Parent Emails

  • May 13, 2022

    Hello, parents,

    I hope you have been enjoying the beautiful weather.  You’ve probably noticed that the front of the school is undergoing some changes.  We are widening the sidewalks and replacing the lighting around the bus loop for safety and increased accessibility for everyone.

    We want to remind you of a few things as we wrap up the end of the school year:

    • Please check our website throughout the summer for the latest newsletter and other updates.  
    • Please have your child check lost and found if he/she is missing a coat or jacket.  With the warmer weather, we are finding more items left on the playground.  All items not claimed by June 30th will be donated to a charitable organization.  Thank you.  
    • Coming events - May::
      • 17th Bobcat Walk - 10am
      • Kindergarten Orientation (for 2022-23) - 3:30, 4:15, 5:00
      • 19th Senior Tea - 3-4pm
      • 24th Fifth grade recognition ceremony -10am
      • 25th Brookside Bash/Field Day (scheduled volunteers only)
      • Fifth grade clap out - 2:25pm
      • Last Day of School - have a wonderful summer!!

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    May 9, 2022

    Hello, families,

    It’s hard to believe that we only have thirteen days left in the 2021-22 school year. We have had a wonderful year with your children and appreciate the job that YOU do raising these incredible kids!

    The Shine Bright Arts Showcase on Friday was a huge success.  Students’ artwork and the talent show highlighted all the gifts that our students bring to Brookside.  Thank you to Miss Murray and Mrs. Ecos for the hours and hours of work they put into this program!

    Upcoming events:

    May 17:

    • Bobcat Walk (rescheduled from May 6th due to rain)
    • Kindergarten (22-23) Orientation (pm)

    May 24:

    • Recognition Ceremony for 5th grade families

    May 25:

    • Brookside Bash and Field day (for students and scheduled volunteers only).  
    • Last day of school for students - 5th grade clap out at 2:25 (parents may wait outside for students to march out.)

    On the last day of school, everyone will need a sack lunch.  Mrs. Wingerter in the cafeteria can pack lunches for those who need them.  Bringing lunch from home is also an option.  Please let your child’s teacher know if he or she needs a packed lunch by next Monday, May 16th.  Thank you!

    Playground after hours - several students have reported that when they come to the playground on the weekends, there are students on the roof of the school.  This is very concerning as someone could be seriously injured.  We ask if you witness and/or your child reports behavior that could pose danger to someone, please call the Perry Township Police at 614-889-1231.  Thank you!

    Have a wonderful week; enjoy the beautiful weather.  

    Jenny Wielinski, Principal

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    April 29, 2022

    Hello, Brookside Families,

    Testing is over and everyone did a great job.  Thank you, again, for your support and partnership throughout the year.  It’s hard to believe that we have only 3½ weeks of school left.  The last day of school for students is Wednesday, May 25th.

    We are excited to share these upcoming events:

    Brookside Bobcat Walk, May 6th at 10:00 AM

    This is an all-school fundraising event for the PTA.  Students participate in a short, supervised walk through the neighborhood while residents cheer them on.  It’s a lot of fun for everyone! 

    • Please help the PTA reach its goal of $4,500 for our biggest fundraiser of the year.
    • Link to donate: Bobcat Walk 2022
    • Text to donate:  TEXT BOBCATWALK to 44321 or use the QR code below.  

     Shine Bright! Brookside Arts Showcase, May 6th, starting at 6pm

    • During school hours, all students will have the opportunity to see the Art Gallery and the Talent Show.
    • 6:00-6:30pm - K-4th grade families are welcome to view the gallery.  
    • 6:45 - 5th grade families are welcome to view the Art Gallery.
    • 7:15 - 5th Grade Talent Showcase for 5th grade families is expected to end around 8PM.

    Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week!  Send a special shout-out to your child's teacher for $10 and they will receive a lunch from Jersey Mike's, Ice Cream from DQ, AND a complimentary yoga class from GoYoga! All proceeds benefit the WEA scholarship fund for graduating seniors! WIN-WIN! Go to: https://wea-thank-a-teacher.com/form  (Please note: Quantities are limited and we expect this to sell out very quickly. Link will be removed at 6pm Saturday OR as soon as we sell out-whichever comes first!!!)

    There’s a lot going on as we wind down the school year.  Please keep your eyes on our website and look for our weekly emails.  

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Jenny Wielinski

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    April 22, 2022

    Hello, Brookside families,

    Our 3rd and 4th graders are done with Ohio State Testing!  Thank you so much for sending them to school so well-prepared.  Fifth grade will finish up with Science next Wednesday and Thursday.

    We have a couple of things to share with you.

    1. The PTA Pond Spring Clean up is this Sunday, the 24th, from 12-3pm.  Please bring your own tools and lawn bags if you can make it.  
    2. Parents, please make sure you update your contact information, including your email address, via the parent portal on the district website. It is especially important that email addresses are correct as this is our primary means of communicating information to you.  Thank you!
    3. The PTA Brookside Spirit Wear sale has been extended to Wednesday, April 27th.  A flier is attached so you can see the shirt.  You can order online here.  
    4. The School Supply Kit Sale deadline for paper order forms is today,  April 22nd.  Online orders can be placed through Friday, April 29th at https://www.shopttkits.com/
    5. Title I Survey - We appreciate you taking a few minutes to complete this survey: 
      1. Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA), provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.  Our school receives Title IA funding. To help us continue to grow and improve our support of students, would you please take five minutes before May 6, 2022 to complete the survey linked below?  Thank you!
        1. End of Year Title 1 Parent/Guardian Survey - English
        2. End of Year Title 1 Parent/Guardian Survey - Spanish

    And… Save the Date:  Shine Bright - Brookside Arts Showcase, Friday, May 6th.  There will be a K-5th Art Gallery Walk for everyone and a 5th grade Talent Showcase for 5th grade families.  More details to follow.  

    Have a nice, warm weekend with your family.

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    April 19, 2022

    Hello, Brookside Families,

    We hope you enjoyed the recent break with your families.  We're glad to be back with your children. 

    Our 3rd, 4th and 5th will take the Math portion of the Ohio State Tests on April 20th and 21st.  Thank you for all you are doing to encourage them to do their best!

    We have recently updated the newsletter that you can access here. We continuously update it on our website for your convenience.

    Lastly, there are several organizations who are promoting Earth Day by providing trees for our 1st, 4th and 5th grade students.  They are bare root, bagged, about 12-18” high and easy for students to carry home this week.   Please be on the lookout for them.

    Take care and have a wonderful week.  

    Jenny Wielinski

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    BREAKFAST AT SCHOOL BEGINS MONDAY, APRIL 18th!

    April 8, 2022

    Brookside families,

    Now that COVID restrictions have been lifted, we are able to offer breakfast at school again.   This will begin on Monday, April 18th, when students return from Spring Break.

    Students who wish to eat breakfast at school will be able to enter the building at 7:35 and eat breakfast in the cafeteria.  Students who do not eat breakfast at school may enter the building at their regular time of 7:40.  Effective today, April 8th, we will no longer be sending breakfast home with students.  

    Parents, if your child will be eating breakfast at school, please make sure they arrive at school with ample time to eat so they will not be late for class.  Thank you!

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

    Have a wonderful spring break with your families next week.  We will see everyone back at school on April 18th.

    Jenny Wielinski

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    April 3, 2022

    Hello Brookside Families,

    The April 2022 newsletter is now posted on our website.  

    Only one week until a much-needed spring break.  There is still a lot of learning going on and we want students to be ready for the next grade level.  Our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders completed the English Language Arts portion of the Ohio State Tests.  They will take the Math portion on April 20th and 21st, and 5th grade will take Science on April 27th and 28th.  Thank you for all you are doing to encourage them to do their best!

    The Student Council is sponsoring “Spirit Week” this week - the attached flier shows the different activities for each day.  All students are invited to participate - it should be fun!

    The School Supply Kits sale, sponsored by PTA, starts tomorrow (Monday) and runs through the 22nd.  This is a great option for parents and is a PTA fundraiser.   Please understand that these kits are optional.  Supply lists will be posted on our school website for those who wish to do their own school supplies shopping.

    Have a wonderful week and enjoy spring break with your family from April 11-15th.  

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    March 25, 2022

    Hello, Brookside parents,

    With only 8 weeks left in the school year, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for the many ways you have continued to support Brookside staff and students. We've been through some challenging times together and want you to know that we could not do our jobs well without your help.  So thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Ohio State Testing begins next week for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.  Testing dates are March 30th and 31st, April 20th and 21st, and April 27th and 28th.  Please make sure your children come to school on time, well rested, and have had breakfast at home.  We appreciate your support.  

    The Back-to-School Supply Kit sale begins Monday, April 4th.  See the attached flier for a description of these kits which will be customized for each grade level.  Order forms will be sent home next week. 

    Check out these amazing community resources: 

    • Worthington Libraries has partnered with Children’s Hunger Alliance to provide free grab-and-go snacks at all three library locations.  Snacks can be picked up Monday through Friday from 4-5pm during the school year. No advance registration is needed. The attached flier provides more information along with the pickup locations. 
    • Beginning in April - Vineyard Sawmill road will have fresh produce distributions every 4th Tuesday at Vineyard Sawmill from April - September at 5:30 PM.  Informational flyers are attached in English, Arabic, and Spanish.

    Have a wonderful weekend with your family.  Two more weeks until Spring Break (April 11-15)!

    Jenny Wielinski

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    March 15, 2022

    Good morning, Brookside families,

    We want to share some important information with you.  

    Spring break is later this year:  April 11-15th.  

    If you aren't in the mood to cook tonight, the Dine and Donate PTA fundraiser is today (Tuesday the 15th) at Bibibop Asian Grill (Sawmill Road).  You can participate from 10:30am - 9:00pm, eat in or carry out.  The online ordering code is BIBIFUNDRAISER.  20% of proceeds go directly the the Brookside PTA.  

    Morning drop off - parents, please pull forward in the circle as far as you can.  Cars start backing up during the last 10-15 minutes.  Thank you!

    Also, coats and jackets are being left on the playground during recess.  Please label your child's outerwear so it can be returned to him/her.  Thank you.  

    Finally, be sure to check our website for updates to our newsletter, school events, and past parent emails. 

    Have a good week.

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    March 4, 2022

    Hello, Brookside families,

    Spring is just around the corner!

    Remember, there is no school this Monday, the 7th.  It's a teacher make-up day for parent teacher conferences.

    We are happy to announce that Phase I of the All-Day Kindergarten registration for the 2022-2023 school year is now complete.  There are no schools needing a lottery for the 2022-2023 Kindergarten school year!  If you have not yet enrolled your Kindergartner for school next year, please go to the Welcome Center tab on the Worthington Schools website to get started. 

    As we continue to experience a downward trend in covid case numbers within Worthington Schools attendance area, our elementary schools will be transitioning to utilizing our traditional cafeteria spaces for lunches. As we have moved through the pandemic, elementary schools have used classroom spaces in addition to our cafeteria spaces. This has had an impact on social interaction between students as well as school staffing and operation. Should your family require continued distancing during lunch, please reach out to me at jwielinski@wscloud.org.

    State of the Schools is Wednesday, March 9th, 6:30pm at WKHS.  Join Superintendent Trent Bowers for an evening featuring our district!

    The night will include:

    • an update on Worthington Schools Master Facilities Plan Phase 2
    • the unveiling of new high school logo designs
    • updates on new and innovated programs in our buildings
    • video features on students & staff
    • entertainment from student acts.

    Our Spring Panorama Survey Window will open on Monday,  March 28, and close at the end of the workday on Friday,  April 8 for all students in grades 3-12.   Topics for Grades 3-5 include;  School Safety, Teacher-Student Relationships, Rigorous Expectations, Sense of Belonging, and Self-Efficacy.  Please see the attached document for more information about the Panorama Survey.  

    Finally, if you missed out on ordering a yearbook, the yearbook sale window is reopening online through March 11th.  Visit book.hrimaging.com to reserve your copy today! If you are unsure if you have already purchased one, you can check right on the site!  When adding a book to your shopping cart, a message will indicate if a book has already been purchased!

    Have a wonderful 3-day weekend!

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    February 25, 2022

    Hello Brookside families,

    It's hard to believe that the 2nd trimester ended this week!  We have twelve weeks of school left and lots of learning to be accomplished.  We so appreciate the support that you give your children at home preparing them to finish strong.  

    The big news this week is, as most of you are aware, The Worthington Board of Education has voted to move away from our current indoor mask mandate to language that states “masks are strongly encouraged” beginning on Monday, February 28th.  Our superintendent's current message is:

    • We know that any change of this magnitude will be welcome by some and will cause concern for others.  We have many primary age students who have never been to school in Worthington without a mask on.  For most of the past two years, masks have been part of our schooling experience for all students and staff.
    • With this change we want all families to make the choice that you believe is best for your child while recognizing that others may feel differently than you do.  It’s important that we respect one another’s choices and work with our children to help them respect the choices of others.  
    • It should be noted that the board felt very strongly about respecting the choices of one another and added language to the resolution that says, “no person shall be subject to discipline, harassment, or other mistreatment for choosing to voluntarily wear a mask or for not wearing a mask where such use is either not required or an exception applies.
    • Because these choices will be challenging for our students, our staff will intentionally work with students so they know that at this point in the pandemic we believe either decision to be an appropriate one.  No one will pass judgment on their masking decision.
      • There are still times where masking will still be required:
      • The mask mandate on a school bus is still in effect, per federal law until at least March 18th
      • Students and staff returning to school after a COVID positive or close contact absence will still need to follow the Ohio Public Health’s recommended guidance that states that, regardless of symptoms or vaccination status, a person must wear a mask for five days.
    • Furthermore, other mitigation strategies such as distancing at elementary lunch, enhanced cleaning protocols, handwashing, promoting vaccination and contact tracing will continue.  As COVID numbers continue to recede we will re-evaluate these measures.  Schools will have surgical masks and limited supplies of child-size KN95 masks for those who would like to utilize them.

    Please know that we respect your family's decision regarding this issue.  Rest assured that all students will be treated in the same loving way they have always been treated at Brookside regardless of your family’s decision.  

    If you have any questions about any of this, please don't hesitate to email me at jwielinski@wscloud.org or call the office at 614-450-5300.

    Take care; have a wonderful weekend.

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    February 18, 2022

    Hello Brookside Families,

    The PTA carnival was a huge success!  Thank you for volunteering and bringing your kiddos out on a Friday night.  Everyone had a wonderful time.  The raffle tickets were drawn after the carnival.  A total of 53 prizes and teacher experiences were announced and delivered this week.  

    Last year, people from Worthington Schools, Perry Township, and the Franklin County Engineer’s Office (FCEO) met to discuss safe ways for students to walk and bike.

    The Franklin County Engineer's Office is compiling an application for funding to improve pedestrian facilities near four schools, including Brookside Elementary. The application is due March 4.  They are looking for feedback from members of the community. As a member of our school community, please take just a few minutes to fill out this survey. Thank you so very much; your voice matters. 

    The Read Across America read-a-thon begins on Monday, February 28th through March 4th.  A reading log is attached to this email and will be sent home with students next week.  There will be a prize PER grade level, in addition to a grand prize for the most minutes read!  There will also be a BONUS grand prize of an extra recess for the grade level with the most minutes read!  These logs must be completed and returned by March 4th!

    Reminder that there is no school this Monday, the 21st, in observance of President's Day.  Enjoy the 3-day weekend.  

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    February 11, 2022

    Hello, Brookside families,

    It was good seeing so many of you at conferences this week.  Thank you for taking the time to meet with your child's teacher and for all you do to support your children.  

    We are excited for the Winter Carnival/Book Fair tonight (Friday) from 6:30-8pm.  Some things to note:

    • The carnival is for Brookside students and younger siblings only and must be accompanied by a parent.  
    • All games are free - tickets do not need to be purchased for games.
    • Raffle prize tickets are 25 cents each or 5/$1.  Tickets will be available for sale at the carnival.
    • There will be a limited number of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for sale at the carnival ($10/box) to carry home.  
    • The book fair will be open for families during the carnival.  

    Have a wonderful weekend with your family.  Stay warm and go Bengals!!

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    January 26, 2022

    The Brookside Carnival is Friday February 4, from 6:30-8pm. We are looking forward to seeing you there. Please read the following for details pertaining to the carnival:

    • WHO CAN ATTEND: Only current Brookside students and younger siblings may attend and must be accompanied by an adult.  As much as everyone at Brookside loves to see former students, we do not have the extra volunteer staff to monitor and supervise them.  The activities and games are designed for elementary school aged children only. Families, please check in when you arrive at the carnival.   

    • PRE-ORDER YOUR DONUTS AND RAFFLE TICKETS: Watch for the presale carnival flyer to come home with students this week. You can pre-order your raffle tickets to skip the line at carnival and pre-order your donuts for easy pickup when you leave. Please send in your pre-order form with your student by 1/28.  

      • Pre-ordered raffle tickets will come home with students before the carnival. 

      • Donuts will be available to pick up between 7:30 - 8pm.  

    • DONATING RAFFLE PRIZES - We have wonderful raffle prizes that are sure to excite the kids! Please consider donating - we can accept donations until 1/28! Drop donations off in the Brookside front office or donate monetarily HERE!

    • RAFFLE PRIZE PICKUP - To keep large groups from congregating, we are going to draw raffle prize winners after the carnival ends. Please write your name and phone number on the back of the raffle ticket so that we can contact you if your child wins. Smaller raffle prizes will go home with students the week after the carnival. We will make arrangements for the larger raffle prizes with winners. 

    • VOLUNTEERING AT THE CARNIVAL - The Brookside Carnival is a fundraiser for our PTA and is only possible with the help of our many volunteers. Sign up to volunteer to supervise a game or activity HERE! We very much appreciate your help!
    We are looking forward to seeing you at the carnival!

    January 21, 2022

    Hello, Brookside Families,

    It was another great week at Brookside.  Conferences are just around the corner - you should have heard from your child's teacher by now to schedule one.  We encourage you to make time for this important meeting (whether in person or zoom) with your child's teacher.  

    Students are MAP testing now and will wrap up shortly.  Thankfully, they were able to go outside for recess a couple of days this week. 

    With the colder weather and occasional snow, please note our recess practices: 

    • Students go outside when the temperature (with wind chill) is above 20 degrees.  Please make sure they come to school with warm coats, hats and gloves.  
    • If it has snowed and the plaground is plowed, students will go outside. 
    • If students want to walk around in the snow, they must have boots or an extra pair of shoes and socks here at school.  If students slip or fall in the snow and get wet, we do not have extra clothing here.  You may want to send something on those snowy days. 
    • As the snow begins to melt and produces slush and mud, we will not permit the students to play in grassy areas - it will be blacktop only.  
    • As is always the case, students are not permitted to throw snow.  

    Please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions about our recess practices.  

    The yearbook sale deadline is next Friday, January 28th.  Don't miss out - you can order your yearbook for $17 at HRImaging.  

    Here's some information from our PTA:

    It's almost carnival and bookfair time! Join us on Friday, 2/4 from 6:30-8 PM at Brookside for some family fun — we still need volunteers to make this event possible. Sign up to help: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0545adac2fa5ff2-carnival
     
    We are still in need of donations for the carnival raffle! Please consider donating any NEW toys, games, puzzles and/or books to contribute to the raffle prizes. Not sure what to get? We’ll be creating baskets with the following themes, if you’d like to donate according to your child’s grade level: 
    • K - Summer Fun (outdoor games, bubbles, chalk, etc.) 
    • 1 - Family Fun Night (board games, card games, video games, popcorn, candy etc.)  
    • 2 - Blue Jackets/Columbus Crew
    • 3 - Outdoor Adventure 
    • 4 - Sports
    • 5 - Buckeyes

    We will put a box for donations in the front office at Brookside. Please feel free to drop off any donations there. You can also drop them off on Yo and Evan Smith’s porch, 6819 Oakfair Ave. In addition, we are happy to pick up donations from you! Feel free to contact yosmith7@gmail.com if you’d like a donation picked up! 

    We are excited to be able to have our winter carnival again and appreciate all that you do to help make it a success.

    Have a wonderful weekend with your family.  Stay healthy!

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    January 7, 2022

    Happy New Year, Brookside Families,

    It was great to see the kids again after the winter break.  

    Thank you for encouraging your child to follow our COVID safety protocols.  We appreciate all that you have done.  Please continue to monitor symptoms using the district Home Screening Checklist on our district website.  Updated COVID-19 guidance can also be found on the district website.  

    If you or any family member tests positive for COVID-19, or come into contact with someone who has tested positive, please complete the online report on the district COVID-19 Dashboard.  You are also advised to check with your healthcare provider.  

    Please stay safe and enjoy your weekend.

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    December 17, 2021

    Hello, Brookside families,

    These are busy days as the holidays approach, but students are still working hard and having some fun with "spirit days!"  Remember, we have school next Monday and Tuesday!

    From our PTA:  We are looking for donations for the 2022 Brookside Carnival Raffle! Please consider donating any NEW toys, games, puzzles and/or books to contribute to the raffle prizes. Not sure what to get? We’ll be creating baskets with the following themes, if you’d like to donate according to your child’s grade level: 

    • K - Summer Fun (outdoor games, bubbles, chalk, etc.) 
    • 1 - Family Fun Night (board games, card games, video games, popcorn, candy etc.)  
    • 2 - Blue Jackets/Columbus Crew
    • 3 - Outdoor Adventure 
    • 4 - Sports
    • 5 - Buckeyes

    We will put a box for donations in the front office at Brookside. Please feel free to drop off any donations there. You can also drop them off on Yo and Evan Smith’s porch, 6819 Oakfair Ave. In addition, we are happy to pick up donations from you! Feel free to contact yosmith7@gmail.com if you’d like a donation picked up! 

    Winter break begins next Wednesday the 22nd.  Have a wonderful, joyful time with your families and friends.  Students return on January 5th, 2022.

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    December 10, 2021

    Hello, Brookside Families,

    Students are doing a wonderful job staying on task as holiday seasons approach and the weather gets colder. Please encourage them to keep it up.   

    School is in session through December 21st.  Winter recess begins December 22nd through January 4th 2022.  We all come back to school on January 5th.  

    Please take note of these PTA events:

    • Holiday meeting and social hour! Tuesday December 14th at El Vaquero (3580 W Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43235) at 7 pm
    • Here’s how you can help our PTA this holiday:

    Thank you for your support of our PTA.  They do so much to benefit our students and staff.

    Have a wonderful weekend with your families.  

    Jenny Wielinski

    December 2, 2021

    Hello, Brookside families,

    Here is the December newsletter.  A spanish version will be emailed next week.  

    Don't forget the PTA Chipotle fundraiser this Monday, December 6th.  See the attached flyer for the details.  

    Have a wonderful weekend with your family.

    Jenny Wielinski

    November 19, 2021

    Happy Friday, Brookside parents,

    It was a great week for our students with Open Gym and the STEM night activities.  Many of our families participated and had a wonderful time.  We appreciate the help of Mr.Ledford, Mrs. Eisman and Mrs. Hayes.   

    Remember, it is a short week next week:  there is no school next Wednesday through Friday (the 24th, 25th, 26th) in observance of Thanksgiving.    

    The district Family Panorama survey deadline is today.  If you haven't already done so, we ask that you please take a few minutes and complete it.  Here's the link:  Panorama Survey  Thank you!

    Have a great weekend.  Stay warm!  Go Bucks!

    Jenny Wielinski

    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

    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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