Dear Parents and Guardians,
April is Autism Awareness Month, and I want to acknowledge our ABA program here at Brown servicing students with autism spectrum disorders. Our program here at Brown began thirteen years ago. The Brown ABA program has an extraordinarily talented staff that includes: Inclusion Facilitators, Emily Nordone and Monica Massucco; with support from ten behavior therapists. The students in the Brown ABA program have continued to exhibit some great skills throughout this school year; including participating in an adaptive physical education class, completing jobs within the school community, producing some beautiful and creative artwork, and working with peers in the Brown Peer Buddies program on a variety of activities.
Holidays: School will be closed on Friday, April 14 in observance of “Good Friday,” and there will be no school the week of April 17 – 21, “Spring Vacation.”
Spring Sports: Our 7th and 8th grade track & field, softball, baseball, and lacrosse teams will all begin practicing on Monday, April 10 and will have their scheduled games and meets beginning after April vacation.
Art Announcements from Ms. Rosen:
- Check out the incredible, original artwork from our students in the March Art Update! Follow the link to Ms. Rosen’s Brown Website: http://www2.newton.k12.ma.us/~shoshana_rosen/
- Follow the Brown Art Studio on Instagram! Follow @thecharliebrownartstudio to see daily art works from our Brown artists!
- Calling all parent and family volunteers to help and support with the Spring Art Showcase in May! Please email Ms. Rosen directly if you would like to be involved! email@example.com
AIDS Walk: It’s time to dust off your walking shoes and join the Brown Bears at the 32nd annual AIDS Walk on Sunday, June 4. 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 will be sent home with your child this month. There will be a kick-off informational meeting after April vacation for everyone interested in participating. Should you have any questions about this years walk, please contact our AIDS Walk Team Captains Elizabeth Messina and Sarah Hildebrand.
Warm weather: As the warm weather approaches, we ask that you please support our expectations for appropriate dress at school. Spaghetti straps/tank tops, bare midriffs, low cut pants, and bare feet are not appropriate dress for school. In the event that your child is not dressed appropriately, please know that we will contact you. We appreciate your support in reminding your child of these expectations.
Looking ahead to June: Our “Moving On” Ceremony for eighth grade students (and their families) will be held on Friday, June 23 at 8:15 a.m. in the Newton South High School field house.
Newton METCO Program Celebrates 50 Years: Please join us on Saturday, April 29 to celebrate 50 years of METCO in the Newton Public Schools. We hope you can join us for this special evening as we celebrate the past, present, and future of the METCO program.
Newton is proud to be a founding member of METCO, the second oldest voluntary inter-district school assignment program in the country dedicated to increasing diversity. Our participation in the program has brought families together, built bridges across racial, ethnic, and cultural lines, and enriched the lives of all it has touched. It has brought deeper racial and cultural understanding to our students, staff, and the entire Newton community and prepared our students to succeed in a diverse global community.
On Saturday, April 29th, we will celebrate those who built the METCO program in Newton, as well as the community leaders, state officials, and school administrators who have supported the program over the years. Most importantly, we will celebrate the families, both host and participant, who have inspired so many with their commitment, generosity, and ongoing dedication to the program.
Date: Saturday, April 29th
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Newton North High School Auditorium (457 Walnut St.)
Description: Light appetizers and desserts will be served.
Follow the link below to RSVP to the celebration. We look forward to seeing you there and commemorating this special milestone.
John F. Jordan