Category Archives: Brown Bear Report

In-person BrownWear Holiday Sale Thursday morning (Dec 10th – Cohort B) and Tuesday (Dec 15th – Cohort A)

Check out our inventory here, including new sweatshirts!
 Our in-person sales are happening before the school day begins at 7:50am on the lawn in front of Brown. The first sale will be held tomorrow Thursday, December 10th for students in cohort B, and we will hold another sale next Tuesday, December 15th for cohort A.

Please park outside of the blue zone and walk over to the school, if you are driving and shopping with your child. 

You can also visit the online store to place an order. Your child may pick it up at school office, or you can arrange an alternate pickup if it is a surprise gift. Check out all the style, color and logo options and place your order here! Payment also can be made by a check payable to Brown PTO, and mailed to 125 Meadowbrook Road, Newton, MA 02461.  
Questions? Contact the BrownWear team at

You can shop our in-person BrownWear Sales this Thursday morning and next Tuesday morning at Brown, or place your orders online now!

Translators Needed!

We need Cultural Leaders for the Brown PTO ELL Committee. The role of a Cultural Leader is to help our English Language Learner families feel welcome in the Brown community by answering their questions about school and doing occasional translations of information for the PTO and teachers. Time commitment is about 1.5 hours per month. 

If you speak Vietnamese and would like to help, email Kerry Prasad

Cần người nói tiếng Việt! Vui lòng gửi email đến Kerry Prasad kerry

Support Brown – Make Your Annual Fund Donation Today!

As a parent or guardian of a student at our school, we are all members of the PTO. The PTO relies on annual contributions and volunteers to provide our many school support activities including our online school directory, educational enrichment programs and community support projects.  

While we know it’s a time of uncertainty for many, we hope our community will support the PTO in our continued efforts to keep our community connected.

Your donations make these services possible. Please consider making your contribution now for the 2020-2021 school year. Click here to donate now.

Brown’s Annual Fund Drive Is Happening Now!

Dear Brown Community,

Back to school nights are happening for parents this week, and normally we would greet you all in Brown’s newly named ‘John Jordan Auditorium’ to introduce ourselves and speak briefly about the PTO. We are sorry we won’t get to see you this year, but we’d like to share with you some initiatives taking place and being planned by the PTO, and hope that you will consider donating to our annual fund to support these efforts. The PTO continues to work with our teachers to create as many enriching experiences for your children as we possibly can, and we rely on your support to ensure these initiatives take place.
Leading off our Creative Arts and Sciences programming this year, the PTO is sponsoring an exciting experience to supplement our school’s summer reading book ‘New Kid’. On December 2nd the Brown Community will be part of a live virtual visit with ‘New Kid’ author Jerry Craft. We are looking forward to this tremendous opportunity to host the author of this Newberry Medal winning book. With your support, Brown’s Creative Arts and Sciences parent volunteers plan to set up additional experiences for our kids by grade level throughout the school year.
The PTO is working to support initiatives that create excitement and school spirit for our students. During Brown’s ‘Meet and Greet’, the PTO sponsored welcome packages put together by teachers for incoming sixth graders with stickers, magnets, and other spirit items. Additionally, during upcoming distribution of students’ Chromebooks, our PTO is providing a Brown Bears ‘school spirit wristband’ for all of our students.
We are working on ways to continue to give our students and teachers support as the year progresses. The PTO sponsored a lunch for teachers who were in the building during the first weeks of school, and plan to offer further teacher appreciation events during the course of the school year. We also hope to achieve the funding necessary to offer a modified mini-grant program to our teachers, that will aim to foster and support initiatives that assist with learning and engagement with both our in-person, and distance learners this year.
While we know it’s a time of uncertainty for many, we hope our community will support the PTO in these continuing efforts to keep our community connected. The PTO relies on annual fund contributions and volunteers to provide school enrichment activities, which are needed more than ever this year. Your donations will help make these experiences happen, and we appreciate your assistance during these difficult times.
Please click here to donate to Brown’s Annual Fund now.

Back To School Night

We are reinventing Back to School Night this year to be held remotely.  The goal of our Back to School Night is to share with families a curricular overview and information regarding the team and how they are working to support students in this unusual environment.  They will also share specifics regarding expectations and technology platforms such as schoology.

Teams will hold zoom meetings with parents  by grade level on the following dates:

Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7PM – 8th grade teams (Turquoise, Emerald & Orange)

Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7PM – 7th grade teams (Green, Blue & Teal)

Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7PM – 6th grade teams (Red, Purple, Coral)

Team teachers will be sending the zoom links to these meetings the week before the event.  

Families of students in our Metco Program:  We will have a 30 minute meet and greet prior to the team zoom meetings listed above with our administrators and Metco counselor, Gillian vanDelft.  Links will be shared the week before the meeting. 

Multi-team teachers (World language, Physical Education & Health, Fine and Applied Arts) will be creating videos to share their curriculum overview and expectations along with contact information so you may reach them with any questions you have.  These videos will be shared by the teachers during the week of October 19.