Week of October 17 - 21, 2016

Curry cauliflower soup, Sausage and pepper subs, Portobello and pepper subs, Roasted tomato and green beans, Tuna sliders, Pineapple slices

Sausage minestrone, Grilled chicken, Penne pasta with homemade Alfredo sauce or marinara, Broccoli, Italian subs

Butternut squash soup, Ritz cracker fish, Rice pilaf, Glazed carrots, Cesar chicken wrap, Fruit salad

Garden veggie soup, Stuffed acorn squash, Mushroom risotto, Ratatouille, Hummus and veggie flatbread, Smore's

Miso soup, Yakitori chicken, Sticky rice, Sweet and sour veggie stir fry, Bok choy, Ham and cheese sliders, Oatmeal raisin cookies

Inspired by Linda Kranz's Only One You, Brookwood Lower School artists paint rocks to look like fish. View more Visual Arts.
Submit your sibling admissions applications
     The Admissions Office is gearing up for another season and will be calling to schedule sibling screenings and admissions visits for all grades during the first week of November. 
     If you have not filled out an application, please do so soon.  Click for an updated version of the Brookwood Admissions Process.
Employees achieved 100% Brookwood Fund participation. Parents, can we count on you to do the same?

     Brookwood employees honored our 60th Anniversary and fully embraced the 100% in 100 Days challenge and achieved 100% participation by October 1.
     Parents, won't you join us in reaching our goal of 100% current parent participation in 100 days? Pledge or make your gift before January 9. 
     Brookwood needs your help to achieve 100% participation. Together we can. Show your support by pledging or making your gift today.

Pizza & Bingo Brookwood this Family Night
     Mark your calendars and plan to join us this 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
Conference Day afternoon programming: Registration due this Friday, Oct. 21 
     Brookwood will offer half-day coverage (Noon to 3:00 p.m.) on the Tuesday, October 25 Conference Day followed by regular PreK/K, REACH, and Homework Club after-school coverage (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 this 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.
Friday, Oct. 21: School picture retake day
     Picture re-take day is this Friday, October 21. Occasionally, a parent or student may want a different look from the original portrait, 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.
     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.
     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.
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! Volunteer and help out at the Fall Book Fair:      If you have questions about the Book Fair or general questions about the Library, please contact Librarian Sheila Geraty.
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 Grades 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.
Mark your calendars: Parent Coffee
& Conversation with Laura
     In her continued effort to hear from and get to know our community, Head of School Laura Caron will host Coffee & Conversation for Parents on the following dates: November 2, January 12, February 22 and April 13. 
     We'll begin each casual gathering with a time for mingling among friends, old and new, followed by a conversation facilitated by Laura on issues of importance to the group. We look forward to seeing you!
Invite family, friends and neighbors to 
Brookwood's November 5 Tech-Know Faire

     Calling tinkerers, makers, and inventors! Mark your calendars for 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!
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.
We hope to see you soon!