SEPTEMBER 5, 2019
We hope you had a wonderful time at Opening Day yesterday! Visit brooksschoolphotos.com to see all the photos.
Hello From the Deans' Office
A few reminders for the next few days: 
  • Brooks' Beach Bash and Dance is on Saturday night. Third- and fourth-form day students must be picked up by 11 p.m. Fifth- and sixth-form day students should depart by 11:30 p.m. Please note: These pick-up times apply to every Saturday night.
  • Field Day is on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. Although Field Day is not required, we strongly encourage day students to participate. 

Additional information for the upcoming school year: 
  • Each time your child takes a weekend to go home or to a friend's home, parent permission must be given to the Deans' Office by Thursday afternoon. Please email your permission to weekendpermissions@brooksschool.org. Contact the Deans' Office to let them know in advance of extended absences. 
  • Boarding students are not permitted to have a car on campus for any reason. 

If you have any questions, please get in touch: 
Club Fair Tomorrow Night!
Tomorrow evening, from 7 to 8 p.m., we will be celebrating our annual club fair in the Wilder Dining Hall. The event is a chance for students to learn what clubs and student interests are available.
Parent Volunteer Opportunities
There are many ways that all parents can help our community here at Brooks. A few that are school-wide include Brooks game-day hospitality, volunteering in the admission waiting room and decorating for Family Weekend. Click here to learn more about the opportunities and sign up to lend a hand. Thank you!
How to Put Money on Student Debit Cards
Brooks has partnered with online student debit account provider MyKidsSpending.com , through which parents can fund student debit accounts with an e-check, debit card or a credit card. Click here for all the details, including information about logging in and making deposits. If you have any questions, contact support@mykidsspending.com .
Student Activities This Weekend
Check out the full schedule of events here . Highlights include the beach-themed BBQ, with a dance to follow, and Field Day on Sunday!
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 .
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. For more information, and to register, click here .
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.
Stay Connected
Please join our Brooks Parents Facebook page . We hope it will be a great resource that is active with questions, advice and information-sharing.
The Parents' Academic Corner
In September, you will notice a new six-week mini-course that will show up on the schedules of new students during the extended block associated with their Self in Community section.

This New Student Program (NSP) is part of an initiative to help students to be efficient and effective with their study habits. Research has shown that:

  • habits can significantly replace the need for willpower.
  • practicing a behavior as a habit will make it much easier to do each day.
  • forming new habits, or breaking unproductive ones, can be really hard.

We want to help students develop smart study habits as they enter Brooks. The Learning Center team will be running this program as a way to connect with all of the new students and to socialize the idea that everyone can benefit at some point by getting help and using the support resources at school.

The program has three goals:
  1. It will be an extension of our current orientation, so that we can spread out the information that students receive at the start of school. By delivering this content over a longer stretch of time, the students will be better able to retain the information.
  2. It will connect The Learning Center team to new students earlier and build a relationship that demonstrates that the Learning Center is for all students.
  3. It will anchor our students to build the habits of planning and doing work during the academic day.
Upcoming Events

  • Sept. 6: Classes Begin
  • Sept. 26: Reception for "Environments, Cultures and Wildlife at Risk" exhibit
  • Sept. 28: Admission's Fall Visit Day
  • Oct. 18-19: Family Weekend
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