The latest announcements from the Principal, PTO, and NPS...

Principal Lysaght’s January 21st Letter

Click here to view Principal Lysaght’s latest post.

Brown’s Annual Fund – Why Donate?

Donations help us deliver the PTO funded programs for our kids and teachers!


WE NEED YOUR DONATION to deliver the programs below!

  • Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheons– bagel breakfast on January 26th
  • Mini Grant Funding for Teachers– will be awarded next week!
  • Community Building Events – sixth grade parent virtual coffee is being planned!
  • Creative Arts & Sciences Authorfest coming for all grades on April 12th!  More information below.
  • Click HERE for additional 2021-22 budget details.

We suggest $50 per student but contributions of all amounts are greatly appreciated. Please make your 100% tax deductible contribution today! Your employer may match your contribution! 

Donate to the Annual Fund!

or mail a check payable to “Brown PTO” to:
Brown Middle School
Attn: Brown PTO Treasurer
125 Meadowbrook Rd
Newton Centre, MA 02459

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Breakfast

To honor our amazing teachers and staff we are planning an appreciation bagel breakfast on Wednesday, January 26th. The PTO is providing bagels and condiments, and we ask you to please SIGN UP HERE to donate additional breakfast items. Items can be dropped in the Brown cafeteria (enter directly off patio, to left of main school doors) between 7:00 and 7:30AM on January 26th.


Thank you for supporting this event!

ELPAC February Meeting

The English Language Parent Advisory Council will hold its next meeting on Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.

ELPAC supports ELL families districtwide and collaborates with schools and districts to improve the ELL programming.

Meetings are held every other month. Interpreters and/or same language groups are provided with RSVP by January 31, 2022. The February 3, 2022 meeting topics are: Newton Free Library Resources & ACCESS Testing.

RSVP to the meeting here:

Once you RSVP, you will be sent a Zoom link to attend the meeting virtually.

Attached please find translated invitations. Email invitations have also been sent to ELL families from the district ELL office.

Update From The Medical Advisory Group @ NPS

Medical Advisory Group Recommendation – January 5, 2022

The Newton Public Schools Medical Advisory Group (MAG) met on January 5, 2022 to discuss the current COVID surge and any changes or adjustments that might be necessary given the higher case counts. Topics covered included masks, meals, testing, and meeting/activities. You can review the recommendations from the meeting here: Medical Advisory Group – January 5, 2022 Recommendation.

Announcing CAS AuthorFest, April 12, 2022!

  • Authors and illustrators visit students at school: 8:30 – 3:00 P.M. (students only)
  • Citywide “meet and greet” book sale and signing: 3:15 – 5:30 P.M. (open to everyone!)

Newton Public Schools’ Creative Arts & Sciences is dedicating April 12, 2022to recognize and celebrate the importance of books in our children’s lives. A wide range of authors and illustrators will visit schools across the district to talk about the writing and illustrating process – from idea to published work. Your CAS team is currently working with teachers and principals to select presenters. Details about the author(s) and/or illustrator(s) coming to Brown and the after school book sale and signing event will be shared in late January. For now, please save the date! Questions or concerns? Please contact your CAS chair, Renuka Raghavan.

Brown-Helping-Brown Fund

The Brown-Helping-Brown Fund, established in Spring of 2020,  provides quick financial help to families (usually within 24 hours) to address urgent and immediate needs.

Many thanks to our amazing community for your generous donations to this fund!

The pandemic continues to affect many families and Brown’s administration will continue to facilitate these requests with support from the PTO when possible especially during the holiday season.  All communications are private and confidential. Our school’s administrators also help to connect families in need with additional outside resources.

As this continues to be challenging time, we also want to be a resource for ANY and ALL Brown families. If you need help, please reach out to your child’s school counselor.

If you are able, please consider a donation to Brown’s Fund.

PTO Volunteer Opportunities

We can’t do it without you!  The PTO has some open volunteer opportunities.

A few critical volunteer needs are:

  • Brown Bear Newsletter/E-communications
  • Co-Treasurer
  • Recording Secretary

Click Here to Sign Up! Or Please contact the co-presidents to find out more!

Superintendent Listening Sessions

Superintendent will be organizing listening sessions as a way for families to connect with leaders to share their views and ideas. The listening sessions will have the superintendent and at least two School committee members present at the sessions. The PTOC is so pleased that the session will include real-time language interpretation!  BUT, families must register at least three days ahead of the meeting to ensure their language will be there.

Be sure to fill out this google form to request language interpretation:

Mason-Rice Online Auction Fundraiser

When: January 20-30, 2022

Our school’s online auction fundraiser opens at 8am next Thursday, January 20th! Get ready to bid on amazing items at Mason-Rice Elementary School – BiddingForGood Fundraising Auction.

Here’s a sneak preview:

  • We have a great selection of summer camps including Camp Cody, Camp Grossman, BB&N, Belmont Hill, Fessenden, LINX, and many more!
  • Get membership or tickets to the JCC, Boston Athenaeum, Mass Audubon, ICA, Discovery Museum, and more!
  • Check out offerings from local businesses such as Heartbreak Hill, Baramor, Down Under Yoga, Holly Cleaners, Manow Thai Kitchen, Cabot’s, Clover Food Lab and more!

Check Your Spam Folder For NPS District Emails

We received word district emails are sometimes ending up in spam, including the current COVID emails that are coming from the school nurses. Please check your SPAM folders as there is nothing the district IT can do to change this, b/c it’s an end user issue.

  • Add the sender’s email address to your contacts or address book.
  • If a message ends up in spam, go into your spam, select the message you don’t consider spam, and click “Not Spam” (or a similarly labeled button.)

Congratulations to Team Avengers 2022 Brown Trivia Champs!

A big thank you to all who joined us last Wednesday for Virtual Trivia!  All four teams had great scores but it was Brian and Nancy Keating and Jessie Damroth who dominated the game, winning first place with a whopping 55 points.
Who knew that Tom Hanks collects typewriters or that Wyoming only has two escalators?
And thanks to Trivia host James Marohn ( for a fun, fast-paced and challenging game!