Category Archives: First Friday Letter

First Friday Letter – 4/1/16

Dear Parents and Guardians,

April is Autism Awareness Month, and I want to acknowledge our ABA program here at Brown servicing students with autism spectrum disorders. Our program here at Brown began twelve years ago. The Brown ABA program has an extraordinarily talented staff that includes: Inclusion Facilitators, Emily Nordone and Monica Massucco; with support from ten behavior therapists. The students in the Brown ABA program have continued to exhibit some great skills throughout this school year; including participating in an adaptive physical education class, completing jobs within the school community, producing some beautiful and creative artwork, and working with peers in the Brown Peer Buddies program on a variety of activities.

Report Cards: Earlier this week, you should have received your child’s second term report cards. You can also access your child’s second term report card on the Newton Public Schools Skyward Family Access. Mid-term progress reports for the third term will be going home with students during the week of May 15. Continue reading

First Friday Letter – 3-5-16

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The second term ends on Friday, March 18. Later in the month, we will send you an important email message detailing how to access your child’s report card electronically through the secure Parent Portal in Skyward. I would also like to welcome all of the incoming sixth grade families from our four elementary feeder schools. We will email you with electronic copies of information from Brown Middle School.

Skyward Family Access Portal: Earlier this week, you should have received information regarding the implementation of our new student information management system called Skyward. Family Access will replace our former portal, ParentCONNECT. Family/Student Access is a secure Internet-based website that will allow you to view your child’s school attendance, term grades, and update family emergency contact information. In order for you to begin using Family/Student Access, you will need a login and password. You should have received that information electronically on Wednesday, March 2. If you do not receive the email message, please contact our main office here at Brown. There is a Family Access video and a Student Access video with navigation instructions found here on the NPS Families Resource page: http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/83. Continue reading

First Friday Letter – 2-5-16

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The school year seems to be flying by! Mid-term feedback reports will be going home with all students this week. We ask that you please review the mid-term feedback report(s) with your child. The mid-term feedback reports provide an opportunity to have a conversation with your child about their progress this school year. The second term ends on Friday, March 18.

Our Musical Production: The cast, crewmembers, costume & set designers, and directors of “The Music Man” are all working hard, and continue to be very busy focusing on final preparations and rehearsals for their upcoming performances. We hope that you will plan to join us on Tuesday, February 9 and Wednesday, February 10 in the Brown auditorium for what promises to be two incredible performances of “The Music Man.” Continue reading

First Friday Letter – 1-8-16

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Martin Luther King Celebration: Newton’s 47th Annual Community Celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held on Monday, January 18, 10am at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, 573 Washington Street, Newton. Among the featured speakers will be Newton’s Mayor Setti Warren and Newton Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David Fleishman. There will be musical selections performed by the Newton All City Chorus Treble Singers and the Harambee Gospel Choir from Newton South H.S.
School will not be in session on January 18.

7th Grade SOS Curriculum: Newton’s secondary schools are conducting the Signs of Suicide (SOS) Curriculum and the Brief Screening for Adolescent Depression (BSAD) again this year. Brown Middle School will implement SOS for all of our 7th graders February 8 – 11 (specific dates by team to follow). Continue reading

First Friday Letter – 12-4-15

Dear Families,

Community is an important value here at Brown Middle School. It takes all of us to build an environment in which our differences are not simply tolerated–they are valued. We, at Brown, value our differences in race, religion, cultural heritage, gender, sexual orientation, learning styles, ethnicity, language, physical differences, and physical appearance.

While we strive to create an inclusive community for all, we realize that in reality, there is still important work to be done. According to results from the November 2014 Newton Youth Risk Behavior Survey: Continue reading