MB Third Grade leads the Annual Lower School Turkey Drive to benefit Camp Street Ministries!

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By Allison Spadone, Lower School Parent

The third grade recently visited Plimoth Plantation and the Mayflower in Plymouth, Mass. They learned about the Wampanoags (People of the First Light), the Pilgrims (the Separatists), and the first Thanksgiving. After, they helped spearhead the Annual Lower School Turkey Drive to benefit Camp Street Ministries. The students created posters and visited lower school classrooms to request donations of stuffing and gravy.

With the help of the Upper School Senate, a 6-foot blow-up turkey, and two identical dscn9203“live” turkeys, the third graders solicited financial donations from parents and friends. On Thursday, November 17, eight members of the class traveled to Camp Street to deliver 102 containers of stuffing, 85 containers of gravy, 17 turkeys, and $3,614! The following Monday, Upper School Community Outreach volunteers visited Camp Street to help move produce and fill some of the 400 “baskets” given to local needy families. Each basket included a turkey with cranberry, gravy, and stuffing, fresh produce, and fruit.

Connie Raymond, our contact at Camp Street (and former Lead of Lower School ), wrote, “What wonderful contributions Moses Brown made to Camp Street Ministries at Thanksgiving! Clearly, our efforts were enhanced by the enormous generosity of the MB community. Thank you!  I treasure the relationship that has fostered between Moses Brown School and Camp Street Ministries and am heartened that it continues. With gratitude and appreciation on behalf of all who were the recipients of these efforts,  Connie.”dscn9213

And so, too, does the Lower School Parents’ Association appreciate and thank all who contributed time, money, food, and enthusiasm for the turkey drive!

Ladies’ Night Out: festivities & friendship in newly renovated library

dsc_0254By Meg Tunnicliffe P’21

What happens when you combine the beautifully reimagined Walter Jones library space with the women of Moses Brown? You get a festive night filled with fun and friendship!

Ladies’ Night Out is a long-standing tradition at MB – a time for all the female staff, teachers, parents, guardians, etc. to connect and have a casual celebration. This past September 28 was no exception. After weeks of planning and anticipation, the community came together and had a wonderful time.

The refurbished Walter Jones Library was the perfect spot. Warm and inviting, everyone dsc_0257felt comfortable and welcome. Add some simple fall décor and you’ve got a delightful gathering spot. Hors d’oeuvres were delicious and easy to handle, no need for plates and silverware when you’re with friends.

Keeping with our “library” theme was fun and easy. Anne Krive and Ruffin Powell, our fantastic librarians, loaned us their inviting space and had book recommendations available. A community book swap was a fun addition to the night as well, helping the ladies to meet new friends and get a great book at the same time!

Thanks to the generosity of the community, including Dawn Tripp, Elizabeth Lane, Mindy dsc_0259Cox, the Development and Alumni Relations office and the Moses Brown Bookstore, wonderful door prizes added a nice surprise to the evening.

With help from a tremendous planning committee and friends – Laura Phillips, Lisa Donahue, Charlene Cassese, Susan Plumb and Kimmy Samways – the night went off without a hitch. It was fantastic to see so many old and new friends join together for a comfortable night of conversation and relaxation.

Positive Parenting

By Emma Lisa Lesica P ’18 ’19

Reflecting on a workshop held by Dr Julia Trebing on January 14, 2016

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Dr. Trebing

Collaboratively co-sponsored by the Parents Association, Lower School Administration, and Office of Admissions – January 14, 2016

To a well-attended gathering of some 60 lower school parents and prospective parents, Dr. Julia Trebing spoke for 75 minutes on the subject of Positive Parenting. Weaving humor, thirty years of experience, and established research, she spoke to the challenges of raising our children with the awareness that development of their emotional intelligence is as important as that of their intellect. Praising the wide-ranging benefits of creative and imaginative play, she educated us on the harmful aspects of screen time at an early age and before sleep, the premature drive for academic and athletic achievement, and provided watch-outs for what our children consume and the critical awareness of the impact our actions as parents and role models have on our young ones. How we speak to them, resolve conflict, behave in our daily lives and develop expectations of them, especially at critical passages of development such as during the ‘cutting of the teeth’ and the nine year crisis – all have impact on their psyche. Her messages of patience, allowing our children to grow into happy well-adjusted individuals, and supporting their emotional intelligence through our positive parenting and parental decisions, was well-received and inspiring.

Earlier in the day, Dr. Trebing worked individually with each of the lower school grades on the concept of social inclusion by way of group activities appropriate to their age and level of development. She also held a workshop for LS faculty and staff in support of the same message and the role educators play in the development of emotional intelligence.

In all, her work hopefully left thought-provoking and inspiring messages about social inclusion and emotional intelligence for the students, faculty, and parents to support the already deeply caring environment of Moses Brown’s lower school community.

Find out more at Creative Therapies.

A fine glimpse of MB football mid-season

Football1By John Romano, MB parent

(John produces these team updates each week and shares them, along with the fantastic photos he takes, with MB football families. Now that we are well into the football season, we thought we’d publish an example of his fine work for the entire community to see.)

MB Football: MB 39, North Kingstown 13

Every once in a while there is a game which seems to have more electricity than we might expect during the regular season. Such was the case Friday night in North Kingstown. To all the players and coaches, this felt like the playoffs. Both teams came with attitude and something to prove so early in the season.

North Kingstown felt they needed to show why they went undefeated in the regular season last year yet lost in the first round of the playoffs. MB needed to vindicate our only loss (to North Kingstown!) and demonstrate why we are the champs. Friday night lights and a big fan base for both teams made this game that much more exciting.

Both teams were aggressive throughout the night, and after a slow first drive, MB began firing on 12 cylinders with all aspects of our game contributing to victory. On offense, we had some great passes with amazing catches.

One of several strikes down field.

One of several strikes down field.

We had a solid running game…

Abe bringing it all night.

Abe bringing it all night.

…which became airborne with Tyler’s three touchdown runs.

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#3 about to score for the second of three rushing touchdowns earning him Game Ball this week.

On special teams we had some great kicks and terrific down field coverage leading to a couple of fresh possessions.

The North Kingstown offense had some talent as evidenced by a few great passes and a solid running game by one of their stars, but our defense clearly prevailed. Our D-Line controlled the line of scrimmage…

That's how you wrap up!

That’s how you wrap up!

….. and our secondary had a field day… more like a summer vacation. Both Kuba and Cris each had three interceptions, Billy had another for a total of seven for the day. SEVEN.

Kuba's second pick.

Kuba’s second pick.

Moses Brown is now 2-0 in our Division. This was an important victory at many levels and the best part is the realization that we still have so many ways we will improve!

Junior Varsity

Speaking of improving, the JV players are putting together some great teamwork and really looked terrific  especially in the second half of the game on Monday. Each one of these players has come so very far since early July! Congratulations to the coaches and players on their achievement.

#34 got really stoked for this JV game.

#34 got really stoked for this JV game.

Mount Pleasant Kilties

This coming Saturday, “electric” may not be the word to describe the game atmosphere. Newer families may be unfamiliar with our team’s long and sometimes tense history with Mt. Pleasant.

Briefly, both MB and Mt. Pleasant were in Division III for many years. The Kilties were alternately competitive or less competitive. One year in particular they were struggling. Moses Brown on the other hand was stacked with incredible talent and, according to a sportswriter at the time, we were favored to win 50-0 on an incredibly cold day. To say we were stunned and humiliated when we lost that game at Conley is an understatement and something many of us will forever recall. Coach CJ remembers it well, he was a freshman on the team at that time!

Fast forward a few years, Mt. Pleasant becomes competitive with a few outstanding athletes, moves back up to D III from D IV, and beats us in a couple of really important and fiery, competitive games including the very emotional Super Bowl 2013. That one really hurt.

Last year, in our third game of the regular season after having just lost to North Kingstown the prior week with our young team, we went back to Conley Stadium for what felt like the rematch of that Super Bowl loss against Mt. Pleasant. We were fired up and came away with a supercharged emotional win. It was awesome!

That game (punctuated by Roberto’s incredible pop-up!) was the launching point for what became our incredible season of 2015.

The Kilties players and coaches know all this and they are eager to upset. We welcome them to our home (for a change) and be prepared, this will not feel warm and fuzzy.

See more of John’s photos here.

Parent forum: senior year survival strategies

Jessica Stewart, school psychologist

Jessica Stewart, school psychologist

Senior year brings heavy course loads, leadership roles in sports teams and activities, SATs, college applications, acceptances and rejections, exams, financial aid planning, college choices, AP exams and senior projects… then TLTI (“The Last Time I’ll…”) Syndrome, prom, baccalaureate and graduation. Seniors are shouldering so much responsibility while trying to savor this capstone year – it’s stressful for the whole family. The Parents’ Association devoted its December upper school meeting to “Senior year: plan for it, survive it, enjoy it.”  About 40 parents of current and future seniors gathered in Krause Gallery to hear from school psychologist Jessica Stewart, upper school head Debbie Phipps and dean of students Kevin Matson on what to expect and how to cope. “Survivor” parents with older kids shared ideas that worked for their families. 

Jess Stewart offered strategies to help parents build and nurture strong, open relationships with teens, anticipating stressors such as competition for college admissions; pressure and validation from inside and outside the family; recovering from rejection; age-appropriate separation and independence; and, with the end of high school, new beginnings. “The most important things are open communication and judgment-free support,” she said. “It’s critical for parents to begin to see their kids as independent young adults with their own goals and dreams—that may not be fully understood yet, and that’s okay! Engaging with our young adults in a way that values their right to define themselves and their dreams, and still be accepted and valued by the adults in their lives, gives them a platform from which to jump beyond themselves and return for grounding when they need it.”  

One of the parents attending offered these notes to summarize the highlights:

  • Choose a weekly time when you and your child can talk without distractions to establish or further develop a strong rapport. You want him to feel that you are the safe person he can come to when he feels stressed; show him he’s important enough to own this time on your schedule. Be his partner, advocate, or consultant, not his boss or interrogator. Try to communicate your observations without judgment.
  • Establish times when talking about college is off-limits.
  • Encourage your child to seek additional sounding boards: advisors, teachers, friends, friends’ parents.
  • Don’t be part of the problem – keep your own anxiety separate from your child’s, and find an outlet in your spouse, friends, exercise, etc.
  • Ask how you can help. Rather than a general “let me know if you want me to help you,” offer specific ways to support her process: being a sounding board, gathering materials, compiling deadlines, helping with travel plans. After a while, ask again. She may welcome your help with the unexpected.
  • Students face a relentless onslaught of questions and suggestions about college. Help yours have quick answers to neutralize that conversation. “I have a good plan.” Period. Or, “I’m casting a broad net so I’ll have a lot of choices.” Period.
  • Far ahead of colleges’ decision time, reinforce that denials are not a measure of worth. Let your language about “success” highlight that there are many roads to the life he wants.
  • Be flexible to allow your child to find her way and best timing. Not all people are ready for college at the same time. Working, developing a specific talent, or traveling first may be a better choice.
  • Freshman and sophomore families, start thinking and talking about colleges early – but not too early. Our freshmen cannot know who they’ll be and what they’ll want as seniors any more than they knew as fifth graders how they’d feel as freshmen. On the other hand, know your student: looking ahead may help her comfortably explore goals while the pressure is still low. College tours can be good conversation starters.
  • Finally, three parents recommended this article they read in November 29’s New York Times.