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The Giving Project Potluck Dinner 2019


Brown/Oak Hill Giving Project Potluck Dinner!

Thursday, May 30  – 6:00-8:00 pm in the Brown Cafeteria

The Giving Project Potluck is a special community event that brings families from Brown and Oak Hill together over a delicious meal while raising awareness and funds for some of the many charities supported by our students and faculty. Don’t miss this great opportunity to make a difference!



The Giving Project Finalists

Kids4Peace (

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (

 Project Semicolon  (

One Can Help  (

Cape Crafts 4 Kids

What Happens Next?   The Fun Part!

  1. The community comes together at the Giving Project Potluck Dinner on Thursday, May 30, 6-8pm in the Brown Cafeteria.
    Attendees bring a donation and a favorite dish to share with friends old and new, and hear presentations about the 5 selected organizations.
  2. Everyone “votes” for their favorite organization(s) with pennies.
    Once the presentations are over, 5 jars will be placed on a table, one for each organization.  Every participant is then given the same number of pennies, and asked to “donate” their pennies to the organization(s) of their choice by placing them in the appropriate jar(s).
  3. The funds collected are shared between the organizations according to how many pennies they get.
    At the end of the evening the pennies in each jar will be tallied, and all the funds raised through donations will be divided up between the 5 organizations in proportion to the amount of pennies they each receive.

RSVP for the Potluck

Bring a dish and a donation, and join us on Thursday, May 30, from 6-8 pm, in the Brown cafeteria!  Enjoy great food, catch up with old friends, make new friends, and help us raise funds and spread the word about some great non-profit organizations.

Please click here to RSVP, and tell us what dish you will be bringing, also to volunteer to help at the event, or sign up to bring water or paper goods.  Use the comment field to tell us the number of guests and provide a brief description of your dish.

If you have any questions, please email Freya Hurwitz or Maria Arvelo Thank you!

Support The Giving Project

If you can’t attend the Potluck Dinner–or if you’re attending but want to make your donation online–click below:

You can also make a check out to “Brown PTO” with “Giving Project” in the memo line, and send it to Giving Project, Brown Middle School Office, 125 Meadowbrook Road, Newton Centre, 02459.

All the Nominated Charities

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for the Giving Project!

Please click here to download a pdf of all the nominations – it’s so inspiring to read about these amazing organizations that mean so much to members of our community.

A small committee of students and teachers reviewed all of the nominations (the names of the students/staff nominating the charities were removed before they were given to the committee). Selecting 5 organizations to be featured at the Giving Project Potluck dinner on May 30 was very challenging, but unfortunately there is only time for 5 presentations at the event, so a selection had to be made. The other nominees will be asked to come and share information about their organization through a poster presentation.

Nominate a Good Cause for The Giving Project

The Giving Project Now Taking Nominations!

We are delighted to announce that the Giving Project is back! Inspired by Brown English teacher Becky Cohen, the Giving Project is a special community event that brings families from Brown and Oak Hill together over a delicious meal while raising awareness and funds for some of the many charities supported by our students and faculty.

Students and faculty are invited to nominate non-profit organizations they support, along with a brief summary of why they support it. Nominations are due Friday, April 26. The nominations are then shared with both the Brown and Oak Hill communities, and 5 charities are selected to be showcased at our Giving Project Potluck Dinner on Thursday, May 30. The funds raised at the dinner are then shared among the 5 charities. We can’t wait to hear about the charity or cause that inspires you! Click here to nominate an organization today!

Out of Assigned District

Each year, the Newton Public Schools considers applications for Newton students to transfer to a school outside of their home (assigned) district.

Out-of-Assigned district placements are limited and made on a
space available basis. Click here for more information.

Applications for Out of Assigned District can be found here.

Shoo Flu: Get the Flu Vaccine at School, not the Flu! – Brown Clinic – Friday October 26

Seasonal flu vaccination clinics will be held during the school day at the Newton Public Schools and the BROWN MIDDLE SCHOOL clinic will be on FRIDAY, 10/26/2018. Each student to be vaccinated must have a parent/guardian complete two forms:

  1. Consent/Screening form
  2. Vaccine administration record/Insurance form.

Forms are available in the school nurse’s office, or may be downloaded at You may electronically complete the form, print, sign and return. Forms are due to the School Nurse.

Only the flu shot (no nasal spray) will be offered at school this year. The Vaccine Information Statement about the flu shot, and additional information for families including tips on preparing kids for a shot is available at or in the school nurse’s office. There is no cost to receive the vaccine, but insurance information is requested. All students, regardless of insurance status, are invited to receive vaccine with parent permission.

Students are not required to receive flu vaccine, however the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flu vaccine for all people age 6 months and up. There are many places to get a flu vaccine including at school, your primary health care provider or community clinics. For additional clinic dates for the whole family, visit

In addition to vaccination, it is important to practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette by washing hands often; covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the arm; and staying home when sick.

For more flu prevention tips, talk to the school nurse or check out these websites: and

Newton South Preschool Program- Space Available

Newton South Preschool Program has space available in our Preschool One (3-4 year olds) and Two classrooms (4-5 year olds) for September 2018 and 2019!


Newton South Preschool Program, a high-quality Early Education program located at Newton South High School is currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year.  NSHS Preschool is a child development lab school and serves as an internship site for high school students who are taking Early Childhood courses.  Our classrooms have 3 full time teachers, all licensed in Early Childhood Education under the MA DOE.  The program is open from 7:00 am-5:00 pm with full day and half day options available.  Our program is accredited by NAEYC.


Check out our website:


Please contact Kevin Lenane, Program Facilitator, if you are interested in enrolling your child or would like a tour.


Contact info:  (email)

or call 617-559-6533