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Middlebrook Mountain Lions

September 16, 2022

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Dear Middlebrook Families,

The staff at Middlebrook School are excited for this new school year filled with opportunities to learn and engage!

Getting into the habit of daily attendance is more important than ever. It helps to:

● reduce stress

● make it easier to connect with friends and teachers

● support learning

We are working to make our school environment a place where everyone can be safe, healthy and learning. We will do our best to listen and partner with you so that our children have a successful year. Please make every effort to send your child into school everyday and on time.

When to keep your child home:

1. If your child has a fever of 100 Fahrenheit or higher.

2. If your child is vomiting or has diarrhea.

3. If your child has a severe cough.

4. If your child has body aches and chills.

5. If your child tests positive for COVID.

To report your child's absence, contact the school office prior to 9:00 a.m. by:

For absences one (1) through nine (9) in a school year, a student’s absences from school are considered excused when the student’s parent/guardian approves such absence and submits appropriate documentation, based on the Trumbull Public Schools attendance policy;


For the tenth (10th) absence and all absences thereafter in a school year, a student’s absences from school are considered excused for the following reasons only: student illness if verified by an appropriately licensed medical professional; student’s observance of a religious holiday; death in the student’s family or other emergency beyond the control of the student’s family; mandated court appearance if supported by appropriate additional documentation; the lack of transportation that is normally provided by a district other than the one the student attends; or extraordinary educational opportunities pre-approved by District administrators in accordance with Connecticut State Department of Education guidelines.

Please see the attachment below from Attendance Works to learn more about how to build habits for Good Attendance!

Have a great weekend!

Warm Regards,

Debbie Ponte, Principal
Michele Molloy, Assistant Principal

Mr. Keith Golding

Middlebrook welcomes Mr. Keith as our new security officer. He served our community for 34 years as a Trumbull police officer. Outside of work he has three dogs, a cat and 2 wonderful children. Mr. Keith says the best part of being at Middlebrook is seeing all the happy and smiling faces!
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Pre-Order your SCHOOL PHOTOS

Friday, September 23rd

Please use the link: https://www.roberttaylorphotography.com/underclass-fall

and enter your child’s first and last name, select package and check out.

Please note the following:

  • Photo ordering can only be done online, there are no paper order forms available.
  • Some WIFI networks may block access to the site. If you have any trouble logging into the site, please try from another location.
  • Families who did not order photos by September 30th online will have the option to order from a proof card but pricing will be higher as photos will be shipped directly to the parent’s address provided.
  • If there are siblings in the same school, then you may enter the next child's name after placing the first child's package in the cart. The system will ask if you have another child's order to place.
  • Robert Taylor also offers the 3rd child free package for the district for Pre-K thru 11th grade (Seniors are not included). If there are 3 siblings in different schools, you may prepay the first and second child's orders in each school's prepay. Email the studio at roberttaylorphotostudio@gmail.com or call the studio at 203-377-0739 to get the 3rd child free.
  • Please be see the attachment for more details.

Last Call for Strings sign-up

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Last week the following document (link) was sent to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade families who are interested in the strings program. LAST CALL for those interested!

Please click the link for important information about how you can register your child to participate in our elementary strings program. Lessons at Middlebrook will take place on Tuesdays, starting September 20. Please submit your registration by Monday, September 19. (DEADLINE EXTENDED)

4th and 5th grade students Band sign ups

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On Monday, the following document (link) was sent to 4th and 5th grade families

Registration for our band program is now open, and is available to all students in fourth or fifth grade! I’ve included a link to the information letter. The letter contains a link to the registration form.

Happy Birthday Trumbull!!

A Message from the Office of the First Selectman

The Arts Festival will have a special treat as Trumbull celebrates its 225th birthday this year.

At 1:00 PM, during the Arts Festival on Sunday September 18, 2022, First Selectman Vicki Tesoro will address the crowd to celebrate Trumbull's 225th birthday.

A Proclamation will be read and cookies will be provided for the celebration. The links below provide a fascinating history of Trumbull as well as photographs, both provided by the Trumbull Historical Society.



Come help us celebrate!

CHET Dream Big

The CHET Dream Big! Competition will launch on September 7! This competition is brought to you by the Connecticut State Treasurer’s Office as Trustee of the Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET). Dream Big! is open to all Connecticut residents in grades K-12.

We need your help to make sure students and their families know about this opportunity to win contributions to their CHET 529 college savings plans! This year, the Dream Big! Competition prizes have increased in value. We will be awarding more than $450,000 in CHET 529 College Savings Plan – Direct Plan (“CHET 529 Direct Plan”) account contributions to students in grades K-12 and technology prizes to schools. For the prize-winning students, we will be awarding:

3 $25,000 prizes

15 $7500.00 prizes

240 $500 prizes

To enter, students are asked to answer, in the form of a drawing, short essay or video, a question focusing on their dreams for the future (depending on their Grade Level Group, as defined in the Competition Official Rules). Submissions must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. on October 21. For program details, rules and regulations, and to enter, visit:

www.ChetDreamBig.com And this year, entering is easier than ever!

Your school could win a prize too! Each school in Connecticut that is represented by at least one student entry will be eligible for a random drawing for a technology prize worth $7,500. A total of 20 schools will win a technology prize – and your school could be one of them! Please see the 2022 Competition Official Rules for more information on prize structure and awards.

While students can enter online, we are also sending you paper applications and promotional materials in the mail. We encourage you to share this information with your teachers, students and their families and consider making Dream Big! an activity in your classrooms as you begin your school year. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on October 21. There is no cost to enter. If you have any questions, please email dreambiginfo@dja.com.

Thank you for your support!
The CHET Dream Big! Competition Team

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Basketball Tryouts

Parent Information Sessions

Talented and Gifted (TAG) Parent Information Session

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Long Hill Administration Building

Grade 5 – 6:30 – 7:00 pm

Grade 4 – 7:15 – 8:00 pm

Multilingual Learners (ML) Parent Information Session

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Long Hill Administration Building

Open to all grades K – 12

7:00 pm


Please take the time to fill out the TPS volunteer form for the 2022-2023 school year if you plan on visiting your child's classroom, volunteering during the school day or chaperoning a field trip!

In the interest of child safety, the Trumbull Public Schools runs a security check on people interested in volunteering in our schools. If you are interested in volunteering, please be sure to fill out the volunteer form:

https://www.trumbullps.org/Attachments/boe/volunteerforms201920.pdf and mail or drop it off at Middlebrook School so it can be processed. All submitted forms need to have an original signature, therefore forms can not be emailed or faxed.

Be sure to:

  • Submit forms with the original signature (no emailed or faxed forms will be accepted)
  • Fill out both pages of the form 6 to 8 weeks prior to time of volunteering
  • Be sure to complete all sections of the form- If there is no information to provide, please write “N/A”. For example, father's maiden name needs to be filled in with N/A. (do not leave any cells blank or it will be returned back to us.)
  • Send completed forms to Middlebrook School, 220 Middlebrooks Avenue, Trumbull, CT 0661


Upcoming Events


Attendance Awareness Month

September 15th - Saturday, October 15th
First Day of Hispanic Heritage Month

September 17th

Citizenship Day

Constitution Day

September 19th

PTA meeting in the library at 7:15pm

September 21st

International Day of Peace

September 22nd

Father's Club Meeting in the library at 7:15pm

First Day of Autumn

September 23rd

Picture Day

September 26th

Rosh Hashanah - No School

September 27th

BOE Meeting 7:00pm

PTA Updates and News

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Counting the days to spring? Fall is the perfect time to plant your spring bulbs! We are having a Spring Flowering Bulb Sale. Bulbs can either be bought on Membership Toolkit or by using the form below. Bulbs will be delivered to your child's classroom the week of October 11th.



PTA Positions Available


5th Grader Activities Committee

Fundraising/Grants Committee

Website Committee

Welcoming Committee

ASE Co Chair (Shadow)

Middlebrook Elementary School PTA - PTA Membership (membershiptoolkit.com)

Please use the link above to join the PTA

Middlebrook Elementary School PTA - 2022-2023 Room Parent signup (membershiptoolkit.com)

Room Parent Sign Up link.

Trumbull Public Schools Calendar