OCTOBER 3, 2019
Students had an opportunity to talk with Sally Eagle (above) and Dan Mead in advance of the opening reception for the photographers' exhibit, " Environments, Cultures, and Wildlife at Risk. " Click to see photos from the class visits .
Family Weekend 2019
October is upon us, which means Family Weekend will be here soon! We are so looking forward to having you on campus Oct. 18-19. Click to view the full schedule of events (with small details subject to change), and please RSVP by Oct. 17, as it is important for our planning. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Associate Director of Alumni & Parent Programs Nicole Jackson '95 .

*For those traveling from a distance for the weekend, please note there are still openings in our parent dinner on Oct 17. To RSVP, click here
Hospitality Tent During Family Weekend
The Brooks hospitality tent will be open to all campus visitors during Family Weekend (including visiting teams) and we would love your help in baking or bringing goodies to stock it! Please let us know if you can provide snacks or help at the tent for a bit. Email Nicole Jackson to contribute. Thank you!
Student Out Due to Illness? Going to Miss an Afternoon Activity?
Please remember, if your child is going to miss an afternoon-activity commitment (a sport, art, community service or other activity), they must follow the same process as they would if missing an academic commitment. If the absence is for medical reasons (either illness or doctor appointment), please contact the Health and Wellness Center : (978) 725-6206 to let them know the time that your student will be leaving campus for the appointment. If the absence is for any other reason, the student must complete an Elective Absence Form obtained from the Deans' office and return it to the Deans at least 24 hours prior to the absence. Questions? Contact Vicky Matheson , administrative assistant to the Deans’ Office.
Special Schedules Next Week
There is a special schedule in effect for Oct. 8 and Oct. 9.

  • On Tuesday, Oct. 8, the school will observe a Wednesday schedule and have most sports games in the afternoon. (Field hockey, 1st and 2nd, will play at home against Pingree School on Thursday, Oct. 10).
  • On Wednesday, Oct 9, the school will observe a regular Tuesday schedule.

OnBrooks has been updated to reflect these changes for all student schedules.

*As a reminder, we do have regular classes and afternoon activities on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 14.
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 goodie 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 on Oct. 31. 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 the baskets.
Game Day Parking
We ask that all fans attending home games park in a marked space in one of our parking lots or in the overflow lot that has been set up behind Blake and Chace House dormitories (numbers 21 and 23 on this labeled campus map ). If you have items that need to be dropped off at the fields, please move your car to a parking lot after unloading. 

To make access to the parking lots easier, the North Entrance will be open at noon on all game days. We ask that you use this gate if you are traveling from Route 133. Security will be posted to help direct traffic. Please respect all signage. We thank you for your support as we try to provide a safe environment for our students, athletes, residents, fans and guests.
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). Associate Head for Academic Affairs 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.
Flu Shot Clinics
Brooks' flu vaccines have arrived. 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 it 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 trips to the mall and movies, as well as a campus "Boathouse Fall Fest!"
The Parent Health and Wellness Corner
FCD Prevention Works, an educational division of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, arrived on campus Sept. 30 and will remain through Oct. 11. FCD provides substance abuse prevention education to students around the world and has been well received by Brooks students for years. 

Our FCD educator, Glenn Hall, fondly known as “Mr. G.” (shown above) will primarily work with the fourth-form during their Self in Community (SIC) classes. He also spent time with the sixth-form this past Tuesday and discussed vaping, seeing themselves as leaders and role models on campus, and thinking ahead about transitioning to college. On Oct. 8, Hall will meet with the fifth-form, who know him well as he taught all of them last year in their SIC classes. He will also address the whole school during Chapel on Oct. 7.

FCD provides many resources for parents — please click below for an introduction to the numerous educational materials they provide through their website:

Also, if you sign up for their newsletter you will receive invitations to webinars on many helpful topics for parents. If you have any questions, please contact Director of Psychological Counseling Judy Werner .
Upcoming Events 
  • Oct. 3: Parent Dinner Series
  • Oct. 8: Parent Dinner Series
  • Oct. 17: Parent Dinner Series
  • Oct. 18-19: Family Weekend
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