April 2, 2017               View this email in your browser

From the BHS Headmaster

Dear BHS Parents and Guardians,

I hope this quick note finds you all well. The sun has poked back out today, perhaps recognizing Spring.  I offer a couple quick realities of April 2nd, 2017.

We have just two weeks before April break; more importantly, Quarter 3 ends on Thursday 4/13.

BHS Spring Athletics are upon us, so the hustle to and around courts, fields, and other playing surfaces has begun in true, adolescent earnest. Go, Warriors!

Black: Past, Present, Proud
On Friday evening, Brookline High School hosted Black: Past, Present, Proud, a celebration for students, families, and staff. The crowd enjoyed food and fellowship in the MLK and music and speakers in the Bob Weintraub Atrium. The event was a culmination of recent BHS programming to celebrate Black History Month.  While we all recognize this as a limited and limiting structure within which to study and celebrate African American history, several Warrior staff members worked together to develop various opportunities to do just that: study, celebrate, and bond through shared experience.  Adebukola Ajao (Steps to Success Program Advisor) and Nikisha Gordon (Special Education Paraprofessional) collaborated with long-time Guidance Counselors Clifton Jones, Jeanette Lindor, and Kara Lopez to offer African drumming, a Dashiki Day (including a discussion of cultural appreciation and appropriation), Socalicious dance exercise, and a couple other events and opportunities. Black: Past, Present, Proud celebrated this work and so much more.

It is not often that the various adolescent domains - parents, families, teachers and staff - gather in this way. Such events remind us of our common humanity, togetherness, and shared focus on the young people in our lives.  Adolescent domains, converge!

Jewish Identity and Activism week
Over the last several months, Dean of Faculty Jenee Ramos has been working closely with BHS students, teachers, staff, and families to develop a Jewish Identity and Activism Week built around the Wednesday 4/5 visit of Holocaust survivors Philip and Ruth Lazowski. Jenee describes this incredible opportunity for our school community and the related learning we hope to foster for students, teachers, and staff. Here is Jenee's summary of our upcoming Jewish Identity and Activism Week.

4/3-7 is a week of focus and activism on Jewish identity, the Holocaust, and contemporary anti-Semitism. We will consider these important ideas in several ways, including MLK panel assemblies with local leaders and members of our BHS community, art work in the library and around the building, and in cross-disciplinary class study. The center point will be the Wednesday morning assemblies when all of BHS will hear the stories of Rabbi Philip Lazowski and his wife Ruth, who are both Holocaust survivors. Mr. and Mrs. Lazowski are grandparents to BHS students and have traveled around the world to share about their experiences in an effort to make sure people remember and that young people, in particular, learn from what happened. We are excited to welcome the Lazowskis and to take time to consider the experiences of Jewish students at BHS and the painful, ever present realities of anti-Semitism. Our goal is to remember, reflect, and respond as a BHS family to the joys and concerns of all of our students around these topics.  

Jenee makes clear that there is much work to be done around Jewish identity and contemporary anti-Semitism at BHS and beyond. I appreciate that this week's efforts involve the convergence of domains I wrote about before: in this case, relatives of current students will share the horrors of the Holocaust, and we will all work together to apply this learning to ourselves as individuals and as a community. I am grateful to be part of these efforts and to learn and grow in community with you and our students.

Take care,


This Week At BHS

SENIOR PARENTS Please remind your student to report directly to the Auditorium at 8:20 on Tuesday, April 4, for the Escalation Workshop. This is a mandatory assembly! Seniors will hear from Boston University students about healthy relationships on college campuses, will view the film "Escalation", and will follow up with a facilitated discussion in Advisory.

COLLEGE FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES This annual college panel, for students with learning differences, will be held on Tuesday, April 4th at 7 pm in the MLK room. This talk is targeted towards juniors and seniors with learning differences and their parents. We will discuss the different support programs available at post-secondary level, and answer questions. The panel will include college representatives and BHS graduates.

“THE OTHER TALK” ADDRESSES KEEPING KIDS SAFE AT COLLEGE, APRIL 5 On Wednesday, April 5 at 7 p.m., in the MLK room. Did you know the first two weeks of college are the most dangerous time for impressionable freshmen? While we work hard to help our kids get into college, we may not have prepared them well for handling the culture of alcohol and marijuana that often are the norm at college. On April 5, “The Other Talk” presentation helps parents of soon-to-be college students communicate accurate, healthy and practical messages to their children regarding college alcohol/drug use and other risky behavior, with information on current trends, safety tips, HIPAA health privacy guidelines, and useful strategies for opening the lines of communication. Register here. (For more information on marijuana, check out B-PEN’s new “Parent Update”)

FoPA MEETING this month will be Wednesday, April 5th at 7pm in the teacher's lounge.

MUSIC COLLECTIVE April 6 & 7, 7:30 pm in the Roberts/Dubbs Auditorium.

JUNIOR MENTOR APPLICATIONS Sophomores interested in being a junior mentor for the 2017-2018 school year need to apply by Friday, April 7th. Applications are available on the BHS homepage.

BHS Upcoming & Ongoing

CRAFT DECORATIONS FOR ATPP – MONDAY NIGHTS (7-9PM) Help create the amazing decorations for the After the Prom Party.  Meet outside the cafeteria on Monday, April 10th and the first three Mondays in May from 7-9PM.  Sign up for one night or all four nights here and spend a few hours painting, assembling, and crafting props, wall hangings and entry way decorations that will transform Tappan Gym into a spectacular international journey taking prom-goers “AROUND THE WORLD IN ONE NIGHT!”  Artsy and not so artsy volunteers needed.  It’s a great way to meet new parents and fun way to get involved at the high school.  If you would like to help with designing and planning the decorations, please contact Blanka Bogdanovic or Karen Chabon for more information. 

BIKE DRIVE BHS is holding a bike drive and is looking for donations. We will be accepting bikes of all kinds (road, hybrid, BMX, mountain, etc.) and all sizes (adult, child, etc.). We would also welcome donations of parts and tools of any kind as well as bike accessories. The bikes that are donated will be repaired and tuned up in the repair shop and donated to students who need them. If you're interested in donating to the bike drive, you can contact Matthew DeAngelo.

BOARD GAME AND BOOK DRIVE Sponsored by the BHS social justice club, the Brookline Literacy Partnership. Drop off your gently-used books and games, in the box, in the Atrium. All donations will go to the Mather School, in Dorchester, to benefit the students. This event will run from now until the end of May.

DANCE MARATHON The Brookline High School Dance Marathon club is getting ready to host its first Dance Marathon event benefitting Boston Children’s Hospital. The date will be Thursday, April 13th, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Brookline Teen Center. For more information, or to donate food or gift cards for the event, please email:

OPEN MIC Carolyn’s Next Open Mic will be on April 16, 7:00 pm in the Band Room.

"LET'S BE HONEST" on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 BHS MLK Room 7 pm. We talk to our children about how helmets and seat belts save lives.  We talk to them about the dangers of smoking and drinking. But are we talking with our children about their sexual health and our expectations? Let’s Be Honest is a free workshop addressing what every high school parent needs to know to create a comfortable environment of trust to talk to their teen about sexuality and responsible decision-making. Participants receive a free resource packet. Register for this free workshop here.

PROGRESSIONS OPENS MAY 3! Congratulate a BHS dancer with a greeting in the Program Book.


SALARY NEGOTIATION WORKSHOP Created for working women, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Work Smart is an interactive workshop that teaches women to evaluate, negotiate, and articulate their worth confidently in the job market. The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations will host the AAUW Work Smart salary negotiation workshop on Monday, April 3rd from 6:00–8:00 p.m. at the Department of Public Health’s Denny Room, 11 Pierce Street. The event is free, but please RSVP here. For more details, please contact Chris Chanyasulkit.

SCREENAGERS Tuesday, April 4th at 6 pm at Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon Street, Brookline. Join us for this important film that dives deep into how technology impacts kids’ development and the challenges of parenting in the digital world, where everything seems to be divided into 6-second increments. The movie will be followed by facilitated discussions for kids and for parents. Open to the community! Reserve your FREE TICKETS here, and watch the trailer here.

BROOKLINE TALKS PRESENTS Nurturing Sexually Healthy Children & Teens in Today's World with Deborah Roffman on Thurs April 6th at 7 pm in the Runkle School Multi-Purpose Room. Deborah Roffman - a master teacher, author and consultant to schools, parents & children - will discuss five universal needs of  children and teens as they grow toward sexual maturity, and the five corresponding roles for adults. Cilck here for free registration.

BROOKLINE SEPAC HOSTS: GET TO KNOW YOUR SCHOOL COMMITTEE CANDIDATES Thursday, April 13, 2017 8:30a.m. - 9:30a.m. A Q&A opportunity for SEPAC members with School Committee Candidates Daniel Debowy, Suzanne Federspiel, Michael Glover, Paul Harris and Julie Schreiner-Oldham. At Town Hall, 333 Washington Street, School Committee Room, 5th floor.

SPRING INTO SUMMER WITH SHAKESPEARE All the library’s a stage! April is the Bard’s birthday month, and the Brookline Public Library is celebrating with a host of presentations, interactive performances, and films. Events include scenes from Julius Caesar offered by the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (April 25), the Boston Theater Company Teen Touring Troupe’s interpretation of Much Ado about Nothing (May 7) and, later in the spring and summer, several films and two Commonwealth Shakespeare Company performances held on the Brookline Village library lawn! Please follow the links for further details. All events are free and open to the public, and are supported by the Staff Programming Committee and the Trustees of the Brookline Library.

JOIN HANDS FOR MOMS! All of us experience times in our lives when we could use some extra support. On Thursday evening, April 27, join hands with women across the community for a night of volunteering fun at Hand in Hand 2017. Together we’ll make beautiful and useful “Hand in Hand” baskets for women coping with mental health challenges or family hardship. One basket has the ability to provide a moment of joy, decrease feelings of isolation, and remind a woman she is not alone. Learn more and register here or contact Maggie Ginn at (617) 277-8107. Sponsored by Women at the Center, a program of the Brookline Center for Community Mental Health.

MAKE COLLEGE ACCESSIBLE FOR EVERY BROOKLINE STUDENT To support BHS’s efforts to award scholarships to graduating seniors with financial need, the Brookline Community Foundation, in partnership with the Town of Brookline and BHS established the BCF Scholarship Fund for Brookline High School in 2014. The Fund makes awards to seniors pursuing post-secondary education including four-year colleges, two-year community colleges, vocational schools, or other post-secondary training programs. To make a contribution, visit here or mail checks to BCF Scholarship Fund for BHS, c/o Brookline Community Foundation, 40 Webster Place, Brookline MA 02445. Please call Executive Director Jenny Amory at 617-566-4442 for more information.

SMARTVACATIONS APRIL 2017 offered by Brookline SmartVacations for students ages 5-12. From April 18-21, choose a vacation filled with arts and crafts, gym time, computer skills, and theater games. Visit the SmartVacations web site for more information.
Sports Events

Boys Varsity Volleyball Home Needham High School @ Tappan St. Gym 3:45 PM

Boys Junior Varsity Volleyball Home Needham High School @ Tappan St. Gym 5:30PM

Boys Junior Varsity Lacrosse Home Weston High School @ Downes Field TBA

Girls Varsity Ultimate Home Lexington High School @ Lexington High School 3:10 PM

Girls Varsity Golf Away Cohasset High School @ TBA 3:30 PM

Boys Varsity Ultimate Away Newton South High School @ Newton South High School 3:30 PM

Boys Varsity Lacrosse Home Weston High School @ Downes Field 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Lacrosse Away North Quincy High School @ North Quincy High School 4:00 PM

Girls Junior Varsity Lacrosse Away North Quincy High School @ North Quincy High School 5:15PM

Boys Varsity Outdoor Track Away Norwood High School @ Norwood High School 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Outdoor Track Away Norwood High School @ Norwood High School 4:00 PM

Boys Varsity Rugby Away Lincoln Sudbury R.H.S @ Lincoln Sudbury R.H.S TBA

Girls Varsity Tennis Home Wellesley High School @ Waldstein Park 3:45PM

Boys Freshman Baseball Away Newton South High School @ Newton South High School 4:00 PM

Boys Varsity Tennis Away Wellesley High School @ Wellesley High School 4:00 PM

Boys Varsity Ultimate Away Bridgewater-Raynham Regional @ Bridgewater-Raynham Regional 4:30 PM

Boys Frosh/Soph Ultimate Away Bridgewater-Raynham Regional @ Bridgewater-Raynham Regional 4:30 PM

Girls Varsity Ultimate Away Newton North High School @ Newton North High School 3:00 PM

Boys Freshman Baseball Home Braintree High School @ Amory Field 3:45 PM

Boys Varsity Lacrosse Home Braintree High School @ Downes Field 4:00 PM

Boys Varsity Volleyball Away Newton North High School @ Newton North High School 4:00 PM

Boys Junior Varsity Lacrosse Home Braintree High School @ Downes Field 4:00PM

Girls Varsity Lacrosse Away Braintree High School @ Braintree High School 4:00PM

Girls Junior Varsity Lacrosse Away Braintree High School @ Braintree High School 5:15 PM

Boys Junior Varsity Volleyball Away Newton North High School @ Newton North High School 5:30PM

Boys Varsity Crew Away Andover and Salisbury Race @ Andover TBA

Girls Varsity Crew Away Andover and Salisbury Race @ Andover TBA

Boys Varsity Baseball Home Brockton High School @ Warren Field 11:00 AM

Boys Junior Varsity Baseball Home Brockton High School @ Amory Field 11:00 AM
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