As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, it’s important to have up-do-date information from trusted sources. The Newton Department of Health and Human Services is maintaining a useful COVID-19 website with a Coronavirus Q & A, as well as links to the latest local, state and CDC news and recommendations. Check this site regularly, as it will have the most current updates and alerts for our schools and our community.
Also check out the Brown Helping Brown page if you need assistance (all communications are private and confidential) or would like to offer to help.
Join the Brown PTO for a community meeting to discuss the upcoming school year and ways you can get involved. While there are still many unknowns, we’ll discuss key initiatives, open positions and thoughts about how the PTO can best be supportive to teachers, parents and students during this unusual time. We look forward to seeing you there!
Please refer to the Brown Bear Report or email the PTO for log in information.
Please join us on Wednesday, June 3rd, at 7:00pm for Brown’s first ever virtual parent talk. The hour-long event explores the digital media landscape today’s teens/preteens are immersed in — from social media and video game culture, to movies, TV and music — and how digital media usage effects young people’s relationships, mental health, and general wellbeing. Parents learn strategies to effectively talk to their sons and daughters about healthy media usage and boundary-setting, as well as current best practices to help kids better manage their own digital diets.
Virtual school can’t stop us from continuing one of our favorite traditions – the annual Brown Middle School Talent Show! Though we will have to approach it in a different way this year, our hope is that the excitement for and participation in the show remain high! Here are the details: Students should create a video performing their talent. It can be individual or a group effort, but must be 3 minutes or less in length. 8th grade students who wish to audition to emcee the show should also submit an audition video that shows their hosting style by introducing a mock act. Students should keep in mind that this is a school/family-friendly show and refrain from inappropriate content, music with explicit lyrics, etc. Videos should be submitted via Google and shared with Ms. Troutman. Video submissions are due by June 5 at 5 pm. Students will be notified by Tuesday, June 9 whether their act will be featured in the online version of the talent show. The talent show will air for the entire Brown community on Tuesday, June 16th. Please encourage students with acts of ANY type to share their video performance. We know we have a community of many fabulously multi-talented students and we want to end the year on a fun, celebratory note! Sincerely, The Talent Show Planning Committee Jenny Troutman, Matt Bailey-Adams, Becky Cohen & Jon Winkler
Jennifer Anderson and Elizabeth Messina would like to invite students, families, and faculty to join us in a longstanding Brown tradition by participating in the Boston AIDS Walk on Sunday, June 7. It will be Team Brown’s 21st year! This year we are doing it a little differently – from our homes. Please join us! Click here to learn more.
As these uncertain times persist, the Brown PTO is continuing its work to connect those who are able to help with families who need it. To date, we’ve raised more than $2,800 to assist Brown families in need and continue to fill requests for support. Click here to learn more on getting help.