Principal Lysaght’s Weekly Letter

Dear Brown MS Community,

This coming Monday, January 15th, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Dr. King was a prominent leader in the American civil rights movement, known for his nonviolent activism, inspiring speeches, and dedication to equality for all. This past week our advisories talked about the legacy of Dr. King and watched videos about his influence and message. We do not have school on Monday in honor of Dr. King. There is a Newton Community Celebration on Monday morning at Newton North High School (information below). The focus for MLK Day this year is on service. Dr. King once said,

“Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve.

You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.

You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.

You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

At Brown we incorporate service into our school culture through events like the gift drive in November/December and a Newton Food Pantry Drive in March. Studies show that taking care of others and giving back to the community boosts your own happiness, health, and sense of well-being. There are a number of opportunities to engage in serving others this Monday in Newton after the celebration at NNHS. However you spend the day, please be sure to reflect on Dr. King’s impactful contributions to our world as we strive together to make our community a place of respect and understanding for all.

Speaking of our community, I have some important news to share. Assistant Principal Ruthe L’Esperance has shared the bittersweet news that she will be retiring. Ruthe has been an Assistant Principal at Brown since 1992 and has been a valued part of our community for 3 decades. We will miss her here at Brown, and wish her a wonderful retirement full of traveling and being with family and friends. Ruthe will retire the week before February vacation, and she promises to come back and visit. On a personal note, I am incredibly grateful for her friendship, her work ethic, her curiosity and her dedication. Please be sure to wish her well in the coming weeks.

Enjoy the long weekend,

Kim Lysaght, Principal