March Break Camp at Brookwood!
Katie Ober and Erin Herzeelle are thrilled to lead some exciting programming for interested Brookwood students in grades PreK-5 during the first week of March Break (March 13-17). Please visit March Break Camp to find out what's happening on campus and how to officially register. It's important to sign-up as soon as possible so we can begin to plan accordingly for all the students who will join us at Brookwood.
The registration deadline is Friday, March 3. Questions can be directed to Justin Zappia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plan ahead for Parent/Teacher Conference half day, February 28
In anticipation of the February 28 Parent/Teacher Conference half day, Brookwood will offer special programming for children in grades PreK-5 (those being released early that day). Anyone interested in having a child attend these specialty programs can learn more about them and register at Parent/Teacher Conference Half Day. All students planning to attend the programs that will run from noon to 3:00 p.m. on the February 28 must be pre-registered by February 24 at 5:00 p.m.
There is a small fee associated with each of these programs that will be billed through your Brookwood account. There is also regular PreK/K after-school, REACH, Homework Club coverage available 3:00-6:00 p.m. (regular rates apply) that day.
Note: There will be free drop-in coverage available in the library for those families who need coverage for their child/ren during their actual conference time - no early sign-up necessary. Just be sure to sign your child in and out. Email Justin Zappia at email@example.com for more information.
(Please be aware that the following day, March 1, is a regular full day of school for students despite the fact that it is also Parent/Teacher Conference Day.)
I am thrilled to begin my second year at Brookwood as the Director of Auxiliary Programs! I'm excited to welcome Katie Ober '08 as my assistant and Anya Ciarametaro as the leader for the PreK/K program for the 2016-17 academic year. Both bring great enthusiasm and experience with them to their respective positions and have already begun to impact the planning and promotion of Brookwood's extended day, summer camp, and half day programs in amazing ways! Please be on the lookout for some exciting new class and camp offerings throughout the year. The programs we will offer children during 2016-17 will continue to build on the popularity that was evident during last fall's after-school classes and throughout our Summer at Brookwood camp program. Please sign your child up for those courses and camps that you know are of interest to them so they don't miss out on the opportunity--many sessions fill up fast! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Early Birds, REACH, and Homework Club
Brookwood works to meet the needs of families during the school week and provides extensive before- and after-school programs.
Early Birds offers supervised coverage for students of all ages beginning at 7:15 a.m. every morning.
Our PreK/K After-School Program for Brookwood's youngest students offers a balance of active and quiet time, and indoor and outdoor activities. Offerings include child-initiated and teacher-led activities such as block play, cooking, dance, dress-up, easel painting, outdoor play, story time, and more. Our 1st-3rd Grade REACH (Recreation, Enrichment and Arts for Children) Program is our daily after-school program for older lower school students at Brookwood. Starting at 3:00 p.m., REACH begins with structured meeting time, greetings and/or activities based on the Responsive Classroom model. Students will always be provided with a snack followed by age-appropriate, structured activities including art projects, indoor/outdoor physical activity, reading, games and more. Students in Grades 4-8 attend the after school Homework Club. This allows middle and upper school students supervised study time daily from 4 - 5 p.m. Students remaining after 5:00 will be given the freedom to choose to participate in supervised recreational indoor or outdoor activities. Care is available for all ages Monday - Thursday until 6 p.m. and until 5 p.m. on Fridays.
Our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten after-school program is being held in our PreK and Kindergarten Program Space in Lower School and our REACH program (for students Grades 1-3) will be based out of the Lower School Town Square. Homework Club (Grades 4-8) will be held in the library. Students may be picked up at 4:00 p.m. at either Middle or Upper school dismissal. After 4:00 pm, pick-up for after-school care is in the following locations: Using the Lower School entrance, go to the PreK & K Early Childhood program space for pick up.Pick-up for students in REACH (Grades 1-3) is in the Town Square until 4:45 p.m., and then in the PreK and Kindergarten Program Space from 5:15 p.m. until closing. Use the Lower School entrance for easy pick-up. For students in Homework Club (Grades 4-8), pick-up is in the library and then in the Town Square from 5:15 p.m. until closing. Use the Lower School entrance after 5:15 p.m.
After-school enrichment classes are offered in the fall, winter and spring. Sessions are 9-12 weeks long and meet one hour per week. Classes range in topic from the arts to athletics to subjects that give students an opportunity to explore areas of interest.
Past classes offered have included Yoga: Karma Kids, Chess, Mural Painting, Zumbatomic, Flag Football, Legos in Action, Claymation, Martial Arts, Boston Children's Theater, Woodworking, Wizards, Fairies and Dragons, Comic Book Writing, Bird's Word School Newspaper, and Multisport.
Some classes are open to students who attend schools other than Brookwood.
Music Lessons and Ensembles
Brookwood prides itself in a vibrant after-school private music lesson program in which over one-third of our current student body participates. Students take lessons for voice, piano, strings, band instruments, guitar and drums. Many musical ensembles are formed each year including Concert Bands, a Jazz band, and Middle and Upper School Combos. Students interested in playing in an ensemble should contact Mrs. Gantt over the summer or at the beginning of the school year as that is when groups are organized. If a student expresses interest during the school year, Mrs. Gantt will try to recruit other interested students and start a new combo.
For more information about any before-school programs, please contact your child's Division Head. For questions regarding after-school programs, please contact Director of Auxiliary Programs, Justin Zappia at 978-526-4500 X6244.