APRIL 2016 vol. 1 issue 4

Principal's Letter

Dear Bristow Families

April is here! Before you know it, you'll be planning for summer vacations and activities. But I caution that there is plenty of school left to go! This is the time of year when students typically don’t focus as much as they should on their academics. We will do all that we can to keep them motivated an engaged and your help at home will allow for the best positive learning outcomes. Following are a few tips that could help:

  • Ask your child what they are learning in school. Try not to focus on grades and/or test scores. Rather, have your child recount what they learned or teach you what they learned in school. Putting lessons into their own words will help them retain what they learned.

  • Encourage your child to express their opinion and to share their feelings about things that are happening at home or school. Communication is a critical tool that keeps kids connected and feeling like they have a voice and we want our students to be self-advocates.

  • Help your child to organize all papers and assignments so they feel like they in control of their work. If tasks seems too daunting, kids can spend more time worrying than learning. Also, check in with your child regularly to make sure they aren’t feeling overwhelmed or overloaded.

By working together, home and school, we can ensure that our students will be properly prepared for each successive year of their learning.


Steve Cook

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SPRING BREAK is April 11 - April 15

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FAMILY FUN NIGHT is Thursday, April 28th, 6pm

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Bristow Middle School is celebrating 10 awesome years with the Bristow 10th Anniversary Party. This will be a fun family event on Saturday May 21st 11-3. Please mark this date on your calendar.
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Volunteers needed:

Volunteers are needed for the following exciting, upcoming events sponsored by the PTO:
  • Spring Dance
  • Bristow's 10 Year Celebration - May 21st
  • 8th Grade Celebration
Please contact Kristin Johnson at if you are interested in helping out with any of these events. Dates and details about these events to be announced soon!

Community Service Corner

Raffle for CT Walks for Haiti (6th Grade Social Studies): After studying the geographical factors surrounding the earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, students will raise funds for a donation to CT Walks for Haiti. All Bristow students can purchase raffle tickets for fun activities sponsored by staff members. Think: jewelry making, orchestra conducting, and fly casting to name a few.

Care packages for overseas troops (Mrs. Ehler's Advisory): Students are collecting items to send a care package to troops overseas. Toiletry donations (soap, deodorant, razors, etc.) can be delivered to Room 309.

Bristow Beautification (Gr. 6-8 Advisories): Several advisories will team up with the PTO to help with Bristow's spring clean-up. Students can participate through Advisory or volunteer opportunities to assist with weeding, trimming, and debris pick up.

Autism Awareness (all grades): Bristow will dedicate the week of April 4-8 to celebrate and show support for individuals with autism. Each advisory will be involved in various activities including puzzle-piece decorating, the creation of a school wide blue chain, and the spread of new information about this community through morning announcements


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