Week of September 12 - 16, 2016

French onion soup, BBQ chicken, Macaroni and cheese, Steamed carrots, Tuna sliders, Pineapple slices

Kale and roasted tomato soup, Honey grilled pork, Garlic mashed potatoes, Broccoli rabe,
Roast beef on foccacia

Chicken noodle soup, Brookwood burger, Oven fries, Red pepper falafel burger, Grilled zucchini and summer Squash, Grilled veggie wraps, fruit salad

Quinoa veggie minestrone soup, Southwestern stuffed peppers, Tofu stir fry, Penne pasta, Steamed snow peas, Tomato and mozzarella caprese, Apple pie

Chile con carne, Baked potato bar, Veggie goulash, Roasted butternut squash, Cranberry chicken salad sliders, Chocolate chip cookies

Brookwood's seventh grade at Camp Caribou, participating in one of the various group building activities.
School Picture Day on September 12

     Coffee Pond Photography will take individual portraits of each student on Monday, September 12. Portraits will be taken indoors in the case of inclement weather.
     Once ready, you will receive instructions for viewing your child's proof portraits online. All orders must be placed online. To get the best portrait of your children, please make sure they are dressed appropriately on Portrait Day. Remember, these pictures may also be used in a variety of school publications and displays.
     If you have any questions, e-mail Coffee Pond at lifeguards@coffeepond.com or call them weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., EST at (508) 907-6633, extension 0, or outside of Massachusetts at (800) 632-2323, extension 0.
Blood drive at Brookwood, September 16
     Friday, September 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Brookwood School is hosting a blood drive to benefit the Red Cross.  Help save lives by registering online today!
     Because blood has a limited shelf life, the community blood supply must constantly be replenished to meet the need of area hospitals and emergency relief services. Help save lives by scheduling and keeping an appointment to donate blood at Brookwood's September 16 drive. Donors gain a sense of pride and accomplishment and help assure that blood is available when it is needed for family, friends and community members.    
     Healthy donors can give blood every 56 days. Join Brookwood and register today through the Red Cross Online Scheduling System.

4 to 14 Speaker Series welcomes author  

Richard Louv - Tues., September 27

   Mark your calendars for an exciting 4 to 14 Speaker Series Event when Brookwood hosts bestselling author Richard Louv on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available online.
     In Vitamin N, Louv delivers another powerful call to action - 500 ways to enrich the health and happiness of families and communities and combat Nature-Deficit Disorder. In this practical guidebook, Louv provides tips for parents on sharing nature with their kids as well as inspirations for educators, medical professionals and career seekers.

     Well known for the term "Nature-Deficit Disorder," which he coined in his bestselling book Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv sparked a national debate that spawned an international movement to reconnect kids and nature. In The Nature Principle, he argued simply and convincingly, "The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need," and influenced not only the public perspective but also national policy, inspiring campaigns across the country.
     Now is its sixth year, Brookwood's 4 to 14 Speaker Series: Parenting Elementary School Kids is pleased to welcome writers of note who speak on issues of parenting, raising healthy children, and navigating the ups and downs of family life.
      Mr. Louv's September 27 talk promises to be thought-provoking and informative and a full house is expected. Get your tickets today!  
Time to sign-up for after-school programs 

    If your child needs to stay at Brookwood after regular school hours, families must sign up for PreK-K After-School Programs, REACH (Grades 1-3), and/or Homework Club (Grades 4-8) immediately.
     Also many after-school classes will start the week of September 12 and many have limited spots available.
     For more detailed information on both before- and after-school programming, click here: Auxiliary Programming.
     To sign up, log in to the Reports Server using the password that was sent by email from Doug Fodeman on August 22.  Once you have logged in to the server, click the tab labeled "Auxiliary Programs." Next, click "Add or Edit Registrations" for either "After-School Classes" or "PreK/K;REACH;Homework Club." Please be sure to fill in all information, including the preferred dismissal plan (i.e.: having your child join Middle/Upper School dismissal at 4 p.m.; taking the bus; having your child go to REACH/Homework Club).
     Please contact Justin Zappia (jzappia@brookwood.edu) with any questions or for more information.
Care after music lessons and combos 

     Please remember to contact Justin Zappia for after-school
programming needs and Debbie Gantt for before- and after-school  music lessons.
     For safety reasons, students may not wait alone for a parent outside of the lesson space or in the lobby. Therefore we offer after-school care for children in all grades.
     Following lessons, there is a 15-minute grace period during which time there is no charge.  However, the final lessons Monday-Thursday conclude promptly on the hour with student pick-up at 6:00 p.m., and on Friday at 5:00 p.m.
     Because of staffing requirements and our ever-expanding number of students taking music lessons after school, if your student is staying in our PreK-K After-School Program/
REACH/Homework Club for more than 15 minutes, please note that there will be the regular after-school charge.
Individual music lesson information  

    Individual music lessons, combos and ensembles will begin Monday, September 19. Visit Music Instructors to view the updated list of instructors.
     Registration for individual music lessons took place in the spring using Infosnap. If you did not register online or still need to select an instrument to study, please contact Debbie Gantt (dgantt@brookwood.edu).
     If you do not hear from an individual music teacher to set up a lesson time within two weeks, or have any other program questions, please contact Debbie Gantt, Performing Arts Coordinator.
     COMBOS and ENSEMBLES will begin the week of September 19. If you did not get to enroll in these extra curricular music groups please contact Debbie Gantt.
A cappella groups begin September 19

Below is the correct 2016-17 schedule:
Tuesday: Stairwell Singers (Grade 8 girls), 7:30 a.m., Science Gym
Wednesday: BAM (Grade 8 boys), 7:30 a.m., Science Gym
Thursday: Stepping Tones (Grades 3-5), 7:30 a.m., Science Gym
Friday: Acaposse (Grades 6 and 7), 7:30 a.m., Science Gym
September 15: Library Volunteer orientation

Welcome to the 2016- 2017 school year!  The year is off to a great start and the students are enthusiastic about reading and coming to the library.  We are especially excited about the launch of Brookwood's One School, One Book, Dreams of Freedom: In Words & Pictures. 
     On Thursday, September 15, from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m., we are hosting a Parent Volunteer Welcome in the Eleanor M. DiCroce Library.  If you are interested in books, authors, organization, and helping young students with circulation, volunteering is a wonderful opportunity at Brookwood.  
     Parents Leanne Colannino and Nancy Murphy will coordinate the library volunteer effort this year. If you have already signed up to volunteer, this will be an opportunity to meet other parents and to learn a little about the library. If you are interested, please come! Feel free to extend your stay in order to attend School Meeting at 10:00 a.m.
    Any questions? Please call or email the Parent Coordinators or Sheila Geraty. 
TAs available for babysitting, pet sitting ...

We have a wonderful new group of Teaching Apprentices working here at Brookwood this year. Many of them are available after school and on weekends for house, pet and or babysitting. Below is a list of interested TAs and their contact information.

Interested in any type of sitting: (child, pet, house)
Danielle Stueve( PK), dstueve@brookwood.edu 
Ariella Bennett (Grade 1), abennett@brookwood.edu 
Tiffany Wilson (Grade 1), twilson@brookwood.edu 
Mary Scott Neill (Grade 2), msneill@brookwood.edu 
Alyssa Catalano (Grade 2), acatalano@brookwood.edu 
Cassie Stagias (Grade 3), cstagias@brookwood.edu 
Holidae Fillkins (Grade 3), hfilkins@brookwood.edu 
Sarah Smith (Grade 4), ssmith@brookwood.ed 
Abby Archer (Grade 4), aarcher@brookwood.edu 
Patrick Murray (Grade 5), pmurray@brookwood.edu 
Hannah Perkins (Grade 5), hperkins@brookwood.edu
Brookwood parking stickers 

     Do you have a Brookwood parking sticker on your car? Please see Alicia Drury in the front office to pick up a Brookwood car ID if you don't yet have one. Please place stickers in the driver side rear window of your car.
Contact the Front Desk by email

If you need to contact the front desk by email to report an absence, an early pick up, a bus change, or any other matter, please use the email address frontdesk@brookwood.edu. This email address is monitored by multiple people, so your communication will be sure to be received in a timely manner.