Week of October 10 - 15, 2016

No School - Columbus Day

French onion soup, BBQ chicken, Macaroni and cheese, Steamed carrots, Tuna sliders, Apple pie

Southwest chicken soup, Brookwood burger, Oven fries, Falafel, Grilled zucchini and summer Squash, Orchard sandwich, Fruit salad

Quinoa veggie minestrone, Stuffed peppers, Tofu stir fry, Basmati rice, Steamed snow peas, Tomato and mozzarella caprese, Smore's

Chile con carne, Baked potato bar, Veggie chile, Roasted butternut squash, Cranberry chicken salad sliders, Ice cream bar

Even the youngest Brookwood students are eager to stand up and be heard. When Ms. Caron asked the School Meeting crowd a question, it was a PreK student who volunteered an answer. Watch: Kindergarten's performance at School Meeting with alumna and Auxiliary Programs Assistant Katie Ober '08. 

Every gift counts: Participate
in the Brookwood Fund today

     Join us in reaching our goal of 100% current parent participation in 100 days.  Pledge or make your gift to the Brookwood Fund before January 9, 2017.
     A gift size that is meaningful to your family impacts everyday life at Brookwood.
     Brookwood needs your help to achieve 100% participation. Together we can. Show your support by pledging or making your gift today.
Pizza & Bingo Brookwood Family Night
     Mark your calendars and plan to join us on Friday, October 21 for an exciting family night of Pizza and Bingo. The fun will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Liston Commons. This event is free and open to everyone in the Brookwood community. All students must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
     RSVP to Eliza Cowan, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
Plan ahead for Conference Days  

     Brookwood will offer half-day coverage (Noon to 3:00 p.m.) on the Tuesday, October 25 Conference Day and regular PreK/K, REACH, and Homework Club after-school coverage that day (3:00 to 6:00 p.m.).
     Visit Program Descriptions for detailed information and the official registration form. Only those pre-registered for these opportunities by no later than Friday, October 21 will have a chance to attend.
     In addition, parents may drop off Brookwood students in the library while in conferences with a child's teacher on either October 25 or October 26.     
     Please contact Justin Zappia or Katie Ober with any questions or for more information.
After-school questions? Contact Katie Ober 

     Director of Auxiliary Programs Justin Zappia returns from paternity leave Tuesday, October 11. Should you have questions or need information about Before- or After-school programming, please contact Auxiliary Programs Assistant Katie Ober or extension 6353.
Visit the Fall Book Fair, October 18 and 19
     The Brookwood Fall Book Fair is coming up on Tuesday, October 18 and Wednesday, October 19. For those of you who are new to Brookwood, the Book Fair is attended by every Brookwood class and is a great way for students to pick up fall reading, see newly published books, and, for parents, perhaps even start holiday shopping a bit early. 
     Students will have the opportunity to browse new fall titles including picture books, I-Can-Read books, novels, popular series titles, and more. There is a wide array of choices for every age group.
     Proceeds from the Book Fair are used by classroom teachers to buy books for their classroom libraries. Parents are welcome to join their child during the designated time for his/her class. Visit: Class Schedule. If you can't make the designated time, stop by when it's convenient.
     Thank you to the parent volunteers who help make this event a success!  If you have questions about the Book Fair or general questions about the Library, please contact Librarian Sheila Geraty.
Nov. 5: Join us for the Tech-Know Faire

     Calling tinkerers, makers, and inventors! Mark your calendars and plan to join Brookwood's first ever Tech-Know Faire on Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m to 12 noon. Organized around the notion of "Designing for Purpose," this event for makers of all ages will feature a two-hour morning of fun and educational, hands-on projects, each with a unique benefit to the community. Maker-spaces, 3-D printing, and invention booths are just some of the exciting opportunities for kids.
     The Tech-Know Faire is free and open to the public so spread the word and invite family and friends. Join us and be a part of this great family event!
Please bring in your empty Gatorade bottles
     For a Tech-Know Faire project Dr. Oettinger is collecting 20-ounce Gatorade bottles. Collection boxes are in the slate lobby and by the athletic fields. Thank you!
Time to order students' school pictures
     All Brookwood parents should have received an email on October 4 from
our school photo company, Coffee Pond Photography.
     Per the email's instructions, to see your child's portraits please visit Coffeepond.com and click on the "Order Central" tab.  In the drop down menu select "School Portraits" and follow the instructions. You will be prompted to enter your assigned password in order to see your child's portraits. 
     Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery of your order.  Another important date to keep in mind is December 4, 2016, which is the last day to place an order and receive it in time for the holidays.
     Re-take day is October 21. Occasionally, a parent or student may want a different look from the original portrait taken, in which case Coffee Pond offers the opportunity for a retake. Simply click on the retake link on your child's portrait page to register. Please sign up at least 2 days before the scheduled day
     If you have any questions, visit the FAQ section of the Coffee Pond website, email lifeguards@coffeepond.com, or call at (800) 632-2323, ext. 0 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Come to a showing of the film Screenagers

     Parents and children in Grades 5 and up are invited to a showing of the film Screenagers on October 17 at 6 p.m. Running time is 70 minutes; the film will be followed by a short Q&A session. 
     From the film's website: "Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time - friction she knew all too well.
     "In Screenagers, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts kids' development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance."
     To view a trailer, visit: Screenagers. Visit Technology at Brookwood to learn more about our programs and online safety.
Parenting & Technology: Understanding the issues, establishing safe practices

     Brookwood's Director of Technology Doug Fodeman, a nationally recognized expert in the area of Internet safety, will present this important talk for parents of children in Grade 6-8 on Thursday, October 20 from 8:30 to 10 p.m. The talk will be held in the Dodge Writing Center. Come hear about the latest issues as well as strategies to help parents deal with these concerns for our children's use of technology.
     Please note that the presentation is not suitable for children to attend.
Become a Reveler and perform
at December's Revels Concert
    We invite all Brookwood parents and interested seventh and eighth graders (with parent permission) to join the Revelers onstage for Revels (December 16) again this year.
     Participation would involve attendance at rehearsals in the music room on Wednesday mornings from 7:30 to 8:05 a.m. in the Beinecke Music Room.
     If you are interested, please email Debbie Gantt.
     No musical experience is necessary, only the desire to stand up and sing. We have musicians of all levels and experience every year, and the the music is made better by each additional voice.
Thanks and hope to see you soon!