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Weekly Blast

Important Dates

  • 12/20 Holiday Drive-Thru Food Drive
  • 12/23 Final Day to Submit Flu Vaccine Documentation
  • 12/23 Last Day of School Before Break
  • 01/04 School Resumes After Break

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REMINDER
If your student is scheduled for an in-person day as a hybrid student, but does not go into BHS that day,  you must email or call the appropriate secretary to notify the school why your student is not in- person. This allows the schools to better track any infectious diseases. Thank you. 

This Week at BHS

HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE

The Holiday Drive-Through Food Drive  is on Sun. Dec. 20.  Food drop off is from 9 am to 12 pm at BHS, 115 Greenough St, in front of main entrance.
Note:  Drive down Greenough, stop your car in front of BHS, and put your items on the sidewalk in the designated drop zone. We will take it from there. We will all keep our distance and follow safety precautions. 
Here are items we need.  We also need  paper bags with handles or boxes  for food delivery.  
We have delivered food to 48 BHS families and are able to add more to the list!
 

BHS WINTER SPORTS START TOMORROW, DEC. 14!

BHS Winter Sports registration is at this link. A reminder to athletes and families that physicals must be current within 13 months current and the best method for expediting athlete clearance is to upload a copy of the physical exam form in the "Participant Information" section of the FamilyID registration.  
Payment will not be due until rosters are settled.  There is no online payment option at this time.

PARENT UPDATE: STRATEGIES FOR DEALING STRESS, SCREEN TIME, & SOCIAL ISOLATION

Online and hybrid learning has created a whole new set of concerns for BHS parents, including  mental health, increased screen time, and pandemic anxiety and safety. A recent zoom forum initiated by B-PEN, BHS student Peer Leaders, and the Sophomore PTO addressed these social/emotional family challenges and brainstormed strategies to keep our families balanced and safe.  Check out the Parent Update on “Our New Online World.

BHS Upcoming / Ongoing

9th GRADE PARENT MEETINGS

We hope you found the Nov. 17th  PTO meeting with Deans Uttaro, Thomas, and Kobus helpful. If you weren't able to join us for the meeting, the  slides are here.

If you think you did not receive notification of the meeting, please keep reading.

Our next Class of '24 PTO meeting with the deans will be in January. Watch your email for an announcement of the date.

To make sure that you receive announcements of future meetings and other information for the class of 2024, please opt in to receive communications from the BHS PTO at this link. Be sure to check the box to receive information for students graduating in 2024 and to put our email address (ptoclassreps2024@gmail.com) in your contact list so the messages don't go to your spam or promotions folder. Here is the sign-up link.
 

AS COLLEGE STUDENTS RETURN HOME, BE MINDFUL OF GATHERINGS

As college students and young adults return home for the holidays, we may see an increase of teen/young adult parties and sports gatherings in Brookline. In light of ongoing health agency warnings reiterating the dangers of COVID spread via gatherings -- often in private homes and without masks and proper distancing – parents are urged to reinforce safety messages and set limits and expectations for family behavior. B-PEN offers some strategies for helping families through this. And for the latest parenting news and information, check out our facebook page.
 

SEASONAL FLU VACCINE--REQUIRED FOR ALL

The seasonal flu vaccine is required by the MA Dept of Public Health for ALL students.  BHS nurses must receive documentation of flu vaccine by Dec. 23, 2020. Send  document to Megan Day by email (Megan_Day@psbma.org),  fax (617-713-5153),  or hard copy (c/o Megan Day, 115 Greenough St, Brookline, 02445).  

GUIDANCE INFORMATION

For information from guidance, go here. Individual student information can be viewed on the Aspen Portal.  2nd Quarter progress reports have been posted on the portal.
 

BEF'S IDEA LAB GRANTS

The Brookline Education Foundation is pleased to announce Idea Lab grants awarded to these BHS faculty members:   

Nina Bishop (Permforming Arts) received funding to bring in a professional video production company to digitally combine individual, virtual student performances of  "Lift Every Voice and Sing"  which is known as the African-American national anthem to create a cohesive orchestra concert performance.

Donna Sartanowicz's and Andrew Maglathin's (Studio Art) grant will establish a new art 'Zine at BHS with student perspectives on life during this pandemic. Their grant was selected by the grant committee to receive the Catalyst Award and we can't wait to see the results!

Britt Stevens(Career and Tech Ed) will purchase a mobile hydroponic garden for use in the culinary arts program at BHS, providing fresh produce for the school restaurant and culinary classes while working toward sustainability.

For more information on these grants or other BEF programs at BHS, please visit our website.
 

CRM DATABASE CONSULTANT NEEDED.

The BHS Innovation Fund is hiring a Part-Time Development Management Consultant to assist in the migration to a new CRM, manage the database, and support our Fundraising efforts to develop reporting, processes, and best practices going forward. Ideal candidate would have experience with fundraising and NXT/Razors Edge, be detail oriented, and experienced in advising strategies to support fundraising goals. If you are interested, please contact Maureen Fallon at fallon_maureen@yahoo.com.

Community

SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING 

The Brookline School Committee has been re-scheduled to Mon. Dec. 7  at 6 pm.  Agenda and Zoom link will be here
 

PSB POLICY REVIEWS: SEEKING PUBLIC COMMENTS

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 four policies/documents under review and welcomes your feedback.  Please note the draft PSB Immunizations Policy and the Draft PSB Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Retaliation have been updated since the earlier notification on November 6, 2020.
 
Draft PSB Immunization Policy (Updated 12.1.20)  
Draft PSB Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Retaliation  (Updated 12.9.20)
Draft PSB Yearbook Policy
Draft School Committee Norms

The School Committee welcomes your feedback on these draft policies. Please send any comments to school_committee@psbma.org.  The School Policy Review Subcommittee will be meeting on Mon, Dec. 14, 2020, at 5:00 PM (remote via Zoom) to review draft policies.  The agenda, a meeting Zoom link, and information on how to provide public comment in real time during the meeting can be found at this link.

EXPERT PANEL: COVID-19 IMPACT ON MENTAL HEALTH

The consequences of remote schooling for children’s well-being, the impacts of this summer’s civil unrest on BIPOC communities and the shortage of mental health care providers available to help those impacted by the pandemic. At The Brookline Center's  annual Edna Stein Society gathering, a panel of experts reflected on these and other topics. Their insights and remarks continue to resonate as COVID-19 case numbers are again on the rise.

You can catch the highlight reel, featuring panelists Dr. Kali Cyrus (Johns Hopkins), Dr. Melinda Macht-Greenberg (Tufts University), and Dr. Lakshman here.
 

BROOKLINE SMARTPROGRAMS

Winter Wonderland for children is open for registration. Join Brookline SmartPrograms for a wide selection of exciting offerings during the winter break. From art, to computers, to theater games, vacation days will be filled with fun.

Sports and Extracurricular Events
FALL SPORTS:  Find the schedule and up-to-date news 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.

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