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Brown Bear Report 03/25/16

Dear Brown families,

We hope you are all enjoying the helter-skelter March weather, as the promise of summer battles it out with winter’s last blast. (At least, we hope that was winter’s last blast!) Spring is a very busy season at Brown, with new sports starting up, a new term, and new conversations and initiatives impacting our school, district and community. Thank you to Superintendent Fleishman and the School Committee for an informative and interesting visit this week.

Thank you also to Debbi Kim and Martha Lawler for coordinating our fun and energetic annual Faculty Foul-Ups, and to the many parents and guardians who contributed to the bake sale and helped out counting hoops etc. Without your generosity, we couldn’t create these memories or raise these funds for our school.

Welcome to our incoming 6th grade families! All 5th grade families from Angier, Countryside, Mason-Rice and Williams should be receiving this newsletter, and are invited to our Brown Incoming Parent Evening on Thursday, March 31 from 7-8pm, and to our Incoming Parent Visit on Tuesday, April 5, from 8:30-9:30am. If your student will not be attending Brown next year and you do not wish to receive these emails, please let us know at If your student will be coming to Brown, and you have any questions for the PTO, please email

We hope everyone enjoys the long weekend!

Anabel and Theresa
PTO co-Presidents


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Parent Coffee with Superintendent Fleishman: Thursday, March 24, 8:45-11am

Parents and guardians are invited to meet with Superintendent David Fleishman at Brown on Thursday, March 24, from 8:45 to 11am. Please join us to hear school and district updates, discuss issues and get answers to your questions.

Music Showcase Concert: Tuesday, March 22, 7-8:30pm

Organized by Ms. Wadsworth, this concert provides an opportunity for students to share their individual music talents with the Brown community. Instrumentalists and vocalists from all grades perform as soloists or in small groups. Come support our amazing musicians! There will be a post-concert celebration in the cafeteria for performers and their families, who are asked to bring a small contribution, such as baked goods, snacks, or fruit. Questions? Please contact

Faculty Foul-Ups – Thursday, March 17, 3:15-4pm

Reminder: Faculty Foul-Ups will take place this Thursday, March 17, from 3:15 to 4pm, in the school gym. Parents, we need your help with food and drink donations for the Bake Sale!

Faculty Foul-Ups is a fun, lively event in which teachers from each of the teams are joined by students from their team to see how many hoops they can score from free throws or “foul shots” in 5 minutes! Students: no sign-up necessary, just come and show your team spirit by cheering on the teachers and classmates from your team!

Parents are welcome to come and cheer on their team, help count baskets and help with the Bake Sale. In particular, we still need your help with food and drink donations for the Bake Sale. (Goods can be brought to school in the morning.) Please contact Bake Sale Coordinator Martha Lawler if you can help! If you would like to volunteer at the event, or have any questions, please contact Faculty Foul-Ups Coordinator, Debbi Kim. Thank you!

Students will be able to take the late bus home.

NPS Responsive Home Workshops – Tuesday, March 15 and Thursday, April 7, 6:30-8:30pm

The tools of Responsive Classroom can be used to create a calm, supportive and encouraging environment at home, too! Parents and guardians are invited to join a workshop to learn practical  strategies to creating positive behavior at home, including:

  • Family Meeting
  • House Rules
  • Interactive Modeling
  • Positive Language
  • Logical Consequences
  • Choice
  • Quiet Time

The workshops will take place in Room 210 at the Education Center, 100 Walnut Street, Newton, and are open to the public, no registration needed. They will be taught by Amy Kelly, District Leader of Social and Emotional Learning, Newton Public Schools. For more information, please contact Kathy Marchi, SEL Dept., at or 617-559-6139.