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Brown Spring Concerts

The Brown Music Department’s ensembles will be performing their spring concerts soon. This year’s dates are:

Band & Mostly Brass
Thursday, May 24, 7:30 p.m.

Orchestra, Chorus, & A Cappella
Wednesday, May 30, 7:30 p.m.

Audience seating each evening will open at 7:10 p.m.

Everyone in the Brown community is welcome to attend. Come celebrate the hard work and musicianship of your friends and classmates.


The Brown music teachers rely on parent volunteers to help make sure the events
run smoothly and to have fun post-concert celebrations for the kids.

For band/mostly brass, sign up here.

For orchestra/chorus/a cappella, sign up here.

Info for Ensemble Parents/Guardians

Call times and locations are:

  • 6th Grade Band: 5/24, 6:30 p.m. Ms. Messina’s room
  • 7-8th Grade Band: 5/24, 6:15 p.m. Mr. B-A’s room
  • Mostly Brass: 5/24, 6:15 p.m. Mr. B-A’s room
  • Orchestra: 5/30, 6:30 p.m. Ms. Miller’s room
  • Chorus: 5/30, 6:30 p.m. Mr. B-A’s room

Please keep an eye out for a volunteer signup to be emailed shortly.

Concert attire:

  • Girls: white short or long-sleeved blouse with a conservative neckline, black pants or skirt, dark or nude hosiery/socks, and dark shoes.
  • Boys: white long-sleeved collared shirt, royal blue bow tie, black pants, dark socks and shoes.
  • Mostly Brass ensemble members should wear black tops instead of white on the night of their concert.

Questions? Contact your music teacher or music PTO chair, Gena Hooper at

8th Grade Students Newton South ImPACT Testing

Required for Fall Sports Participation

The PTO is passing along this information on behalf of the Newton South Athletic Department. NSHS Athletics will be hosting ImPACT baseline testing for all incoming 9th graders who plan to participate in a Fall 2018 Sport. There will be three testing dates: Monday June 4, June 11 & June 18.

For more information, please read this form: NSHS ImPACT Testing Information

Contact NSHS Athletic Trainer PJ Jordan-Quern at

Brown Book Fair – Volunteers Wanted!

Wednesday, May 30 – Friday, June 1
Brown Main Lobby

The Book Fair is a much anticipated event at Brown each spring and a great time to stock up on great summer reads as well as your student’s all-grade book for September.

English teachers and literacy specialists will be able to preview the stacks on Tuesday, May 29 and fill tote bags with books on their classroom “wish lists.” Students and parents/guardians will be able to visit the Book Fair during the school hours and the evening concert on Wednesday.

We need your help to make this fair a success!  This is a fun volunteer opportunity with manageable time slots – please sign up to volunteer at the fair!

Nivi Rabbi, Olga Umansky & Niki LaCamera
Brown Book Fair Co-Chairs

SEPAC Hosts Meeting on May 20 for Incoming 6th Grade Parents of Spark & Focus Programs

Do you have a child who is being recommended for the Spark or Focus programs at Brown Middle School?  Would you like to learn more information about these programs from parents who have current or recently-graduated students?

Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) Board Member Joan Schulz will be hosting a meeting for parents of students recommended for Spark or Focus at her home – 64 Hatfield Road, West Newton – on Sunday, May 20 at 4:00pm. Please email if you would like to attend.

PS. Fourth grade parents who may be recommended for or are interested in learning more about the program for their child are welcome to attend as well!


Chair or Co-Chairs of Annual Fall Parent Social

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’s been hosted in parent homes, community centers and even at local businesses (after hours).

You get the picture – the organizers can be as creative as they’d like (within the PTO’s budget of course!). If this sounds like an event you’d like to plan, please be in touch with the PTO Presidents for more information.