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ookside Elementary School!

January 8, 2017

Dear Brookside Families:

Happy New Year! We are glad that you are part of our Brookside Family, and hope that your new year is happy and safe.

Congratulations to Rooms 20, 28 and 32 for winning December’s Spirit Award! Congratulations to the following classes for turning in the most Boxtops for Education from August through December: K- Room 1; 1st: Room 32; 2nd- Room 6! Nora Duarte, in Mrs. Allen’s class, won a $50 gift card to Buster’s Burgers. She had PERFECT ATTENDANCE, including no tardies, during the month of December. Arrive on time and have perfect attendance in January for your child’s opportunity to win a fabulous prize from our PTO!

We are lucky to have such an amazing PTO! They provide many wonderful opportunities for our students. A few of the upcoming exciting events that they arranged include the Train Singers concert, Pajama Day, and Dr. Seuss Week- Read Across America! The Train Singers will be here during SMART time to sing with and for our students! On January 19th be sure to help your child join in on the fun and wear school-appropriate pajamas! February 26 brings a week-long celebration of Dr. Seuss, and March is our annual Dime Drive PTO fundraiser- every dime helps. Thank you to our dedicated PTO members for all you do to support our students and their learning.

More Events: Save the Dates!

January 9 (PTO)

Train Singers Concerts

January 10 (3:30) in Cafeteria

PTO Meeting: Mr. Westerburg (our Superintendent) will address the conversation regarding possible structural changes at Brookside and Blosser Lane elementary schools for next year.

January 11 (5:00) in Room 29

English Language Advisory Council (ELAC): Willits Librarian to share opportunities for families.

January 15

ML King Day- No School

January 19, Friday (PTO)

Pajama Day: Wear school-appropriate pajamas!

February 2, Friday (PTO)

Dress Up Day: Come dressed in your finest clothes or your craziest clothes and/or crazy hair! Earn spirit points for your class. The class with the most points wins a prize.

February 6-8

Community Science Fair: Willits Community Center- Enter and explore the exhibits.


February 15 (5:30-7:00) in Cafeteria (PTO)

Family Game Night and Book Exchange: Play a variety of fun games with friends and family. Bring books you’d like to trade!

February 26-March 2 (PTO)

Week-long celebration of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America, More TBA!

11 Ways to Raise a Compassionate Child Want your child to really, truly care about others? Here is some advice on raising compassionate children from experts and parents. http://www.parents.com/kids/development/social/raise-acompassionate-child/

AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives. Don’t forget when ordering items online if you do it through our Amazon Smile account, Brookside PTO will receive a portion of your purchase at no additional cost to you. To support Brookside, go to http://smile.amazon.com, search for “Brookside Pto,” and connect your account to our school. That’s an easy way to donate!

Attendance Matters Chronic Absence = Missing two or more days per month According to multiple studies, missing several days of school significantly reduces the likelihood that students will graduate from high school. With attendance a crucial factor to keeping kids on the right path to graduation, Attendance Works has substantial information on attendance and the impact on student achievement. Below is some of the research on why attendance matters.

Every Minute Matters: If a student is 10 minutes late to school each day, this adds up to missing more than 33 hours of class time. A student with a 90 percent attendance average for Kindergarten through 12th grade will miss over a year of accumulated time in the classroom.

Absenteeism starts early: One in 10 kindergarteners and first graders are considered to be chronically absent. Research shows students who miss 10 percent of school or two days per month, show negative academic progress. That adds up to 18 days a school year and is considered to be chronic absence.

Third Grade Reading Level: Poor attendance can keep children from reading proficiently by the end of third grade, which is shown to negatively affect their chances of graduating on time.

Excused Absences Hurt Too: Excused absences are just as negative as unexcused. Suspensions add additional missed time, which in turn increases the dropout risk.

At-Risk Students are At-Risk for Absence: Students from low-income families are more likely to be chronically absent. Reasons for this, such as transportation, housing, and health care issues are often out of the student’s control. We are available to help- please let us know.

See more research on the importance of attendance here: http://www.attendanceworks.org/research/

Our goal at Brookside is that all students are at or above grade-level by year end. Please help us help your children by ensuring they are in school on time and until the very end of the day.

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your child’s life. We will always do our best. Please contact me with any questions, at (707) 459-5385 or kathleencrossman@willitsunified.com.

Most sincerely, Kathleen Crossman, Principal




Daily Schedule 
M, W, Th, F
8:25 A.M. -2:40 P.M.
Tuesdays (minimum day)
8:25 A.M. -1:20 P. M.

NO SCHOOL!
Monday, January 15th
Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

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