Week of October 3 - 10, 2016

Cream of broccoli soup, BBQ pork tips and mashed potatoes, Grilled stuffed portobello mushroom, Roasted asparagus, Tuna sliders, Orange wedges

Tortilla soup, Chicken verde, Tacos, Cheese quesadillas, Grilled veggie medley, Turkey avocado sandwiches

Chicken and rice soup, Spaghetti and meatballs, Garlic bread, Spaghetti with homemade marinara, Peas and corn, Stacked garden sandwich, Fruit salad

Seafood chowder, Three cheese pizza, Veggie pizza, Acorn squash, Grilled veggie flatbread, Fruit pops

Tomato soup, Buffalo chicken sandwich, Grilled cheese sandwich, Garlic green beans, Italian subs, Strawberry shortcake

First graders use new iPad apps during reading groups. Literacy and classroom use of technology will be some of the curricular work First Grade teacher Sarah Dawe will share during her two-week stay at APAPEC-IREBERO nursery - Grade 6 school in Kigali, Rwanda.  Read about Sarah's teacher exchange on the Global Classroom Blog
October 5: Back to School Night

     Back to School Night is this week, on Wednesday, October 5, beginning with conference sign-ups for Upper School from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.; we are again using online sign-up for conferences in Grades PreK-5 this year.
      Laura Caron will be speaking at 7:00 p.m., and classes for all will begin thereafter. All relevant instructions and information will be sent to parents in an email, but make sure to mark the event on your calendars!

Before Back to School Night
join us for Brookwood Basics

     The presentation of Brookwood Basics at the first Parents' Association Meeting of the year was a big success.  For those of you unable to make the PA meeting and who would like to learn more, please join us on Wednesday, October 5 from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. in the Dodge Writing Center.
     Brookwood Basics is a great resource for new families and a refresher for returning families.  We hope to see you there. 
     RSVP to ecowan@brookwood.edu.

Important information about your
Emergency Notification Account

     We will schedule another test of our BBC Emergency Notification system on Thursday, October 6 between 6 and 7 p.m.
     If you haven't done so yet, please set up your account.  If you have set up your account, please log in, mouse over your account name and select Contact Info. Then verify that your phones have a check mark under "Voice" and at least one phone is checked under "Text."  Next, mouse over your account name and select Subscriptions.  Please verify that "Outreach" is checked under all three symbols (phone, email and text).  Only one BBC account is needed per household.  
      If you have any questions, please contact Doug Fodeman extension 6233.
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 with any questions or for more information.
After-school questions? Contact Katie Ober 

     Director of Auxiliary Programs Justin Zappia is currently on a three-week paternity leave. In his absence, 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. The book fair schedule will be in next week's issue of This Week At Brookwood, so you can see when your child's class is scheduled to visit. 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, please contact Librarian Sheila Geraty.

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 pm. 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

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 7:30-8:05 a.m. in the Beinecke Music Room beginning Wednesday, October 5.
     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!
Please bring in your empty Gatorade bottles
     This year's Tech-Know Faire - an open-to-the public, family-friendly morning of fun filled with educational hands-on projects - is coming up on November 5. For one of the Faire's projects Dr. Oettinger is collecting 20-ounce Gatorade bottles. The collection box will be in the slate lobby. Thank you!