Graduation and A Midsummer Night's Dream    
Posted on: 6/13/2014 3:04:00 PM
Congratulations Class of 2014!

 

On stage before a packed and attentive audience in Moore Hall on Friday, June 6, each of Far Brook's 20 graduating Eighth Graders--in costume for the play that will follow--walked to the microphone and addressed the community. 

 

A Wonderful Whirlwind Closes Out the Year    
Posted on: 6/10/2014 10:19:00 AM
Recent Highlights

The final month of school here at Far Brook is packed with memorable events, trips, and traditions for the entire School. Here are some highlights.

Kindergarten and Sixth Grade Create a Medieval Feast    
Posted on: 6/10/2014 7:18:00 AM
All Things Medieval: Characters, Stories, Songs, Dance, and Food

In early May, the Sixth Grade and Kindergarten classes collaborated to present their annual Medieval Feast. For the Sixth Grade, the feast represents weeks of preparation as they study the history and the culture of the Middle Ages. 

It's Spring: Time to Dig!    
Posted on: 5/5/2014 3:32:00 PM
For future flowers, trees, and buildings
The Far Brook campus has finally thawed after the long, cold winter, and it is clearly the season for digging in pursuit of projects of all sizes...
Imagine the Possibilities    
Posted on: 5/5/2014 10:24:00 AM
Gala Campaign Kickoff Event

Far Brook marked the beginning of the public phase of its Capital Campaign with a gala event on April 24 in Moore Hall. 

Silkscreening in Fourth Grade    
Posted on: 5/5/2014 9:24:00 AM
Egyptian Animal Prints

Toward the end of April, the Fourth Grade class experimented with creating a silkscreen of a Nile River Valley animal in a continuation of their core study of Ancient Egypt. 

Penguins, Pancakes, and Pillows    
Posted on: 4/24/2014 3:54:00 PM
Kindergarten family fun

In April, Far Brook's Kindergarten wrapped up its study of penguins with their annual Penguin Pancakes and Sew-a-thon. Family members joined in to make penguin-shaped pancakes and sew penguin pillows. 

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Special Performance by S.O.U.L.    
Posted on: 4/24/2014 10:41:00 AM
World music for the Lower School

On Tuesday, the Lower School gathered in the Segal Family Library for a special performance by Singers Of United Lands (S.O.U.L.).

A Baseball Mystery - Math to the Rescue!    
Posted on: 4/9/2014 4:38:00 PM
The Seventh Grade's Solution

It was April 9 and opening day of the Far Brook baseball season. Greg was doing his rounds and placing the base bags, making sure all was in order for the home game against Newark Academy. Lines clear and straight? Check. Grass not too high? Check. First base bag in? Check. Second base bag in...whaat? Greg looked for the hole where to place the bag and it was nowhere to be found.

For many baseball coaches this may have been the time to panic, but Greg happens to know that our Seventh Graders are pretty good with some very useful math concepts. He caught up with them in Rob's math classroom and gave them the information he knew. Here's how they thought of the problem:

According to Rob, "After a quick lesson on triangles and the Pythagorean theorem, the students were able to identify the location of the hidden base hole with an accuracy of +\- half a foot." And Greg could at last place the second base bag. Thank you, Seventh Grade math students. Batter up!

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. 

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.

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. 

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!

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