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The Giving Project Potluck Dinner 2019


Brown/Oak Hill Giving Project Potluck Dinner!

Thursday, May 30  – 6:00-8:00 pm in the Brown Cafeteria

The Giving Project Potluck is a special community event that brings families from Brown and Oak Hill together over a delicious meal while raising awareness and funds for some of the many charities supported by our students and faculty. Don’t miss this great opportunity to make a difference!



The Giving Project Finalists

Kids4Peace (

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (

 Project Semicolon  (

One Can Help  (

Cape Crafts 4 Kids

What Happens Next?   The Fun Part!

  1. The community comes together at the Giving Project Potluck Dinner on Thursday, May 30, 6-8pm in the Brown Cafeteria.
    Attendees bring a donation and a favorite dish to share with friends old and new, and hear presentations about the 5 selected organizations.
  2. Everyone “votes” for their favorite organization(s) with pennies.
    Once the presentations are over, 5 jars will be placed on a table, one for each organization.  Every participant is then given the same number of pennies, and asked to “donate” their pennies to the organization(s) of their choice by placing them in the appropriate jar(s).
  3. The funds collected are shared between the organizations according to how many pennies they get.
    At the end of the evening the pennies in each jar will be tallied, and all the funds raised through donations will be divided up between the 5 organizations in proportion to the amount of pennies they each receive.

RSVP for the Potluck

Bring a dish and a donation, and join us on Thursday, May 30, from 6-8 pm, in the Brown cafeteria!  Enjoy great food, catch up with old friends, make new friends, and help us raise funds and spread the word about some great non-profit organizations.

Please click here to RSVP, and tell us what dish you will be bringing, also to volunteer to help at the event, or sign up to bring water or paper goods.  Use the comment field to tell us the number of guests and provide a brief description of your dish.

If you have any questions, please email Freya Hurwitz or Maria Arvelo Thank you!

Support The Giving Project

If you can’t attend the Potluck Dinner–or if you’re attending but want to make your donation online–click below:

You can also make a check out to “Brown PTO” with “Giving Project” in the memo line, and send it to Giving Project, Brown Middle School Office, 125 Meadowbrook Road, Newton Centre, 02459.

All the Nominated Charities

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for the Giving Project!

Please click here to download a pdf of all the nominations – it’s so inspiring to read about these amazing organizations that mean so much to members of our community.

A small committee of students and teachers reviewed all of the nominations (the names of the students/staff nominating the charities were removed before they were given to the committee). Selecting 5 organizations to be featured at the Giving Project Potluck dinner on May 30 was very challenging, but unfortunately there is only time for 5 presentations at the event, so a selection had to be made. The other nominees will be asked to come and share information about their organization through a poster presentation.

Oak Hill/Brown/Day Middle School Speech Team Open House!

Wednesday, May 8th 3:30PM:5:00PM

Newton South High School Library

Please join us at the speech team openhouse, there will be fun games, demonstrations and treats to introduce you to this great public speaking sport.

SEPAC Award Nominations

This year marks the 10th edition of the Annual SEPAC Awards Ceremony, which will take place on Thursday, May 30 at Newton North High School. Each year the Awards bring together the special education community in Newton to honor the Newton Public Schools and Out of District staff who have gone above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of our kids. We expect more than 400 attendees at the Awards this year, including the mayor, school superintendent, and school committee members.

We need your help to make the Awards a success! Nominations for teacher and staff recognition can be submitted to Kim Gallaguer, Brown’s SEPAC liaison, or directly to the Newton PAC. Please submit all nominations by Friday, May 24.

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dessert Buffet Tuesday, May 7th

Say THANK YOU In the Best Way….Dessert!




Looking for a way to express your thanks to Brown faculty and staff this year? Donate to our last official staff appreciation event of the school year, our Dessert Buffet on May 7th.

We are asking families to contribute their tastiest dessert and/or volunteer to help set up and clean up.

We will be at school at 8:00 am on May 7th to accept items from students upon arrival at school. Items may also be dropped off between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm in the Teacher’s Lounge.

Thank you in advance for your time and generosity.

The Brown Bear Collection

Brown Bear Collection (BBC) is Brown’s own student-run literary magazine. It features Brown students’ literature, artwork, and photography. The BBC’s first edition was published in February 2019 and the team is working hard to publish the second edition.

The team collects, edits and publishes the work submitted by the students under the kind supervision of Ms. Rebecca Cohen.

Students can submit work to be featured in BBC’s next edition by emailing the BBC Inbox.

Meet the BBC team (from left): Rose Sethachutkul, Yumiko Desaki, Mini Xue, Caitlin Ang, Lily Zarr, Emily Cheng, Preethika Vemula, Wendy Li, Lily Harris.