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Brown Back to School night

Dear Families,

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening at “Brown Back-to-School Night” on Tuesday, September 19, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.  On Monday, September 18 your child will bring home a copy of his/her schedule for you to follow on Tuesday evening.  I strongly encourage you to please take a photo of the schedule using your phone.   Our Back-to-School Night will begin at 6:00 p.m.  We invite all parents to join us in the auditorium for welcoming remarks, an opportunity to meet new friends, and an overview of the evening.  At 6:45 p.m., parents should report to their child’s Advisory.  As the evening progresses, parents will be able to visit each of their child’s classes.  Teachers will share with you their goals, information on their program, and an overview of the curriculum.  It is our hope that all parents will attend this important evening event and become better acquainted with the teachers and programs here at Brown Middle School.

Please note that the schedule for the evening does not provide time to discuss the progress of individual students.

DID YOU KNOW?

Brown’s Enrichment After School Program starts this coming week of September 18. The Enrichment program is for any student interested in being involved in a variety of after school activities. Activities run from 3:05pm to 4:05pm every day except Tuesday, and students can get the 4:15pm late bus home. Activities will be scheduled throughout the year, with some for sixth graders only and others available to all grades.

Students will hear about the program options during lunches and morning announcements. Click here to go to the Enrichment Program web page on the Brown School website or cut and paste this link into your browser: https://www.newton.k12.ma.us/domain/827.

You’ll find the list of programs offered this Fall as well as the schedules for our athletic teams (go to the Student Activities menu at the top of the page and pull down to select Athletics). Questions?  Email the Enrichment Program Director, Katrina Antonellis, at katrina_antonellis@newton.k12.ma.us.

Key Volunteer Roles to Fill This Year. This Could Be You!

  • Brown Wear Inventory/Online Sales Coordinator
  • Catering Coordinator (coordinating volunteers who will buy coffee and snacks for in-school events)
  • The Giving Project (a joint Brown-Oak Hill initiative to raise funds for our favorite philanthropic organizations)
  • 8th Grade Year-End Activities Committee
  • Online Shopping Coordinator
  • Parents’ Night Out – Coordinate 1 Event and Done!
  • 6th Grade Parents’ Social – Coordinate 1 Event and Done!

Contact the PTO co-Presidents if you’d like to learn more.

Create Your Community at Brown

How can you feel connected to Brown while your students are developing their own new friendships and becoming more independent in middle school?

One way is to get involved at Brown as a volunteer. There are SO MANY ways you can help, whatever your availability, skill set and enthusiasms. Sign up for a committee or specific task. Every hour of time we contribute spills over into positive outcomes for our kids and helps make connections for us, too.

There are jobs to do from home, on the computer, at school, at night and during the day. Any time you volunteer for something that brings you into the school, you’ll be able to see the school in action, check out how it all works, maybe nod to your kid if they’ll let you (!) and meet others in our community. The jobs to do at home/work or on the computer are no less critical to helping the PTO fulfill our mission: to help connect parents and guardians to the school, facilitate communication and create community.

Click here to check out available opportunities and to sign up.

Or cut/paste this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4caaab2caafe3-20172018

Why Do We Have PTO Dues and What Do They Pay For?

Each year, the Brown PTO works with Principal John Jordan to identify areas in need of improvement throughout our school. In the last few years we have upgraded our computer lab, added books to our library, and renovated community spaces as part of the Best of Brown initiative.

The PTO also funds Creative Arts and Science programs and various classroom, team and advisory initiatives; sponsors teacher appreciation events, Faculty Foul-Ups, and school socials; and provides subsidies for field trips and school-related fees.

PTO-funded improvements and activities enrich our school and create a fuller learning experience for our students. We rely on your PTO dues (suggested $50 per family, but any amount is so appreciated) to help fund these programs and more!

The Annual Fund is the main fundraising effort of the Brown PTO, and raises 65% of the the funds for the PTO Budget. If you can, use the pull-down menu at the link below to make an extra donation. All contributions to the PTO Annual Fund are tax-deductible. With your dues payment, you will receive a printed copy of the Brown Directory.

How exactly does the PTO use your dues? Check out the pie chart below or click here for more detail on how your generous contributions help our school.

Click here to contribute today. THANK YOU!