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  • COMMUNITY SERVICE COMMITTEE MEETING – ALL WELCOME

    Friday, March 1, 8:15 to 9:15 am in Room 12G
    Please join the Community Service Committee as we plan our spring activities, including the popular Kids Helping Kids backpack drive, which serves many of the 28,000 homeless children in New York City. Please contact Wendy Schwartz (schwaw@gmail.com) or Jeannie Uyanik jeannie@candgweddings.com with any questions.
  • KNITTING FOR GOOD – WARM UP AMERICA! EVERYONE WELCOME

    Thursday, February 21st, 8:30 to 10:00 am in the Cafeteria
    Craftivism is an easy way for all of us to help by using our hands. Join parents, staff and faculty, for a knitting gathering to benefit http://warmupamerica.org/. All levels welcome! Supplies and instruction provided. (Co-sponsored by the Community Service and Community Life and Diversity Committees)
  • COUNSELING AND WELLNESS DEPARTMENT BOOK CLUB

    Friday, February 22, 8:15 to 9:45 am in the Common Room 
    Join a discussion of New York Times bestseller This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel. Continuing our discussion of sexual health education, this fictional book explores family, gender identity, and change. According to the publisher: “Laurie Frankel'snovel is about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. . . Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever.” A limited number of copies of this book will be available at the library. To RSVP for this event please visit: www.brearley.org/counselingwellnessevents
  • BEV ON THE GREEN: THE BREARLEY BENEFIT

    Monday, February 25, 7:00 to 10:00 pm at the Tavern on the Green (Central Park West at West 66th Street)
  • EVENING FOR PARENTS OF STUDENTS OF COLOR

    Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Common Room
    Please join us as we gather to share experiences and create community. This is a time for all parents who have children of color to share relevant issues, experiences, questions, and ideas.
    Kindly RSVP to Valerie Samuels at vsamuels@brearley.org with the names and number of guests attending and indicate in your RSVP if you will need childcare.
  • FATHER/DAUGHTER PING PONG NIGHT

    Friday, March 1, 6:00 to 8:30 pm in the Assembly Hall
    Get ready for Middle School Ping Pong Night! This special event, just for Middle School girls and their dads (or special guests), 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 serve basis. Space is limited. A light dinner will be served, and pirzes will be awarded. Click HERE to register as a team by February 15. Please contact Valerie Samuels at vsamuels@brearley.org.
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    VALENTINE’S DAY APPRECIATION BREAKFAST
    Thursday February 14, 7:30 to 9:00 am, Common Room
     
    STUDENTS IN ACTION: "GALENTINE'S DAY" PARTY TO SUPPORT DAYS FOR GIRLS 
    Thursday, February 14, 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the Common Room
     
    SCHOOL CLOSED: PRESIDENTS’ DAY
    Monday, February 18 and Tuesday, February 19
     
    KNITTING FOR GOOD
    Thursday Feb 21, 8:30 to 10:00 am

    AN EVENING OF DANCE
    Thursday, February 21 and Friday, February 22, 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Assembly Hall
     

    COUNSELING AND WELLNESS DEPARTMENT BOOK READ
    Friday February 22
    BREARLEY BENEFIT
    Monday, February 25, 7:00 to 10:00 pm at The Tavern on The Green
     
    FATHER/DAUGHTER PING PONG NIGHT
    Friday, March 1, 6:00 to 8:30 pm in the Assembly Hall
     
    COMMUNITY SERVICE COMMITTEE MEETING – ALL WELCOME
    Friday, March 1, 8:15 to 9:15 am in 12G

    EVENING FOR PARENTS OF STUDENTS OF COLOR
    Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Common Room
     
  • STUDENTS IN ACTION: "GALENTINE'S DAY" PARTY TO SUPPORT DAYS FOR GIRLS

    Thursday, February 14, 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the Common Room
    In support of girls lacking access to hygiene products, Upper School students will make menstrual kits to be distributed all around the world. In anticipation of the event, they are collecting the following items:
    --Heavy duty, 1 gallon freezer-style, zip-lock (no slide) bags
    --Cotton, not-white, brief-style girls’ underwear (sizes 10 to16)
    --Small hotel-sized bars of soap
    --Non-white washcloths
     A donation bin is located near the lobby elevator. Students in Action also needs to borrow some sewing machines. If you have one to loan and to RSVP, please contact Samantha Hosein shosien@brearley.org.
    For more information on the DAYS FOR GIRLS organization: http://brearley.myschoolapp.com/podium/push/Log.aspx?s=614&snd=1257717e-b726-4dc2-8022-16d523e248f7&url=https%3a%2f%2fwww.daysforgirls.org%2f&lbl=DAYS+FOR+GIRLS
  • VALENTINE’S DAY APPRECIATION BREAKFAST

    Wednesday, February 14, 7:30 to 9:00 am in the Common Room 
    Celebrate Brearley’s faculty, staff and senior class! Brearley’s Valentine’s Day Breakfast, hosted by the Parents’ Association, is a long-standing tradition that provides a wonderful opportunity to show gratitude to the faculty, staff and seniors. All parents are invited! Volunteers are needed to decorate the Common Room on February 13 and to help out on February 14. To volunteer or contribute a food item, please got to the sign-up genius at: www.brearley.org/vday19
  • AN EVENING OF DANCE

    Thursday, February 21 and Friday, February 22, 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Assembly Hall

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  • Order of Items: February/March FEATURES

    Dance by Kristen Chae
    Science by Jeffrey Tao
  • EXPERIMENTS AND ENTHUSIASM: BREARLEY’S SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

    By Jeffrey Tao
    eNews sat down for a chat with Science Department Head, Jim Karb, to learn about teaching  science at Brearley. He described how the department’s K-XII program fosters students’ innate scientific curiosity. Teachers and students explore the biological, physical and earth sciences with an eye to medical, ethical and environmental applications. A question is posed, and students are challenged to solve it. After running an experiment they collect and interpret data to arrive at a theory backed by evidence and analysis. The goal? Brearley graduates are scientifically literate and are able to apply their scientific knowledge and reasoning to any field or endeavor.
     
    Mr. Karb says, “With so many messages that girls are not good at or don’t like math or science, we aim to show that through good teaching and a focus on students working together to solve scientific questions in the lab, our students can succeed in science at Brearley and beyond.”
     
    Students move systematically through layers of age appropriate experiential learning and content. From K to IV they study full general science: biology, chemistry, physical and earth sciences as well as astronomy. Their first experiments start in Kindergarten. Animals such as gerbils, snakes and crayfish are studied. In Class V, robots and electricity are introduced, in the context of physics and chemistry. In Class VI, students study themselves, the human body, in great depth. Earth and physical sciences are further pursued in Classes VII and VIII, with Class VII studying density, heat and energy and applying them to weather systems, and Class VIII studying more in-depth chemistry, water, geology and plate tectonics. Scientific knowledge is applied to environmental issues. Class IX gets an introductory survey course in biology, and Class X the same in chemistry. Class XI focuses on advanced biology and chemistry, with the addition of physics, which requires solid grounding in calculus and trigonometry. Students can take a combination of any two of these three lab courses. An elective non-lab course in Environmental Sustainability is also available. Class XII students have the same choice of courses, but can also take advanced physics. 
     
    In Mr. Karb’s view, the heart and soul of science teaching is lab work. On the first day, a problem is introduced, and students form groups to brainstorm. Then the class comes together again to share ideas and unify an experimental procedure. Agreement is reached on an approach, and an experimental design or plan is determined. Students break again into groups of four, organize their data, record it and theorize a solution. With the data in hand, discussion follows: what’s the question? What’s the answer? How do the data support the thesis? If there’s conflicting data or if the theoretical data and experimental data are different, an explanation must be found for the difference—perhaps additional data are needed. In high school lab work, each student is expected to write her own report and present concise, easy-to-read data in tables. 
     
    There’s no lack of enthusiasm among students. A teacher may write a question on the board: “Why does a cloud form in the sky?” Students then immediately dive into the problem, and write their answers down feverishly. “While there’s a range of interests and abilities among students, activities like demos, labs and class discussions fully engage them.” says Mr. Karb. In addition, Class III and IV students have the opportunity to give iPad presentations, and students in Class VI and above give at least one PowerPoint presentation a year. In Upper School students may share scientific articles.
     
    Field trips supplement class and lab work. K students go for leaf walks in Carl Schurz Park, Class II plants the “3 sister plants”: squash, corn and beans and observes their interactions. Class III studies bridges. Class VIII goes on geology walks through Central Park to find signs of glaciation from the last Ice Age. Class IX students go on a biology/ecology trip to the intertidal zone in Cove Island Park, take an inventory of the organisms there, gather data about the environment, and analyze them to generate a report.
     
    A valuable opportunity is offered to Upper School students through the Advanced Research Seminar initiated by Dr. Seminara and Dr. Drew, and now including Moroney and Dr. Saunders. Speakers come from research institutions to discuss scientific articles they have authored. Students visit local labs. With guidance from teachers, students choose, design and perform cutting-edge experiments and learn advanced lab techniques. They are also encouraged to apply for research internships, which may open up the possibility of entering scientific competitions.  A celebration of students’ research takes place at the Science Symposium (this year on February 7), at which Upper School students are invited to do poster presentations of their research. 
     
    Please enjoy a slideshow with some photographs from past year’s field trips and Science Symposium.
  • THE JOY OF DANCE: A VISIT WITH BREARLEY’S DANCE DEPARTMENT

    By Kristen Chae
     
    Dance is a lively and joyful endeavor at Brearley. Under the direction of Marisa Ballaro and Whitney Jacobs, what began as a modern dance program now stretches way beyond to include overarching themes, creative explorations, compositions, dance techniques and styles. The program gives the girls more than just the dance moves. They learn the  skills they need to compose their own dances and perform them. Here is a quick “behind-the-steps” peek into our beloved Dance Program.
     
    Brearley girls begin their dance careers early, in the well-lit fourth floor dance studio. Accompanied by a live musician, Kindergarteners learn to move to the rhythm of sound, shapes and pathways while expanding their dance terminologies. Ms. Jacobs explains, “We ask the girls to move in ways that feel good to them, in ways that are unique to them.” Each year, the girls add to their repertoire of dance styles; ballet, jazz and modern dance in Class I and II, choreography and learning to become “Dance Makers” in Class III, and collaboration, self-choreography and performance in Class IV. 
     
    Building on their solid technical foundations, Middle School girls study world dances; salsa, hip hop, contemporary and modern dance, as well as West-African dance in Class VIII. Class VI students create a hip hop piece in PE. To showcase their work, the West-African dancers, Class IV [OR VI?] and girls who participate in Dance as part of after-school sports, have the opportunity to perform at the two-day A"n Evening of Dance" celebration on February 21 and 22 at 7:00 pm in the Assembly Hall.
     
    In Upper School, girls may audition for Varsity Dance or choose Dance as an elective PE course which is offered every term.  At the beginning of each new routine, Ms. Ballaro says: “It’s intimidating for the girls to realize that they will learn something new and then perform it for an audience. I often hear ‘I can never do that’ but then an amazing evolution takes over, and each day the body becomes more familiar with the movement. Minds become more confident. A couple of weeks into class there is deep confidence. The transformation is amazing and inspiring.” Look for the Varsity Dancers performance at the February 21 and 22, "An Evening of Dance". 
     
    Ms. Ballaro and Ms. Jacob believe that dance is an art form in which your body is your instrument. It requires a humans experiencing each other, the physical synergy that comes from being together and having empathy for one another. Movements begin and end with multiple dancers. It takes great collaboration, trust and support towards each other. The journey to master a performance is rigorous and demanding. But, from this hard work, friendships grow. The audience sees the final product, but the dancers know well all it took to get to that beautiful place. 
     
    Both Ms. Ballaro and Ms. Jacob agree on an important principle of dance. Mistakes have power. When a dancer performs a sequence that is not as planned, rather than deeming it wrong, it is a potential catalyst to add a beautiful new aspect to the routine. The attitude of “let’s try it this way” is essential and fluid in dance, further generating  ideas, confidence and empowering girls to unleash their imaginations. This acknowledgement and repsect for “mistakes” as part of the creative process gives power and authority to the girls efforts. Ms. Ballaro explains, “It’s important for the girls to know that I would prefer they make a mistake that is powerful and persuasive than do something perfectly right with hesitation and inhibition.”
     
    Please join the girls in V-VIII, Varsity Dance, faculty and special guests as they present their storytelling through movement. The collaboration, the synchronization, the individual steps, the duets, the music...all culminates into two evenings of beautifully crafted self-expression and composition.
     
    An Evening of Dance 
    Thursday, February 21st
    Friday, February 22nd 
    7:00 pm, Assembly Hall 
    Tickets: $7.00 (On sale during all lunch periods beginning on Thursday, February 14th or they will be available for purchase at the door the night of each concert.) 
  • Activities List for Clubs Article

    Middle School
     
    Student Clubs and Organizations:
    • Athletic Association
      BEAC (Environmental Action)
    • Diversity Club 
    • Coding Club 
    • Community Service Committee 
    • Intersectional Feminism Club 
    • Math Team 
    • Q & A (Queer and Allies) 
    • Student Government 
     
    Music:
    • Baroque Ensemble 
    • Handbells
    • Jazz Ensemble 
    • Middle School Singers 
    • Orchestra
    • Percussion Ensemble 
    • Recorder Consort 
     
    After-School Activities: 
    • 3D Design and Printing 
    • Bookmaking
    • Carpentry
    • Ceramics
    • Creative Writing Circle (VII & VIII)
    • Debate
    • Drama
    • Drawing at the Met 
    • Homework Club 
    • Hummingbird Robotics
    • LEGO Robotics 
    • Photography
    • Sweet Readers
    • The Blue Skirt (newspaper)
    • Theater Fundamentals I & II (VI, VII) 

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  • KINDERGARTEN ADMISSION FOR THE 2020-2021 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) 570-8600. Applicants must be five years old by September 1, 2020. 
     
    We look forward to hearing from you!
     
    Winifred M. Mabley
    Director of Lower School Admission
  • NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHER'S TAVERN ON THE GREEN

    By Elizabeth Callender and Niamh O'Donnell. Co-Chairs of the Brearley Benefit
    In 1870, the building that now houses Tavern on the Green began its life as a Gothic Revival sheepfold. Designed by Calvert Vaux, the fanciful barn sheltered the nearly 700 Southdown sheep that grazed in Central Park’s aptly named Sheep Meadow. Vaux’s signature picturesque landscapes and buildings are laced throughout New York City, from Prospect Park to the Jefferson Market Library, and the now largely obscured Ruskinian Gothic buildings nestled within the expanded frames of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural History. Our beloved Carl Schurz Park, as well as the walkway ribboning by Brearley and the East River, were originally designed by Vaux too.
     
    It’s unlikely that Vaux envisioned that his whimsical sheep barn would host generations of New Yorkers and tourists celebrating engagements, weddings, premieres and opening nights. But that’s exactly what happened beginning in 1934, when the building was transformed into a restaurant. Indeed, eagle-eyed movie buffs will recognize the gabled roofline and glazed rooms from Ghostbusters, Beaches, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Arthur, andMr. Poppers Penguins, to name just a few of its supporting roles.
     
    But we believe that never in the history of Tavern on the Green has there been an event that will capture the rich history and community of New York City like the upcoming 2019 Brearley Benefit! On February 25, Brearley parents, faculty, administrators, alums, the Class of 2019 and our beloved Head of School, Jane Fried, will gather under the storied gables of Tavern on the Green to celebrate our children, our school and our Brearley community. Tickets and underwriting opportunities abound at http://www.brearley.org/benefit 2019
       
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    Math Competitions
    Building Community and Connections: Brearley PA Nominations
    Brearley Benefit
    Kindergarten Admissions
  • BUILDING CONNECTIONS AND COMMUNITY AT THE BREARLEY PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION

    By Michele Post, Parents’ Association Vice President and Community Officer
    Nominations for the Parents’ Association Committee Chairs and Class Reps are just around the corner. As Brearley parents we are surrounded by so many wonderful and talented people. Please nominate them. Moreover, I encourage you to nominate yourself! The members of the Nominations Committee are from all the school’s divisions, and they seek out parents who want to be involved with the School. By nominating people (yourself or others) you are helping the Nominations Committee learn about parents whom they may not yet have met. Some positions require more commitment than others, and there are opportunities for positions with varying amounts of time and flexibility in their schedules. There are also a great variety of committees, from General Store to Speaker Series to Family Activities. Details about all of them are in the Nominations Form here (link).
     
    A self-nomination can be particularly helpful because there is no question that the nominee wants to take on the role. Every nominee may not get the exact role being sought, but there is always plenty to do in the Brearley PA and volunteer opportunities abound. Many parents have stories of successful self-nomination experiences, and here’s mine. When I was a Class I parent, I nominated myself to be co-chair of the General Store Committee. During the two years I served as co-chair, I had the opportunity to meet incredible parents from other divisions - parents I would never have had the opportunity to meet otherwise - many of whom have become wonderful friends. It’s delightful to discover that as amazing as our Brearley girls are, Brearley parents are equally amazing. So, go ahead and nominate a friend or yourself as a Committee Chair or Class Rep! Please click here for link to the Nominations Form. I guarantee that through volunteering you'll meet many fantastic fellow Brearley parents and build some incredible friendships.
  • YOUNG ALUMNAE RETURN TO BREARLEY

    On Thursday, December 20 Brearley continued an annual tradition of inviting alumnae currently in college, Classes 2015-2018, back to Brearley for a special lunch in the Cafeteria followed by the Upper School Winter Assembly. There was palpable joy in the room as 44 young alumnae caught up with each other and faculty and staff from Brearley.
     
    In addition, college-aged alumnae in the Classes of 2015-2017, returned to Brearley on Wednesday, January 9 to speak to students in Classes XI and XII about life in Brearley Upper School and their transitions and experiences in college. Both students and young alums enjoyed seeing old friends and reminiscing. The young alums were thrilled to pass on their wisdom to fellow Brearley girls.

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  • CELEBRATING WINTER SPORTS2

    FEBRUARY/MARCH
    Brearley Athletics celebrated winter sports with the annual Winter Carnival against the Nightingale-Bamford School (“NBS”) on Thursday, January 24 and Friday, 25.  The festivities kicked off with a Varsity Squash win, defeating NBS 5-2, along with fantastic play by the Middle School B Basketball and the Middle School Swim Team against our rival. On Friday, Varsity Swim tenaciously took to the pool against the Nighthawks but fell short, 42-50. At the Field House, Middle School A Basketball and NBS played an exciting game, with the Beavers finally victorious, 22-19.  The gym was full of cheer and school spirit. Signs created by Lower School students decorated the gym. Performances by the B-Nats and the Dance Team as well as the cake auction made for a fun-filled celebration of Brearley sports.
     
    News Flash 2/8 AAIS Quarter Finals
    Friday night, after being down 27-20 at the half, the varsity basketball team battled back to beat Marymount 49-46 in the AAIS quarter-finals. The team played tenacious defense, holding Marymount to just 3 points in the third quarter.  Leyla Theunissen led all scorers with 19 points, including four 3 pointers.  Courtney Burnett (12 points) and Alex Baird (11 points) rounded out the scoring.  The team looks forward to playing Packer in the semi-finals on Tuesday, February 13th in Brooklyn. Congratulations to all players and coaches!
  • CELEBRATING WINTER SPORTS

     
    Brearley Athletics celebrated winter sports with the annual Winter Carnival against the Nightingale-Bamford School (“NBS”) on Thursday, January 24 and Friday, 25.  The festivities kicked off with a Varsity Squash win, defeating NBS 5-2, along with fantastic play by the Middle School B Basketball and the Middle School Swim Team against our rival. On Friday, Varsity Swim tenaciously took to the pool against the Nighthawks but fell short, 42-50. At the Field House, Middle School A Basketball and NBS played an exciting game, with the Beavers finally victorious, 22-19.  The gym was full of cheer and school spirit. Signs created by Lower School students decorated the gym. Performances by the B-Nats and the Dance Team as well as the cake auction made for a fun-filled celebration of Brearley sports.
     
    News Flash 2/8 AAIS Quarter Finals
    Friday night, after being down 27-20 at the half, the varsity basketball team battled back to beat Marymount 49-46 in the AAIS quarter-finals. The team played tenacious defense, holding Marymount to just 3 points in the third quarter.  Leyla Theunissen led all scorers with 19 points, including four 3 pointers.  Courtney Burnett (12 points) and Alex Baird (11 points) rounded out the scoring.  The team looks forward to playing Packer in the semi-finals on Tuesday, February 13th in Brooklyn. Congratulations to all players and coaches!
     
  • BREARLEY TENNIS MOVES TO THE FALL SEASON!

    Dear Brearley Families,

    With winter athletics in full swing, we are already looking toward the spring and are excited for another great tennis season. 
     
     
    As announced to the team and prospective students last spring, I am writing to let you know that beginning in the 2019–2020 school year, our tennis season will move to the fall. This will be the last year that Brearley Tennis will compete in the spring. 
     
    This decision was made by the AAIS (Athletic Association of Independent Schools) league in order to allow students the opportunity to compete not only in the AAIS league tournament, but also to qualify for and compete in the NYSAIS (New York State Association of Independent Schools) tournament, which occurs in the fall. The Ivy League has been playing in the Fall for numerous years.  
     
     
    We will continue to play against all schools in our league (Friends Seminary, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Hewitt, Marymount, Chapin, Packer, Spence, and Berkeley Carroll), but moving to the fall will also give us an opportunity to compete against non-league schools in preparation for the NYSAIS tournament. 
     
     
    Finally, the shift in seasons means that the tennis team will need to return for fall preseason next August. The start date for preseason is Tuesday, August 20, 2019, and practices will run until the start of school (we will provide a schedule later this school year). All students interested in playing tennis for Brearley are required to attend preseason. 
     
     
    We are excited about this change, as we believe that it will be great for our tennis program and provide even more opportunities for our team to shine. 
     
     
    If you have any questions, please contact me at tzazuri@brearley.org
     
    Best,

    Tammy Zazuri
    Director of Athletics
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