First Friday Letter December 2017

Brown Middle School

First Friday Letter

First Term Grades: The first term ends this Monday, December 4. Report cards will be available to parents electronically on December 13 after 11:00 a.m. through the secure Parent Portal. We will send you an email message detailing how to access your child’s report card via Skyward Family & Student Access.

Parent-Teacher Conferences: On-line registration will open on Monday, December 4 at 6:00 a.m. and will remain open until Wednesday December 13 at 11:00 p.m. Please go to: http://www.virtualparagon.com/brown/conference/ The password for this site is: meadowbrook
You will create a new account. It is helpful to write your username and password down so you don’t forget it later. Follow the onscreen instructions to sign-up for conferences. All conferences are 15 minutes.

Superintendent’s Community Forum: Please save the date Wednesday, December 6 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Newton South Auditorium for a special superintendent’s forum entitled: “Living in a Smartphone World: What does it mean for students, families, and educators?” Inspired by the Atlantic Monthly piece entitled “Have smartphones destroyed a generation?” The forum will provide information and resources on the impact of technology and social media, as well as the opportunity to discuss the role of educators and families in navigating this space. The panel discussion will be hosted by Boston Globe writer Beth Teitell and include both Newton educators and experts from outside the district. Please RSVP here: bit.ly/newtonforum

School Musical: Our all-school musical for this year will be a production of “Grease.” The two evening performance dates are Tuesday, February 13, 2018 and Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

Early Release Day: On Thursday, December 7, all middle school students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. for professional development workshops for teachers and staff. Lunch will be served at school before dismissal.

Gift Drive/Social Action: Our annual gift drive is in full swing. Once again this year, we are sponsoring children from Brookview House, a homeless shelter in Dorchester. If you have signed up to sponsor a child, please make sure that all gifts are labeled with the child’s first and last name. Gifts must be in next week. Any donations of scotch tape or wrapping paper should be sent to Patricia Barry in room 146. It has been wonderful to see the excitement of our students as they gather and wrap the hundreds of gifts during extension block. The delivery to Brookview House is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13. We thank all of you for your most generous support of this incredible Brown tradition! And a special note of thanks to Ms. Patricia Barry and Mr. Henry Toulmin for organizing this school-wide community event.

Lost and Found: Before the December recess, please remember to check the “lost and found” for misplaced items. We have lots of clothing in our “lost and found.” There are jackets, jeans, sweatshirts, shirts, sweatpants, as well as, eyeglasses, notebooks and other school-related items. Lost and found items are placed on tables located near the gymnasium entrance.

December Recess: School will close at the end of the day on Friday, December 22 (3:00 p.m.) and will reopen on the morning of Tuesday, January 2. I want you to know how much all of us at Brown Middle

December 1, 2017

School appreciate the assistance and support we have received from you. On behalf of the entire staff, I wish you and your family a happy holiday season.

We are very proud of our Student Services and Special Education Department and want to share the following information prepared by Assistant Principal Jana daSilva.

Who we are and What we do

15 Special Educators

40 Behavior Therapists & Teaching Assistants

2Reading Specialists

4 School Counselors & 2 Counseling interns

2 METCO School Counselor

2 School Psychologists

1 Administrative Assistant

2 Board Certified Behavior Analysts

2 Occupational Therapists

2 Speech/Language Pathologists

2 Adaptive Physical Education Teachers

1 Music Therapist

1 Physical Therapist

1 English Language Learner Educator

 

Sincerely, John F. Jordan