An Inspirational Day of Dance    
Posted on: 4/3/2014 1:04:00 PM
Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company comes to Far Brook

On Wednesday, March 26, Far Brook students communicated without words, tuned their "instruments" (bodies), and stretched their imaginations with the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company (CDDC). Alumni parent, internationally celebrated choreographer, and master artist/teacher Carolyn Dorfman and her company of eleven contemporary dancers provided a day of inspired movement and fun for all Far Brook students. The day began with a Morning Meeting performance by the Company, where Carolyn suggested that instead of sitting back and relaxing, the children "sit forward and engage," which they did with enthusiasm. When Carolyn asked the students to give a one-word reaction to the dances, hands shot up eagerly to offer their responses, including "story," "coordinated," and "silence." The choreography included excerpts from Mayne Mentshn (My People), created by Carolyn as a tribute to her family’s rich Jewish heritage.

After Morning Meeting, each grade separately had a chance to experience Carolyn's creative process and understand for themselves why she has always been so drawn to “the joy and power of movement and dance and to share the human story.” 
This day of rich artistic experience was made possible by the Fredda Leff Special Project Endowment Fund.
The Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company will be performing The Legacy Project at South Orange Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at, or by calling 973.313.ARTS (2787). 
Reports Day for Junior High    
Posted on: 4/3/2014 12:57:00 PM
Bridges and Broadway!

On Reports Day in March, Far Brook's Junior High students took a break from their regular classes.

Students reviewed their progress with their Junior High teachers, reflecting on the past semester, setting goals for themselves and making plans to achieve these goals. This interactive process supports the students in their progress toward more independence and guides them in thinking about what is needed to be a successful student.

While the teachers held student conferences, Junior High students enjoyed special activities designed specifically for this day. Dwayne Clark and Janeece Freeman, parents of Jada Clark in Nursery, provided an incredible musical theater workshop for each grade. 

When not singing, the students packed 200 sustainable lunches for the homeless in Newark, Irvington, and New York City for Bridges Outreach. Junior High families generously organized and donated food for this initiative.
Playground Re-opens    
Posted on: 3/27/2014 10:40:00 AM
Jumping for joy on the new playground surface

On Thursday, March 27, the playground reopened after being briefly closed for installation of a new, 100% recycled rubber safety surface by Playguard. 

Both the new playground surface and the Imagination Playground equipment system were made possible in part by proceeds from a parent-sponsored fundraiser last spring. From the reaction of the first group of students to check it out, it looks like the playground renovation is a hit!

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Kindergarten Visits Central Park Zoo    
Posted on: 3/25/2014 1:57:00 PM
What's a Gentoo? Ask the Far Brook Kindergarten!
On Monday, Far Brook's Kindergarten visited the Central Park Zoo as part of their wintertime study of an animal that is right at home in the cold...the penguin. In the classroom, each Kindergarten student made their own penguin out of boxes, read stories featuring penguins, and learned all about penguin habitats and habits. During their Antarctic adventure at the Central Park Zoo, the students observed four different types of penguins: Gentoos, Rockhoppers, Kings, and Chinstraps, and had a great time watching them dive in and out of the water during feeding time.  The penguins even swam right up to the glass for an up-close and personal "hello" to the students!
GLI Special Movie - Dancing In Jaffa - April 4    
Posted on: 3/18/2014 5:08:00 PM
Tickets $10 advance, $12 at the door

Join Far Brook's Girls Learn International (GLI) chapter for a pre-release screening of a very special film featuring 11-year-old children learning to get along with their enemies through dancing, confronting issues of identity, segregation, and racial prejudice. Your ticket price goes to support our sister school in Pakistan. 

The event will be held in Moore Hall Friday, April 4, 2014, at 7:00 pm. 

View the movie trailer.    Purchase tickets now.

Third Grade Goes Maple Sugaring    
Posted on: 3/18/2014 8:06:00 AM
Where does maple syrup come from?
On Thursday March 6th, the Third Grade class visited the Somerset County’s Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge, NJ, for their annual Maple Sugaring trip. The children, teachers, and parent chaperones were treated to a delightful and educational morning of “sweet” enlightenment, keeping the theme of the Native American curriculum in focus.
The students learned how maple sugar is made and where it comes from.  The guides explained and demonstrated the history of its accidental discovery by an Iroquois Indian chief and the evolution of the process of tapping Maple trees. As they sampled some delicious syrup and headed back to the bus, Third Graders left with a completely new perspective on the gooey goodness we pour on flapjacks.
Henry IV Comes to Life    
Posted on: 3/13/2014 5:25:00 PM

Far Brook's Seventh Grade students shared their refined acting skills in a dramatic performance of the second part of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, “A New King” on Tuesday, March 11 in Moore Hall.

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The Fifth Grade Presents: Oedipus at Colonus    
Posted on: 3/12/2014 8:10:00 AM

At the end of February, Far Brook's Fifth Grade, immersed in their core theme of Ancient Greece, took the stage in a Morning Meeting presentation of Oedipus at Colonus, a play by the Greek tragedian Sophocles. The complex material in this tale of disgrace, destiny, and redemption, was handled with understanding and skill by the Fifth Grade students, who even managed to lighten the tragedy with some well-delivered comedic moments. Nicely done, Fifth Grade!

Fourth Grade Shares Their Favorite Books    
Posted on: 3/5/2014 2:57:00 PM
A day of books and cookies
The Fourth Grade collected books to donate to the Children’s Literacy Program connected with St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen in Newark, NJ. Students chose books from their personal libraries to share with the children participating in the literacy program. Each child wrote reviews of their selections to accompany the titles being delivered to the literacy library.
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Nursery's Morning of Music    
Posted on: 3/5/2014 10:24:00 AM
Big treat for little ears

On February 27, Far Brook’s Nursery traveled to the Grace Episcopal Church in Madison for a Tiny Tots Concert. These concerts have been organized and hosted by the Madison Cooperative Nursery School for over 30 years and introduce preschoolers and kindergartners to the instruments of the symphony orchestra. On this trip, our Nursery students learned about a family of instruments called the "string family" and got to hear, see, and learn about violins, violas, and cellos. They will hear the lowest voice of the string family next week, when Claire's son brings in his double bass.
Seeing and hearing the instruments was great, and now Nursery is busy with doing: they're making their own violins that they can play at home.
Nursery is eager to meet the woodwinds on their next trip!
A View into the Classroom    
Posted on: 2/12/2014 12:38:00 PM
Project Videos at Transition Night
As you go to your child’s next grade classroom on Transition Night, you will see projects that the current students of that grade have been working on. This year you have the opportunity to hear the students themselves talk about the project!
Celebrating Sally Adams Chernoff ’57    
Posted on: 2/7/2014 4:24:00 PM
An extraordinary teaching legacy

Sally Adams Chernoff '57, who retired from Far Brook this year after a remarkable 30-year career teaching math and science, was celebrated by the entire community in a special Morning Meeting on January 29.

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Lower School Mitten Project    
Posted on: 2/4/2014 1:42:00 PM
Taking Action
With the area in a deep freeze, students in Far Brook's Lower School could easily imagine how they might feel if they couldn’t find their gloves or mittens, or if they had no way to get some. The Lower School faculty explained that there are children in our area who, for different reasons, are in this situation right now when it is so very cold. With this in mind, the Lower School launched the “Mitten Project.”
Pairing older students with younger to help with writing and drawing, the Lower School had each student bring in a pair of gloves or mittens, write and decorate a card, and assemble a package that included the mittens, a card, and a packet of cocoa.
The completed packages—116 in all—were sent on to either Isaiah House in East Orange or to the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) in Montclair to distribute.
Too Cold? Brrrr...ainstorming!    
Posted on: 1/31/2014 4:55:00 PM
Cold Weather Inspires Fun and Learning
Despite low temperatures from a recent snowy cold snap, Far Brook students are still enjoying the outdoors with snowmen and sledding.
But they are also learning a few new things, like the term, “polar vortex,” the weather pattern responsible for bringing frigid arctic weather systems into our area. Some students took this unique opportunity to conduct experiments that can be done only in the extreme cold.

On one frosty morning, the Second Grade--immersed in a math and science unit on taking measurements and making estimates--wanted to find a suitable “subject” to practice on. They looked outside their windows, and then they looked...up...

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Third Grade's Original Stories    
Posted on: 1/31/2014 4:07:00 PM
Shared With Kindergarten
In Morning Meeting, Far Brook Librarian Kate Hewitt shared a book with the School called The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsberg. The book is a collection of black and white illustrations each with a provocative caption that serves as the start of a story.
His heart was pounding.
He was sure he had seen the doorknob turn.
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Far Brook Student's Chorus Sings at Superbowl    
Posted on: 1/31/2014 4:02:00 PM
Tune In to Pre-Game Activities Sunday, February 2

Congratulations to Far Brook Seventh Grader Sophia Fanelle and her 70+ fellow choristers who will sing with Queen Latifah in part of the televised Super Bowl pre-game activities Sunday. These students are part of the Advanced Choir of the New Jersey Youth Chorus (NJYC). The Chorus is scheduled to perform America the Beautiful as a tribute to members of the military and their families at 6:14 p.m. Sunday.

Three other Far Brook students, Ben Lee (Young Men's Ensemble), Georgia Post-Lipnick (Apprentice Choir), and Lilly Fanelle (Apprentice Choir), also sing with the NJYC, which has five choirs for students in grades one through twelve.

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Fourth Grade Visits Newark Museum    
Posted on: 1/15/2014 10:15:00 AM
Classical Antiquities, Africa, Generation Fit
On Thursday, December 12th, the Fourth Grade spent the day at the Newark Museum. The visit began in the hall of Classical Antiquities, where Egypt’s ancient artifacts surrounded them. Students’ classroom learning was obvious as they were able to enthusiastically identify everyday objects and rites of Egyptian life. After an interactive and animated lecture, the students were able to get their hands dirty by each sculpting a scarab beetle, a sacred symbol of rebirth for the Egyptians, from a lump of clay. The students next gathered in the African gallery, where a knowledgeable docent introduced the vast and varied continent through a discussion of textiles, musical instruments, ornaments, furniture, modern history, and contemporary artwork. After lunch, the children broke into small groups to explore Generation Fit, a health and wellness exhibit, and galleries of interest. Click here for the photo album.
Fourth Grade Demonstrates Their Shadufs on the Far Brook "Nile"    
Posted on: 1/13/2014 4:05:00 PM
Sandbox Show-and-Tell with Nursery
Far Brook Nursery students know that plants need water to grow, but they hadn't really thought too much about what to do if you are a farmer and it hasn't rained in a good long while and your crops are thirsty.  
Helping Others    
Posted on: 1/9/2014 8:38:00 AM
Thank you for supporting the Family Assistance Resource Center
Thank you to the Far Brook community and to Roger Hinton, current parent and Director of the Family Assistance Resource Center, for helping to meet the immediate needs of families in our surrounding communities. In recent weeks, the Resource Center has picked up multiple vanloads of clothing, toys, and household items from Far Brook and delivered the items directly to people in difficult circumstances.
Roger founded the Family Assistance Resource Center several years ago when a fire in Orange left over 90 families without homes and basic necessities during cold weather. Since that first effort, Far Brook’s supportive and caring community has generously contributed to the success of the program.
For more information about the Family Assistance Resource Center and how to help, please go to their website:
December Celebrations at Far Brook - Photo Albums    
Posted on: 1/7/2014 12:40:00 PM
High Tea, Holiday Windows, Harmonia, Las Posadas
The days preceeding the December break were joyful and busy ones here at Far Brook. Click any picture to open its album.
The Third Grade brought Dylan Thomas's A Child's Christmas in Wales to Far Brook. Dressed in their finest and displaying their best party behavior, the students spent the day entertaining each other and enjoying the traditional biscuits, sweets, and tea of the Third Grade High Tea. 
During that week, students painted their annual holiday windows all around the campus, some with seasonal themes, some curriculum-inspired.
The painted windows were glowing beautifully the night the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade students presented Harmonia, A Winter Celebration of the Arts in Moore Hall which was transformed by twinkling lights and starry, celestial artwork created by the entire school. The audience greatly enjoyed the students' skillful weaving together of story, poetry, dance, and music in this festive presentation.
On the last day before the break, all classrooms played a part in a Far Brook version of the Mexican holiday tradition called "Las Posadas." The First Grade, with Erasmia leading the way and accompanying them on the accordion, sang their way around the campus, asking at each class for shelter. At each door they were turned away, until at last they arrived at the Fifth Grade, which welcomed them in and shared treats and songs. (Thank you Fifth Grade!)
As always, many thanks to the photographers!
Third Grade High Tea - Jen Barba and Deborah Wraight
Holiday Windows - Matt Barba
Harmonia - Stephen Giordano
Las Posadas - Marcia Worth-Baker 

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