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Brown/Oak Hill Giving Project Potluck Dinner!

Thursday, May 30, 2019 –  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the Brown Cafeteria

 

Hopefully by now you’ve all heard about the Giving Project! If not–it’s an annual
community potluck dinner where 5 chosen non-profit organizations share their
missions, and potluck participants vote on how to distribute the donation money
(collected before, during, and after the potluck)!

Now it’s time to RSVP and DONATE! to five fantastic organizations which deserve our

support!

The potluck dinner will take place on Thursday, May 30 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the Brown Cafeteria. Reps from our chosen organizations will each speak about their mission, and you decide which organizations will get your share of our collective financial
donations–all while you enjoy a delicious dinner with other members of the
Brown/Oak Hill community!

RSVP HERE and let us know what you are bringing to the potluck.

Here’s the link to donate towards that collective financial ‘piggy bank’: DONATE!

The 5 organizations are:
  • One Can Help
  • Kids4Peace
  • MSPCC
  • Cape Crafts 4 Kids
  • Project Semicolon
We know schedules are packed this time of year. However, a night like this will
leave you feeling hopeful about the world we all share, connected to our school
community, and empowered to create change. Join us!

8th Grade Parents!

8th Grade Parents!
CLASS PARTY, CANOBIE LAKE, MOVING-ON CEREMONY, YEARBOOK

Important information and dates

Monday, June 17
8th Grade Canobie Lake Park Field Trip – 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Monday, June 17
8th Grade Moving On Class Party –  7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Brown Middle School Cafeteria and Gymnasium
DJ, Photobooth, Pizza, Icecream
In past years, over 200 kids join in the fun so tell your kids about it! This is for students only not their parents:)

Tuesday, June 18

“Moving On” Ceremony for 8th-grade students (and their families), 8:15 AM

Newton South High School Field House

Information, permission, payment information for all activities and yearbook purchase to come by the end of May.

8TH-GRADE INFO AND ACTIVITIES

How do the 8th-Graders Celebrate at the end of the school year?

The 8th-grade class will head off to Canobie Lake Park on Monday, June 17. The same evening there is a casual class party in the school gym with a DJ, photo booth and lots of fun.

Is there a PARTY for the kids?

Yes, on the evening of Monday, June 17 from 7:00PM to 9:00PM, there is a super, fun, casual party at the school gym with a DJ, photo booth, pizza, ice cream and lots of fun.  Last year over 200 attended the party, so tell your kids to go!

Is there a Yearbook this year?

YES! Many staff and students led by Mr. Primeau have been working hard this year on an 8th-grade Class Yearbook. It will be available for purchase soon with a bundled year-end activities package. The yearbook will be distributed sometime during the last week of school, exact details forthcoming.

Do I need to order a yearbook in advance?

NO, UNLIKE IN YEARS PAST, THERE WAS NOT A PRE-ORDER DEADLINE FOR THE YEARBOOK. The school switched away from using an outside provider this year, so there was no early deadline to order a book. 

What happens at the Moving On Ceremony?

On Tuesday, June 18, there will be a  Moving On ceremony at 8:15 AM in the Newton South athletic field house. More details will be forthcoming but in general, students arrive that morning at Newton South and are seated alphabetically. The ceremony includes class speakers as well as musical performances. Students are then individually presented with an 8th-grade certificate. Following the ceremony, there is time for mingling and photos. While the timing is not exact, plan for at least an hour and a half to two hours that morning. Students do not need to return to Brown that day unless they are taking a bus home or still need to clean out their locker!

Just a couple more slots left to volunteer for Laps@Lunch Pilot Program!

The Laps@Lunch program for 6th-graders is underway with great success!  Help us keep the momentum going and finish the pilot strong so we can make this program available to all grades next year! This is a VERY easy volunteer job! Sign-up below!  We need volunteers every week through June 6.  There are  4 volunteers per shift and many slots open. 

Mon: 12:05 PM – 12:40 PM
Wed: 12:30 PM – 1:10 PM
Thu: 11:40 PM – 12:10 PM
Fri. 11:40 PM – 12:10 PM

SIGN UP HERE FOR LAPS @ LUNCH

All volunteers must submit a CORI/SORI forms and a copy of your driver’s license (or passport) to Margaret_Power@newton.k12.ma.us. You can also drop off hard copies at the school office. Please do this ASAP as it can take a week to complete a background check. (CORI/SORI expires after three years so if it’s been a while since you submitted paperwork send me your full name and I’ll check on your status.) If you have any questions, please contact Tamara Bekefi.

8th Grade Parents! CLASS PARTY, CANOBIE LAKE, MOVING-ON CEREMONY, YEARBOOK

Monday, June 17
8th Grade Canobie Lake Park Field Trip – 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Monday, June 17
8th Grade Moving On Class Party – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Brown Middle School Cafeteria and Gymnasium DJ, Photobooth, Pizza, Icecream
In past years over 200 kids join in the fun, so tell your kids about it! This is for students only not their parents:)

Tuesday, June 18
“Moving On” Ceremony for 8th-grade students (and their families), 8:15 AM
Newton South High School field house.

Information, permission, payment information for all activities and yearbook purchase to come by the end of May.

8TH-GRADE INFO AND ACTIVITIES
How do the 8th-Graders Celebrate at the end of the school year?
The 8th-grade class will head off to Canobie Lake Park on Monday, June 17. The same evening there is a casual class party in the school gym with a DJ, photo booth and lots of fun.

Is there a Yearbook this year?
YES! Many staff and students led by Mr. Primeau have been working hard this year on an 8th-grade Class Yearbook. It will be available for purchase soon with a bundled year-end activities package. The yearbook will be distributed sometime during the last week of school, exact details forthcoming.

Do I need to order a yearbook in advance?
NO, UNLIKE IN YEARS PAST, THERE WAS NOT A PRE-ORDER DEADLINE FOR THE YEARBOOK. The school switched away from using an outside provider this year, so there was no early deadline to order a book.

What happens at the Moving On Ceremony?
On Tuesday, June 18, there will be a Moving On ceremony at 8:15 AM in the Newton South athletic field house. More details will be forthcoming but in general, students arrive that morning at Newton South and are seated alphabetically. The ceremony includes class speakers as well as musical performances. Students are then individually presented with an 8th-grade certificate. Following the ceremony, there is time for mingling and photos. While the timing is not exact, plan for at least an hour and a half to two hours that morning. Students do not need to return to Brown that day unless they are taking a bus home or still need to clean out their locker!

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!

RSVP



 

The Giving Project Finalists

Kids4Peace (www.kids4peaceboston.org)

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (www.mspcc.org)

 Project Semicolon  (projectsemicolon.com)

One Can Help  (onecanhelp.org)

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.