Brown MS Weekly Update

Friday, Oct. 15, 2021


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The Bear Beliefs

Dear Brown MS Community,

I want to take this opportunity to thank our teachers and staff for their hard work this fall to get school up and running. It has not been an easy beginning because, while much of our schedule is "back to normal", there are many factors to consider. All of our students are learning new routines and expectations for full in-person learning. They are coming out of a year that was difficult socially, emotionally and academically. Learning our Bear Beliefs (below) is an ongoing process and we are working hard to help students adjust and adopt these expectations. It requires patience and grace, and I am so thankful for this community and the way they have come together for the benefit of our students.

Additionally, I want to send a huge thank you out to all of the parents and guardians who are helping our students reestablish their home routines! We are all doing a lot of heavy lifting and please know it is making a difference! Our kids are in school every day, and they are learning both academically and socially. Even on the longest of days, we can be thankful for this.

Everything we do can be linked to our "Bear Beliefs". They are pictured below and are the guiding principals that help each of us find success. The questions below are ones that parents and teachers can use as talking points with students. At the end of the month, we will be sending home a midterm reflection form. This form is intended to help students and parents have open and honest discussions about how school is going. It gives you an opportunity to celebrate areas of strength and to set goals for those areas where students need to grow.

Again, thank you all for the tremendous effort you put in each day. We are blessed with an amazing community and I am thankful to be part of it.

Stay well,

Kim Lysaght, Principal

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Please help - Remind your child of the following:

Hispanic Heritage Month!

Please note: Early Release Day Coming up - Nov. 2 - Students are dismissed at 11:20!

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Brown MS Art Update

We are very excited to share the first Brown Art Update of the school year! We hope it gives everyone a little insight into what takes place in the Brown Art Studio and what each grade level is currently exploring. When you find the time click the link below to view the Fall 2021 Art Update. We are very proud of all the creative endeavors of our students here at Brown! Please be in touch with any questions, ideas or feedback.

Fall 2021 Brown Art Update!

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Brown MS After School Enrichment Activities

Click here to see all the activities offered to Brown MS students after school. It is frequently updated with new activities, so be sure to keep checking.

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Annual Gift Drive!

We are making preparations for our annual gift drive to benefit the families at the Brookview House in Dorchester. Brookview House is a multi-service, nonprofit organization for women, children and youth experiencing homelessness. It provides safe, affordable housing with support services and programs on site to confront the root causes of family homelessness and help provide social and economic mobility and long-term stability. This is an exciting event through which Brown MS Students provide families residing at the shelter with gifts to brighten the holiday season. As a result of the pandemic, homelessness in Boston has risen and the need is great.

We will share more information about the drive and how your child can participate in the coming weeks. On November 2 we will provide students with an introduction to the gift drive during our advisory block that morning. Stay tuned for more updates ahead.

This has been a Brown MS tradition for over 20 years, and I would like to extend a big thank you to Chaffe Toulmin (8th grade science) and Mary Radonich (ELL teacher) for leading the efforts to make this important community service project continue.

COVID Communication

This week we had zero COVID cases - good news indeed! Information on districtwide COVID cases and vaccination rates can be found on the Newton Health and Human Services website here: NPS COVID Case Count and Vaccination Rates.

This Monday (10/18) we will be testing 6th graders whose families have consented into our weekly Covid testing program. Please consider opting into our testing programs if you have not already. Simply log into Aspen to sign the consent form. (Aspen Login Link) and follow these instructions . There is more information about the Covid testing program here.

If you have any questions, please click here to see Newton's Health and Safety Plan.

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All students have had their Chromebooks for a while now and those that needed repairs have been addressed. Moving forward we will be holding students accountable for device damages ("at-fault" damages such as cracked screens, missing keys, and liquid damage).

If you have not already, you can still enroll in the optional Chromebook Repair Fund. Click here for more information.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

HHS is partnering with REACH, The Second Step, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and Jewish Families and Children Services to learn about abuse, how to assist someone in a controlling relationship and where to find resources. Click above for more info.

Reporting Absences

To report a student absence call: 617-559-6980

Need to Update your Information in Aspen?

The Annual Student Information Update is available on Aspen. Please update your information. Directions for families can be found here.

Calendar and School Hours

School Hours:

8:20AM - 2:50PM - Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.

8:20 AM - 2:05PM - Wed.

Click here for the NPS school calendar.

Click here for the Brown Middle School 6-day rotation calendar with early release days and days of the cycle.