Monday, January 16
No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Tuesday, January 17
No events scheduled
Wednesday, January 18
12:30-3:45 p.m. Middle School relaxed dress day - Dream Team Workshop
2:15-3:30 p.m. Middle School off-campus
Thursday, January 19
8:30-10:00 a.m. Parenting and Technology talk with Doug Fodeman for Middle School parents, Dodge Writing Center
10:00 a.m. School Meeting
Friday, January 20
9:30-10:30 a.m. Little Herons Program, Lower School Music Room and Shlopak library
No Bird's Word Newspaper after-school class today
3:00-6:00 p.m. Grade 8 play rehearsal
6:00-9:00 p.m. Winter Dance - Grades 7&8
Saturday, January 21
8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Brookwood team at New England Rubik's Cube Tourney, Concord, MA
Announcements and Head of School time
National Geographic Geography Bee
French is spoken in many countries beyond France and Canada. Read about Brookwood's fourth grade French students correspondence with children in Rwanda, Haiti and Senegal.
MONDAY No School
TUESDAY Chicken noodle soup, Baked ziti with homemade marinara or meat sauce, Garlic bread, Roasted asparagus, Turkey club sandwich
Veggie minestrone, Chicken mac and cheese sandwich, Oven fries, Black bean burgers, Sautéed green beans, Ham and swiss wraps, Oatmeal raisin cookie
Southwest corn chowder, Veggie enchilada, Bean and cheese burritos, Grilled veggie medley Orchard sandwich, Fruit salad
Local fish chowder, Philly cheese steaks, Portobello subs, Garlic spinach, Egg salad sliders, Sprinkle cake
The Parents Association kicked off its Community Gathering initiative last week with a "Salem and South" gathering in Marblehead for current parents. What a turnout we had - 70 of our 78 current parents RSVPd! Thank you to Anne and Paul Bolno and Keesa and Iyue Sung for hosting. We are looking for other hosts to bring community events to Beverly, Hamilton/ Wenham, Newburyport and Gloucester (surrounding towns will be included in all mentioned towns).
Whether they be at your homes or at a favorite local restaurant or park, the purpose of these gatherings is to connect you with other Brookwood families in your town - you may be surprised to see who lives in your area! Please email Eliza Cowan if you are interested.
Family Event, Brookwood on Ice
On Sunday, February 5, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., join us for Brookwood on Ice at Pingree School in Hamilton. Enjoy a "Pre-Superbowl Skate" with the family. Don't forget to bring your skates and helmets (as required by Pingree) and join your friends on the ice!
Volunteer to help with the PA
Annual Auction & Party
Now is the time and we need YOU. We are seeking auction items from big to small and everything in between. If you are interested in learning more, and we hope you are, please join us for Auction Wish List TUESDAYS from 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. in the Liston Commons. We will meet every TUESDAY in January to talk through auction ideas, 'wish list' items and other ways in which you can get involved and support this fun event. If you can't make one of the Auction Wish List TUESDAY'S in January, no problem, just email Alison Harden with ideas and questions at email@example.com. The more people that can get involved and help out, the better! Thank you in advance!
Alumna Phoebe Gould '11 returned to Brookwood with her Yale a cappella group Something Extra and gave a wonderful performance at Thursday's School Meeting .
Also at School Meeting second graders gave Native American presentations (above) and Sadie A. sang The Secret of Happiness.
Science teacher Sarah Shea leads seventh and eighth graders in yoga.
Before the warm temperatures melted it all away, the snow offered sledding fun during recess.
During monthly visits to Turtle Creek and Turtle Wood Independent Living Centers in Beverly, sixth graders collaborate with seniors to create 3-D printed assistive devices that could help improve the seniors' lives and the lives of others.
January 28: Admissions Open House
Brookwood's next Admissions Open House is planned for Saturday, January 28, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Current families are our best ambassadors in spreading the word about Brookwood. We hope that you will consider "sharing" and "liking" our upcoming admissions events on Facebook and Twitter to help spread the word!
Additionally, if you know of a family considering independent school for their children entering grades PreK through Grade 8, please pass along the information about our upcoming Open House on January 28. Go to visit brookwood
for more details on the Open House.
January 19: Parenting and Technology Talk
Parents of children in Grades 4 and 5, plan to join us this Thursday, January 19, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., in the Dodge Writing Center. Brookwood's Director of Technology will present a talk entitled, Parenting and Technology: Understanding the issues, establishing safe and appropriate practices.
Your children may be using social media like Instagram and Snapchat because they are fun and popular. They may also be using smartphones and iPads. Each of these technologies pose risks to children. Understand what these risks are and how to reduce them. Come and learn about the latest research on the impact of technology on children and how to help your child use technology in developmentally healthy and appropriate ways. What are the challenges that parents should know about as their children grow up with technology and what are the best strategies for addressing these challenges?
Click to read more about Doug's bio and background in technology.
Brookwood Fund: 100% in 100 Days
Thank you Brookwood Parents! The 100% in 100 Days participation challenge came to a close on January 9, and Brookwood parents enthusiastically responded!
Current parent participation is at 77%, exceeding where we ended last June at 74%. The current parent community worked together to increase overall current parent participation to the Brookwood Fund.
If you haven't made your gift to the Brookwood Fund, there is still time! Our fiscal year doesn't close until June 30. Every gift gets us one step closer to joining our peer schools and increased parent participation for Brookwood.
Thank you, and congratulations Brookwood parents. Come celebrate our success with breakfast at the next Parents' Association meeting on Thursday, February 2 at 8:30 a.m.
Take the Parents' Association survey
This week a survey was emailed to all of our current parents from the Parents' Association. In an effort to increase participation, if you complete the survey, you will be entered to win a $30 gift certificate to the school store.
The link to the survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R2HMR2L
We will be reviewing the results of the survey at our Parents' Association meeting on Thursday, February 2, so please fill out the survey as soon as possible.
A look ahead to Summer at Brookwood 2017
The most exciting enrichment camps on the North Shore are ready to be unveiled and will be posted on brookwood.edu this week.
Summer at Brookwood 2017 will include all of the favorites from previous years with an emphasis on new and exciting STEM-based sessions. In addition, Summer at Brookwood will offer single day trip adventures sprinkled throughout the summer to keep your child entertained and engaged.
Visiting author: Andrea Davis Pinkney
on campus Wednesday, January 25
On Wednesday, January 25, Brookwood will host author Andrea Davis Pinkney. During her day with our community she will be working with students in all divisions.
Andrea is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of more than 30 books for children and young adults, including picture books, novels, works of historical fiction and nonfiction. Her books have been awarded multiple Coretta Scott King Book Awards, Jane Addams Children's Literature Honor citations, NAACP Image Award nominations, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor medal, several Parenting Publication Gold Medals, and American Library Association Notable Book citations.
If you are interested, Andrea's books are available for purchase
and she will inscribe. Contact Sheila Geraty with any questions.
Brookwood is excited to announce the return of our popular March Break Camp for students in PreK-Grade 5 during the week of March 13, 2017. Camp will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily with the option to add an additional hour of care until 5 p.m. each day.
View costs for our base-level program on this chart. Specialty enrichment options may be added at a later date (and may be priced differently).
If you are interested to learn more about Brookwood's March Break Camp, please email Justin Zappia.
Handicap parking spaces
At times, finding a parking space on campus can be a challenge. Please refrain from parking in the four clearly marked Handicap parking spaces unless you have the required placard. Many in our community need these spaces and rely on them being open when they are here at Brookwood. Thank you.