Brown MS Weekly Update
Friday, Oct. 22, 2021
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I have great news! The assignment notebooks have finally arrived. We wish they had been here for the beginning of the school year (we ordered them at the beginning of the summer), but the nationwide problems with shipping and obtaining items got in the way. Parents should be seeing the books at home this weekend. Students will be using them throughout the year to keep track of homework assignments. Please remind them to check them each night so they can stay on top of their work. They are a valued executive functioning tool that we were not able to utilize last year during remote learning and we are excited to have them back!
As we head into the cooler weather, I recommend students bring an extra layer (sweatshirt/hoodie) with them to school. We will be keeping windows open in the classrooms to maximize ventilation and it may feel cold.
Finally, I had the luck to be able to go to the Red Sox game on Wednesday night and we had amazing seats. While the outcome was a big disappointment, it was a terrific time. We found the brand name of peanuts they sold at Fenway (pictured below) to be ironic. I am hoping they sell Boston Cream Donuts down at the game in Houston! We still have a chance to come back and I will be cheering them on from my couch tonight.
Enjoy the weekend and Let's Go Red Sox!
Kim Lysaght, Principal
MIdterm Reflection Form - Coming Home Next Week
Spirit Week Coming Up!
This coming week will be spirit week at Brown. Each day students are encouraged to participate at their own comfort level. All items should be school appropriate.
Monday = Brown Bear attire
Tuesday= Sports Day
Wednesday= PJ Day
Thursday= Silly Socks
Friday= Fun costumes (No weapons or masks that completely cover the face - everyone must still wear a mask over your mouth and nose!)
Please help - Remind your child of the following:
Please send your child each day with a reusable water bottle. Our water dispensing stations are only for filling containers and our bubblers are not in use due to safety concerns regarding Covid. Students will need a container to hold water when they need a drink. We do not have enough disposable cups to provide them for everyone and would appreciate your help with this for environmental reasons.
Please make sure your child is coming to school each day with 2 masks. One that they wear to school and one as a back up. We recommend reusable, washable masks.
Make sure they fit!
You can purchase child sized versions of these to make sure they fit your child. Masks should completely cover the nose and mouth without gaps. Masks with a wire over the nose help to keep them on fully.
Click here to see all the activities offered to Brown MS students after school. It is frequently updated with new activities, so be sure to keep checking.
This week we had 3 COVID cases for which we did contact tracing. All close contacts were directly contacted by our school nurse. Information on districtwide COVID cases and vaccination rates can be found on the Newton Health and Human Services website here: NPS COVID Case Count and Vaccination Rates.
This Monday we will again be testing 6th graders whose families have consented into our weekly Covid testing program. If you have not done so already, please log into Aspen to sign the consent form. (Aspen Login Link) and follow these instructions . Please note, the consent if for all testing (rapid, test and stay and pool testing). Therefore we recommend 7th and 8th grade parents also complete the consent in case there is a need. There is more information about the Covid testing program here.
If you have any questions, please click here to see Newton's Health and Safety Plan.
Please note: Early Release Day Coming up - Nov. 2 - Students are dismissed at 11:20!
Picture Retake Day - November 3.
Athletic Field Improvement Projects
Here is the meeting info:
October 27th, 6pm - Burr School Fields/ Brown-Oak Hill Fields:
Additional field project information can be found here:
Field Projects Presentation<https://www.newtonma.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/71055/637594274984830000>
Annual Gift Drive!
We will share more information about the drive and how your child can participate in the coming weeks. On November 2 we will provide students with an introduction to the gift drive during our advisory block that morning. Stay tuned for more updates ahead.
This has been a Brown MS tradition for over 20 years, and I would like to extend a big thank you to Chaffe Toulmin (8th grade science) and Mary Radonich (ELL teacher) for leading the efforts to make this important community service project continue.