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I wish each of you a very happy, healthy and peaceful holiday season. This is truly a special time when people have the opportunity and time to get together to celebrate what is best in our world - family and friends. I hope this proves to be the best holiday yet. See you in 2017!
This week we ended our month long National Writing Novel Month, NaNoWriMo, effort. It was the first time we had participated in it and the students performed remarkably well. In Grades 4 and 5 the students wrote 34,568 words in the month of November. In the Middle School, the students collectively wrote 224,154 words during the month of November. Congratulations to each and every student in Grades 4, 5 ,6, 7, and 8. Students wrote daily in class for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. However, many wrote a great deal on their own time at home on weekends and over the Thanksgiving break. This speaks to how committed these students were do write as much as they could. Superlative effort. Well done.
Thank you to all the parents, friends and community members who attended our Wax Museum today. It means so much to the students to have their parents and family share these activities with them and their classmates. So many toga's! It was very informative, and entertaining. Thank you to Mr. Moss for taking this on and to all the students who participated. Great job.
I wish you the happiest of Thanksgiving holidays. We all have so much for which to be thankful, each and everyone of us. But sometimes we become caught up in the business of living or trying to make a living that we forget how lucky we are. We take for granted what others around the world strive so hard to attain - peace, home, education for our children, food. I think that what I love most about this holiday is that is entirely and simply about coming together as families, communities, to sit down and share a meal. In many parts of the world, sharing a meal is considered the greatest offering of friendship. I hope all those at your table tomorrow feel that spirit of love, caring and friendship. For those who cannot be with you tomorrow, I hope they too will still feel that spirit across the miles. Happy Thanksgiving.
Today, we joined as a community, to celebrate Thanksgiving by having lunch together. If you attended as a guest of your child, or simply attended as a member of the community, you know what a wonderful meal we all had.
An enormous "Thank you" to Mr. Spivak, Mr. Carson , Mrs. Blake, Mrs Fill and Mrs. Courtot, for cooking the turkey and ALL the trimmings. It was absolutely delicious. A special "Thanks" to the 6th, 7th and 8th graders who helped prepare the food and clean up the kitchen. A huge "Thank you" to Mrs. Nevin for baking her wonderful pies. Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without the pie!
It is so meaningful to have students, teachers, families and community members sit together and enjoy eating great food. Thank you to all those who worked so hard to prepare and serve the meal and to all who attended.
If you stayed after the pie was served, you heard our 2nd and 3rd graders (plus a few other students) sing the "Turkey Song." Mrs Hull has been performing this annually for some time and almost every student in Brooklin knows it by heart. The audience was also treated to a selection of music performed by the Brooklin School Band under the direction of Mr. Shrader. We enjoyed it very much.
We have had three or four students report to the office with deer ticks. I am asking all students not to roll around in the grass on the field or go into areas which have not been mown. If you could remind your child to stay in the playground area whenever possible it would greatly help. Thank you.
The past week has been filled with wonderful, exciting, and fun events.
If you missed the Halloween Monster Round Up, you missed something great. The sheer amount of work and time that the 8th graders and their parents put into the gym and library was astonishing. The decorations were incredible. Mrs. Hull, as 8th grade class advisor, did a wonderful job. The Monster Round Up was a fundraiser for the 8th grade trip and they raised over $$900!
The children had plenty of sweets to take home and the 8th grade parents provided a fabulous array of cupcakes and cookies along with drinks and even chili if you needed a snack or small meal.
On Monday, we paraded through town to the General Store where, at the generosity of the new owner, the students (and staff) were treated to goody bags.
We celebrated the Brooklin School Soccer Team who was undefeated in the regular season with a banquet on Wednesday, November 3rd. Prior to the dinner, the soccer team took on their parents in a friendly game. Incidentally, the players won but not by much!
The PTF outdid themselves by cooking and serving a great dinner of spaghetti, salads, and garlic bread for the players, their families and community members.
Each 8th grade student was presented with an engraved trophy, certificate of participation and picture of the team. The students in the lower grades received a medal and certificate.
I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Halloween.
Please join us - as participants or observers - today, Monday, October 31, 2016 at approximately 2:00 p.m. for our Brooklin School parade. We will walk from the school to the General Store and back. Wait until you see some of the costumes!
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