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10-24-14 Brown Bear Report

Greetings Brown Families:

With the school year fully underway, there is much happening – both in the classroom and outside of it. We, as parents, know it’s sometimes hard to know what is or isn’t happening after school, especially for activities occurring outside on rainy days.  We want to remind you that before you try to text your child or call the main office, please take a moment to check the DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS for important updates. You can access these from both the school website or from the PTO website.

The main office staff update the Daily Announcements as often as they receive notices from coaches and advisors. By checking this site, you’ll get many questions answered quickly: Is track cancelled? What day is the ski club meeting? When does the debate team meet and in what room? For a full list of all EEE (Excellence, Enrichment, Exploration) activities, please visit the website of Brown’s PE Dept Chair and EEE Director Katrina Antonellis: http://brown.newton.k12.ma.us/EEE.

Also, please remember to send in your child’s forms for the upcoming Flu Clinic on November 14. Paperwork should be given to the school nurse, Lucy Boyer (her office is right next door to the main office). Lastly, read on to learn about Brown’s new Art teacher, Mrs. Rosen, and all she’s doing with our students.

Warm regards,
Molly Owen-Kiritsy and Theresa Fitzpatrick
Brown PTO Co-Presidents
brownpto@brownpto.org
www.brownpto.org

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Wednesday, October 29, 8:10am, Brown Ski and Snowboard Club Meeting
There will be an initial meeting in the auditorium for all interested students in participating in Ski and Snowboard Club this winter. Information packets and other paperwork will be distributed. If your student is unable to attend, please have him/her see Mr. Travers in the Guidance Department to pick up the needed information. Any students that hand in paperwork late will automatically be placed on the wait list for the Club.

Next Week is Spirit Week! October 27-31
Encourage your student to dress up!
Monday - Favorite sports team day.
Tuesday - Wear a t-shirt that shows support for anything: Aids Walk, Breast Cancer Research, LGBT, etc.
Wednesday - SWAG Day – Wear something (school appropriate!) that makes you feel great about yourself.
Thursday - Pajama day
Friday - Costume/Halloween

Sunday, November 2, Turning Back the Clocks
Remember that Daylight Savings time ends on Sunday, November 2. Turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday night.

Friday, November 7, 6-8pm, First School-wide Dance of the year!
The Student Government will host its first dance of the year with a neon glow light theme. The dance will be held in the cafeteria and is only open to current Brown students. A Brown alum who’s currently a freshman at NSHS will be the DJ of the night.  Tickets are $5 and can be bought at lunch from October 27 – November 7. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door. Any questions, please email Mr. Lamothe, SGA Advisor.

Friday, November 14, Flu Clinic
Both the flu shot and the flu nasal spray vaccine will be administered at Brown during the school day on Friday, November 14, at no cost to families. To sign your child up, please download this information packet, complete the forms included, and turn them in to the school nurse, Lucy Boyer, by Wednesday, November 12Click here to download forms in different languages.

Beginning November 17, Out-of-Assigned District Application Process begins
For any families interested in applying out of district for the next school year, please click here to download information about the application process.

DID YOU KNOW?

Visual Art at Brown & Meet Mrs. Rosen!
Mrs. Rosen is thrilled to be joining the Brown Community as the Visual Art Teacher this year. After teaching elementary and middle school art in East Boston and NYC, Mrs. Rosen is excited to begin a new adventure of teaching art at Brown and continuing to develop a strong visual arts culture at our school. Please visit The Brown Art Studio’s website to check out the amazing happenings and creations from our middle school artists. Be sure to click on the Art Update to view up to date happenings and monthly updates from the Art Studio. The Art Update exhibits collections of meaningful projects, curriculum explanations, reflections, insights and artful adventure suggestions to check out in the Boston area.

Earn Dollars for Brown by Shopping at Target
If you shop at Target and have a REDcard, you can help bring dollars to Brown by registering with the Take Charge for Education campaign and selecting Brown as your school.  Target will donate 1% of your Credit or Debit REDcard purchases made at Target and Target.com.  If you do not have a REDcard, you can sign up for one when you register.

 

 

Brown Middle School Student Government

Student Government meets on Wednesday mornings at 7:30am at Brown, in Mr. Lamothe’s room. All students are welcome to participate and, if they choose, to run for office. There will be 5 officers this year: president (must be 7th or 8th grade), vice-president (any grade), secretary (any grade), and PR (any grade, 2 positions available). The Student Government’s mission is to build community and make sure that every student feels welcome! If you have any questions, please email Mr. Lamothe.

Excellence, Enrichment, Exploration = Triple E

Brown offers many after school Triple E sports and activities that your child can participate in!
Fall Sports (season games are already underway):
Football, Soccer, Cross Country
Tripe E Activities:
Homework Club, Indoor Soccer, Cooking, Robotics, Floor Hockey, Field Hockey, Ultimate Frisbee, and more…
If you would like to learn more about these after school activities, or come cheer on your Brown sports team, check out the website of Brown’s PE Department Chair and Triple E Director, Katrina Antonellis: http://brown.newton.k12.ma.us/EEE. Triple E information is constantly updated, so check back regularly! Questions? Please email Katrina Antonellis.

Library Helpers

Volunteers are needed to help in the Brown Library.  Specifically, we are looking for approximately one hour of help each afternoon.  Volunteers shelve books and occasionally help the librarians with special projects.  We ask that volunteers commit to a particular day of the week for the school year.  They can come in weekly or every other week, depending on their schedule.  Training is provided.  Please contact Carole McElduff  for more information.

Help Needed: Box Tops for Brown

Clip Box Tops from your favorite foods—cereal, yogurt, dairy products, and more—and earn money for Brown! Please drop off your Box Tops in the box in the main office by Friday, October 24. Questions? Contact Allison Peter.

Reminder: Flu Clinic at Brown, Friday, November 14

Both the flu shot and the flu nasal spray vaccine will be administered at Brown during the school day on Friday, November 14, at no cost to families. To sign your child up, please download this information packet, complete the forms included, and turn them in to the school nurse, Lucy Boyer, by Wednesday, November 12Click here to download forms in different languages.

Information Night for All Parents, Thursday, October 23, 7-8:15pm in the Brown Library

Please join the school guidance counselors, psychologist, Library teacher and IT specialist at this informational meeting about their important roles in middle school life and involvement with students, parents, teachers, and staff.  This is an opportunity to learn more about how Brown Middle School addresses the social/emotional and developmental needs of your middle school child, and to answer any pressing questions that you may have about the middle school experience. Stay tuned for additional information about this upcoming meeting.

Picture Retake Day, Thursday, October 16

Please bring in the photo packet to be replaced.

No School, Monday, October 13

School will be closed for the Columbus Day holiday.

10-10-14 Brown Bear Report: Letter from the Co-Presidents

Greetings Brown Families:

Autumn is officially upon us.  The leaves have changed and are already falling. The PTO helped kick off fall by coordinating a delicious lunch for our wonderful teachers and staff.  Many thanks go out to all of our community chefs who donated a dish for a spectacular display of culinary treats.  Thanks also go out to Felice Sheff and Nancy Braudis for coordinating all the parts for this wonderful luncheon.

Read on to learn more about the many happenings at Brown! If you have questions, concerns or any ideas for the Brown PTO, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to a great year!

Warm regards,
Molly Owen-Kiritsy and Theresa Fitzpatrick
Brown PTO Co-Presidents
brownpto@brownpto.org
www.brownpto.org