Category Archives: Brown Bear Report

8th Grade Committee

Parents and guardians of 8th graders: If you are interested in being on the 8th Grade Committee, please email

While the 8th Grade Moving On ceremony and traditional year-end field trip are not PTO-sponsored activities, parents have in the past organized a party, raised funds for a class gift, and helped the teachers and administrators with some of the ceremony details on an as-needed basis. All of these activities are determined by the energy and volunteer availability of the parents & guardians on the 8th Committee.

Please note: The traditional Moving-On ceremony is planned by our fantastic school administration and 8th grade faculty. Mr. Jordan’s First Friday Letter in February stated that the date of the ceremony is traditionally the last day of school. At the time of this writing the School Committee hasn’t voted officially on the date for the last day, but according to our calculations, if we have no more snow days (yikes!), it should be Friday, June 22.  This is an educated guess, but not the final word, so please stay tuned.


One-and-done volunteer opportunities to help when you can

Sell BrownWear at Incoming Parent Night 
Tuesday, April 10
6:30-7:30pm, Brown Lobby
Click HERE

Sell BrownWear at Incoming Parent Night
Tuesday, April 10
7:30-8:30pm, Brown Lobby
Click HERE

Purchase & Deliver Coffee for Incoming Parent Visiting Day
Thursday, April 12
8:15am, Brown Cafeteria
Click HERE

The Giving Project

Nominate Your Favorite Non-Profit
for The Giving Project

Nominations are due Monday April 9.

The Giving Project is a special community event that brings families from Brown and Oak Hill together over a delicious meal while raising awareness and funds for some of the many charities supported by our students and faculty.

Students and faculty are invited to nominate a favorite non-profit organization, along with a brief summary of why they support it.


All nominations will be shared with both the Brown and Oak Hill communities, and 5 charitable organizations will be selected to be showcased at our fundraising community potluck dinner on Thursday, May 3, 6-8 pm at Brown Middle School.

The funds raised at the dinner are then shared among the 5 charities. We can’t wait to hear about the charity or cause that inspires you!

Potluck dinner volunteer sign-up coming soon!

Want to learn more about the Giving Project or how you can help? Contact Julie Irish

Navigating the Cyber World: Parent Presentation

Tuesday, March 27

Now in its third year at Brown, this informative Parent Workshop is sponsored by Brown Middle School and the Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. – the outreach division of the Middlesex DA’s Office. It will take place on Tuesday, March 27 from 6:45-8:00pm in the Brown Auditorium.

Geared for parents, 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.

Even if you attended the workshop last year, you’ll learn something new this year, as the online environment for teens and the latest apps are constantly changing.

For more info, check out the slides from last year’s presentation in the QUICKLINKS section at the bottom of this newsletter (and in every issue of the Brown Bear Report). We will update it after this year’s presentation with the latest info.

Another Successful Faculty & Student Foul-Ups!

March Madness came to Brown once again at Thursday’s Faculty Foul-Ups. Students, teachers and staff representing all 9 of our grade-based school teams suited up after school in the gym to shoot as many baskets as possible in 5 minutes. Semi-finalists Coral (6th), Green (7th) and Maroon (8th) squared off with Coral and Maroon moving on to the finals where Maroon prevailed thanks to great teamwork.

Students could also participate by predicting how many baskets their favorite team would shoot, with the closest guess for each color team winning a Starbucks Gift Card. Thanks to Ms. Antonellis, parent coordinators Brenda Noel, Molly DeJohn and Matt DeJohn and all the volunteers including Eileen Concannon, Dan DeVlieger, Teri Ginsburg, Julia Hamilton, Carly Hamilton, Sherie Heywood, Amy Levy and Tricia Szymanski for another great year mixing fun and community on the Brown hardcourt.