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BRUNSWICK SCHOOL

SEPTEMBER 2012

MONTHLY MAILING A MESSAGE FROM THE HEADMASTER I Know Brunswick Is Supposed To Be Great and All . . . but . . . What Do I Do When I Have a Concern?

Being a parent isn’t easy. We worry for and about our children, all the while harboring great hopes for their futures. As a point of pride, we hope that every aspect of your son’s experience at Brunswick will be a positive one and that you (and he) will see incredible growth during his years with us in terms of character, knowledge, maturity, empathy, judgment and wisdom. That said, it is impossible not to acknowledge that the possibility always exists that at some point in his Brunswick career, there may be some experience, some episode, some issue that causes either you or him concern. So….what do you do in such a situation? The answer is both simple as well as critically important for you, for your son as well as for the School in general. Specifically, the answer to the question above is to let us know immediately! In fact, I’ll go further to emphasize the point…. PLEASE never hesitate to let us know if you ever have a question or concern. I believe, absolutely, that good things cannot happen in a vacuum. For Brunswick to continue to thrive, we must constantly be on guard for things that we could do better. So we need, I need, to hear of any concerns as they arise so that we can do our best to address them. My door is always open; any call you make will be answered and/or returned the same day; any e-mail will be responded to immediately. As I say often in Class Coffees, the only mistake you can make is to decide not to let us know if you have a question or a concern. That said, I hope and trust that your son and you will find this year to be a wonderful and enriching experience; one that surpasses all your expectations. That is our goal always and as the new school year opens, everyone here at Brunswick is ready and raring to go! All the best for a wonderful 2012-2013 school year!


SEPTEMBER 2012

Upper school

From The Upper School Office: We hope our students, our faculty and our parents alike are enjoying these last few weeks of summer to their fullest possible extent. In the Upper School, we have spent the summer preparing for the exciting and (hopefully) rewarding year to come and cannot wait to have these buildings filled with students yet again. Some details for the first month of school: Attendance: It is your son’s responsibility to be at school each morning no later than 7:45am. Any arrival after that will be marked as a “late” and both “lates” as well as “absences” will be noted on each student’s report card and transcript. In the event that a student must miss school for any reason, a parent or guardian must call the Upper School office on his behalf prior to 8:00am (203.625.5856). Students who are absent more than 4 days in a given Quarter will automatically receive an “incomplete” for that grading period. Handbook: The Brunswick Handbook contains essential guidelines for the effective governance of the School as well as details regarding academic expectations, student services and student behavior. It is essential that its contents (pertaining to the Upper School) be read by both students and parents alike. Handbooks will be available for pick-up at all Upper School class coffees; please feel free to give our office a call should you develop any questions while reviewing its contents.

Dates to Remember in September: 8/24-26 Senior Peer Retreat 9/3 Peer Leadership Meeting 9/4 New Student Orientation 9/5 OPENING DAY 9/6-7 US Class Trips 9/11 School Picture Day 9/13 Annual Dinner at King Street 9/14 9th Grade Class Coffee, Pre School Gym 9/17 Rosh Hashanah – NO SCHOOL 9/18 10th Grade Class Coffee, Pre School Gym 9/19 11th Grade Class Coffee, Pre School Gym 9/21 12th Grade Class Coffee, Pre School Gym 9/26 Yom Kippur – NO SCHOOL 9/28-29 Homecoming Weekend 9/29 Homecoming Dance at King Street

6:30-8pm 8-2:30pm

6:30pm 10am 10am 10am 10am 8-11pm

Senior Peer Retreat: Senior Peers from both Brunswick and Greenwich Academy will start their year off with an educational retreat beginning Friday, August 24th and running through Sunday, August 26th. Stephen Duennebier and Brian Shepard (organizers of the Peer Program) will be contacting all Senior Peers shortly in this regard. New Student Orientation will be held on the morning of Tuesday, September 4th. All Freshmen, new as well as returning, are invited to arrive at Greenwich Academy at 8:00am for a day-long orientation and tour of both campuses. Freshmen should be picked-up at Greenwich Academy at 2:30pm. New students in other Upper School grades should be dropped off at Brunswick at 11:00am for an orientation period that will conclude with a 12:00pm pick-up at Greenwich Academy.

Opening Day of School will be on Wednesday, September 5th. All Upper School students should arrive at the King Street Campus (Sampson Field House) before 7:45am for first day welcomes, introductions and announcements. Underclassmen will be shuttled to Maher Avenue for classes following the opening ceremonies; Seniors (with permission on file) will be permitted to drive themselves. Opening Week Field Trips: The first Thursday and Friday of the year (September 6th and 7th) will see each Upper School class embarking upon various trips that will serve to introduce them to their Advisors and to each other while at the same time allowing for a relaxed and purposeful introduction to the exciting year ahead. You should have already received a detailed letter from your son’s Grade Dean regarding his trip and we will consider the signed “blanket” permission form as your consent for these trips. Annual Dinner: Please join fellow parents as well as faculty for our Annual Dinner in the Burke Field House at King Street on Thursday, September 13th beginning at 6:30pm. Please RSVP as quickly as possible as seating is very limited. Every effort will be made to seat you with either your son’s Advisor or one of his teachers and we certainly hope to see you then! Class Coffees: We would like to invite parents to join us for an informal gathering to discuss issues specific to each class as follows: Freshmen Pre School Gym, Friday, 9/14 at 10am Sophomores Pre School Gym, Tuesday, 9/18 at 10am Juniors Pre School Gym, Wednesday, 9/19 at 10am Seniors Pre School Gym, Friday, 9/21 at 10am Holidays: Rosh Hashanah: In observance of Rosh Hashanah, there will be no school on Monday, September 17th. School will resume on Tuesday, September 18th. Yom Kippur: In observance of Yom Kippur, there will be no school on Wednesday, September 26th. Homecoming, Friday and Saturday, September 28th and 29th: Homecoming is a wonderful school-wide event beginning with the cookout and Bonfire on Friday night and a variety of games and competitions followed by the Homecoming Dance on Saturday at Brunswick’s King Street campus (Burke Fieldhouse). A detailed letter regarding the dance will be sent home shortly. --------------------------COLLEGE CORNER * COLLEGE CORNER * COLLEGE CORNER------------------------- Seniors should remember to register for the October SATI/SATII date ASAP. To do so visit www.collegeboard.com online.  Meetings with any Seniors considering ED/EA applications will begin Monday, September 10th.  Meeting with all Seniors applying regularly will begin shortly thereafter.


MIDDLE school

SEPTEMBER 2012

From Sarah Burdett: Welcome back! We hope that all of our Middle School students, parents, and faculty enjoyed a peaceful summer filled with adventure, reading, and rejuvenation. September will once again prove to be a very busy month as we all work together to ease into another school year. Please look carefully at the dates listed below; we look forward to welcoming you at the many opening events that will provide you with both necessary logistical information as well as strategies to help you support your son during the coming school year. New Student Orientation: All Middle School students who are new to Brunswick are invited to an orientation program on Tuesday, September 4th from 8:30-9:30am. The boys will meet their teachers and advisors, walk through their schedules, and have a chance to meet some of the other boys in the Middle School. Opening Day: School officially begins on Wednesday, September 5th at 8:00am. Please note that on this day we are beginning five minutes early to allow boys to check the homeroom lists in the Middle School lobby and check in with their new advisors before heading to the gym for the All School Assembly. Boys should be in dress code with their blue Dates to Remember in September: school ties for opening day. If your son misplaced his school tie, please 9/4 New Student Orientation 8:30-9:30am purchase a new one in the MS Bookstore before opening day. If your son 9/5 SCHOOL OPENS 8:00am is entering 5th Grade or is new to Brunswick, he will receive his tie in 9/7 8th Grade Wickends homeroom on the first day. 9/10 5th Grade Class Coffee 8:15am 9/11 School Pictures School Hours: Beginning Thursday, September 6th our regular daily 9/12 6th Grade Class Coffee 8:15am schedule will begin at 8:05am and end at 3:35pm Mondays through 9/13 New Parent Reception 6:00pm Thursdays. Dismissal on Fridays is at 1:00pm. 9/13 Annual Dinner 6:30pm 9/14 8th Grade Class Coffee 8:15am Brunswick Shuttle: Reminders for all students who have signed up to 9/17 Rosh Hashanah No School take the Brunswick Shuttle: Middle School boys should arrive at 7:20am 9/18 7th Grade Class Coffee 8:15am at the Maher Avenue parking lot and the bus should depart at 7:30am. 9/25 MS Field Trips After dismissal, the Middle School shuttle will depart from the Edwards 9/26 Yom Kippur No School Campus at 3:45pm and arrive at Maher Ave. between 4:00 and 4:15pm. 9/28-30 Homecoming Boys must be picked up promptly because the US building closes for 10/3 MS Curriculum Night 6:30pm security reasons and there is no faculty supervision. Attendance: If your son is ill, please contact Ginny Martin, our school nurse, in her office or leave a voice mail message prior to 8:15am. Ginny’s direct line is (203) 485-3671. Class Coffees: Please join us for our Class Coffees. These occasions provide parents with a great opportunity to become better acquainted with each other and to learn about the Middle School program. See “Dates to Remember” box for the schedule. Field Trips: If you haven’t yet done so, please send in the permission forms for our fall field trips. Middle School field trips will be on Tuesday, September 25th so please return the forms by Friday, September 7th. School Pictures: On Tuesday, September 11th, all students will have their photographs taken. Please make sure boys are dressed for the occasion. Advisors will give them their school ties that morning. Annual Dinner: Our Annual Dinner will be held on Thursday, September 13th at 6:30pm in the Burke Field House. Please join us to spend the evening with other parents and faculty. Homecoming: All Middle School families are encouraged to join in this year’s Homecoming activities during the weekend of September 28th30th. Please check the mailing from the Alumni Office for times and places of specific events. In addition, 7th and 8th grade parents please note: we have invited the GA girls to join us for a dance in the Pre School Gym on the Maple Ave. campus from 7:30 - 9:30pm on Friday, September 28th following the bonfire. A letter from your class dean will follow with more details and guidelines. Sports Schedules: Please remember that the athletic schedule sometimes changes due to weather. Please use our Sports Information Hotline – (203) 485-3650 - to get up to the minute information on athletic schedules and for game confirmation or cancellations of games due to weather.


PRE

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LOWER school

SEPTEMBER 2012

From Katie Signer and Gina Hurd: September is a magical time of year allowing us opportunities to reconnect with the familiar and welcome the new. While we all certainly appreciated the opportunity to recharge our batteries over the summer, now that September is on the horizon, we simply cannot wait for the boys to arrive! Teachers have been working diligently to plan lessons and get their classrooms ready and we cannot deny the strong pull towards those special indicators of fall: new nametags on desks and lockers, sharp pencils, new markers and brand new books, freshly covered bulletin boards and a slight chill in the morning. All of these suggest the return to school, the beginning of new relationships, and loads of learning. Please note the important dates and details for Pre and Lower School below. After reviewing them, please do not hesitate to call the appropriate division if you have any questions. New Student Orientations: Pre and Lower School Visiting Day is Tuesday, September 4th. Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten visits begin at 9:30am at the Pre School. We invite all First Graders and new students in grades 2, 3 and 4 to come visit their classrooms and meet their teachers from 11am to 12 Dates to Remember in September: noon at the Lower School. In addition, new Lower School 9/4 Pre School Visiting Day 9:30-10:30am students and their host families are invited to a welcome 9/4 Pre Kindergarten Welcome Party 10:30-11:30am celebration immediately following on the Lower School 9/4 Lower School New Student Visiting Day 11:00am-12:00pm playground. 9/5 OPENING DAY 9/7 Kindergarten Class Coffee 10:00am Abbreviated Schedules: To ensure a smooth transition 9/7 Kindergarten Welcome Party 11:45-1:00pm from summer to school days, Pre Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 9/10 Pre Kindergarten Class Coffee 10:00am and First Grade will follow an abbreviated schedule from 9/11 School Photos September 5th through September 11th. Please be sure to refer 9/11 1st Grade Class Coffee 8:15am 9/13 2nd Grade Class Coffee 8:15am to the schedule that was enclosed in the August mailing. 9/13 Annual Dinner 6:30pm 9/17 NO SCHOOL – Rosh Hashanah Medical and Emergency Forms: If you have not yet 9/18 Encore Begins/Cubs Begins returned your medical and emergency forms, we urge you to 9/19 3rd Grade Class Coffee 8:15am send them in as soon as possible. Our Pre and Lower School 9/20 4th Grade Class Coffee 8:15am Nurses, Cheryl Renn and Ginny Martin, will be on hand the 9/25 4th Gr. trip to Sturbridge Village 7:00am-3:30pm week before school begins to receive medications or answer 9/26 NO SCHOOL - Yom Kippur any questions you might have. 9/28 Civies Day 9/28 3M/M Presentation 8:25am Summer Work Packets: Boys entering Second, Third and 9/29 Homecoming/Bear Fair Fourth Grades were responsible for assigned summer work in reading, writing and math. Please make sure your son comes with his completed summer packet on the first day of school. Class Coffees: By now, you should have received an invitation for your son’s grade level coffee. At this meeting, we will take time to share some important details of your son’s academic year and you will also hear from one of our special subject teachers. Representatives from the BPA will share information about the year’s activities and invite your participation in many. Please come with your calendar as it is a wonderful opportunity to sign up for special events and take note of important dates to remember. After School Offerings: A list of Encore offerings was enclosed in our August mailing and can be found on the School website. If you would like your son to participate and have not yet submitted a sign-up form, please make sure to return it by Thursday, September 6th to the Lower School Office. Spots fill quickly and our Encore Coordinators will be working hard to accommodate each family’s requests and needs to the best of their ability. All Clubs will begin the week of September 17th. School Photos: Individual and class photographs are scheduled for Tuesday, September 11th. Please make sure your son comes to school neatly dressed. Lower School boys are to be in full uniform. Brown sweaters are required. King Street Bookstore Hours: The Bookstore will be open throughout the school year on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30am to 2:30pm. On Wednesday it will remain open from 10:30am to 4:00pm. The Bookstore will not be open on Fridays.


BRUNSWICK PARENTS ASSOCIATION NEWS

SEPTEMBER 2012

President’s Letter Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year!! The Brunswick Parents Association extends a warm welcome to all our new families and their sons. Over the summer, the BPA was hard at work planning for the upcoming year and we look forward to seeing everyone at the Class Coffees to be held over the month of September. For both returning and new families, the Class Coffees are an important introduction to the BPA’s plans for the upcoming year. Thus, we encourage all parents to bring their calendars so that, as you learn more about the year’s events, you can sign up and become involved. The BPA’s goal is to enrich our boys’ education and strengthen our school community through educational projects and social events. We hope that you will consider joining the BPA by mailing in the acknowledgement form you received this summer along with your dues (it can also be found on the School’s website). Your support helps fund programs such as student assemblies, parent lectures, Bear Fair, Book Fair, Mayfair, ‘Wickends, Teacher Appreciation events and much more … all of which help to enrich our community. Many thanks! Alison Troy, President, Brunswick Parents Association Join the BPA! Please join the BPA by paying your dues using the form you received in our summer mailing. Annual dues are $30 per family. Your tax-deductible dues, teacher appreciation donations and additional contributions fund many enriching programs and are greatly appreciated. Dues can be paid by check or bookstore charge. Please contact Ann Murray (amurray24@me.com) if you have questions or need another copy of the dues form. Bearly Used Closet The Bearly Used Closet opens the week of August 27th and has everything your son needs for school and fall sports at bargain prices. Come get your shorts, khakis, sweaters, shirts, gym clothes, and athletic equipment. Located on the ground floor of the Lower School, the Closet is open anytime school is open. Sign in and follow the directions in the binder. Purchases are charged to your school account and support BPA projects. We welcome your donations too. Contact Sarah Barringer (ssbarringer@gmail.com) or Linda Reals (lindareals@gmail.com) for more information. Teacher Appreciation A big thanks you to everyone who has donated extra funds or gift cards to our monthly Teacher Appreciation raffle drawing. We couldn’t do it without you! Throughout the school year we will be giving monthly raffle prizes. We welcome your continuing support of donations. We love to get gift cards or event opportunities. Please mail gift cards, sporting tickets, etc., to: Robin Sherwood, One Clapboard Ridge Road, Greenwich, 06830, and we will make sure they are all put to good use by our very deserving teachers! The BPA is pleased to announce its fall fundraiser! Be sure to check out the following items, available online at www.brunswickschool.org/bpamerchandise/. Brunswick Wastebaskets: Keep the playroom and the kids’ rooms neat with a brown and gold Brunswick wastebasket, decorated with the Brunswick Bear logo on one side and “’Wick” on the opposite side. $28 plus tax. Brunswick Nordic Blanket: Stay dry in wet grass or keep warm and dry on rainy game days with a Brunswick blanket, featuring a nylon exterior to protect against wetness and a fleece interior for warmth. $50 plus tax. Order early, as quantities are limited. Annual Dinner This year’s Annual Dinner will take place on Thursday, September 13th. At this event for the entire parent body, parents are seated by grade (usually with their son’s teacher or advisor), and the Headmaster and Chairman of the Board will speak about the State of the School. Invitations will be mailed from the Headmaster’s Office. Dinner set-up on Wednesday, September 12th from 12-2pm offers a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new incoming parents. To volunteer, please contact Tracy Yort (tyort@optonline.net).


BRUNSWICK PARENTS ASSOCIATION NEWS

SEPTEMBER 2012

Book Fair Reading Rocks! The fun gets underway on Sunday, October 28th from 2-5pm at the Preview Party with entertainment and guest authors. It continues Monday, October 29th all day and Tuesday, the 30th until noon. The Book Fair will be held at the Burke Field House on the King Street Campus. For any questions or to volunteer, please contact co-chairs Kim Augustine (kimcaugustine@gmail.com) or Doreen Griffin (doreen.griffin@gmail.com). 2012-2013 Upper School Athletics We are looking for team parents to coordinate transportation, snacks, drinks and communications for US teams. Please contact Susan Morrisroe (gsmor@optonline.net) if you are interested in helping, and thanks for volunteering! 2012-2013 Middle School Athletics We are looking for team parents to coordinate transportation, snacks, drinks, and communications for the 7th and 8th MS teams. Please contact Annabelle Marvin (annabellemarvin@me.com) if you are interested in helping. Thank you for volunteering! Bear Fair Come join us and celebrate this fun-filled Brunswick tradition! The Bear Fair will take place, rain or shine, on Saturday, September 29th, from 10am-3pm at the Burke Field House. Parents – Bear Fair can't happen without you! If you'd like to volunteer for a shift (9:45am-11:45am, 11:30am-1:30pm or 1:15pm-3:15pm), you can sign up online at brunswickschool.org/parents/bear-fair or contact Sara Howard (howard.sara76@gmail.com). Middle School Boys - Looking for community service credit? We need you to run the games! For Middle School volunteers please contact Sarah Barringer (ssbarringer@gmail.com) or Mary Jones (pinej@optonline.net). Bake Sale - Please consider making Bake Sale donations the day before Bear Fair (September 28) – please contact Maritza Block - LS (maritza.block@gmail.com), Ginger Stickel - LS (gingermstickel@aol.com) or Dominique Crosby - PS (Dominique.Crosby@nick.com). Merchandise - General Bear Fair or merchandise questions? Contact Tiffany Burnette (taburnette@aol.com) or Megan Officer (meganacampbell@yahoo.com). Tickets and bracelets are available either through Friday Folders, online at brunswickschool.org/parents/bear-fair, and on the day of the event. Pre-pay to avoid lines! ‘Wickends – To the parents of all 7th and 8th graders: 7th Graders: Mark your calendars for some fun 7th Grade ‘Wickend events on Friday, October 12th, Saturday, January 12th, and Friday, April 5th. If there are any questions please contact Deb Kolman (ckolman85@aol.com). 8th Graders: On Friday, September 7th there will be a dance party featuring DJ Bronfman at the King Street Sampson Field House. On Saturday, January 12th we are bringing back the ever-popular sport and skate party also at the Sampson Field House. If there are any questions, please contact Holly Robinson (hocoro@optonline.net). Mayfair - To the parents of all 5th and 6th graders: Don't Miss out on the ALL NEW Mayfair dances for 5th and 6th graders. Mayfair is a series of dance classes in which fifth and sixth grade boys and girls (GA and Sacred Heart) are taught ballroom, popular dancing, as well as social etiquette. During more formal classes, the students learn traditional dances such as the Waltz, Foxtrot and Cha-Cha. We will include some Rock-n-Roll and line dances with current music. The 6th grade will have a series of theme nights (no costumes) where they will have seating at tables with refreshments at each session. The series provides a wonderful way for the children to interact socially as well as to continue to develop confidence and learn more advanced dancing, table manners and other aspects of social etiquette. Instruction provided by The Barclay Classes. Classes will be held in the Pre School Gym on the following Fridays: October 12, November 9, December 14, January 25, February 22, April 12, April 26, and May 10. The 5th Grade meets from 4:30-5:45pm and the 6th Grade meets from 6:157:30pm. Please contact Tracy Grossman (tracygrossman@optonline.net) or Carol Henderson (cbhend@optonline.net) to register your son.


BRUNSWICK PARENTS ASSOCIATION NEWS

SEPTEMBER 2012

‘Wick Walk Run Join the fun and volunteer for Brunswick’s all-school annual event! This year our low-key, fun run/walk race will be held on Saturday, May 11th at our King Street Campus. For more information and to volunteer please contact Amy McGrath (amymcgra@gmail.com) or Catherine Farello (cfarello@gmail.com). Assemblies Many exciting assemblies are lined up for the 2012-2013 school year. In September, the Middle School will welcome Charles Smith, Jr., who will share how he takes his love of writing, photography and sports into the making of his books. Slapstick Science will amaze and enlighten the Lower School boys in October as they learn that with physics they can do anything, and they will also hear a chemistry lecture about fire safety. Also in October, Dinoman will lead an assembly of merry mayhem with magnificent props of dinosaurs! The Pre School will kick off with Bubblemania, a performance featuring the magical world of bubbles and the science behind it. Be sure to ask your boys about these programs. Upper School Performing Arts The Upper School offers several extraordinary opportunities for our sons to participate in the performing arts. On Stage or Backstage: Three plays are performed in Baker Theater each year, in November, March (the spring musical) and May. GA also produces a play in the fall. Seth Potter has scheduled auditions for the fall play (The Diviners by Jim Leonard, Jr.) for September 10th, 11th and 12th. Singing: Mr. Constantine’s two a cappella groups perform throughout the year at concerts and special events. Opportunities include The Mahertians (a coed ensemble) and The Twelve (boys only). Instruments: Mr. Raaen’s award-winning big band, the Blue Notes, and Mr. Kirsch’s Improv program offer the chance to perform in three major concerts during the year. Questions? Please contact Kathy Starrs LaBossiere (knspal@optonline.net) or Andrea Jovine Coopersmith (ajovine@andreajovine.com). Middle School Performing Arts We are very excited to announce that our fall Middle School musical this year will be “The Little Mermaid.” We will once again be inviting the Group VII and Group VIII girls from Greenwich Academy to join our Seventh and Eighth grade boys to produce this delightful musical. The audition dates will be announced shortly and the performance dates are November 29th and 30th. Bear Hugs Bear Hugs is a wonderful way to provide support to current Brunswick parents, faculty and staff during difficult life-changing events by assisting with meals, carpools, etc. If you would like to help, please contact Anne-Marie Hesser (annemariehesser@gmail.com) to be put on the volunteer list. Parent Programs Our first Parent Program will kick off on Tuesday, October 23rd in GA’s Massey Theater. Coffee is served at 8am and the presentation starts at 8:30am. Paul Assaiante, world-renowned squash coach, author of Run to the Roar and famed public speaker will deliver an inspiring presentation for GA/Brunswick parents. Come learn how his coaching principles extend far beyond sports and into daily parenting such as getting kids to give everything they've got everyday, and identifying and facing fears that block success. Brunswick School Golf Outing Save the date for the Brunswick School Golf Outing on April 29th at Winged Foot Golf Club. For questions, please contact Libby Edwards (ledwards@brunswickschool.org). We hope to see you there! Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon Calling all Fashionistas! This year’s Fashion Show and Luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 18th. Plans are already underway and we need volunteers. Please contact Laura Darrin (lauradarrin@gmail.com) or Afton Fraser (aftonfraser@mac.com) if you are interested in helping.


From Johnny Montanez, Director of Community Service: Welcome back! Our schedule of activities for this academic year is very full. We have many opportunities available for boys to get involved and give back to the community. In addition to advisory projects, both the intramural sports programs and the varsity sports programs will also have service projects during the course of the year, participating with their teammates and coaches to help those less fortunate. We are looking forward to a wonderful year of service! Ongoing projects: Neighbor to Neighbor Food Pantry, Christ Church, Greenwich, CT: On the last Thursday of each month, food donations will be collected to give to our local food pantry. Non-perishable food items may be donated any time during the week prior to our delivery. Bins will be set up in the front lobby by the reception desk and any donation, large or small, is greatly appreciated. Delivery Dates for 2012-13: September 20, October 25, November 19, December 13, January 31, February 28, March 28, April 25, May 16 Thanksgiving Food Baskets: During the week prior to Thanksgiving, we will be collecting food items with a Thanksgiving theme. The items will then be sorted by the boys and made into family “baskets,” ready for delivery to local families. Basket assembly will take place the morning of Monday, November 19 with delivery that day. Families from Thomas Edison School and other organizations with which we do service projects will benefit and enjoy a feast on this very special day. To cap the day off, we will have our annual Turkey Bowl flag football game on the back field for bragging rights to the Turkey Trophy!! Holiday Toy Drive: Homerooms will have the pleasure of spreading holiday cheer during December to local families who are less fortunate. We will receive “wish lists” from our local project locations with everything from toys to clothing needs. Advisories will then divide up the lists and create a Christmas box full of wrapped presents for their assigned family. Planning and list distribution will begin on Monday, December 3 and all gifts are due on Tuesday, December 18 for wrapping. Delivery will be Wednesday, December 19. Midnight Run: This most worthy project is a long-standing Brunswick tradition. On Friday, September 14, a group of Brunswick boys with faculty chaperones will take donated clothing, toiletry items and food into Manhattan to distribute to the homeless. We will leave the Maher Avenue campus at 9pm and return to Greenwich at 2am. One of our most popular projects, boys should note that the 14th will be here quickly and they should sign up in the Community Service Office soon. Space is limited. Projects by Grade: Each grade will continue their tradition of advisory-based projects. Advisories should expect to visit a site three times during the course of the year, sometimes with another advisory. Locations are being finalized but freshmen will serve two consecutive days (Mondays or Tuesdays). Sophomores will visit their location three times during the year on a rotating schedule. Juniors will visit their location on two consecutive Mondays. Community Service Day, 2013: This year, Community Service Day is Friday, April 26th. All students will be assigned to a service project that day. Projects range from community clean up at a local beach, playing and working with students at a local elementary school, helping at a day care center, or working with animals. Community Service Day is a wonderful opportunity for boys to experience the joy of service.


Brunswick School 100 Maher Avenue Greenwich, CT 06830 ď Ą 1252 King Street Greenwich, CT 06831 (203) 625-5800

September 2012 Sun

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4 Labor Day

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New Student Orientation

7 *BPA Meeting, 10am *US Class Trips

OPENING DAY

8 *K Class Coffee, 10am *Gr 8 Wickends

*Peer Leadership 6:30-8pm

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18 Rosh Hashanah NO SCHOOL

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12 *Gr 1 Class Coffee, 8:15am *School Picture Day

*Gr 5 Class Coffee, 8:15am *PK Class Coffee, 10am

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*Gr 7 Class Coffee, 8:15am *Gr 10 Class Coffee, 10am

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*Gr 2 Class Coffee, 8:15am *Annual Dinner, 6:30pm at King Street

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Gr 3 Class Coffee, 8:15am Gr 11 Class Coffee, 10am

26 *Gr 6-8 Mountain Workshop *Gr 5 Clearpool Trip

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Gr 6 Class Coffee, 8:15am

Gr 4 Class Coffee, 8:15am

27 Yom Kippur NO SCHOOL

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*Gr 8 Class Coffee, 8:15am *Gr 9 Class Coffee, 10am

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Gr 12 Class Coffee, 10am

28 *Alumni Golf Outing *Alumni Association Party / Reunions *Gr 7&8 Dance w/GA

29 HOMECOMING *Bear Fair *Alumni Tent Party / Runions *US Dance at Dann Gym

September 2012-Monthly Newsletter  

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