Middlebrook Lion's Link

Linking Our School To Our Community March 25, 2022


Early Dismissal Hours:

8:35 AM – 1:00 PM

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, March 29th

  • Book Fair - during the school day and in the evening from 6-8pm - school gym

Wednesday, March 30th

  • Book Fair - during the school day - school gym

Friday, April 1st

  • April Fool's Day
  • Crazy mismatch pattern day (Math Awareness Month kickoff)

Saturday, April 2nd

  • Middlebrook Mixer, Two Roads 7-10pm
  • Ramadan Begins

Wednesday, April 6th

  • Paraeducator Appreciation Day

Friday, April 8th

  • Dress to the Nines - Fancy clothes!

Monday, April 11th

  • PTA Meeting - 6pm in the cafe

Tuesday, April 12th

  • Author Dan Gutman - grades 2-5
  • BOE meeting 7pm

Thursday, April 14th

  • Math is "Dreamy" - wear your PJ's
  • Author Alyssa Capucilli - grades K & 1

Friday, April 15th

  • No School - Good Friday
  • Passover Begins

Monday, April 18th - Friday, April 22nd

  • Spring Break

Wednesday, April 27th

  • Administrative Professional's Day

Thursday, April 28th

  • School Store

Friday, April 29th

  • Wear a jersey or a Number on your shirt
  • Bingo 6-9pm in the school gym
  • Arbor Day


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picture above taken from the Trumbull Times 3/24/2022
Congratulations to Hope Lang, Oliver Henriquez, Vasili Kourounis, Siena Nemec, Anasara Figueroa and group leader Mr. Lang. This team earned 2nd place at the 41st annual Connecticut State Odyssey of the Mind tournament and have been invited to the World Finals at Iowa State University in May. We are so proud of our students. This is an extremely tough competition which allowed our students to use their creativity to solve problems.

To learn more about the Odyssey of the Mind, click on the link below.


Middlebrook School is excited to welcome authors Dan Gutman and Alyssa Satin Capucilli!

Kindergarten and Grade 1

Alyssa Satin Capucilli, in person Thursday April 14th

Author of the Buscuit series, Katy Duck Series and more!

Purchase books to be signed by using the following link:


Grades 2-5

Dan Gutman, virtually Tuesday April 12th

Author of the My Weird School series, Baseball Card Adventures series and more!

Purchase books to be signed by using the following link:


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April - Math Awareness Month

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During the month of April, we will be celebrating Math all around Middlebrook. Students can expect spirit days every Friday, weekly Math challenges and more fun Math-like activities. Be on the look out each Friday for updates from our Math Specialists!
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Save the date for our spring book fair which will be held Tuesday, March 29th and Wednesday, March 30th. Family shopping hours will be from 6-8pm on Tuesday, March 29th. Online shopping will also be available beginning the first day of the fair.

As with the book fair held in the fall, all students will receive a $5 coupon to spend on a book at the fair, sponsored by the PTA.

We do need volunteers to make this wonderful event happen. Sign-ups are in the PTA membership toolkit.

We thank you for your continued support for our work at Middlebrook School! As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or good news to share, please feel free to email me at dponte@trumbullps.org or contact me at school at 203-452-4411.


~Debbie Ponte

Congratulations Fruit and Vegetable Challenge Winning Classes!

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Dear Teachers and Parents,

Congratulations to our Fruit and Vegetable Challenge Winning Classes:

First Grade: 497 servings

Third Grade: 822 servings

Fifth Grade 1217 servings

Each classroom in a winning grade will get outdoor recess items given to them. Prizes will be delivered ASAP :)

Everyone was a winner! Thank you K, 2nd and 4th grades for your hard work and participation. Please enjoy your extra recess!

Huge thanks to our teachers and parents for your participation in this important initiative, it matters!

Melanie Kostopoulos

~PTA Health and Wellness Committee

5th Grade Reminders

Hello 5th Graders & Families,

The 5th Grade Activities Committee is working hard to make this year a fun and memorable year for our 5th Graders since it’s their last year at Middlebrook. We have already planned our first after-school event, an Ice Cream Social and Fall Fun at Plasko’s Farm in Trumbull on October 21, 2021. We hope you all sign up to join! We will continue to plan activities and events for the kids throughout this year and each event will cost a fee, depending on the event type and location.

The Committee is also responsible for organizing many of the End of Year activities such as:

·End of year Promotion Party (usually at Beaches Pool)

· Graduation decorations and slideshow

· Graduation T-shirts and Yard Signs for each child

· School Plaque Presented to Principal at Graduation

· Class Gift/Project to the school

· End of Year Talent Show

To help with the above end of year costs, we are asking for each 5th grader to pay a one-time end of year activity fee of $25.00. To pay for this fee, you can go to Membership Toolkit at: https://middlebrookelementarypta.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/166166

Should you have any questions, please contact Liza Pontonio, at LPontonio77@gmail.com.



We are collecting photos to put together the slideshow that will be played at our children's graduation in June. We need your help by providing your photos of the kids from Kindergarten through 5th grade.

Here is a guideline of what we need from you:

1. Email your high-quality images to 5thgradeslideshow2022@gmail.com.

2. Please label each photo with your child’s full name, grade level, and activity. For example, Addison DeLong, 1st grade Halloween.

**Landscape photos are preferred.

**Group photos are encouraged so we can include as many of the kids as possible. Please label with grade level and activity.

If you have any questions, please email Liza and Justin at 5thgradeslideshow2022@gmail.com.

Thank you in advance for your support this year.

-The 5th Grade Activities Committee

Middlebrook Mixer

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The adults only Middlebrook Mixer is being held on Saturday April 2nd at Two Roads Brewery in Stratford from 7pm-10pm. Come out and meet new parents, mingle with old parent friends, there will be a silent auction, raffles and more. Tickets are $25 and available on membership toolkit, all tickets include pizza and one complimentary wine or beer.

Biography Projects with Mrs. Reding

Grade 2 Fun!

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Kids Marathon Final Mile

June 5, 2022 at Trumbull High School All of Trumbull’s elementary schools will participate in the Trumbull Kids Marathon Program (in partnership with the Rod Dixson KiDSMARATHON Program). Each student will work to run a total of 25.2 miles (or an equivalent with other physical activity) (one mile shy of a cumulative full marathon) before the date of the Final Mile celebration. On June 5, the program will be completed in grand fashion, with each kid finishing the final mile of the marathon distance in front of hundreds of cheering fans! Each student who finishes the Final Mile will receive a medal of completion. They will also have taken a GREAT step toward a lifetime of fitness and healthy living!

Entry Fee: $5.00 per student which includes a medal

●June 5, 2022 9:00 a.m. start time at Trumbull High School

● Please submit payment to your child’s school PTA no later than April 4, 2022

Sign up in the membership toolkit! Be on the look out for possible opportunities to volunteer for in person running in April and May!

First 25 Kids to sign up in the Membership Tool kit will get a prize

Once kids are signed up you will get an activity tracking sheet and a registration sheet.

Please complete the waiver below to register.

Middlebrook After School Enrichment


ONLINE Registration BEGINS 3/21 7p & ENDS 3/29 11p

on Membership Toolkit


Instructions to login in for the first time: Middlebrookelementary.com/pta

Sign up early!

Classes are on a first come, first served basis

Students will be taken at end of school day to the class and

must be picked up by parent or TLC by 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 your child needs to go on quarantine unfortunately class will not be made up or virtual.

• Students who attend TLC after school can STILL participate in After School Enrichment. 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, is endangering themselves or others, parents will be informed upon pick-up, or in severe cases, will be called and 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 or 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, you MUST send a note to their MB teacher & send an email to MiddlebrookASE@gmail.com . 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 29 when online registration closes!!!

ANY QUESTIONS? Contact us at MiddlebrookASE@gmail.com


ONLINE Registration BEGINS 3/21 7p & ENDS 3/29 11p

on Membership Toolkit


Instructions to login in for the first time: Middlebrookelementary.com/pta

Sign up early!

Classes are on a first come, first served basis

Students will be taken at end of school day to the class and

must be picked up by parent or TLC by 430p


Cross Stitch $100 grade2-5

Spartan Club $100 grade3-5


Soccer $100 grade1-5

Magic $90 grade 2-5


GymGames $90 grade K-2

Cards & Convo $90 grade 2-5


GymGames $90 grade 3-5

Art Club $100 grade 1-3


Chess $90 grade 2-5


MON: Cross Stitch (grades 2-5) $100 Dates: 4/11, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23.

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 Dates: 4/11, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23

Spartans will participate in a variety of exercises and activities that incorporate running, strength training, endurance, and balance. Students 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. Important Note: Students must wear running sneakers, bring a small snack and water bottle and dress in layers as they will be both inside and outside.


TUES: Soccer (grades 1-5) $100 Dates: 4/12, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24

These fun sessions will go over soccer skills like developing passing, dribbling and shooting techniques. Small sided games will conclude the sessions with a focus on the theme of the day. CT Soccer Network run by Rich Sutherland Trumbull High Varsity soccer coach are openly inclusive of all players and abilities challenging each participant's ability to meet their own targets and needs.

TUES: Budding Magicians(grades 3-5) $90 Dates: 4/12, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24

Whether you are a beginner or intermediate, 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 needed. Magic Mike is a 40yr member of the society of American Magicians and the International Brothergood of Magicians!


WED: Gym Games I (grades K-2) $90 Dates: 4/13, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25

Gym Games I, with 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 just to name a few. Have fun and show good sportsmanship. Please wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.

WED: Cards and Conversations (grades 2-5) $90 Dates: 4/13, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25

Come have fun learning traditional card games while improving memory and concentration while making new friends! Children will enjoy playing games without gadgets!


THURS: Gym Games II (grades 3-5) $90 Dates: 4/14, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26

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, just to name a few. Have fun and show good sportsmanship. Please wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.

THURS: Art Club (grades K-3) $100 Dates: 4/14, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26

Calling all artists! Your child will grow confident in their creative expression and in their day-to-day life. Lets empower kids to explore, create, and learn with hands-on fun!


FRI: Chess Club (grades 2-5) $90 Dates: 4/8, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27

Want to make friends, have fun, show sportsmanship? Then join the Chess Club! Beginners to advanced players welcome. Join Mr. Elliff while you learn the game, learn strategy and match wits with other players.

FRI: Slime Club (grades 1-5) $120 Dates: 4/8, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27

Come have a blast making and playing with slime. In this class, we will rotate through 6 different slime themes. Part of the fun is learning how and why the ingredients we mix together turn into slime. All supplies will be provided!

Volunteer Forms


We welcome limited volunteering this school year, but you must complete the Volunteer Form. It can take up to 2 weeks to get approved by Long Hill so please don't delay. If you did not complete one this school year and would like to volunteer, the forms must be completed. We need/want our parents in to volunteer! Use the link below to access the forms to complete. This needs to be done every school year. Please make sure every blank is filled in, use N/A where necessary.


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Kindergarten registration is open. If you have an upcoming kindergartener or know a new family that needs to register their child, please direct them to our district website and be sure to select the correct school year. https://www.trumbullps.org

See the flyer below for more information.

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TLC Registration is Open for 2022-23

You'll love what we have in store for our School Year Programs.

Register now and we'll make sure your children have a safe and fun experience in our Before and After School programs for the upcoming school year. Please use the following link to register: https://parentportal.tlctrumbull.com/

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Please see flyers below for information on Trumbull Parks and Rec and JCC Day Camps
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PTA General Meeting Dates:

March 14th

April 11th

May 16th