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Community Updates: October 2019

Annual Town-wide Cross Country Meet for all 5th-8th Grade Students
We are looking forward to our 5th-8th grade students participating in a series of races and running events at the annual town-wide cross country meet! Organized by our Wellness Education team, students are invited to compete with other schools at Larz Anderson Park on Wednesday, October 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (rain date: Friday, October 25). Volunteers will be needed! If you would like to help us out, please contact your student's physical education teacher for more information.

 

Improving Professional Development for Staff

Responding to feedback from staff in recent years, PSB has made important changes in our professional development opportunities for staff. This year, we are providing a more consistent and planful approach this year for educators across the district in addition to school-based and individual learning opportunities.

Over the next three years, we are focusing on cultural proficiency, restorative practices, and grade K-8 math instruction. Cultural proficiency and restorative practices build stronger school communities and essential connections for deep learning. Our ongoing work in mathematics will help develop a deeper conceptual understanding of math for our K-5 teachers and help them launch our new math curriculum in the years to come. Educators will work with both in-grade level teams and across schools to build vital connections with their colleagues.

 
Race Reels Film Series

Sponsored by the Brookline Educators Union and the BHS Parent-Teacher Organization, Race Reels is a community event led by BHS teachers that explores difficult topics, such as race, politics, and other cultural issues through the medium of documentaries. Selections from this year's schedule includes films that explores the lives of METCO students, Native Americans and the Child-Welfare System, and Muslim Representation in America after 9/11. Families and community members are invited to participate: Click here for the full 2019-2020 film schedule.

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day
Monday, October 14, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Coolidge Corner School

Join the Brookline Indigenous People’s Day Committee and the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations in commemorating the shared history and culture of Indigenous People! Enjoy food provided by Harm Free Eats, support local artists and craftspeople, and learn about the history of Indigenous People in Brookline and throughout Massachusetts. If you have any questions, or would like more information please contact Caitlin Starr.

League of Women Voters Opening Meeting 
Wednesday, October 16, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the Select Board Meeting Room 6th floor, Town Hall.

The League of Women Voters of Brookline (LWVB) will hold its opening meeting at Town Hall. Speakers includes Tina Cassidy, Author of Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? and Local Historian Greer Hardwicke, who will speak on the 100th Anniversary of the Brookline League of Women Voters. Refreshments will be served. Learn more here. 

2019 WTS (Women's Transportation Seminar) Transportation YOU Summit 
Saturday, October 26, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Harvard University Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Sponsored by the MBTA and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, this free conference offers hands-on workshops and activities for girls ages 8-18 to learn more about the interesting work of the Transportation industry. There will also be an ice cream social, opening and closing remarks by industry professionals, and mini-activity tables between workshops. Click here to register!