This Week at Brookwood

It was wonderful to see those parents who were able to join us on Wednesday for Back-to-School Night! In addition to exploring our classrooms and hearing about curricular goals for the year, the evening provided an opportunity to strengthen the partnership between parents and teachers. Our teachers are extraordinary -- they are experts in their craft, they are learners themselves, and they embrace and model a growth mindset. Above all, however, they know and love your children! Advisors, administrators, athletic coaches, after-school staff, caregivers, extended family, friends and our Brookwood parents - the collective “we” - work in parallel to care for the whole child. We appreciate the time and investment you make in supporting this journey with us, both on- and off-campus.

Now in our 5th week of school, I hope you’ve had a glimpse into the growth and learning that happens every day at Brookwood, whether through events like Back-to-School Night, car-ride conversations with your child, exchanges with teachers, or perhaps through our This Week at Brookwood newsletter. Here are some highlights from the past week.

In Spanish class, 8th grade students began writing their first letters to pen pals in Argentina. In late October, after receiving a letter back, students will have the opportunity to Skype with their pen pals. They will collaborate on a cultural exchange project looking at family and holiday traditions as well as school life, including an overview of sustainable and environmental practices.

5th graders hiked to Dungeon Rock in Lynn Woods and also visited Saugus Iron Works, a National Historic Site stewarded by the National Park Service. View photos and read the full blog post.

As part of the Shoreline Science unit, 3rd grade science students tried to answer the question, “What is sand composed of?” Students created a model that needed refinement, but their second iteration yielded great results. Curious about the answer? Ask a third grader!

In Mandarin class, 5th grade students made mooncakes to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival in China and 7th grade students welcomed guest speaker and Brookwood Teaching Apprentice Merrill Clerkin, who shared stories from time spent in Yunnan, China.

Picture1-6.pngSchool Meeting featured a musical and dance performance by a group of children from Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) Guatemala, an organization helping raise more than 3,200 orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged boys and girls in the Caribbean and South America. The organization also provides scholarship, meals and healthcare to an additional 2,300 children who live outside the group homes. After their School Meeting performance, the children joined 6th graders in playing soccer, gaga ball, and even taught Brookwood students some Guatemalan dances. Later, they ate a picnic-style lunch with 8th graders, participated in the PreK music class, and shared their instruments and culture with the Kindergarten students. Thank you to the Parents' Associaiton Cultural Enrichment Committee for bringing this wonderful opportunity to Brookwood.

I hope you and your family enjoy the long weekend!