Family Fun at Fall Weekend!
The Nashoba Brooks School campus was bursting with excitement Friday, November 4, through Sunday, November 6, as we celebrated our annual Fall Weekend.
The energy began on Friday with Spirit Day. The halls were graced by the likes of Woody from Toy Story and Lin Manuel Miranda playing Alexander Hamilton when students and staff dressed as their favorite movie characters in anticipation of a community-wide Family Movie Night that evening. When dusk arrived, blankets and chairs covered the Lower School recess field as families settled in for a screening of The Bad Guys.
On Saturday, an estimated 300 community members came out for an afternoon of vintage-inspired carnival games, treats, face painting, and connection at the Harvest Festival. We were delighted to resume this annual gathering for our community! The excitement of the day was concluded with the highly-anticipated Grade 8 vs. employees flag football game. Coached by P.E. teacher Lucy Douglass, the Grade 8 players fought fiercely against their teachers and mentors, with interceptions on both sides and several scoring drives.
Finally, the busy weekend concluded on Sunday morning with a successful Open House. Nearly 35 prospective families spoke with student ambassadors, teachers, and administrators, about the many unique aspects of the Nashoba Brooks experience that make our community special. In addition to hearing from community members, guests were delighted by a visit from Brooks Bear and the melodic tunes of our World Music Ensemble.
In addition to creating a welcoming environment for our current and potential community, this weekend also provided the opportunity for us to make an impact on our broader community. Spearheaded by our Parents’ Association, community members filled the Nashoba Brooks van with a whopping 580 lbs. of donations for Open Table, an organization whose mission is to end hunger in our local community and provide healthy meals in ways that respect the dignity and diversity of those served.
This special weekend would not have been possible without the collaborative efforts of our entire community. Our deepest thanks go out to the Parents’ Association, all of the dedicated volunteers, and everyone who showed their support for Nashoba Brooks School.
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Situated on a beautiful 30-acre campus in historic Concord, Massachusetts, Nashoba Brooks School enrolls all genders in Preschool through Grade 3, and students identifying as girls in Grades 4 through 8. Nashoba Brooks is an independent school designed to build community, character, and confidence in its students.