Hello, everyone!

This Friday, Rebecca Sneider and I joined over 30 Brookline educators and close to 500 Boston-area educators in the annual METCO Directors Association Conference, which featured many speakers and presenters, including professor, author and social critic Dr. Cornel West, devoted to addressing issues of equity within our schools and larger society.  Dr. West’s keynote speech and the myriad subsequent workshops left us all with greater awareness, strategies, and optimism moving forward.  We will be sharing out more of our work at Runkle, including our Courageous Conversations and Young Scholars initiatives, and the district, throughout the year!
Thank you to Runkle parent Ben Kelley for his work in organizing the Cranes for Peace project, which was part of Brookline’s First Light festival last week, and will be ongoing throughout the town this month.  To get more information on how you can become involved, you can contact Ben at 617-480-8237 or benjamin.b.kelley@gmail.com (benjamin NULL.b NULL.kelley null@null gmail NULL.com).
Congratulations to the cast and crew of the powerful and riveting 8th grade play, John Lennon and Me, which just concluded three truly professional-grade performances. Thank you to all of the parents who helped Ms. Schwartzberg in so many ways throughout the weeks and months leading up to the show.  Thanks as well to the PTO for procuring our new spotlight!
Finally, please make note of the following information provided by the Office of the Superintendent regarding Brookline’s 9th Elementary School Project: 
As you may know, on October 13th, the Board of Selectmen and School Committee selected the site of the Baldwin School to be the location for the 9th Elementary School. This exciting development means that Brookline will be building and opening its first new elementary school in more than 60 years. The project now moves into the Feasibility Study phase that will go until April 2017. During this stage, the architects work with the Building Committee to consider design options and selected a preferred design. Community members are invited to the Public Kickoff of the Feasibility Study phase that will take place in South Brookline on December 12 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The 9th School Building Committee, the School Department, and Jonathan Levi Architects will provide a complete update on the timeline, process, and objectives of the Feasibility Study phase. The meeting will include public comment and community members are invited to ask questions and share their ideas on the project. The location is still being determined and will be posted on the Town and School Department websites as soon as possible. For more information and complete updates on the 9th Elementary School project, you can go to www.brookline.k12.ma.us/school9 (http://www NULL.brookline NULL.k12 NULL.ma NULL.us/school9)
Jim Stoddard

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