Category Archives: From the Principal

First Friday Letter – January 6, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians, Mid-year feedback reports will be going home with all students during the week of January 29. We ask that you please review the mid-year feedback report(s) with your child. The mid-year feedback reports provide an opportunity to have a conversation with your child about their progress this school year. The second term ends on Monday, March 19. Martin Luther King Celebration: Newton’s 50th Annual Community Celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held on Monday, January 15, 9:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Newton Centre, MA 02459. School will not be in session on January 15. Enrichment/Athletics: The boys’ and girls’ basketball teams have begun their schedule of home games. Both teams generally play on the same day. Many of our students are already involved in Enrichment activities. If your child is not, please encourage them to explore the possibilities! 2017-2018 Yearbooks are now on sale : Although you can purchase through February, they are currently offered at a reduced price of $32 until January 15. This year the only way to get a yearbook is to purchase online so why not do it today? It’s a great keepsake of memories from your student’s time at Brown Middle School. http:jostensyearbooks.com/?REF A01044012 Brown Art Showcase: On Tuesday, January 23 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., our Art Showcase will feature a selection of 500+ Term 1 & 2 art pieces created by 6 th, 7th and 8th grade students. Please plan to join us in the Brown Main Lobby prior to the Winter Concert. Brown Winter Concert: On Tuesday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m. (please note change), our Winter Concert will feature musical performances by all of our instrumental and vocal music ensembles. Please join us for this wonderful celebration of art and musical talent at Brown Middle School. Our Musical Production: The cast and crewmembers have been working hard at rehearsals for our all-school musical production of “Grease.” We hope that you will plan to join us on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 and Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (Snow date is February 15, 2018) in the Brown auditorium for what promises to be two incredible evening performances of “Grease.” Winter Vacation: School will close at the end of the day on Friday, February 16 and will reopen the morning of Monday, February 26. Sincerely, John F. Jordan

First Friday Letter December 2017

Brown Middle School

First Friday Letter

First Term Grades: The first term ends this Monday, December 4. Report cards will be available to parents electronically on December 13 after 11:00 a.m. through the secure Parent Portal. We will send you an email message detailing how to access your child’s report card via Skyward Family & Student Access.

Parent-Teacher Conferences: On-line registration will open on Monday, December 4 at 6:00 a.m. and will remain open until Wednesday December 13 at 11:00 p.m. Please go to: http://www.virtualparagon.com/brown/conference/ The password for this site is: meadowbrook
You will create a new account. It is helpful to write your username and password down so you don’t forget it later. Follow the onscreen instructions to sign-up for conferences. All conferences are 15 minutes.

Superintendent’s Community 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: bit.ly/newtonforum

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.

Early Release Day: On Thursday, December 7, all middle school students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. for professional development workshops for teachers and staff. Lunch will be served at school before dismissal.

Gift Drive/Social Action: Our annual gift drive is in full swing. Once again this year, we are sponsoring children from Brookview House, a homeless shelter in Dorchester. If you have signed up to sponsor a child, please make sure that all gifts are labeled with the child’s first and last name. Gifts must be in next week. Any donations of scotch tape or wrapping paper should be sent to Patricia Barry in room 146. It has been wonderful to see the excitement of our students as they gather and wrap the hundreds of gifts during extension block. The delivery to Brookview House is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13. We thank all of you for your most generous support of this incredible Brown tradition! And a special note of thanks to Ms. Patricia Barry and Mr. Henry Toulmin for organizing this school-wide community event.

Lost and Found: Before the December recess, please remember to check the “lost and found” for misplaced items. We have lots of clothing in our “lost and found.” There are jackets, jeans, sweatshirts, shirts, sweatpants, as well as, eyeglasses, notebooks and other school-related items. Lost and found items are placed on tables located near the gymnasium entrance.

December Recess: School will close at the end of the day on Friday, December 22 (3:00 p.m.) and will reopen on the morning of Tuesday, January 2. I want you to know how much all of us at Brown Middle

December 1, 2017

School appreciate the assistance and support we have received from you. On behalf of the entire staff, I wish you and your family a happy holiday season.

We are very proud of our Student Services and Special Education Department and want to share the following information prepared by Assistant Principal Jana daSilva.

Who we are and What we do

15 Special Educators

40 Behavior Therapists & Teaching Assistants

2Reading Specialists

4 School Counselors & 2 Counseling interns

2 METCO School Counselor

2 School Psychologists

1 Administrative Assistant

2 Board Certified Behavior Analysts

2 Occupational Therapists

2 Speech/Language Pathologists

2 Adaptive Physical Education Teachers

1 Music Therapist

1 Physical Therapist

1 English Language Learner Educator

 

Sincerely, John F. Jordan

Early Release December 7

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.

Forum-Living in a Smartphone World

Dear Families

Please note the location for this Forum-Living in a Smartphone World  is now the Newton North Auditorium, Wednesday December 6 @ 7:00PM

Superintendent’s Community Forum:  Wednesday, December 6 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Newton North 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: bit.ly/newtonforum

First Friday Letter – November 3

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.

Sincerely,

John F. Jordan

Brown private school recommendation policy letter.pdf

11-3-17 First Friday .pdf