Hi, everyone, and welcome to the second half of the school year!  We passed the half-way point this past Wednesday.  We will also be celebrating our 100th day, snow permitting, on Wednesday, February 10.


A little bit of each of the three A’s this week: Academics, Athletics, and the Arts!


This past Saturday, ten Runkle upper-grade students took part in the Metro-Boston MathCounts competition.  Runkle’s team, coached by Mr. Lass, finished first among the eight Brookline school teams, and 5th out of the 32 teams overall in this very challenging MathCounts chapter.  As a result, Runkle is among those schools advancing to next month’s State competition!   Congratulations to Iris (who finished with the 7th highest individual score of the 200+ participants), Sam, Alex, Ilaria, Ben, Josh, Maya, Nima, Margaret, and Anay!


Congratulations to the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams on another round of victories this past week!  You can see the girls squad in action on the Runkle hardcourt this Wednesday afternoon against the Baker Bulldogs.


Runkle’s 7th and 8th grades will be putting on THE MUSIC MAN Jr this April!  Auditions are scheduled for this Wednesday and Thursday afternoons starting at 4:30 pm.  The Musical will be directed by Ms. Jenn Vento, who has directed several shows for us in the past.  


This past week the Runkle community got to enjoy two concerts – the Grades 4-8 Band Concert on Wednesday night, and the Runkle/Lincoln Grades 4-8 Strings Concert on Thursday night, which featured a concluding number featuring close to 100 strings musicians from both schools performing the second movement Beethoven’s “Pathetique” Sonata in C Minor.  Congratulations to all students involved in these concerts, and to Directors Michelle Cavalieri and John Ferguson!


Jim Stoddard

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