Greetings Brown Families:
Hold on tight, there are only 29 days left of school. Time does fly when you are having fun! These remaining days will be filled to the brim with learning, activities and fun. Please ensure you read all the calendar entries.
Planning PTO sponsored events for the Brown Middle School community takes the efforts of many. We are already planning for next school year and need your help. If you would like to get involved in the PTO, please let us know. There are opportunities to fit anyone’s schedule and talents.
Here is a list of some of the PTO Committees where help is needed. If you would like to see a complete list of all the PTO Committees that are currently active at Brown, please click here: http://brownpto.org/your-ptoabout/committees/ . Your help is needed and appreciated to help build our community spirit. What committee do you want to be a part of?
Box Tops for Education
8th Grade Year-End Activities
Fall Fund Drive
School Supply Kits
Many more events are coming this Spring – the AIDS Walk, concerts, the book fair, and the 8th grade Moving On Ceremony, to name a few – so keep reading your Brown Bear Report to find out all the details.
We are always open to new ideas and suggestions. We look forward to hearing from you.
Molly Owen-Kiritsy and Theresa Fitzpatrick
Brown PTO Co-Presidents
Mark Your Calendars
Staff Appreciation Dessert: Tuesday, May 20
Please help us THANK our teachers and faculty by contributing a tasty dessert to our last formal staff appreciation event. We will be hosting a dessert reception for all of our deserving teachers and school staff on the afternoon of May 20, and are asking families to donate items to make this a great event. Click the link to share some sweets.www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0D4CAFA622AA8-staff1/12164783. If you have any questions, please contact Felice Scheff or Nancy Braudis.
School Supply Kits: Ordering starts week of May 12
School supplies will again, this year, be ordered in bulk for your convenience. Starting next week, a communication will be sent out with all the details on how you can order supplies for your Brown student for the 2014-2015 school year. Supplies will be available for your student to pick up on the first day of school in September. Those that order supplies will have a box waiting for them, labeled with their name and grade. This is a cost-effective and environmentally helpful way to order supplies for your students. Be on the lookout for a PTO blast on school supply ordering next week. Any questions contact Theresa Fitzpatrick.
Brown Book Fair: Tuesday, May 27 – Friday, May 30
The Book Fair will be up and running in the halls at Brown Middle School from Tuesday, May 27 through Friday, May 30. We need your help! Please consider volunteering your time to work a shift at the fair: http://www2.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?datafile=brownbookfair. You can buy the all-grade read for incoming Grade 8 (The Boy Who Dared, by Susan Campbell Bartoletti) and the all-school book for Newton South (Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell) at the fair this year, as well as many of the Brown librarians’ suggested summer reads for middle-school students. This list, which is being prepared now in collaboration with the Newton Public Free Library, will be available in the coming weeks, so please keep an eye out for it. Something new this year: an online ordering option. Beginning May 26 and ending June 6, you will be able to order all of the books we offer at the fair online. Books will be delivered to Brown. Please stay tuned for more information on how to access the online book fair. The Brown PTO benefits equally from the Book Fair and its online component, so please support our fundraising efforts; you will be putting some great summer reads in your student’s hands at the same time! Any questions, please contact Susan Kern.
Click here for the summer reading flyers for incoming grades:
6th Grade Flyer
7th Grade Flyer
8th Grade Flyer
Spring Concerts: Tuesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 29, at 7:30pm
Our Spring Concerts will be held on two evenings:Tuesday, May 27 (vocal performing groups & string orchestra) and Thursday, May 29 (band & instrumental ensembles). Both performances begin at 7:30pm.
8th Grade Newton South Sports Night: Wednesday, May 21, at 6:30pm
There will be an “Eighth Grade Sports Night” held onWednesday, May 21 at 6:30pm
in the Field House at Newton South High School. This will be the time for students to meet coaches and sign up for sports. This is an important meeting, because many of the fall sports begin at the end of the August. Eighth grade students and their families are encouraged to attend this event.
AIDS Walk: Sunday, June 1, 8am-12 noon
It’s time to dust off your walking shoes and join the Brown Bears at the 29th annual AIDS Walk on Sunday, June 1. Brown Middle School will continue our proud tradition of being the largest team to walk 10K in support of AIDS Action Committee! Information on registration and T-shirt orders has already been sent home with your child this month. Last year, we raised over $30,000 for AIDS Action Committee Boston. Should you have any questions about this year’s walk, please contact our AIDS Walk Team Captains – Health teacher Elizabeth Messina and Teal team teacher Sarah Hildebrand.
Step-up Day: Friday, June 13
The incoming sixth grade students will be visiting Brown on Friday, June 13. Our present sixth grade students will be dismissed at 11:30am on that day. Seventh gradestudents will follow their regular schedules and eighth grade students will visit Newton North or Newton South. If you have any questions about next year’s program, please contact your child’s school guidance counselor.
Eight Grade End of Year Celebration: Thursday, June 19, 7-9pm
This celebration for all eighth grade students will take place in the Brown Middle School Gym. More details will be sent to the eight grade parents.
Moving On Ceremony: Friday, June 20, 8:30-9:30am
Our “Moving On” Ceremony for eighth grade students (and their families) will be
held on Friday, June 20 at 8:30am in the Newton South High School field house.
Last Day of School: Friday June 20 at 11:30am
The Newton School Committee voted to establish the last day of school for students
as Friday, June 20. Dismissal will be at 11:30am.
Acappelooza V: May 16 – Tickets On Sale Now!
Join us on Friday, May 16 from 7:30-9:30pm in the Newton South High School Auditorium for Acappelooza V: a family-friendly a cappella concert. Featuring professional vocal band Cadence, Union College Eliphalets, plus Newton North’s Forte and Newton South’s Newtones. General admission tickets are $12, premium seating is $20. Proceeds benefit the Countryside PTO. Tickets can be purchased at www.seatyourself.biz/countrysidepto.