Brentwood's 2nd Annual All-Family Celebration of Diversity expressed community, unity, and togetherness at Brentwood. On Sunday, September 24, families from Grades K-12, along with faculty and staff, engaged in conversations, ate delicious ethnic foods, played games, and listened to music...all in the spirit of diversity. View the photo gallery!
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On August 1, a very excited group of female Veterans stepped off of a school bus in West Hollywood, ready to be pampered. Thanks to alums Nicki Maron '05 of Blushington and Wendy Marantz Levine '91, Founder of The Beauty Bus Foundation, these Veterans received complete make-overs including hair, make-up, and nails, as well as a goody bag filled with beauty products. They enjoyed a catered breakfast and lunch while they moved from station to station, laughing and chatting with new friends along the way...
"We have taken the news of Dr. Palmitessa's arrest seriously and are responding as quickly and as thoughtfully as we can. Currently, our focus is on our students as we prepare for a new school year. We care deeply about all aspects of their well-being, individually and collectively. To that end, our counselors are available to meet with any students, employees, and parents/guardians who would like support. In addition, we are working with our faculty so they are well-prepared to meet their students' needs when they return to school. We also remain in close touch with our families, offering them resources to draw from as they help their children navigate this difficult time.
"While we still do not know all of the facts, we continue to offer our full cooperation to investigators at the Los Angeles Police Department and the District Attorney's Office. Finally, given that this is a school environment with minor children, we ask that you please respect the privacy of our students and their families."
On Friday afternoon, the Los Angeles Police Department informed Brentwood School that Upper School teacher, Dr. Aimee Palmitessa, had been arrested on suspicion of inappropriate relations with a student and is expected to face charges. The LAPD did not share additional information with us, such as the nature of the inappropriate relationship or the identity of the minor student. We immediately placed Dr. Palmitessa on administrative leave.
We were shocked and distressed to receive the news of these allegations. As always, our primary concern is the safety, health, and well-being of our students. To that end, we will do everything we can to cooperate with the official police investigation.
We appreciate the importance of transparency and will keep our school community informed to the extent we can given our concern for the student, as well as our respect for privacy laws and the integrity of the LAPD's investigation.
On behalf of our students and their families, we urge media and other observers to avoid posting photos that include Brentwood students who are in no way involved in these allegations. Please afford them the care and protection you would expect for your own children.
This time of year is filled with goodbyes. The first big one is Commencement. Long after the seats are vacant and the stage is empty, the memory of fond reminiscences, poignant music, words of wisdom, and heartfelt congratulations lingers. Sixth graders also bid farewell to their years at the Lower School as they look forward to moving east. Following suit are the eighth graders with their anticipation of climbing the hill and the associated range of emotions.
On June 11, there was one final goodbye added to the list, and it was huge. It was a defining moment in school history as we bade farewell to the field (the Middle School Field) as we've known it since 1972. We spread the word that everyone who loves Brentwood School was invited to join in, and the response was staggering. Close to 700 came to celebrate with us; I am confident that there have never been more Brentwood fans in one place at the same time. View a gallery of images!
Brentwood Eagles Boys Basketball defeated Burbank HS in an overtime nail-biter, winning the 2017 CIF Southern Section Championship title 55-54, last Friday, March 3. The team fought, scratched, and clawed, never giving up, thanks in large part to the close to 500 fans that made the trek to Azusa Pacific University on a Friday night to watch the most exciting basketball finish of all time. The Boys are the #5 seed in the CIF STATE SoCal Regional bracket. If you haven't heard about or seen the "shot heard 'round the world" yet, check it out...and view images from the game!
by Dr. Suzanne Lyons, Lower School Assistant Director
This winter, 4th and 5th Grade students from the Kyonggi School in South Korea returned to the Lower School for our yearly cultural exchange program, marking this as their sixth visit. Each year the Kyonggi students are homeroomed in our 4th and 5th Grade classrooms. However, similar to our buddy program and consistent with our core value of community, our plan is to organize and integrate their visit with our entire Lower School. Therefore, we arranged sharing their time with other grade levels so that all of our students could benefit from this enriching, cultural experience. This year, in addition to their 4th and 5th Grade classes, Kyonggi students visited Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 6th Grade...