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  • DIVERSITY OF FAMILY STRUCTURES EVENT

    Tuesday, May 22, 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Common Room
    The Office of Equity and Community Engagement will host a Parent Equity Evening event on the topic of "Family Structures." This event comes as a direct response to parent advocacy for a forum to gather and learn. In much the same way that our students come to us from a variety of neighborhoods and cultures, they also represent a variety of family structures. Understanding, accepting and celebrating various family structures is an integral part of equity, inclusion and diversity work at the Brearley School. The messages we send about our students’ identities and families will shape their sense of belonging and potential for happiness and success from K-XII. This event will feature a panel comprised of Brearley families whose structures are often viewed as unique and/or uncommon at Brearley.

    RSVP to Valerie Samuels at vsamuels@brearley.org and indicate whether you need childcare. If you are interested in contributing your voice and experiences to the panel, please contact Tanya Huelett, Director of Equity and Community Engagement, at thuelett@brearley.org.
  • LOST & FOUND

    Friday, May 25
    Reclaim: 2:00 to 3:15 pm
    Sale: 3:15 to 4:15 pm
    Do you know any kittens who have lost their mittens? If so, please tell them to come to our Lost & Found event on Friday, May 25. Reclaim your favorite lost hoodies, scarves, etc. before this event turns into a sale of unclaimed items. Any items still remaining after the event will be donated.
  • UNIFORM EXCHANGE

    Thursday and Friday, May 24 and 25, 7:45 am to 4:00 pm in the Common Room
    The Uniform Exchange Closet will be open during the May General Store event on May 24 and 25. Come purchase gently used items or do an exchange one-for-one. We look forward to seeing you.
  • GENERAL STORE

    Thursday, May 24, 7:45 am to 4:00 pm and Friday, May 25, 7:45 am to 2:00 pm in the Common Room
    It’s the General Store’s final sale of the year! You’ll find lots of fun, NEW merchandise as well as beloved Brearley classics perfect for camp, travel and beach. Super soft t-shirts, tanks and shorts, lightweight hoodies and sweatpants, totes, beach towels and much, much more.

    Preauthorization: If you are unable to attend this sale, you may authorize your daughter to charge purchases to your Brearley account by clicking on www.brearley.org/generalstore.

    **Seniors receive a 20% discount (cash or credit cards only) at this sale.

    Volunteers are needed! ANY and all help is greatly appreciated. Please sign up at www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0545a5a82da02-2018/31408197. Thank you!
  • PARENTS OF STUDENTS OF COLOR EVENING PROGRAMMING

    Thursday, June 7, 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Common Room
    Parents of Brearley students of color are welcome to attend the final of this year's series of evening social events. We will gather over refreshments to meet one another, share experiences, and create and maintain a community. Continuing in the tradition of last year's successful gatherings, this is both an affinity space and a time for parents of students of color to surface their hopes, needs, and concerns. 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.
  • PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION MEETING

    Wednesday, May 23, 8:20 to 9:20 am in the Common Room
    Carolyn Clark, Director of College Advising, will talk about Senior Projects, in which students from Class XII create their own curricula for the spring trimester. Programs include various combinations of internships, paid jobs, mini-courses at Brearley, independent studies and community service projects. At this much-anticipated event, several Brearley seniors will discuss their experiences.
  • UPPER SCHOOL ART SHOW

    Thursday, May 24, 3:30 to 6:00 pm on the 7th Floor
    Join us for the Upper School Art Show, which will exhibit work from students enrolled in Upper School Art electives and Upper School Art activities. Photographs, ceramics, oil paintings, drawings, and special projects demonstrate the exceptional commitment and motivation our students have learned to rely upon in pursuit of creative ideas.
  • 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.

    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, which will go on sale May 30. Tickets 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.
  • CLASS VIII CARNIVAL

    Friday, May 4, 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the Assembly Hall
    All Brearley families are invited to a fun-filled afternoon at the Class VIII Carnival! Come play games, try your luck in the raffles and enjoy delicious baked goods. There will also be an opportunity to bid on many wonderful Silent Auction items such as Broadway tickets plus a backstage tour to WAITRESS, a photography portrait sitting, a cello lesson, Tiffany necklaces, and more! Lower Schoolers are encouraged to attend with a grown-up. Signs will be posted around the School as the date approaches, and students from Class VIII will be selling raffle tickets at drop off during the week of April 30. The funds raised from the Carnival will benefit Days for Girls. We hope you will support the VIIIs by attending!
  • 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.

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  • 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. 
  • NOMINATION OF SLATE OF 2018-2019 PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION OFFICERS

    The Nominations Committee of the Parents’ Association is very pleased to announce the slate for the 2018-2019 Officers.

    President: Elisabeth Cannell
    Vice President/President 2019-2020*: Athena Tapales
    Vice President-Treasurer: Bethel Gottlieb
    Vice President-Community: Michele Post
    Communications Officer: Ellen Turchyn (Ellen will be completing the 2nd of a two year term.

    Parents present at the Parents’ Association meeting on April 24, 2018 will vote on the slate.

    We are pleased to provide short introductions of Elisabeth, Athena, Bethel, Michele, and Ellen so you can learn of their impressive accomplishments in and outside of Brearley.

    Elisabeth Cannell, a native of Charleston, West Virginia, has been a Brearley parent since 2004 and co-chaired this year’s Benefit. She has served as Class Rep, Co-Editor of E-News From Brearley, PA Vice Chair/Treasurer and Festival of Cultures Co-Chair. Through most of her career, Elisabeth designed museum exhibitions; her work is seen at a number of institutions including The Museum of World Religions, the Smithsonian, and the American Museum of Natural History. At Princeton she studied the history and theory of architecture then received her Master in Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. She and Mike are the parents of Evie ’17 and Cricket ’21.

    Athena Tapales graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s in Economics. After college, Athena worked in corporate real estate before pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from Johns Hopkins University. She subsequently worked in various positions in academia and not-for-profit organizations, focused on demography and public health. At Brearley, Athena has served as a Class Rep, has co-chaired the Grandparents and Special Friends Committee and the Community Life and Diversity Committee, and has worked on the Festival of Cultures and Nominating committees. Athena and her husband, Giri Devulapally, are the parents of Ellora ‘22 and Kailas, who attends the Collegiate School, where Athena is an active volunteer in the Parents Association.

    Bethel Gottlieb graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in Psychology and worked in retail management and merchandising before pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration at Harvard Business School. After earning her MBA, she continued her career in retail as a buyer and merchandise director at The May Company and Federated Department Stores. At Brearley, she has been a Class Rep for the Class of 2021 and 2024 and co-chaired the Family Activities committee in 2012-2013. At the Gateway School, where her eldest son attended elementary and middle school, Bethel served as PA Treasurer from 2006 to 2008. In addition, Bethel was a member of the board of The Summer Camp, a nonprofit residential summer camp for inner city and rural girls, ages 6-18 from low-income and foster homes, from 2014 to 2017. Bethel is the mother of a senior at Grace Church School, Alex ’21 and Caroline ’24 at Brearley, and a fourth grader at Collegiate.

    Michele Post graduated from Smith College and received her Master of Public Health from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health. After earning her degrees, Michele worked in healthcare consulting and strategy at Pfizer and PricewaterhouseCoopers. At Brearley, Michele has been a Class Rep and co-chair of the General Store and has volunteered for the Festival of Cultures and B+STEAM. She currently works as an Admissions Associate giving tours to prospective parents. Outside of Brearley, Michele currently serves as the PA Coordinator and is a Board Member at Grace Church School in Brooklyn Heights and an Associates Council member of Prep for Prep. Michele and her husband, Nick, are parents of Amelia ‘26, a fifth grader at the Browning School and a preschooler at Grace Church School (Brooklyn Heights).

    Ellen Turchyn graduated from The George Washington University with a BA in Finance and Psychology. She began her career in the international equity department at Merrill Lynch. She then joined Bear Stearns where she wrote and produced the firm’s daily investment research publication before becoming a member of the firm’s institutional department where she traded equities. Most recently, Ellen was Head of Business Development at Granite Capital International Group, an alternative asset management firm. At Brearley, Ellen is serving as Communications Officer, has been a Class Rep, writes for E-News From Brearley, and has been a member of the Benefit Underwriting and Annual Fund Committees. Outside of Brearley, Ellen is an active member of the Pediatric Support Committee at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. Ellen and her husband, Bill, are parents of Calleigh ‘26 and Charlotte ’29.

    *In October 2017, the Parents’ Association Bylaws were amended. The Vice President is now a two-year position that consists of one year as Vice President and the following year as President.
  • 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!

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  • 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.
  • BONDING BREARLEY GIRLS ACROSS DIVISIONS: Brearley’s new Upper School Babysitting Network

    By Ellen Turchyn
    Earlier this year, Brearley launched the Upper School Babysitting Network (USBN). The objective of this new initiative is to match Upper School students interested in making some extra money with Brearley families looking for babysitting.
     
    Evelyn Segal, Head of Upper School Student Life, and Kristen Chae, Parents’ Association President, worked closely to develop and organize this superb service. Ms. Segal explains that she was “very excited to be involved in setting up a program that would benefit both Upper School students and families of younger children” and notes that “this is a wonderful way to promote connection between the divisions.” Ms. Chae adds, “this is a great opportunity for Upper and Lower School girls to get to know each other; the Lower School girls love the older girls and to have them as babysitters is very exciting. What’s sweet is to see them light up when they see the older girls back in the hallways at 610. In addition, Upper School girls get to earn extra money while creating cohesion within the School.”  
     
    Ms. Segal was gracious and instrumental in helping to create an internal document between the Upper School girls and their parents establishing appropriate guidelines. In fact, several departments at Brearley collaborated to make the USBN a reality. The business office and legal team came together to help Ms. Segal and Ms. Chae establish the first official Brearley babysitting network.
     
    Need a smart, responsible caregiver? Upper School students can come in very handy walking a Lower School student home and babysitting on weekends! To locate the USBN network, please see the Parents Association section (in the upper right hand corner) on the Brearley portal.
     
    ** Please note the USBN list is to be used by Brearley families only. No contact information is to be shared outside the Brearley community.
  • THE BREARLEY SINGERS SPRING CONCERT

    Friday, May 11, 7:30 pm at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, 263 West 86th Street (entrance on West End Avenue)
    By Jeffrey Tao
    Have you ever heard an African mass sung in Latin, accompanied by the incessant, pulsating rhythms of drums? How about selections from the Psalms, sung in Hebrew, with harp, percussion and keyboard instrumentation? Attend the Brearley Singers Spring Concert on Friday, May 11, at 7:30 pm at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew—we promise you an evening of beautiful choral singing and captivating rhythms evoking cultures from across the world, connoting warmth, unity and harmony.
     
    The concert will be conducted by Keith Burton and accompanied by Daniel Kirk-Foster, joined by the percussion quartet Ethos, whose individual members are virtuosos on exotic instruments from Indonesia, West Africa, India and the Middle East.

    This year marks the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, so Mr. Burton thought it fitting that the concert program include his Chichester Psalms, commissioned by Walter Hussey, Dean of Chichester Cathedral, Sussex, England, for the Cathedral’s Festival in 1965. Bernstein conducted the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for the World Premiere of the piece in New York on July 15, 1965. The composer arranged the text from the Psalms in the original Hebrew, and gives prominence to the harp in this piece. Mr. Burton likes the last lines: “Behold how good, and how pleasant it is, for brethren to dwell together in unity.” This would seem to be particularly resonant today, when the world is riven by regional conflicts and discord.

    Percussion occupies a particularly important place in the powerful Missa Luba, a Latin mass in Congolese style, accompanied by tom toms (a medium sized cylindrical drum) and the “Sakasaka” or gourd. The Mass was arranged in the 1950s by Father Guido Haazen, from collective improvisations together with the Luba (also called Baluba) people inhabiting south-central Belgian Congo. A male ensemble first performed the Mass in 1958 in the Congo, and later in various European cities. Father Haazen says, “African music differs infinitely from our western rhythmic feeling. The drums, especially the tom-toms which are used as an integral part of the music, always adhere to a very strict, inexorable rhythmic beat.”

    Irish composer Michael McGlynn’s Ocean opens with a harp solo, joined by violins, then the chorus. The harp is present throughout the piece, evoking the ebb and flow of waves on the ocean, in gentle but unceasing movement. The text is medieval Irish, and the lovely mixed-voice score conveys both serenity and a sense of permanence, likely to entrance and mesmerize any audience. Also arranged by McGlynn are the perennially popular Greensleeves and Scarborough Fair, for mixed voice, harp and violin ensemble.

    A fitting conclusion to the program is an Indian piece Jaago Piya, written by Armeen Musa, a young woman from Bengal. While written in a popular contemporary idiom, it has many elements that are clearly representative of South Asian music. The text is a beautiful expression of love that can be both personal and universal.

    Tickets can be purchased at the door, in advance from any chorus member, or online by clicking on this web page: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3380693. (Look for the Brearley Singers). Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Advance sales are encouraged. 
  • THE POWER OF A BREARLEY SABBATICAL

    By Ellen Turchyn
    Brearley is fortunate to be able to offer an extraordinary benefit to the faculty that is unlike that of almost any other school. Each year, as Dr. Jim Mulkin, Assistant Head of School for Academic Life, explains, “faculty may apply to take a year away from teaching in order to continue their own learning and thus enrich their teaching when they return to the classroom.” In just the last 25 years, he adds, this longtime Brearley practice has afforded over 125 members of the Brearley faculty the opportunity to recharge their own “adventurous intellects.” The following is a sample of recent sabbatical experiences.

    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. Ms. Javens’ artwork was featured in a three-person show at Site/109, 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 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 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.

    Katherine Swett, 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 the 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. Dr. Swett feels grateful for Brearley's recognition that its faculty members lead “rich, intellectually creative lives and need the time to nurture that.” She notes that faculty members’ sabbatical experiences bring hard-to-measure knowledge to teaching future classes.

    Clay 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, teaching science classes for pre-K at Rutgers Presbyterian Church, volunteering at a soup kitchen and working as a horticultural volunteer at Riverside Park. One experience near and dear to his heart was when he contributed to the sponsorship of a Syrian refugee family by Rutgers Church; he was part of a large welcoming committee when the family landed at JFK, and he was the first to escort them on an "excursion" in New York City (walking his dog Lovie in Riverside Park).

    Adventure was another large part of Mr. Squire’s time off. He and his wife traveled to Botswana, South Africa and the Greek Islands. Mr. Squire also participated in a land-based conference for Grand Canyon river guides, where he attended workshops on the cultural, natural and human history of the Canyon. Lastly, Mr. Squire found the time to be more physically active, becoming a more familiar face in the gym as well as rediscovering his love of swimming.

    Although he loved and appreciated his sabbatical, Mr. Squire missed the “strong community” at Brearley and the lively discussions with his colleagues and his students daily.

    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 his 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. After the tour was completed, they continued on to Phu Quoc Island where they enjoyed the serenity and solitude of the beautiful beach.

    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.

    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 felt very fortunate to be in Japan during cherry blossom season and took photos of the 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 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.

    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 she was 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."

    Upon her return to New York City, Ms. Gordon took advantage of classes at Brearley by attending a dance class (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 were “getting a Brearley education on the sly." Ms. Gordon describes her sabbatical year as “precious,” a time when she “learned to breathe and take life more slowly."

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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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  • 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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    Spring sports are getting underway with try-outs and team practices before Spring Break. The teams are coalescing nicely and spirits are high! We look forward to a successful spring season.
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