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Linking Our School To Our Community October 29, 2021

Weekly News

Dear Middlebrook Families,

Happy Halloween! The boys and girls are eager to get home today to have a festive weekend with their families. I hope you are all rested up and prepared for the fun to begin! :)

For those of you who have already had your parent-teacher conference, I hope you have found the information that your child's teacher has shared with you to be helpful. Following parent-teacher conferences, it is important to have a follow up conversation with your child to acknowledge all of the accomplishments he/she has worked so hard to achieve as well as set goals for further improvement. Working with your child to establish concrete, specific goals, will help him/her to stay focused and be motivated to excel personally and academically. This goal setting practice, coupled with a structured weekly routine of homework, limited extra-curricular activities, healthy eating and plenty of sleep, is a solid recipe for success! Did you know, according to the CDC, the average elementary student, ages 6 - 12 years old requires between 9 - 12 hours of sleep each day?

As a staff, we are finalizing our focused building goals for the school year. Throughout the school year:

  • Teachers will be working together interdependently to use the newly adopted Bridges and Eureka math curriculum, along with best instructional teaching practices, to increase students’ performance in the areas of numeracy and algebraic thinking; ultimately strengthening our students’ overall mathematical achievement.

  • Our school based leadership team, instructional support staff, and classroom teachers will work to increase the use of effective intervention strategies in all K-5 classrooms, aiming to target and individualize instruction to improve our students’ academic performances.

  • The Middlebrook community will continue to develop, communicate, and institute systems for supporting the social emotional learning and well-being of staff and students by working to teach and employ mindfulness and self-care strategies, which will ultimately enhancing our school climate.

Thank you to those of you who completed our Safe School Climate Survey. We will be using this data to set additional goals to further strengthen our School Climate.

In celebration of Veteran's Day, we would like to recognize our Middlebrook Community veterans. If you or a family member are a veteran, please send in a photograph of you/your veteran with the following information:

  • Your child's name and their teacher's name
  • Veteran's name, relationship to your child, and branch of service

You can email Mrs. Balzano (lbalzano@trumbullps.org) with the photo and information or send it in with your child.

If you do not have a photo of your veteran, you can send the information to Mrs. Balzano without the photo. Please send all information to Mrs. Balzano by Friday, Nov. 5, 2021.

Message from our PTA

PTA Trunk or Treat - Saturday from 3-6pm pending weather. If they need to cancel, the PTA will post the cancellation on Facebook and through membership toolkit.

Upcoming Events:

October 30th

Trunk or Treat - Middlebrook School Parking Lot from 3-6pm WEATHER PENDING

November 2nd

No School - Election Day, Teacher Professional Development

November 3rd

National Stress Awareness Day

November 4th


Early Release 1:00pm dismissal - bagged lunch to take home

Evening Teacher Conferences

November 7th

Daylight Saving Time Ends; Clocks "fall" back an hour

November 9th

Kindergarten classes - Ranger Mark Visit

November 10th

Kindergarten classes - Ranger Mark Visit

November 11th

Veterans Day - Virtual In-Class Activities Planned to Recognize and Honor Veterans Day

November 13th

World Kindness Day

November 15th

PTA meeting 7:15 in the cafeteria

November 16th

International Day of Tolerance

BOE mtg. 7:00pm

November 19th

School Store - grades 1-5

November 24th

Early Release 1:00pm dismissal - bagged lunch to take home

November 25th

No School, Thanksgiving Break

November 26th

No School, Thanksgiving Break

Native American Heritage Day

Random Acts of Kindness Day

November 28th

Hanukkah begins at sunset

Have a wonderful, safe weekend:)

~Debbie Ponte

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First Grade - learning all about the Solar System

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Students in ALL grades K-5

Reflections is an arts program run at the national PTA level for about the last 50 years. Trumbull has been participating in this program for a long time. Reflections runs over all grade levels k-12. Students submit their completed works of art in one of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. Submissions are due in December. Please download the guidelines and entry packet below. We hope many of our students participate.

Explore the Arts

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I'm excited to share some pictures in next week's news of staff and students during Middlebrook's PINK OUT!!!