Welcome to the Brooklin School and Back-to-school basics

As a new parent at our school, there are probably lots of questions you have. Don’t worry – you’ll catch on quickly. There is a staff and student handbook which outlines a lot of the information you’ll need to know. If you have not yet received this handbook, please ask the office for one. http://brooklin-es.u76.k12.me.us/student-handbook/

Any questions you have that arise will be deftly answered by Louanne, our administrative assistant at school at (207) 359-2133. She knows EVERYTHING! Her busiest times are when school starts and at the end of the school day, so you might want to reserve long conversations for other times. Jil Blake, the principal, is reachable at the school number as well. The teachers will also provide their own contact information to you. Additionally, our school website has contact information for all the staff and faculty (http://www.brooklinschool.org/).

New students at the Brooklin School are automatically opted-IN to the Brooklin Backpack Program. This is a program run and funded by the PTF (Parents Teachers Friends group). We pack bags full of food for long weekends and vacations to ensure kids are getting breakfast and lunch when they are not eating at the Brooklin School. If you would like to opt-OUT of the program please fill out this form. WHERE’S THE FORM? You can always opt-IN at a different time. If you have any interest in helping with the program email brooklinptf@gmail.com or keep up with our Facebook posts to see when our next packing party is. The forms to opt-out of this program are here. If you opted out last year you will have to opt-out again because we start fresh every year. https://forms.gle/hzYpnYonBsZ2Rtt47

     Please feel free to call/text Molly Blake at 207-266-1298 or Brittney Carter at 207-266-1415 with any questions you might have as a new parent at the school. Brittney and Molly head up the PTF and are always happy to help you learn the ropes.

 Joining the Brooklin School’s and PTF’s Facebook pages also are a great way to stay up to date about wonderful school events. https://www.facebook.com/brooklinptf/ 

Upcoming Events:

Brooklin School Basics

HOW DO I GET into SCHOOL?

The main entrance to the school is located by the tennis courts across from the flagpole. As you drive in the driveway to the school, take your first right in front of our orchard. You’ll see a Brooklin School sign above the entrance. This is the door to enter the school unless there is a meeting or other community event at the school. There are many other doors to the school, though for the safety of students they are kept locked from the outside. During school hours at the main entrance you will find a buzzer to push that allows the person at the front desk to unlock the door for you, again in place for your childrens’ safety. There is no parking in front of the school by the flagpole as the buses pull up in the morning and afternoon. No parking is from 7:20-7:35 am and 2:50-3:05 pm

MORNING DROP OFF:

School begins promptly at 7:45am. Kids may be dropped off as early as 7:20 am, but should have an extra layer to play outside. If weather conditions are unfavorable they will play in the gym. If your child is riding the bus they will arrive close to 7:30 am. If you wish to drive your child to school please drop them off at the main entrance to the school. If you plan to be in the school any longer than a few minutes, please park over in the main parking area by the playground.

AFTERNOON PICK UP:

School gets out at 3:00pm. Please communicate with Louanne during the day whether your child will take the bus home or be picked up by you or someone else. Students taking the bus will leave via the main entrance by the orchard. If you are picking up your child at the end of the day, please park by the playground entrance by the gym which is where the children are dismissed from. If you are running late, just warn Louanne before 3pm and she will have your child wait on the benches outside the office and you can pick them up there once the buses have departed.

PRESCHOOL DROP OFF:

If your child is attending Pre-Kindergarten, you will need to accompany them into the Pre-K classroom in the morning and pick them up from the classroom in the afternoon. If you want to make special arrangements regarding drop off or pick up timing, contact Julie Wilson, the head preschool teacher.

PTF:

The Parents, Teachers and Friends is a group of people committed to making the lives and experiences of the children at the Brooklin School exceptional. Our meetings are generally held the last Tuesday of every month at 3:15pm. Sometimes it changes due to school scheduling, so an accurate schedule is on the school website (http://www.brooklinschool.org/). Please join us to help plan events to raise money and distribute funding for amazing projects submitted by teachers, staff, and students! 

MEALS AT SCHOOL:

There is both a state-approved breakfast and lunch available every day at school. It’s helpful for the school to know if your child will be eating these lunches at school or will bring their own. It’s fine to eat the school-made lunch some days and bring your own others. Louanne sends home a slip so you can communicate which you would prefer. The school will keep track of how many school meals your child eats and will bill you accordingly. You can also pay Louanne up front for your school lunches and she will let you know when you owe more money. Please take note that our school is a nut-free zone, which means that no nuts of any kind are allowed into the school.

Good luck at the Brooklin School!

Open House

Greetings!

This Thursday at 4:00 we will be having an orientation for families of Puffin’s Nest, Pre-K and Kindergarten students. Hope to see you there!
Julie Wilson

Welcome to first and second grade!

Welcome to first and second grade!

I am so excited to be your child’s teacher this year! I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and attended the University of Utah for my undergraduate degree. This is my third year teaching at the Brooklin School, and I love it here! I love the outdoors and am passionate about sports, especially soccer!

Our class will be filled with lots of learning and new adventures. We will explore the community and our world by building strong reading skills and by reading engaging texts that help make learning meaningful and exciting! Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions you might have!

 

Things to bring on day one:

  • Spare pair of shoes and socks to leave at school
  • Spare shirt, pants, and underwear to leave at school
  • Snack(s) for your child

News from Pre-K and Kindergarten/ Chrysalis Room 

Here’s what each student will need to succeed:

  • Set of clean clothes labeled with child’s name or initials, to be stored in child’s bathroom cubby   
  • Inside shoes or slippers for the classroom (no wet or muddy shoes are permitted past our cubby area!)
  • Footwear appropriate for outside and activities in the gym (no flip flops or shoes that fall off when running, jumping, etc.)
  • Seasonally appropriate outdoor clothes
  • Footwear appropriate for muddy days
  • A good night’s rest
  • A hearty breakfast at home or school
  • Optional:
  • Rest items: small blanket, crib sheet, small stuffed animal  (all rest items need to fit in a 10 ½ X 10 ½ storage cubby)
  • Snack 
  • Donation(s) to the classroom snack pantry
  • Packed Lunch (Pre-K/K students eat in the cafeteria and have the option to purchase lunch at school.)
  • Paperwork to Louanne

Perhaps the biggest hurdle in the home to school transition is also one of the most important ones: Arrival time! A smooth transition from home to school is key to your child’s success at school. Breakfast at school begins at 7:30 and will promptly end at 7:45, so that we may begin our day together promptly at 7:50. 

Lunch at school is another big adjustment, and your child will be super appreciative if you have prepared them for this experience! 

Consider helping your child prepare for eating lunch at school by:

  • Talk about not eating food that has fallen to the floor or touching/taking food from someone else’s lunch!!! 
  • Practice sitting with “tummy to table” with your child’s legs under the table. 
  • Set a timer for 15 minutes and talk about how they may not finish eating and that’s ok.
  • Encourage your child to eat the main course “brain food” before the dessert.

For home-packed lunches:

  • Practice eating lunch from the lunchbox with your child. 
  • Make sure they can open everything you send with them. 
  • Practice packing everything back up and talk about what is trash and what should come back home in their lunch box. We make every attempt to send home uneaten food and appreciate reusable containers instead of pre-packaged applesauce and yogurts- which can’t be sent home, even if your child only ate one spoonful.  

We are still fine-tuning our schedule and arrival procedures and will be sharing everything in more detail at our “Open Classroom” from 4-5:00 on Thursday, August 29th.

 

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