First Friday Letter December 7, 2018

Dear Families,

First Term Grades: The first term ends this Monday, December 10. Report cards will be available to parents electronically on December 19 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 ASPEN Family/Student Portal.

Growth Mindset in Advisory: Over the past few days in Advisory, we have begun conversations with students about the significance of developing a “growth mindset” and we would like to share this mantra “Change your words – Change your mindset.” In the corridor leading to our cafeteria, please notice the “Growth Mindset Bulletin Board.”

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 228. 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 12. We thank all of you for your most generous support of this incredible Brown tradition! I also want to extend a special note of thanks to Ms. Patricia Barry and Mr. Henry Toulmin for organizing this school-wide community event again this year.

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.

Winter Concert: Everyone is invited to attend our Winter Concert featuring all of our musical ensembles. The Band and Brass Groups will perform on Tuesday, January 15 at 7:30 p.m. The Chorus and Orchestra will perform on Wednesday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m.

School Musical: Auditions for our all-school musical production of “Mary Poppins,” began this week. The two evening performance dates are Tuesday, February 12, 2019 and Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

December Recess: School will close at the end of the day on Friday, December 21 (3:00 p.m.) and will reopen on the morning of Wednesday, January 2. I want you to know how much all of us at Brown Middle 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.

Sincerely, John F. Jordan