NOVEMBER 14, 2019
The fall play, Twelfth Night, was a hit! See photos from the performance at .
Fifth-Form College Kickoff Weekend/Parent Reception
Save the date: Please join us for a College Counseling Kickoff weekend! Mingle with fellow parents and college counseling staff members at the Packards' home on Jan. 31 from 6-7:30 p.m. The program continues on Feb. 1, from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., featuring panel discussions with college admissions officers (see the list here ), a presentation of Brooks School’s program and a Q-&-A session. If you have any questions, contact Assistant College Counselor Christine Jackson .
Winter Term Reminder
The 2020 Winter Term course catalog will be published by the end of the school day tomorrow. Course selection sheets are due before students leave for Thanksgiving Break. Our hope is that your child will consult with you regarding their Winter Term choices, especially about courses that require an extra fee. Course rosters will be finalized by the second week of Dec.

Be sure to set aside the evening of Jan. 24 to attend the Winter Term Symposium, where you can see all that your child worked on throughout the three weeks. All students will start Winter Term on Jan. 7 in the Chapel at 8 a.m. If you have questions, please contact Associate Head for Academic Affairs Lance Latham : (978) 725-6252.
Thanksgiving Transportation Information
Students commuting this Thanksgiving Break must sign up for the chaperoned bus to Conn. and New York City, as well as transportation to Logan Airport or Manchester–Boston Regional Airport, in the Deans’ Office by tomorrow. Click to view the schedule . Please note: If a student signs up for the bus and does not end up taking the transportation, their account will still be charged. Questions? Contact Administrative Assistant to the Deans' Office Vicky Matheson .
A Message From Athletics
Please remind your students that lockers need to be completely cleared out before Thanksgiving Break, as the locker room needs to be thoroughly cleaned before the winter season. Any items left in the locker room will be collected, held in the equipment room, and then donated to a local charity if not claimed.

Congratulations to the girls 1st field hockey team on their overtime win against Williston Northampton School, and to the boys 1st soccer team for their win over Suffield Academy, yesterday! Both teams will move on to play in semifinals of the NEPSAC tournament this Saturday. Field hockey will play against #1 seed Rivers School, starting at 12:30 p.m. Boys soccer will play against Noble and Greenough School, the #2 seed, starting at 2:00 p.m. Both games will be played away. Fan buses will be provided for students who want to attend the games. The buses will go from Rivers to Nobles so that students can support both teams.

Other noteworthy news: Alex Tobias '22 placed 11th at the NEPSAC Division III Cross Country Championships last Saturday. He will be running at the NEPSTA All-Star Meet this Saturday at St. Mark’s School.
Toys for Tots Drive
The Community Activities Board (CAB) is sponsoring a Toys for Tots drive. Please consider purchasing a toy over Thanksgiving Break to send back with your student. On Dec. 7, an Ugly Sweater Dance will be held, to which students can bring their donations. Thank you!
Save the Date!
Diane Foley, founder of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, is coming to Brooks on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. as part of the Robert Lehman Art Center's 200 Women exhibition. The James W. Foley Legacy Foundation advocates for the freedom of all Americans held hostage abroad and promotes the safety of journalists worldwide. Join us for an inspiring conversation with her next month. All are welcome.
Head to Chipotle on Nov. 19 and you can support Brooks' softball team while having dinner. Thirty-three percent of the proceeds from your purchase at the Chipotle on 93 Turnpike Road in North Andover (from 4-8 p.m.) will be donated to the team. Participants must mention Brooks softball at check out. Please note: Online orders, pickups by Door Dash or Uber will not be included.
Student Activities This Weekend
Check out the full schedule of events . Highlights include a glow party and open house at Mr. Packard's home.
The Parents' Academic Corner
Thanksgiving break is a time for students to spend time with family and friends, to catch up on sleep, and to enjoy some rest and relaxation away from school. It’s also a great time to get ready for exams!

While your student will likely have some schoolwork in preparation for returning to school, we also encourage you to speak with your child about exam prep., and to get a sense of how ready your student is for the upcoming December assessments. The Learning Center section of OnBrooks provides resources that students can use as they prepare for exams. In OnBrooks, go to: Groups → Learning Center → Topics → Everything About Finals, where you will see links to calendars, organizational tips and study strategies. Peer tutors will also be hosting two exam study-skills sessions the week we return from Thanksgiving Break.
Upcoming Events 
  • Nov. 1-Dec. 14: "200 Women" art exhibit
  • Dec. 7: Rock Band and Advanced Rock Band concert
  • Dec. 10: Austin Reception for Alumni and Parents
  • Dec. 13: Jazz Band and Advanced Jazz Band concert
  • Dec. 15: Lessons and Carols (for families and the community)
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