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Welcome Back from Mr. V

IF I COULD, I WOULD CALL EACH OF YOU PERSONALLY TO SAY HI, SEE HOW YOU ARE, GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON WHAT A WONDERFUL PLACE BRENTWOOD SCHOOL IS TODAY, AND SHARE THE IMPORTANCE OF EACH OF YOU BEING AN ACTIVE AND ENGAGED ALUMNA OR ALUMNUS.

But given that our alumni now number 3497, I must resort to messages like this. I just hope that my warm thoughts and my pride in you and in our school still get conveyed.

I am thoroughly enjoying my current role at the school as it affords me the opportunity to reconnect with many of you and with some of your parents at special events, over lunch or dinner, and through letters, emails, and Facebook. In many instances, I am flooded with special memories as personal stories are recounted and perspectives on “then to now” are shared.

During the past year, I have come to appreciate more fully: 1) the long-term impact that a Brentwood School education has had on so many of you. Who you are today and what you have accomplished, both personally and professionally, are clear reflections of your experience here; and 2) that although Brentwood School may be a vastly different place than it was when you attended (a sentiment I hear quite often at class reunions), you are still very much a part of who we are as a school community because of the legacy you left as both an individual and as a member of a class. And your decision to remain connected to the school, in whatever manner you choose, is greatly valued and does indeed make a difference.

Please do keep in touch with me, with Emily Manning Ellis ’94, our Director of Alumni Relations, and with those teachers, coaches, and administrators who played a significant role in your life during your Brentwood School years. Hearing from you always means a great deal. And when you can, plan to visit the campus and attend an alumni event. Go Eagles!

Alumni Fast Facts

3497

Brentwood School Alumni

41

Graduating Classes

11

Alums Work
at BWS

70

Alums are
BWS Parents

Alumni Relations Department

Dave Velasquez

Dave Velasquez

Assistant Head of School for Alumni Relations
Emily Ellis

Emily Ellis

Director of Alumni Relations
Josh Melnick

Josh Melnick

Assistant to Alumni Relations and the Annual Fund

Alumni News

How to Tell a Story

by Judith Beerman O'Hanlon, Upper School English

We English teachers are passionate about stories and spend our days teaching them, encouraging our students to delve deeply into the structure and meaning of a work of literature and to become more adept themselves at the craft of writing. Over a year ago at a Brentwood alumni event in San Francisco, I caught up with my former A.P. Literature student, Steven Leckart '98, and invited him to come speak sometime at Brentwood about his work as a journalist and filmmaker. I was thrilled when he contacted me and told me he had moved to Los Angeles for his work and was available this spring...

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Alumni Women's Forum

by Event Chair Wendy Levine '91 and Director of Alumni Relations Emily Ellis '94

The Alumni Association was delighted to host our third Alumni Women's Forum this week. This event is a chance for female alums to come together to share stories, network and get inspired. This year's event was graciously hosted in the beautiful home of Angella Nazarian, parent of 2 alumni. Angella shared a signed copy of her inspiring book Visionary Women with each attendee, and the panel discussion, moderated expertly by Julie Uhrman '92, was candid, funny, emotional, and motivating...

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Bay Area Alumni Cocktail Party

by Emily Ellis '94, Director of Alumni Relations

On Friday, February 3, Dave Velasquez, Assistant Head of School for Alumni Relations, and I flew up the coast to host our annual alumni event in San Francisco. This reunion was hosted at the lovely home of Brian '95 and Josie Freckmann. Over 40 alums, ranging in class years from 1983 to 2016, were in attendance. Alumni love to ask about the latest news at the school, as well as what their favorite teachers are up to. Many also want to connect with fellow alumni in the area. A huge highlight for us is introducing alumni of various class years to each other, and discovering that, no matter what the graduation year...

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Alumni Events

Alumni Summer Cocktail Party
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The Beach Club
Alumni Association Meeting
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Trustees Conference Room
Fall Alumni Athletics Day: Flag Football & Tennis
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EC Athletics Complex
Alumni Association Cocktail Party
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Off-Campus
Parent of Alumni Care Package Assembly
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MPR
Alumni Poker Night
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Alumni Hall (Cafeteria)
Alumni Event: In the Boardroom
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MPR
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