Brown MS Weekly Update

Friday, Nov. 5, 2021

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Veterans' Day 2021

Dear Brown MS Community,


This past Tuesday the faculty enjoyed a wonderful luncheon sponsored by the PTO. (See pictures below.) We all want to extend our gratitude for a terrific spread! Following lunch teachers spent the afternoon engaged in professional development activities on culturally responsive instruction. Teachers worked collectively to explore the ways we demonstrate the NPS Values Statement and discussed what aspirations we have for the future. Culturally responsive instruction includes:


  • High expectations
  • Subject matter knowledge
  • Safe learning environment
  • Meeting diverse needs
  • Student engagement
  • Well structured units & lessons
  • Quality feedback


This work is ongoing. Teachers will meet throughout the year in departments, teams and as a full faculty to expand our capacity to provide all of our students with a safe, engaging and challenging education.

The past week the CDC has approved the Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use for children ages 5-11. This is welcome news! I have included information about vaccination clinics held in Newton next weekend below with links to register.


Finally, this coming week we observe Veterans Day. It is important to honor those, past and present, who have served our country. I am proud to have many veterans, both past and present, in my extended family. My father (pictured below) joined the Navy on his 18th birthday back in 1944 and he served during World War II. Being a veteran was a source of pride for my father, and it helped shape who he was and how he lived his life. To all of you who are or have family that are veterans, I want to express my gratitude for such service. Please make sure to remember those who have made a commitment and a sacrifice for the good of our country this coming November 11.


Enjoy the weekend!


Kim Lysaght, Principal

Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic for Children Ages 5-11

Holtzman Medical Group, in partnership with the City of Newton HHS & Newton Public Schools, will hold COVID-19 vaccine clinics open to anyone 5-11 years old. You do not need to live in Newton in order for your child to attend.


All children must be accompanied by an adult to their appointments. In addition, all minors must have a parent or legally authorized representative complete the consent form (found on the registration page) and bring it to their appointment. If you cannot print this form, they will also have them available on site. Dates for the clinic are Sat., Nov. 13 and Sun., Nov. 14, from 9:00 -1:00 at Newton North High School Cafeteria and at Oak Hill Middle School Cafeteria. Click HERE to register.


Second dose clinics in Newton will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4 and Sunday, Dec. 5 at the same locations. Your child will be scheduled for their second dose on site.

Brown MS After School Enrichment Activities

NEW ACTIVITIES - click above to see a full listing of all after school activities.

New activity starts this Tuesday (see below).

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The Brown Ski and Snowboard Club is back!

We will travel to the Wachusett Mountain Ski Area on January 6, 13, 20, 27 and February 10, 17. We invite 7th and 8th grade students to participate and are limiting the club to 50 students.


Use this link to sign up and read other important information:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pMKpWdku4XV1oNQSOXE6pWRFPM8R1BcKjBzogmrNWFo/edit?usp=sharing

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Update from Brown Working Theatre!

The informational meeting for BWT’s cabaret is being moved to Monday morning, November 15th at 7:45 in the auditorium. All interested students are encouraged to attend. In addition to performers, we have roles for stage crew and students who are interested in working on lights and sound. Any students who are not able to attend this meeting can see Mrs. Cutler in room 130 for more information. Auditions will now take place the week of December 6th. More information to follow!


Please note: Normally, the policy of Brown Working Theater is to include all students who want to be involved in the show. This year, due to Covid restrictions, we will unfortunately be limited in the number of students that we can accept. Other opportunities, including Brown’s annual spring play, will be made available for any students who are not able to participate in the cabaret this year.

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Brown Middle School Important Winter Athletics Information (2021-2022)

Please click this link for information regarding winter sports (boys and girls basketball) at Brown MS.

Annual Gift Drive!

We continue to prepare 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.) Brown MS Students provide families residing at the shelter gifts to brighten the holiday season. Please be on the lookout for information regarding how you can participate.

COVID Communication

This week (again!) we had zero COVID cases - good news! 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.


Reminder: Monday is pool testing day for 6th graders whose families have consented into our Covid testing program. You can still consent by logging into Aspen and signing the consent form. (Aspen Login Link and instructions). There is more information about the Covid testing program here.
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Our Native American history spans an array of diverse groups and leaders like Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and Tecumseh, and events like the Trail of Tears, the French and Indian War and the Battle of the Little Bighorn. It is a significant part of our American history to be honored in our curriculum, celebrations, and conversations.


Today Native American populations across both continents are once again on the rise. Native American leaders are achieving greater political success in fighting for the rights of their peoples. In addition, recent widespread concern over human rights has prompted governments and others to respect Native American cultures and traditions when responding to their needs.

Families Organized for Racial Justice (FORJ) - new leaders & new meeting date!

We are glad to introduce to you the new FORJ at Brown Coordinators: Jingjing Hu and Rachel Pytel. Both are current FORJ at Brown members.

Jingjing, who will take over from IJ Anyanwu as Coordinator, has served as a Cultural Leader on the ELL Committee for 3 years. Rachel, who will take over from Kerry Prasad as Clerk, has been an active member of Countryside FORJ for 4 years. Thanks to both of them for taking on this leadership role.

FORJ is an organic organization that evolves to meet the needs of the community. We believe the organization needs new leaders on a regular basis so as to stay limber and agile. FORJ is a community-building organization - the more people who take on leadership roles, the stronger the community will become and the better the group can embrace all the experiences, perspectives, skills, creativity and compassion of this wonderful and vibrant community.

We are planning our first meeting for Dec 7 at 7:30pm. Jingjing and Rachel will be in touch with more details and the zoom link as it gets closer.

Understanding Depression in Tweens and Teens - Thurs., Nov. 18

Please click the picture below for information on a free virtual workshop for parents and caregivers.

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.