Brown MS Weekly Update

Friday, Oct. 22, 2021


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Playoff Season

Dear Brown MS Community,

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

Next week students will receive a midterm reflection form from their team teachers. This form is to help parents/guardians and students have a conversation about how things are going at school. Part of the reflection process requires parents/guardians and students to log into students' Schoology accounts and review all of their progress. Students are required to share their password with parents to do this, and most importantly to look at it together. The goal is to have a productive, reflective conversation about what is going well and what areas they need to work on. Finally they will set some goals for the remainder of the term. We appreciate your help to make this a productive experience for the students. Below is just the directions that you will find at the top of the form. Please be on the lookout for it next week when students bring them home. You can also click on the image below for a link to the form.

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!)

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Please help - Remind your child of the following:

Brown MS After School Enrichment Activities

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.

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COVID Communication

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.

Students who did not get a school picture or would like to have their school picture retaken will be able to do this on Wednesday, November 3.

Athletic Field Improvement Projects

The Parks, Recreation & Culture Department is hosting a public meeting next Wednesday to discuss field improvement projects covering the grounds of Burr Elementary School and the Brown/Oak Hill Middle School fields. I wonder if you might be able to get this information out to families of these schools. We are looking to improve playing fields, but are also interested in hearing about other amenities of interest including trees, accessible pathways, and shading.

Here is the meeting info:

October 27th, 6pm - Burr School Fields/ Brown-Oak Hill Fields:
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Additional field project information can be found here:
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Annual Gift Drive!

We are making preparations for our annual gift drive to benefit the families at the Brookview House in Dorchester. Brookview House is a multi-service, nonprofit organization for women, children and youth experiencing homelessness. It provides safe, affordable housing with support services and programs on site to confront the root causes of family homelessness and help provide social and economic mobility and long-term stability. This is an exciting event through which Brown MS Students provide families residing at the shelter with gifts to brighten the holiday season. As a result of the pandemic, homelessness in Boston has risen and the need is great.

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.

Reporting Absences

To report a student absence call: 617-559-6980

Need to Update your Information in Aspen?

The Annual Student Information Update is available on Aspen. Please update your information. Directions for families can be found here.

Calendar and School Hours

School Hours:

8:20AM - 2:50PM - Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.

8:20 AM - 2:05PM - Wed.

Click here for the NPS school calendar.

Click here for the Brown Middle School 6-day rotation calendar with early release days and days of the cycle.