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October 2, 2016               View this email in your browser

From the BHS Headmaster


Dear BHS Parents and Guardians,

We ended September in a flurry of fun activity.  Thursday evening's Back to School Night offered a high energy opportunity to empathize with our young Warriors, who walk our halls and sit in our classrooms for thirty-some hours each week.  Not surprisingly, our teachers emerged as stars, strutting their pedagogical stuff for you and hopefully making clear that they care about and for your students as learners and human beings.

On Friday morning, the faculty and staff donned our BHS Staff t-shirts and enjoyed a wonderful breakfast thanks to the generous donations of many and the excellent coordination of some, especially Mini Kolluri.  Thank you, Mini, and thank you, all, for a terrific show of gratitude.  It matters.

We reached the middle of first quarter this week, which means Interim Progress Reports are almost in hand.  I wrote about this topic in one of this year's first Blasts.  Please look for the IPRs to come home on Thursday 10/6.  You can also find this information on our Parent Portal.  If you have questions about log-in information, email datateam@psbma.org.

Lastly, I want to take a moment and revel in fall sports.  Our varsity girls swim team beat Wellesley in a barn burner last Friday, and the girls varsity soccer team tied last year's state champions, Needham on Tuesday, and beat Natick, another strong program, on Thursday.  I plan to write soon about athletics this year and moving forward as BHS grows and expands in both physical space and program.

For now, enjoy a misty Sunday.

Take care,

Anthony

School Council


The Brookline High School Council is looking for new parent members. As mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the School Council, a representative, school building-based committee composed of the principal, parents, faculty, students and a community member, assists the headmaster in preparing a school improvement plan to enact the high school and district strategic plans.

School Council parent representatives are chosen by the BHS parent body through an election administered by the PTO. Parents may nominate themselves or another parent, and the highest vote getters will serve a 2-year term. All candidates are asked to submit a brief biographical sketch, due on Friday, October 7th, that will be available prior to the vote.

If this is something that interests you, please contact the PTO co-presidents. They can share the monthly dates for 2016-17, which fall on Tuesday mornings.

Thank you for your potential interest,

Anthony Meyer
Interim Headmaster

This Week At BHS


NO SCHOOL MONDAY OCTOBER 3RD Rosh Hashanah holiday.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT VIDEO For those of you who couldn’t make it to Back To School Night, take a look at the PTO video. If you haven't had a chance to make your donation - please click here. The PTO is striving for 100% participation of families this year. We encourage everyone to consider making a donation, if your family is able to do so.

FALL SPORTS SEASON UPDATE Our fall season is in full swing with 497 student-athletes on team rosters. Teams have been highly competitive with many at or near the top of Bay State Conference standings. As we move into October, a reminder about this fall's unique "5-day weekend," including Columbus Day and Yom Kippur. Most teams do have at least some activities scheduled over the course of the five days. Please continue to have your child(ren) communicate well with coaches, especially around upcoming holiday schedules. Good luck to all of our Warriors as we move into the second half of our regular season!

CAR FREE DAY IS OCTOBER 5TH Wednesday, October 5th is Car Free School Day in Brookline, part of a national movement to raise awareness about climate change. The Environmental Action Club is encouraging all students to walk, bike, carpool or take public transportation to school on that day. Students should go to the Atrium, when they arrive on October 5th, to be part of the movement.

REGISTRATION FOR THE PSAT The PSAT will be administered at BHS on Saturday, October 15th. Juniors received the blue form last week. Students should register by Friday, October 7th in the main Guidance Office, Room 162, with the registration form and a check for $25, payable to BHS Guidance. Cash will not be accepted. A picture ID is required for test entry.

BHS Upcoming & Ongoing


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.

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.

FINANCIAL AID NIGHT Information for Junior and Senior parents. Wednesday, October 19th in the Auditorium. Check back here for more information.

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.

THE BHS 2016-2017 INFORMATION BOOKLET contains important information for the new school year and may be found here as well as on the BHS website. Inside you will find information about: the attendance policy, the 2016-17 Calendar of Dates, Guidance and Support Staff, the Brookline Warriors, the PTO, the Family Portal, and a school map.

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. The first two performance dates are: October 6th at 8:30am, President Obama's Inaugural Poet, Richard Blanco, will present in the BHS Auditorium. Link to Blanco reading. On November 4th at 11:00am, Poet Martin Espada will present in MLK Room.

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.

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.

Community


CHILDCARE FORUM Hosted by the  Brookline Commission for Women on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, 6pm-7:30pm in the Denny Room of the Brookline Health Department Building, 11 Pierce Street. Panelists will speak on the benefits and challenges of various types of daycare options for families with children in the newborn to 5 year age range. Representatives from BEEP, Brookline Health Department, the Brookline Police Department, and others will discuss safety, proper licensing and background checks. There will be a question and answer period following the panel discussion. Questions? Please email Chris Chanyasulkit or RSVP here. This event is free and open to the public.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING Thursday, October 6, at 6:00 PM in the Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall.

LIMITED TICKETS FOR SECOND SHOWING OF "SCREENAGERS" A very limited number of tickets are available for a free showing of “Screenagers” Thursday October 6 at 7 p.m. in the Heath School Auditorium, presented by B-PEN with generous support from Brookline Community Foundation, the Coolidge Corner Theatre, and the Heath School. Tickets required. Additional tickets may become available for the 10.5 Coolidge Corner Theatre showing after Monday 10/3. Please check the website. NOTE: For each evening, unclaimed open seats will be available on a first come, first served basis starting at 7 p.m.

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.
Sports Events

10/4/2016
Boys Junior Varsity Golf Away Catholic Memorial  George Wright GC 3:30 PM

Boys Freshman Soccer Home Newton South  TBA 4:00 PM

Girls Freshman Soccer Away Newton South  Weeks Field 4:00 PM

10/5/2016
Boys Varsity Cross Country Away Weymouth  Wompatuck State Park 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Cross Country Away Weymouth  Wompatuck State Park 4:00 PM


Boys Varsity Soccer Home Braintree  Skyline Field 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Field Hockey Home Braintree  Larz Anderson 4:00 PM

Girls Freshman Field Hockey Away Braintree  Braintree  4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Volleyball Away Braintree  Braintree  4:00 PM

Boys Junior Varsity Soccer Home Braintree  Cypress Field 4:00PM

Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Away Braintree  Braintree  5:00 PM

Girls Junior Varsity Field Hockey Home Braintree  Larz Anderson 5:00 PM

Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball Away Braintree  Braintree  5:15 PM

Girls Varsity Soccer Away Braintree  Braintree  6:00 PM

10/6/2016
Boys Junior Varsity Golf Home Newton North  Putterham 3:00 PM

Boys Varsity Golf Away Milton  Hoosic Club 3:30 PM

Boys Freshman Soccer Home Needham  TBA 3:45 PM

Girls Freshman Soccer Away Needham  Cricket Field 4:00 PM
10/7/2016
Boys Varsity Golf Home Saugus  Country Club 3:30 PM

Girls Varsity Soccer Away Dedham  Dedham  3:30 PM

Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Away Dedham  Memorial Field (Dedham) 3:30 PM

Boys Freshman Football Away Framingham  Framingham HS 3:45 PM


Boys Varsity Soccer Home Dedham  Skyline Field 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Field Hockey Home Dedham  Larz Anderson 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Swimming Home Weymouth  Tappan St. Pool 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Volleyball Away Dedham  Dedham HS 4:00 PM

Boys Junior Varsity Soccer Home Dedham  Cypress Field 4:00PM

Girls Junior Varsity Field Hockey Home Dedham  Larz Anderson 5:00PM

Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball Away Dedham  Dedham HS 5:15PM

10/8/2016
Boys Varsity Football Home Framingham  Parsons Field 2:00 PM

Coed Varsity Cheerleading Home Framingham  Parsons Field 2:00 PM
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