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  • KINDERGARTEN ADMISSION FOR THE 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR

    If you intend to make a Kindergarten application for a younger sibling of your currently enrolled Brearley daughter, please call Brittany Weinstein in the Office of Admission to schedule a spring interview. (212) 570-8596. (Applicants must be five years old by September 1, 2019.)

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    Winifred M. Mabley
    Director of Lower School Admission
  • PARENT EQUITY EVENING

    Wednesday, March 7, 6:30 to 8:00 in the Common Room
  • PARENTS OF STUDENTS OF COLOR EVENING

    Thursday, February 22, 6:30 to 8:00 in the Common Room
  • SIGN UP FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL PING PONG NIGHT!

    Friday, March 2, 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Assembly Hall
    Get ready for Middle School Ping-Pong Night - a special event just for Middle School girls and their Fathers (or Special Guests)! This event is an organized tournament. All teams must include a Brearley Middle School student and her father or special guest. Tournament slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited! A light dinner will be served and prizes awarded! To register a team, click here by February 23!
     
    Questions? Please contact Ms. Jones in the Student Activities Office (212) 570-8552 or chjones@brearley.org.
  • AN EVENING OF DANCE

    Thursday and Friday, February 22 and 23, 7:00 pm in the Assembly Hall 
    Varsity Dance presents An Evening of Dance! All members of the Brearley community are invited to performances by the Varsity Dance Ensemble as well as by the V/VI Dance Ensemble and the VII/VIII Dance Ensemble. Special guests will include the Class XII Jazz Band Friday Collection, the Faculty/Staff Dance Ensemble, Class VI Hip Hop, Class VIII African Dance, and Class XI/X Musical Theater Jazz. We hope to see you there! For more information about this event or other dance opportunities at Brearley, please contact Marisa Ballaro at mballaro@brearley.org. Tickets will be on sale beginning February 12. A portion of the proceeds from both concerts will go to support Dance Against Cancer, a cause very dear to the Brearley dance family.
  • CLASS VII-VIII EXAMS

    Monday, March 12 to Wednesday, March 14
  • CLASSES VII-XII: EXAM RETURN DAY

    Friday, March 16
  • LAST DAY BEFORE SPRING BREAK

    Friday, March 16
  • LIBRA PANEL: WOMEN’S HEALTH CARE IN A TUMULTUOUS ENVIRONMENT

    Tuesday, February 13
    6:00 to 6:30 pm: Mingling and Refreshments
    6:30 to 7:30 pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A
    Brearley alumnae, parents, faculty and staff are invited to an Alumnae Association LiBrA (Lives of Brearley Alumnae) Committee Program on Women’s Health Care in a Tumultuous Environment: Choices and Challenges.
     
    At all stages of life, women are faced with choices and challenges when it comes to access to basic and reproductive healthcare. Please join us for a very special panel presented by Brearley alumnae professionals in the fields of medicine and spiritual wellness. 

    We will examine and unpack this topic as each of our alumnae panelists share how they address the challenges faced by their patients, clients and parishioners. A discussion of work/life balance and its impact on one's physical and spiritual health will also be explored. 
     
    Panelists:
    Elizabeth Streicker Albertini ’98, MD
    Reverend Eileen Epperson ‘67
    Abigail Ford Winkel ’97, MD
    Jacqueline Worth ’82, MD
     
  • NO CLASSES VI-XII: PARENT CONFERENCE DAY

    Friday, February 9

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  • OLD MEETS NEW: BREARLEY’S FORMER ANNUAL FUND DIRECTOR WELCOMES AMINA HOLMAN TO HER NEW POSITION

    By Elizabeth “Oz” Oswald, Major Gifts Officer
    Amina Holman is passionate about her new position as Brearley’s Annual Fund Director. As Brearley’s former Annual Fund Director (2013-2016), I’m pleased to introduce Amina to the Brearley community via a recent interview:
     
    Oz (O): What brought you to development?
    Amina (A): I began my career in development as a student ambassador with the Annual Fund at my alma mater, Howard University. I was assigned to cold call alumni and managed to raise more than I thought I could! I love the challenge of meeting a fundraising goal and bearing witness to its impact.
     
    O: What did you do professionally before coming to work for Brearley?
    A: Prior to coming to Brearley, I spent nine years at CUNY's Macaulay Honors College, where I helped to establish and manage the school's development operations and fundraising program. Prior to that, I worked for the American Lung Association.
     
    O:  Why did you want to work for Brearley? And now that you're here, what do you like most about working here?
    A: I feel a great connection with Brearley’s culture, and it became clear during the interview process that the alumnae, parents, students and staff alike feel that Brearley is a special place. I immediately knew I wanted to work here after witnessing the community’s enthusiasm. That sense was affirmed once I came aboard. The energy here is electric. You can hear it in the halls, you see it in the club flyers placed throughout the building, and you can feel it when you see the pride that the alumnae have in being a "Brearley Girl."
     
    O: If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
    A: It's a tie between French fries and cake. Please don't make me choose!
     
    O: What is the top travel destination on your bucket list?
    A: I took Portuguese in college, so I would love to go to Bahia, Brazil.
     
    O: What is OneBrearley, and what does it mean to you?
    A: OneBrearley means the opportunity for the whole community to ensure Brearley faculty, students and staff are equipped with the resources they need to achieve the School’s vision.  Together, we are OneBrearley!
     
    O: What is the Annual Fund, and how does it fit into the larger fundraising campaign?
    A: The Annual Fund supports day-to-day operations of the School. In fact, 10% of the School’s operating revenue is derived from gifts to the Annual Fund. Annual Fund gifts are counted in the School’s newly launched fundraising campaign, so Annual Fund gifts are as vital now as ever!
     
    O: Why is the Annual Fund important? And why is it important for parents to participate?
    A: The Annual Fund is important because it supports every aspect of a Brearley education, from the program to the people. 99%+ of our parents support it each year, which is a clear indicator of the strength of this community and its belief in the School’s mission.
     
    O: How can parents contribute to the Annual Fund?
    A: There are many ways to contribute to the Annual Fund!
    -       Parents should receive mailed information about the Annual Fund later this month. In that mailer, they will be provided with a reply card and return envelope for their convenience.
    -       Online gifts can be made at www.brearley.org/donate
    -       Brearley also accepts gifts via cash, check, stock transfer and wire transfer.
    -       For more information about how to make a gift, parents can visit www.brearley.org/page/ways-to-give.
     
    O: Is there anything else you would like to tell the E-NfB community?
    A: I’m excited to meet you, so if you see me in the lobby or halls, introduce yourself!
  • PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION NEW VICE PRESIDENT/COMMUNITY OFFICER PAMELA SELIN

    By Ellen Turchyn
    The majority of the members present at the October 4 Parents’ Association meeting approved the proposed amendments to the Bylaws of the Parents' Association of the Brearley School.

    Pursuant to the terms of the amended Bylaws, the P.A. is thrilled to welcome Pam Selin as the new Vice President/Community Officer. Pam graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received her JD from Georgetown. She practiced law at Fried, Frank in Washington, D.C. and then at the Department of Justice, Civil Division. At Brearley, Pam has been a Class Representative for each of her three daughters and has worked on the Annual Fund and the Benefit underwriting committee. She has also served as Co-Chair of the Lower School Family Fun Night, the Book Festival and the Benefit. Pam and her husband, Doug, are the parents of Miranda (VIII), Lila, and Isabel (XII).
  • A WELCOMING RESOURCE: BREARLEY’S NEW MIDDLE AND UPPER SCHOOL COUNSELOR

    By Shawn Fields-Rodriguez
    Emily Haberman, Brearley's new Middle and Upper School Counselor, joined our community in February from the Exceed Charter School where she had been the founding school counselor for five years. Having arrived midway through the past school year, Ms. Haberman has already had the opportunity to introduce herself to many Brearley students. For the 2017-18 school year, she will continue the tradition of meeting with Class V students in small groups and will co-teach Class XI and XII seminars with the college advising team. Helping girls learn to develop healthy relationships and body images are a key focus of her work here at Brearley.

    During Ms. Haberman’s four months at Brearley last year, the girls made considerable first impressions on her. She is fascinated with Brearley girls' "intrinsic motivation to learn and to be their best selves." She finds that there is a "real thirst for knowledge" and that the girls are independent, mature and responsible. Ms. Haberman has observed that the girls use their independence to try out many different things and engage in nuanced conversations. She senses that they are afraid neither of the unknown nor of embracing challenge within Brearley’s high-achieving atmosphere. Having said that, she remarks that the girls put a lot of pressure on themselves, and she wants to teach them to be kinder to themselves in moments of perceived failure.

    It is not surprising that among Brearley students’ biggest challenges is to take care of themselves. With their myriad competing interests and commitments, students often sacrifice self-care. Ms. Haberman wants to help students find the time, space and resources to look after themselves. Her goals for the upcoming year include establishing a deeper presence so that all Middle and Upper School students understand that she is an approachable resource. In addition, she looks forward to the successful implementation of the Our Whole Lives sexual health curriculum.

    Ms. Haberman is a welcome addition to the Brearley community, and she looks forward to helping support our daughters' mental and social emotional health.
  • INTRODUCING BREARLEY’S NEW DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY

    By Grace Offutt
    Colin Samuel joined Brearley in mid-July as the School’s new Director of Technology. He is responsible for a department that oversees all aspects of technology at Brearley, from academic to administrative support, or, as he puts it, “anything that blinks.” Referencing a quote from educator and author Chris Lehmann, he wants the technology at Brearley to be like oxygen: available everywhere and usable without having to think about it.

    Before joining Brearley’s leadership team, Mr. Samuel led the technology departments at Convent of the Sacred Heart and at the Green Vale School. He wants to further Brearley’s commitment to educating girls who are interested in and enamored by technology, through current curricular and future extracurricular activities.

    Mr. Samuel moved to the Unites States from Trinidad and Tobago when he was ten years old. He has lived in New York City since entering college at the Cooper Union from which he earned a degree in chemical engineering. In addition to his work in technology, he has moonlighted as a stand-up comedian for ten years; although semi-retired now, he says it has been one of his hardest, yet most rewarding, experiences, and he encourages everyone to try it.

    When asked how parents can support their daughters with technology, Mr. Samuel encourages them to learn more about it and to not be intimidated. He would love to provide technology classes for parents but acknowledges that it will take some time.

    He has been thoroughly impressed with Brearley, especially with the friendliness of the community, noting for instance the tone of the Middle and Upper School Assembly that kicked off the school year. He feels welcomed by the School and looks forward to making technology a seamless part of everyone’s work at Brearley.

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  • ONE BREARLEY

    By Amina Holman, Annual Fund Director
    (212) 570-8610, aholman@brearley.org

    ONE BREARLEY. It’s both who we are and the touchstone for our ambitious, new fundraising campaign to build a greater and more cohesive Brearley.

    With new curricular and programmatic initiatives in progress and the School’s extraordinary educational program to support each year, Brearley relies on sustained gifts for general operations through the Annual Fund and the Parents’ Association Benefit and welcomes endowed funds for core needs. In addition, with construction underway on the new building at 590 East 83rd Street and significant renovations planned for our beloved schoolhouse at 610 East 83rd Street, Brearley seeks support to fund these critical capital projects. The capital campaign is off to a successful start. ONE BREARLEY is proud to announce that our community of generous champions has already contributed $69 million toward our $100 million goal.

    Thank you for your continued support of our school. Together, we are ONE BREARLEY!
  • TEAMWORK AND INNOVATION: THE BREARLEY MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT

    By Lorena Lopes
    Innovative, collaborative and dedicated, the Brearley Mathematics Department boasts twelve enthusiastic and adept professionals whose Brearley tenure ranges from two to forty years. Led by department head Maggie Maluf, they teach students from Classes IV through XII. In keeping with the latest scholarship on math education, instruction at Brearley is an active exploration of math principles and relationships by teachers and students together. Math classrooms at Brearley buzz with ideas and dialogue; learning is collaborative, hands-on and energetic. The aim: teach mathematics students to be true risk-takers and problem-solvers. Brearley students learn to visualize equations, find meaning in number patterns, and connect diverse math topics to create multiple solutions to any math question.
     
    To achieve its aim, the department’s ongoing mission is to make math lessons appropriately challenging and engaging for all students. The teachers in the Math Department continually develop and share curriculum. As part of their mission to use the best available tools to educate Brearley students, they extended the Singapore Math curriculum beyond Lower School and through Class VI. Singapore Math emphasizes that there are many ways to solve a math problem. It utilizes concrete and pictorial methods of problem solving that are appropriate for young students who learn best with hands-on and visual tools. Rather than simply providing formulas and algorithms, the curriculum encourages students to actively explore math processes and derive formulas with a deep understanding of the underlying concepts. The heightened math and number sense produced by the Singapore curriculum can be dramatic, Ms. Maluf says. “Problems that might be challenging for Class VII students to solve using algebra are easily solved by fifth graders using the Singapore bar models.”
     
    Here’s an example of the Singapore Math approach: When Class V students learn how to divide by fractions, they first literally see and feel the division. Rachel Kerchman describes the lesson: “To divide 5 by ½, students discover how many 1/2s fit into 5 by using scissors to cut 5 units into 1/2 –sized pieces. Thus, a quantity of 5 units cut into 1/2s results in 10 distinct pieces of paper. From there, students discover that dividing 5 by ½ is the same as multiplying 5 by the reciprocal of ½, or 2.” Through this exercise, students see why, when dividing by a fraction, the quotient is greater than the dividend (which is counter to the result when dividing by a whole number). They see and feel how the inverse operations of multiplication and division are related via reciprocals.  Of course, this exploratory method of teaching is more time-consuming than a de facto presentation of the simple, rote algorithm: that is, to divide by a fraction change the operation sign to multiplication and flip the fraction. This time is well spent, however, as the students truly understand so much more about the math concepts they are studying.
     
    Although the formal use of the Singapore Math curriculum ends after Class VI, the techniques of math exploration and innovation continue on through Class XII. In Class VIII, Ahmed Najm teaches linear programming through a case study in which students open a petting zoo business. He gives students various constraints, such as the amount of feed required by the animals and the salaries of the zookeepers.
    The students must then create a successful business plan. While working through this real-world scenario, the students learn a lot of math: writing and graphing systems of inequalities, interpreting the feasible region that satisfies the constraints and determining how the objective function helps them optimize their ventures. Per Mr. Najm, the students also “develop their gut-level instinct for what make sense mathematically.” David Moroney’s 8th grade class tackles the topic of garbage collection in New York City. After viewing a brief video about it, students use real data sets on NYC garbage to find the line of best fit of a set of data to make predictions about garbage production and collection. By the end of the project, students are usually stunned by the sheer quantities of garbage produced in our city and are very informed about a major environmental problem. They’ve also learned a lot of math!
     
    The teachers in the Math Department continuously collaborate to create compelling lessons to actively engage students in their own math instruction. These lessons are shared by all members of the department and facilitate another key feature of a Brearley education, cross-divisional teaching. Despite the logistical challenges of cross-divisional teaching, Ms. Maluf feels it is invaluable for teachers with experience in the entire math program to be teaching students of all ages. This year, Debra Glick, a veteran advanced calculus teacher, says that she has loved all that she has learned from the experience of teaching Class IV Singapore Math. “I also couldn’t have succeeded without help from other department members, especially our Singapore Math expert Andrea Gilroy.” In addition to enhancing a teachers’ skill set, teaching over a nine-year grade-span allows teachers to meet students again later in their Brearley career.
     
    As Ms. Maluf explains, one of the department’s main goals is to “actively engage students across all classes at all levels.” Mr. Moroney, a member of both the Math and Science Departments, teaches Class XII’s Fundamentals of Calculus. With a more flexible curriculum than other calculus classes, Mr. Moroney accounts for the interests of the students when creating lessons. For example, his hands-on project on optimization furthers skills first introduced to math students in Class VIII. Using 40 centimeters of copper wire and wire cutters, he challenges students to construct a circle and square with the smallest combined area possible. Students could work this problem out abstractly on paper, but this hands-on exercise vividly illustrates of the meaning the math involved. To give historical context to mathematical advances, Mr. Moroney includes the study of major mathematicians in his class. For students in Class X, Ms. Glick uses “ABC” sheets; these sheets are specially designed to meet the students at their level of mastery. “A” problems recap the lesson directly, while “B” word problems require more thoughtful applications of the lesson. “C” problems challenge students to use math topics from prior units and past years to “spiral” into creative solutions. Through multi-leveled work, no student is either overwhelmed or bored in this classroom.

    While the substance and rigor of math instruction at Brearley is timeless, today’s classrooms feature diverse new methods and tools unrecognizable to most Brearley parents. These are classrooms filled with joy, warmth and teamwork. Dialogue and the passionate exchange of ideas are crucial elements of the learning process. Working together, learning from mistakes, and listening to others are great ways to learn math; they are also essential skills our girls need for life!
  • ENJOYING EVERY MOMENT; THE POWER OF A BREARLEY SABBATICAL

    By Ellen Turchyn
    Many members of the Brearley faculty have had the wonderful opportunity to take a sabbatical. The adventures experienced on these important and well deserved breaks from Brearley bring many a sense of renewed energy for teaching and new stories and experiences to share with their students. Members of the faculty are grateful to be able to have this period of time to travel, spend extended time with family in (sometimes) far away locations, spend precious moments with ailing loved ones, enhance their professional skills, and volunteer at organizations that are important to them. Brearley gives these faculty members no restrictions on their sabbaticals, trusting them know how to best enrich themselves and make the most of their time off. 
     
    Annabel Gordon, Music Department
    Ms. Gordon’s sabbatical was a mixture of travel adventures and reconnecting with her family. Using London as her home base (she has friends and family there), Ms. Gordon spent lots of time traveling around Europe and other continents. While visiting Japan as a Westerner, Ms. Gordon was in “awe of the culture” and was fortunate to be there during cherry blossom season, where she took glorious photos of magical images around her. When touring solo throughout New Zealand on a bus coach tour, she was pleasantly surprised at how many people befriended her, and while she visited the South Isle of New Zealand, she marveled at the majestic glaciers and fjords. She also spent time in Singapore, en route to Australia for several snorkeling excursions on the Great Barrier Reef. Throughout the year, she visited friends in Paris, Normandy, Provence, and Sweden. In the Perigord region, she was thrilled to have the opportunity to see the splendid cave art from about 20,000 years ago.
     
    What a gift it was for her to experience many different cultures during her travels and "test her brain." Ms. Gordon played in recitals during her months abroad, performing solo concerts in Antwerp and London. She ran string workshops and performed at the Yerbury School, a state school in northern London attended by her young nephew; during her time in London, she was able to grow close to her nephew and solidify their relationship. She also enjoyed volunteering at the Water City Music Festival, which gave hundreds of students the opportunity to perform at the Tower of London. While on sabbatical, Brearley sent Ms. Gordon to attend a string teachers conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia where it was “fascinating to listen to and learn from other string teachers from around the world." Attending the Slovenia conference and learning about other schools' music curriculums confirmed to her that “what we have here in Brearley’s Music Department is extraordinary." Ms. Gordon was amazed at the kindness of people throughout her travels, as well as “how relaxed and charming she could be because she was on sabbatical” experiencing new and different places and cultures.  
     
    While in New York, Ms. Gordon was foot loose and fancy free and had the time to take dance classes (taught by Marisa Ballaro) and yoga classes offered to Brearley faculty. She took a drawing class taught by Dale Emmart and also volunteered with the Lower School strings, where she assisted Brearley violin teacher Marc Szammer. She felt as if she was “getting a Brearley education on the sly." She also renovated her apartment, which was a daunting but satisfying task. Ms. Gordon describes the time during her year as “precious,” as she “learned to breathe and take life more slowly."
     
    Douglas Levine, Physical Education Department
    Mr. Levine was very grateful to have this time off to be a more present father and husband. He began his sabbatical by taking his ten year old daughter Leela and wife to Vietnam. The primary purpose of the trip was to give their adopted daughter a sense of her Vietnamese heritage. Their journey began in Laos where the Levines immersed themselves in the beautiful culture and people and helped elephants recover from mistreatment and abuse at Elephant Village, one of two sanctuaries in Laos. From there, they met up in Hanoi with nine other families whose adopted children ranged from ages 8 to 14. The Levines and their group traveled south from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. During their journey, they took time to return to the orphanage in Hung Yen province where Leela was born. The group stopped off in Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An, and Da Nang where they soaked up the rich culture and tasted amazing food! After the tour was completed, they continued on to Phu Quoc Island where they enjoyed the serenity and solitude of the beautiful beach.
     
    Sadly, Mr. Levine’s father passed away during his sabbatical, but the time off gave him the opportunity to spend important time with his father before his death. Mr. Levine feels fortunate that his sabbatical gave him the gift of “quality time” with his family and taught him to appreciate every precious moment.
     
    Katherine Swett ’78, English Department
    Dr. Swett’s sabbatical was a mixture of traveling, writing poetry, reading and spending extended time with family. She visited Prague, Paris, Copenhagen, England and Italy. In August, she and her family drove to western Kentucky to see a total eclipse of the sun and toured the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, the third largest Shaker community in America. Dr. Swett also had the time to do some of the things she loves the most, reading hundreds of books and writing a lot of poetry, including the crown of sonnets about the Dutch painter Vermeer that you can find here: http://www.mezzocammin.com/iambic.php?vol=2017&iss=2&cat=poetry&page=swett. She feels grateful that Brearley understands its faculty leads “rich, intellectually creative lives and needs the time to nurture that.” She notes that faculty members’ sabbatical experiences bring hard-to-measure knowledge to teaching future classes.

    Kate Javens, Art Department
    During Ms. Javens’ sabbatical, her work was featured in art exhibitions, she participated in a renowned art residency program, she spent hundreds of hours volunteering in her community, and she intensively studied sign language (a special loving gift to her best friend). Ms. Javens’ work was featured in a three-person show at Site/109 (a large exhibition space on the Lower East Side), in a New York Academy of Art fundraising exhibition at Sotheby’s and in a show in Philadelphia. She also was awarded a month-long residency at The Golden Foundation in New Berlin, New York that she found to be “incredibly productive.” While there, Ms. Javens worked with scientists who were doing groundbreaking work in water and acrylic mediums. She learned new techniques in image transferring and Turkish marbling, which she has since incorporated into the Class XI and XII curriculum.  

    During the year, Ms. Javens was also able to spend more time volunteering in her local community garden in Harlem, an organization with which she has been active for many years. The Rev. Linnette C. Williamson Memorial Park was built in 1965 as the very first vest-pocket park in New York City and the United States. During her sabbatical, Ms. Javens was able to take on a leading role in the Park Association’s Art and the Gardens summer youth enrichment program, hiring and supporting educators and being their board liaison. 
     
    Kate and another volunteer in the Park Association, Regina Hood, took on another challenge: learning sign language together. Regina is deaf, and Kate and her dear friend studied intensively together—both to be able to communicate better as friends, as well as to share it with the community. After six months and hundreds of hours of study, they were fluent enough to teach craft activities in sign. Having this experience provided Ms. Javens with an important tool to more “creatively teach” art. When she returned from her sabbatical, she began to incorporate small amounts of sign language in her art classes at Brearley. Ms. Javens explains that children are helped to “settle into their visual world” when they do not speak and are surrounded by silence. Ms. Javens hopes to introduce sign language more formally into the Brearley curriculum as a potential after school activity. 

    Clayton Squire, Science Department
    Mr. Squire’s “transformational” sabbatical was a combination of service, travel, fitness and family.
     
    Mr. Squire devoted a large part of his time to service, bringing his dog to a senior living facility for pet therapy, teaching science classes for pre-K at Rutgers Presbyterian Church, and volunteering at a soup kitchen and as a horticultural volunteer at Riverside Park, helping with mulching, planting, and weeding.One experience near and dear to his heart was when he volunteered through a program at Rutgers Church to be a welcoming escort to a Syrian refugee family of eight and was the first to be there when they landed at JFK. Mr. Squire is proud that, after just one year of living in the United States, all four adult children in the family have paying jobs and can speak English after taking intensive ESL classes.
     
    Adventure was another large part of Mr. Squire’s time off. He and his wife visited Botswana, South Africa and the Greek Islands. Mr. Squire also participated in a Guide Land Based Conference at the Grand Canyon in Arizona where he learned guide training for the cultural, natural, and human history of the Grand Canyon plus relevant resource management issues. In addition, he attended the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida with his brother, a sister and their friends.
     
    During his sabbatical, Mr. Squire was more physically active than he had been in years, swimming one mile three times per week. He is very grateful to have been able to spend precious, quality time with his mother whose health was in decline during his sabbatical.
     
    Although he loved and appreciated the time his sabbatical provided him, Mr. Squire missed the “strong community” at Brearley and the lively discussions he was used to having with his colleagues daily.
  • A DAY IN THE LIFE (OF A BREARLEY GIRL)

    By Melissa Raso
    Our guest’s knees hit the bottom of the low worktable as she sat in the small chair observing next to her the young girl fastidiously working on letter formation for 20 minutes. Next period, our guest joined the girl on the rug to engage in letter-sound correspondence and sight word recognition activities with a small group of her homeroom classmates. Then, she accompanied the girl as she and her eight classmates traveled down the stairs to library class.

    This industrious girl is a Brearley Kindergartener and her guest was none other than Maria Zimmermann, Assistant Head of School for Student Life and Head of the Lower School. Her purpose? To shadow this Kindergartener through every period of her Brearley School day. Dr. James Mulkin, Assistant Head of School for Academic Life, explains, “Our goal is to give each girl the best experience we can during the day while she is here. One way to approach this is to look at the day from the eyes of a student.”

    Dr. Mulkin is spearheading the important and mission-related initiative to revamp and refine a Student-Centered Schedule. In support of this, shadowing is taking place across the three divisions of the School in an effort to ensure “that the schedule is centered on the student.” Nineteen Brearley teachers and administrators have been shadowing a girl in every grade, and in some cases two girls per grade, for an entire school day from beginning to end, with the goal of getting a broad range of experiences. They are looking at a number of questions, including: are breaks in the proper places and with enough time to relax and to eat lunch? Is there time to do work during the day? Does the student have time to play (in Lower School)? Does she have time to foster friendships (in Middle and Upper School)? Are the periods the optimal length and number, and are they sequenced in a good way? Dr. Mulkin calls the shadowing process “an exercise in empathy:” the teachers and administrators are looking to understand “how the student is thinking and feeling about her day.”

    Shadowing is an activity in which schools across the country are engaging. In fact, there is a website (ShadowAStudent.org) and even a hashtag (#shadowastudent) to support and connect schools pursuing these activities. The idea comes from the collaboration between IDEO and Stanford University d.school’s K12 Lab Network, which is focused on how to effectively bring about change in schools.

    For Brearley, the idea of rethinking the student schedule came about “both as a necessity as well as an opportunity,” says Dr. Mulkin. With the need to get Middle and Upper School girls to the new building at 590 East 83rd Street for some of their classes, “we know that we have to create a new schedule.” Lower School girls will reside primarily at 590 but may come to 610 for some activities. Therefore, the School is looking at the best way for this to happen efficiently and safely. The School is also “treating it as an opportunity, as the schedule has not been changed in a very long time, and there are a lot of things that we have been wanting to do a little differently for a while.”

    The review which Dr. Mulkin, Brearley Registrar Jody Krause, the Lower School Scheduling Committee, and the Middle/Upper School Scheduling Committee have undertaken is true to the Brearley way. They have examined a considerable amount of research on the best uses of time in various disciplines. Dr. Mulkin has spoken to over 50 schools to collect schedules and see “how they put their days together.” There have been numerous meetings with the faculty to gain feedback as well as a meeting with all Upper School students to gather ideas verbally and in person. Upper School students expressed their thoughts in written form by completing a survey, and a group of Class VII and VIII girls were invited to share their thoughts at a recent meeting.

    In addition, the November Parents’ Association meeting was focused on hearing from parents on the Student-Centered Schedule. In division-specific groups facilitated by Ms. Fried, Dr. Mulkin, Ms. Zimmermann, Ms. Segal and Mr. Brownell, parents discussed their daughter's day, school start/end times’ impact on families and on after-school activities, pick-up and drop-off needs, and a number of other questions. Dr. Mulkin plans to engage parents even more fully as the initiative progresses.

    “We are very much in the exploratory phase” at this point, Dr. Mulkin notes. “Shadowers have been reporting how invigorating the process is for them and how affirming it is of what a wonderful program Brearley has.” They shared their experiences at a faculty meeting in December. The committees have reviewed findings and are drafting schedules to present to faculty on March 1. Dr. Mulkin expects to have decisions made by the end of the current school year, so that testing of the plan, and implementation of related professional development, can take place the following school year and so that there is “plenty of time to do whatever due diligence” is necessary to have the new schedule ready for school year 2019-20. He is looking forward to creating several iterations of a mock schedule this spring as they continue to solicit input and refine based on learnings.

    This illuminating process of shadowing and refining the Student-Centered Schedule will provide invaluable insights as the School continues to strive to give our students the best experience possible during their day at Brearley.

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  • VOLUNTEER CORNER FEBRUARY 2018

    If you would like to volunteer for any of the following events and activities, please use the contact information or sign-up feature indicated below. If the link does not open, please copy it into your browser in order to sign up.
    Volunteers are encouraged to help out for as long or as short a time as they can. It’s a great way to help our community and meet fellow parents.
    If you don’t see anything of interest below, visit Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities on the Parents’ Association Resource Board and use the interactive feature to let us know what you might like to help with throughout the year.
     
     
    Annual Valentine’s Day Breakfast
    All aspects
    Event: February 14, 2018
    Common Room
     
    February 14, 7:00 am -7:30 am, set up. 
     
    7:30 am, Donate Valentine treats (see sign up genius for details).
     
    9:00 -9:45 am, Clean up, and help deliver food to teachers and administration
    Sign up here:
    Middle School Father Daughter Ping Pong Tournament
    Check in/Registration,
    Help set up
    Event: March 2, 2018
    5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    (working a “shift” during the hours is okay)
    Please sign up with Ms. Jones in the Student Activities Office, chjones@brearley.org
    Annual Fund Parent Committee
     
    Inform fellow parents about and seek support for Brearley’s Annual Fund
    Times that suit your schedule throughout the school year.  One meeting in the Fall and a phone-a-thon in the Spring (dates TBD)
    Mary DelMonico
    Rachel Erickson Hee
    Library Assistance
    Shelving books in the Lower and/or Upper School Library
    Times that suit your schedule
    Deb Blanchard
    Aileen Birch
     
  • VOLUNTEER CORNER JANUARY 2018

    If you would like to volunteer for any of the following events and activities, please use the contact information or sign-up feature indicated below. If the link does not open, please copy it into your browser in order to sign up.
    Volunteers are encouraged to help out for as long or as short a time as they can. It’s a great way to help our community and meet fellow parents.
    If you don’t see anything of interest below, visit Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities on the Parents’ Association Resource Board and use the interactive feature to let us know what you might like to help with throughout the year.

    Festival of Cultures
    All aspects
    Event: February 2, 2018
    Volunteer Meetings:
     
    January 26, 8:15 -10:30 am
    Room 12G
     
    January 31, 8:15-10:30 am, Room 12G
     
    Annual Valentine’s Day Breakfast
    All aspects
    Event: February 14, 2018
    Common Room
     
    February 13, 5:30 -7:00 pm, Decorate Common Room
     
    February 14, 7:00 am -7:30 am, set up. 
     
    7:30 am, Donate Valentine treats (see sign up genius).
    9:00 -9:45 am, Clean up, and help deliver food to teachers and administration
     
    Annual Fund Parent Committee
     
    Inform fellow parents about and seek support for Brearley’s Annual Fund
    Times that suit your schedule throughout the school year.  One meeting in the Fall and a phone-a-thon in the Spring (dates TBD)
    Mary DelMonico
    Rachel Erickson Hee
    Library Assistance
    Shelving books in the Lower and/or Upper School Library
    Times that suit your schedule
    Deb Blanchard
    Aileen Birch
  • VOLUNTEER CORNER DECEMBER 2017

    If you would like to volunteer for any of the following events and activities, please use the contact information or sign-up feature indicated below. If the link does not open, please copy it into your browser in order to sign up.
    Volunteers are encouraged to help out for as long or as short a time as they can. It’s a great way to help our community and meet fellow parents.
    If you don’t see anything of interest below, visit Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities on the Parents’ Association Resource Board and use the interactive feature to let us know what you might like to help with throughout the year.
     
     
     
    General Store
    All Aspects
    Event: December 6-7
    7:45 am – 4:00 pm
     
    Festival of Cultures
    All aspects
    Event: February 2, 2018
    Volunteer Meeting: January 12, 8:15-10:30 am, Room 12G
     
    Annual Fund Parent Committee
     
    Inform fellow parents about and seek support for Brearley’s Annual Fund
    Times that suit your schedule throughout the school year.  One meeting in the Fall and a phone-a-thon in the Spring (dates TBD)
    Mary DelMonico
    Rachel Erickson Hee
    Library Assistance
    Shelving books in the Lower and/or Upper School Library
    Times that suit your schedule
    Deb Blanchard
    Aileen Birch
  • VOLUNTEER CORNER NOVEMBER 2017

    If you would like to volunteer for any of the following events and activities, please use the contact information or sign-up feature indicated below. If the link does not open, please copy it into your browser in order to sign up.
    Volunteers are encouraged to help out for as long or as short a time as they can. It’s a great way to help our community and meet fellow parents.
    If you don’t see anything of interest below, visit Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities on the Parents’ Association Resource Board and use the interactive feature to let us know what you might like to help with throughout the year.
     
     
     
    Book Festival
    Setup/Breakdown/Sell Books/ Cashier
    Wednesday, November 15, Thursday, November 16, and Friday, November 17
    Please visit:
     
     
    General Store
    Setup/Breakdown/Cashier
    Wednesday, December 5, Thursday, December 6, and Friday, December 7
    Please visit:
     
     
    Annual Fund Parent Committee
     
    Inform fellow parents about and seek support for Brearley’s Annual Fund
    Times that suit your schedule throughout the school year.  One meeting in the Fall and a phone-a-thon in the Spring (dates TBD)
    Mary DelMonico
    Rachel Erickson Hee
     
    Library Assistance
    Shelving books in the Lower and/or Upper School Library
    Times that suit your schedule
    Deb Blanchard
    Aileen Birch
     
     
     
  • VOLUNTEER CORNER OCTOBER 2017

    If you would like to volunteer for any of the following events and activities, please use the contact information or sign-up feature indicated below. If the link does not open, please copy it into your browser in order to sign up.
    Volunteers are encouraged to help out for as long or as short a time as they can. It’s a great way to help our community and meet fellow parents.
    If you don’t see anything of interest below, visit Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities on the Parents’ Association Resource Board and use the interactive feature to let us know what you might like to help with throughout the year.
     
     
    Brearley Speaker Series Event:
    Dr. Lisa Damour
    Check in guests, help sell books, assist with seating
    Thursday, October 10
    Kimberly Ayers Shariff
    Annual Fund Parent Committee
     
    Inform fellow parents about and seek support for Brearley’s Annual Fund.
    Times that suit your schedule throughout the school year.  One meeting in the Fall and a phone-a-thon in the Spring (dates TBD)
    Mary DelMonico
    Rachel Erickson Hee
    Homecoming
    General Assistance
    Thursday, October 12 Friday, October 13 Saturday, October 14
    Daryl Gurian Stern
    Library Assistance
    Shelving books in the Lower and/or Upper School Library
    Times that suit your schedule
    Deb Blanchard
    Aileen Birch
    Book Festival
    Setup/BreakdownSell Books, Cashier
    Wednesday, November 15 Thursday, November 16 Friday, November 17
    Please visit:  Book Festival
     
     

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List of 3 news stories.

  • ROOT

    Varsity Dance 
    Varsity Dance is nearing the end of an incredible season! Led by stellar senior captains Emma Wong and Claire Recamier, the team performed beautifully on February 8 at the MS/US Dance Assembly, featuring choreography by both captains and junior Florence Li. The dancers are performing with energy and enthusiasm, and the dances are exciting and entertaining. The group will soon host An Evening of Dance, a dance concert featuring many members of the Brearley community including other classes performing jazz, African, and hip hop dances, a live performance by an Upper School jazz band, and the Faculty/Staff Dance Ensemble performing a tap routine. The show is not to be missed! Please save the date (February 22 and 23) and join us in celebrating an amazing season of dance. 
     
    Varsity Squash 
    The Squash team capped off their season with the US Squash National Championships in Pennsylvania. The team made it to the semifinals with wins over The Latin School of Chicago (5-2) and HLM (4-3). The team lost their last two matches against Lardin School (Buffalo, NY) and The Hopkins School (Connecticut). Congratulations to the Squash Team for their terrific season! 
     
    Varsity Swim 
    The Varsity Swim team has shown amazing resiliency and growth. Co-captains Caroline Crystal and Mimi Polubinksi have fostered a winning attitude that is peaking at the right time this season. The team’s last meet against Marymount was their strongest, and the girls are swimming some of their best times and events that are new to them. Their teamwork is quite commendable. The team heads into Championships on February 15 with excitement and determination.
     
    Varsity Basketball 
    The Varsity Basketball team finished the regular season with a record of 8-3. They are looking forward to a strong showing in the AAIS tournament. The team takes on Chapin in the quarterfinals on Monday, February 12 where they hope to avenge an early season overtime loss. 
     
    Junior Varsity Basketball 
    2018 has been a great year so far for the Junior Varsity Basketball girls! They have started off the new year with three big wins against good competition. The team continues to improve and sees contributions from every single person on the team. One of the biggest games of the season came recently, when the girls overcame a strong Loyola team who they had previously suffered a loss to. The team now has the taste of success and is eager for playoffs to begin. They are looking forward to a strong finish!
     
    Middle School Basketball A Team
    Fourteen strong, the Middle School Basketball A team is having a great season. With the sharp shooting of co-captain Phoebe Weinstein and great scoring ability of Julia Starck, the team is off to a 6-3 record. Rebounding power houses Victoria Hutchinson, Margot Megalli, Ainsley Scheiner, and Leoni Wright fight for every ball that hits the rim. The 7th grade tremendous trio of Lilly Fergang, Caroline Lee, and Kate McNulty are already a force to be reckoned with. Solidifying the 1, 2, & 3 positions are Emelia Nacos, Connie Rosemond, Miranda Selin, Emily Wheeler, and co-captain Alexis Ramirez-Hardy. The team is really excited for their round robin invitational next week.
     
    Middle School Basketball B Team
    The Middle School Basketball B team has been working very hard throughout the season with each player showing tremendous improvement and gaining valuable game play experience. Their fast and fierce offense has helped to win seven games while their tenacious defensive play has held their opponents to only two wins. With a great all around effort and a competitive spirit, the team looks forward to playing in its last two games against Spence and Packer.
     
    Middle School Dance 
    VII/VIII Dance is coming to the end of its exciting and robust season. The dancers have created two dynamic new works and have been performing at numerous school events throughout the winter. Most recently, the ensemble was seen at The Festival of Cultures and at The Brearley Orchestras in Concert performance, where MS Dance in a joint effort with MS Orchestra presented a piece exploring the common language between dance and music. Co-captains Tsion Carnielli and Rachel Smith have led the team with enthusiasm, passion and spirit, and all the members of the team have demonstrated exceptional artistry and presence on stage. They are a true dream team, and you can see them next at the Evening of Dance concert February 22 and 23. We hope to see you there!
    Middle School Swim 
  • WINTER SPORTS UPDATE

    Varsity Dance Troupe
    Led by senior co-captains Emma Wong and Claire Recamier, Varsity Dance is having an awesome season! The ensemble is currently learning many repertory works for the upcoming February performances. Guest artist Carolyn Cryer is staging a work by choreographer Doug Elkins for the entire group of eleven students, and student choreographers Emma Wong, Claire Recamier, and Florence Li will share dances in a variety of techniques and music; some will even feature live performances by Brearley students of the senior jazz band. Please save the date for An Evening of Dance on Thursday and Friday, February 22 and 23 -- the show is not to be missed!

    Varsity Basketball
    The Brearley Varsity Basketball team is starting strong with a 4-2 record. The team returned 9 players from last year led by senior co-captain and high scorer Alexa Kourepenos. Senior Isabella Hartman, junior Alex Baird, and sophomore Grace Bolner have made major contributions on offense and defense, igniting the team's success. The team captured first place in the Brearley Holiday Classic before break and looks forward to resuming league play in January.

    Varsity Swimming
    Varsity Swimming co-captains Mimi Polubinski and Caroline Crystal have shown exemplary leadership in their senior year. They have helped to cultivate and maintain the healthy competitive attitude that exudes from the team. Freshman swimmers Julianne Huang and Abby Lee are fantastic additions to the team while Bella Yang, Noelle Yoo, and Maddie Lee are swimming events above their weight and Ava Sinha, Sarah Cheng, and Grace Murdoch have stepped up their game. The team is anchored by the consistently hard-working athletes Fiona Xu, Olivia Frankel, Isabel Chomnalez, and Victoria Brooks. And showing the most heart by swimming four events in our first meet against Chapin is Paley Arnone.

    Varsity Squash
    With a record of 3-4 the Brearley Squash team is in the middle of a very competitive and exciting season. Co-captain and No. 2 player Grace Meade Sipp has done an outstanding job as a team leader as well as competitor, losing only one match all season. Co-captain Avni Ahuja continues to be a great team leader and motivator. Playing No. 1 for Brearley this season is Carrie Johnson who continues to play wonderful squash with only one loss. Brearley is looking forward to more exciting matches throughout the season as well as Squash Nationals in early February.

    Junior Varsity Basketball
    The 2017-2018 Junior Varsity Basketball team is off to a great start. Although the team is still working for its first win, there have been some very close games and the team is constantly improving. Led by two freshman captains, Alex Gottlieb and Anna Falcone, the team is an all freshman squad filled with energy and enthusiasm. JV Basketball is looking forward to its first win in 2018!

    Middle School Basketball A Team
    The Middle School Basketball A team is competing hard and working beautifully together. With a 2-2 record, the girls are led by co-captains Alexis Ramirez-Hardy and Phoebe Weinstein. Lilly Fergang, Caroline Lee, and Kate McNulty are playing with confidence as the three VIIth graders on our VIIIth grade dominated team. Newcomers Victoria Hutchinson, Emelia Nacos, and Margot Megalli are quickly learning the ropes and have contributed nicely in games. Veteran players Leoni Wright, Ainsley Scheiner, Miranda Selin, Emily Wheeler, Connie Rosemond, and Julia Starck are bringing a level of experience that is helping the team progress. With a great all around effort led by top scorers Phoebe and Julia, the team held off the late 6-0 run by the Town School to win a close game recently. Tenacious defense and great energy on offense will surely lead the A team to a successful second half of the season.

    Middle School Basketball B Team
    Led by co-captains Carolina Falcone and Kayla Denis, the Middle School Basketball B team is off to a good start this season. The team lost a close and hard-fought game against Dalton but had strong wins against Sacred Heart and Marymount. The team looks to continue its success against The Town School this week!

    VII/VIII Dance Ensemble
    VII/VIII Dance Ensemble is having a fantastic season! Led by co-captains Tsion Carnielli and Rachel Smith, the fourteen members of the group are dancing up a storm and having a blast. They just completed a guest artist visit with professional choreographer and performer Jennifer Archibald of Arch Dance Company and learned challenging choreography that will be incorporated into their final dances. They are also creating a new work in collaboration with the Middle School Orchestra, which will debut live at the annual MSO concert on February 4. In addition, the ensemble is preparing for numerous upcoming performances at Friday Morning Meeting, The Spence School, Brearley's Festival of Cultures, MS/US Dance Assembly, and An Evening of Dance concert on February 22 and 23. We hope to see you at future performances!

    VII/VIII Swimming
    VII/VIII Swimming is off to a great start! Led by co-captains Liana Rodriguez and Campbell Arnone, our team already competed against Dalton, Spence, and Sacred Heart. Highlights include an especially energetic and hard-fought meet against a skilled Sacred Heart team and participating in the Relay Carnival, an annual event where swimmers face off in non-traditional relay events like a 200 yard butterfly relay and a 10-person freestyle relay. We look forward to continuing to fine-tune our stroke, diving, and turning skills in the new year and of course, lots of donuts!
  • ROOT

    Winter sports have just begun, and we look forward to an exciting season, kicked off by Varsity Swimming on December 1 at Asphalt Green with the annual AAIS Varsity Swim Relay Carnival. The Varsity Basketball team plays in their first game on December 4 against Spence which is followed by a strong Varsity Squash team playing in their first match on December 5 against Chapin at City View Racquet Club. We are looking ahead to a fun and competitive winter.
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