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


School Closed for Good Friday: Friday

NewtonPAC Meeting: Tuesday, March 29, 7 pm, March 25
NewtonPAC will hold a meeting in room 210 of the Education Center at 100 Walnut Street on Tuesday, March 29 at 7pm. Please note that the time is 1/2 an hour earlier than our usual meeting time. The topic will be Restraint, Seclusion and Time-Outs, and the use of quiet rooms. Dan Almeida, District Supervisor of ABA Services, will be presenting in the new State regulations and Newton’s policy changes. If your child ever has (or might have) time out of class for the purpose of calming, these changes affect you. The NewtonPAC worked hard on the policy changes with NPS to insure parental notification and involvement in the use of these procedures. Please try to attend if you can. Please rsvp to : (just so that we book the right sized room for the meeting). Contact Eileen Sandberg with any questions.

Incoming 6th Grade Parent Information Evening: Thursday, March 31, 7-8pm, Brown Auditorium

Incoming 6th Grade Parent School Visit: Tuesday, April 5, 8:30-9:30am

Forum for Middle School & Elementary Parents on Later High School Start Time: Wednesday, April 6, 7pm, Brown Auditorium
Join Brown and Oak Hill PTOs in the Brown Auditorium to explore the research on teen sleep to understand why the Newton School Committee is studying a later start time for our high schools. Speakers include sleep expert Dr. Chris Landrigan of Brigham & Women’s and Children’s Hospitals. Chris is also a Brown and South parent; his talk will help us catch up on the research on the links between adolescent sleep and their safety, well-being, emotional health and performance. We’ll also hear from a high school student and teacher and get an update from the School Committee’s High School Start Time Working Group.

We encourage you to be a part of the community conversation from the beginning stages; if changes happen our middle schoolers will be among the first to be affected as they move into their high school years. More resources on teen sleep and later high school start time here.

Navigating the Cyber World: Tuesday, April 12, 7-8:15pm, Brown Auditorium
This is an informative Parent Workshop sponsored by Brown Middle School and the Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc.  Geared for parents & guardians, this workshop reviews the challenges that may arise through use of the Internet, social media and smart phones. It is important for parents to be aware of the popular apps, social media sites and programs used by youth online. This workshop explains the issues and possible consequences from cyber bullying, sexting and revealing identifying information to strangers.


Spring Sports
All spring sports (Track, Baseball, Softball, Girls’ Lacrosse & Boys’ Lacrosse) will begin on Monday, April 4.

Yearbook purchases now available!!
All students in all grades can purchase a 2016 Brown Middle School yearbook, featuring photos from all grades. To purchase, please click here. Any questions, please contact Courtney Paull.

Team Believe Springtime Carnival for Best Buddies – Thursday, April 7, 5-9pm
Come join in the fun and help a great cause! Inspired by Brown 7th grader Joshua Yood, Team Believe is a group of families and friends (including many members of the Brown community) which raises funds and organizes activities to support the mission of Best Buddies, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing opportunities for friendship, training and employment. On Thursday, April 7, Team Believe is organizing a glorious indoor Springtime Carnival – fun for kids and adults – between 5pm and 9pm at 140 Bowdoin Street in Beacon Hill, Boston (right next to the State House and Boston Common). Please join us for an amazing array of carnival games and food, raffles, awesome magic performed by Brown alumni Constantine Foehl, music, karaoke, a bar for the adults, an auction, and much more! There is no entry fee. Tickets for games, food, drinks, raffles etc. will be available for purchase for $1 each at the event, or can be pre-purchased for $5 for 6 tickets, or $20 for 25. To pre-purchase, email Richard Berman at We know it’s a school night, so come early, have fun, make a difference, and still be home in time for homework! Click here to download a flyer.

CAS Global Music Concert and Reception: Friday, April 8, 7pm, Newton South High School
Newton’s Creative Arts & Sciences presents an evening with Crocodile River Music. Come celebrate the global music experience that students in our NPS enjoyed this fall. Crocodile River Music brings the music of Mali, Brazil, Spain and Trinidad, and the instruments and dances that celebrate these cultures, to Newton. Join musicians from Mali to Boston for an evening of world class entertainment in your own backyard. Complimentary wine, beer, and light fare round out what is certain to be a fabulous event for a 21+ audience.

Vinodivino is supporting CAS’ efforts by providing a wine and beer tasting at the event. For every order taken on April 8, and through to the end of the month, Vinodivino will donate 10% of sales to CAS. In addition, Issa Coulibaly, who thrilled student audiences, is offering a one-hour drumming lesson for 10 – valued at $150 – in your home. Plan a cocktail party with drumming on the side, or a drumming party with cocktails on the side or a drumming party and wine tasting with the wine purchased at Vinodivino! Raffle tickets are $10 each or $25 for 3 tickets. Click here to purchase tickets to the event and raffle tickets. Contact Stacey Moriarty with questions.

Special Zootopia Showing to Support JDRF: Tuesday, April 19, around 3pm, West Newton Cinema
Join the Gonzalez family (Brown and South) for a special showing of Zootopia to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. West Newton Cinema will donate 30% of each ticket sale to JDRF! Tickets are $10. Please email Leslie Gonzalez to reserve your tickets in advance. The movie will be shown around 3pm (exact time will be announced closer to the date) at the West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington Street. Click here to download a flyer.


In the Brown library, students can find the latest in young adult literature, research a topic for school or personal interest, work on homework and class projects or just have a comfortable place to read and relax. The collection provides access to over 10,000 books as well as numerous online resources. The Library is usually open at 8:15am for students who want to exchange books, print homework, and often stays open for an hour after school.