This Week at BA

November 19, 2016

The well deserved break is here! Students are heading out for some rest and relaxation with family and friends over the next week and many will enjoy a traditional American Thanksgiving celebration. As the trimester closes, here are a few things to reflect on with your student:
Congratulate your students on the new things they tried this trimester. For some this might be stepping out in front of their peers at a Saturday night Coffee House, being part of a sports team for the first time, getting elected to a student leadership position, or giving their first tour to a prospective family while for others it might be presenting for the first time in front of classmates, submitting that first college application, or leading a community service project. No doubt your student had a lot of accomplishments – big or small – and there will be many more to come. Celebrate these!

Congratulations to our girls’ field hockey and soccer teams who made it to the quarterfinals of the NEPSAC tournament. They wrapped up successful seasons this week with impressive records (field hockey 9-6-1 and soccer 11-4-2) and gave their fans a lot to cheer for throughout the fall. Also, congratulations to Associate Athletic Director Kate Turner, who received the NEPSAC Distinguished Service Award yesterday. In introducing Turner yesterday, Athletic Director Matt Lawlor told the audience "we need more Kate Turners at our schools" ... read what he meant by this and about Turner's accomplishments.

Congratulations also to our Bobcats of the Week: athletic department assistant Thitiwat Niramol ’17 (Thailand); field hockey player Alice Hou ’19 (Beijing); and Sarah Street ’20 (New Caanan, Connecticut). Read about their accomplishments.

In Politics Over Pumpkin Pie, Craig Gemmell appeals to students to look to the Brewster pillars for grounding and direction in a time of intense political divisiveness near and far.

Many (student) hands make light work. Friday night faculty member BG Hodges ’66 and a group of students set off for the Boston Rescue Mission where they will prepare, cook, serve, and clean up (and get a little sleep we hope) many meals for the Mission’s annual Day of Thanks on Sunday. The group also will package Thanksgiving baskets with all the trimmings for families to take home and share with their families.

Right here in Wolfeboro, Maria Found led two service projects recently. One group of student architects helped assemble 150 gingerbread house frames for Spencer-Hughes Real Estate’s "Create Your Dream Home" holiday youth event. Another group assisted with the local Ski and Skate Sale by moving numerous skis, snowboards, helmets, ice skates, and other fun snow sport items into the local high school for the highly popular annual community sale event. Photos.

Giving Thanks at Brewster
You may have heard of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday but what about Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday ushers in Philanthropy Week @ Brewster (November 29-December 2). The week will focus on time, talent, and treasure.

Throughout the week the Office of Advancement will offer special exhibits and events/activities campus wide, such as a Giving Table in the Estabrook, a Talent and Treasure Hunt, a Phonathon outreach in support of The Fund for Brewster, an Alumni Service Award and assembly, photo boards, and Unselfies posted on social media. There is something for anyone who wants to give back.

Advancement staff will reach out to students as well as the broader Brewster community to share their time (service projects), their talents in on-campus events, and "treasures" through donations to The Fund for Brewster. The week will underscore the importance of paying-it-forward while reminding the Brewster community that tuition covers just 87 percent of the expenses of a Brewster education and everyone’s generosity will contribute greatly to the opportunities here.

Also, in the spirit of giving and keeping warm, Brewster is collecting winter outerwear: coats, vests, snow pants, hats, gloves, and scarves for distribution in the Wolfeboro community to those families who are in need of warm outerwear. If you would like to send your student back with any outgrown winter items from your closets, please do. Our student laundry service, E&R Laundry will wash/dry clean items at no cost and return to campus for distribution.

An Important Wellness Reminder
Health Services Director Carrie MacDonald shares that although the flu commonly peaks in January and February, flu season has come early to New Hampshire this year. Thus far, New Hampshire is the only state in the country to report regional flu. We were also the first in the country to report local spread of the flu virus so we may be in for a rough flu season. Brewster held a flu clinic in September but if your student did not get vaccinated, there is still time. Please consider having him or her receive a flu vaccine while home for the Thanksgiving break. As a reminder, if there is a flu outbreak on campus, any student who did not receive a flu immunization will need to return home.
Transport Deadline
December 2 is the last day to book transport to and from Brewster for the December break.
Friday, December 16: do not book any flight before 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 17: the last transport from Brewster is at 12 p.m.
Monday, January 2: for international late evening arrivals transport at 11 p.m.
Tuesday, January 3: transport is available between 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Flights should be scheduled to arrive before 6 p.m.

Please use the Vacation Travel Manager in the Portal to reserve and share travel information. Questions? Please contact Peter Mann (603-569-7128).
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