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BES Happenings

  • School Starts Tuesday, August 9th!

    Please make sure to mark your calendar for August 9th, our first day of the 2016-2017 school year. Please also make sure to attend our Forms and Family Fun Day on Sunday, August 7, 2016. This is when we will accept your completed forms in exchange for your child’s class/teacher placement. You will receive detailed information via email and/or ParentSquare. We are looking forward to seeing you then and hope that you all have an enjoyable summer!

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  • Brookside Named a California Honor Roll School!

    Brookside has been named a 2015 California Honor Roll School by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE)! The 2015 Honor Roll recognizes public schools that demonstrate consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps. Brookside will receive recognition in the press as a leader in student achievement and will be featured on the website where educators and policy makers seek out high performing schools so that they can replicate success. Congratulations to Brookside staff and students!

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  • Brookside Named a Gold Ribbon School!

    Dear Brookside Community: I am thrilled to announce to you all that Brookside Elementary has been named a California Gold Ribbon School! We recently received the following note from State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson: “The award reflects your school’s success in creating a positive learning atmosphere for your students. Such success is a direct result of your dedicated, creative, and talented staff, and your supportive school community.” Please click on the headline to read more!

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  • Tiger Tidbits!

    Our families are invaluable members of the Brookside team and it is very important to us that you remain informed. Please make sure to read our newsletter every week for essential news, information, and announcements!

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  • Good Life Organics: Farm to School and Farm to Table!

    Have your fruits and vegetables delivered fresh to you after school through our Farm-to-School program! Good Life Organics brings you boxes ful lof organic produce based on what is in season locally. Boxes are delivered after school every Tuesday for your family to enjoy. Sizes start at $16 and each box comes with plenty of variety plus easy recipes! Not only do you get the best quality and flavor, but your kids get to try new things and you support our school with 5% back from each box! Sign up by clicking on the headline above.

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  • Please Help Sustain Brookside's Programs!

    Please consider participating in our annual Just for the Kids Giving Campaign. Click on the headline above to access the detailed information. For only $35 a month, you can help sustain many important programs for your students. Without this funding, valuable programs are in danger of being eliminated. While the PTA has a non-commercial policy, we do welcome community business sponsorships, whereby your business is recognized for supporting our school via a tax-deductible donation.

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  • Click Here to Report Traffic Violations

    Click on the header above for the link to report unsafe teen driving in our community.

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Corporate Sponsors














Deborah Fagan of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices



valley crest  
national turf supply  
kapadia dental  


The Brookside Elementary PTA is very appreciative of the support of all of our sponsors.  
Please note that the Oak Park Unified School District or Brookside Elementary School do not endorse any advertised products or services.   


Dear Brookside Families:


It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the 2015-2016 school year!  We extend a special welcome to all of the new families joining Brookside this year and welcome back all of our returning families as well!


Please make sure to take advantage of all of the avenues of communication that we offer. 

  • To start, the Brookside Elementary website is full of great information and we urge you to check the website often for news and updates.
  • Make sure to check  your email regularly!  We send the vast majority of our communications home via email (including summertime).  If you suspect that you are not receiving messages, call the school office.
  • Please read our weekly newsletter, the "Tiger Tidbits."  All Brookside families will receive a weekly email to urge you to read the newsletter.  This is our primary mode of communicating important announcements and event information to parents, and we appreciate you taking the time to "stay in the loop!"
  • Please keep an eye out for notifications via "Parent Square," a tool that we are piloting this year to keep our parents as informed and involved as possible.  In addition to receiving updates from the principal, the PTA, and the school office, some teachers have also been selected to pilot the program this year to disseminate classroom-specific information.

I am very happy to be in a place where staff strives to recognize the potential in all learners and to translate that into performance. Brookside takes on a team approach to teaching and learning that encourages the academic, social and emotional development of the whole child and we aim to continue this practice in the new school year.


Without the support of parent contributions through our extraordinary PTA, we would not have many of the programs that make Brookside so unique and successful.  Please consider contributing via the “Just for the Kids” giving program so that we can continue to maintain our reputation of excellence.


Brookside is an outstanding place for learning. It is ranked as one of the top elementary schools in California. The year 2012 was the last time that the state published the Academic Performance Index (API) score for California public schools and Brookside is proud to have earned a score of 954. Out of more than 130 elementary schools in Ventura County, Brookside earned the third highest overall API in the entire county. The school has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education for meeting national standards for school excellence. We have also been named a California Distinguished School by the California State Department of Education and as a school with a well-articulated curriculum and an outstanding learning environment. As members of the California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll, we are recognized as a school with exceptional student achievement.


Parents and community members are encouraged to participate and become involved at our school. We actively ask for your support, ideas and suggestions. Our incredible PTA organizes and funds some of our most popular programs and activities. I encourage you to get acquainted and get involved. You will find the effort enjoyable and rewarding.


We hope you will find that Brookside Elementary School is truly a place where learning is joyful and children delight in coming to school. Come learn with us!




Sara Ahl