Hour of Code Sparks Imagination    
Posted on: 12/9/2014 3:09:00 PM

Far Brook students are joining millions of students around the world this week as they participate in the Hour of Code, a global movement to introduce and demystify computer science to everyone. Educational technology Specialist Deborah Wraight is leading students and teachers in each grade on a computer programming journey using a variety of online and offline activities. While participating in an Hour of Code , students are working together and exercising their problem-solving skills and creativity.

Students in Nursery through First Grade learned to program Bee-bot, a simple robot with four commands (forward, backward, turn left, turn right).  Using these commands, the students helped Bee-bot travel through a maze they created with blocks.  The Nursery and Kindergarten students had to figure out which sequence of commands Bee-bot needed to successfully travel through the maze, then once they reached agreement, they tested out their "code."  Even though Bee-bot is quite simple for a robot, this activity introduced students to the problem-solving and logic skills that computer programmers use every day. 

Upper Schools students choose between several different options. At www.code.org, students can complete tutorials where they learn a coding language and have to use it to complete challenges. Made with Code is another coding opportunity available to students, where they write code to program a lighting design for a holiday tree on the White House lawn. After submitting their tree light design, students receive a time when the White House tree will display their code! Other options include Scratch, the graphical language used to create interactive stories and games. Our young programmers are creating snowflakes, building their own versions of popular games, and telling animated stories using images, graphics, and sound features.                                                                                                                                          

These hands-on coding activities begin to unlock the mystery behind computer science, and show students that anyone can become a programmer. We encourage students and families to continue the exploration at home with resources from http://code.org/learn

Happy coding!

Sharing Our Abundance    
Posted on: 12/9/2014 8:52:00 AM

On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Far Brook held it's annual Thanksgiving Processional in the snow. Despite all the challenges from the messy weather, the students created a meaningful and beautiful Processional that honored the spirit of simplicity, sharing, and gratitude.

Sixth Grade Delivers Laughs from Ancient Rome    
Posted on: 11/6/2014 11:35:00 AM
Epidicus, by Plautus

On Thursday, November 6, Far Brook's Sixth Grade took to the stage and brought the house down in their presentation of Epidicus, a comedy from ancient Rome by the prolific playwright Titus Maccius Plautus. <For more of the story, click the headline above.>

Service Learning for Seventh Grade Stretches Beyond Our Campus    
Posted on: 11/6/2014 8:44:00 AM
Caring and connecting to others

On Tuesday, November 4, Far Brook's Seventh Grade brought enthusiasm and caring to their work at St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen in Newark and at Community Food Bank in Hillside. <For more of the story, click the headline above.>

Halloween Morning Meeting    
Posted on: 11/5/2014 5:17:00 PM
Eighth Graders' showcase their clever costumes

The much-anticipated Halloween Morning Meeting took place October 31 and it was a perfect brew of the truly spooky and downright silly. <For more of the story, click the headline above.>

A Diwali Celebration at Far Brook    
Posted on: 11/5/2014 4:57:00 PM
Hindu festival of lights shared in Morning Meeting

In Morning Meeting on October 21, several Far Brook families brought a Diwali celebration to the entire school. <For more of this story, click the headline above.>

Eighth Grade Focuses on Haiti    
Posted on: 10/23/2014 2:57:00 PM
French Program Ties to Community Service

At Fall Family Day on October 19, the Eighth Grade raised $131.84 at their table for F.E.E.D. Paulette--la Fondation pour l’Épanouissement des Enfants Démunis (Foundation for the Development of Underprivileged Children)--a grassroots non-profit organization founded to help the children of Paulette, Haiti, who live in one of the poorest areas of Haiti.<For more of this story, click the headline above.>

Third Grade Unearths the Wonders of the Worm    
Posted on: 10/23/2014 9:39:00 AM
Composting, Earth, and Worms

On Tuesday, the Third Grade expanded their understanding of food chains and met a wiggly friend who lives at the very end of the chain: the earthworm, specifically, the red wriggler worm. <For more of this story, click the headline above.>

Fall Family Fun    
Posted on: 10/23/2014 9:24:00 AM

Sunday, October 19, turned out bright and cool, perfect weather for Far Brook's annual Fall Family Day. Organized by current Far Brook families, the event was a great day for the Far Brook community, who came out to enjoy fun activities and good food with their families and each other. <To see the photo album, click the headline above.>

Fifth Grade Digs Deep with Artifacts    
Posted on: 10/11/2014 9:44:00 AM
Traveling back in time

The Fifth Grade traveled back in time Wednesday, October 8, on a trip to New York City. The class of 26 young historians toured the Greek and Roman galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of their study of ancient Greece. <For more of this story, click the headline above.>

Kindergarten and Fourth Grade Abuzz!    
Posted on: 10/6/2014 4:53:00 PM
Local Beekeepers Bring the Hive Alive
No strangers to being busy as bees, Far Brook's Kindergarten and Fourth Grade classes came together on Monday, October 6 in the Middle School for a workshop with local beekeepers, Albert and Valerie of Tomaro Honey, to learn how honey bees live and how essential they are to the propagation of plant species and, therefore, to human life.<For more of the story, click the headline above.>
Second Grade's Sun-Shadow Exploration    
Posted on: 10/3/2014 11:50:00 AM

Recent visitors to Far Brook's campus may have noticed the Second Grade outside, involved in experimenting with the effects of the biggest feature of our planetary system: the Sun. <For more of this story, click the headline above.>

Fourth Grade Botanists    
Posted on: 10/2/2014 11:40:00 AM
Designing a seed

During their study of plants, the Fourth Grade students learned how plant species propagate. This science curriculum occurs as students explore the plants and herbs of Ancient Egypt through group research. <For more of this story, click the headline above.>

Architect Visits Fifth Grade    
Posted on: 10/1/2014 8:04:00 PM
Ancient Greek architecture examined

Architect Sue Wyeth visited Far Brook’s Fifth Grade, sharing blueprints and plans for school construction.  As part of the school-wide ground-breaking ceremony held in Morning Meeting, and to complement their study of ancient Greek architecture, Wyeth showed students elements of classical architecture that will appear in the new construction. <For the rest of this story, click the headline above.>

Hands-on Learning in Kindergarten    
Posted on: 10/1/2014 7:54:00 PM
Far Brook trees to become furniture

Kindergarten students joined the construction effort this week, donning hard hats and assisting the sawmill operator on campus. <To read the rest of the story, click on the headline above.>

Far Brook Athletes Kickoff Fall Season    
Posted on: 9/26/2014 9:56:00 AM
Sports Report in Morning Meeting

"Today we have a Sports Report.  Would the players please come up." With this invitation from Amy last Friday, the team presenters from Grades 5-8 made their way to the stage for the first of weekly Sports Reports. <For the rest of this story, please click the headline above.>

STEAM Explorers at Far Brook    
Posted on: 9/22/2014 4:40:00 PM
Problem Solving through STEAM

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Explorers is a new activity that offers all Far Brook students the chance to apply their STEAM skills to solve some real world problems and to learn about careers that use these skills. Every couple of months in Morning Meeting, Middle School/Junior High math teacher Nina Sze will collaborate with other Far Brook faculty and staff to share a STEAM Explorer concept and video (from the website The Futures Channel) and offer a related activity designed to challenge our students. Topics include: ABC Architecture, Dancing with Geometry, In the Chef's Kitchen, and Saving Bald Eagles. STEAM Explorers activities appropriate for Grades N-3, Grades 3-6, and Grades 6-8 can be found through the parent portal of the website.

Far Brook's GLI Chapter Begins New Year    
Posted on: 9/19/2014 3:46:00 PM
Supporting Education for Girls Worldwide


Far Brook students in Grades 6-8 met today for the start of the new year of their Girls Learn International (GLI) Chapter. 
<For the rest of this story, please click the headline above.>

Teaching Kids About Food    
Posted on: 9/11/2014 8:21:00 AM
Far Brook Alumna Part of Food Corps


Rachel Terry '06 is a Food Corps Service Member working at Philip's Academy Charter School in Newark. Food Corp's mission: "Teaching Kids, Building Gardens, Connecting Farm and School."  See her story here.

First Graders Contribute, and Learn    
Posted on: 9/10/2014 8:13:00 AM
Helping Victims of Typhoon Haiyan, Learning Math

Last week, Far Brook's First Grade (Class of 2021) received a letter from the Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) thanking our students for their contribution of $204.51 to aid the victims of last year's devastating Typhoon Haiyan. Click <Read More> in the headline above for the rest of the story.

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