JUNE 24, 2021

We're so happy to welcome you to Brooks.
We hope you are as excited as we all are that your family has joined our community. 
Intermittently throughout the summer, and then beginning weekly in mid-August for the entirety of the school year, you will receive a parent e-newsletter with announcements, reminders, the weekend's activities, upcoming events and much more. (See examples from this past year in our newsletter archives). Our hope is that this e-letter provides you with a clear sense of the happenings here at school. 
The Parents section of our website is a great source of information, providing school contacts, FAQ, the yearly calendar and other helpful resources. You will also find a link to our Brooks School Parents Facebook on the Resources page, as well. Join us! We hope it will be active with questions, advice and information-sharing. 
Please don’t hesitate to respond to this email with any questions you might have; no concern is too small.
We look forward to meeting you in person soon and hope you have a wonderful summer! 

Opening of School Details
Students will be expected on campus on different days, depending on their activities and responsibilities:

  • Sept. 3 — Fall 1st team athletes arrive.
  • Sept. 5 — International students and student leaders are expected.
  • Sept. 6 — All remaining new and returning students arrive.
  • Sept. 7 — Classes begin.

Click to view the arrival schedule, complete with move-in hours. Our packing guide notes what students will need and should bring with them to Brooks. Please also consult our school breaks planning document for information helpful when making travel arrangements for your child for the 2021-2022 school year.
Parents/Guardian Access to OnBrooks
All parents/guardians were communicated with on June 11 with instructions on getting into OnBrooks. Here is the instruction guide for this process for anyone who still needs to set up their account. Please contact Registrar Lisa Saunders for support or questions.
Housekeeping/Enrollment Checklist
How are you doing on your required forms? When you submitted your contract, you should have received an email from Registrar Lisa Saunders with information detailing next steps. All pertinent forms and items to be completed can be found in OnBrooks >Groups >New Student Registration. To help keep it all straight, we have provided you with this convenient checklist.
New Student Email and OnBrooks Accounts
Your child should directly receive a Brooks email and OnBrooks account credentials (separate from your own) this week and next week. If your student does not have account credentials by June 23 please contact Lisa Saunders. Once your student has their account, please encourage them to check their Brooks email regularly over the summer for important details and updates.
Magnus Health Forms
Magnus healthcare forms for the Health & Wellness Center are ready to complete in OnBrooks. Sign in with your parent/guardian account and go to Resources >Magnus to gain access and complete these required medical and dean's office forms. Forms are due July 15.
Summer Reading List
Learn about summer reading requirements in the linked letter from Dean of Academic Affairs Susanna Waters. This summer's All Community Read is Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah. "While we expect all students and faculty to read the book," Waters writes, "it is purposefully called an All Community Read because we hope others join in: staff, parents, grandparents, alumni and more!"
Interested in Music Lessons and Ensembles?
Please complete the Music Opportunities and Ensembles for 2021-2022 form if you would like more information regarding instrumental and voice lessons available through Brooks or to inquire about joining an ensemble this fall. Private instruction is available for most instruments and voice on a weekly basis at Brooks. Instruction is provided by some of the finest musicians in the greater Boston area. Lessons are not for academic credit and are scheduled with the individual instructor for an additional fee. Students enroll by completing the online form or by contacting Arts Department Chair Babs Wheelden directly.
Calendar for 2021-2022
Looking to update your calendar? Click here to view the major dates for the 2021-2022 academic year. Of note, Family Weekend will be held on October 22 and 23.
Summer Session
Looking for some educational and enriching ways to keep your child busy this summer? Sign up for Summer Session and receive Brooks credit! Take a look at Summer Session's flyer for more information and visit the Summer Session page to see the current course list and to register. As a reminder, these are different from the classes offered through Brooks Summer Programs, which do not offer Brooks credit and are not taught by Brooks teachers.
Virtual On-Boarding Course with Brooks Connects: Aug. 2-6
This year's Brooks Connects virtual, summer enrichment series (free and open to everyone in the Brooks community) includes an On-Board Program specifically for rising third- and fourth-form students that aims to help them start a great high school life at Brooks. Students will learn about how to manage their studying life and the academic platform, OnBrooks, and practical G Suite skills. Through the case study method, students will learn about how to become a better learner (including how to take notes, how to prepare for quizzes/tests), how to participate in classes, how to be a contributor in group discussions and activities, how to effectively communicate with their teachers and peers, and more! Get details and register via the Brooks Connects page. You can also follow Brooks Connects on Instagram @brooksconnects. Please contact history teacher and Brooks Connects organizer Joanna McDonough with any questions. 
Welcome from the Learning Center
We look forward to meeting all new students in the New Student Program class, which runs for the first six weeks of the academic year. The NSP class helps new students navigate their first weeks at Brooks and develop academic success skills, and also provides a forum for questions about academic life at Brooks. If your child has test accommodations, or requires support in school, please make sure to refer to the appropriate documents in OnBrooks: Groups >Summer Registration >Topics >Learning Accommodation. Please do not hesitate to contact Director of the Learning Center Moira Goodman if you have any questions.
Follett Online Bookstore Opens Soon
Students will be able to view registered courses in OnBrooks in mid-July. Follett, the online textbook provider for Brooks School, will open access to their bookstore for students and families to purchase books for fall courses on July 14. Look for notices in the OnBrooks "Summer Reading & Assignments" group page for updates on the opening of the online bookstore.
E&R Laundry Services
For those boarding families who missed the opportunity during the enrollment process to sign up for laundry services, please review and complete the E&R form. Once complete, the form can be sent to busoffice@brooksschool.org.

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