First Friday Letter

Brown Middle School

First Friday Letter

May 5, 2017

Dear Families,

This year, the week of May 1 – 5 marks Teacher Appreciation Week.  I would like to publicly thank each of our teachers for the excellent work that they do on behalf of students at Brown.  Our teachers are very talented and outstanding at what they do.  Please remember that School Policy does not permit teachers to accept personal gifts from parents or students.  If you would like to recognize or thank your teachers a card, note, or email is suggested as an appropriate gesture.  You may also want to make a contribution to the Brown Middle School PTO to support our school community.  I would also like to thank Felice Scheff and Nancy Braudis   and all of the parent volunteers on the PTO Teacher Appreciation Committee for the delicious dessert buffet held this past Tuesday in recognition of our Broun Faculty and Staff.

National School Nurse Day will be held on May 10th.  This day of recognition has been set-aside since 1972 to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting.  This specialized practice advances the well-being, academic success and life-long achievements of students.  At Brown, we are extremely grateful for all of the caring and professional attention that our highly talented Lucy Boyer provides to the entire school community.

As we begin the process of organizing student placement on teams for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year, it is important to verify enrollment.  If your child(ren) in sixth or seventh grade will not be returning to Brown in September, please notify our student services office at 617-559-6907.  Thank you for your cooperation.  If you have any questions regarding this request, please do not hesitate to call me at 617-559-6900.

Next-Gen MCAS Testing:  In May, MCAS testing in Mathematics for all grades and Grade 8 Science/Tech. Eng.  Specific Next-Gen MCAS testing dates are listed in the schedule below:


Grade         Tests                                                          Dates                          

Grade 6      Mathematics                                              Wed., May 10

(Math testing sessions on two days)           Thurs., May 11

Grade 7      Mathematics                                              Thurs., May 18

                              (Math testing sessions on two days)           Fri., May 19

Grade 8      Mathematics                                              Tues., May 16

(Math testing sessions on two days)           Wed., May 17

Sci./Tech. Eng. MCAS                                Tues., May 23

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 has been sent home with your child.  Families who plan to walk need to register their child and any other family members joining them by May 8.  T-shirt order forms and money are also due Wednesday, May 10.  Last year, we raised over $37,000 for AIDS Action Committee Boston.  Should you have any questions about this year’s walk, please contact our AIDS Walk Team Captains Elizabeth Messina and Sarah Hildebrand.

Spring Sports & Triple E Activities:  There is an ambitious schedule during the month of May for the baseball, softball, track & field and lacrosse teams.  We hope to see you on the sidelines!  This year, the last day for “Enrichment” activities will be on Thursday, June 8.

Art Announcements from Ms. Rosen:

  • The Spring Art Showcase will take place on Wednesday May 24th from 5-7pm. Join us in the Brown Lobby to celebrate the incredible artwork our students have created! All term 3 artists will have work on display.
  • Calling all parent and family volunteers to help and support with the Spring Art Showcase on Wednesday, May 24st! Please email Ms. Rosen directly if you would like to be involved!
  • Follow the Brown Art Studio on Instagram! Follow @thecharliebrownartstudio to see daily art works from our Brown artists!

No School:  School will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.

Spring Concerts:  Our Spring Concerts will be held on two evenings @7:30PM :  Wed., May 24 (Band & mostly Brass) ) and Tues., May 30 (Chorus & Orchestra).

Brown Book Fair:  Our annual Brown Book Fair will be held Tuesday, May 30 – Friday, June 2 in the main lobby. This is a great time to stock up on great summer reads as well as your student’s all-grade book for September.  Students and parents/guardians will be able to visit the Book Fair during school hours. Keep an eye out for volunteer sign-up instructions and details in the upcoming Brown Bear Reports.  Proceeds from all sales directly support our Brown PTO.

Step-up Day:  On Friday, June 9, fifth grade students will be visiting Brown.  Our present sixth grade students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. on that day.  Seventh grade students will follow their regular schedules and eighth grade students will visit Newton North or Newton South. If you have any questions about next year’s program, please contact your child’s school guidance counselor.

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.

Last Day of School:  The Newton School Committee voted to establish the last day of school for students as Friday, June 23, 2017.  Dismissal will be at 11:30 a.m.

Thank you,

John F. Jordan