During this time of thanksgiving, we look back over the last year and count our blessings. We are very thankful for our students and families at Brookeside. The last few years have been tough, complicated and unprecedented. But with the help and support of our families and friends, Brookeside has made it through and has been able to even improve our school.
In the past two years, our school has not only survived the Covid pandemic, we have made changes in our Elementary Class that will allow us to grow. This year we separated the lower and upper elementary classes into two separate classrooms. We hired a new teacher and new aides. We now have a very strong, dedicated staff of teachers and aides for all classes from Primary Half Day through Upper Elementary. Our teachers and aides have made a commitment to our school by attending intensive Montessori training. Those who have not been able to sign up this year for the training will be able to attend next year. This has helped Brookeside attain a level 5 on the American Montessori Pathway to Continuous School Improvement.
Growing our school has come with a cost:
- We needed new equipment and supplies for the new classroom.
- There was also a cost for training our staff, we now have 3 aides and 3 teachers who have an increased knowledge of the Montessori method of teaching.
- In the Spring, we will need to clear out the old mulch in the playground and put in new.
In the past two years, parents and friends of Brookeside have helped us raise over $17,000 during our Annual Appeal Campaign to make improvements to the school and help with costs. We would not be where we are now without you. We thank you for your faithful support. We are once again asking for help to meet the costs of our growing school. Will you please consider giving a gift to our school during this year’s Annual Appeal Campaign?
Brookeside’s child-centered educational environment provides activities and a Pennsylvania state approved curriculum appropriate to each child’s developmental stage. The integrated curricula are guided by a highly trained staff, who are aware of the needs of the individual child.
Enrollment is ongoing as space is available.