Message from Mrs. Vranesh
Dear Brookside Families,
I am pleased to welcome you back to the 2020-21 school year! I would like to extend a special welcome to all of the new families joining Brookside this year and welcome back all of our returning families as well! I am honored to be your principal. Our goal at Brookside is to work together to provide our students with a rich learning environment. My vision, as the principal, is to ALWAYS put kids first! My belief is that all students can learn. As educators, we need to discover how each child learns in order to differentiate our instruction to support diverse learning styles. In a collaborative effort, we want children to thrive in all ways possible. My hope is that all children will LOVE school and nurture a learning environment that is positive, safe, warm, caring, as well as a fun place to learn and grow.
Student success is attributed to the partnership and the relationships we build within our community and this is MOST important now more than ever. It truly does take a village and at Brookside we value teamwork and collaboration! Education is a joint venture and Team Brookside greatly appreciates the support you provide for your children at home and at school to help them meet their learning goals. 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 for excellence.
Although this year looks different than any other year, we are dedicated to providing your child(ren) a memorable, interactive, engaging distance learning experience. In the Brookside spirit, we pride ourselves on filling buckets. Now more than ever it is so important to be filling buckets to one another and in our community. At our Friday Assemblies we typically talk about how to fill buckets. Although it looks a little bit different now, I challenge you to be thinking about ways you can continue filling buckets. Some ideas might include writing a letter to someone special, calling someone just to say ‘hello’, waving at someone, or decorating a mask with a smile. Team Brookside will be focusing on all of the positives that we can take from this experience and as the role models in our little tigers’ lives it is important that we display a positive attitude towards distance learning each and every day. I encourage you to do the same at home.
A few things you may be wondering about before we get started next week:
When will we find out who our new teacher is?
*Please expect a special message from your new teacher on Thursday morning, 8/6
What will distance learning look like?
*Please visit our Return to school website for the latest information regarding our Distance Learning Program. Please keep in mind that each individual teacher/grade level will provide a more detailed weekly schedule every Sunday by 5:00p.m.
Important Dates to REMEMBER:
*Thursday, 8/6-Expect a special message from your child's new teacher
*Sunday, 8/9-Expect a schedule for the first week of school from your child's teacher by 5:00p.m.
*Monday, 8/10-First Day of School
Are you new to Brookside?
I encourage you to take a look at the "Brookside Tiger Family Checklist & FAQ" under the "Parents" tab on our website.
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 and PARENT SQUARE.
- Please be sure to 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!”
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.
To all of my fellow Tigers, let’s make it a great year! Please stay safe and enjoy the last week of summer!
See you ‘virtually’ very soon!
Mrs. Erin Vranesh