November 3, 2017
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The first trimester (term) will end on Monday, December 4. Students have four weeks remaining in this term in which to complete their work successfully. During the next few days, we encourage you to please review your child’s mid-term feedback reports. Later this month, we will be sending you information about the sign-up process for Parent-Teacher Conferences to be held mid-December through January.
Turning Back the Clocks: Please remember that Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 5 (move clocks back one hour).
Holidays: There will be no school on Friday, November 10 in observance of Veterans’ Day. School will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 22 for the Thanksgiving break. Lunch will not be served on that day. Please remember that school re-opens on Monday, November 27.
Enrichment and Athletics: Our Brown Enrichment program is successfully under way. Programs generally run from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Late buses are provided for students. Our goal is to offer a variety of options for students throughout the school year. All students are encouraged to participate and to suggest clubs of interest. Please contact Katrina Antonellis at the following email address: Katrina_Antonellis@newton.k12.ma.us with any questions/suggestions, or visit our school website for an updated list of activities and sports events.
Community/Social Action: Brown Middle School is beginning the annual gift drive. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this important tradition at our school, the Brown community provides gifts for families connected to the Brookview House, a shelter in Dorchester. This event provides families connected to the shelter with gifts for the holiday season. Each team has a number of individuals to sponsor. Gifts are purchased by Brown Middle School students and their families, brought to school, wrapped and then transported to the Brookview House for distribution.
At this time, we’re asking students and their families to sponsor a child or adult affiliated with the Brookview House – each team will be responsible for a specific number of individuals. If you volunteer to sponsor an individual, you will receive a gift request card that will include the person’s age, gender, favorite color, clothing size and gift requests. Sponsors are NOT obligated to purchase any or all of the gifts in the request card. Some requests are for expensive items so it is important for you to use your own judgment when purchasing gifts. Please feel free to purchase items that are within a reasonable price range for you. Substitutions are fine as long as they are appropriate for the age/gender of the person for whom the gift is intended. Gifts should be purchased and brought to Brown during the week of December 1. Students will wrap their gifts in “home base” during the week of December 4 and all of the gifts will be loaded on to the truck to go to Brookview House on Monday, December 11.
Anyone that would like to donate wrapping paper, ribbons or bows or ribbon can drop it off with Ms. Kathy Hunt in the main office before the Thanksgiving break. Any additional gift cards to CVS, Walgreens, Target, Stop & Shop, etc. are always greatly appreciated.
If your family is interested in sponsoring someone please have your child contact their home base teacher. The gift drive is a wonderful opportunity for children to get involved in their community and to help make a difference in the lives of people in need. Special thanks are extended to Patricia Barry and Henry Toulmin for organizing this school-wide community event.
Superintendent’s Forum: Please save the date Wednesday, December 6 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Newton South Auditorium for a special superintendent’s forum entitled: “Living in a Smartphone World: What does it mean for students, families, and educators?” Inspired by the Atlantic Monthly piece entitled “Have smartphones destroyed a generation?” The forum will provide information and resources on the impact of technology and social media, as well as the opportunity to discuss the role of educators and families in navigating this space. The panel discussion will be hosted by Boston Globe writer Beth Teitell and include both Newton educators and experts from outside the district. Please RSVP here: Community Forum.
Upcoming Early Release Day: On Thursday December 7, all middle school students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. for a system-wide professional development workshop for teachers and staff. Lunch will be served at school before dismissal.
Private School Applications: Please see the attached document for specific information from our school counselors regarding applications and recommendations for private school.
School Musical: Our all-school musical for this year will be a production of “Grease.” The two evening performance dates are Tuesday, February 13, 2018 and Wednesday, February 14, 2018.
John F. Jordan
Brown private school recommendation policy letter.pdf
11-3-17 First Friday .pdf