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April 9, 2017               View this email in your browser

From the BHS Headmaster


Dear BHS Parents and Guardians,

This is a busy weekend, so I will be succinct as I write about a couple different happenings at BHS, one in the recent past and one in the near future.

Jewish Identity and Activism
Last Tuesday we had a powerful whole-school experience: seeing and hearing the stories of Rabbi and Mrs. Lazowksi - Holocaust survivors, BHS grandparents, people of faith, and human reminders of the need to question and combat inhumanity and injustice. Rabbi Lazowski introduced the film based on the book he wrote, Faith and Destiny.  He and his wife then generously took questions and offered kind, candid wisdom on a variety of topics.

The Lazowski presentations served as the centerpiece of our Jewish Identity and Activism week. Huge thanks to Dean of Faculty Jenee Ramos who worked tirelessly with students, teachers, staff, and parents to organize various sessions featuring students, staff, and community members. (Thanks to everyone who was involved, as well.) Our hope is that this week not only helps us remember the history of the Holocaust but also spurs us to fight contemporary anti-Semitism.

Preview: Community Expectations
Over the course of the school year, and likely before, we at BHS have seen an increase in several student behaviors that deserve our collective attention and support. Beyond explaining the expectations, we need to help students understand why these expectations are important. Below is an excerpt from Assistant Headmaster Hal Mason's note to BHS faculty on headphones, mid-class breaks, and eating outside of the cafeteria and other designated areas.

"The deans, curriculum coordinators, Faculty Council, and various staff members have been working to help clarify and better our community expectations and rules and keep making BHS a community we all are proud to be a part of. The three areas of greatest concern are eating in areas around the school, using headphones in the halls, and taking long breaks from class to visit with peers in the halls.

All of these behaviors are troublesome for obvious reasons: food brings vermin, headphones serve as a barrier to the interpersonal communication we value at the high school, and students who treat bathroom breaks as time to socialize and meet with friends takes away from the very nature of our mission as a school...."

Hal's message captures both the behaviors we are trying to curb and the rationale behind these community expectations. As with many things, this will take time, and I believe our students will both question us (as they should) and work with us (as they also should). I will make a PA announcement about all this on the Monday after break (4/24).

As you likely know, we have just a four day week then April Break. I hope you enjoy some quality time over break with your Warriors.

Take care,

Anthony

This Week At BHS
 

CRAFT DECORATIONS FOR ATPP – MONDAY NIGHTS (7-9 PM) -  Help create the amazing decorations for the After the Prom Party.  Meet outside the cafeteria on Monday, April 10th or April 24th and the first three Mondays in May from 7-9PM.  Sign up for one night or all five 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!”  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.

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: dancemarathonclub@gmail.com.

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

BROOKLINE OPEN STUDIOS - CALL FOR TEEN ART This year, Brookline Artists' Open Studios will again be showing art submitted by BHS students. The 2017 Open Studios are April 29-30.  The registration deadline is Monday, April 24. Registration is easy and participation is free. Students may enter up to 3 works; this year we are able to accept all media.  Students can enter by filling out a registration form and e-mailing it to Sarah Fujiwara at Brookline Arts Center. The forms, contact information and more details are on the Open Studios' website. Contact Sarah if you have any questions.

BHS Upcoming & Ongoing


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, please fill out this form.

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.

"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.

Community


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.

BROOKLINE TALKS PRESENTS Dr. Stacy Blake-Beard will discuss "Building Stronger School Communities by Understanding Unconscious Bias," on Tuesday April 25, 2017 at 7 p..m. in the Baker School Auditorium.   Dr. Blake-Beard, author, scholar, and expert in diversity and mentoring, will discuss unconscious bias — what it is, how it can harm our relationships, and how understanding our biases can lead to more meaningful connections. Dr. Blake-Beard will share strategies to help us build more inclusive school communities and enrich all our families’ lives.  Sponsored by Brookline Talks with your PTO!

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.

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.

SMARTSUMMERS THEATER ARTS PROGRAM AND PLAYFUL PERFORMANCES Spend your summer singing, dancing, acting, and having fun! Students take classes in the visual and performing arts and work together to create an original musical production.  This summer, our shows are based on outer space stories and will be OUT OF THIS WORLD! We have full day and part day programs available for ages 5-13 from July 10-August 17.  Register for 1-6 weeks.  For questions, contact theaterartscamp@aol.com. Visit Brookline Adult Education for more information or click here to register or call 617-730-2700.
 
Sports Events

4/10/2017
Girls Varsity Golf Home Mount Alvernia HS @ Country Club 3:30 PM

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

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

Boys Junior Varsity Baseball Away Newton North High School @ Lincoln Park Field 4:00 PM


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

4/11/2017
Boys Varsity Baseball Away Weymouth High School @ Weymouth HS 3:45 PM

Boys Junior Varsity Baseball Away Weymouth High School @ Weymouth HS 3:45 PM


Boys Varsity Tennis Home Needham High School @ Waldstein Park 3:45 PM

Girls Varsity Lacrosse Home Walpole High School @ Downes Field 3:45 PM

Boys Freshman Baseball Away Newton North High School @ Cabot Park 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Softball Away Weymouth High School @ Weymouth High School 4:00 PM

Girls Junior Varsity Softball Away Weymouth High School @ Weymouth High School 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Tennis Away Needham High School @ Needham High School 4:00 PM

Boys Varsity Lacrosse Away Walpole High School @ Walpole High School 4:00 PM

Boys Junior Varsity Lacrosse Away Walpole High School @ Walpole High School 4:00PM


Girls Junior Varsity Lacrosse Home Walpole High School @ Downes Field 5:00 PM

4/12/2017
Boys Junior Varsity Ultimate Home Xaverian Brothers High School @ Downes Field TBA

Girls Varsity Ultimate Home Somerville High School @ Larz Anderson 3:30 PM

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

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

 


4/12/2017
Boys Varsity Tennis Away Norwood High School @ Norwood High School 4:00 PM

Boys Varsity Outdoor Track Home Needham High School @ Downes Field 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Outdoor Track Home Needham High School @ Downes Field 4:00PM

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

Boys Varsity Rugby Away Belmont High School @ Belmont High School 6:00 PM

4/13/2017
Girls Varsity Golf Away Hingham High School @ South Shore Country Club 3:30 PM

Boys Junior Varsity Baseball Home West Roxbury School @ Warren Field 3:45 PM

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

Girls Varsity Softball Home Walpole High School @ Cypress Field 3:45 PM

Girls Junior Varsity Softball Home Walpole High School @ Cypress Field 3:45 PM

Boys Varsity Baseball Away West Roxbury School @ West Roxbury HS 4:00 PM

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

Boys Varsity Volleyball Away Braintree High School @ Braintree High School 4:00 PM

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

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

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

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


4/15/2017
Boys Varsity Outdoor Track Away Haverhill Invite @ Haverhill TBA

Girls Varsity Outdoor Track Away Haverhill Invite @ Haverhill 4:00 PM
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