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Weekly Blast

Important Dates

  • 9/10 Special Education Rights Webinar
  •  9/15 9th grade Student Orientation
  •  9/16 First Day of School
  •  9/17 Senior Parent Meeting
  •  10/04 College Essay Workshop

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This Week at BHS

SEPT 10: WEBINAR ON SPECIAL EDUCATION RIGHTS DURING COVID

Please join Brookline's Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) for a webinar with Special Education attorney, Dan Heffernan, who will discuss special education rights during the COVID pandemic.  Thursday, September 10th from 3-5pm.  Zoom link to join is here.


SENIOR PARENT/CAREGIVER NIGHT: THE COLLEGE PROCESS

Thurs., Sept. 17, 6:30 to 8 pm, via Zoom with BHS College Counselor Lenny Libenzon, Guidance Head Darby Neff-Verre, and Dean Lisa Redding, (Zoom link will be sent directly to parents). 

BHS college counselor Lenny Libenzon will present the "nuts and bolts" of applying to college from BHS. Topics will include: "releasing" transcripts from BHS, Early Action and Early Decision, college essay tips, and more. We will also cover some basic information regarding Gap Year, military, and employment resources. The presentation will also cover changes in the college process due to the pandemic.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR BHS COLLEGE ESSAY WORKSHOP

On Sun. Oct. 4 from noon to 4:30, the the annual BHS College Essay Writing Workshop will be held via Zoom.

We are seeking parents, guardians, caregivers, and community volunteers to help on Oct. 4. BHS teachers lead the workshop and provide volunteers with a day-of orientation. It is sponsored by the BHS PTO.  

This workshop helps seniors with their essays for college applications, no matter where they are in the writing process. Many BHS graduates report benefitting from this one-day opportunity as they began their college application process. This year's seniors may sign up here to participate in the workshop.  

Adults, sign up here to assist students with their writing or provide logistical support, including administering Zoom breakout rooms. No experience necessary. Most volunteers truly enjoy the opportunity to help these kids. Please consider joining us!

BHS Upcoming / Ongoing

DEALING WITH BACK-TO-SCHOOL TRANSITIONS

The pandemic has made this year’s back-to-school transition more challenging than ever. As families adjust to all that’s new and different, we need to hold tight to those strategies that keep our families grounded. B-PEN (Brookline Parent Education Network) can help, with a wide range of resources at www.B-PEN.org. The “Transitions” page offers a variety of tip sheets to help families get off to a good start. Check it out! And follow us on our BPEN facebook page for the latest news and info on parenting concerns, from common developmental milestones to substance use.
 

THE BHS PTO NEEDS YOUR HELP! 

Interested in strengthening the BHS community and supporting the incredible teaching and learning at BHS?  Join the BHS PTO board. For the 20/21 school year, we are looking for: 
1) Website and Family Directory chair.
2) Fund-raising/Communication Committee members
Interested in any of these terrific opportunities? For more information, please reach out to Jennifer, Jamie, or Jennie at copresidents.bhs.pto@gmail.com or check out the BHS PTO website

INFORMATION FROM PTO MEETING

For information shared by the Head of School, Deans, and Guidance at the BHS PTO Executive meeting on Aug. 26th, please go here


GUIDANCE UPDATES

For this week's guidance updates and information go here. Student information can be viewed on the Aspen Portal


BHS TEACHER AMAZON WISHLIST

Thanks to everyone who purchased items from the BHS Teacher Amazon Wishlist! 

Some requests remain unfulfilled. The final day to make a purchase is TOMORROW (Sept. 7). This year, teachers selected many items that assist student learning in a hybrid mode.

The BHS Teacher Wishlist is available here. When checking out, please have items shipped to: BHS PTO - c/o Andrea Parzen, 318 Walnut Street, Brookline, MA 02445.

Support BHS! Make a teacher's day, today! 

Community

SCHOOL COMMITTEE SEEKS FEEDBACK

The Brookline School Committee, through its Subcommittee on Policy Review, regularly reviews and, when necessary, revises or creates written policies governing the Public Schools of Brookline. The Brookline School Committee currently has five policies under review. Information and copies of the proposed policies can be found on the PSB Website. The School Committee welcomes your feedback. Please send any comments to school_committee@psbma.org.

The School Policy Review Subcommittee will be meeting to discuss the draft policies on Tues. Sept. 8 pm-10 pm (Remote via Zoom). The agenda, with information on how to provide comments in real time during the meeting can be found here.

 

BROOKLINE MUSIC SCHOOL VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE

On Sun. Sept.13th, 11am to 1:30pm, meet a wonderful group of teachers, explore instruments, sample demo classes, and attend a Q&A session at our virtual open house

Our online open house begins with a Peter & the Wolf storybook reading with live instrumentals and ends with several small group events, including: Information Panel for Adult Students. Learn about Classes for Young Children, Songwriting, Music Theory, Chamber Music, Pilates & The Piano.  Our offerings also include dance, music therapy, and adult programs. Learn more and sign up now to receive a link before the event here

You may read our September E-Notes, the Welcome to Fall 2020 issue.

BROOKLINE ART CENTER FALL CLASSES

The Brookline Arts Center (BAC) is excited to provide a variety of creative opportunities and an outlet for arts education for all ages this fall! The Fall Session will begin the week of Oct 5 and includes classes for children, teens and adults in painting, drawing, comics, sculpture, ceramics, ArtVentures and more. Classes for children and teens will be held virtually after school. Through a combination of face-to-face video instruction via Zoom, video demonstrations, prompts and written lessons, as well as video-based group critiques, students will learn to bring their art to new levels. The online classes offer the same level of personalization and teacher interaction as the BAC’s in-studio courses. We are excited to continue connecting with you, our community through art! Register here today.


GIRLS WHO CODE IN BROOKLINE

Join us  to find out more about Girls Who Code at the Public Library of Brookline - coming to you via Zoom this fall.  Our meet and greet on Wed. Sept 16th at 6:30pm is for anyone who is curious how the clubs work and would like to meet this year’s club facilitators.  More information is here. (Attendance at this meeting is not required to participate in the club.)
This year our club will meet  on Wednesdays starting September 23 at 6:30 PM via Zoom until June 2021. This club is open to girls in grades 5 to 12.
 

100 BOOKS BEFORE GRADUATION

Calling all high school students! The Public Library of Brookline is excited to announce the launch of a brand new program: 100 Books Before Graduation (for grades 9-12). Read 100 books of your choice and enjoy fun perks, such as monthly raffles, a grand prize upon completion, expert book recommendations from our Teen Librarian, and major bragging rights!
For more information, visit our website at brklib.com/100books or come chat with us at our virtual info session on Wed, Sept. 23 at 4 PM. Learn more about the info session here

Sports and Extracurricular Events
FALL SPORTS:  To be determined

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.

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