Greetings Brown Families,
Did you catch Brown’s spectacular production of “The Sound of Music” last weekend? We know many of you did, as the auditorium was packed both nights with folks who were thoroughly impressed with our talented students. A huge thank you to directors Judi Pava and new music teacher, Kristen Smith, and stage manager Bill Sheppard, along with their army of teachers, parents and students who made this show come to life. It really was a treat for those of us in the audience!
Now that we’ve cheered for our talented singers and actors here at Brown, come and show your support to our brave faculty in the zany Faculty Foul-Ups, to be held Thursday, March 20, right after school in the gym. Come and cheer for your favorite teachers – some who are athletic and some who are just plain good sports as they shoot foul shots. Parents, we need your help to make this all happen! Please sign up if you can: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4EACAA28A64-faculty. We also need kids to help at the associated Bake Sale. All attendees will be able to catch the 4:15pm late bus home! Hope to see you at this fun annual Brown event. Questions? Contact coordinators Debbie Kim or Michelle Levy.
Lastly, in March there will be a school-wide “Spring Fling” dance on Friday, March 28. Sponsored by the student government, all students from all grades are invited to come and have fun! Tickets will be on sale beginning March 17, and are $5.00. The dance will be from 6:30-8:30 pm.
As always if you have any suggestions or questions don’t hesitate to contact us!
Theresa Fitzpatrick and Molly Owen-Kiritsy
Brown PTO Co-Presidents
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
MCAS Testing Dates
Once again this year, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) will be administered to all students at grades six, seven, and eight. Students at these grades will be participating in various forms of the Massachusetts statewide assessment testing. Listed below is the schedule for the upcoming school year:
ELA (English Language Arts) Reading Comprehension, Friday, March 21
ELA (testing sessions on two days), Friday, March 28
Mathematics, May 5 – 20 (specific dates TBA)
ELA Composition, Tuesday, March 18
ELA Reading Comprehension, Thursday, March 20
ELA (testing sessions on three days), Tuesday, March 25
Mathematics, May 5–20 (specific dates TBA)
ELA Reading Comprehension, Monday, March 24
ELA (testing sessions on two days), Wednesday, March 26
Mathematics, May 5–20 (specific dates TBA)
Science and Technology/Engineering, May 6–20 (specific dates TBA)
8th Grade Giving Project Potluck: Tuesday, April 1, 6-8pm
The 8th grade community is organizing a potluck dinner to explore and support their students’ favorite causes! Students have submitted nominations for their causes, which will be collated and shared with the school community next week, so that everyone has a chance to read about the organizations our students would like to support. Then we will be collecting donations and organizing a potluck where students can make presentations about their causes. Everyone who comes to the potluck will bring a dish and a donation, and get 3 pennies in return. Then they enjoy a great meal, and listen to presentations from the students about their causes. Each cause presented will have a jar. After the presentations, everyone present will donate their pennies to the jar/jars of their choice. The pennies for each cause will be tallied, and the total amount of real donations received will be divided up amongst the charities accordingly. (Hey, this is a great math project, too!) Look out for more information next week. 8th grade families who would like to sign up for the potluck, please click here. If you have any questions, please email Becky Cohen or Anabel Cable.
Second Term Grades
Second term ends on March 28. An email will go home to all parents in early April detailing how to access your child’s report card electronically through the secure Parent Portal.
Spring Sports at Brown
Please check out the school website regarding what students need in order to try out for spring sports. Forms are due to coaches by March 28. Spring sports begin the week of March 31. (brown.newton.k12.ma.us/sports)
Note From Nurse Lucy Boyle
Please click here and take a moment to read a note from our school nurse regarding communication of your child’s health needs.
Supporting our Teens and Promoting Healthy Dating Relationships, Monday, April 7 at 7pm at NSHS
Join Malcolm Astley, father of the late Lauren Astley, and a panel discussion with representatives from REACH, Journey to Safety, BARCC, and Kim Coney, NSHS School Resource Officer, on Monday, April 7 from 7-8:30pm in the Seasholes Auditorium at Newton South. This event is sponsored by Newton South High School, REACH, JF&CS Journey to Safety, BARCC, The Second Step and the Newton-Wellesley Hospital.
DID YOU KNOW?
Engineers Teaching Algebra Program for our 8th Graders
Over the past two weeks, the Engineers Teaching Algebra program came to each 8th grade math class. Mr. Mark Love, a civil engineer, taught the students how to apply algebra to improve traffic flow at an intersection with a traffic signal. This interactive program engaged the students, encouraged creative problem solving, and showed them practical applications of the algebra concepts that they are learning. Ask your student about how they solved the traffic problem.
This and all Creative Arts and Sciences programs are made possible by funding from your generous contributions to the Brown PTO. Thank you!