Monday, September 12
School Picture Day
2:00-4:00 p.m. Fall Sports tryouts
3:00-4:00 p.m. Super Soccer Stars after-school class begins
Tuesday, September 13
Middle School Relaxed Dress Code
2:15-4:00 p.m. Fall Sports tryouts
3:00-4:00 p.m. Boston Children's Theatre after-school class begins
Wednesday, September 14
Middle School Relaxed Dress Code
8:00 a.m. Parents' Association Coffee in the Courtyard, School Store open in the courtyard
8:20 a.m. Grade 8-Group A departs for Farm School trip
3:00-4:00 p.m. Harry Potter, Technology Playground, and Martial Arts after-school classes begin
Thursday, September 15
6:30 a.m. Grade 6 departs for Hurricane Island trip
8:20 a.m. Grade 8-Group B departs for Farm School trip
8:30-9:30 a.m. Library Volunteer training, Shlopak library
10:00 a.m. School Meeting
3:00 p.m. Gr. 8-Group A returns from Farm School
3:00-4:00 p.m. Ballet and Technology Playground after-school classes begin
4:00-5:30 p.m. MAC Tennis after-school class begins
Friday, September 16
8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Red Cross Blood Drive open to public, Cutler Gym
3:00 Grade 8-Group B returns from Farm School
3:00-4:00 p.m. Multisport after-school class begins
7:00 p.m. Grade 6 returns from Hurricane Island
Thursday, September 8Announcements & Head of School Time
Ms. CaronCultural Enrichment
Vermillion Strings of Greater Boston
The Vermillion Strings features a diverse group of vibrant, enthusiastic musicians. The acclaimed trio is based out of Salem, Massachusetts.
Assistant Head of School Barb Liston embraces the many emotions of FDOS (First Day of School).
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
Welcome back to school everyone!
Children's Drop & Shop
Already cleaned out your closets preparing for the new school year, but haven't had the time to get rid of the old? Now is your chance!
Let's turn our gently loved Fall/Winter Clothes, books and DVDs into cash for the Parents' Association. The Children's Drop & Shop is holding their semi-annual consignment event at the Topsfield Fairgrounds from September 16-18 and we have a great opportunity to fundraise within this event for Brookwood's Parents' Association.
Place your gently loved, best brands of used clothing, books and/or DVDs in the Children's Drop & Shop big brown box. The box is located outside the Dodge Writing Center, around the corner from the library entrance, and all items will be consigned on our behalf. 70% of the earnings will go right to the PA.
To learn more about the Children's Drop & Shop, visit their website childrensdropandshop.com.
Parents' Association meeting - Thursday, September 22 at 8:30 a.m - Liston Commons
Join us for Brookwood Basics: your roadmap to getting to know Brookwood. We'll also learn more about REACH, after-school classes and other auxiliary programs from Justin Zappia, Director of Auxiliary Programming. Late-comers are welcome!
Shop the School StoreStock up on your Brookwood Spirit wear!
The School Store will be open for "Coffee in the Courtyard," the first Parents' Association meeting, and at the All School Picnic. Now is a good time to shop the school store with freshly stocked inventory of all sizes.
Coffee in the Courtyard - Wednesday, September 14
We hope you can all join us at our first "Coffee in the Courtyard" of the school year. Join us for a casual meet and greet coffee in the school courtyard right after drop-off.
All School Picnic - Friday, September 23
Brookwood's Annual All School Picnic (5-6:30 p.m.) will be extra special this year as we celebrate our 60th Anniversary.
Coffee is available for all parents in the Liston Commons every morning following drop-off.
Shop to support Brookwood
Collection boxes for Crosby's receipts and box tops are located in the front lobby. Please don't throw them away!
First day of school excitement
Opening School Meeting and the One School, One Book Presentation
Special School Meeting guests, The Platters, had the crowd on its feet!
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 email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org
) with any questions or for more information.
Care after music lessons and combos
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 (email@example.com).
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), firstname.lastname@example.org
Ariella Bennett (Grade 1), email@example.com
Tiffany Wilson (Grade 1), firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Scott Neill (Grade 2), email@example.com
Alyssa Catalano (Grade 2), firstname.lastname@example.org
Cassie Stagias (Grade 3), email@example.com
Holidae Fillkins (Grade 3), firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Smith (Grade 4), email@example.com
Abby Archer (Grade 4), firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick Murray (Grade 5), email@example.com
Hannah Perkins (Grade 5), firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. This email address is monitored by multiple people, so your communication will be sure to be received in a timely manner.