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Middlebrook Mountain Lions February 24, 2023

Important Dates

February 20-March 9

After School Enrichment Registration

February 27th
Fruit & Vegetable Challenge kickoff

February 27th - March 3rd

Reading Week - see flyer below

February 28th
Best Buddies Application due - see below

BOE Meeting 7:00pm

March 1st

Grade 3 Field trip - Eli Whitney Museum

March 9th

Early Dismissal 1:00pm

Afternoon/Evening Conferences upon request

March 10th
Fruits and Veggie Challenge ends

March 11th
Daylight Savings

March 13th

PTA Meeting 7:15pm in the library

March 14th

BOE Meeting 7:00pm

March 16th

5th grade activity - Urban Air 5:30-8:00pm (see flyer below)

Father's Club Meeting 7:30pm in the library

March 17th

St Patrick's Day

March 20th

First Day of Spring

NO SCHOOL - professional learning for teachers

March 22nd

Ramadan begins this evening through the evening of April 21st

March 24th

BINGO Night - snow date March 31st

March 28th

Book Fair - day and evening 6-8pm

BOE Meeting 7:00pm

March 29th

Book Fair - day only

March 31st

School Store

National Reading Month

Since 1994, National Reading Month is celebrated in March. There are many benefits to reading, including increased focus and imagination, stress reduction, and memory improvement. To celebrate, we have 5 days of themed days planned for next week to get students excited about reading.

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Good Manners at Middlebrook

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Jason Bosquez- Grade 1 and Ishmael Saravia- Grade 4 were recognized for good sportsmanship during PE class. Mr. Eliff and Mr. S noted that they have wonderful manners and are team players.

LAST CALL applications due February 28th

Best Buddies

This year Middlebrook Elementary School has started a Best Buddies chapter! Best Buddies Connecticut is part of Best Buddies International, which is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendship, leadership development and integrated employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

As part of having Best Buddies at Middlebrook Elementary School, Students will engage in both group and one-on-one activities during the school day that help teach awareness, develop leadership skills and foster inclusion and friendships throughout the year.

The Best Buddies program is open to all students within the school, both with and without disabilities. There is no cost to be involved in Best Buddies. If your child is interested in making new friendships and developing leadership skills, this is the program for him/her!

To join the Best Buddies chapter at Middlebrook for the 2022/2023 school year, all students must have a submitted and approved membership application by February 28th 2023. To fill out an application on behalf of your child, go to www.bestbuddies.org/join and select the state, “Elementary Schools” as the program and search for Middlebrook Elementary School. Fill out all applicable information.

Faculty advisors can be reached at:

Lindsay Lee (School Psychologist) LLee@trumbullps.org

Diana Reding (2nd Grade Teacher) DReding@trumbullps.org

Lucia Abate (2nd Grade Teacher) LAbate@trumbullps.org

Liz Browne (SRP Teacher) EBrowne@trumbullps.org

Chelsea Barnett (SRP Teacher) CBarnett@trumbullps.org

5th Grade Activity

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Classroom News

The fourth graders in Mrs. Rydelek’s class have been celebrating Black History this month by researching famous history-makers. They each chose a famous Black American that changed history, researched the person, and then wrote an essay. They also learned some quotes by famous Black Americans. As a culminating activity, the class worked in groups to identify 30 famous Black Americans based on brief biographies about each person.

Fruit and Vegetable Challenge

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Dear Parents,

Thanks very much in advance for your participation in our regional Trumbull elementary

2023 Fruit & Vegetable Challenge which will run from Monday, February 27 - Friday, March 10. Teachers will work with students to check off one box in their class Challenge Charts for every serving (½ cup) of fruit or veggie consumed at snack only each day Monday through Friday for 2 weeks. Please make sure to help your student pack their fruit and/or veggies for SNACK to get their class points.

Prizes will be awarded to highest participation among Kindergarten vs.1st Grade, 2nd Grade vs. 3rd Grade and 4th vs. 5th. Each class in the 3 winning grades will get to choose their type of recess item as their prize (choices such as kickball, soccer ball, football, etc.) and everyone will get a healthy experience prize: extra recess!

Kick-off Ideas Let your student help with grocery shopping and cooking. Why does eating fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables matter? Think of someone they might look up to: an aunt who ran a marathon, favorite Olympian or pop singer. What do you think they eat to perform their best? What foods give them strength, endurance and energy to think quickly and clearly?

Thanks again for taking time out of the busy school week to recognize the importance of good nutrition!

Melanie Kostopoulos

PTA Health & Wellness Committee

After School Enrichment


ONLINE Registration BEGINS


You will not see classes till 2/20 6p when registration opens


Instructions to log into membershiptoolkit for the first time on Middlebrookelementary.com/pta/


Sign up early!!! Classes are on a first come, first served basis

Students will be brought at end of school day to the class and MUST be picked up by TLC or parent at 430p


Volunteer and your child attends that class for FREE!

*Must be a parent and available each date of the program from 3p to 4:30p

If we do not have a volunteer class will be canceled!

Contact: MiddlebrookASE@gmail.com if interested

· Once logged in go to store and only the classes available to your child's grade will show up.

· TLC students will be picked up by TLC staff at 4:30pm. Add the TLC option when selecting class.

· The school NURSE or her room will NOT be available during ASE. First aid kit located in the PTA office available to all the classes in case of an emergency.

· If an instructor or parent volunteer deems a child's behavior as inappropriate, endangering themselves or others, parents will be called to pick up child early. ASE will determine if the child needs to be removed from class with NO refund.

· Classes will not run on early dismissal days, days where school closes due to inclement weather/holidays or instructor illness. There will be a make up class for last minute cancellations.

· IF your child will be absent from ASE but went to school that day, you MUST send a note to their MB teacher and ASE. If a note is not sent in, your child will remain at school!

· Please remind your child on the days they have ASE that they are to stay after school on their scheduled day.

· There will be NO refunds AFTER MARCH 9 when online registration closes!!!


ANY QUESTIONS? Contact us at MiddlebrookASE@gmail.com

Classes offered......

MONDAY CLASSES- March 27, April 3,17,24, May 1,8.

MON: Cross Stitch (grades 2-5) $100 Students will have fun with Mrs. Bossio by learning a great craft! Develop fine motor skills while creating projects to be proud of. Everyone will enjoy this pastime without a screen!!

MON: Middlebrook Spartan club (grades 3-5) $100 Spartan participants will walk, run, climb, crawl, and jump their way through obstacles all while having fun. The Spartan Team, led by Mr Elliff and Mrs Ebert, will celebrate their hard work by participating in Middlebrook’s own Spartan Race during the last session.

MON: Slime Club (grades K-2) $110 Have a blast making & playing with slime with Mrs Farmer and friends. We will offer 6 different slime themes learning how and why the ingredients we mix together turn into slime!

TUESDAY CLASSES- March 28, April4,18,25, May 2,9.

TUES: Basketball (grades 2-5) $100 These fun sessions will go over Basketball skills like dribbling, passing and shooting. CT Network run by Rich Sutherland a Trumbull High coach is openly inclusive of all players and abilities!

TUES: Art Club (grades K-2) $100 Calling all artists! Your child will grow confident in their creative expression and in their day-to-day life. Mrs Farmer will empower kids to explore, create, and learn with hands-on fun!

TUES: International Club (grades 1-5) $90 Explore different languages & cultures from our own Middlebrook families! Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Hindi, French and ASL! So proud to have a rainbow within our MB family!

WEDNESDAY CLASSES- March 29, April 5,19,26, May 3,10.

WED: Gym Games I (grades K-2) $90 Mr. Elliff will feature some of the most popular P.E. activities. Play your favorite games like Monster Ball, Parachute games, Bingo Bowling and Pirates of the Caribbean!

WED: Kickball/Dodgeball (grades 3-5) $90 Join Mr. "S"trychalsky and have a blast learning varies types of Kickball games (Matball, Aerobic Kickball, 5-ball Kickball) and safe, non-elimination style dodgeball games.

WED: STEM Makers Space (grades 2-5) $110 Come join Mrs Balzano and Mrs Rydelek at Makerspace Mania, as we use STEM, to design, build, experiment, and explore creative projects!

THURSDAY CLASSES- March 30, April 6,20,27, May 4,11.

THURS: Gym Games II (grades 3-5) $90 Gym games II with Mr Elliff will feature some of the most popular P.E. activities. Play your favorite games like Monster Ball, Mission Impossible, and Pirates of the Caribbean!

THURS: STEAM (grades K-2) $110 Come join Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Velazquez to explore, create and build through, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. All new activities! Materials included with fee.

THURS: Game Night (grades 2-5) $90 Come unplug and have a blast with friends learning your favorite games! Laugh, strategise and learn fun games together with Mrs Bossio!

FRIDAY CLASS- March 31, April 21,28, May 5,12,19.

FRI: Chess Club (grades 2-5) $90 Have fun and show sportsmanship In Mr. Elliff's Chess Club! No experience required!! Beginners to advanced players welcome. Learn the game, strategy and match wits with new friends.

FRI: Slime Club (grades 3-5) $110 Have a blast making & playing with slime with Mrs Farmer and friends. We will rotate through 6 different slime themes learning how and why the ingredients we mix together turn into slime!

FRI: Budding Magicians (grade 2-5) $90 Magic Mike's class is the place for kids to have fun developing self-esteem, confidence performing, and to acquire new skills of illusion. Magic kit with all supplies are provided.



Attention 3rd Grade Parents

Please submit your child's physical by June 1, 2023. Physicals must be dated between June 1, 2022 and June 1, 2023 to meet the requirement.

If you have questions, concerns, or aren’t sure if you sent this in already please contact Nurse Jeanne at 203-452-4412.

Kindergarten Registration Is Now Open for 2023-2024

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TLC Registration is Open for 2023-2024

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Get Involved!

As an all-volunteer group, the Fathers Club is very flexible and appreciates of all contributions of time and/or services parents can give. Getting involved is easy, fun and a great way to be connected with the children and their school.

For more information on the organization and how you can get involved,

please contact Brayan Murillo.

Email: middlebrookfathersclub@gmail.com

Upcoming meetings

Location: Middlebrook Library

March 16

April 20

May 18

PTA Fundraising Opportunities


District K-5 Curriculum Guide Overviews

The Department of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessments has captured in brochure format the major curriculum outcomes across all subject areas for each primary school grade, from kindergarten through grade 5. Below, please find the link to each grade-level curriculum overview. https://www.trumbullps.org/techlearn/curriculum/k-5-curr-overviews.html

Parent Volunteer Form

We welcome volunteers at Tashua school, however you must complete the Volunteer Form, link below. Please make sure every blank is filled in, use N/A where necessary.

Trumbull Public School Volunteer Form .

Trumbull Mental Health Matters

The Trumbull Rotary Club has worked with community partners to offer this brochure on available mental health resources for our families. We appreciate the Trumbull Rotary for taking an active role in such an important area of need.

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

1 ½ hour Delay – 10: 05 AM – 3:20 PM
2 hour Delay – 10:35 AM – 3:20 PM
2 ½ hour Delay – 11:05 AM – 3:20 PM

Click below to view the Trumbull Public School 2022-23 Calendar

Trumbull Public Schools Calendar