•  Brookside Bear Necessities Newsletter

    Mark Your Calendar!

    Check out more details at www.brooksideschool.org
    • COVID-19 Community Forum
      Monday, March 9 from 6:00-7:30pm
    • Parent Equity Meeting
      Wednesday, March 11 6-7:30pm (food and childcare provided)
    • Teacher Work Day - No School
      Monday, March 16
    • Manor School's Winter Faire
      Saturday, March 21 from 10:00-4:00pm
    • YES! Battle of the Bands
      Saturday, March 28
    • Book Fair
      March 30 - April 3
    • Brookside Open House
      April 2, 6:00-7:30pm
    • Spring Break - No School
      April 6-10
    • Brookside Family Dance
      Friday, April 24
    • Last day to purchase a yearbook
      Friday, April 24

    Principal's Message

    Dear Brookside Families,

    Thank you to our performers and tech crew, parent volunteers and the YES Foundation for the fantastic performance of Willy Wonka, Jr. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did!

    Marin County Schools Prepare for Coronavirus/COVID-19
    RVSD and Brookside staff are taking extra prevention precautions. These include additional cleaning of our campus and making sure all students are washing their hands before eating periods. Please read the emails sent via Blackboard from the district for additional details. As a reminder, if your child has a fever or flu-like symptoms, please keep them home until they are symptom free without medication.

    A community forum is scheduled for March 9 (tonight!) from 6-7:30pm at the Marin County Office of Education located at 1111 Las Gallinas Avenue in San Rafael. The forum will include health experts from the DHHS and Kaiser Permanente. Facebook live streaming will be available through the Marin COE Facebook page

    Parent Equity Team
    Please join us for our first RVSD Parent Equity meeting on March 11th from 6-7:30pm at White Hill Middle School. We are looking forward to creating a space for parents and guardians to engage in conversation about their experiences as members of the RVSD community. We would like to determine how we can collectively create a greater sense of belonging and inclusivity for all our valued families.

    Judith Barry-Gougeon
    Principal, Brookside Elementary School


    Parent Club Corner

    Hello Brookside Community,

    Happy Monday! Spring has sprung and there are fun events coming this spring!

    Brookside Book Fair
    Brookside's Book Fair, in partnership with Copperfield's, is rapidly approaching (week of March 30th), and we would love some parent volunteers to help us staff this fun event. Please SignUp and come help us transform the library, run the registers or help young readers explore the fair. Feel free to contact Meghan Caldwell (megmagilligan@gmail.com) or Ashley Reid (ashleyowen@yahoo.com) with any questions.

    Yearbook Updates
    You must purchase your yearbook and complete your custom pages by Friday, April 24. Each yearbook comes with two free customizable pages. You can download photos for these pages directly into TreeRing.

    Please continue to submit fun photos of the classrooms, school events and activities using the links that were sent out by room parents. Pictures need to be uploaded by Friday, April 3rd. For further questions you can contact: Leigh Salge lasalge@gmail.com

    Brookside is Going Western
    Mark your calendars now and save the date for our annual Brookside Family Dance, Friday, April 24th, 6-8p. This is one Ho Down you won’t want to miss. Grab your boots and hats and get ready to boogie and line dance at Brookside.

    Janna Bennett, Michelle Isakson, Christy Haddad
    Parent Club Lead Team


    YES Foundation @ Brookside

    YES Theater Season - Get your tickets
    March 13-15 Dear Edwina, Jr.: Hidden Valley Players. Tickets here.
    March 20-22 High School Musical: White Hill Players. Tickets here.  
    All shows are at The Playhouse in San Anselmo, and all seating is reserved.

    Give Back to YES!
    Tuesdays - Iron Springs in Fairfax will donate 10% of your bill to YES every Tuesday in March. This month we celebrate art!
    Fridays - Fridays are for froyo! YOLO in San Anselmo will donate 10% of your froyo tab to YES every Friday in March.

    Coming Up
    YES Online Auction

    It's almost time to start the bidding! The online auction is still accepting donations. Click here or email kriemer@yestokids.org.
    March 28 - Great music for a great cause at The Barn in Lagunitas. Adults only. Don’t miss out!. Get your tickets here.

    YES Parties With Purpose

    April 25 - Learn how to do something that rhymes with “new” with the Kolcun’s

    Annual Family Giving
    The YES Foundation funds art, music, theater, poetry, and more at all five RVSD schools. Annual monetary donations from families comprise the majority of our fundraising efforts. www.yestokids.org/donate.

    Questions about YES? Contact Caroline Peel, our school’s YES Lead, at carolinempeel@gmail.com. Learn more about YES at www.yestokids.org.


    Dear Families,

    A highlight from last week first: Some of our C4C participants prepared and shared speeches with the Marin County Board of Supervisors, advocating for people in a homeless or unsheltered situation and speaking up to help encourage more affordable housing and coordinated efforts in Marin. More opportunities like this are coming up, and we are hoping to continue growing opportunities for student advocacy! We are continuing our inquiries into energy use, and are investigating how our homes, schools and communities get their electricity, and what we can do to minimize our impact on the environment. Have you noticed how many light bulbs are on in your house or school? We are also talking about what kind of energy is “renewable” or “non-renewable,” and what communities all over the world are doing to meet energy needs.   

    And...a design challenge for this week: Can you find an earth-friendly alternative to the tiny plastic pizza tables that keep the cheese from being squashed into the top of the pizza box?

    Please have your 3rd-5th grade students join us Thursdays at lunch! And you are always welcome too - please feel free to check out a lunch meeting anytime. And we’d love to hear any ideas you might have about actions and advocacy related to Climate Change and environmental protection/restoration!  

    Coming Up

    • Check out our volunteer opportunities online: enjoy an evening with kids and families at the Gilead House, visit the Marin Humane Society, serve food and dine with community members at the Mill Street Shelter, and more!
    • The Story of Plastic - March 29, 2020 - 4:15 p.m. Children for Change is thrilled to once again be partnering with California Film Institute Education to show a movie that will move our collective understanding around Climate Change. The producer and C4C students and others will be on a panel afterwards - please join us! Get your tickets early – our last movie (2040) sold out.
    • C4C Camp for Good July 27-31, 2020 for Rising 3rd-6th Graders. A packed week of taking action with a summertime vibe. Just like our core programs, our summertime goal is to make change fun and to foster a love of civic engagement.

    Be Brookside PROUD with
    Bear Wear

    Have you ordered your Bear Wear? Place an online order for your t-shirt, sweatshirt, beanie hat, bag, water bottle or magnet today! Dare to wear the bear!

    We are also looking for a new Bearware Representative for the 2020/2021 school year. The Bearware Representative serves as a liaison between our online store, apparelnow.com, and the Brookside Parent Club. They also help with sales of Bearware at a school events throughout the school year.   

    Brookside Bear Wear

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