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Brookwood Events and Traditions

At Brookwood, all-school communications and special events celebrate student accomplishments and partnerships with faculty, staff, and parents. Grade-level traditions and annual schoolwide events enable students to learn creatively and courageously, and provide families the chance to experience Brookwood themselves.

COMMUNICATIONS
Brookwood.edu: The school’s website is THE place to go for information on events, the Parents’ Association, the most recent edition of TWAB (see below), sports schedules, admissions, school closing or delay information and more.  Individual grade web pages can be accessed through the Parent Portal.  
(Current parents receive a password at the beginning of the year.  Please check your email archive.)

This Week at Brookwood (TWAB): Check your inbox every Friday for the online edition of TWAB, which contains the calendar and menu for the following week, as well as important announcements from faculty and the administration. TWAB is also easily accessible from the Brookwood website.



Green Sign on Brookwood Road: Located across from Cutler Pond on Brookwood Way, check this sign as you enter and leave Brookwood – it will have the latest calendar events, speakers and other need-to-know information.



RELATED TO CURRICULUM
Back-to-School Night: An evening event held in the fall for parents to meet their children’s teachers and learn about the curricula covered during the year. This is also a great opportunity to sign-up for fall parent-teacher conferences.
 

“Buddy” Program: Children in grades PreK – 3 are paired with a buddy or buddies from the higher grades. It is an excellent mentoring/leadership experience for children in Grades 4-8 as they lead their younger buddies in activities, games and crafts.



One School, One Book Program: In collaboration with the Literacy program, the library sponsors Brookwood’s One School, One Book program. This program aims to create a culture of reading by bringing the community together around one simple but provocative book. The school-wide experience builds unity, invites examination of shared and divergent values, and generates excitement about reading and writing. 



Book Fairs: A student book fair is held in the fall and in the spring and Holiday Book Fair is held in December for parents, faculty and staff. Sponsored by the Parents’ Association, these sales benefit the library as well as provide funds for the faculty to buy books for classroom libraries.  Students accompany their class to the library for the fairs.  Parents are invited to join their children, if desired.

Head of School Coffees: Informal morning gatherings with the Head of School and sometimes other school personnel to address interesting and timely topics. Usually held in the Dodge Writing Center at 8:30 a.m.  Check the school Calendar for dates.

Parent/Teacher Conference Days: Scheduled at different times during the year for each division. REACH is generally offered for students while parents attend conferences.

  Check the school Calendar for specific dates and times.

Faculty Workshops:  Several workshops are scheduled throughout the year for faculty professional development. All students are dismissed at either 12 noon or 3 p.m. Special  REACH programs are often offered for students who need after school care.  Check the school Calendar for specific dates and times.

Transition Coffees: Held in the spring for families of students entering grades 4 and 6 to discuss the transition to the Middle and Upper Schools.



MISC. ADMINISTRATIVE DETAILS:
Special Event Dress Days: These dates, which include Revels, Grandparents’ Day, and others noted in your school calendar, have dress code requirements that are detailed in the Handbook for Families (online versions available by logging into the Parent Portal).



Lost and Found: Go through the lost and found boxes before Winter Break - December 19 is not the day to realize that you are missing your child’s winter boots! The maintenance crew is kind enough to combine all of the items from the various lost and found boxes and lay them out on the floor of the Cutler Gym (this happens twice per year). We highly recommend that you take a quick peek at the rows of clothing and gear – you may be surprised to find out what you are missing!  Individual Lost & Found boxes are also located year round in each division.

Winter Break Dismissal: If you attend the Lower School Play or Revels, the car pool lines and double parked cars will not seem as frustrating. However, if you have been out running errands before the kids are home for two weeks and are planning on a quick trip to pick them up, think again. Be prepared to wait a little longer than usual. A good book and a cup of coffee always help, or you can look at it as your last few moments of peace and quiet!

Grandparents’ Day & Recital Days Dismissals: The same long carpool lines may be expected on Grandparents’ Day and Recital days, both in May.

PERFORMANCES & ASSEMBLIES:
School Meeting: A favorite Brookwood tradition!  Every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. the entire school comes together for announcements, student performances, poetry readings, game reports, Head of School time, special Cultural Enrichment programs and more. The schedule for the following week’s School Meeting can be found online or in This Week at Brookwood (TWAB). Parents are always invited and encouraged to attend.



Halloween Parade:  Lower School students (and often faculty!) dress in their costumes and parade around the front courtyard for the Middle and Upper School students. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend.

Lower School Holiday Play:  Each year the Performing Arts Faculty directs a holiday play (different themes each year) put on by students in Grades PreK - 3.  This is a special event dress day for the entire school.  Parents and families are invited and encouraged to attend. Grandparents of LS students will also receive an invitation to a tea with Nancy Evans preceding the play.

Revels:  Join the student body for a joyous holiday celebration, held on the Friday before winter break begins. Students in grades 4 thru 8 are part of this heart-warming performance. This is a special event dress day for all students. Parents and families are invited and encouraged to attend. 



Eighth Grade Play: An annual production that involves the entire eighth grade class and is a MUST SEE for all members of the Brookwood community. Tickets – which typically sell out quickly – are available online and go on sale a few weeks prior to the production.  Performances are held in the evening during the week prior to March break. What will it be? You will have to wait until October, when the big announcement is made. This is always the best-kept Brookwood secret!

Student Art Show:  On a Friday afternoon in April, the Brookwood campus is transformed into a gallery showcasing the art of the entire student body.  Live musical performances by Brookwood students fills the hallways.  Parents and families are invited to attend. 

PreK Play:  During School Meeting in the spring, the PreK students put on the most ahhhhh-inspiring performance of the year.  Each year is a new play.  Parents and families are invited to attend.  Truly priceless.

Recitals: Each division holds a recital in spring where vocal and musical students – whether they take lessons from Brookwood or from outside instructors – are invited to perform.  Special event dress required by division.  Parents and families are invited to attend. 

Declamation Contest:  Finalists in grades 5-8 compete in this annual competition of poetry recitation.  Special event dress for Grades 4 - 8.  ALL are invited to attend this often moving, sometimes hilarious, poetry event.  It is a showcase of Brookwood students at their poised best, and winning this competition is a Brookwood honor.

“The Salute”: A fantastic tradition that honors and recognizes the soon-to-graduate eighth grade class. Every grade participates by singing an original song written for the event. It is a special event dress day for all.  ALL parents are invited and encouraged to attend this touching tribute, and to see their children send off the eighth grade in song.

ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS:
New Parents’ Dinner:  A gathering intended to introduce parents new to Brookwood to each other as well as to Trustees, members of the Administration and PA Officers.



Parents’ Association (PA) Meetings: All Brookwood parents are members of the Parents’ Association and are invited and encouraged to attend PA meetings. Come hear what is happening around Brookwood, and then attend School Meeting at 10 a.m.



Parent Education Programs: The Parents’ Association sponsors a diverse forum of speakers who address topics relevant to Brookwood parents. Check the Parent Education Program page for more details on dates and subjects.

4 to 14 Speaker Series: Parenting Elementary School Kids:  This series provides parents with insights from authors and other experts on issues on issues of parenting, raising healthy children, and navigating the ups and downs of family life.

Join us on September 27, 2016 at 7 p.m. to learn the answer to this timely question: How can strengthening our kids' connections to nature benefit their emotional and physical well-being? Best-selling author Richard Louv (Last Child in the Woods and Vitamin N) will share his thoughts during Brookwood's next 4 to 14 Speaker Series event. This presentation will be packed with practical suggestions for how parents can help share nature with their children. This event is open to the public. All are welcome!
Learn more about this event and register now!   

Annual Spring Fund Raiser:  The auction party is the social event of the year.  It features live entertainment and silent and live aucitons throughout the evening.  Even if you are not bidding, all parents are encouraged to join in this festive event.   



Year-round PA Support: Online school store, shop Amazon.com, Box Tops for Education, Crosby’s register receipts, and Stop & Shop A+ Rewards, are just a few ways your shopping can also support Brookwood.

  Check out SHOP to Support Brookwood for details.

ESPECIALLY FOR GRANDPARENTS:
Grandparents’ Tea:  Lower School grandparents are invited to join Head of Lower School Nancy Evans for a special reception preceding the Lower School Holiday Play.

Grandparents’ Day: All grandparents are invited to enjoy a special morning at Brookwood filled with performances and classroom visits.  This is a special event dress day for all.  Parents can pick up their children and grandparents at noon dismissal time.  [Grandparents are also invited to a lovely reception the evening before.]