OCTOBER 10, 2019
Caroline Arriz '21 and Ashley Brzezenski '22 enjoyed a stunning evening rowing on the Merrimack River the other day. For this and other Brooks Crew images, check out the team's Instagram: @brooksschoolcrew .
The Countdown is On for Family Weekend
We are looking forward to having you on campus next week! Click to view the full schedule of events . If you have not yet heard from your student’s advisor, please reach out to them to set up a time to meet with you individually while you’re on campus. Please RSVP by Oct. 17 if you have not already done so, as it is important for our planning. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Associate Director of Alumni and Parent Programs Nicole Mallen Jackson '95 .

*For those traveling from a distance for the weekend, please note there are still openings in our parent dinner on Oct. 17. Click to RSVP
Permissions for Family Weekend
Check-in on Oct. 18, will be 10 p.m. for all students. Students may be off campus with their families until 10 p.m. with proper permission. Students are required to e-sign out. If your child is leaving campus for all or part of the weekend they must complete a weekend slip or elective absence form and hand it in to the Dean of Students Office before departing. Please email weekendpermissions@brooksschool.org giving your child permission to leave campus to go home or to a friend's home. If you are inviting students to stay at your home, we need to hear from you, too. Boarding students must return from the weekend by 7:50 p.m. Oct. 21, in time for study hours. 
Hospitality Tent During Family Weekend
The Brooks hospitality tent will be open to all campus visitors during Family Weekend (including visiting teams) and we need your help to stock it! Please let us know if you can provide snacks or help at the tent for a bit. If you are bringing food items prior to 1 p.m., please deliver them to the Keating Room inside Wilder Dining Hall. Otherwise, food can be brought directly to the tent. Email Nicole Mallen Jackson '95 to contribute. Thank you!
CWRA Testing
On the evening of Oct. 15, a random sample of third-form students (day and boarding) is expected to take the College Work and Readiness Assessment (CWRA). Lance Latham will notify the students involved. Students should meet in the Luce Library at 6:50 p.m. Testing will be complete by 9 p.m. The CWRA measures problem-solving and critical-thinking skills — skills that the school is interested in developing. Students are not expected to prepare for the CWRA, which is conducted entirely online with school computers. Contact Lance Latham with any questions.
Special Schedules Next Week
Oct. 15 (The library will be closed to non-CWRA testers. No structured study hall.)
  • 6:50-9 p.m.: Third form — Required CWRA testing. Students will have received an email from Associate Head for Academic Affairs Lance Latham.
  • 9 p.m.: All students — Check-in for boarders; departure for day students.

Oct. 16 (Dress is casual. 7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Hot breakfast . No breakfast check-in for third- and fourth-formers)
  • Third form — Anti-Harassment/Bullying/Hazing Workshop, 9-11:30 a.m. in Wilder Dining Hall.
  • Fourth form — PSAT’s: Be in the Athletic Center main lobby by 8:15 a.m. (Do not enter the gym). 
  • Fifth form — Students taking the PSAT’s: Be in the Athletic Center main lobby by 8:15 a.m. (Do not enter the gym). Students taking the Mock ACT: Meet in the math wing at 8:15 a.m.
  • Sixth form — College Workshop, 8:30 a.m. in the Science Forum.  
Fall Art Dates: Mark Your Calendar!
We look forward to seeing you at some or all of these upcoming events!
Oct. 18: Student Art Show and parent reception, Lehman Art Center, 7-8:30 p.m.; Arts in Progress performances by members of Advanced Jazz Band, Jazz Band and Rock Band, Center for the Arts Theater, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Nov. 1: "200 Women" art exhibit, Lehman Art Center, on display through Dec. 14
Nov. 7-9: Twelfth Night, Brooks theater fall play, Center for the Arts Theater, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 12: Fall Festival Choirs and Chamber Ensemble concert, Center for the Arts Theater, 8 p.m.
Dec. 7: Rock Band and Advanced Rock Band concert, Center for the Arts Theater, 8 p.m.
Dec. 13: Jazz Band Concert, Center for the Arts Theater, 7:30 p.m.
Through Dec. 14: "200 Women" art exhibit, Lehman Art Center
Dec. 15: Lessons and Carols (for families and the community), Frank D. Ashburn Chapel, 2 p.m.
Midterm Reports
Fall Midterm Progress Reports will be available in OnBrooks on Oct. 17. To access report cards, sign into OnBrooks with your parent account, click on your student and select "Progress." Report cards will be visible in the "Performance" area of the "Progress" section. To set up your parent OnBrooks account, click here for instructions. For support or questions about your OnBrooks account or report cards, please contact Registrar Lisa Saunders.
Upcoming Speaker/Stick it to Stigma
On Oct. 14, John Broderick, a former New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice, will visit Brooks to share his family’s story and encourage conversation around mental health. Broderick believes this upcoming generation is the least judgmental in history and hopes that he can make a difference by inspiring change. You can learn more about Broderick and his work here . Brooks will engage in a campus wide mental health awareness campaign and hold a “Stick it to Stigma” athletic contest day during Family Weekend, Oct. 18-19.  
Parents Committee's Ghostly Goodies
On Oct. 31, we treat our students, teachers and staff to Halloween treats. We’re in need of volunteers who can bake or buy a goody and drop it off. Please contact Joan Ziady P’18, P’20, P’22 if you’re interested in contributing a treat and/or staffing the table during lunch that day. If you’re a boarding parent — or you can’t come in person — you can still help with our festive raffle baskets. (Two students and one faculty/staff member win baskets). Please contact Jennifer Quinn P’20, P’21 for details on how to contribute to those.
Trip Offerings
See details below on various trips being offered next year!
Cozumel Scuba Excursion with Laura Hajdukiewicz: March 8-15, 2020
Morning dives, adventurous activities, beach, animal interactions just to name some of the plans! Your child can take the scuba winter term to get certified or come on the trip if they are already a diver. Spots are limited, deposit is due Oct. 15. Please contact science Teacher Laura Hajdukiewicz with any questions.
Southwestern Adventure with Susanna Waters and Amanda Nasser: March 19-24, 2020
Off-roading, rafting, hiking! Cultural experiences with Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo people! Cliff dwellings, desert botanical gardens, and archeo-astronomy! The deadline to register is Nov. 18. Please contact Academic Dean Susanna Waters or history teacher Amanda Nasser with questions.
WWII in Europe with Susanna Waters, Amanda Nasser and John McVeigh: July 6-15, 2020
Kaisers, castles, ski jumps and salt mines in Nuremberg, Innsbruck, Bolzano, Salzburg & Munich! The deadline to register is Nov. 18. Please contact Susanna Waters or Amanda Nasser with questions. 
Flu Shot Clinics
The Health and Wellness Center will be holding flu clinics for students at the following times: 

  • Oct. 13, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 17, from 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please note that it is the student's responsibility to come to one of these clinics, if they wish to receive the flu vaccine. If you are not sure whether you signed up your student for a flu vaccine, please log into your Magnus account and check their flu consent form. Please notify the Health and Wellness Center if you signed up your student but they already received the vaccine at another location. We would appreciate your assistance in getting your student to the flu clinic: Please remind them to come. 

See the CDC's flu Vaccine Information Statement for further information specific to the flu vaccine. If you have questions please contact the Health and Wellness Center : (978) 725-6206. 
Student Activities This Weekend
Check out the full schedule of events . Highlights include a trip to Boston and a bubble soccer tournament!
Food Drive
Now through Oct. 21, our food service provider Meriwether Godsey will be celebrating the 12th annual “Feed The Difference” campaign with a food drive spotlighting Food Insecurity and Hunger Awareness. Food and monetary donations, which will benefit Lazarus House , will be collected in Wilder Dining Hall. Meriwether Godsey and our local food service provider PFG will match our donations!
Flex Option Applications
Occasionally, a student may be interested in pursuing his/her passion at a higher level outside of Brooks. Flexibility may be afforded to that student by applying for, and being granted, a Flex Option for the season. Please review with your child if they are interested in Flex for either the winter or spring athletic season.

  • All Flex Option applications for both winter and spring athletic seasons are due no later than Oct 22. No late applications will be accepted.
  • Even if you are simply thinking about Flex, fill out the application and turn it in. You can always withdraw the application at a later date.
  • Incomplete applications are accepted knowing that some specifics will need to be added at a later date. Don’t let this be this be the reason for a late application.
Upcoming Events 
  • Oct. 17: Parent Dinner Series
  • Oct. 18: Student Art Show and parent reception, Arts in Progress
  • Oct. 18-19: Family Weekend
  • Nov. 1-Dec. 14: "200 Women" art exhibit
  • Nov. 7-9: Twelfth Night fall play
  • Nov. 12: Fall Festival Choirs and Chamber Ensemble concert
  • Dec. 7: Rock Band and Advanced Rock Band concert
  • Dec. 13: Jazz Band concert
  • Dec. 15: Lessons and Carols (for families and the community)
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