Category Archives: Brown Bear Report

Registration for the Newton Girls Basketball Association 2018-2019 season is open

Newton Girls Basketball Association(NGBA) is a recreational league for Newton girls with fun for beginners and experienced players alike! Games are played on Saturdays for all grades, starting December 1st and continuing into mid-March; for Grades 3-8 practices are for 1-hour on one evening during the week (Mon-Thurs). You will be able to select one day on the registration form that you are NOT able to practice. Otherwise practice times will be assigned according to coach availability. There are no weekday practices for Grade 2. The Grade 2 program is focused on a fun, learning environment.

To obtain additional details and to find out more about the league, visit the Newton Girls Basketball website.

Brown Winter Athletic Program Registration

Registration of your 7th or 8th grader for the winter season middle school athletic programs will be available soon. Registering on FamilyID is the only way to sign up for a winter sport.

The winter program includes Boys Basketball and Girls Basketball.

DEADLINE IS Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

1. Registration must be completed on FamilyID before November 28th, 2018.
2. Physical on file by November 28th, 2018 with the school nurse Lucy Boyer.

Please see attached letter for more information.

Brown Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon Is This Week!



Thanks to all parents who have signed up to donate food or their time to help with this week’s luncheon. We still need a couple of additional items and some help with clean up. Please click here to help out!

We will be at school at 8 AM on the morning of November 1 to accept items from children upon arrival at school. Items may also be dropped off between 8 AM and 11 AM in the office. Coffee must be dropped off between 11:15 and 11:30 AM.
Thank you in advance for your time and generosity.

Creative Arts & Sciences: The Power of Hope

On October 24, grade 7 students attended a presentation from Gabriel Bol Deng for the Creative Arts and Science program. Gabriel is one of the “Lost Boys” from Sudan. His message was one of hope and inspiration. Gabriel shared how he had to overcome unbelievable obstacles in life. He was just 10 years old when North Sudanese Murahileen militiamen led a violent attack on his village of Ariang in South Sudan in 1987. He lost his parents in the attack and had to survive four months of perilous journey before he reached a refugee camp in Ethiopia and in 2001 he was resettled in Syracuse, NY.

In 2007, he chose to return to his home village of Ariang after 20 years of being away and started Hope for Ariang (HFA) as a vehicle to help rebuild Ariang village. His work includes building a school for Ariang, providing quality education, teacher training and empowering women so that they can attend school and gain job skills.

Gabriel encouraged the students to hold onto their hopes and dreams.  He reminded them to work hard and keep on persevering towards their dreams. To find out more about Hope For Ariang, please visit the website.

Brown PTO School Directory Hardcopy & Online Access

Did You Receive Your Hardcopy Book?

By now, your child should have brought home a copy of the Brown PTO School Directory (it’s light blue!). If you have not received one, email us at

Online Access
All families also have access to Brown’s online directory, My School Anywhere (MSA). Here’s how to log in:
If you are registered in MSA, click here:

If you are unsure if you are registered, or if you can’t recall which email address you registered with, test your various email addresses out by attempting a password reset.  If an invalid email address is entered, the system will return a message that the email address does not have an account in our system. If you are not in the system, email us at

Keep the Directory in Your Pocket! Try the My School Anywhere App!
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Having Trouble?
If you are still having trouble, the MSA FAQ page may be helpful. If not, or if you did not register as a user, please email

The directory and online database are made possible by your donations to the Brown PTO. If you haven’t made yours yet, please do so today! Click here to donate now.