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Coronavirus Resources:

Newton HHS: As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, it’s important to have up-do-date information from trusted sources. The Newton Department of Health and Human Services is maintaining a useful COVID-19 website with a Coronavirus Q & A, as well as links to the latest local, state and CDC news and recommendations. Check this site regularly, as it will have the most current updates and alerts for our schools and our community.

Also check out the Brown Helping Brown page if you need assistance (all communications are private and confidential) or would like to offer to help.

Click Here for the City’s 2020-21 School Re-Opening Page for up to date information regarding this upcoming school year.

Support Brown – Make Your Annual Fund Donation Today!

As a parent or guardian of a student at our school, we are all members of the PTO. The PTO relies on annual contributions and volunteers to provide our many school support activities including our online school directory, educational enrichment programs and community support projects.  

While we know it’s a time of uncertainty for many, we hope our community will support the PTO in our continued efforts to keep our community connected.

Your donations make these services possible. Please consider making your contribution now for the 2020-2021 school year. Click here to donate now.

FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice)

Dear FORJ at Brown,

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi implored Newtonians to be antiracists in this webinar this July. An antiracist is one who is supporting an antiracist policy through their actions or expressing an antiracist idea.

Currently, Newton celebrates Columbus Day. Columbus Day is a racist holiday because it honors a man who murdered, raped and enslaved Indigenous people and shipped hundreds back to Europe as slaves to enrich himself and the king and queen.

Newton can take one step toward being an antiracist city this week when the City Council considers a resolution to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day on the city and school calendars.

Here’s how YOU and your family can be antiracists this week:

1.) Write to the City Council 

Tell the Council that you support Indigenous Peoples Day!  Even if you have written before, write to them again!

You can write your own letter, or, if you are strapped for time, use this template letter.

If your child would like to write an email, they can use thisstudent template letterfrom the Student Ignition Society (go to page 10).

Send your message to citycouncil@newtonma.gov

2.) Attend the City Council Meeting

The Programs & Services Committee will hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm. To view this meeting click HERE at the above date and time. 

#351-20 Resolution to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

 The complete Committee Agenda for this meeting is available HERE.

If you have any questions or ideas, please contact Kerry Prasad.

Newton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC

Does your child have an IEP or 504 plan?  Are you interested in getting support services for your child?Then check out the Newton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) at newtonpac.org.

SEPAC is a volunteer organization of parents of children with special needs from preschool through high school.  We run an online forum where parents can ask each other about special education programs, issues, policies and resources both within and outside of the public-school system.  We work directly with the school administration regarding our childrens’ special education through our school liaisons, meetings with the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services and by attending Newton School Committee meetings.  In addition to sponsoring monthly speakers here in Newton, we publicize presentations and conferences held by other SEPACs and organizations in the area.  We also hold monthly board meetings that are open to all parents whose dates are listed on our website. In the meantime, you can join our online Google Group “Newton SEPAC” to share information with other parents.

Please email Brown SEPAC Liaison, Kim Gallaugher, with any questions or concerns about your student.

UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE BROWN SCHOOL DIRECTORY

The year the Brown PTO will publish a digital directory for use by the Brown community. To make sure we have your correct contact information, please read the following important information and follow the link to add or edit your information. 

Here’s what you need to do: 

  • Go to https://brownpto.membershiptoolkit.com
  • Click on the Register/Login button.
  • If you already have an account with another organization that uses Membership Toolkit you can use the same email and password to login. You can then proceed to the numbered steps below.
  • Select “Create Account” and fill in the name, email, and password information.
  • Click “verify my email” and then check your email for a link to complete the process. The link expires in 2 hours. If you do not receive the email, check your spam or junk folders.
  • Once you have verified your email address, log back in and finish the registration process: 
  • Complete/Update the Parent/Family and Student Information. Please note if there are needed changes and you do not make them via the confirmation process, your information will appear in the directory as it did last year.
  • Complete the Directory/Publish Preferences.
  • Once these forms are complete, you will be given access to the online directory. The online version is secure and can only be accessed by authorized members of the Brown community.

Once the Primary Account is set up, the Primary User can “invite” other email addresses to access his/her account.  This allows the Secondary User to have their own login information, but still have access to the family account.

If you have a 2-household family, each household can have a separate account. Child(ren) in that household will be listed twice in the family portion of the directory, with each families’ respective information.

Questions? Contact us at browndirectory@gmail.com 

School Supply Lists to Come After Start of School

Fear not! You did not miss the school supply lists. All supply lists are provided after school begins.