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East Brook News

We appreciate our involved parents and community members and enjoy broadcasting our latest news and information to you. Here on our News page, we’ll chronicle school activities, student achievements, and public announcements. We’ll also offer helpful resources and information. So check back often; we’ll update it regularly.

Keeping Up with East Brook

Recently East Brook instituted wired-down Wednesdays. Every Wednesday, we require students to put their devices away prior to the start of classes, during lunchtime, and immediately after school in an effort to limit unstructured technology time. Instead, students engage with one another during these non-instructional times. Students have conversations with friends, play board games, go for walks on the field, and play with friends. We sent parents a letter encouraging them to support wired-down Wednesdays at home by powering down and spending time together. Family-time suggestions include device-free dinners, reading a book together, or playing board games. It has been very successful so far!

Students in grades six, seven, and eight attended a wellness presentation on November 26. Ms. Manuela Reina, school nurse, and Physical Educators Mr. Marc Gregory and Ms. Megan Knothe, invited members of the Community Health Department at Valley Hospital to speak to the students on several wellness-related topics. Valley Hospital staff members Danielle Fabrizio, Sue Breithaupt, and Kathy Newburg discussed mindfulness, stress management techniques, and drumming circles, and they brought therapy dogs with them to help our students recognize and deal with the anxieties that seem to be mounting in this age group. The presentation was a huge success.

Valley Hospital also presented an important and informative assembly on vaping for East Brook's seventh and eighth-graders. Hospital staff members showed students a short video and then discussed the dangers and health risks in regards to vaping. The presentation was extremely well received. Thank you to Valley Hospital for their partnership and future presentations at East Brook!

The student council has been busy with many activities and fundraisers. We held the annual candy cane gram sale during lunch periods. We sold candy canes with a personalized positive message attached and sent them to East Brook friends, teachers, and staff members. The money raised will support the student council and Care Plus. The student council also collected personal care and clothing items to be donated to the NJ Vets in Paramus. Eighth-grade student Matt A. spear-headed this collection. Thanks to all who donated and to Matt and the student council for their generosity and spirit of giving.

East Brook had an amazing holiday concert for both parents and students. Congratulations to all of the talented music students who worked so hard all year long to prepare for the winter and spring concerts. Many thanks also to East Brook Music Teachers Mr. Greg Nalesnik, Ms. Angela Girvan, and Ms. Kim Nimmo for their dedication to East Brook students. Their expectations are high and students consistently rise to the challenge. East Brook’s very own musical group, Sugar and Spice (formerly Old Spice), performed at all of the concerts to applause and cheers! Sugar and Spice includes faculty members Greg Nalesnik, Eric Fingerman, Rene Leon, Jessica Madonna, Jennifer Pagliaro, Rob Karklin, Angela Girvan, Kimberly Nimmo, Katherine Ilenko, and Principal TomLoBue. Finally, the concerts closed in traditional East Brook style with the Twelve Days of Christmas performed by the entire East Brook staff.