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Newsletter 10/22/20

Thank You:

  • PTF for the Brooklin School shirts.

Halloween Parade

On Thursday, October 29th at 2:30, students will line up on the sidewalk, socially distanced, all the way around the school. Parents, friends, neighbors, and members of the community will drive by the students. We will not be able to walk to the General Store this year, however, Blossom, from the Brooklin Candy Company and Jenna, from the General Store,  are exploring safe ways they can hand out candy and treats to the students.

Rosanna’s Readers

Our first Rosanna’s Readers Birthday Books. Each student will receive a birthday book the month of their birthday from the Sherman Family in honor of Rosanna. Thank you to the Sherman family for making this happen!

Camp Out

The 7th and 8th-grade students will be having campout on the soccer field. Mrs. Bebell and Ms. Russell have an afternoon, evening, and morning itinerary filled with kickball, star gazing, and night hikes.  A permission slip will be coming home shortly.

Brooklin School Votes

Today students in grades K-8 participated in the statewide Student Mock Election. The winners of the school election were Joe Biden, Sara Gideon, and Jared Golden.

Curriculum Updates

Pre-K and K students had the wonderful opportunity to meet and listen to author Michael Chabon read his newest book this week. It was fun to see some of the students have an A-HA moment when Michael began to explain about the dedication page of the book, as we have been learning about book nomenclature- and the concept of the dedication page has been tricky- but hearing Michael talk about it connected the kids to the concept. We cut out our own paper pumpkins and created jack-o-lantern faces on them during Art with Mr. Kennerk, and during library time we began listening to Charlotte’s Web.

First graders and kindergarteners this week worked on letter sounds and creating words on their whiteboards and by manipulating physical letters. They also did some partner reading with their books at their level. In math, kindergarten students continued to work on recognition of numbers to 10. They also worked on hidden partners in a number using unifix cubes, 1+4 =5. The first grade worked on ways to make 10. They also continued to work on counting the ten way and they worked on solving math stories. First grade continued to work on math facts. If I have 8, how many do I need to make 10? Second graders continued writing and spelling common sight words, and sentences involving their sight words. They also worked on handwriting, and spelling and word families. In math, the second grade worked on taking from ten within 20, 11-9=10-9=1+1=2. They also worked on taking from 10 within 100.  K-2 also explored their Math boxes and enjoyed playing with cards and dominoes.

3/4 Super Studies: This week, the students discussed and brainstormed ways that the energy that is made by playing on the playground could be transformed into other kinds of energy, like a swing that turns on a light. They also explored solar energy by playing with how shadows change over time and collecting data on how direct rays from the sun generate heat. On Forest Friday, the students gathered brightly colored leaves to make themselves a crown.

5/6 Super Studies: This week, the 5th and 6th grade historians learned about how to describe time going back thousands of years by using B.C. and A.D. They also started planning for creating a timeline that they will add to throughout the year and read about the neolithic revolution. On Forest Friday, the students gathered brightly colored leaves to make themselves a crown, necklace, or garland.

7/8 Super Studies: This week, students continued exploring how citizens are involved in the democratic process. Also, after discovering that they didn’t know very much about past presidents, we changed Wednesday’s plan and spent some time discussing a general timeline of the US presidency instead. We will explore out presidents in more detail later in the year.

3/4 ELA: This week we have focused much attention on the book Thank You, Mr. Falker, by Patricia Pollaco.  Students have been given their own personal copy of the book to keep.  For those of you who have not read it, you should – better yet, have your child read it to you.  It is based on the author’s own experience in learning how to read.  We have spent a lot of time discussing various aspects of the book, including how difficult it is for some children to learn to read, how much work might need to go into it for some, and how rewarding it is when the hard work pays off.  The message is one of both empathy for those who struggle to succeed at something and of the importance of sticking to a difficult task.

5/6 ELA: This week we have continued working on an analysis of Eight Days: A Story of Haiti.  Students have worked in groups and independently to try to dissect both the events of the story and the illustrations.  They will be writing a literary analysis, following the formula they have been practicing.

7/8 ELA: Students have continued a close reading of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, focusing on vocabulary, literary interpretation, and the author’s purpose.

3rd grade math – This week we have looked at various ways to do multiplication and division for twos and threes.  The students continue to be eager to learn.  Learning the basic math facts will greatly increase their confidence when doing upper level math.  Please review the multiplication facts with your kids when you can.   I like to ask my children a few problems when we are in the car.  Repetition can be really helpful in getting them in their long term memory.  I can’t tell you how many middle schoolers I have worked with that didn’t master their facts early on. It really cripples their ability to understand the higher levels of math.  Please take the time now to help them learn the facts, it truly will pay off later!

4th grade math. We have been continuing our work on rounding and working on adding large numbers using the place value chart.  We also have been reviewing math facts with the third graders to solidify them in their long term memory.

5th grade math – We have continued to work rounding using the vertical number line.  We also have been working on adding decimals.

6th grade math – We continued our work with ratios and started comparing using tables and number line diagrams.

7th grade math – We continue our work with ratios using fractions and unit rate.  Some students are working on finding proportional ratios using different methods.

8th grade math – Some students have been working on magnitude, scientific notation and operations with scientific notation.  Others are also working on choice of units and manipulating numbers in scientific notation.

PTF News:

  • We hope you received your new Brooklin School shirts! If you did not get one please email brooklinschoolptf@gmail.com or call 207-266-1298. If a family member or friend would like to order a shirt please be in touch. 
  • The next PTF meeting is outdoors, October 27th @ 3:15. We already have so many new members this year and we are hoping even more of you will join us! 
  • Brooklin School PTF is considering a children’s warm clothing swap. This event would be held outside. We are hoping the kids can be outside as much as possible this year but that can be cold and outdoor gear is $$$$. Hang on to your children’s outdoor gear that they have outgrown and in preparation, you could get it washed and ready to go. We will choose a date soon and send out the details. 
  • Any feedback about the backpack program can also be emailed to brooklinschoolptf@gmail.com or text 207-266-1298
  • Brooklin School PTF is having a fundraiser! https://givebutter.com/brooklin If you know someone that is interested in donating to our great organization please send them the link. Thank you!

October

10/23               12:00                                       Dismissal

4:00 pm                                   Camp Out

10/27               3:15 pm                                   PTF Meeting

10/29               2:30 pm                                   Halloween Parade

10/30                                       NO SCHOOL—Teacher Workshop

11:00-11:30 am                       Parent Social with Principal and Staff  ZOOM

2:00-2:30 pm              Parent Social with Principal and Staff  ZOOM

 

 

November

11/1                             Daylight Savings Time Ends (set clocks back one hour)

11/6                 12:00                                       Dismissal

11/10               6:00pm                                    School Board Meeting

11/11                           Holiday—No School

11/25-11/27                 Holiday Break

 

December

12/8                 6:00pm                                    School Board Meeting

Newsletter 10/15/20

Thank You:

  • PTF for hosting the author day with Micheal Chabon.

Halloween Parade

On Thursday, October 29th at 2:30, students will line up on the sidewalk, socially distanced, all the way around the school. Parents, friends, neighbors, and members of the community will drive by the students. We will not be able to walk to the General Store this year, however, Blossom, from the Brooklin Candy Company and Jenna, from the General Store,  are exploring safe ways they can hand out candy and treats to the students.

Camp Out

The 7th and 8th-grade students will be having campout on the soccer field. Mrs. Bebell and Ms. Russell have an afternoon, evening, and morning itinerary filled with kickball, star gazing, and night hikes.  A permission slip will be coming home shortly.

Curriculum Updates

Art 3/4 – Last I wrote: “In the coming weeks, students will begin a bookmark project to celebrate a culture of their choosing with Ms. Thoner in ELA.  It will involve maps, information, illustrations, and cultural patterns and symbols.” Well, I got a little ahead of the game—my apologies.

Last week, we started examining different forms of lettering by writing BROOKLIN in a block font. We used rulers to measure and plot the eight-letter across a 12” page and did some math to figure out centering. We will continue with different fonts this week.

Art 5/6 – This week we will polish off our maps with the labeling of political and geographical locations. This week, we will delve into art pouring forth from the ancient civilizations being examined in Ms. Bebell’s Super Studies class. We will explore different themes and mediums for weeks to come.

Art 7/8 – This past week we examined voting rights posters from history in complement to their work with Ms. Bebell in Super Studies. Students began this week to reproduce one of these posters from the past and will finish them this week. Next week, they will design their own poster to convey their own message about voting and civic duty.

ELA 3/4 – Mrs. Thoner:  This week students worked on free writing and independent reading while some students completed the end of unit assessment started last week.  They also listened to Thank You Mr. Falker, by Patricia Pollaco read aloud.  This next week their work will be centered around that book.  The focus is on reading comprehension and on being able to identify they main character, setting, and basic events of the story.  They will use graphic organizers to take notes, then write a paragraph about the book. The ELA class has two sessions and during the second session students are grouped differently.  Ms. Marin takes some students for extended reading and vocabulary, while I keep some to work on meanings of prefixes and suffixes, vowel combinations, vocabulary, etc., with the goal of helping them become more fluent in reading, writing, and spelling.

ELA 5/6 – Mrs. Thoner: This week students wrapped up their work on the literary analysis of Eight Days: A Story of Haiti. and started on a new packet based on the story “Save Bella!”.  Students also meet with Ellen Booream each Wednesday, via zoom to engage in writing workshops which prepare them to write and develop their individual stories throughout the year.  The ELA class has two sessions and during the second session students are grouped differently.  Ms. Blake takes some students for extended reading and vocabulary, while I keep some to work on meanings of prefixes and suffixes, vowel combinations, vocabulary, etc., with the goal of helping them become more fluent in reading, writing, and spelling.

ELA 7/8 – Mrs. Thoner:  This week the 7/8 class continued their study of The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.  Students also meet with Ellen Booream each Wednesday, via zoom to engage in writing workshops which prepare them to write and develop their individual stories throughout the year. The ELA class has two sessions and during the second session students are grouped differently.  Ms. Blake takes some students for extended reading and vocabulary, while I keep some to work on meanings of prefixes and suffixes, vowel combinations, vocabulary, etc., with the goal of helping them become more fluent in reading, writing, and spelling.

3/4 Super Studies- This week, the students explored electrical currents by using a Makey Makey (see makeymakey.com for information about this great tool!) to turn the whole class into a musical instrument. They also wrapped up their introductory unit on different types of energy. The students were so excited to begin using the new iPads this week, and started by doing some introductory computer programming activities on Kodable. They also tried some analog programming activities by taking turns pretending to be robots and writing lines of code to command their “robots” to stack paper cups in certain patterns.

5/6 Super Studies- This week, the students did a short engineering project. They had to design earthquake proof structures out of spaghetti and marshmallows, and then we tested them by shaking the structures to see how they handled those forces. The students were so excited to start using their new iPads this week too! They used them to create models of earthquake-resistant structures on a programming app called Scratch.

7/8 Super Studies -This week, the 7/8 students continued exploring how they can participate in the democratic process, even though they haven’t reached voting age yet. They were delighted to start using the new iPads that just arrived, and one of the first things they did in class with them was play a voting simulation game by iCivics. iCivics.org has many great resources for students to learn about government, civic engagement, and elections, and we will be using them throughout the year.

3-8 Math- 3rd grade math – We continue to work on understanding multiplication using different models.

4th grade math – We are working on understanding rounding to any place value and manipulating rounded numbers.

5th grade math – We continue to work on rounding with decimals and place value.

6th grade math –  We continue to work with ratios in tables and diagrams and understanding the value of ratios.

7th grade math –  We continue to work with Ratios and finding proportional relationships.

8th grade math –  We continue to work with scientific notation and manipulating numbers in scientific notation.

PTF News:

 

  • Thank you to Becky and Robert Courtot, Rene Neuner, Ellen Landrum and Wilder, Tanya Prime, Jon Spivak, and  Ed and Lisa Depasquel for getting the school’s large outdoor classroom repaired and secured after last week’s storm.
  • Brooklin School PTF is considering a children’s warm clothing swap. This event would be held outside. We are hoping the kids can be outside as much as possible this year but that can be cold and outdoor gear is $$$$. Hang on to your children’s outdoor gear that they have outgrown and in preparation, you could get it washed and ready to go. We will choose a date soon and send out the details.
  • The next PTF meeting is outdoors, October 27th @ 3:15. We already have so many new members this year and we are hoping even more of you will join us!

Community News

GSA Parent Evening

A reminder to 7th & 8th Grade Parents:   The Zoom Info Evening invitations are due back to  GSA by November 6th. The two dates are:  November 18th at 6:00 pm  &  December 2nd at 6:00pm.  Please email or call Christie A. Snow c.snow@georgestevens.org (207-374-2820) if you have any questions.

Christmas Angels

Christmas Angels are gearing up for their 32nd season. The program provides gifts of warm clothing to children in need who reside full time in Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Deer Isle, Penobscot, Sedgwick, Stonington and Surry. The Christmas Angels Program, coordinated by the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill, depends on the generosity of individuals, clubs and businesses. Last year, 109 children were served from 47 families across the Blue Hill Peninsula. This year’s poster angel design is by Nathan Dauk, selected from an art contest held by the Church in 2015.   To receive assistance from the Program, pick up a request form from your school office, Tree of Life Food Pantry or the Island Food Pantry, and at the Church. Early sign-up is highly appreciated. Request forms must be received by November 20th. For further assistance, contact Linda Elder at 266–5184.    If you would like to be an Angel, contact Ruth Miller at 266-4174. Each Angel will be provided a detailed list of a child’s clothing wishes, including age (newborn-18 years old), size and any specific needs; up to 3 items per child. Distribution of gifts will be in early December.    Financial donations are always welcomed and appreciated. Checks made out to First Congregational Church of Blue Hill, with the notation “Christmas Angels”, can be mailed to PO Box 444, Blue Hill, ME 04614.

October

10/16               8:30 pm                                   Rosanna’s Readers

10-12                                       Boat Building

12:00                                       Dismissal

10/23               12:00                                       Dismissal

TBA                                        Camp Out

10/27               3:15 pm                                   PTF Meeting

10/29               2:30 pm                                   Halloween Parade

10/30                                       NO SCHOOL—Teacher Workshop

11-2 pm                       Parent/Family Social with Principal and Staff

 

 

November

11/1                             Daylight Savings Time Ends(set clocks back one hour)

11/6                 12:00                                       Dismissal

11/10               6:00pm                                    School Board Meeting

11/11                           Holiday—No School

 

December

12/8                 6:00pm                                    School Board Meeting

Newsletter 10/8/20

Thank You:

  • PTF and Team for repairing the tent that had blown over and broke during last week’s storm.

Curriculum Updates

Pre-K and Preschool students have been noticing and discussing many of the signs of Fall: leaves changing and falling, colder temps, getting gardens ready for winter, and the first day of October- which of course is Halloween month. We have three student birthdays in our Puffin, Pre-K and K classrooms, and the countdown of “how many sleeps” until our friends’ birthdays has begun in earnest. Students are giving and receiving gentle reminders to “cover your nose” and asking for help adjusting masks with grace and kindness. I overheard one friend tell another, “If we wear the masks right then we won’t have to stay home for the virus!” This age group is amazingly resilient, kind, and capable of adapting to this new “normal”.

Pre-K and K author/illustrators have enjoyed sharing their illustrations and stories to their peers using a very cool tech tool: the ladybug document camera. The camera allows me to project a student’s work onto the large screen in our classroom, so everyone has an equitable view of the work, while also maintaining physical distance. Pre-K and K students have been introduced to the works of Michael Chabon, and we will be meeting him in person this Thursday!

In kindergarten math this week the students worked on coloring by number of objects and practiced color words. They also counted objects up to five and worked on number recognition. They also practiced writing their numbers in shaving cream. The first grade continued to practice one more than a number. They also worked on different ways to make six and seven with number bonds and writing number sentences. They also practiced writing numbers in shaving cream. In literacy, the kindergarten and first graders continued mastering their letter sounds and added a new sight word into their reading: like! In math, second grade worked on breaking numbers down to make 10, so that it is easier to add. 8+4=12, 8+2=10+2=12. They also explored their math boxes and played war with their cards. In literacy, second grade has been reading some reader’s theater! They are each assigned a part in a play, and read together, reading their “parts” aloud. This helps practice fluency in reading as well as following along silently as others read aloud. Along with fluency, they practice changing the way they read aloud based on the character they are speaking for.

3/4 ELA – Mrs. Thoner:  This week the 3/4 class continued the study of the power of reading and the great lengths people will go to in an effort to preserve books, distribute books, and encourage reading.  As part of this study, we read and re-read That Book Woman, and The Librarian of Bazra.

5/6 ELA – Mrs. Thoner: This week the 5/6 class continued their study of natural disasters and a literary analysis of Eight Days: A Story of Haiti.  We also spent considerable time working in groups [over zoom (since we have some learners joining us from home)], with the goal of helping students understand that their classmates are good resources when it comes to trying to complete assignments independently.

7/8 ELA – Mrs. Thoner: This week the 7/8 class continued their study of slavery with the goal of providing background information for the book, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.  Which is an autobiography by the runaway slave and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass.

3/4 Super Studies

This week the students were such enthusiastic scientists! They explored different types of energy: sound, light, heat, and mechanical. Students tested the range of frequencies their ears can hear, tested the translucency of different materials in front of a bright light, tried out different insulting materials, and examined which forces are at play on different pieces of playground equipment. For Forest Friday, we observed our outside environment using different senses.

5/6 Super Studies

This week the 5/6 historians learned more about the earliest human ancestors and how the conditions in their environment led to their ability to grow food, migrate, and eventually create the earliest civilizations. For Forest Friday, we weren’t in the forest, but in the garden! This summer community members used the school garden as a community garden, and the students harvested about 60 pounds of potatoes.

7/8 Super Studies

To start off the week, students participated in a simulation game in class where they experienced how difficult it is to decide how to distribute resources to a population without any form of leadership. They then learned about different types of government structures and ways that a government can have systems of checks and balances in place to protect its citizens’ rights. We watched excerpts of the presidential debate and discussed what to expect as the election—and our mock election—draws nearer.

Art 3/4 – We finished painting our camels this past week along with a desert background to complement their ELA work with the book, My Librarian is a Camel. In the coming weeks, students will begin a book mark project to celebrate a culture of their choosing with Ms. Thoner in ELA.  It will involve maps, information, illustrations, and cultural patterns and symbols.

Art 5/6 – This week we used color pencils to define the water from the land as an accompaniment to their ELA book, Eight Days: A Story of Haiti.  We are learned the subtleties of pencil, pressure, gradation and depth of hue. This week we will polish off our maps with a map key and the labeling of political and geographical locations. Next week, we will delve into art pouring forth from the ancient civilizations being examined in Ms. Bebell’s Super Studies class.

Art 7/8 – Last week, per student request, we will have a watercolor study of a Maine landscape.  This week we examine political campaign posters from history in complement to their work with Ms. Bebell in Super Studies. Particularly posters that message voting and voting issues from the past.  Students will reproduce one of these posters of the past and design their own to convey their own message about voting and civic duty.

3rd grade Math – We have continued exploring what multiplication and division means by using manipulatives and arrays.  We also learned about the communicative property of multiplication and explored how 3 groups of four is equal to four groups of three.

4th-grade math – We continued to deepen our understanding of place value by adding 100 and 1000 to numbers.  We also worked with rounding to the 1000th place.

5th-grade math – We are continually exploring place value by multiplying and dividing numbers by 100 and 1000.  We also worked with powers of ten and converting metric units.

6th-grade math – We continued our work with equivalent ratios.  We worked with solving problems with equivalent ratios using tape diagrams.

7th-grade math – We are working on finding proportional and nonproportional relationships in tables and graphs.  We worked with the constant of proportionality or the unit rate.

PTF News:

  • Brooklin Backpack Program will be sending bags of food for the long weekend home on Thursday afternoon. You ARE ENROLLED AUTOMATICALLY in this program unless you opt-out. If you are enrolled please help us by filling this out. Thank you! https://forms.gle/PwAcghBrXE2rvwyY9
  • Thank you to Becky and Robert Courtot, Rene Neuner, Ellen Landrum and Wilder, Tanya Prime, Jon Spivak, and  Ed and Lisa Depasquel for getting the school’s large outdoor classroom repaired and secured after last week’s storm.
  • Brooklin School PTF is considering a children’s warm clothing swap. This event would be held outside. We are hoping the kids can be outside as much as possible this year but that can be cold and outdoor gear is $$$$. Hang on to your children’s outdoor gear that they have outgrown and in preparation, you could get it washed and ready to go. We will choose a date soon and send out the details.
  • The next PTF meeting is outdoors, October 27th @ 3:15. We already have so many new members this year and we are hoping even more of you will join us!

Hopefully, this doesn’t blow away again today!

Calendar

October

10/9                             Workshop Day—No School

10/12                           Holiday—No School

10/13                                                               Author Michael Chabon Visit

10/12-10/16                 Parent/Teacher Conference Week

10/14               12:00                                       Flu Immunization Clinic

10/16               12:00                                       Dismissal

10/23               12:00                                       Dismissal

10/27               3:15 pm                                   PTF Meeting

10/30               12:00                                       Dismissal

November

11/1                             Daylight Savings Time Ends

11/6                 12:00                                       Dismissal

11/11                           Holiday—No School

10/1/20 Newsletter

Thank You:
• To Molly Blake for running Magic Food Bus all summer.

Pre-K Class is Looking For
Gently used Legos to make individual Lego sets for 9 students for free choice times.

Curriculum Updates
Ms. Wilson
This week Pre-K and K students learned about what parts of a plant & identifying what part of the plant we eat when we eat vegetables. We discovered that carrots are roots & had the opportunity to harvest 138 carrots in the community garden with Mrs. D’s kind leadership.

Pre-K mathematicians are showing their abilities to classify and sort items by color, size and shape as well as creating groups of up to 5 items, while using 1:1 correspondence.

K & Pre-K author /illustrators are working to add details to their pictures, filling the page, and beginning to add words to tell stories. We are working to master letter sounds, and becoming proficient rhymer detectives!

Mrs. Baird
Kindergarten, first, and second grade did some great work this week! We took the NWEA reading and math tests on Thursday and Friday, and the students were focused and determined to do their best! The kindergarteners worked on things that go together for example a basketball and a hoop. They also practiced making their numbers 1-5 with play dough and writing them. In literacy, first grade worked on mastering their letter sounds and on isolating the first sound in a given word. The first graders continued to work on number bonds in math using unifix cubes to help with understanding the part, part whole concept. They also worked on one more than a number. In literacy, second graders have been reading independently and to a teacher, working on sight words, and have continued manipulating sounds in words to make new words! The second graders worked on breaking a number into parts to make it easier to add, for example 23 is 20 + 3. They will continue to work on that this week using unifix cubes to help with understanding. The whole class learned a new game called High- Low using a deck of cards.

Ms. Phillips
PK/K – To start the school year students have been learning the sign language for the song “You’re A Grand Old Flag!” We have also been reading and listening to musical books!

1/2 – To start the school year students have been learning the sign language for the song “You’re A Grand Old Flag!” We have also been reading and listening to musical books!

3/4 – To start the year students have been learning the sign language to “God Bless America!” We talked about Veteran’s Day and why we celebrate it. We have also been reading books about music.

5/6 – To start the school year students have been learning the sign language to “America The Beautiful” We talked about Veteran’s Day and why we celebrate it. We are also preparing our first composer study about George Frideric Handel!

Math – Mrs. Sproul
Seventh grade students are looking at proportional and non-proportional relationships in graphs and tables. The eighth grade students are looking at the laws of exponents, understanding them and solving problems using the laws.

Art – Mr. Kennerk
Last week we examined shadow contours on the face of Frederick Douglass in honor of their ELA focus with Ms. Thoner. Using a gridded out photograph of Douglass, we drew the lines that define light and shadow. This week we water colored the contoured spaces with shades of brown and completed the piece. Next week, per student request, we will have a watercolor study of Maine landscapes.

ELA – Mrs. Thoner
This week we have continued our study of slavery, of the abolition movement, the Missouri Compromise (allowing Maine to become a state) and of the life of Frederick Douglass. This set of lessons allowed for students to work at their own pace and still get to the end at the same time. Students took the NWEA reading test, which will guide me as I design lessons for the next several weeks.

From this week on, on Wednesdays during the first ELA block, students will work with Ellen Booream and me in creative writing through a group zoom meeting. For students not allowed on Zoom, we will work out a way for them to still be part of this class.

Super Studies – Mrs. Bebell
To start the week, we honored the life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by reading the biographical picture book, “I Dissent,” by Debbie Levy. The students spent the rest of the week identifying problems in our everyday lives that they could imagine inventing a solution for. They split up into two groups, drew plans for their inventions, and created radio and visual advertisements for their imagined products.

Performing Arts – Ms. Phillips
To start the school year students have been learning the sign language to “America The Beautiful.” We talked about Veteran’s Day and why we celebrate it. We are also preparing our first composer study about George Frideric Handel!

“Awesome Man” Author Michael Chabon Comes to Brooklin School

On October 8 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon will visit with students at the Brooklin School to share his latest picture book in the Awesome Man series. “Awesome Man: The Mystery Intruder” just released on September 29.

The event will be held outside at 10 am, with students, staff and parents wearing masks and social distancing. Chabon will be giving each child in pre-Kindergarten through second grade a signed copy of his book and engage their curious questions.

Brooklin School chooses a different author to visit every year. “Returning to school this fall has been anything but normal,” says Principal Jil Blake. “We could really use a Superhero! The school is so excited for Michael Chabon’s visit.”

“ It is important for authors to come because it teaches kids about the steps that go into a story and kids of all ages have fun”
– Amelia Watters -Grade 6

“It is fun to meet somebody that has chosen to write books as their career and children get a lot out of it.”
-Addisyn Tripp -Grade 6

Because of Covid-19, Chabon’s appearance is not open to the public.

Michael Chabon is the bestselling author of Moonglow and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, among many others. He lives part of each year in Brooklin, Maine.

The Awesome Man picture books are illustrated by Jake Parker.

What publisher Harper Collins says about “Awesome Man: The Mystery Intruder”-
“Awesome Man”, our favorite superhero, is back, and in this fantastic sequel from New York Times bestselling author Michael Chabon, he must prepare for his greatest threat yet!

Awesome Man’s secret identity has stayed safe, and he’s still the coolest superhero around. He loves protecting the people of Awesome City from evildoers, like the giant Plutonian octolizard, with his trusty sidekick, Moskowitz. But there have been reports that a new hero is coming to town soon. What if the people of Awesome City no longer need Awesome Man?”

PTF News:
• We have some exciting new Brooklin School long-sleeved shirts coming your way. They should be here soon and we are hoping that kids will wear them on Fridays for school spirit! We will also be putting up an online order form ASAP so that parents and friends can order gear as well.
• Brooklin School PTF is considering a children’s warm clothing swap. This event would be held outside. We are hoping the kids can be outside as much as possible this year but that can be cold and outdoor gear is $$$$. Hang on to your children’s outdoor gear that they have outgrown and in preparation, you could get it washed and ready to go. We will choose a date soon and send out the details.
• The next PTF meeting is outdoors, October 27th @ 3:15. We already have so many new members this year and we are hoping even more of you will join us!

Calendar
October
10/2 12:00 Dismissal
10/8 Author Michael Chabon
10/9 Workshop Day—No School
10/12 Holiday—No School
10/12-10/16 Parent/Teacher Conference Week
10/14 12:00 Flu Immunization Clinic
10/16 12:00 Dismissal
10/23 12:00 Dismissal
10/27 3:15 pm PTF Meeting
10/30 12:00 Dismissal

November
11/1 Daylight Savings Time Ends
11/6 12:00 Dismissal
11/11 Holiday—No School

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