SEPTEMBER 12, 2019
Students came together on Sunday for our annual Field Day: Visit to see all the photos.
Student Support
Following the news that Head of School John Packard shared with the community about the car accident involving four of our students, please know that Brooks' Health and Wellness Center staff are supporting the community. Judy Werner, Steph Holmes, and Tracey Costantino are guiding the faculty, providing safe spaces, and meeting the emotional needs of students as they arise. They are also available to you as parents; please feel free to contact them with any questions or concerns. See the Parent Health and Wellness Corner (below) for more information and the types of support they provide.
Share Your Thoughts With Us!
New Families : We would love to have your feedback on the opening of school and our communication during the summer. If you are so inclined, please complete this anonymous survey with your thoughts about how the opening went for your family. Your impressions and ideas are very important to us. Thank you!
Permission Reminders
  • If a student will miss a Brooks commitment for a health-related reason (illness or appointment), please be in touch with the Health Center at (978) 725-6206.
  • If a student is spending a weekend night at home or at a friend's home, email the weekend permission email account: Parent permissions are due to this account by Thursday afternoon.
  • For any other absence or permission request, please be in direct contact with Dean of Students Willie Waters.
Save the Date for Family Weekend: October 18-19
Plans are underway for our annual Family Weekend. We look forward to having you on campus! More details will follow soon but highlights include college counseling programming, an all parent reception, arts-in-progress showcase, mini classes and a State of the School from Head of School John Packard. There will also be opportunities to meet with your child's advisor and cheer our teams on to victory!

As a reminder, both Phillips Academy and Governor’s Academy will be holding their family event then as well so area hotels might book up quickly! For a list of lodging options, please click here . If you have any questions about the weekend, please contact Associate Director of Parent and Reunion Programs Nicole Mallen Jackson '95 .
Admission Volunteer Meeting
The Admission Office is looking for volunteers for the waiting room. If you are a volunteer or interested in becoming one, please join us on Sept. 18 in the Keating Room (inside of Wilder Dining Hall). We will go over information on procedure, forms, sign-ups and will cover some new additions and changes on campus. The schedule is: 11 a.m. meeting; 12 p.m. lunch. If you are unable to make the meeting but are interested in volunteering, please contact co-chair coordinators Kara Delaney P'18, P'20 or Dana D’Orio P'20, P'21.
Athletic Gear Stores Reminder
If you’re planning on ordering team gear for your child, now’s the time! Visit the following team pages to order: cross country , field hockey , football , s occer , volleyball. All orders must be placed by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13. Orders will be delivered to Brooks three to four weeks from the day the stores close.
Student Activities This Weekend
Check out the full schedule of events here . Highlights include an I.H.O.P trip and Hampton Beach outing.
Moon Festival Fun
Brooks' Asian American Association is celebrating the Moon Festival on Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. This holiday, which has been likened to a sort of "Asian Thanksgiving," marks a time to reflect upon the bounty of the summer harvest and the myth of the Moon Goddess. All students are welcome to join the festivities -- listening to poetry, hearing about the legends of the Moon Festival and enjoying tea, snacks and moon cakes from the countries of East and Southeast Asia -- and should sign-up in advance.
Parent Dinner Series
Join us for an evening of conversation with Head of School John Packard and other current families. It will be an opportunity to hear about the state of the School and meet other families. Spots are filling quickly: click here to register and get more information. We would love to see you there!
A Note From the Health and Wellness Center
A reminder for families hosting athletic team dinners: Please check with coaches about food allergies and sensitivities that team members may have to avoid any issues.
Course-Change Period
The course-change period for student classes extends through the first two weeks of school, and will close on Sept. 21. All students considering a course change should contact Academic Dean Susanna Waters .
New Show in the Lehman Art Center
The photographic exhibit “ Environments, Cultures, and Wildlife at Risk ” by artists Dan Mead and Sally Eagle of MeadEaglePhoto is on display in the Robert Lehman Art Center now through Oct. 8. This collection of more than 30 stunning images will be integrated with the curriculum during the next month as well as when the artists visit at the end of the month. A formal opening with an opportunity to meet the artists is set for Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. Please take the time to visit the gallery and plan to join us for the reception with the artists.
School Store Special
Is it your child’s birthday? Did she score a game-winning goal? Or maybe you just want to surprise him with a treat? Learn about our Gifts From Home Program !
The Parent Health and Wellness Corner
Welcome! During orientation, Director of Psychological Counseling Judith Werner, Director of Wellness Steph Holmes (shown above) and Director of Health Services Tracey Costantino introduced themselves to the new fourth- and fifth-form students. (The trio will be introducing themselves to the third form during the students' Self in Community classes in upcoming weeks.) The faculty explained the support services available to all students, noting their roles, contact information and the value of having confidential support services available to students:
  • Werner and Holmes provide emotional support through individual counseling with students, as well as develop and lead outreach programs to the entire community.
  • Costantino provides nurse practitioner services and supports the nurses, who also work directly with students to care for their physical health needs.

After the introductions, there was a lively discussion about what the new students are nervous about and what they miss from home . . .
  • Making new friends
  • Feeling awkward
  • Academic work load
  • Missing everyone from home, the food and their pets!

The teachers then talked about how homesickness and nervousness can feel and can be exhibited physically and emotionally . . .
  • Stomach aches, headaches
  • Tiredness
  • Anxiousness, sadness
  • Extra nail biting, leg shaking
  • Feeling lost, having difficulties concentrating

The trio advised students about how to take care of themselves during these first few weeks while they are adjusting . . .
  • Eat well, get sleep, drink water
  • Exercise
  • Create a routine
  • Make their room feel personal
  • Use their favorite stress reliever for downtime
  • Talk to mom and dad
  • Ask for help from students and/or adults
  • Come to the nurses or counselors if they need to talk to someone.

The discussion was an opportunity for the kids to continue to get to know each other, to hear that they are all in the same boat, and to learn the resources that are here for them, should they need them. Checking out the articles below, you can see that the students’ answers could have come from the professionals themselves!

Please know that the Health and Wellness Center faculty are here for parents as well as students. Feel free to contact them if you have any questions or concerns.
Director of Health and Wellness Center Tracey Costantino : (978) 725-6207
Director of Psychological Counseling Judith Werner : (978) 725-6228
Director of Wellness Steph Holmes : (978) 725-6328
Upcoming Events

  • Sept. 24: Parent Dinner Series
  • Sept. 26: Reception for "Environments, Cultures and Wildlife at Risk" exhibit
  • Sept. 28: Admission's Fall Visit Day
  • Oct. 3: Parent Dinner Series
  • Oct. 8: Parent Dinner Series
  • Oct. 17: Parent Dinner Series
  • Oct. 18-19: Family Weekend
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