank you!

    Ready for Reading - Volunteers Needed

    Brookside is looking for volunteers to build reading skills with kindergarten students. Even if you only have 30 minutes a week, our kindergarten students would love to welcome you! Read below for more information and click HERE to register. Following registration, a program coordinator from our school will be in touch with more information.

    Have a wonderful weekend.  

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    September 16, 2022

    Hello there!

    Everyone is settling in well here at Brookside.  We thank you for all you do as parents in partnership with Brookside staff!

    Make sure to check out our newsletter on the web at Brookside Newsletter

    Notes from the Kitchen:  

    • Students are doing a great job with their PIN numbers - good job, everyone! 
    • Please remember that we are a nut free school and this includes ALL nuts and Nutella, (not just peanuts).  Thank you!  
    • We are seeing several school lunches being thrown away at lunchtime.  We always try to encourage students to eat at least some of their lunches but many are saying they don’t like the day’s selection.  Can you please look at the online menu with your child - maybe for the whole week ahead and plan to pack a lunch on days your child doesn’t like the selections?  We want our students to be fed and ready to learn!  Thank you.  

    Planning to move during the school year?  Please notify us as soon as you know you are moving and we will send you a Change of Address form.  Thank you!

    Upcoming events:

    Thursday, September 22nd - Special Ed Building Bridges Event - 5:00--7:30pm, at the Possibility Playground and the field between Sutter and Liberty. Sponsored by the Special Education Parent Mentor and the Special Ed Department, this event is for all district special education families from early childhood to high school. 

    Wednesday, September 28th - School Pictures -  Order forms were sent home; online ordering will be available.  

    Wednesday, September 28th - Mumkin Pickup - 4:30pm at Brookside.

    Tuesday, October 11th - 7:00pm - PTA Meeting - Brookside Library

    October 17th - 20th - Parent Teacher Conferences - Your child’s teacher will reach out to you for scheduling.

    Thursday, October 20th - 5:00-8:00 pm.  PTA Hayride - Brookside

    Friday, October 21st - No School for Students.  Teacher Collaboration Day.

    Ready for Reading - Volunteers Needed

    Brookside is looking for volunteers to build reading skills with kindergarten students. Even if you only have 30 minutes a week, our kindergarten students would love to welcome you! Read below for more information and click HERE to register. Following registration, a program coordinator from our school will be in touch with more information.

    Have a wonderful weekend.  

     Jenny Wielinski

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    September 9, 2022

     

    September Greetings!

     

    We hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather as much as we are.  Students are loving their recess times, especially on Tuesdays and Thursdays when they participate in Marathon Milers.  It’s a great way for them to unwind after MAP testing.   

     

    Here are some upcoming events and information:

     

    Monday, September 12th - Mumkin Sale Deadline!

    Mumkins will be delivered to Brookside for pickup on Wednesday, September 28th.

     

    Thursday, September 22nd - Special Ed Building Bridges Event - 5:00--7:30pm, at the Possibility Playground and the field between Sutter and Liberty. Sponsored by the Special Education Parent Mentor and the Special Ed Department, this event is for all district special education families from early childhood to high school. The goal is to establish, build and be in community with one another. So, come “Play and Interact!"  Taquitos Tacos and Kona Ice food trucks will be there.  See the attached flyers.  

     

    Wednesday, September 28th - School Pictures -  Order forms will be sent home soon; online ordering is available.  

     

    October 17th - 20th - Parent Teacher Conferences - Your child’s teacher will reach out to you for scheduling.

     

    October 21st - Teacher Collaboration Day - no school for students - 

     

    Notes from the Kitchen

    • Students are doing really well learning and using their pin numbers but many still need some help memorizing theirs.    

    • If your student is full-pay for school meals, please make sure there is money in their account.  Money may be added by using  My Payments Plus (the preferred way) or by sending money to school.

    • Milk is not free; it comes with a full meal but it is 50 cents if purchased with a packed lunch is a second milk.

    • If you believe you may qualify for free or reduced lunch, you must complete the Free/Reduced Benefit form online.  

    • Sunbutter and jelly sandwiches are ONLY available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

    • The menu says apples, oranges and pears but those will not be offered every day.  We provide a different selection of fruits and vegetables on the cold bar every day.  All students must take at least one item from the cold bar. 

    • There will be a change to the menu for Sept. 19.  The hot dogs will be turkey instead of beef.

     

    Library

    Worthington City Elementary School students will be using Keyboarding Without Tears, a web-based application that teaches pre-keyboarding and keyboarding skills.  This is to equip students to confidently produce written work and meet the academic demands of today’s learning environments.  See the attached flier for information and log-in instructions.  

     

    Ready for Reading - Volunteers Needed

    Brookside is looking for volunteers to build reading skills with kindergarten students. Even if you only have 30 minutes a week, our kindergarten students would love to welcome you! Read below for more information and click HERE to register. Following registration, a program coordinator from our school will be in touch with more information.

    Have a wonderful weekend.  

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    September 2, 2022

     

    Greetings, Families!

     

    It was wonderful to see so many of you at Curriculum Night on Wednesday.  When parents and teachers are on the same page about standards and expectations, everyone benefits. We appreciate your support and all you do for your kids.

     

    Just a reminder that there is no school on Monday, September 5th, in observance of Labor Day.  

     

    The PTA Mumkin Sale - online only - runs through Wednesday, September 14th.  We can guarantee that you will not be disappointed with your mums.  Those of us who purchased them last year were thrilled with the size and quality.  You should have received an email from the Mumkin Sale Chairman - if you have not, please respond to this email.  Thank you!

     

    Ready For Reading

    Brookside is looking for volunteers to build reading skills with kindergarten students. Even if you only have 30 minutes a week, our kindergarten students would love to welcome you! Read below for more information and click HERE or on the flyer to register. Following registration, a program coordinator from our school will be in touch with more information.

    https://forms.gle/9eXumdQNkZvdZqeU8

     

    Want to be a Worthington Schools Volunteer?

     

    Classroom Volunteers 

    1. If you have lived in Ohio for the past 5 years, you must complete an online background check, click Volunteer Background Check (https://www.worthington.k12.oh.us/Page/3014) to access the form.  When Approved, you will receive a Volunteer Badge in the mail from BIB/Secure Volunteer. (Form can also be found on our District Website under Quick Links - Volunteer Background Check)

    2. If you have not lived in Ohio for the past 5 years, you must schedule an appointment with HR to get a background check. Click HERE (https://go.nemoqappointment.com/Booking/Booking/Index/WSDBC) to schedule an appointment.

     

    Speaking of volunteers, the PTA has a number of open volunteer roles for the 2022-2023 school year.  There are many ways to give back and you don't have to come to all the meetings!  Check these out:  Volunteer Opportunities.  

     

    Have a wonderful 3-day weekend with your family.

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    August 26, 2022

    Greetings,

    What a great week at Brookside as students ease into their new routines.  We see quite a few kiddos still trying to adjust to the earlier start time.  An earlier bedtime just might be the ticket.  You can tell them the school wants them to go to bed earlier.  😊

    Car/bus loop - please pull all the way around the loop as far as you can before dropping off your child.  Thank you.  

    Please remind your child that if he/she packs a lunch, they should not ask for a school lunch when they enter the cafeteria.  Quite a few students are doing that and we ran out of school lunches the other day.  We appreciate your help with this.    

    Curriculum Night is next Wednesday, August 31st.  There will be two identical sessions for those parents who have more than one child at Brookside - 6:30-7:10pm and 7:20-8:00pm.  Teachers will review what students will be learning according to state standards, classroom routines and expectations.  We hope to see you there!

    Just prior to Curriculum Night, at 6:00 in the library, there will be a Title I “Parent Engagement” meeting. As a Title I school, we are looking for a small group of parents who can represent others regarding support services within our school.  We will also discuss what it means for a school to receive Title I funding for a schoolwide program.  There will be four meetings per year. These can be in collaboration with other family nights or on zoom.  A flier is attached with the information.  

    Cub Scouts is beginning their recruitment process with an Orientation and Recruitment Night at Brookside on Tuesday, September 6th at 6:30.  Leaders will be popping into the cafeteria during lunch to let the students know about their programs.  Please see the attached flier for more information.

    Finally, we want to encourage you to become a PTA member and help enhance the learning experience at Brookside.  You can sign up using this link:  Brookside PTA

    Have a wonderful weekend with your family and friends.

    Jenny Wielinski, Principal

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    8-19-22

    Hello, Brookside families,

    We had a fantastic school year opening!  Students and staff kicked off the first day with a tour of the building and related expectations.  Watching them practice what they learned shows us they are good listeners!  Thank you for all your hard work getting them prepared.  We appreciate you.  

    • Safety 1st - Car Loop: 

      • Parents, when dropping your child off at school, pull all the way around the circle.  We are trying to utilize the entire circle for a more efficient drop-off.

      • Please remain in your cars and have your child exit the car on the passenger/curb side.  

      • Please make sure your child is ready to exit the car in a quick but safe manner.

    Here’s what’s coming up at Brookside:

    • Marathon Milers:  Want to run/walk around with your friends? Want to exercise while having fun and earn shoe tokens for goals that you meet? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to join the Brookside Elementary Marathon Milers program using the link below.  Our primary goal is to have fun while running/walking together as a group during lunch recess. All Brookside Elementary students are welcome to participate! We would love for you to discuss this opportunity with your child and ask for you to support him or her being committed to running or walking at least 1 lap (.25 miles) on each recess running day (Tuesdays and Thursdays this fall). Thank you for your support!  Marathon Milers Registration

    • Curriculum Night for Parents & Guardians: Wednesday, August 31st, 6:30-7:10pm and 7:20-8pm (identical sessions) - Teachers will review what students will be learning according to state standards, classroom routines & expectations.  We hope to see you there!

    • No School on Monday, September 5th.  Labor Day Observance

    • School Pictures - Wednesday, September 28th.

    Message from our PTA:  Please see the attached letter from our PTA and consider becoming a member.  PTA provides much needed support to Brookside students, staff and families.  To do all of the things they do, they need your help! Join today!  Join PTA Here

    Buddy Boxes:  The Family Mentor Foundation is continuing to provide Buddy Boxes to students every Friday.  These boxes contain kid-friendly, nutritious, nonperishable, individual sized food items that are easy for children to eat or or prepare on their own.  If you would like for your child to receive these every Friday, please let your child’s teacher or the school office know.  

     Free Produce for Families:  The Mid Ohio Food Collective and Vineyard Columbus provide free produce for pickup.  The attached flier has complete information.  

    Have a wonderful weekend with your family and friends.  

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    August 12, 2022

     

    Hello, Brookside families,

     

    We hope you are enjoying the last few days of summer break with your children.  Everyone at Brookside is super excited to meet our students and we are geared up for a fantastic year!

     

    Remember, the PTA Ice Cream Social/Meet the Teacher is this Monday, August 15th, from 6-7:30pm. In addition to classroom visits, parents can pick up their pre-ordered school supply kits, pay fees, and grab a “practice” number pad for your child to practice inputting his/her pin number for school meals. Representatives from the PTA and Girl Scouts will be on hand to welcome you as well. 

    Please bring the yellow STUDENT TRANSPORTATION HOME form that was mailed last week about your child(ren)’s transportation home from school.  We must have this information on or before the first day of school so classroom teachers will know how your child is getting home.  If you cannot attend the event on Monday evening, make sure to send it with your child on the first day of school. Thank you!

    We want to remind you, once again:

    NUT FREE - As was the case in 2021-22, all elementary buildings are nut free.  Please do not bring anything to the school containing nuts - this includes packed lunches.  Thank you.   

    SCHOOL START DATES

    • The first day of school is Wednesday, August 17th. 

    • Full Day Kindergarten students will stagger their start days:

      • Wednesday, August 17th - only students with last names A-L attend

      • Thursday, August 18th - only students with last names M-Z attend

    • Half Day (a.m.) Kindergarten Students begin on Thursday, August 18th.  Due to the small class size, they will not have staggered starts.

    • Friday, August 19th - all kindergarten students attend class

    NEW SCHOOL HOURS:

    • 7:40 am - 2:20 pm

    • A.M Kindergarten hours are 7:40 am - 10:30 am.  ‘

    • Drop-off starts at 7:30 am

    BUS INFORMATION:  You may access your child’s bus information on the WCS website under “FIND IT FAST - Transportation.”

    FOODSERVICE - All school food service departments are required by the USDA to begin to return to pre-pandemic operations for the 2022-2023 school year. This means that school breakfasts and lunches will no longer be free for everyone.  If you feel you qualify for free or reduced lunch prices for your children, please complete the application on this link:    Free/Reduced Application Qualifying here will also reduce or eliminate school fees.  There is a place on this website where you can download a paper application if you need.  Daily menus and breakfast/lunch prices are also on this link.  

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    July 27, 2022

    Hello Brookside Families,

    Welcome to the 2022-23 school year!  We are looking forward to a fantastic year for Brookside families, students, and staff.   

    In order to be more efficient and help save money on paper and postage, Brookside will be doing most of our communication via email.  Please double check that your email address is correct.  Instructions appear below for accessing your contact information on the Worthington School Parent Portal.  

    We realize that this first email of the school year is lengthy, but it contains very important information about school hours, foodservice, fees, access to the parent portal, and upcoming dates.  Please take a few minutes to look over all the information.  

    First, please join us in welcoming new members to the Brookside family:

    • Miss Kayla Heinlen:  A.M. Kindergarten Teacher
    • Miss Rachel Klass:  2nd Grade Teacher
    • Miss Tiana Overton:  DLS Teacher
    • Mrs. Katie-Jean Brintlinger:  Academic Coach
    • Ms. Jamie Vagnier:  DLS Classroom Assistant

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR 2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR

    NUT FREE - As was the case in 2021-22, all elementary buildings are nut free.  Please do not bring anything to the school containing nuts - this includes packed lunches.  Thank you.   

    SCHOOL START DATES

    • The first day of school is Wednesday, August 17th. 
    • Full Day Kindergarten students will stagger their start days:
      • Wednesday, August 17th - only students with last names A-L attend
      • Thursday, August 18th - only students with last names M-Z attend
    • Half Day (a.m.) Kindergarten Students begin on Thursday, August 18th.  Due to the small class size, they will not have staggered starts.
    • Friday, August 19th - all kindergarten students attend class

    NEW SCHOOL HOURS:

    • 7:40 am - 2:20 pm
    • A.M Kindergarten hours are 7:40 am - 10:30 am.  ‘
    • Drop-off starts at 7:30 am

    CLASS LISTS will be posted inside the lobby of the school at 9am on Friday, August 12th.

    ATTENDANCE:  Parents, please call the school if your child is going to be absent or tardy.  

    BUS INFORMATION:  You may access your child’s bus information beginning August 9th on the WCS website.

    FOODSERVICE - All school food service departments are required by the USDA to begin to return to pre-pandemic operations for the 2022-2023 school year. This means that school breakfasts and lunches will no longer be free for everyone.  If you feel you qualify for free or reduced lunch prices for your children, please complete the application on this link:    Free/Reduced Application Qualifying here will also reduce or eliminate school fees.  There is a place on this website where you can download a paper application if you need.  Daily menus and breakfast/lunch prices are also on this link. 

    STUDENT TRANSPORTATION HOME:  We are mailing a form to all parents about their child(ren)’s transportation home from school.  We need this form on or before the first day of school so classroom teachers will know how your child is getting home.  You can bring it with you to the ice cream social on August 15th, or send it on the first day of school.  Thank you!

    CONTACT INFORMATION:  Parents, please make sure your contact information is correct in the parent portal.  You can access the portal* on the WCS website.  It is critical that we have correct contact information in case of an emergency at school and for keeping you informed about school events.  Instructions for using the parent portal appear here.

    PARENT LOG-IN:  Parents can access their own login credentials by clicking the Password Recovery link under Quick Links on the Worthington Schools main page. Enter the email address on the portal and you will get an email with your district-provided username and password, which you can use to login to the Parent Portal as well as Infinite Campus.

    FINDING STUDENT ID#:  For My Payments Plus, you can find your child's Student ID # by logging in to Infinite Campus and clicking on “Today.” The 9-digit student number is under student name, visible on both the app and when accessing Infinite Campus through the Parent Portal or the Infinite Campus website.

    SCHOOL FEES: These are annual fees that cover consumable materials (not school supplies) for reading/language arts, math, science, handwriting, music and math. Fees may be paid online through My Payments Plus or via check at the school.  Elementary fee amounts are: Kindergarten $24, grades 1-3 $42, grades 4-5 $36.

    SCHOOL SUPPLIES LISTS: These lists are posted on our website.

    BROOKSIDE PTA - Brookside is fortunate to have a wonderful PTA! The PTA is very active in supporting Brookside students and staff; their time and efforts have benefited Brookside for many years.  Consider becoming  a member of our PTA. See our school website.

    IMPORTANT DATES

    Aug 6: First Time Bus Riders event for incoming kindergarten students will be 10-11am at Worthington Education Center, 200 E Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington.  

    Aug 9-10:  Show What You Know assessment for incoming kindergarten students (by appointment).

    Aug 15: PTA Ice Cream Social/Meet the Teacher, at Brookside, 6-7:30pm

    Aug 17: First day of school for students in grades 1-5 and full-day kindergarten students with last names beginning A-L only.

    Aug 18: First day of school for full day kindergarten students with last names beginning M-Z only.  First day of school for all a.m. kindergarten students.  

    Aug 19: All kindergarten students report to school.  

    Aug 31 - Curriculum Night 6:30-7:10pm and 7:20-8pm (identical sessions)  - Teachers will review what students will be learning according to state standards, classroom routines & expectations. 

    Sep 5: No school - Labor Day

    Sep 28: School Pictures

    You can always find what you need on our website at Brookside Website and our monthly newsletters are updated throughout the month so check it often. As always, don’t hesitate to call if you have questions or need additional information.  

    We hope to see you all at the PTA Ice Cream Social and are looking forward to a great school year!

    Warmly,

    Jenny Wielinski, Principal

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    August 12, 2022

    Hello, Brookside families,

     

    We hope you are enjoying the last few days of summer break with your children.  Everyone at Brookside is super excited to meet our students and we are geared up for a fantastic year!

     

    Remember, the PTA Ice Cream Social/Meet the Teacher is this Monday, August 15th, from 6-7:30pm. In addition to classroom visits, parents can pick up their pre-ordered school supply kits, pay fees, and grab a “practice” number pad for your child to practice inputting his/her pin number for school meals. Representatives from the PTA and Girl Scouts will be on hand to welcome you as well. 

    Please bring the yellow STUDENT TRANSPORTATION HOME form that was mailed last week about your child(ren)’s transportation home from school.  We must have this information on or before the first day of school so classroom teachers will know how your child is getting home.  If you cannot attend the event on Monday evening, make sure to send it with your child on the first day of school. Thank you!

    We want to remind you, once again:

    NUT FREE - As was the case in 2021-22, all elementary buildings are nut free.  Please do not bring anything to the school containing nuts - this includes packed lunches.  Thank you.   

    SCHOOL START DATES

    • The first day of school is Wednesday, August 17th. 

    • Full Day Kindergarten students will stagger their start days:

      • Wednesday, August 17th - only students with last names A-L attend

      • Thursday, August 18th - only students with last names M-Z attend

    • Half Day (a.m.) Kindergarten Students begin on Thursday, August 18th.  Due to the small class size, they will not have staggered starts.

    • Friday, August 19th - all kindergarten students attend class

    NEW SCHOOL HOURS:

    • 7:40 am - 2:20 pm

    • A.M Kindergarten hours are 7:40 am - 10:30 am.  ‘

    • Drop-off starts at 7:30 am

    BUS INFORMATION:  You may access your child’s bus information on the WCS website under “FIND IT FAST - Transportation.”

    FOODSERVICE - All school food service departments are required by the USDA to begin to return to pre-pandemic operations for the 2022-2023 school year. This means that school breakfasts and lunches will no longer be free for everyone.  If you feel you qualify for free or reduced lunch prices for your children, please complete the application on this link:    Free/Reduced Application Qualifying here will also reduce or eliminate school fees.  There is a place on this website where you can download a paper application if you need.  Daily menus and breakfast/lunch prices are also on this link.  

    Enjoy your weekend.  We hope to see you Monday evening at the Ice cream Social.

    Jenny Wielinski, Principal

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