The Browning School’s annual Holiday Program, held on December 22 in Temple Emanu-El, heralded the season with its theme of “Hello, Holidays!” Led by Music Department Chair Lucy Warner, along with Richard Symons, Middle and Upper School music teacher, the program was attended by the entire Browning community, including parents and extended family members. Click here to view photos and read details.
On December 21, Browning held its fourth school-wide Community Day during which the entire student body (Kindergarten to Form VI) interacted and focused on a division-specific theme. Director of Equity and Diversity Dr. Betty Noel noted, “This day is a wonderful opportunity for the older students to demonstrate leadership and camaraderie with their younger peers and for the younger boys to make connections with the older ones." Click here to view photos and learn more about the workshops.
The Grytte newspaper staff was awarded a Gold Medalist rating by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) for the issues published in 2016-17 by boys in Grade Four through Form VI. The Medalist Critiques are the written evaluation of the publication compared against a set of printed criteria as completed by CSPA judges.
In November, to celebrate the anniversary of its inaugural issue that same month in 1897, the staff visited the offices of The Street on Wall Street as well as attended CSPA's journalism summit at Columbia University. Click here to learn more about about the paper’s 120th anniversary celebrations as well as view video and photos.
Perhaps the next best thing to getting a puppy as a present this holiday season is the chance to experience a “meet and greet” right here inside the red doors of Browning! Again this year, a group of therapy dogs and their owners-handlers from New York Therapy Animals were guests at a Lower School assembly on December 7. These gentle, friendly canines of varying ages and breeds play a comforting role in the lives of boys, girls, men and women when they and their owners volunteer at schools, libraries and hospitals in the city on a regular basis. Click here to learn more about the lively program full of puppy love.
The varsity basketball team enjoyed a five-point victory (44-39) over the Churchill School at the Barclays Center on November 21. Coach Dan Ragsdale reports: "The boys were pleased to enter the holiday weekend with a win. Without a doubt, what was most gratifying about the experience was the tremendous support of our Browning community. From colleagues, to parents, to students from every division, Browning pride was on display and undeniable. On behalf of the team, the coaches extend our heartfelt thanks for such enthusiastic support!"
For 30 years, Browning has celebrated the season of thanks with a Thanksgiving Assembly attended by the School community. Held on November 21, the event began with a welcome from Head of School John Botti, who remarked that he is grateful to work with the students and all of the fine people at Browning. A number of boys addressed the audience, reading from such works as President John F. Kennedy’s Proclamation 3560 – Thanksgiving Day 1963 and remarking on the annual Middle School Food Drive, which garnered 370 pounds of food for the New York Food Pantry’s efforts to provide 1,000 local families in need with a Thanksgiving feast. Click here to view photos and read more details on musical performances.