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Middlebrook Mountain Lions February 10, 2023

Upcoming Events

February 12th

Lincoln's Birthday
Super Bowl

February 13th
PTA Meeting 7:15pm in the library

Fathers Club meeting 7:30 at Old Towne Restaurant

February 14th
Valentine's Day

February 16th

5th grade activity - Mini Golf at Middlebrook 5:30-7:30pm (see flyer below)

February 17th - February 20th

NO SCHOOL - Long weekend, President's Day observed

February 22nd
Washington's Birthday
School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

February 24th

School Store

*All fundraising calendar sales due

February 27th
Fruit & Vegetable Challenge kickoff

February 28th
BOE Meeting 7:00pm

Calendar Sales will continue through February 24th

Contact your child's teacher if you would like more calendars.

Student Council "Soup"er Bowl Day

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Student council wanted to extend it’s gratitude to our Middlebrook community. “Soup”er Bowl Day was a huge success! Our boxes in the front foyer are overflowing with cans of soup that will be taken to the Trumbull Food Pantry.

Seems like we have an equal number of Chiefs and Eagles fans! In addition to the food that was donated, we also collected a total of $195. This money will also be given to the Trumbull Food Pantry.


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Quinn Zatorsky and Lydia Coutu were honored for their outstanding abilities in the area of the ARTS at the Connecticut Association of Schools, Celebration of the Arts Banquet this week.

Manners Galore!

Please join is in celebrating Kindergartener, Matthew Flores, as a child who exhibits kind manners. He consistently uses thank you during his time spent in school. Next week we will be recognizing 2 students who "treat others as you would like to be treated". We are so proud of our KIND students!
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Library Learning Commons

This week in the Library Learning Commons a few grades participated in the Makerspace Product Test Lab. Students were given STEM products and challenged to create the product advertised. After testing, the groups shared their analysis of the product and recommendation of which grade should use it. Here are the creations from Mrs. Lopez’s class.

Grade 4 News

Students in Grade 4 used their mathematical knowledge to combine ingredients to make cookies with their peers. Students have been studying conversions during their unit on multiplication and division. Mr. Gargano provided a relevant experience for all to enjoy!

Grade 2 News

The second grade is celebrating Black History Month by learning about African Americans that fought for equality. Each day in February, the students will learn about a different Change Maker. They will be creating a book which highlights his or her amazing achievements

Second graders are also working with plants as they study ecosystems and habitats.

Kindergarten News

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

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Author Dan Gutman reached out to share some exciting news with Middlebrook families. Dan and illustrator Jim Paillot are holding a free, live online event to celebrate their 20th anniversary working on the My Weird School series.

It will be on Valentine’s Day (2/14) at 5pm EST. Besides talking about the books, Jim is giving away three autographed sketches and Dan will give away an original signed manuscript to their new book “Miss Banks Pulls Lots of Pranks!”—the first book in their NEW series, “My Weirdtastic School.”

If you are interested in attending, here is the link to register: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/book-launch--miss-banks/register

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.

BEST BUDDIES Application due February 28th

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

Kindergarten Registration Is Now Open for 2023-2024

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Attention 4th and 5th grade students

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Hamden Hall Country Day School is once again offering its popular Summer Engineering & Science Academy to students entering Grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 who enjoy challenging themselves with hands-on activities in the STEM fields.

Experiential learning is at the nucleus of this complimentary, fully funded, week-long enrichment program, which is scheduled this year for July 10-14. Students perform lab work and collaborate in groups to fully explore and make discoveries in the areas of DNA technology, forensics, cryptography, coding, rocketry, chemistry, and more.

Interested families are able to learn more about this opportunity by clicking here https://www.hamdenhall.org/summer/summer-engineering--science-academy

Application deadline is May 15, 2023, and space is limited.


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5th Grade Activity Fee

5th Grade Parents:

The 5th grade activity fee is now up on the membership toolkit (link listed below). It is a one-time fee of $25 that covers the costs of all the END OF THE YEAR activities scheduled for the 5th graders. It includes: Graduation T-shirt (50% of the payment), end of the year event for the 5th grade, graduation expenses, a gift/project to the school, etc.

Note: the 5th grade event has traditionally been a pool party/picnic during school hours.


5th Grade Boys and Girls Youth Rugby

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A Message from the Trumbull PTA Council

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Trumbull Public Schools and Trumbull PTA Council are hosting a Parent University at Madison Middle School on Saturday, April 1, 2023. If you have a tech topic you want us to include in the schedule, submit your idea at https://bit.ly/tpsuniversity

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