Brookwood's Monthly Newsletter
January 2023, Joyful Teaching! Joyful Learning
From the Principal's Desk . . . Jacqueline Cubberly
I hope this message finds you well and ready to begin a new year!
What is the true meaning of new year?
As part of his reform, Caesar instituted January 1 as the first day of the year, partly to honor the month's namesake: Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, whose two faces allowed him to look back into the past and forward into the future.
What is the purpose of New Years?
The celebration part is obvious. As our birthdays do, New Year's Day provides us the chance to celebrate having made it through another 365 days, the unit of time by which we keep chronological score of our lives. Phew! Another year over, and here we still are! Time to raise our glasses and toast our survival.
In the United States, the most iconic New Year’s tradition is the dropping of a giant ball in New York City’s Times Square at the stroke of midnight. Millions of people around the world watch the event, which has taken place almost every year since 1907. Over time, the ball itself has ballooned from a 700-pound iron-and-wood orb to a brightly patterned sphere 12 feet in diameter and weighing in at nearly 12,000 pounds. Various towns and cities across America have developed their own versions of the Times Square ritual, organizing public drops of items ranging from pickles (Dillsburg, Pennsylvania) to possums (Tallapoosa, Georgia) at midnight on New Year’s Eve.
I hope this new year brings you joy, peace and health.
1/3/23 Classes resume
1/11/23 1:15 Early Dismissal
1/12/23 6:00 - 7:00 PM - Family Brain Night - Please join us in our Library
1/16/23 Martin Luther King Day - NO SCHOOL
Family Brain Night
Thursday, Jan. 12th, 6-7pm
Brookwood Elementary School, Library
We hope to see many of you and your family!
Family Brain Night! Click on the BLUE link, then again on the BLUE link embedded on the flyer, to register.
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Mrs Walters and Mrs Lewis learned how to play dreidel for Hanukkah!
Dissecting Owl Pellets - in Ms. Everitt's Class
Mrs. Fowler and Ms. K’s class participated in a Gingerbread Exchange. We received gingerbread people and letters created by different classrooms all over the country. We learned about other schools and states from the letters!
STEM - Gumdrop Challenge!
The Brookwood Tree Decorating Activity was a big hit!
Each grade level based their decorations on the Wit and Wisdom themes they are studying.
1st Grade: Snowmen
2nd Grade: Seasons of change
3rd Grade: Ocean Animals
4th Grade: Hearts
5th Grade: 3D Shapes
First Grade - Hibernation Celebration!
First Grade learned about Hibernation.
We learned that some animals MUST hibernate during the winter and that these animals have to gather A LOT of food before the winter begins.
During our Hibernation Celebration, we wore our pajamas, fed our stuffed animals and read them stories, before they went into their homes to hibernate.