October 30, 2016               View this email in your browser

From the BHS Headmaster

Dear BHS Parents and Guardians,

I hope this weekend note finds you well as the end of October draws near.  I write to spotlight (figuratively) the Brookline High School Drama Society's upcoming production of Julius Caesar.

This Caesar is set in a modern day parallel universe: a politically divided nation (purple and yellow, not red and blue) during election season.  Polarized and polarizing leaders, an energized electorate, dangerous language.  Sound familiar?

Our student actors and tech crew (music, lighting, video) have worked incredibly hard over the last couple months on this production of Julius Caesar.  They will provoke us to consider how we take responsibility for the government we want, what happens when a group of people finds someone too powerful, how mob behavior affects its target as well as those who target, and much more.

Mary Mastandrea, a BHS Performing Arts teacher and director of Caesar, has a history of setting Shakespeare plays in unexpected contexts: Twelfth Night in the Wild West, A Winter's Tale in the Civil War South, King Lear in the modern fashion industry, and many more.  Mary has collaborated with the inimitable Mark Vanderzee, to support and guide the cast and crew of Julius Caesar. They have long worked together to engage students in creative, challenging Shakespeare productions.  

When the curtains open this week, our student tech crew will spotlight (literally) our actors on stage in the Roberts and Dubbs Auditorium:
        Wednesday 11/2 at 3:30
        Thursday 11/3 at 7:30
        Friday 11/4 at 7:30  (post show talk back)
        Saturday 11/5 at 7:30

You can read more details about Brookline High School's Julius Caesar, and more generally about our incredible performing arts students, department, and community on the Friends of the Performing Arts (FOPA) web-site.

See you in the seats and around 115 Greenough Street.


This Week At BHS

JULIUS CAESAR opens on Wednesday, November 2nd at 3:30pm and runs November 3rd - 5th at 7:30pm in the Roberts/Dubbs Auditorium. With one of the most contentious presidential elections in our country’s history as the backdrop, Director Mary Mastandrea (BHS Performing Arts Department) weaves a tale of the struggle between the conflicting demands of honor, patriotism and friendship. The running time is under two hours. See poster below for details.

CLASS OF 2017 PARENT MEETING on Thursday, November 3rd, in the MLK room, at 7:00 pm. The topic will be: "Stress and Your Seniors". Social worker Fran Kuehn and Dean Scott Butchart will discuss parent and student stress, during senior year, and what you can do to help.

LOOKING FOR FASHIONISTAS Elon Fischer, this year's 21st Century Fund Innovation Fellow, is in search of any BHS parents who are connected to the clothing and fashion industry in any way. He is currently working with a small group of students who are interested in learning about all aspects of the fashion industry--design, creation, production, marketing, sales, trends, etc. He's working to create a curriculum and an independent program for these students to support their interests and help them develop their passion. If you work in any aspect of the fashion industry--or if you have ideas, connections or even BHS children who might be interested in this--please contact Elon.

MASKS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT BHS A reminder for Halloween, according to Brookline High School policy, masks may not be worn on campus.

BHS Upcoming & Ongoing

WINTER SPORT REGISTRATION Winter sports begin on Monday, November 28th. Registration for Winter 2016-17 is now open and we ask that you complete all the necessary steps well in advance of the middle of November so that we can process the paperwork and get your student cleared to participate. Our website should give you all the information you need to learn about teams; register for sports; understand the rules, regulations, and expectations; follow along on social media; and get involved with our community. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

SCHOOL COUNCIL Amy Lieberman is the new parent representative to the BHS school council. The seat was uncontested, there was no need for an election.

INTRAMURAL SPORTS The season will run until 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 on a drop in basis. 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.

MASSACHUSETTS MARIJUANA BALLOT QUESTION Confused about Ballot Question #4: Legalization, Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana? Brookline High School Peer Leaders invite you to their Public Forum on Monday, November 7th at 7:00 pm, in the MLK room. Twenty-five student Peer Leaders have researched and explored the pros and cons of legalization and commercialization of marijuana in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The students will share information on marijuana and THC-infused  products (from candy and drinks to baked goods) and discuss issues related to regulation and policy, revenue, and public safety.

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.

PARENT NETWORK FOR BROOKLINE’S LGBTQ STUDENTS Monday, November 14th, 7-8:30 p.m. MLK Room at Brookline High School. B-PEN begins a second year of Parent Network meetings for parents whose students identify as LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning). Gender, sexual identity, and LGBTQ life can be very confusing, and the goal of the Parent Network is to come together to share ideas for supporting the health and emotional wellbeing of our students. Dr. Greg Fenton, a Brookline parent of two who specializes in primary care for adolescents, LGBT Health, and HIV/AIDS Care at Fenway Health, returns as guest speaker to discuss adolescent health issues and answer questions. Parents with children of all ages are welcome. If you would like to be part of the network but are unable to attend, or if you or your child would like confidential advice, contact Family Resource Advocate Hope Schroy (617-713-5155).

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.


AN IEP FOR MY CHILD WORKSHOP with the Federation for Children with Special Needs on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 7:00pm to 8:30p.m. at Pierce Elementary School, 50 School St. Gayle Dublin will explain the Individual Education Program (IEP) document, its development, how to articulate a vision, write measurable annual goals, monitor a child’s progress and understand how the document will support a student. No fee, no RSVP, parking lot and street parking.

PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION ABOUT METHANE Tuesday November 1st, 7pm at Brookline Main Library, Hunneman Hall. 361 Washington Street. 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.

ADHD AND ANXIETY: Shining a Light on the Confusion Kira Armstrong, Ph.D., ABPP-CN will present on Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 7:00p.m. – 8:30pm in the Driscoll Library, main floor 64 Westbourne Terrace. When children have both ADHD and Anxiety symptoms it becomes even more difficult to recognize the source of their behaviors let alone figure out what to do about them. In fact, many children who have both are not diagnosed with either because their behaviors can vary so much based on their environment (for example school vs. home) and demands. This talk will help to “shine a light” on the confusion and give parents a better understanding of how anxiety and attention difficulties can present on a day-to-day basis so they can better understand their children. No RSVP, no fee, street parking available.

DANCING WITH THE BROOKLINE STARS A fundraiser to support the Brookline Education Foundation and other local nonprofit organizations will take place on Saturday, November 5 from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Annunciation, 7 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury. Prominent Brookline “celebrities” have volunteered their time to learn a choreographed dance routine with a professional dancer and dance coaches. This fun evening is the largest annual fundraising event for Brookline Rotary along with partner organizations. Come for an evening of unforgettable entertainment with delicious food and drink — all to benefit the BEF and other local nonprofits. To purchase tickets or to support the BEF, please go here.

BROOKLINE TALKS Growing Up Brave: expert strategies for overcoming fear, stress and anxiety on Monday, November 7th at 7 pm at Upper Devotion School Auditorium. Brookline Talks presents an evening with Dr. Donna Pincus. Click here reserve your free ticket.

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.

ELL COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR On Monday, November 7, 2016 Pierce School Auditorium at 50 School Street from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Interpreters will be available in many languages! Learn about cultural, religious, social, and other resources for ELL families in and around Brookline. Families may stop by the Fair any time between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm. For more information visit the Brookline ELL website, or email Sejin Choi, or call 617-264-6404 or 617-264-6412.

SPLASH AT BRANDEIS Students in grades 7-12 are invited to this free event, on November 12th, to take classes taught by Brandeis students. There will be a wide variety of classes offered such as Introduction to Programming in Java, the Chemistry of Baking and How to Master the Interview. For more information, or to register click here.

HOGWARTS AT THE LIBRARY An after hours event on Sunday November 13th from 6:00-9:00pm. We're transforming our Brookline Village location in to Harry Potter's Hogwarts. Pick up your wand, compete for house points, and much more. Open to all ages, registration free but required. Details here.

MIT OMEGA SUMMIT Opportunities for Multigenerational Exchange, Growth, and Action. The MIT AgeLab invites interested students of all high school grades to participate in the OMEGA Summit at MIT in Cambridge, MA on Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 10 am-2 pm. OMEGA stands for  Questions/comments can be directed to or 617-253-3506. RSVP here by November 14, 2016.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING The Brookline Parent Education Network, in conjunction with Wayside Youth and Family Support Networks, is hosting a Mental Health First Aid Training to teach how to follow an action plan to help a young person that may be experiencing a mental health issue or substance abuse problem. The training will take place at the Brookline Public Health Department on December 5th and 7th. Click here for more information or to register for the training.

METCO JAZZ BRUNCH at the Marriott in Quincy, MA on Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 from 10:30 am - 2:30 pm. The brunch is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the METCO program, sponsored by METCO Incorporated. Tickets/Donation $65, more information may be found here.
Sports Events

Junior Varsity Football Away Natick High School @ Natick High School 3:45 PM

Boys Freshman Soccer Away Framingham High School @ Framingham HS 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Soccer Home Ursuline Academy @ Skyline Field 4:00 PM

Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Home Ursuline Academy @ Warren Field 4:00 PM

Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball Home North Quincy High School @ Schluntz Gym 4:00 PM

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

Girls Varsity Volleyball Home North Quincy High School @ Schluntz Gym 5:00 PM

Coed Varsity Cheerleading Away Bay State Conference Meet @ Braintree High School 6:30 PM

Coed Junior Varsity Cheerleading Away Bay State Conference Meet @ Braintree High School 6:30 PM

Freshman Football Home Dedham High School @ Downes Field 3:15 PM

Boys Varsity Cross Country Away MSTCA Coaches Invitational @ Wrentham Developmental Center TBA

Girls Varsity Cross Country Away MSTCA Coaches Invitational @ Wrentham Developmental Center TBA

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