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  • "RBG" SCREENING

    Sunday, June 10, 5:00 pm at the Landmark at 57 West Theatre, 657 West 57th Street (at 12th Avenue)
    Please join us for a special screening of RBG. The Screening will start promptly at 5:00 pm. A Talk Back with Lisa Beattie Frelinghuysen '84, former Clerk to Justice Ginsburg, and Betsy West P'13, Director of RBG, will follow the Screening. Tickets are $20.00 per person. Limited Availability. RSVP or see more information at www.brearley.org/RBG.
     
  • LIBRARY SHELVING PARTY

    Wednesday, June 6, 8:10 to 8:55 am in the Lower School Library
    Please join us for coffee, breakfast treats, and an all hands on deck shelving party! Help get the library in shape for summer while browsing for summer borrowing. Thank you for your help!
  • AUGUST E-BLAST TO KICK OFF 2018-2019 ACADEMIC YEAR

    When the days of summer grow shorter, you may start to think about returning to Brearley for the opening of the school year. The staff at Brearley will be thinking about you as well. Toward the end of August, you will receive a back-to-school e-packet with Division handbooks, first-day schedules, and Parents’ Association event dates. Until then, enjoy your summer! To view the preliminary 2018–2019 Academic Calendar, click here and scroll down: https://www.brearley.org/page/academic--student-life/academic-calendar
  • B-NATURALS JAMBOREE

    Friday, June 8, 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Assembly Hall
    Come to the annual performance and only full-length concert of the year by our acclaimed B-Naturals, who were recently named Finalists for the 2017-18 American Prize in Choral Performance, Youth/High School Division.

    The B-Naturals are celebrating the release of not one but two CDs last December: "17" features the group’s repertoire from the last three years, and "Waiting for Snow" is a holiday compilation of both old and new recordings. Both CDs will be available for purchase at the Jamboree along with all of the group’s older CDs. The B-Naturals are also pleased to announce that both CDs are available online on iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify. Thanks to online streaming, they have reached listeners in over 50 countries!

    Enjoy this year-end Jamboree! A special guest group will join the performance. All ages are welcome. Advance tickets are $5 and can be purchased from any of the B-Naturals or by contacting Karyn Joaquino at kjoaquino@brearley.org. Tickets at the door are $7 for students and $10 for adults. Faculty and staff members may attend free of charge.
  • DON’T FORGET: ANNUAL FUND MATCHING CHALLENGE FOR BREARLEY PARENTS!

    For the past six years, more than 99% of Brearley parents have generously supported the School through the Annual Fund.
    To encourage your ongoing participation, several generous parent donors will make an additional $300 gift to the Annual Fund until June 4.  
    Give now to magnify your support and advance Brearley's mission of preparing girls of adventurous intellect for principled engagement in the world.  
    Together we are One Brearley!  

    Make your gift today at 
    www.brearley.org/donate. THANK YOU!
  • END OF YEAR POETRY READING

    Friday, June 8, 4:00 to 5:30 pm in the Common Room
    The community is invited to the graduation reading of the Upper School Poetry Workshop Elective, a full-year course which meets once a week to study the art of poetry writing. Eight student poets will read their work at this year-end celebration of their achievements.
  • KIDS HELPING KIDS!

    The PA’s Community Service Committee has partnered with the Coalition for the Homeless for their annual Backpack Drive (and school supplies) for homeless children living in family shelters. For the list of supplies requested with each backpack per grade, please visit: https://brearley.myschoolapp.com/ftpimages/614/download/download_2884167.pdf. If you would like to donate, please drop-off your new and fully stocked backpack in the lobby bin on the following collection dates:
    May 29-June 1
    June 19-June 29 (Summer Start)
    August 21-August 31 (Pre-season)
     
    Please contact co-chairs Geraldine Walker (gerriwalker04@gmail.com) and Wendy Schwartz (schwaw@gmail.com) with any questions.
  • LAST CHANCE TO ORDER PHOTOS

    If you haven’t had a chance to order your child’s photos, please use the link and password distributed by the school. If you no longer have the link and password, please email Lindner Photography Group directly and include the school and home room teacher’s names in your request.
    Email: info@lindnerphotographygroup.com
  • LOWER SCHOOL LAST DAY

    Tuesday, June 12
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL LAST DAY

    Wednesday, June 13

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  • FOR OUR eNEWS CONTRIBUTORS

    Thank you to all of our writers, partners and contributors (listed below) for so enthusiastically supporting our beloved E-News From Brearley. We appreciate your ideas and suggestions and continued dedication to bringing this valuable newsletter to our community each month.  

    Our sincerest gratitude also goes to the P.A. Officers, Committee Chairs, the School’s Department Heads and the entire Administration for providing such diverse and interesting activities and efforts for us to cover and share with the community.
     
    For 2018-19, we welcome Grace Offutt as incoming co-editor and say good-bye to Melissa Raso who has served as co-editor extraordinaire for the last three years.

    Finally, we are infinitely indebted to our partner Jo David, without whose creativity, care, attention to detail and commitment this publication would not exist and certainly not with the color and vibrance it does today.

    Best wishes for a wonderful summer,

    Lorena Lopes and Melissa Raso
    Co-Editors, E-News From Brearley

    Hannah An
    Eric Antanitus 
    Jenn Bartoli
    Kara Boultinghouse
    Elisabeth Cannell
    Kristen Chae
    Elizabeth Chandler
    Jo David
    Shawn Fields-Rodriguez
    Ashley Garrett
    Phoebe Geer
    Amina Holman
    Jenner Johnson
    Charlotte Kingham
    Jody Krause
    Hallie Nath
    Jane Newman
    Grace Offutt
    Elizabeth Oswald
    Pamela Selin
    Daryl Stern
    Jeffrey Tao
    Ellen Turchyn
    Kristen Williams 
  • THE 2018-19 PARENTS' ASSOCIATION

    Please click https://brearley.myschoolapp.com/ftpimages/614/download/download_2859820.pdf for the 2018-2019 Parents' Association Officers, Class Representatives and Committee Chairs. Thanks to all for their support of and dedication to the Parents' Association and to our community.
  • THE LEARNING OF MODERN LANGUAGES AT BREARLEY: OPENING HEARTS TO THE WORLD

    By Jeffrey Tao
    “If our students are to become tomorrow’s leaders, we must educate them to be open to the rest of the world and to communicate well in any modern language other than English.” So says Ms. Sylvie Lucile, Head of the Modern Languages Department, and this writer was privileged to sit down with her and hear her explain how languages are taught at Brearley to achieve the best results.

    Since language is a living thing, modern languages are taught at Brearley as a well-rounded skill, developing proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing. The early years of study emphasize speaking and listening, but as students move through the Middle School years, the teaching of reading and writing intensifies. Mandarin is started in Class I or in Class IX, if enrollment permits. Students can begin French in Class V or Class VII, and the two groups merge in Class X or Class XI. Students may begin Spanish in Class V or in Class IX. The energy, dedication and enthusiasm of the teachers are vital to generating and maintaining student interest: there are three full time teachers and one part time teacher for each of the three modern languages, all teaching across divisions. The students are curious and ask so many questions that they often provide teachers with extensive material to complement their own lesson plans.

    Language teaching at Brearley is student-centered. The teachers let students discover a language, guiding them through the process. Students are asked to look for a pattern in grammar or syntax i
    n a given sentence, rather like solving a puzzle. For example, in Mandarin, students learn the process of disassembling a Chinese character into its component parts and analyzing them to help arrive at the meaning of the word. Ms. Lucile notes, “When students find the rule themselves, they remember it better. They are asked to explain why a specific answer is the right one and are encouraged to be independent thinkers in language study.” All classes and discussions are conducted in the target language.

    Each language is taught in the broader context of the culture, literature and history of the country concerned. Students are expected to read, discuss and write about works of literature in their original language. A possible assignment might be to write a short story in the manner of a Spanish speaker author, in Spanish. New York City’s rich cultural amenities are fully utilized for these purposes: students go to Repertorio Español Theater to see plays in Spanish after studying them in class. Chinatown, the Museum of Chinese in America, and El Museo del Barrio are frequent destinations. An art assignment about a French painter exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum might be combined with a French language writing assignment, bringing the two disciplines together. This year, on April 13 the Spanish-speaking student club ELLA in collaboration with other Upper School students held a Puerto Rican dinner and a Salsa dance fundraiser to support hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico.

    Food can never be divorced from language and culture, and the girls learn about cultural celebration through making and tasting various dishes in class, such as crêpes de la Chandeleur (thin French pancakes eaten on Candlemas), turrón de Navidad (almond and honey nougat, a Spanish Christmas dessert), and Lunar New Year dumplings in Mandarin class. For cultural celebration purposes, Modern Language Assemblies were started four years ago, alternating between the Middle and Upper Schools. For the first time this year, a Lower School Lunar New Year Assembly was held, with songs and short skits in Mandarin, decorations and cultural events; a recording of the assembly may be viewed at: https://vimeo.com/253862582 (Password: 2018_Lunar).

    Finally, there’s nothing like spending some time in the country whose language one is studying. Language and cultural immersion programs were designed by the department and started five years ago, and two trips each have taken place already to Paris and Nice in France and to Madrid and Andalusia in Spain. This year, for the first time, language immersion has been added to the usual travel study culture trip to China scheduled for June, visiting, inter alia, Beijing, Suzhou and Shanghai. In every immersion program, all the visits are in the target language. Brearley students stay with local families that won’t speak English to them, there’s no English-language orientation in a hotel, and everyone is thrown into a completely foreign language environment from the word go. Ms. Lucile calls it “culture shock, in the positive sense.” And it works!
     
  • BREARLEY IN THE DIGITAL AGE

    By Elizabeth Chandler 
    It has been nine months since Colin Samuel joined Brearley to take on the exciting job of Director of Technology so e-NEWS checked in with him to see how it is going.   
     
    From what we learned, the term “Technology” may be an understatement, in that it somehow doesn’t fully capture the scope of Mr. Samuel and his team’s responsibilities particularly during these times of revolutionary change; digital technology permeates every aspect of daily life, and the Brearley Technology department is fully engaged in making sure that the Brearley community is prepared to take advantage of this thrilling new world.
     
    Mr. Samuel was delighted to find a dynamic team of seven professionals already at work in Brearley’s Technology department when he arrived in July. The team includes technology professionals who specialize in computer and computer systems and support the day-to-day operations of the School. Teachers, also known as “Integrators,” who specialize in bringing computer science curriculum into the classroom are also vital members of the Technology team.  
     
    Mr. Samuel describes the Technology department’s work as falling into two broad categories: infrastructure and curriculum. Infrastructure includes the network, hardware, applications, security, and telecommunications that are used throughout the Brearley schoolhouse as well as its interface with the outside world. His first priority has been to ensure that the School’s infrastructure and network are secure and operate as seamlessly as possible, i.e. “Everything works as it should.” He and his team are also working to standardize classroom hardware in order to be “user-friendly” for both faculty and students.
     
    When talking about the School’s vision for its overall computer science curriculum, in addition to straight forward computer science classes, the word that resonated was “integration.” Mr. Samuel and his team of Technology integrators have been working closely with the academic departments to identify and design opportunities to collaborate and integrate computer science into the existing curriculum, e.g. history, science, art, library and math. He has found the faculty eager to collaborate and the students remarkable in their capacity to absorb new concepts.
     
    Some examples of these collaborations include the Math and Technology departments teaming up on a “Slowest Computer in the World” project during which students in the Middle School executed code through physical movement and gained a fundamental understanding of how a computer works. The Modern Languages department is currently in the process of testing a virtual “language lab” where students can engage in interactive conversations to develop their oral skills. Art teacher Luigi Cicala has collaborated with Lower School teachers on projects involving coding and 3D printing to bring the Lenape Indians to life and to help students visualize Cartesian geometry.
     
    Ultimately, Mr. Samuel describes Brearley’s vision as applying technology and teaching computer science in a way that will enhance the learning experience of its students and prepare them to fully engage as “contributing citizens in the digital world.” We encourage you to join the Parents’ Association meeting on Tuesday, April 24 to learn more from Mr. Samuel about Brearley in the Digital Age. 

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  • E-NEWS ASKS BREARLEY FACULTY & STAFF: WHAT’S ON YOUR BOOKSHELF THIS SUMMER?

    By Charlotte Kingham and Melissa Raso
     
    Looking for a few satisfying titles to fuel your mind and pass the relaxed days of summer? From novels to autobiographies, historical fiction to thrillers, below are some picks by Brearley faculty and staff to keep you turning pages all summer long.
     
    Jenelle Deodath plans to dig into the transporting novel The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See, as well as Kate Quinn’s historical fiction work (and one of NPR’s Best Books of the Year) The Alice Network. National bestseller and thriller The Last Mrs. Parrish, by Liv Constantine, rounds out Ms. Deodath’s list.
     
    Having read volumes I-V of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s autobiographical works, Katherine Swett ‘78 is looking forward to settling in with The End: My Struggle Book VI and to once again submerging herself “in the details of Knausgaard’s life, emotions and philosophy.”
     
    Besides the “predictable pick” of Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach (chosen by the Mayor’s Office as this year's One Book, One New York winner), Lisa Pollack is anxious to read Oprah’s Book Club selection An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, the highly anticipated The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer, and Curtis Sittenfeld’s first collection of short stories, You Think It, I'll Say It. Ms. Pollack would also like to read Sittenfeld’s most recent novel Eligible (a contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice), as well as New York Times Notable Book Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen and the New York Times bestselling novel Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta.
     
    Susanna Terrell’s summer reading plans include Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon, a newly published early work by Ms. Hurston that tells the true story of one of the last known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade. Ms. Terrell is also looking forward to Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko (a New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2017 selection), which chronicles four generations of a Korean family living under Japanese rule.  
     
    Happy reading to all!
  • AFTER THEY LEAVE THE LODGE: BEAVERS IN SPORTS

    By Elisabeth Cannell
    After playing field hockey at Brearley for four years and dabbling in quidditch, Jane Jacoby ’13 arrived at Brown University without a definite extracurricular plan. A member of the crew team “scouted” her early in the year and encouraged her to consider rowing. On a lark she tried out and won a bow seat on the women’s boat that went to Henley and also won the Ivy League championship two years in a row. Another Brown walk-on (and coincidentally a member of Jane’s Brearley peer-leading group) was Sophie Starck ’16. Sophie had been a tri-season athlete all her years at Brearley and “had never lived life without an athletic commitment.” A fellow student who had been a friend at riding camp suggested that she look into the equestrian team. “I tried out and suddenly I was a varsity athlete on a Division 1 team.” Just like at Brearley, practice is a great mental break for Sophie. “I get in the car and drive away from problems for a couple hours.” She is now in charge of the Brown Equestrian twitter account. Check it out: https://twitter.com/browneq?lang=en.
     
    Another equestrienne, Sylvia de Toledo ’13, took a very different path. She started riding at age five and began competing at age eight. By the time she was in high school, she was doing homework in the car while traveling to New Jersey and Westchester four afternoons a week. At Southern Methodist University she was named All-UEC in both equitation over fences and on the flat, all the while studying finance in the undergraduate business program. She now works for an investment bank in New York.
     
    Abby Damsky ‘14, who also began competing at eight, just graduated from Brandeis where she specialized in freestyle swimming in the 50, 100 and 200-meter events — “sprinting”. In high school it is common to swim several events, Abby explains, but by college, one has to specialize. During high school she practiced four days a week for Brearley, going to club practice immediately afterwards. She credits coach Dina Barker with helping her balance schoolwork and training. Abby was attracted to Brandeis because of its historical emphasis on social justice. After studying politics and sociology, she recently started working in City Councilman Ben Kallos’ office and is considering a degree in public policy and even running for office herself. She is taking a short break from swimming but plans to join a masters’ team in the fall.
     
    Another four-year high school athlete, Katie Hanss ’13 went on to run track at Princeton but says that her attitude toward sports was formed at Brearley. Math teacher and track coach Karl Paranya influenced her athletic and academic choices. “He was an excellent coach. He’s a very accomplished runner himself but is low key about competition. He taught us that having fun is the first priority and running fast is the second.” Katie explains that Mr. Paranya encouraged her to take a computer science class freshman year, and she went on to major in the field; so her trajectory started, she says, at track practice. Katie still goes on runs with her friends in San Francisco, where she now works as a product manager at Dropbox, coordinating with engineers on desktop applications and advocates for customer support. 
     
    Brearley has never had a fencing team, but many of the students were introduced to fencing through the Interschool program hosted by Chapin, and the School has graduated a number of elite swordswomen. Kenya Plenty ’17 and Jamie Noh ’17 were recruited by Columbia and Brandeis last year. Emily Cross ‘04 maintains that she “happened to be bad at every other sport” and tried fencing after watching her father practice for fun. She followed her older brother, also a fencer, to Harvard where they both joined the team. In the middle of her junior year, Emily took time away from school to train for the Beijing Olympics where she and her teammates won silver medals. They returned to some well-deserved fanfare and were welcomed as guests on Oprah. Emily threw the first pitch at Fenway Park the following fall. She recalls her time at Brearley with “fond memories of my math buddies faxing me problem sets to hotels in Europe so I could keep up.” Next year she will be Chief Resident at Boston Children’s Hospital.
     
    Some athletes compete throughout college and then boomerang back to 610. After playing soccer, squash and lacrosse for four years at Brearley, Corey Hacker ’07 returned to coach. She assisted Matt Plunkett with soccer and was often asked to demonstrate proper techniques, having been so recently on the field. “It was a blast, but a little weird being a coach after having been on the Brearley team so recently. I ran into some of the girls later, and we had a group hug.” At Washington University in St. Louis Corey played coed club soccer and found herself to be well prepared. She says she received great training, especially coming from a New York City school. “I was easily comparable to kids who went to big field schools.” Her team experiences at Brearley also prepared her for her career as a nurse in the Pediatric and Neonatal ICUs at Weill Cornell NY Hospital. “I loved athletics at Brearley, I was co-head of the Athletics Association…. That’s probably why I like working in the PICU where you have to anticipate every possible situation, you have to keep calm in a crisis and use leadership skills while coordinating with a team.”
     
    Catherine Egan ‘12 finished her degree in Art History at Williams in 2016 just in time to return to the field house to fill in for her former coach, Doug Levine, who was on sabbatical last year. “Mr. Levine was extremely helpful the summer before I started coaching - he shared practice plans, some of his favorite drills, workouts, etc., and told me a little bit about the returning players. He also encouraged me to find my own relationship with the team, which I really appreciated.” It was “super fun going back to Brearley and reliving my volleyball experience through the girls. I really loved it.” Returning alumnae is a mini-tradition in volleyball. When Catherine was a freshman at Brearley, former player Gabi D’Addario ‘06, who was at Columbia, came back as an assistant coach. The team’s nickname “The Wild” came from a spirit game that originated from way back when Gabi was a senior in 2006. Catherine also substituted in the English Department. “It was very cool to be back at Brearley, a school that gave me so much. And soon I was calling my former teachers by their first names.”
     
    At Brearley, Victoria Kingham ‘14 played soccer, competed in gymnastics and ran track but she was actually recruited for cross-country by Williams. “My coach took a gamble. He had seen my track times and thought they would translate. My first cross-country meet ever was in college.” Victoria credits the whole Brearley Athletics department with her success. Mr. La Morte was understanding and helpful with the need to take time to run during gymnastics season, and when Victoria considered switching her fall sport to cross country, Director of Athletics Tammy Zazuri encouraged her to stick with soccer rather than narrow her focus. “She was 200% right. I entered college so much fresher. I wasn’t burnt out from running.” Victoria plans to go to law school but next year will be back on the esplanade coaching cross-country and track. “Ever since I left Brearley, I’ve wanted to come back, in any capacity. All my friends are so unsurprised: ‘Of course you’re going back to Brearley’.”
     
    More tales of valor and prowess to come, as well as photos of the athletes not pictured here. Go Beavers!!
  • ALL-GIRLS' SCHOOLS AND GENDER DIVERSITY: A PANEL DISCUSSION

    By Lorena Lopes
    On May 7, the Nightingale-Bamford School hosted the Brearley, Spence and Chapin Schools for a panel discussion on gender diversity. Stories of personal journeys gave color to the discussion of the cultural, social and biological aspects of a gender revolution that, as panelist and LGBT education and advocacy pioneer Dr. Julie Mencher writes, “offers an opportunity for every parent to teach our kids that there’s not just a spectrum of masculinity to femininity out there in the world – but inside each of us as well.“ Despite the rigid gender rules that currently constrain our children, Dr. Mencher believes that the gender revolution is here to stay and that, unlike their parents, our children “get it.” Parents have a big role to play, however, in allowing their children to develop their own gender identity and in bringing language and support to the gender development of their children. Transgender children are especially vulnerable; currently, 50% of gender non-conforming people under the age of 20 have attempted suicide.
     
    Dr. Eli Green opened the discussion with a visualization of what it is like to feel alienated from your assigned gender and provided useful terminology and descriptions of social, medical and legal transition. Elijah Thornburg and his mother Dr. Laura Docter gave moving and deeply personal accounts of Elijah’s transition while he was a student at the all-girls Castilleja School in Palo Alto, California. Elijah described an early high school experience in which “nothing felt as it was supposed to” and his “pain was invisible.” As a high school junior, with the full support of the Castilleja School, Elijah began his transition. Even though it was a “beautiful process,” Elijah recounts awkward and sad moments, such as having to forgo participating on the swim team. Even though Castijella attempted to set up a co-ed team to accommodate Elijah, league rules prevented them from doing so.
     
    Dr. Docter, Elijah’s mother and a faculty member at Castilleja, spoke lovingly about supporting Elijah through his transition. Even though she is a specialist in child development, she was shocked to learn how little she knew about gender and how little training educators receive in this crucial area. Overcoming her fear for her child and re-learning what gender means were crucial first steps in becoming an ally for Elijah. Being on “standby” to listen openly and to affirm love constantly is essential.
     
    Dr. Mencher spoke of the unique situation all-girls schools face in the gender revolution. Founded at a time when quality education was denied to girls, these schools have a continuing mission to provide an empowering environment to female students. Until recently, the question of transgender students in a single-sex educational institution was encountered at the college level. Today, K-12 schools must address this issue. In a study of 33 all-girls schools, 29 had transgender students, challenging schools that wish to be sensitive to transgender students while remaining true to their mission. Thus far, decisions about retaining students are handled on a case-by-case basis. Some accommodations for transgender students are relatively easy to implement, such as gender-neutral bathrooms and private locker rooms. Most schools are not willing to give up referring to students as “girls”, however, as it is a term of empowerment for the majority of their students. Yet both Dr. Docter and Dr. Mencher believe that accepting and accommodating transgender students in all-girls schools in fact extends the original mission of these institutions: that is to provide an empowering education to those that society has relegated to the margins.
     
    Many thanks to the Parents’ Associations of Nightingale-Bamford, Spence, Chapin and Brearley for organizing an evening of education about important issues facing not only girls schools, but each of us individually. As the panelists emphasized, our schools can play an instrumental and positive role to further the gender revolution for the benefit of us all.
     
  • SALE AWAY! A VISIT TO BREARLEY’S GENERAL STORE

    By Charlotte Kingham
    Tunic-clad girls happily bustle among tables holding artful displays of a broad array of enticing merchandise: full-zip hoodies, stationery, pajamas, totes and much more. The excited chatter continues while headbands are sampled, t-shirt designs are held aloft for inspection and backpacks are donned. Parents and faculty stroll amidst the sea of Brearley blue to make their own selections from the well-curated collection. Reflecting the inquiring minds inhabiting those tunics, the girls happily share their opinions and suggestions with the event volunteers. “Traditionally, the girls have not hesitated to share feedback – for example, that they prefer very soft fabrics for athletic and casual wear,” laughs Committee Co-Chair Rena Krasnow.

    Welcome to another busy day at Brearley’s General Store, a Parents’ Association-run enterprise thriving in the expert hands of current Committee Co-Chairs Maha Hayat, Christina Sethi, Kashmala Sharif, Jill Worth and Ms. Krasnow. These five Co-Chairs bring a wide range of talents and skills to the job, including experience in design, fashion and business. They are quick to emphasize how much they enjoy working together to manage the “many moving parts” of the General Store: “We are always sharing ideas and thinking about ways to improve the Store—we have so much fun working as a team,” explains Ms. Sethi.

    Brearley’s General Store is indeed an impressive enterprise. In addition to the three main sales held each year (in September, December and May), four to five “pop up” events are scheduled in connection with specific school functions, such as Alumnae Weekend and New Parents’ Night. Planning for each school year’s sales begins during the preceding April, when the Committee Co-Chairs review the current year’s inventory and sales information and compare feedback received from the full School community, especially the girls! Current trends and recent innovations are also considered. “We like to incorporate new merchandise each year to reflect popular trends and innovative products,” notes Ms. Worth. Merchandise varies throughout the year reflecting seasonality, and the Co-Chairs strive to include items to accommodate all price points. To ensure that the tastes and interests of students of all ages are considered, each year’s Committee includes parents from the three School divisions.

    A key to the General Store’s success is the Co-Chairs’ attention to detail. Throughout the year, past sales are scrutinized to track an item’s popularity, sizing for all clothing is checked carefully, product redesigns are considered, inventory is monitored and budgets are balanced. In addition, the Co-Chairs have had great success creating original designs for the General Store—the best selling Brearley camel tote bag being the most recent example of such fabrication forays.

    Thanks to the excellent work by each year’s Committee Co-Chairs, the proceeds from the General Store help to support a wide range of PA programming, from community-building events such as B+STEAM and Festival of Cultures, to Speaker Series and faculty appreciation events. For the Committee Co-Chairs, however, knowing that they are making such an important contribution to the School community is just one of many reasons they enjoy their work; as Ms. Hayat explains, “Not only do I get to work with an amazing group of women, but my daughter is so proud to see me helping at the School!”

    To check out the General Store’s current collection—which includes such summer must-haves as beach bags, towels and shorts—mark your calendars for the final sale of the year, which takes place on May 24 and 25 in the Common Room.

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  • VOLUNTEER CORNER MAY 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.
     
     
    General Store
    Set up, Assist with Sales, Cashier, Breakdown
    Thursday, May 24, 7:45 am to 4:00 pm and Friday, May 25, 7:45 am to 3:00 pm
    Sign up here:
    Annual Fund Phone- a -Thon
    Make phone calls to encourage annual fund participation
    Monday, June 4: 8:00 am to 11 am, and 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Refreshments/snacks will be served. Small amounts of time are fine!
    Mary DelMonico
    Rachel Erickson Hee
    Amina Holman (aholman@brearley.org)
    Library Assistance
    Shelving books in the Lower and/or Upper School Library
    Times that suit your schedule
    Deb Blanchard
    Aileen Birch
  • VOLUNTEER CORNER APRIL 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 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 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

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List of 3 news stories.

  • SPRING SPORTS WRAP-UP

    By Kristen Williams
    Brearley concluded its 2017-18 year in sports with the 31st Annual Athletics Banquet honoring all Brearley athletes for their dedication to the athletics program. 
    Some final sports highlights include:
    Varsity Softball emerged as AAIS Co-Champions with Spence; 
    Varsity Track placed 3rd at AAIS Championships;
    Varsity Lacrosse fell to Chapin in overtime at the AAIS Semifinals 11-12; 
    Varsity Tennis was defeated by Nightingale in the AAIS Seminfinals 2-3; and 
    Varsity Badminton also lost to Nightingale in the AAIS Quarterfinals.
  • SPRING SPORTS UPDATE

    Most updates are as of May 2, 2018

    Varsity Track

    The Brearley Varsity Track team placed second at the Ivy Prep League meet at Poly Prep during frigid weather conditions. Several team members qualified for NYSAIS, including Pauline Cochran in the 1500 and 3000, Lauren Scheller in the 3000, Isabel Chess and Irene Loewenson in the steeplechase, Caitlin Shoemaker in the long jump, Alexandra Baird in the high jump, triple jump, and 100 meters, Katie Nath in the 200 and 400, Olivia Frankel in the 200 and shot put, Isabel Koral in the discus, and Katherine Hatfield in the high jump. Brearley also brought a 4x100 team (Mikayla Ervin, Katie Nath, Caitlin Shoemaker, and Alexandra Baird) and a 4x400 team (Francesca Edmands, Olivia Frankel, Pauline Cochran, and Katie Nath) down to Philadelphia for Penn Relays. The 4x400 team finished 16th in the Prep School Heat, and our 4x100 team finished 93rd out of 121 teams. The Beavers are looking forward to their remaining regular season meets, AAIS and NYSAIS Championships. Now that the weather will be more favorable, we know we will see lots of personal records!

    Varsity Lacrosse
    The Varsity Lacrosse team continues to play strong lacrosse with recent wins against Hunter High School and Spence. Led by Alexa Kourepenos, Alexa Masseur, and Grace Bolner, the offense has scored over 60 goals in the last four games. Seniors Grace Meade Sipp, Alexandra Hartman, and Emily Weiser have been anchoring the defense and shutting down key players. The team has an overall record of 3-1 and looks forward to its next and final league game against Sacred Heart on Wednesday.

    Varsity Badminton
    Varsity Badminton is turning its wheels in the right direction. Their excellent performance in a rematch victory over Sacred Heart last week exemplified the cohesion of the team and development of the novice players. Co-captains Polina Whitehouse and Grace Williams continue to create a positive and supportive environment, and we are looking to forward to a successful second half of the season.

    Varsity Softball
    The Beavers have been braving all the elements this season from freezing rain to 90 degree sun and heat. Through it all they have worked hard to improve their game each time they step on the field. Led by co-captains Blake Faucher and Alex Wilhelm, the girls have compiled an AAIS league record of 5-2 with a huge win over first place, and previously undefeated, Spence to seize a second place. Lone junior and second baseman Catherine Cheung has provided steady play in the field and with her bat. Tenth graders Ella Wickham and Victoria Brooks have been rock solid as well. We look forward to a big push during playoffs!

    Varsity Tennis
    Brearley Tennis is having a very exciting season. The team has a 3 and 3 record with three matches remaining before the championship tournament. Freshman phenom Alyssa An has only 1 loss at first singles this season while Fiona Galvis and Emma Boultinghouse continue to play great tennis as Brearley’s number one doubles team. The girls are looking forward to an exciting match against Marymount on Friday, May 4, their final regular season match against Friends on May 9, and the first round of the championship tournament on May 14.

    Middle School Lacrosse
    The Middle School Lacrosse team is having a great season. Currently 2-1, with wins over Hunter and Dalton, the team looks forward to their upcoming games against Spence and Sacred Heart.

    Middle School Softball
    Middle School Softball is currently 2-2 in our 2018 season. The team shows great enthusiasm and energy and has improved tremendously through the spring season. With great leadership and experienced athletes, the team looks forward to upcoming games against Spence and Sacred Heart!

    Middle School Track
    The Middle School Track team has competed in a handful of meets this spring and have done a fantastic job. Captains Emily Wheeler and Campbell Arnone have led the team phenomenally thus far and have had incredible performances throughout the season. Stella Paterson, Natalie Weiner, and Alex Hayes have ran 6 minutes or faster in the 1500m race this season: a tremendous accomplishment! The team is looking forward to Championships on Friday, May 11.
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    Varsity Badminton 
    Varsity Badminton is off to a great start, winning its first match vs. Marymount. Led by co-captains Polina Whitehouse and Grace Williams, the team is fielding five returning players and eight rookies. With this enthusiastic new line-up, we expect the team to develop significantly this season. Along with our co-captains, our returning players Ivy Mao, Grace Cohen, and Fiona Xu have set a nice tone for the season.
     
    Varsity Lacrosse
    Led by senior co-captains Alexa Kourepenos and Grace Meade Sipp, the Varsity Lacrosse team welcomes six new players this season. The defense is anchored by seniors Emily Weiser and Calista Washburn alongside sophomore goalie Maya Nguyen. Sophomore Grace Bolner and juniors Apple Rockefeller and Ava Golden dominate the midfield with speed and tenacity, and strong offensive contributions are expected from juniors Caroline Callender and Alexa Masseur and senior Isabella Hartman. The team has been working hard all preseason and opened their season with an 18-6 won over Marymount! 
     
    Varsity Softball 
    Varsity Softball had a challenging start to the season due to inclement weather, and the team is excited and raring to play! With veteran seniors Blake Faucher, Alex Wilhelm, and Maddie Rubin-Charlesworth and junior Catherine Cheung returning, the team's infield should be solid. Twelve under classman, including nine freshmen, round out the composition of the team. With the mix of strong leadership, eager youth, and a desire to repeat as AAIS tournament champions from two years ago, this year's Beaver squad is ready to PLAY BALL!
     
    Varsity Tennis 
    The Tennis team began its season with an extremely close match against Hewitt losing by a score of 2-3. The team has been practicing hard and is excited for the competitive season. Brearleys #1 singles player freshman Alyssa An has been playing well along with #2 Diana Frelinghuysen and #3 singles player Elizabeth van Dyke. Brearley’s #1 doubles team of Emma Boultinghouse and Fiona Galvis are proving to be a formidable duo. The girls are excited for their upcoming matches against Sacred Heart, Spence, Marymount and Chapin.  
     
    Varsity Track 
    The Varsity Track and Field Team is an impressive 33 athletes strong. Led by senior co-captains Caroline Crystal and Irene Loewenson, the team has a nice balance of sprinters and distance runners, hurdlers, jumpers and throwers. The Upper Schoolers are admirable role models and terrific supporters of the younger team members. The coaches are truly impressed with the team’s work ethic, wonderful spirit, and contagious enthusiasm. We are all looking forward to a productive, memorable season and spring!
     
    Middle School Softball
    The Middle School Softball team is getting off to a great start! Although plagued by poor weather, the girls have managed to keep their spirits up and their determination strong. Led by captains Phoebe Weinstein and Annabelle Sole, the team is an energetic group with a passion for softball, and they are excited for their upcoming games against Sacred Heart, Dalton, and Columbia Prep! 
     
    Middle School Track 
    The Middle School Track and Field team is starting strong this spring. Co-captains Emily Wheeler and Campbell Arnone are leading a great group of seventh and eighth graders through the various running, jumping, and throwing events. The team has their first meet on April 12 at Riverbank State Park, and they are very eager to compete against all of the AAIS schools.
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