Greetings Brown Families,
We understand you are inundated with information. If you’re like us, at times it can be hard to digest it all! Here in the Brown Bear Report we strive to keep parents informed in a simple straightforward way of ALL things Brown. If you see gaps please let us know email@example.com. We welcome all suggestions!
Two Things to Do Today:
- Check the Daily Announcements on the Brown website. Before you pick up the phone and call the main office with a question, get in the habit of checking the daily announcements. What day are basketball tryouts? Where does the homework club meet? When are the auditions for the upcoming school musical being held? All of this information can be found in the daily announcements!
- Check out the recently launched first issue of our student newsletter Bear Clause. The Bear Clause is a combination newspaper and literary magazine. As you’ll see in the first issue students have submitted articles, short stories, editorials, artwork and poetry. If your child has a piece to publish please email it to Mrs.Diane Pollard, Literacy Coach or share it with her on Newton Google Docs. The digital format of the paper lends itself to being open to a constant flow of student writing. We see this as a celebration of creativity and thought. Please encourage your child to contribute! Check out the first issue of Bear Clause.
Thank you to all the parents who attended the Coffee with Superintendent David Fleishman back in mid November. There was a great turnout of parents who brought thoughtful questions and suggestions to the discussion with the Superintendent. We know your schedules are very busy so thank you for taking the time to come out and share your thoughts.
Many thanks also to our E-Communications team of Robin Healey, Anabel Cable, Tina Scioletti andSharmila Fernando who have spent oodles of time working on Brown Bear Reports and revamping our PTO website. We’re grateful for their time and talents!
Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
Theresa Fitzpatrick and Molly Owen-Kiritsy
Brown PTO Co-Presidents
From the school nurse Mrs. Lucy Boyer
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. The combined efforts of the Jordan Bennett Weiss Fund and the City of Newton Health and Human Services Department are working to educate the community about the warning signs of diabetes.
Knowledge of the warning signs is the greatest weapon against this disease. Sometimes the symptoms may be obvious and sometimes they are not. Symptoms which might appear to be unrelated, when viewed in the context of the list of warning signs, may suggest intervention. Please familiarize yourself with the warning signs/symptoms of diabetes.
Remember to Sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences
Our Parent-Teacher conference registration will begin on Monday, December 2 at noon and will remain open through Friday, December 13.
This week, your child will be bringing home a conference information sheet that lists his/her teachers as well as the URL, http://www.virtualparagon.com/brown/conference, to assist you in the conference registration sign-up process.
The school’s master password is: bears
Two types of conferences are being offered this year. The exact dates and times are available on the electronic registration system. All conferences are 15 minutes long.
Team Pair Conferences: You can meet with one pair of team teachers to discuss your child’s progress. You can either meet with the math/social studies pair, or the English/science pair.
Multi-Team Teacher Conferences: You can also schedule conferences with your child’s FAA teacher (music, drama, art, health, engineering), physical education teacher, and world language teacher. There is no limit to the number of conferences you schedule of this type.
Parent-Teacher conferences will be held on four Tuesday afternoons: Dec. 17, Jan. 7, Jan. 14 and Jan. 21 for allteachers. Additionally, each team teacher pair (math & social studies or ELA & science) will have conference times for one full day in January.
If you encounter any problems or have any questions, please send an email message to Brown_Support@newton.k12.ma.us.
Have you ordered your child’s yearbook yet? Last year they sold out so get yours NOW! The cost of the yearbook is $28.00 and may be purchased online through Jostens. Any questions pls contact Ms.Courtney Paul, yearbook advisor.
Upcoming Winter Concerts
Everyone is invited to attend the Winter Concerts to be held on two dates in December. Tuesday December 10, will feature the vocal and string performers. Thursday December 12, will feature the instrumentalists. Both concerts begin at 7:30 in the auditorium.
Final reminder about Gift Drive
If your child is sponsoring a person from the Brookview House in Dorchester please have all presents brought into school by Monday December 2. Any questions have your child speak to his/her community teacher or contact coordinators Patricia Barry or Henry Toulmin.