Wednesday, April 19, 2017


      Pringles Challenge!


     Part of the STEAM experience this year was creating a container for a single Pringle chip!  The challenge was to design a container so that the chip would travel and arrive at its destination without a single crack, chip, break.....or points would be deducted!  Our partner school, in Poquoson, Virginia, Poquoson Elementary, is doing the same thing.  Their packages will be arriving, and we will determine the number of points their chips get based on their arrival condition.  Fingers crossed for whole chips! 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Earth Day!


April 22, 2017 Earth Day

Two important marches are scheduled for Earth Day this year. The Breck US, MS, and LS are working to organize students and families to attend 1 or both. Below is some basic information for Breck LS students/families.

Kids Climate March

When/Where: This Earth Day, April 22nd, kids will take to the streets and march for climate justice! Meet at the Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. The march gathers at 9:30 am, and then at 10:15am participants will start to proceed toward Cathedral Hill Park to meet up with the March for Science. Then both marches will continue to the MN State Capitol.

Why:  Because young people know climate change is real.
They know it is human caused.
They know their future is at stake.
They are insistent that our leadership take action.
And they are not interested in excuses.


March for Science

When/Where:  Arrive at Cathedral Hill Park in St. Paul by 10:30am. The march will leave the park at 11:00am and head to the MN State Capitol.  If you just wish to participate in the rally at the State Capitol, that will begin at noon.

Why:  Science guides nearly every aspect of our lives and it is critical that political leaders and policymakers support scientific research and incorporate science into their decision making.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Birthday Wishes!
Birthday Wishes
April 6-21

We are collecting birthday celebration supplies for our local food shelf.  Families who use our local food shelf often are unable to buy extra items
that make a birthday special,like
Cake Mix & Frosting, Candles, Rice, Noodles, Cookie Mix, Pizza Crust mix,
Paper Plates & Cups. Gluten-free, Kosher and Halal items are often needed by families as well. 

If you would like to donate,
please bring items to school April 6-21.  Thanks!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Note From Mrs. Bailey re: Placement Letters
April 2017

Dear Lower School Parents:

Each year, I invite parents to provide input into the class placement process for their children.  If you wish to share your thoughts with me, please send me a letter or an email by Thursday, April 20.  The timeliness of this information is very important, as we will begin this process the following week.  Therefore, letters received after this date will not be considered for the upcoming school year.

A few important things to remember:

·       Please write your child's full name and grade next year at the top of the letter.  *If writing about more than one child, please send a separate letter for each student. 


·       Share your insights about friendships to foster or separate, your child’s learning dispositions and/or temperament, and the type of environment you feel your child thrives in. 
(You may want to share feedback on what has made this year particularly successful for your
child, or if this has been a challenging year, what you believe may have contributed to this.) 


·       Requests for specific teachers will not be considered.


Several factors are taken into consideration as teachers and the administrative team place students into next year’s classes.  Summer moves and other changes impact class assignments.  Thank you, in advance, for respecting and trusting our decisions.


Best regards,
Peg Bailey

Saturday, March 4, 2017


Minneapolis Institute of Art

Mrs. Korrigan arranged for us to see some outstanding pieces of art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.  The pieces we observed and learned about from the docent connected with what the students were studying and creating in her classroom.  The docent was nice enough to stop at my favorite piece as well. 
                                       
It was created by the MN artist George Morrison.  The docent told us he liked to "paint with wood." This piece was created with different pieces of wood that he found in northern MN, on the shores of Lake Superior, as well as pieces friends found and sent to him. He fit them together without altering any of them with Elmer's Glue!  There is a signature horizon line on this piece, as on other creations he has done.    



Thursday, February 23, 2017

Family Service Opportunity:

 On Sunday, March 5 Breck School is hosting, preparing and serving the Sunday meal at First Nations Kitchen. First Nations’ Kitchen is a ministry of All Saints’ Episcopal Indian Mission in Minneapolis and has been serving healthy, organic, traditional indigenous food in a welcoming, family environment every Sunday evening since November 2, 2008.  While all are welcome at the table, FNK serves primarily indigenous people in the Twin Cities, particularly residents of nearby Little Earth of the United Tribes, the largest indigenous urban housing community in the U.S.

The commitment is roughly two hours on Sunday, March 5.  There are different jobs taking place at different times during the day.  We will work with your family to find a job/time slot that works.  This is a wonderful opportunity to strengthen our community through direct service.


Upper School parent Michael Florey is coordinating the effort.  If you are interested in helping, please let Michael know by email (florey@fr.com) or by phone (612-532-1378).