“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”  

– Martin Luther King, Jr.


Dear Families,


This past week featured a Grades 3-5 Morning Meeting, led by our third grade team, which featured our 3rd graders sharing what they have learned about, and all of us celebrating, the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Lurther King, Jr.  The Morning Meeting concluded with Mr. Allyn leading the gathering through a rousing rendition of “Sing about the Dream of Martin Luther King”, a favorite of our retired music teacher Ms. Stephanie Gardner.

On another musical ‘note,’ the Runkle Middle School Chorus took part in this past week’s two-day All-Town Chorus Festival at Brookline High School.  Our Chorus, consisting of over 70 6th-8th grade students under the direction of Ms. Sarah Gardner, stole the show (in this writer’s opnion) with its performance of Victor Johnson’s African-inspired “Kuimba”.  This most memorable event concluded with all of the choruses joining together on stage to sing, appropriately enough, “Let There Be Music”.  Indeed!

Congratulations to both the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams (coached by Mr. Lass and Mr. McTaggart, respectively) on their wins this past week against Lawrence School.  Each Wednesday afternoon you can find one of our teams competing in the Runkle Gym – this week the girls will be at home — stop by and support them!  Tip-off is usually around 3:15 pm.


This past Thursday afternoon, Mr. Cramer took over 30 5th and 6th graders over to the Devotion School for the first Brookline Math League meet of the year.  Three times a year, each of the 8 public schools, as well as the Park School, participate in friendly competition in the categories of Mathematical Operations, Bases, Patterns, Geometry, and Team Problem Solving.  Runkle finished sixth overall in points, with a second place finish in the bases category.  Congratulations to all involved!


Jim Stoddard

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