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Weekly Blast

Important Dates

  • 9/6 - First Day of School
  • 9/26 - No School, Rosh Hashanah
  • 10/5 - No School, Yom Kippur
  • 10/6 - Back to School Night
  • 10/10 - Indigenous Peoples Day

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Hello, fellow BHS families, and welcome to the 2022-23 school year and to the first PTO Weekly Blast of the year! We are your PTO co-presidents, Carin and Jennie (parents to kids in the classes of ‘24 and ‘26), and we look forward to an enjoyable, productive school year together. The PTO leadership, which includes officers (co-presidents, treasurer, secretary), representatives for each class, liaisons from BHS programs, faculty representatives, and a fundraising team, meets monthly. Our mission is two-fold: 

  • to facilitate communication between school and home (through regular meetings with administration and staff, regular emails home from class reps and co-presidents, class-specific parent meetings, and this weekly email update)

  • to raise funds that enrich the educational experience at BHS through grants and discretionary funds to faculty and support for annual special events like film and speaker series; music, dance, and poetry programs; the Senior Essay Writing Workshop; Junior Semiformal; After the Prom Party; Freshman Welcome… the list goes on.

As the parent or caregiver of a BHS student, you are automatically a member of the PTO! We hope we’ll hear from you frequently with questions, ideas, suggestions, and yes… donations! Please feel free to email the co-presidents anytime. You will be hearing from us quite a bit as the school year begins and we have updates on important events (e.g., Back to School Night, Senior Essay Writing Workshop, class-specific parent meetings). If you’re interested in stepping into a leadership role, please reach out to us - we have openings for fundraising co-chairs as well as a third co-president.

This year in particular, it is a central goal of the PTO to enhance and increase opportunities for connection among the parent/caregiver community. The COVID years have been tough on all of us, and we need this connection now more than ever. So please watch your email for information on opportunities to get together, and let us know if you have suggestions for ways to strengthen the community as the year goes on.

Have a great first day of school tomorrow (8am for 9th graders; 9am for 10th-12th graders new to BHS; 10am for returning 10th-12th graders!), and thank you for reading and for supporting your PTO!

Carin Aquiline & Jennie Roffman
2022-23 BHS PTO Co-Presidents

This Week at BHS


Start times for the first day of school vary by grade. Incoming 9th graders should arrive at 8:00am and meet on Cypress field. Any 10th- 12th graders who are NEW to BHS, should arrive at 9:00am and report to the MLK room located on the first floor of 115 Greenough. All other returning students should arrive at 10am, and report to their Advisory classrooms.


BHS student photographs will take place next week. Photographs are necessary for student ID's and you may choose to purchase pictures, but purchase is not required. Your student will learn more about their specific schedule and purchasing opportunities in Advisory.


Our Asian and Asian American students at Brookline High School are HUNGRY for BOOKS! Books by Asian American and Pacific Islander authors. Books about AAPI stories and history. 

Please join BAAFN (Brookline Asian American Family Network) in creating this "BIG EFFECT" in our community. We hope we can count on you to contribute to the GoFundMe campaign for the AAPI Book Fund for BHS. The AAPI Book Collection is dedicated in honor of Ms. Lihua Zhang Shorter, beloved BHS Chinese Teacher who will be retiring this coming October. Thank you, Ms. Shorter, for giving our students so much love, guidance and inspiration for 25 years! 

BHS Upcoming / Ongoing


The Senior College Essay Writing Workshop will take place on Sunday, October 2, 2022, at BHS from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 pm (time may change slightly). This is a traditional BHS event open to BHS seniors at every stage of their college essay process. Students will have the chance to work with BHS teachers and parent volunteers to move from ideas, to outlines, editing, and finished essays for their college applications. We will have registration links and information for both seniors and parent volunteers available in the next week. Please note that only seniors may participate.


We are also looking for parents to volunteer now to fill several roles. We would especially invite parents who have freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to come join the crew. We are principally looking for folks who would be interested in the following roles (we usually have more than one person in each role): overall coordination, event day registration, communications, and volunteer coordination. Of course, any organizational help would be welcomed. If you are interested in these roles (or have other questions), please contact Liz Stillman ( or Beth Jones (


Friends of Brookline Rowing offers a fall season program for new rowers. Fall rowing is a club sport independently supported by Friends of Brookline Rowing. Selected athletes will have the opportunity to learn the sport, develop their skills, and get an early start on training for the spring, high school rowing season.

Try-outs will be held at Brookline High School across from the front steps on Monday,
September 12th, after school from 3:30 pm until 5:30 pm or 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
To Register, please fill out this form:
Fall 22 Novice Rowing Registration

The form will add you to the tryout roster and allow us to provide you with more information as the day gets closer. No experience is needed. Please wear athletic clothes and running shoes. Bring water and have a mask. If you have any questions contact either of the novice coaches, Philip Kenney
( (boys team) or Libby Boghossian (
(girls team) with questions.



Porchfest 2022 is coming right up on Saturday, September 17th. Enjoy this fun, family event and check out the website for participating locations and band schedules.



Apply to run the 127th Boston Marathon on April 17, 2023, with Team Brookline! Applications are due October 15th. 

Team Brookline harnesses the combined powers of sport and teamwork to make a tangible and positive impact in our community in collaboration with our five partner charities:
Brookline Center for Community Mental Health
Brookline Education Foundation
Brookline Library Foundation
Brookline Symphony Orchestra
Brookline Teen Center

The Brookline Education Foundation is still seeking individuals to run to support Brookline teacher professional development. If you are interested and want to learn more about Team Brookline, please email for more information. You can also find more info on the Team Brookline website.
Extracurricular Events
Find more info on Fall sports schedules  HERE.
Find more info on the Performing Arts at BHS HERE.

Support BHS

The Brookline High School Parent Teacher Organization is committed to supporting important communications between school and home. It sponsors a variety of events each year designed to show support of the school and to keep parents informed about how to help their children make the most of the BHS experience.


Quick Links

BHS PTO | BHS Website | The Sagamore | Donate to the PTO
B-PEN | Amazon Charity | Athletics Twitter | FoPA | BHS Playbook

All notices are subject to the approval of the BHS PTO. The deadline for submission is Friday of each week. Submissions may be edited due to space constraints. Only BHS and community events will be listed. No classified ads are offered at this time. Please send your submissions to:

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