Category Archives: Brown Bear Report


How can you feel connected to Brown while your students are developing their own new friendships and becoming more independent in middle school?

One way is to get involved at Brown as a volunteer. There are SO MANY ways you can help, whatever your availability, skill set and enthusiasms. Every hour of time contributes to positive outcomes for our kids and helps us stay connected as well.


Below is a list of committees and roles that are in need of additional volunteers this year. Click here or below to sign up for any of the roles below. You may indicate specific interests in the comments section of the sign-up. Email if you would like more details on any of the committees or positions.

Thank you!

  • Newsletter Editorial Committee (3) – Help with our weekly Brown Bear Report, our e-newsletter. As a part of a rotating team of editors you will review incoming content and stage in MailChimp for review by editorial lead/co-presidents. Training provided. Great off-site volunteer opportunity.
  • Library (4) – Working with the Library Coordinator be a part of a team who helps in the library. Shifts are approximately once every 6 weeks.
  • Brown Wear Pop- Up Sales (4) – Be a part of BrownWear! Join our PopUp Sales Team for occasional clothing/gear sales at events such as Back-to-School night, parent visiting days, etc.
  • Back-to-School Night – Thursday, Sept 20, 2018 (2) – Purchase & set up light snacks for the social hour during Back-to-School Night (Arrive at school 5:30pm to set up)
  • Co-Chair or Chairs of Annual Fall Parent Social (2) – Last year’s all-parent event was a fabulous Sunday Brunch! In prior years, our Fall Social has been a weeknight wine & cheese reception. It is wide open to interpretation! Let us know if you are interested!
  • Catering: Snack & Coffee Ordering (2) – Coordinating parent volunteers to bring snacks and supplies as well as set up for several Teacher/Staff & Parent events throughout the school year, including Parent/Teacher Conferences and parent visit days. Looking for 1-2 coordinators.
  • 6th Grade Parent Social(s) (6) – Plan and coordinate 6th Grade parent evening social(s). Looking for co-chairs and committee members.
  • Brown Working Theater – 2018-19 School Year (4) – Lead Coordinator and Committee needed to assist Choral and Music Teacher Mr. Bailey-Adams and the faculty with parent communication and organizing parent volunteers for the Brown musical and play.
  • Book Fair – May 2019 (6) – Cashiers and merchandising help. School day and evening hours available.
  •  8th Grade/Class of 2019 End-of-Year Events Committee – April-June 2019 (6) – 8th Grade Parents. Organize end of year events for 8th grade. 1-Canobie Lake Class Trip, 2-Evening Party at school, 3-Assist with Moving on Ceremony. Need a committee leader.

Sign up HERE

Grade 6 Cross-Country Enrichment Program – DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 19

Registration for Brown Cross-Country Grade 6 Fall enrichment program must be completed by September 19, 2018 on FamilyID. Click here for registration information.

Look For Brown School Directory Confirmation Email Later This Month

In mid-August, parents/guardians will receive an email with instructions and a link customized to your family for confirming your information for the Brown School Directory. The Directory is published every year in print and electronic form by the PTO to facilitate communication within our community and is separate from the Newton Public Schools-maintained Skyward student information system.

Due to software and security measures, access to the Directory can only be given to families who confirm their information–even if none of it has changed from last year.  The Directory confirmation email will come from “Brown PTO Directory” at the address If you have a tight spam filter or are concerned about email going to your Promotions folder, please add it to your address book now.

Annual Contribution

Welcome to the Brown Middle School PTO! As a parent or guardian of a student at our school, we are all members of the PTO. As an organization, we rely on annual contributions and volunteers to provide our many school support activities, educational enrichment programs and community support projects.

As your contributions allow us to provide these types of services, please consider making a contribution now for the 2018-2019 school year.  Click here to donate now.

For more information on getting involved, please see our volunteer list below or online here. We look forward to seeing you all soon!

*If you are not able to attend Back-to-School Night to pick up your Directory, it will be sent home with your child.

School Supplies

Supply lists will be determined after school starts and will not be posted over the summer. Mr. Jordan has stated that a writing utensil and a folder is all that is needed for the first day. If you would like to purchase some supplies ahead of time, the school has provided this suggested list.