October 9, 2016               View this email in your browser

From the BHS Headmaster

Dear BHS Parents and Guardians,

Greetings from the long weekend; I hope your weekends are as restful and productive as you want them to be.  As suggested last week, I'd like to write a little about athletics in this Weekly Blast.

We have had a terrific fall season thus far, with 497 participants spread across eight sports: cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, and volleyball.  Our teams have competed successfully, earning a 51-23-4 record through the end of September.

This fall, Pete Rittenburg and Kyle Williams, our athletic director and assistant athletic director, respectively, held our first Varsity Captains' Breakfast.  By gathering some of our young Warrior leaders to discuss issues and practices across teams and programs, we help foster the culture we want on our teams and in our school community.  To this end, it has been nice to hear from ninth grade parents this fall that their children have found our teams to be welcoming, supportive, and fun. That’s the point, no?

As BHS enrollment grows over the next several years, our athletic program must grow, also. Pete Rittenburg and Kyle Williams have begun this work.  In the last two years, they collaborated with coaches and administrators at BHS and in the central office to create new athletic offerings in fencing, squash, and ultimate frisbee.  As a result, our athletic registrants have increased by approximately 300 students in this time-span.  It is important for this work to continue so that we can accommodate students at all levels of participation and varying levels of commitment.  Pete and Kyle are the right individuals to lead this effort and build the program our students want and need.

While our fall season continues and eventually will move toward playoffs, you might also look into our winter offerings. The deadline for registration is November 28th, and registration is now open.

Please join me and many others in following our athletic teams and program on Twitter @BHS_Warriors.

I look forward to cheering on our students at our games, meets, and competitions.  Go, Warriors.



This Week At BHS

NO SCHOOL OCTOBER 10TH - 12TH Monday, October 10th is Columbus day, Tuesday is closed for expected low attendance and Wednesday is closed for the Yom Kippur holiday.

AUDITIONS FOR GREASE Auditions for the BHS Winter musical will be on Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 14 for vocal auditions and on Monday, October 17 for dance auditions. For get more information, or to sign up for an audition time, please visit the bulletin board next to room #216. You may also contact Christien Polos with questions.

BHS Upcoming & Ongoing

FRESHMAN PARENT MEETING Save the date: Monday, October 17. The topic will be:  "The Unique Challenges & Opportunities of Freshman Year" from 7pm-8:30pm in the MLK Room. What do you do when your freshman calls you at 10 p.m. asking to sleep over at the house of a friend you’ve never met? Or comes home smelling of beer? Freshman year is filled with new friends, new opportunities, and new developmental milestones as teens start to push boundaries and explore personal identity and sexuality. At this special PTO event, B-PEN's Family Resource Advocate Hope Schroy and BHS student Peer Leaders share common challenges (increased workloads, social media, substance use, unsupervised parties, etc.) and help brainstorm strategies for navigating the next four years at BHS.

BHS COLLEGE FINANCING NIGHT Parents and students are invited to attend a free seminar on paying for college, which will be held on Wednesday, October 19, at 7 pm in the BHS Auditorium. This seminar is offered through MEFA, the Commonwealth’s authority on planning, saving, and paying for college. An experienced MEFA representative will provide an overview of the college financing process, including types of financial aid, how to apply, and financing options for your family. Before the seminar, be sure to visit MEFA’s website — — to download a copy of the seminar presentation in English or Spanish and explore other tools and resources to assist you in the college planning process.

ATPP OPEN LEADERSHIP ROLES If you enjoy planning events, working on teams, and being involved at BHS, a great way to help out is the After-the-Prom party (ATPP) committee. We are actively seeking parents from all four classes to take on the following leadership roles:  Co-Chair, Set-up and Installation; Volunteer Coordination; Fund-raising; Food Committee; and Communications. This event is a 20+ year tradition at the high school and is a fantastic way to meet other parents and work in the area you most enjoy. For more information on how to get involved, please contact:  Joanne Liautaud, or 312-961-0388.

INTRAMURAL SPORTS The season will run from October 24th - November 21st on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:00 - 4:30 pm. Students may participate every day offered or any portion of the sessions. Intramural sports are an informal way to have fun, get exercise, relieve stress, and meet new people. Sports offered: Indoor Soccer - Pavilion (top floor of the Tappan building), Fitness Center - Tappan, Basketball - Tappan,
and Ultimate - Pavilion/Cypress. For more information, contact: Anya Eckhardt - Intramural Director, Health & Fitness Teacher.

VISITING POETS AT BHS Thanks to grants made by the BHS PTO, this year will be an amazing year for poetry. On November 4th at 11:00am, Poet Martin Espada will present in MLK Room.

BHS SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER The Brookline Community Foundation is holding a fundraiser for their BHS scholarship fund on Monday, November 14th from 7-9 pm. The event will be held at the Publick House in Washington Square, 1648 Beacon Street Brookline, MA 02445. Tickets maybe purchased here.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS INFORMATION NIGHT The PTO in conjunction with BHS Athletics will again host a "College and the Student-Athlete" panel forum in the MLK, Jr. Room at BHS on November 16th, beginning at 7pm. Hear perspectives from local collegiate coaches, admissions personnel, BHS coaches and student-athletes regarding the college process and the college experience for student-athletes. Look for more information about this annual event as the date approaches.


SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 6:30 PM in the Brookline High School Auditorium.

THE 5th ANNUAL YOUNG LEADERS SYMPOSIUM Hosted by the Massachusetts Asian American Commission on Saturday, October 15, 2016, 11am-2:30pm. In Hunneman Hall of the Brookline Main Library (361 Washington St.). Former Governor Michael Dukakis and former Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong will be co-keynote speakers. There will be a question and answer period following the panel discussion. Free lunch from The Chicken and Rice Guys. Questions? Please email Chris Chanyasulkit and RSVP here. This event is free and open to middle-school, high school, undergraduate, graduate students, and young professionals; and attendees of all race and ethnicity are welcome.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM The Brookline Library’s Artist-in-Residence, Liz Nofziger, has been collecting library stories from the Brookline community to inspire and inform her interventions at the Main branch of the Brookline Library. Liz will also be conducting 2 all-ages workshops at the library. On October 18th and November 1st at 3:30-4:30 she invites you to join her in creating one-of-a-kind newspaper pieces and infiltrate the periodicals section at the library with your own images and ideas! Adults and children are welcome. More information on all of this at our website.

COMMUNITY CLIMATE COFFEE ​Come and get educated about Community Choice Aggregation on Tuesday, October 18th​ from 8am-9:30am at KooKoo Cafe, in Brookline Village. The Town of Brookline is scheduled to roll out the program this January! You can easily choose to opt for 100% wind powered electricity. Join the discussion with  Mothers Out Front and others concerned with our childrens future!

PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION ABOUT METHANE Tuesday November 1st, 7pm at Brookline Main Library, Hunneman Hall. 361 Washington Street. Leaking from underground pipes (some of which are over 100 years old), methane is everywhere. There are 300 leaks in Brookline alone and it is killing our shade trees, damaging our health and contributing to climate change. This Community meeting will feature Ania Camarga, a long time gas-leaks activist and leader in Mothers Out Front. We will discuss current state-wide and town/city based efforts and progress to combat this serious problem.

DRESS FOR SUCCESS The Brookline Commission for Women will be holding its 12th Annual Dress for Success Winter Coat Drive on Friday, November 4th 8am – 6pm and Saturday, November 5th 8am – 11am at the Brookline Public Safety Headquarters, Community Room 350 Washington Street, Brookline. Dress for Success is a not-for-profit organization that offers services to help disadvantaged women enter the workforce and stay employed. Please limit your donations to winter coats. This is NOT a general clothing drive. All donations should be clean/ready to wear. Cash donations for the Dress for Success program will also be accepted. Drop off donations in advance from October 11th to November 2nd: Capital One, 1327 Beacon Street, Brookline. Questions? Please email Cheryl Snyder.

Sports Events

Boys Junior Varsity Football Home Framingham High School Downes Field 3:45PM

Boys Varsity Golf Home Newton North High School Putterham 3:00 PM

Boys Varsity Golf Away Walpole High School Walpole CC 3:30 PM

Boys Freshman Soccer Away Natick High School Coolidge Field 4:00 PM

Girls Freshman Soccer Home Natick High School Brookline Ave 4:00PM

Boys Varsity Soccer Home Newton North High School Parsons Field 4:00 PM

Boys Junior Varsity Soccer Home Newton North High School Skyline Field 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Soccer Away Newton North High School Newton North HS 4:00 PM

Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Away Newton North High School Forte Park 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Field Hockey Away Newton North High School Newton North HS 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Swimming Home Braintree High School Tappan St. Pool 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Volleyball Home Newton North High School Schluntz Gym 4:00 PM

Girls Freshman Field Hockey Home Newton North High School Larz Anderson 4:00PM

Girls Junior Varsity Field Hockey Away Newton North High School Newton North HS 5:00 PM

Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball Home Newton North High School Schluntz Gym 5:15 PM

Boys Freshman Football Away Braintree High School Braintree High School 9:30 AM

Boys Varsity Football Home Braintree High School Parsons Field 2:00 PM

Coed Varsity Cheerleading Home Braintree High School Parsons Field 2:00 PM

Boys Varsity Cross Country Away MSTCA Twilight Invitational Barnstable Fairgrounds 3:00 PM

Girls Varsity Cross Country Away MSTCA Twilight Invitational Barnstable Fairgrounds 3:00 PM

Coed Varsity Cheerleading Away Milford Invitational MIlford High School 12:00 PM

Coed Junior Varsity Cheerleading Away Milford Invitational MIlford High School 12:00 PM
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