Parent Emails

  • November 15, 2021

    Hello, parents,

    Tomorrow night, November 16th, is Family Night Open Gym, from 6-8:30pm. 

    IMPORTANT:

    • Please understand that this event is for Brookside students K-5 ONLY. The gym is only set up for our students so no older or younger siblings are permitted to attend. Safety first.
    • K-5 students who attend must be accompanied by a parent or guardian - this is NOT a dropoff event.
    • Families, please adhere to this schedule.  
    • 6:00-6:30 Last Names A,B,C,D,E
    • 6:30—7:00 Last Names F,G,H, I,J
    • 7:00-7:30 Last Names K,L,M,N
    • 7:30-8:00 Last Names O,P,Q,R,S
    • 8:00-8:30 Last Names T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z

    If you signed up for the Virtual Family STEM Night this Wednesday the 17th, here’s the zoom link you will need to participate.  STEM Night Zoom Link  The meeting ID is 976 8862 0664.

    Lastly, please dress your children appropriately for winter - students go outside for scheduled recesses when the temperature is above 20 degrees.  It would also be helpful if you could  please mark your child’s name inside his/her coat.  

    Thank you for taking the time to read this email.  Have a great day.

    Jenny Wielinski,

    Principal

    November 11, 2021

    Dear Brookside families,

    Happy Veterans Day!  We want to thank all of our veterans for their service to our country. 

    We normally have a school-wide assembly with our students, their family members and veterans.  Since these are not normal times, an assembly was out of the question.  Instead, our music teacher, Mrs. Ecos, put together this video concert featuring our 2nd and 3rd grade students.  You may see the video on our website.  

    We hope you enjoy the video.  Our weekly email will be sent tomorrow.

     

    November 5, 2021

    Hello, parents,

    I realize you are receiving multiple emails from us and the district this week so we'll keep this short.  

    • The November newsletters are posted on the website.  You can access Brookside's here and the PTA newsletter here.  
    • Don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour this Sunday the 7th!
    • PTA Pond cleanup is this Sunday the 7th, from 12-3pm.  We will be raking leaves so please bring a rake if you have one and don't forget your gardening gloves. 
    • PTA Meeting on Tuesday the 9th, 7pm, at Brookside.  

    Mark your calendars, parents:

    • PTA Open Gym night is on November 16th, 6-8:30 pm.  Time slots are assigned according to students' last names (see their newsletter).
    • Title I Virtual Family STEM night will be held on November 17th.  Please see the information on the attached flyer.  

    We can't thank you enough for your partnership with Brookside.  You are truly appreciated.  Have a wonderful weekend with your families.  Go Buckeyes!

    Warmly,

    Jenny Wielinski

    Principal

    October 29, 2021

    Hello, parents,

    We had another great week at Brookside.  Students enjoyed their classrooms' Harvest Celebrations which included virtual dance sessions with Mrs. Ecos. 

    There is no school on Tuesday, November 2nd; it is a professional development day for staff.  

    Picture retakes are Thursday, November 4th.  If your child is having his/her picture retaken, they must have their picture package with them.  This does not apply to digital packages.  All students who were absent on picture day will have their pictures taken.  

    We are hosting a Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Worthington Resource Pantry and St. Michael Church.  They expect to serve 750 families in December and your help is needed.  The items they requested are listed on the attached flyer and can be brought to Brookside by November 11th.  Your help is appreciated! 

    Students are invited to participate in the PTA Reflections Program.  Reflections is a National PTA program that provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life. The theme for the 2021-2022 program year is "I Will Change The World By...." Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This 50+ year-old program helps them explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.  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.  First, all entries submitted to the Brookside PTA will be recognized and judged in their grade level divisions.  All entries will be showcased in a presentation shared with all student and parents and winners will be announced by December 8th. Winning entries are sent to the Worthington School District for judging. District winners are submitted to Ohio PTA to be judged at the state level. 1st place entries at the state level are then sent on to the National PTA to represent the Ohio PTA in the final National PTA judging round.  More information about the Worthington Reflections Program can be found on the Worthington Reflections Program website: www.worthingtonreflections.org.

    We are sending a separate email regarding Panorama Surveys.  Please be on the lookout for this email later today.  Thank you.

    For all the Brookside updates and information, please check our website.  

    Have a wonderful weekend with your family and friends.  

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  • October 22, 2021

    Hello, parents,

    The days are getting cooler... finally!  Please dress your child for outdoor recess and please put his/her name inside their coats and jackets.  Thank you.  

    Please take note of these upcoming Brookside events:

    • Friday, October 29th - deadline for Yearbook Cover Art Contest
    • Tuesday, November 2nd - no school for students - teacher workday
    • Thursday, November 4th - pictures retakes and pictures for new or absent students.  Order forms will be sent home on Monday.  

    We also want to make you aware of an event sponsored by Worthington C.A.R.E.S Coalition Speaker Series:  Operation Street Smart.  November 3rd, 6-8pm at WKHS.  See the attached flyer for more information.  

    Have a wonderful weekend with your families.  Go Buckeyes!

    Jenny Wielinski

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  • October 22, 2021

    Dear Brookside Families,

    The holiday season is fast approaching and it is time again for the Holiday Assistance program sponsored by the Worthington Kilbourne Student Council (Kilbourne Elves).

    An appplication for Holiday Assistance is attached (copies are also available in the school office).  Forms must be completed and returned by Monday, November 1st to the school office. All information will be kept confidential. 

    Assistance is limited to grades K-6 only and will be filled on a first come first served basis.  There are a limited number of providers and there is no guarantee that all applicants will receive assistance.

    Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

    Jenny Wielinski, Principal

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  • October 14, 2021

    Hello, Brookside families,

    Thank you for attending parent-teacher conferences this week.  Knowing that teachers and parents are united for the good of the child helps motivate students to do their best.   We so appreciate your partnership!

    Here are a couple of reminders:

    • Tonight (Thursday) is the PTA Hayride/Family Fun Night at Brookside from 6:30-8pm. This is a family event for Brookside; students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
    • There is no school tomorrow, Friday, October 15th.  
    • Students who arrive late to school (after 8:00 am) must be signed in by a parent.  Thank you.  

    Thanksgiving meals being offered!  Flourish Chiropractic is offering to provide Thanksgiving meals to families in need.  They will provide a turkey, canned vegetables and gravy, stuffing mix, chicken stock, cranberry sauce and a pumpkin pie.  Items will be delivered to your home.  If you wish to be considered for the program, send your request to the school, in writing.  Please include your name, your child's name, your contact information, address (where your meal will be delivered), and the number of people in your family.  The number of families to be served is limited and there is no guarantee that everyone who applies will be served.  Meals are being provided on a  first come, first served basis.  The deadline for applying is November 1st. You will be notified the first week of November with more information. 

    We are still accepting applications for the Holiday Assistance Program sponsored by the WKHS Student Counsel (Kilbourne Elves). The submission deadline is November 1st.  

    Note:  November 2nd is a professional learning day for teachers.  There is no school for students.  

    Have a wonderful 3-day weekend with your families.  

    Jenny Wielinski

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  • October 8, 2021

    Dear Brookside Families,

    Here is the link to our October Newsletter. Brookside October Newsletter.  Please check out the PTA Upcoming Events.  They need volunteers for the Hayride next Thursday, October 14th.  You can sign up here.  

    Conference week is next week (Monday-Thursday) and so is the Scholastic Book Fair.  Your child will have an opportunity to visit the book fair during his/her scheduled library time.  

    There is no school for students next Friday, the 15th - it's teacher collaboration day.  

    Don't forget to check our website regularly for updates, newsletters and links to past emails.  

    Have a wonderful weekend with your families and friends!

    Jenny Wielinski, Principal

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  • September 28, 2021

    Good morning, Brookside families,

    You are invited to celebrate "30 Years of Kilbourne Tailgate" this Friday, October 1st, at Ron Hopper Stadium at WKHS.  The attached flyer has all the information.  

    Parents, due to an ADAMH Grant received by the district last year, Active Parenting sessions are being provided to support families.  These sessions are hosted by Amy Ambrozich and Lori Povisil who've been trained to lead this work.  Please see the attached flyer for more information - the Registration deadline is October 6th.  

    Upcoming safety drill:  The safety of our staff, students, and community is always a priority in Worthington Schools.  Statistics show that when staff and students within a school are prepared with knowledge and practice, they respond to emergency situations with positive results. For that reason, schools have always engaged in routines, drills and learning that support everyone’s safety.  Our school participates in the following drills:

    1. Fire Drills that provide knowledge about reporting fire hazards, and experience with a safe evacuation of the building using multiple exits 
    2. Weather Drills that provide knowledge about how to be calm and safe in the event of weather related events (such as a tornado), and experience with locating sheltered space within the building in which safety is maximized. 
    3. Lock-Down Drills that provide knowledge about circumstances in which free movement in and around the building is curtailed (such as neighborhood disturbances or unruly school visitors), and experience with locking down the school perimeter, classrooms, and common areas to keep students safe in a secure area until the circumstance passes. 
    4. Rally-Point Drills that provide knowledge about exiting the building safely, (such as a gas leak or unsafe school visitor), and experience with walking to a predetermined safe space. 
    5. Public schools are required by Ohio law to engage in a "Full Scale" Safety Drill every three years. A "Full Scale" drill is one that combines traditionally practiced drills and will include a controlled classroom lockdown and simulated evacuation of the school, including processes to move students away from the school building in the case of presence of danger at school. 
    6. Worthington school staff have been trained in emergency response using the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training model. Part of this training for staff included how to take additional counter measures during a “lockdown” to facilitate students in an evacuation to a school “Rally Point” from which students could be transported to a “reunification” location to be joined with parents/guardians. Reunification points may vary, but the Worthington Education Center (WEC) would be considered first. 

      Prior to conducting the full scale safety drill, it is important to prepare students for participation in an age-appropriate manner.  Our librarian shared an age-appropriate informational picture book with students in grades K-2. The book outlines awareness building for students, and includes teaching about a school rally point, which students will locate and visit. Students in grades 3-5 have participated in this read aloud previously. Should you like to preview the book, please reach out to your building principal. 

      Additionally, in the days leading up to each building’s full scale drill, classroom teachers will lead students in an age appropriate discussion that allows students to understand the steps involved in completing the full scale drill. The purpose of this is to eliminate any feelings of surprise and to allow students to know what to expect. 

      Our schools are great communities for learning. Being prepared for unplanned interruptions is one way to build confidence for ultimate student safety. The safety of our staff, students, and community is always our priority. 

    Please feel free to reach out if you have questions about our scheduled drills.

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