Category Archives: First Friday Letter

First Friday Letter – 6/3/16

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is important to acknowledge the role parents play in supporting the faculty and in enriching the learning environment at Brown Middle School. On behalf of the entire staff, our sincere thanks for all of your activities and contributions provided throughout the year. A special note of thanks is extended to our P.T.O. presidents Theresa Fitzpatrick, Anabel Cable, and Liz Hiser for their on-going efforts and incredible support this year. Additionally, I would like to thank Nancy Braudis and Felice Scheff and the PTO committee for the delicious desserts and treats provided to teachers and staff at our May 5th Teacher Appreciation Day Celebration. I would also like to acknowledge and thank Liz Hiser for her leadership in organizing our annual Brown Book Fair that was held last week. Liz did a great job of transforming the front foyer into a place that generated genuine excitement about books and summer reading. This year’s event was another huge success! Continue reading

First Friday Letter – 5/06/16

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are quickly approaching the mid-point of the last term. Mid-term progress reports for the third term will be going home with students during the week of May 16.  We ask that you please review the mid-term feedback reports with your child and send back a signed copy to your child’s teacher.

This year, the week of May 2 – 6 marks Teacher Appreciation Week.  I would like to publicly thank each of our teachers for the excellent work that they do on behalf of students at Brown.  Our teachers are very talented and outstanding at what they do.  Please remember that School Policy does not permit teachers to accept personal gifts from parents or students.  If you would like to recognize or thank your teachers a card, note, or email is suggested as an appropriate gesture.  You may also want to make a contribution the Brown Middle School PTO to support our school community. Continue reading

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