Week of February 20 - 24, 2017

No School - Presidents' Day
Garden vegetable soup, Oven roasted chicken with roasted red potatoes, Pasta, Veggie carbonara pasta, Glazed carrots, Tuna sliders

Five bean soup, Pepperoni Pizza, Pasta, Three cheese pizza, Peas and corn, Chicken salad sliders, Fruit salad

Homemade tomato soup, Sausage and pepper subs, Pasta, Grilled cheese sandwiches, Curried cauliflower, Hummus and vegetable flatbread, Melon slices

Chicken and vegetable soup, Ritz cracker local haddock with basmati rice, Pasta, Sweet and sour tofu stir fry, Roasted brussel sprouts, Caesar chicken wraps, Oatmeal raisin cookies
Teaming up with the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brookwood third graders handcrafted 200 cards which were delivered to patients on Valentine's Day.
Join Laura Caron on February 22
     Get out of the cold, and join Head of School Laura Caron this Wednesday, February 22 at 7:30 a.m. in the Liston Commons for warm Coffee & Conversation. This meeting will begin an hour earlier in hopes that working parents are able to stop by before heading off to work. Early Birds childcare coverage will be available at no charge.
     As in the past, we'll begin this casual gathering with time for mingling, followed by a conversation on issues of importance to the group. Thoughts, reflections, questions?  We look forward to hearing what's on your mind and how we can enhance the Brookwood experience for all community members!
Grade 8 Play ticket sales and information
     Tickets for the Grade 8 musical Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, with performances on March 7, 8, and 9 at 6:30 p.m. each night, are now sale to the Brookwood community via a link on the brookwood.edu homepage. Click Harry Potter to purchase. Tickets are $10 each, and there is a ticket purchase service fee. 
     While there are still seats available for all three nights of the show, don't wait to buy your tickets as it is very likely to sell out!
     If you have any questions, please email Kersten Lanes at kerstenlanes@gmail.com or call/text her at 978-395-1041.
2017-2018 Calendar
The calendar for the 2017-2018 academic school year is now available. View the calendar here: 2017-2018 Calendar 
Lower and Middle School Parent-Teacher conferences Feb. 28, March 1

     Lower and Middle School Parent-Teacher conferences are next week on Tuesday, February 28, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday, March 1, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
     As in the fall, Parent-Teacher conference sign up is through an online Google form.  Doug Fodeman sent an email to all parents of Lower School and Middle School children on Thursday, February 9 with the Conference Sign-up link and instructions for using the form.
     February 28 is an early release day with a noon dismissal for all students in Lower and Middle School. Wednesday, March 1 is a normal school day for students even though Parent-Teacher conferences take place this day.
February 28 half-day after-school programming registration due this week

     In anticipation of the February 28 Parent-Teacher Conference Half Day, Brookwood will offer special programming for children in grades PreK-5 (those being released early that day).
     Anyone interested in having a child attend these specialty programs can learn more about them and register at Half day Programming. All students planning to attend the programs, which  will run from noon to 3:00 p.m. on February 28, must be pre-registered by this Friday, February 24 at 5:00 p.m.
     There is a small fee associated with each of these programs that will be billed through your Brookwood account. There is also regular PreK/K after-school, REACH, Homework Club coverage available from 3:00-6:00 p.m. (regular rates apply) that day.
     Bus service will run at 4 p.m. on this day. 
     Note: There will be free drop-in coverage available in the library for those families who want/need coverage for their child/ren during their actual conference time. No early sign-up is necessary, just be sure to sign your child in and out.
    Email Justin Zappia for more information.
     (Please be aware that March 1 is a regular full day of school for students despite the fact that it is also a Parent-Teacher Conference Day.) 
30 Drawings in 30 Days challenge continues

     This is week three of the 30 Drawings in 30 Days Art Challenge, and we hope that it is going well for all of you. Here are a few ideas for this week:
    Do a drawing using one continuous line;
    Draw with your other hand;
    Draw to music with your eyes closed;
    Illustrate a poem or book;
    Sketch a loved one;
Happy sketching,
Kathy, Suzanne and Annabel  

March 2: PA offers speaker on stress reduction, increasing mindfulness in life
On March 2, at 8:30 a.m., in the Liston Commons, come and discuss, learn and experience a research-validated program to help kids (and parents) reduce stress and increase mindfulness in daily life.     
The Parents' Association invites you to attend the next PA Meeting as we hear and learn from Rana Chudnofsky, Director of the Resilient Youth Program at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).
     The Benson-Henry Institute's Resilient Schools Program (RS) brings relaxation response-based coping skills and life management tools into the school environment to help teachers and students better manage daily stress and positively impact students' academic performance and health. 
     During this parent presentation, you will:
     - Engage in a dialogue and learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of unhealthy levels of stress in yourself/others
     - Practice the different models of the Relaxation Response, for your use and as a resource for your child(ren) to practice in stressful moments
     - Gain valuable resources for further explorations and interventions on mind/body awareness for your child(ren) 

March Break Camp at Brookwood!
    Katie Ober and Erin Herzeelle are thrilled to lead some exciting programming for interested Brookwood students in grades PreK-5 during the first week of March Break (March 13-17). Please visit March Break Camp to find out what's happening on campus and how to officially register. It's important to sign-up as soon as possible so we can begin to plan accordingly for all the students who will join us at Brookwood. The registration deadline is Friday, March 3. Questions can be directed to Justin Zappia at jzappia@brookwood.edu.
Summer at Brookwood 2017
     It's official . . . Summer at Brookwood 2017 is now accepting registrations. Please visit the Brookwood website to learn about the amazing full- and half-day specialty camps we are offering this summer to students in rising PreK through Grade 9. In addition, we will offer new single day trip adventures throughout the summer months! Descriptions of all the camps and trips as well as related logistical information can be found on the Summer Camps page on the web.
     Register by using the "Register Now" button on the Brookwood website. We are confident these are the most unique camps on all of the North Shore, so don't miss an opportunity to get your child signed-up. Space is limited, plus there's an early registration discount until February 20 on most camps -- 10% off.    
End of the year BBQ planned for June 9
SAVE THE DATE! A special End of Year BBQ for the entire school will be held on Friday, June 9, from  5:00 to 6:30 p.m. 
Details will be sent out closer to the event.