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Community of Caring

THE CORE VALUES OF TRUST, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, HONESTY, CARING, COMMUNITY, and diversity BUILD THE FOUNDATION OF OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR CHARACTER EDUCATION PROGRAM AT BRENTWOOD SCHOOL.

Weekly class meetings are used to facilitate discussions on various topics including conflict resolution, inclusion/exclusion, problem solving, sportsmanship, the core values, and the honor code. These weekly discussions provide the children a forum to present questions or concerns, modeling open and effective communication. In addition, monthly assemblies are held throughout the year to introduce the various values and to foster a sense of community.

Student Support

Brentwood School is committed to promoting the personal and intellectual growth of all of our students. In keeping with that goal, we devote care and attention to every student’s academic, physical, emotional, and social development. The team of people noted below works with the faculty, parents, and administration to meet the needs of our students.

Learning Specialist

Andrea Demarest, Learning Specialist, serves as a resource to teachers and a liaison to a network of professionals outside of the school, including educational therapists, speech and language pathologists, and occupational therapists.

Health

Jan Perlo and Cortney Talan, our Lower School Nurses provide day-to-day health services to the Lower School student body. Nurse Perlo and Nurse Talan are responsible for the planning, coordination, and implementation of the Lower School health, safety, and disaster preparedness programs.

Counseling Services

Laura Taylor, Lower School Counselor, coordinates the Community of Caring program by helping to promote and incorporate the seven core values of trust, respect, responsibility, honesty, caring, community, and diversity into the daily life of the Lower School community.

Ms. Taylor serves as a resource to students, parents, and faculty, helping work through specific student conflicts and/or developmental concerns.

Andrea Demarest

Learning Specialist, Lower School

Janice Perlo

Nurse, Lower School

Cortney Talan

Nurse, Lower School

Laura Taylor

Counselor, Lower School; Character Education Coordinator

Community of Caring News

One of the greatest and longest running traditions we have in 2nd Grade is PATS, which is a verbal "pat on the back." While emphasizing our core values, we teach the students to recognize good deeds and kind acts through the extension of genuine compliments. This is done silently through the week and then in front of the class as a whole on Friday afternoon just before dismissal.

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Have you ever eavesdropped on a group of 1st graders discussing the difference between feeling included vs. feeling liked? Have you had the opportunity to listen to two 4th graders disagree over the subtle nuances of feeling optimistic vs. feeling hopeful? How about a class of Kindergarteners voting on which they would rather feel: excited or happy?

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