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News You Can Use 8.16.2019


Hello Bobcats!


Welcome back to the 2019-2020 school year. This week the teachers have been focused on getting classrooms ready and we are so excited for the students to arrive. There is much to be excited about this year. We have new staff members to add to our amazing team. We have had more new families move into the Braeside area than in any of my eight prior years and they will all be amazing additions to the school community. We are bringing in Calm Classroom as a school-wide initiative to help us all focus on our wellness throughout the day and so much more.


As we close in on the launch of the school year I’ll close with an invitation for all new families at any grade level to come to visit their classroom today @ 2:30 p.m. Please understand our limited and rigid time for this visit as our teachers will be in high gear touching up rooms for day one on Monday. Also, save the dates for our Braeside Back to School Bash on August 25 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Braeside Open House (parents only) on August 28, 2018 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.



Joseph Hailpern

Braeside School Principal




Please join me in welcoming the following new staff to Braeside (Full Faculty Roster is Here):

Diana Mendelson - Second Grade Teacher

Kristen Loebbaka - Fifth Grade TEacher

Veronica Villapando - Primary Social Academic Integrated Learning Teacher

Nicole Welch - Intermediate Social Academic Integrated Learning Teacher

Ali Markoff - English Language Learning Specialist

Julie Durdle - Paraprofessional

Ann Terry  - Paraprofessional

Karen Abrego - Social Worker

Debbie Miller - Special Education Resource Teacher



The orchestra recruitment night will be on Tuesday, 8/27, from 6-8pm at in the Sherwood multipurpose room.  This recruitment is for any 4th or 5th grade student interested in joining orchestra this year. 5th grade students that participated last year do not need to attend. 



The school office is officially open. Kathi Pickens is at school ready to support your every need from 8:00 - 4:00 p.m. If you have questions about documents, calendar, PTO registration, give her a call or stop in!




If you need to drop your child off at school before the 8:30 a.m. arrival time, please sign up to use Innovation Learning for the school year as you require.



  • The first day of attendance is Monday, August 19 from 8:40 a.m. - 1:40 p.m.
  • Monday,  August 19th:  New Parent Coffee after student drop off in the IMC @ 8:45 a.m.
  • Tuesday August 20th  is a full day ending at 3:17 p.m.
  • Back to School Bash - August 25th, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (outside)
  • Braeside Open House - August 28, 6:00-7:30 p.m. 


If there are any questions in advance of school beginning, please feel free to reach out to Kathi Pickens in our school office at 224.765.3400.