Middlebrook Lion's Link

Linking Our School To Our Community April 1, 2022


Early Dismissal Hours:

8:35 AM – 1:00 PM

Upcoming Events:

April 1st - April 30th

  • Autism Awareness Month

Wednesday, April 6th

  • Paraeducator Appreciation Day

Friday, April 8th

  • Dress to the Nines - Fancy clothes!

Monday, April 11th

  • PTA Meeting - 7:15pm in the cafe

Tuesday, April 12th

  • Author Dan Gutman - grades 2-5
  • BOE meeting 7pm

Thursday, April 14th

  • Math is "Dreamy" - wear your PJ's
  • Author Alyssa Capucilli - grades K & 1

Friday, April 15th

  • No School - Good Friday
  • Passover Begins

Sunday, April 17th

  • Easter

Monday, April 18th - Friday April 22nd

  • Spring Break

Wednesday, April 27th

  • Administrative Professional's Day

Thursday, April 28th

  • School Store

Friday, April 29th

  • Wear a jersey or a Number on your shirt
  • Bingo 6-9pm in the school gym
  • Arbor Day

Dear Middlebrook Families,

The process of class placement for the upcoming school year is beginning for classroom teachers and specialists. Please know that grade level teams and support staff take the placement process very seriously and class communities are built thoughtfully. Teams work diligently and consider many factors when deciding upon student placement. Some of the factors considered are:

  • Balancing classrooms academically, behaviorally and by gender

  • Social partnerships; some enhance learning while others may distract from the learning process

  • Understanding each child’s unique needs and our ability to deliver differentiated instruction and support

These decisions are not made in isolation and are always made in the best interest of the student. You are asked to refrain from requesting a specific teacher. If there is a particular situation or learning need regarding placement that you need to share I ask that you inform me in writing by sending an email to dponte@trumbullps.org by May 1, 2022. Remember, this is not to request a particular teacher or student placement with others due to friendships, teachers already take the latter into consideration.

Please note that changes happen over the summer. Sometimes there are students that join or leave Middlebrook. There can also be teacher changes that are unavoidable, therefore in alignment with all the elementary schools in Trumbull we wait until approximately one week before school starts to disseminate class placement lists. Thank you for your understanding.

A message from our 5th grade teachers

The Hillcrest Middle School and Madison Middle School Counselors were here to visit with us and answered questions that our excited students had about next year. Plus, chorus rehearsals have begun in preparation for the 5th grade Spring Concert which is scheduled for Thursday, May 19th ! In addition, as we are beginning to plan for end-of-year field trips, please be on the look out for requests for chaperones. If you are interested, please be sure to fill out a TPS volunteer form now if you have not already done so.

~5th grade teachers

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We thank you for your continued support for our work at Middlebrook School! As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or good news to share, please feel free to email me at dponte@trumbullps.org or contact me at school at 203-452-4411.


~Debbie Ponte

A Message from the PTA

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"Our Spring Scholastic Book Fair was a great success! We want thank all the students, educators, staff, families and volunteers for supporting the Middlebrook PTA and our school.

Our PTA was able to give each child a $5.00 coupon and Our PTA was able to purchase all the teacher books and Mrs Balzano's beautiful stack of library books!

Don't forget you can still shop online until April 10th! Check out the link: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=middlebrookelementaryschool1

We look forward to seeing you at the next Scholastic Book Fair in the Fall- we'll be looking for volunteers so stay tuned!

Your 2021 co-chairs: Merrilee D, Katie S and Mandy G"

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Kids Marathon Final Mile

June 5, 2022 at Trumbull High School All of Trumbull’s elementary schools will participate in the Trumbull Kids Marathon Program (in partnership with the Rod Dixson KiDSMARATHON Program). Each student will work to run a total of 25.2 miles (or an equivalent with other physical activity) (one mile shy of a cumulative full marathon) before the date of the Final Mile celebration. On June 5, the program will be completed in grand fashion, with each kid finishing the final mile of the marathon distance in front of hundreds of cheering fans! Each student who finishes the Final Mile will receive a medal of completion. They will also have taken a GREAT step toward a lifetime of fitness and healthy living!

Entry Fee: $5.00 per student which includes a medal

●June 5, 2022 9:00 a.m. start time at Trumbull High School

● Please submit payment to your child’s school PTA no later than April 4, 2022

Sign up in the membership toolkit! Be on the look out for possible opportunities to volunteer for in person running in April and May!

First 25 Kids to sign up in the Membership Tool kit will get a prize

Once kids are signed up you will get an activity tracking sheet and a registration sheet.

Please complete the waiver below to register.

Mrs. Rydelek's Class - Book Fair Fun!


Middlebrook School is excited to welcome authors Dan Gutman and Alyssa Satin Capucilli!

Kindergarten and Grade 1

Alyssa Satin Capucilli, in person Thursday April 14th

Author of the Biscuit series, Katy Duck Series and more!

Grades 2-5

Dan Gutman, virtually Tuesday April 12th

Author of the My Weird School series, Baseball Card Adventures series and more!

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April is MATH AWARENESS MONTH, and our math specialists have BIG plans for Middlebrook to celebrate math around us!

Students can look forward to weekly math challenges at each grade level, with all correct answers being entered into our Friday Raffle Drawings. They will definitely need their math thinking caps to solve the problems! We will also have MATH spirit days at the end of each week.

Here’s the schedule:

Friday, April 1st - CRAZY MISMATCH Pattern Day

Friday, April 8th - Dress to the Nines! Dress to impress with fancy clothes!

Thursday, April 14th - Math is “Dreamy” - Wear your PJ’s

Friday, April 29th - Wear a Jersey or number

How can YOU celebrate math at home on a regular basis??? Anytime we give our children positive experiences with math, we are helping them tremendously! Here are a few counting suggestions from NWEA:

  • Count orally forwards and backwards by ones, twos, fives, or tens (or 20s, 50s, 100s, halves, tenths, thirds, etc.)

  • Complete connect-the-dot pictures

  • Count and pair objects found around the house and determine whether there’s an odd or even number of items

  • Review math facts at home, in the car, waiting in line, or during other downtime

  • Provide your child with verbal math problems. “Take the number five; add six; multiply by three; subtract three; divide by five. What’s your answer?” Speak slowly at first until your child gets better at solving these mental problems


CLICK HERE - Teach Your Child Math at the GROCERY STORE

Mrs. Collins class studying Community Helpers

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Officer Sota, visited Mrs. Collin's class and answered some of the kids questions on community helpers. The class was very excited!

Trumbull Nature and Arts Center

Volunteer Forms


We welcome limited volunteering this school year, but you must complete the Volunteer Form. It can take up to 2 weeks to get approved by Long Hill so please don't delay. If you did not complete one this school year and would like to volunteer, the forms must be completed. We need/want our parents in to volunteer! Use the link below to access the forms to complete. This needs to be done every school year. Please make sure every blank is filled in, use N/A where necessary.


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Kindergarten registration is open. If you have an upcoming kindergartener or know a new family that needs to register their child, please direct them to our district website and be sure to select the correct school year. https://www.trumbullps.org

See the flyer below for more information.

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TLC Registration is Open for 2022-23

You'll love what we have in store for our School Year Programs.

Register now and we'll make sure your children have a safe and fun experience in our Before and After School programs for the upcoming school year. Please use the following link to register: https://parentportal.tlctrumbull.com/

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PTA General Meeting Dates:

April 11th

May 16th