Category Archives: Brown Bear Report

Summer Reading Reminder

The summer reading One School, One Book selection for this year is Stargazing by Jen Wang.  In addition each grade level will read a second book.  These selections are:

Important Fall Athletics Information -2021

If your child wants to participate in a fall sport, click here to review important information.


Thank you to 8th Grader Raj Brody for submitting this inspirational drawing. Raj created the sketch to “give some strength to all of the healthcare workers in New York City,” one of them being his aunt. 

Let us see what YOU’RE up to! Whether you are learning, creating, helping, sharing an idea, relaxing, growing, passing the time or ‘repping’ Brown at home (wearing your BrownWear!) — we want to see you! Help us keep Brown’s community spirit going even though we’re not physically at school. Click here to submit your photo or video. Or you can email it to us (including written permission to publish it) here.

Understanding and Caring for Your Digitally Networked Teen: A virtual parent talk led by Dr. Jeff Lemberg

Please join us on Wednesday, June 3rd, at 7:00pm for Brown’s first ever virtual parent talk.  The hour-long event explores the digital media landscape today’s teens/preteens are immersed in — from social media and video game culture, to movies, TV and music — and how digital media usage effects young people’s relationships, mental health, and general wellbeing. Parents learn strategies to effectively talk to their sons and daughters about healthy media usage and boundary-setting, as well as current best practices to help kids better manage their own digital diets. 

Zoom details will follow in the coming days.

Brown Talent Show – Tuesday, June 16

Virtual school can’t stop us from continuing one of our favorite traditions – the annual Brown Middle School Talent Show! Though we will have to approach it in a different way this year, our hope is that the excitement for and participation in the show remain high!  Here are the details:  Students should create a video performing their talent. It can be individual or a group effort, but must be 3 minutes or less in length.  8th grade students who wish to audition to emcee the show should also submit an audition video that shows their hosting style by introducing a mock act.   Students should keep in mind that this is a school/family-friendly show and refrain from inappropriate content, music with explicit lyrics, etc.  Videos should be submitted via Google and shared with Ms. Troutman.  Video submissions are due by June 5 at 5 pm. Students will be notified by Tuesday, June 9 whether their act will be featured in the online version of the talent show.  The talent show will air for the entire Brown community on Tuesday, June 16th. Please encourage students with acts of ANY type to share their video performance. We know we have a community of many fabulously multi-talented students and we want to end the year on a fun, celebratory note! 
Sincerely, The Talent Show Planning Committee Jenny Troutman, Matt Bailey-Adams, Becky Cohen & Jon Winkler

Boston AIDS Walk – Sunday, June 7

Jennifer Anderson and Elizabeth Messina would like to invite students, families, and faculty to join us in a longstanding Brown tradition by participating in the Boston AIDS Walk on Sunday, June 7. It will be Team Brown’s 21st year! This year we are doing it a little differently – from our homes. Please join us! Click here to learn more.

Virtual Parent Coffee with Superintendent David Fleishman – this Wednesday, April 29 at 8:30 am

Superintendent David Fleishman and Newton School Committee member(s) will host a virtual coffee for the Brown community this Wednesday, April 29 at 8:30 am. Dr. Fleishman will discuss ongoing plans for distance learning, other NPS initiatives and be available to answer questions on topics of interest to the Brown community. 

We encourage all parents and caregivers to attend this meeting. BYO coffee! 

Check out the latest Brown Bear Report (4/26) for the Zoom Meeting Link and password. In addition, a recording of the meeting will be made available. We hope to see you there!