Category Archives: Brown Bear Report

SEPAC Award Nominations

This year marks the 10th edition of the Annual SEPAC Awards Ceremony, which will take place on Thursday, May 30 at Newton North High School. Each year the Awards bring together the special education community in Newton to honor the Newton Public Schools and Out of District staff who have gone above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of our kids. We expect more than 400 attendees at the Awards this year, including the mayor, school superintendent, and school committee members.

We need your help to make the Awards a success! Nominations for teacher and staff recognition can be submitted to Kim Gallaguer, Brown’s SEPAC liaison, or directly to the Newton PAC. Please submit all nominations by Friday, May 24.

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dessert Buffet Tuesday, May 7th

Say THANK YOU In the Best Way….Dessert!




Looking for a way to express your thanks to Brown faculty and staff this year? Donate to our last official staff appreciation event of the school year, our Dessert Buffet on May 7th.

We are asking families to contribute their tastiest dessert and/or volunteer to help set up and clean up.

We will be at school at 8:00 am on May 7th to accept items from students upon arrival at school. Items may also be dropped off between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm in the Teacher’s Lounge.

Thank you in advance for your time and generosity.

The Brown Bear Collection

Brown Bear Collection (BBC) is Brown’s own student-run literary magazine. It features Brown students’ literature, artwork, and photography. The BBC’s first edition was published in February 2019 and the team is working hard to publish the second edition.

The team collects, edits and publishes the work submitted by the students under the kind supervision of Ms. Rebecca Cohen.

Students can submit work to be featured in BBC’s next edition by emailing the BBC Inbox.

Meet the BBC team (from left): Rose Sethachutkul, Yumiko Desaki, Mini Xue, Caitlin Ang, Lily Zarr, Emily Cheng, Preethika Vemula, Wendy Li, Lily Harris.

Help still needed to get kids outside at lunch! Volunteer for 6th Grade Laps@Lunch Pilot Program!

Help us get this great program off the ground! We need volunteers, to help monitor 6th graders as they pilot a new Laps@Lunch program that allows them to get outside & active during the school day. If we can show success with the 6th grade this spring then we can run the program for all grades starting in the fall. This program is entirely dependent on parent volunteers so please consider contributing 30 minutes of your time! Bigelow Middle School runs this program, so can Brown!NEXT STEPS

1) Fill submit your CORI/SORI forms and a copy of your driver’s license (or passport) to You can also drop off hard copies at the school office. Please do this ASAP as it takes 10-14 days to complete a background check. (CORI/SORI expires after three years so if it’s been a while since you submitted paperwork send me your full name and I’ll check on your status.)

2) Come to a parent volunteer meeting with Ms. Antonellis & Ms. Woods, the PE teachers starting Brown Laps@Lunch to get details about how things will work.
Wednesday, May 1 at 5:15 pm
Thursday, May 2 at 8:00 am

3) Sign up here for whatever day or days you can help.
30-minute slots are open from May 10 – June 17.  

If you have any questions, please contact Tamara Bekefi.

Getting outside for a walk even just fifteen minutes per school day translates to an extra 75 minutes a week, 300 minutes per month, and 45 hours per school year. Do you want to help bring that to your 6th grader? We need your help!

Nominate a Good Cause for The Giving Project

The Giving Project Now Taking Nominations!

We are delighted to announce that the Giving Project is back! Inspired by Brown English teacher Becky Cohen, 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 non-profit organizations they support, along with a brief summary of why they support it. Nominations are due Friday, April 26. The nominations are then shared with both the Brown and Oak Hill communities, and 5 charities are selected to be showcased at our Giving Project Potluck Dinner on Thursday, May 30. 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! Click here to nominate an organization today!