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Sixth Grade Activities Meeting – Tue Sept 19th @ 7 PM

Sixth Grade Activities Meeting

Dear Sixth Grade Parents/Guardians,

Sixth Grade is finally here!! It is a tradition at Brookdale School to celebrate
this milestone with a series of special events. These events take place
towards the end of the school year and the children really look forward to
celebrating with their classmates.

Some of the activities are funded by the Home and School Association,
however all of them are organized by us, the Sixth-Grade parents.
Please join us for a parent meeting on Tuesday, September 19th, at
7PM in the Media Center. We will be going over all of the fun activities
planned and there will be volunteer sign-up sheets available.

We would love to hear your ideas and need your help running these events!
If you can’t attend and would like information about the meeting, please
email us or give us a call!

Hope to see you there!

Sixth Grade Activities Coordinators

  • Angela Hayes – anghayes829 at – 973-493-7214
  • Jenn Laino – jennschoolgs at – 862-368-0654

Hurricane Harvey School Adoption

Brookdale School will be adopting a Texas school affected by the recent storm and flooding. We will be collecting donations of school supplies (notebooks, pencils, pens, crayons, backpacks, etc.) as well as hygiene items such as underwear (child sizes), shampoo and other toiletries. We will also collect gift cards to Staples, Target, Walmart and Amazon in any amount.

We should have a very detailed list by the end of this week but as you go about your last minute shopping, please keep these items in mind.

More detailed information will be sent to everyone soon but we wanted to get the general information out as soon as possible.

There are many students and families who have lost everything. Please consider this very personal opportunity to help.


The school we’re helping is Hardin-Jefferson Middle School – the flooding has destroyed the school, which will need to be demolished and totally rebuilt from scratch. The students have been split up to attend school in other buildings for now. Many of them are still staying in shelters or with family/friends because their homes are not habitable.

As a reminder, we’re collecting school supplies, gift cards (Amazon, Staples, Target & Walmart) and hygiene items (including underwear in all sizes, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, and feminine hygiene items). All items should be new and can be dropped off outside the main office.

Please spread the word – we will accept donations from the community as well.

New Brookdale Principal – Ms. Lauren Barton

Please welcome Ms. Lauren Barton as the new Brookdale School Principal!

Here is a short bio on Ms. Barton:

“Ms. Barton is a graduate of Demarest Elementary School, Bloomfield Middle School, and Bloomfield High School.  Ms. Barton received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of Scranton and her master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Montclair State University.  Ms. Barton began her teaching career at Fairview School and transferred to Bloomfield Middle School in 2009.  Ms. Barton believes that the importance of the school community is what guides and supports the learning process toward success.  Ms. Barton is eager to lead a school community by inspiring all stakeholders.”

You can follow Ms. Barton’s Twitter feed at @BrookPrincipal
Ms. Barton is hosting an Ice Cream Social on August 31st from 4 to 6 PM at the Brookdale School playground.


Brookdale New Principal Survey

Brookdale Families – 
Hopefully everyone is having a great summer so far.  As you have heard by now, Mr. Fleres is moving on from Brookdale School, though not from our district.  The search for a new principal is underway and the selection committee has requested that the HSA assist in collecting parent thoughts and feedback to help guide the search.
Attached is a link to a short survey where parents/families can express their thoughts on the characteristics and qualities of the new principal.  The survey will close on July 19 at 12:30 p.m., so please be sure to complete it before then.
This is an exciting time for our school and community and we encourage you to participate!