Hello, everyone. Thank you to the PTO for arranging last Thursday’s Back-to-School Picnic! It was nice to share some down-time with our community and be able to re-connect with so many families. To borrow a phrase from the Mei Mei food truck, it was a Double Awesome night!

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Last week I updated you with our new additions to our Physical Education department for 2016-2017. Within our Visual and Performing Arts Departments, we welcome the following Brookline educators who are joining Team Runkle for this year. Erin Murphy is teaching 4th Grade General Music, Olivia Reyalt is teaching 5th grade Art, and Chris Thoft-Brown takes the baton for our Middle School Band. Thank you, as always, to Curriculum Coordinators Alicia Mitchell and Kenny Kozol for their help with these additional staffing needs.

As I hope you know by now, Brookline, Runkle, and I personally recognize the critical importance of a robust Arts component to students’ educational experience. I recently came across this wonderful brief “TED-Ed” video about the value of active engagement in music in the neurologic development of our brains. (It really doesn’t get more elemental than this!) If you didn’t see it through our Twitter feed (@RunkleSchool), I’ve included the link below. This video is another “Double Awesome” experience, as not only is its information invaluable, but the way the it’s presented is so engaging as well. Educators and learners alike should ‘take note’! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0JKCYZ8hng (https://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=R0JKCYZ8hng)

Jim Stoddard


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