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When a series of hurricanes devastated Houston, TX, many cities in Florida, and the entire territory of Puerto Rico, Meadowbrook teachers Barbara Campbell, Caroline Kurman, and Linda Rapciak knew they needed to do something to help.

They decided to do a Service Learning Project to build school kits for hurricane victims who lost everything in the recent storms. Each grade in the Lower School, JK-5th, was responsible for bringing in a particular school supply item. The kits were comprised of crayons, pencils, scissors, erasers, rulers, pencil sharpeners, and pads of paper or notebooks. But the work didn’t stop at donating school supplies.

Across the school, our students were learning about the many ways a hurricane impacts people’s lives, and were encouraged to think of ways to help. In science, they learned where hurricanes come from, and why they can cause so much damage. In their classrooms, they read Beautiful Hands by Bret Baumgarten and Kathyrn Otoshi, a heartwarming story of all the things little hands can do to help themselves and others achieve their dreams. In art class, the children mimicked the illustrations from the book and used their handprints to decorate canvas bags that the school kits will be donated in. And in their Social-Emotional Learning lessons, the students learned about empathy, and helping other people in times of need. In music class, they sang songs about “filling up buckets” as a metaphor for giving to others. Music teacher Linda Rapciak also asked the children to think about what they would take from their homes given five minutes to evacuate before a hurricane. 

“I just think it is so wonderful,” Linda said. “The students were so thoughtful in their responses, and resoundingly answered that they would worry most about their families.” It goes to show that in times of need, your family and friends are what matter most. 

In total, 88 school kits donated by Meadowbrook will be delivered to children in need by United Methodist Committee on Relief. 

We are so proud of our students and teachers for their efforts to help the victims of the recent hurricanes!

Even though the weather suggests otherwise, fall is here in New England, and that means it’s time for an exciting tradition at Meadowbrook - Kindergarten Breakfast!

Each year at the beginning of fall, our Junior and Senior Kindergarten students host their parents for the annual Kindergarten Breakfast. This year was no different, and on October 18 our kindergarten families gathered in the MacDowell Center to celebrate. Parents were treated to delicious pumpkin bread made by the JKers, and each kindergarten student made their own laminated placemats to take home. Everyone in attendance enjoyed the fun morning!

 

It was another great evening at Harvard Stadium Friday night. The perfect weather combined with the exceptional play by both Meadowbrook teams produced two superb games. The varsity girls kicked off the evening playing amazing soccer. Their passing and teamwork was fun to watch. Goals were scored by Sarah H., Olivia L., Annabel A. (2), and Molly Q. giving the team a 5-0 victory. Abby H. and Jared R. played outstanding in goal.

The varsity boys played their hearts out in the second game but lost 2-1. The boys played incredible soccer and left everything they had on the field. Calum S. produced the lone goal for Meadowbrook. Carson E. and Teddy E. hit the crossbar or post several times trying to tie the game. The team played with passion and joy for all 60 minutes.

Congratulations to both teams for their efforts!

Last week, over 30 grandfriends gathered in the MacDowell Center for our Grandfriends’ Breakfast. They heard from Head of School arvind grover and Community Liaison & Event Coordinator Donna Harper. They had the opportunity to socialize and catch up with old friends, then were treated to the highlight of the morning: a short performance from our 1st graders! Having just returned from the annual apple picking field trip, the first graders had a fun song to share about what they learned, called I Love Apples. After breakfast, grandfriends were taken on a tour of the new Learning Commons and Lower School. It was a great event! See the photo below for a few of the grandfriends in attendance. 

 

 

It was a spectacular day, highlighted by the dedication of our middle school students who staffed all the games, crafts and concessions. The pony rides and petting zoo were a big hit with our younger festival-goers, while the inflatable slide and exciting field games kept our older friends on the move all day. Congratulations to all our chili cook-off contestants who tried their best to grab the silver ladle prize.  This year, Mr. M's chili sundae took top honors! We are grateful to all of our student helpers and parent volunteers who helped make the day so special. 

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