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MAY / JUNE 2014

BRUNSWICK SCHOOL

MONTHLY MAILING The Gift of Time Although this letter is for the month of May, as it is also the last of my letters for the school year, I thought I might focus my comments upon the summer to come. Summer, especially for students (but I guess for us all to one degree or another) is a very unique window of time in the passage of a year. More than anything, for students, summer provides time . . . time to do things that you couldn’t do during the school year, time to try new things, time to get outside (certainly a welcome experience after the winter that we have had), time to reflect and time to renew. As we work through the last month of the school year and head into a much anticipated summer, below are just a few suggestions for our boys on how to make the time ahead meaningful: -

Set a goal to work toward, achieve and look back upon with pride: o Climb a mountain o Do something outside your comfort zone o Focus upon (and complete) one meaningful community service project or task o Keep a diary o For older students . . . get (and keep) a job

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Get outside. Summers simply cannot be spent in front of a screen. o Daily exercise of some sort is good for the body, the brain and the soul o Warm(er) weather provides a wonderful environment for physical activity

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Spend time with family. So often, the school year gets so busy with so many people (students and parents alike) going in so many different directions that family time is hard to come by. o Plan family walks or games o Schedule family dinners o Consider a family trip with more focus upon “family” and less upon “trip”

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Read, read, read . . . and read. o It is amazing to me how few of our boys find the time or inclination to read for pleasure. o Summer provides the perfect opportunity to commit to reading a book or two . . . just for the joy of it.

All the best to you and your family for a wonderful last month of school and a relaxing and rewarding summer ahead.


MAY / JUNE 2014

Upper school

From the Upper School Office: May is the last full month of school. As with all school years, it is hard to believe that the time has passed so swiftly. Yet evidence of progress and growth over the past school year abounds and gives testament to time well spent. Another phenomenon of school life is that school years rarely, if ever, end with anything other than a mad rush and no doubt this year will prove true to the rule. Therefore, as is clear below, May is fully packed with a host of events and opportunities for all. Please take careful note of what follows and feel free to call with any related questions: Upper School Spring Play: At 7:00pm on the evenings of May 2nd and 3rd, we will be presenting the Upper School Spring Play, “The Foreigner.” We welcome you and your family to attend either evening’s performance held in Baker Theater. SAT I and SAT II Administration: On Saturday, May 3rd, SAT I and SAT II (subject tests) will be administered at Brunswick for most of our students who elect to sit for a test at this time. The tests will be held on the King Street campus and will begin promptly at 8:00am and students sitting for the tests should bring several #2 pencils, their admissions tickets, and some form of identification. Advanced Placement Exams: Please see the AP exam schedule listed in each student’s Daily Planner. These tests will be administered over the weeks of May 5th and May 12th. These tests must be taken by all students currently enrolled in AP courses. Any student taking a test should arrive 15 Dates to Remember in May/June: minutes prior to the test's published starting time. 5/5-16 AP Exams (see Planner for details)

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Senior Exams Senior Awards at King Street 3pm Senior/Faculty Dinner 5pm 5/20 Senior Breakfast 7:30am Senior Prom 5pm 5/21 GRADUATION 3pm Dann Gym, King Street 5/22&23 Exam Review Days 5/23 End of 4th Quarter 5/26 Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL 5/27-30 US Final Exams (see Planner for details) 5/31 SATs at Brunswick (King Street) 6/2 Exam Grading Day – NO SCHOOL for US 6/3 US Exam Return Day 8am US Closing Ceremonies 11:30am

Senior Exams: Seniors will take final exams as needed on Friday, May 16th. Senior Seminar: On Monday, May 19th, Seniors will begin Senior Seminars in an effort to further prepare them for life in college and beyond. Seniors boys should arrive at school at 8:00am. Senior Prom: The Senior Prom will be held on the evening of Tuesday, May 20th and all Seniors should be dropped-off at the Maher Avenue lot no later than 4:45pm and picked-up upon their return at midnight. All Senior parents should have recently received a detailed letter in this regard. Exam Review: Exam review for all underclassmen will be held over the course of the week of May 19th and more specifically, Thursday and Friday of that week will have modified class schedules to ensure that all classes meet so as to adequately review for the upcoming Final Exams.

Senior Awards Day and Senior/Faculty Dinner: All Upper School students will be expected to attend our Senior Awards Ceremony that will be held at 3:00pm on Monday, May 19th at King Street. The ceremony should end around 4:30pm and will be followed by the Senior/Faculty Dinner, which will be held in Middle School Dining Hall beginning at 5:00pm. Graduation: Graduation for the Class of 2014 will be held at 3:00pm on Wednesday, May 21st at King Street. All Upper School students will be expected to attend the ceremony in its entirety. Parents of underclassmen should plan on the ceremony concluding at or around 4:30pm. End of 4th Quarter: The final quarter of the year closes on Friday, May 23rd. Shortly after the conclusion of exams (which will be administered the following week), a full report card and comments for students who have encountered some measure of academic difficulty, along with Advisor comments on each student, will be emailed home. Memorial Day: On Monday, May 26th, there will be no school in observance of Memorial Day. Final Exams: Final Exams for all underclassmen will be administered from Tuesday, May 27th through Friday, May 30th. The Upper School Exam schedule can be found listed in each student’s Daily Planner. Exam Return and Closing Exercises: On Tuesday, June 3rd, all underclassmen will run through a modified mini-class schedule (displayed in the Daily Planner) during which teachers will return exams. Those mini-classes will conclude promptly at 10:45am after which all underclassmen will go to King Street so as to join in Closing Exercises beginning at 11:30am. The ceremony should conclude around half past noon for pick-up.


MIDDLE school

MAY / JUNE 2014

From Sarah Burdett: Happy spring! Once again, the end of the school year sneaks up on all of us. This year has been one of terrific growth for all of our Middle School boys, and we appreciate your partnership in setting goals for learning and for life. We have had a year of celebrating creativity and collaboration, and those celebrations continue this spring as our boys take to the stage for the many events listed below. Please mark your calendars! Attendance and Lateness: Please make every effort in the last weeks of school to schedule appointments outside of school hours and to have boys in homeroom promptly at 8:05am. As we head into the final weeks of school, it is critical that the boys have a very consistent routine. Many thanks for your support. Middle School Spring Show Grades 6-8: This spring actors from Brunswick School and Convent of the Sacred Heart will be performing the musical, Disney’s “Growing Up Broadway” under the direction of Alexander Constantine. Performances will take place in Camuto Auditorium on Thursday, May 1st at 4:00pm and at CSH on Friday, May 2nd at 2:30pm. Middle School Spring Choral Concert Grades 6-8: Tuesday, May 6th at 6:00pm. Boys should wear a solid shirt (any color), khaki pants, and dress shoes. Ties will be provided. Vocal warm-up will be at 5:30pm. Dates to Remember in May and June: 5/1,2 5/6 5/13 5/21

MS Spring Play MS Choral Concert (6th-8th) 6:00-7:00 PM MS Instrumental Concert (6th-8th) 6:00-7:00 PM Dismissal for MS 12:30 PM Upper School Graduation 3:00 PM 5/22 Fifth Grade Spring Production 8:30 AM 5/23 End of 3rd Trimester 5/26 NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day 5/28,29 Middle School Exams 5/29 Dismissal at 1:00pm Busses at 3:45pm 5/30 NO SCHOOL - Make-Up Exams 6/2 Exam Review Day 12:00pm Dismissal 6/3 Awards Day

Middle School Spring Instrumental Concert Grades 6-8: Tuesday, May 13th at 6:00pm. Boys should wear their usual school dress minus the blazer. Instrumental warm-up will be at 5:30pm. Early Dismissal – Graduation Day: On Wednesday, May 21st, Middle Schoolers will be dismissed at 12:30pm to enable Middle School faculty and families to participate in Upper School Graduation at 3:00pm. Regular bus service will be available. Celebrating the Fives: Fifth grade families come celebrate your sons’ artistic talents on Thursday, May 22nd. Fifth Grade Band Concert and “Fives Go to the Oscars” will follow at 8:30am. (As stated in the letter, if parents are unable attend 11:30 to AM - 1:00the PMThursday morning show, you may come to Tuesday afternoon’s dress rehearsal.)

End of 3rd Trimester: The final academic trimester will close on Friday, May 23rd. At the end of the year, all students will receive a report card and teacher comments for those students who encountered difficulty in a course or on the exam (grade of "C-" or below or “1” effort). Advisors and Head Teachers will also write year-end reports on every boy in their homeroom. Report cards and comments will be emailed home the week of June 9th. Exams: Review for 6th – 8th final exams will begin on Friday, May 23rd. Exams will be given on Wednesday, May 28th and Thursday, May 29th. The full exam schedule is included in this newsletter. Please note: 1) all boys will be required to stay at school until 3:30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday for exam review, 2) we will have a 1:00pm dismissal on Thursday, May 29th but there will not be bus service until 3:45pm. Friday, May 30th there will be no school because of exam make-up day. Exam Debriefing Day: In an effort to provide time to debrief from 3rd trimester exams, we are conducting a half-day of abbreviated classes on Monday, June 2nd. On this day, exams will be passed back and reviewed, providing the boys with an opportunity to learn what they can from this exam experience. Dismissal on June 2nd will be at 12:00pm. Closing Exercises: The Brunswick Closing Exercise ceremony will take place Tuesday morning, June 3rd at 11:30am in the Dann Gym here at King Street. All Middle School students are required to attend this program, which honors the achievements of both Middle and Upper Schoolers. Please drop your sons off at 11:00am on Tuesday and tell them to meet their Advisors/Head Teachers. Pick up on June 3rd will be at 1:00pm. Summer Work: Your boys will bring home folders at the end of May that will hold their summer work for math, foreign language, and English. Please review the work with your son so that you can set up a schedule for its completion during the summer months.


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From Gina Hurd and Katie Signer: Many thanks to the BPA for a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Day. The global lanterns, the words of gratitude and the beautiful flower arrangements made us feel so special. We so enjoyed the special lunch and appreciated the car charger from the BPA. Thanks also go to our amazing BPA Division Representatives, Jackie Homan and Pam Keller, and to all of our parents for your overwhelming support this year. We appreciate you! Field Day, May 13: Pre and Lower School students will gather for a fun-filled athletic day coordinated by our fantastic physical education team. It will be a Lower School Civies Day and all boys will be asked to wear a red or white shirt depending on their team. The Pre School boys will travel to King Street with their teachers via the Brunswick shuttle bus. Following these events, the Student Council will sponsor a drink sale for the Lower School boys. Weather permitting, it promises to be a great afternoon. In case of rain, the events will be rescheduled for Thursday, May 15th. We are looking forward to celebrating the artistic talents and efforts of our Lower School boys at Arts Night 2014. All Lower School families are cordially invited to take part in this special night on Wednesday, May 14th. The festivities will begin at 6:00pm when everyone will gather in the Burke Field House for a delightful musical concert Dates to Remember in May: entitled “Go Global!” Under the direction of Ms. Wamunyu, the 5/1 4th Gr. Parent Orientation to MS 8:15am boys in grades one through four will take us on a trip around the 5/1 Student Council Meeting 7:40am world as they share songs from around the globe. Following the 5/1 Pre-Kindergarten to Sam Bridge concert we invite all families to enjoy a gallery of artwork displayed Schwartz/Hebert at12:00pm & Eno/Smith at 1:15pm throughout the Lower School. Every boy’s artistic talent will be 5/2 Pre School Appreciation Assembly 10:00am showcased so be sure to allow plenty of time for browsing and 5/2 1 L/H Presentation 8:25am admiring. With guidance this year from Kim Amussen, the boys 5/6 2nd Gr. Cinco de Mayo @ Brunswick 9-10:00am have created a truly spectacular display. 5/7 “Popsicle Playdate” for NEW PK Boys 1-2pm 5/8 Kindergarten Mother/Son Tea Party 1:45-2:45pm Pre School Closing: You are cordially invited to join us at 5/9 PK Mother’s Day Celebration 11:00am 10:00am on Thursday, May 29th when we celebrate the closing of 5/9 Lower School Appreciation Assembly 8:25am our Pre School. The boys are asked to arrive a half-hour early at 5/12 Kindergartens to Head Start 10:00am 9:30am. Pre Kindergarten boys should be dressed in nice pants and 5/13 Kindergartens visit the Lower School 10:30am a shirt (no jackets or ties please). Kindergarten boys are to wear 5/13 PS/LS Field Day nice pants, shirt, jacket and tie. Refreshments will immediately 5/14 Arts Night 6:00pm follow giving everyone a chance to say goodbye and take some 5/15 Student Council Meeting 7:40pm memorable photos. Additional parking will be available at the 5/15 PK Class Party @ Byram Beach 12:00-2:00pm Woman’s Club. 5/16 1 D/W Presentation 8:25am 5/16 LS Sleepover Lower School Closing: Friday, May 30th is our last day of 5/19 Kindergarten Class Party @ WGCC 12:00-2:00pm Lower School. Traditionally, it is a special day for the Lower 5/20 Brucemobile visits the PK School boys, teachers and parents to honor the Fourth Grade class 5/20 1st Gr. Class Party @ Byram Park 12:30-2:30pm as they prepare to move on to Middle School. All boys are required (Dismissal @ 12:00 noon) to attend the closing ceremony that will begin at 10am. In addition, 5/20 2nd Gr. Trip to Bush Holley House 9:15-12:00pm they are asked to wear long khaki pants with a jacket and tie and 5/21 Upper School Graduation - Early Dismissal PS & LS should arrive in their classrooms at 9:30am. If you are unable to Pre School @ 11:45, Grs. 1-2 @ 12:00, Grs. 3-4 @ 12:15 attend the assembly, please pick up your son at the Lower School at 5/22 2nd Gr. Class Party @ Boys & Girls Club, 12:30-2:30pm 11:30am. Please note that there will be no bus service on this day. (Dismissal @ 12:00 noon) 5/22 PK to Stamford Nature Center 12:20-2:30pm Report Cards: Teachers will take time this month to carefully 5/23 Civies Day complete a final report card documenting your son’s growth and 5/26 NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day learning this year. All reports will be mailed home the second 5/27 3r Gr. Class Party @ ProSwing 12:30-2:30pm week of June. ERB test results for third and fourth graders will also (Dismissal @ 12:00 noon) arrive in June. If you are interested in receiving your son’s scores, 5/28 4th Gr. Class Party @ Chelsea Piers 12:30-2:30pm please notify Nancy Freyre and we will mail them to you. If you (Dismissal @ 12:00 noon) have any questions or need further help interpreting these scores, 5/29 Pre School Closing 10:00am please be sure to call. 5/30 Lower School Closing 10:00am Summer Work Assignments: Kindergarten and Lower School students will receive their summer math, reading and writing assignments during the last week of school. We encourage the boys to spread the work over time and keep it in a safe place. All completed work should come to school next fall. In closing, we offer congratulations to our boys at the completion of a wonderful year. Thank you for your hard work and boundless energy. Have a happy, healthy, and fun-filled summer!


BRUNSWICK PARENTS ASSOCIATION NEWS

MAY / JUNE 2014

President’s Letter It’s May? Wow! Where did the time go?! As the year comes to an end I would like to take the time to thank the entire Brunswick community for their incredible generosity of time and talent. The purpose of the Brunswick Parents Association is to enrich the lives of our boys and strengthen our school community. Whether you served on the BPA Board, as a class parent or host family, or baked brownies for snack, your contributions are greatly appreciated. We have accomplished so much this year and we couldn't have done it without your help! While their activities are visible, some of our BPA moms do not get routinely recognized and I would like to take a moment to do so now. I appreciate all the hard work done by Kelly Albano and Tracy Grossman assisting with the Upper and Middle School theater productions. Overseeing costumes, stage props, refreshments and coordinating ticket sales is no small task – bravo! Kudos as well to Ally Roach and Abby Pillari for the great assemblies we offered our boys this year. Many thanks to Susan Hartong and Sonnet McKinnon for their diligent work coordinating the team moms for Brunswick’s athletic teams in both the Upper and Middle Schools. Carolyn Weiner did a wonderful job with Bear Hugs, helping us care for our community’s needs. Linda Reals and Maine Park have done a fantastic job keeping the Bearly Used Closet brimming with khakis, brown sweaters, and athletic equipment of all kinds! A huge thank you to Eileen Tang, whose patience and organization in coordinating and editing all the BPA news for the monthly newsletter has been nothing short of amazing. I wish our ‘Wick Walk Run chairs, Jeanie Wahl and Darrelle O’Connor, best of luck for their May 10 event. I know that it will be terrific! A very special thank you to Kim Augustine, Juliana Belcastro and Mary Jones, the extraordinary chairs of this year’s Spring Benefit and Auction, “Light Up The Night.” This much-anticipated event, enjoyed by our entire community, was a resounding success with the evening’s proceeds going towards the BPA S.T.E.M Endowment Fund. Finally, I would like to thank the BPA Executive Committee - you are incredibly talented women. It was truly a wonderful year and it has been a pleasure to work with all of you. My best wishes go to our incoming President, Joan Beth Brown. I am confident that we can expect many great things under her leadership next year. I am grateful for the honor of serving as BPA President. It has been a privilege to work for a school that I truly love. With my most sincere thanks, Kimberlie Fett, President, Brunswick Parents Association ‘Wick Walk Run – Saturday May 10 Many thanks to all of our energetic and dynamic volunteers for 'Wick Walk Run. Your efforts and enthusiasm are much appreciated. We could not do it without you! A special thanks to Kimberlie Fett, Nan Pozios, Jenny Trahanas, Gretchen Bylow and Trisha Dalton for helping us pull it all together and make the day a great success. Also, a big thank you to Marc Strileckis for all his wonderful help and Tim Coupe for being a superb emcee! ~Jeanie Wahl and Darrelle O'Connor, 'WWR 2014 co-chairs Upper School Performing Arts Brunswick and GA Upper School students are working hard under Mr. Duennebier's direction to present this year's Spring Play, The Foreigner, written by Larry Shue. You won't want to miss it! Two performances are scheduled at Brunswick’s Baker Theater: Friday, May 2, at 7:00pm and Saturday, May 3, at 7:00pm. Tickets will soon be available for purchase online and will also be available for purchase at the door before each performance. Reminder! You can still order DVD copies of this year's memorable musical production, The Phantom of the Opera. To order go to: www.brownpaperbagvideo.com/brunswick. Thank you all for supporting the arts at Brunswick! Middle School Performing Arts Mark your calendars for the Brunswick/Sacred Heart Spring Musical, “Growing Up Broadway!" This spring musical revue features the talents for both ‘Wick boys and CSH girls in grades six through eight. It is a delightful look at the ups and downs of adolescence as told through various Broadway songs. The show runs approximately 50 minutes and is appropriate for any age. Performances will be held on Thursday, May 1, at 4:00pm in Brunswick’s Camuto Theater, and on Friday, May 2, at 2:00pm in Sacred Heart’s auditorium. Admission is free! Also, the final Middle School Choral Concert of the year will be held on Tuesday, May 6, at 6:00pm in Camuto Theater. Thank you to everyone for your support of MS arts this past year!


BRUNSWICK PARENTS ASSOCIATION NEWS

MAY / JUNE 2014

Brunswick Spring Benefit 2014 The Spring Benefit chairs Kim Augustine, Juliana Belcastro and Mary Jones wish to express gratitude to the following members of the Brunswick Community who contributed so generously to the tremendous success of the evening: Our delightful team of enthusiastic committee members, volunteers, and hostesses who gave unwaveringly of their time and talents. Your commitment to follow through to reach the goals set forth some 15 months ago was remarkable, and thorough at all times. We appreciate your dedication, support and hard work. Our wonderfully committed parents, those who attended and enjoyed the evening and those who could not join us but gave in the spirit of our Brunswick family. We gathered with friends, had great fun, and together celebrated our boys and their future. Our generous underwriters whose contributions truly made this benefit possible. Our event sponsors Brescome Barton Inc., The Brito family and Shep ('89) and Ian Murray ('93) and their families. Thank you for your amazingly generous support. Everyone at Brunswick, for going above and beyond in assisting the Benefit committee before, during and after the event. It has been a great pleasure “Lighting up the Night” with you all! Pre School Division Representative Thank you to our Class Parents for all your dedication, and the amazing job you have done organizing all of the events and activities throughout the year. I also want to thank Gina Hurd, Martha Campel and the Pre School faculty for all of your guidance and support. It has truly been a pleasure working with all of you. ~Jackie Homan, Pre School Representative Lower School Division Representative Thank you to all of the Lower School Class Parents for devoting so much time and effort, both in and out of the classrooms. It has been a pleasure to work with you and get to know you this year. Thank you to Katie Signer and Nancy Freyre for your leadership and support this year. It has been a joy to work with you both! ~Pam Keller, Lower School Representative Middle School Division Representative Thank you to all the hardworking, organized, amazing Class Parents. It has been a pleasure working with each of you. Thank you as well to Sarah Burdett and Ellen Hynes for your support and assistance. Middle School Rocks! ~Diane Sammons, Middle School Representative Upper School Division Representative Every single one of our Upper School Class Parents devoted an abundance of time and talent this year planning and organizing events for us, filtering information to us, and helping to ensure that the Upper School community is a great place for our parents and boys. Thanks to all eighteen of you for doing such an incredible job this year! And an additional thank you goes to Connie and Susan for their assistance and smiles throughout the year. ~Jill Ciporin, Upper School Representative ‘Wickends Stephanie Hoover and Gail Reynolds, ‘Wickends Co-Chairs, would like to thank all the 7th and 8th grade students from Brunswick, the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich Academy and the School of the Holy Child for their tremendous support of ‘Wickends. We hope that all the kids have had a fun year! We would also like to thank the administrators and class mothers of each of the schools for sending out communications to the students and fielding questions. Special thanks as well go to the wonderful faculty chaperones. Mayfair Carol Henderson and Cate Nutting, Mayfair Chair and Co-Chair, would like to thank all of the 5th and 6th graders from Brunswick, Greenwich Academy, and Convent of the Sacred Heart for their support of Mayfair this year. The classes were a huge success and all had a lot of fun. Attendance for both grades was unprecedented. A big thank you as well to all the parents who served as Hostesses and assisted us at class each month!


BRUNSWICK PARENTS ASSOCIATION NEWS

MAY / JUNE 2014

Teacher Appreciation Thank you to all of the generous parents who volunteered their time and baking skills to help make the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon a great success. We would like to recognize Herberth Melgar and his kitchen staff for treating everyone to a very special meal. Of course, no event at Brunswick would be complete without recognizing the Maintenance Staff who, quite simply, makes our job look easy. The April raffle winners were: Douglas Burdett, Joshua Duennebier, Poonam Gupta, Michael Hannigan, Elizabeth Hebert, Patricia Meloni, James Stephens, Andrea Strileckis, Kristie Virtue, and Jing Wang. Two sets of New York Rangers tickets were awarded this month as well. There is one more monthly raffle to be held in May so there are a few more lucky teachers who may win the last raffle of the school year. We enjoyed having the privilege of gifting so many wonderful items this year. From restaurant gift cards, to tickets to sporting events and plays, and even vacation homes, we had the pleasure of spreading cheer to the Brunswick teachers. We recognize how fortunate we are to have such a generous parent body and such amazing teachers with whom to share. Thank you for your generosity and support throughout the year ~Kim Fulton and Barb Baxter, Teacher Appreciation Co-Chairs Upper School Athletics Many thanks to our Team Parents for the spring sports teams: Kate Bolger, Julie Napolitano, Bobbi Cavicchio, Jerry Walsh, and Beth MacGillivray. Many thanks as well to all the Team Parents who helped throughout this year for all the sports teams. Your time and commitment helped our teams with timely communication and much-appreciated refreshments! Your help as parent volunteers is invaluable. Go 'Wick! ~Susan Hartong, Upper School Athletic Chair Middle School Athletics MS Spring sports are well underway. We would like to thank the team Parents who have volunteered to assist the coaches and boys with arranging rides, snacks and beverage: Tricia Dalton, Marina Jacobson, Gina Pate Pierce, Mavis Osemobor, Wendy Hill, Tancee Brodeur-Sassi, Taryn Angelos and Margo Murray. We are grateful for your time and commitment to Middle School athletics. Go ‘Wick! ~Sonnet McKinnon, Middle School Athletic Chair Assemblies Assemblies had an exciting spring full of inspirational and educational programs. We appreciate the kindness of the heads of Pre, Lower and Middle school for hosting and helping to orchestrate fun and meaningful programs for the boys. The Pre School students joined Animal Embassy and incredible live Animal Ambassadors in an interactive, educational and entertaining presentation. Students met a variety of animals from around the world, such as a Nile Monitor lizard, an Emperor scorpion and an Arizona Mountain King snake, and learned how they must adapt to unending environmental challenges in their individual habitats in their own unique ways. The Lower School was captivated with motivational speaker and Paralympic Chris Waddell - the most decorated male in Paralympic history and the first paraplegic to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro unassisted. Waddell spoke to the boys about the resilience of the human condition by using video clips and stories to challenge the boys to think about the assumptions we make about the labels that we place on others and ourselves. The Middle School concluded our spring season with a repeat guest: Shakesperience Productions, Inc. and their performance of Macbeth. This high-impact, 65-minute program depicted the Thane of Glamis' tragic thirst for power. The Shakesperience approach engages the actor and audience and explored freedom of choice, ambition and greed, self-control and allophilia - a positive attitude in regard to all groups of people. We are grateful for the support of the entire Brunswick Parent Association which made possible all the amazing programs we were able to bring to our boys. ~Ally Roach and Abby Pillari, Assemblies Co-Chairs Bear Hugs Thank you to everyone who volunteered for Bear Hugs this year. The generosity of this community, as always, is inspirational. I feel very fortunate to have witnessed it first hand. With gratitude, Carolyn Wiener, Bear Hugs Chair


From Sue Das and Brian Coughlin, Lower School Student Council Advisors: We are thrilled to report the Lower School boys went above and beyond during the spring Reed to Feed Read-a-thon for Heifer International. The boys read with fervor, excitedly collected sponsors and together raised an unprecedented amount of money – $13,000. Thanks to the generosity and good will of our boys and their families, at our most recent count it appeared the Lower School will be able to donate the equivalent of six water buffaloes, eight heifers, ten goats, five llamas, ten sheep, ten flocks of chicks, six pigs, honey bees, rabbits, and a camel! Additionally we can donate community animal health worker kits to provide training in animal health and the gift of treadle pumps for irrigation. The boys should be commended for their commitment to helping others and their wonderful participation as readers! What a joy to have "gone global", and helped so many, in our service learning efforts this year. Thank you. In May, the Student Council will sponsor the Annual Field Day Soda Sale, and we will hold our final meeting of the year on Thursday, May 15. We look forward to recapping our year of helping others inside and outside our community. Finally, our thanks go out to all the elected officers, members-at-large, and class representatives for their fantastic participation this year.

From Neil Minsky, Director of Middle School Community Service: As we wrap up another year, each grade in the Middle School finished strongly with its community service efforts. Mrs. Boyd’s homeroom collected food and delivered it to the local Neighbor-to-Neighbor office. The homerooms of Wynia and Fraser conducted a shoe drive in which they collected over 150 pairs of shoes for Soles4Souls, a global non-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. In the Seventh Grade, the homerooms of LaRiviere and Falco organized a collection of goggles, caps, towels, and other necessary items for the “Swimming Hot Shots” program at the Yerwood Center in Stamford. The children had never received any formal swim instruction or water safety skills, and they were thrilled with the generous contribution. Finally, the Eighth Grade boys successfully completed yearlong projects at their local sites. I would like to thank all faculty, students, and parents that helped us reach our community service goals this year. Have a wonderful summer and I look forward to seeing you in September. From Johnny Montanez, Director of Upper School Community Service:

Late April saw our Upper Schoolers participate in the annual Community Service Day. This year, as with years past, Upper School students travelled throughout the area to lend a hand to people and organizations in need. We are all very proud of our boys who grabbed a rake, opened a book, played with a child, or held out a hand to people in the area around Greenwich. Here’s a sample of some of the projects in which our boys participated: Greenwich Green & Clean: Over 20 students hoisted rakes and shovels to clean up areas around town. A familiar sight to many, Greenwich Green & Clean helps keep our town beautiful. Brunswick is proud to be a part of that continuing effort. Nathaniel Witherall: a group of senior boys went to visit the residents of Nathaniel Witherall, spending quality time reading and visiting and brightening the day. This popular project dovetails wonderfully with Brunswick’s weekly Music Outreach Program (BMOP) that brings musical performances to residents all through the academic year. Adopt-a-Dog: senior boys spent the day helping this no-kill shelter in Armonk do some “spring cleaning” around the grounds. After the rakes and pruners were put away, the boys helped the staff by exercising and playing with the pups in the numerous enclosures on the property. Waterside School: Continuing our wonderful relationship with this elementary school in Stamford, two homerooms visited the school and helped students with homework, reading, and general schoolwork. Playtime is also a part of this visit and the Waterside kids always enjoy taking on the Brunswick sophomores in a game or two! We would like to give many thanks to all the organizations for their cooperation in helping pull this day together, and to the boys for being helpful on this very important day. We’re all looking forward to 2015! Be sure to have your son stop by my office for summer service opportunities. Have a great summer!


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*MS Exams

17 Alumni Weekend

23 Gr 5 Theatrical Production, 8:30am

Graduation 3pm, King St

*PS/LS End of 2nd Semester US Exams

MS Class Parent Turnover Mtg

22

28

Memorial Day NO SCHOOL

16

*PS Closing Ceremonies, 10am *MS Dismissal, 1pm

Alumni Weekend

24 *US End of 4th Quarter *MS End of 3rd Trimester

30 *LS Closing Ceremonies, 10am *MS Exam Retakes *NO SCHOOL for MS

31 June 2: MS Book Awards NO SCHOOL for US June 3: US/MS Closing Ceremonies, 11am, King St


MIDDLE SCHOOL EXAM SCHEDULE – May 2014 Monday (May 26) is NO SCHOOL because of Memorial Day Friday (May 30) is NO SCHOOL for students unless they are making up an exam. FIFTH GRADE Tuesday,5/27 Regular Classes Regular Dismissal – 3:35

SIXTH GRADE Tuesday, 5/27 Regular Classes for Exam Review Regular Dismissal – 3:35

SEVENTH GRADE Tuesday, 5/27 Regular Classes for Exam Review Review Sessions/Study Hall Regular Dismissal – 3:35

EIGHTH GRADE Tuesday, 5/27 Regular Classes for Exam Review Review Sessions/Study Hall Regular Dismissal – 3:35

Wednesday, 5/28 Regular Classes Lunch 12:25 Regular Dismissal – 3:35

Thursday, 5/29 Regular Classes 8:05 – 11:20 Lunch 11:40 Math 12:00-12:40 Homeroom 12:45-12:55 Dismissal 1:00

Wednesday, 5/28 Homeroom 8:05 LANGUAGE EXAM 8:20 – 9:50 Sports 10:00 – 11:15 Rest of Classes as Usual Regular Dismissal – 3:35

Thursday, 5/29 Homeroom 8:05 MATH EXAM 8:20 – 9:50 Sports 10:00 – 11:15 Lunch/Recess 11:20 – 12:00 6th Period 12:05 – 12:45 Homeroom 12:45-12:55 Dismissal 1:00

Wednesday, 5/28 Homeroom 8:05 ENGLISH EXAM 8:20 – 9:50 Break 9:55 – 10:15 3rd Period 10:20 – 10:45 4th Period 10:50 – 11:15 Recess/Lunch 11:20 – 12:00 Periods 6 & 7 at Regular Times Advisory 1:35 – 2:00 Review Sessions/Study Hall

Thursday, 5/29 Homeroom 8:05 MATH EXAM 8:20 – 9:50 Break 9:55 – 10:15 LANGUAGE EXAM 10:20 – 11:50 Recess/Lunch 11:55 – 12:45 Homeroom 12:45-12:55 Dismissal 1:00

Wednesday, 5/28 Homeroom 8:05 ENGLISH EXAM 8:20 – 9:50 Break 9:55 – 10:15 LANGUAGE EXAM 10:20 – 11:50 Lunch/Recess 11:55 – 12:45 7th Period 12:50 – 1:30 Advisory 1:35 – 2:00 Review Sessions/Study Hall

Thursday, 5/29 Homeroom 8:05 SCIENCE 8:20 – 9:50 Break 9:55 – 10:15 MATH EXAM 10:20 – 11:50 Memory Books & pizza 12:00 – 1:00 Dismissal 1:00

NOTE: Bus service will not be available until 3:45 PM on Thursday, May 29th.


Brunswick Summer Session Starting our eighth year, Summer Session is gearing up once again for classes beginning on June 9thand running through July 3rd for boys and girls in grades 5-12. Please find our course catalogue and an application form at: brunswickschool.org/summersession. For more information, please contact the Summer Session Office at (203) 625-5861 or email summersession@brunswickschool.org. We look forward to seeing you in June!


Upper School Book Buy Back The Upper School Bookstore encourages students to sell back their gently used books. Please check the Brunswick School website mid-May to see which titles we are buying back. We will buy back books through Thursday, June 12th.

Middle School Book Buy Back The Middle School Bookstore encourages students to sell back their gently used books. Please check the Brunswick School website mid-May to see which titles we are buying back. We will buy back books through Thursday, June 12th.

Upper School Book Buy Back The Upper School Bookstore encourages students to sell back their gently used books. Please check the Brunswick School website mid-May to see which titles we are buying back. We will buy back books through Thursday, June 12th.

Middle School Book Buy Back The Middle School Bookstore encourages students to sell back their gently used books. Please check the Brunswick School website mid-May to see which titles we are buying back. We will buy back books through Thursday, June 12th.

Monthly Newsletter, May 2014  

Monthly Newsletter, May 2014