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Weekly News - November 17, 2023
Dear Middlebrook Families,
Budget season is in full-swing. We need all of our parents to be active participants in this process. This budgetary season brings another layer of challenge for our schools. The money we received from Covid-19 ends. This means that staffing and other programs that were once funded using this money will need to be paid for in our budget. Please make sure you attend our Board of Education meeting to learn more about the process and advocate for our children. Remember, once the Board of Education approves our budget, it moves to the First Selectman, Board of Finance, and Town Council. Contacting the Board of Finance and Town Council members to approve the budget is vital for all of our schools to provide the level of education our students deserve.
As we move closer to a day of Thanksgiving, it is important to know that gratitude is strongly and consistently aligned with happiness. Children and adults alike experience improved health, build strong relationships and feel more positive emotions. It is very easy for Middlebrook staff to walk the halls of our building and find many things to be grateful for; including our children and colleagues. When we gaze upon the art work displayed by Mrs. Jacovino, see children holding hands and skipping through the hallways, or see students offering one another kind words, we experience a wealth of emotions all contributing to our sense of gratefulness. Gratitude connects us to something larger than ourselves and allows us to acknowledge the good in our lives.
Ms. Ponte and Ms. Molloy
National Native American Heritage Month
Tuesday, November 21
2nd grade Thanksgiving Day Parade
PTA - Pie order pick up at school, 4:30-6:30pm
Wednesday, November 22
Early Dismissal 1:00pm
Thursday, November 23
No School - Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 24
Monday, November 27
Picture Re-Take Day (see flyer below)
Wednesday, November 29
Trimester 1 ends
Thursday, November 30
First Selectman, Mrs. Tesoro will visit Middlebrook to recognize students for summer reading
Students in Mrs. Moore's classroom are working diligently on narrative writing pieces. They are using the mechanics of a sentence, writing across pages and matching their illustrations to their words. What an amazing accomplishment due to hard work and a love for writing!
Middlebrook was fortunate to have Krystina Dawson, District Mental Health Coordinator, and Dr. Rathey, School Psychologist, come to our school and present an assembly that focused upon such areas as emotions, feelings and regulation. Not only were the children moving to music and expressing themselves through art, but they had opportunities to hear the cello and listen to a story. We are so fortunate to have experts in the field working with our children.
Trumbull Rotary Visits Grade 3
Middlebrook students in Grades 3 enjoyed a visit from the Trumbull Rotary. Each year, the Trumbull Rotary has gifted dictionaries to all 3rd grade students in the Trumbull Public Schools. What a great resource for our students to help motivate reading and writing even more!
Senator Murphy invites students to participate in the 2024 Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest.
For more information, please use the links: 2024 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest (English) 2024 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest (Spanish)
DESSA pilot_Principal Newsletter for Parents
Dear Parents/Guardians, Over two decades of research has shown the important roles social and emotional skills play in each child's success in school and the community. Skills such as demonstrating self-control, persisting at challenging tasks, and making good decisions are all necessary to be...
Picture Re-Take Day
Please print out and complete the form below if you plan on having your child's picture retaken. The form should be turned into the classroom teacher.
Please see flyer below for information.
Save the Date
Holiday Boutique will be held on December 7th and 8th.
If you have wrapping paper to donate please drop it off in the entryway of the school. In addition, if you have time to create gift packages please let us know via email@example.com.
The 2023-2024 Reflections Contest is HERE! Get your creative thinking cap on and design an original work (painting, drawing, poem, essay, dance, video production etc.) answering the question I am Hopeful Because... Link to Entry guidelines - here. Deadline for entries is Wednesday, December 20th.
Did you know that your gently worn sneakers could help Middlebrook?
Well, they can and here’s how…Our school is participating in a fundraiser where there is nothing to buy or sell; all we need is your support and your gently worn, used, or new sneakers (children's and adult's)!
Here’s how you can help:
Start in your closets at home and gather as many pairs of sneakers that you no longer want; maybe you’ve out-grown them, they’re out of style, or out of season. Every pair counts!
The sneakers that we collect will help raise money to support our program AND will help our environment by keeping sneakers out of landfills.
We will be setting up a box in the lobby soon, but start saving them now!
Trumbull Public Schools provides parents and guardians with Infinite Campus access to view student's report card information, attendance and payments for field trips or school related fees. Families without an active Parent Portal account should have received an email with instructions and an activation code in August. If you have not yet activated your account, please use the link: Parent Portal.
TPS Mental Health Events
The Vulnerable Child and Family Series: Children in an Anxious World - Part 1 of 2
December 06, 2023 from 6pm-7:30pm
Target TPS Audience: Parents of young children (birth to age 12); elementary school teachers
Registration required: https://eventactions.com/eareg.aspx?ea=Rsvp&invite=geajtbyd77nmea4kuxfw0c7j1effxu09kmd86td658hxpkp0gy79
For registration questions, please contact Emma Velasquez, SERC, (860) 632-1485, ext. 218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presenter: Dr. Ira Chasnoff, NTI Upstream
Event's Public Description: The COVID pandemic has removed structure, consistency and predictability in the lives of children and families around the world. Humans are more likely to thrive with these three elements, so when they are missing, the stress of everyday living rises. This online session will provide an overview of how stress affects the human brain and present some family-based strategies for helping children from birth to age 12 deal with stress.
2023-2024 Trumbull Public Schools Calendar
Trumbull Public Schools is looking for teacher and paraeducator substitutes for the 2023-2024 school year. Click here to learn more about these exciting opportunities.
Middlebrook School Hours
Doors open at 8:20 AM
Regular School Hours: 8:35 AM - 3:20 PM
Early Dismissal Hours: 8:35 AM - 1:00 PM
Delayed Opening Hours
2 hour Delay – 10:35 AM – 3:20 PM
2 ½ hour Delay – 11:05 AM – 3:20 PM
Middlebrook WEBSITE LINK: https://mes.trumbullps.org