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Educating the mind without educating
the heart is no education at all.
- Aristotle

August, 2014

Dear Middlebrook Families and Visitors

A school is nothing but a building until students, teachers and families join together as a community to commit their efforts towards excellence in learning. It is with great excitement that I welcome you to Middlebrook School to start the 2014-2015 school year together.

It is our aim, through the combined efforts of the staff, students, parents, and community members, to create a learning environment focused on strong student success. The Middlebrook staff is dedicated to developing an educational community where our students;

  • Promise to:
  • Act responsibly
  • Work with Heart
  • Show respect

Our mascot Eli (the mountain lion) encourages our students to use PAWS to model positive behavior in our community. PAWS is a part of Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) which helps to nurture and develop citizens who work together in a way that values all community members. Throughout the year, you will hear more about PBIS, so watch for Eli and PAWS.

Families will often ask how they can help their child to succeed in school. Families that encourage their children to read daily, practice math facts, complete homework and study, see their children rewarded with strong academic growth. Our teachers appreciate your partnership and support in the learning process.

Throughout the year, our teachers and PTA need volunteers to help with activities or programs that have a positive effect on our students. Please go to http://www.trumbullps.org to complete a volunteer form as your child loves to see his/her family helping at school.

Please know that my door is always open for discussions, questions or suggestions. I look forward to working with our students to be their best.

Sincerely,

Patricia Frillici
Principal of Middlebrook Elementary School

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September 19, 2014
Message from Mrs. Frillici
Dear Middlebrook Families,

It has been wonderful meeting so many of our families and all of our students in the first month of school. I encourage you to come to the many family events throughout the year to stay connected to your child's school. If you missed Back-to-School Night, please reach out to the classroom teacher, as much information was shared. Please do not hesitate to email or call the teacher if you have questions or concerns regarding your child.

We have been in school for four weeks and it feels like we are starting to develop consistent routines. Each morning we say the Pledge of Allegiance, listen to patriotic music, have a moment of silence and make our PAWS promise. This promise represents how the Middlebrook community is expected to act as positive, successful citizens. The 3 attributes; respect, hard work and responsibility are core characteristics that will help our students to be successful throughout life. We have high expectations for our students and ask that you partner with us in these ideals.

I visit classrooms to take part in teaching and learning on a daily basis. Recently, I noticed that several students were completing notes to their families about missing homework. Homework is an extension of daily learning. It can be a practice of past lessons, preparation for the next day's lesson or strengthening of skills. When students do not do their homework, it impacts them in many ways. First, students are not honoring the PAWS promise of being respectful, working hard and being responsible. Next, they are not prepared for the work that is happening in their class. Finally, they struggle to succeed academically. Please partner with your child's teacher to support the completion of homework.

PTA had their first meeting of the year this week. I encourage you to become a member of the Middlebrook PTA. You can follow this link to the membership form http://www.middlebrookelementary.com/PTA/JoinPTA.PDF . Your PTA membership benefits include;

  • priority in PTA sponsored afterschool clubs and activities,
  • your family information goes into a directory which makes it easy to contact other families
  • receiving PTA emails of events and activities
  • contributions towards Authors week, Teacher Appreciation, a Scholastic Book for each child, technology for the school, playground equipment and so much more...

Please consider joining PTA as it supports Middlebrook families and students on a daily basis.

Have a glorious week-end!

Sincerely,

Patricia Frillici, Principal

October 24
Middlebrook Fathers Club Halloween Party
All hands on deck! "H" day is fast approaching and last minute details are being attended to. I am excited as ever to be a part of the Middlebrook PTA and Fathers Club. I have the opportunity to volunteer along side so many Middlebrook parents who all share a passion to provide great experiences and create life long memories for our children. I am blown away by the amount of talent and dedication that has been brought forth to create our upcoming event. Setting up and having a fun safe event requires a lot of help. We will be meeting Tuesday (10/21) at 7:15 in the Library (Colonel Mustard with a candle stick?) to discuss last minute details and assign roles. Thursday evening (10/23) as the TECEC Halloween party starts to wind down between 7:30 and 8pm. We will need to "stage" all our games, arts & crafts and decorations so we can hit the ground running Friday afternoon. We will start set up immediately after school lets out at 3:00pm on Friday (10/24). As always please give whatever time to the school that you have. I would like to thank our committee chairs again and provide you with their contact information if you would like to help in a specific area.

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Food Service: Justin Tuttle
Games/Arts and Crafts: Brian Fox
Haunted Hallway: Nathan Tinker

Here are the dates again:
21st FC Meeting 7:15 Library
23rd Halloween Party staging 7:30- ?
24th Father's Club Halloween Party
   Set-up 3:00-5:30pm
   Grades K-2 5:30-7:00pm
   Grades 3-5 7:30-9:00pm

October 27-31, 2014
Red Ribbon Week: "My Character Counts, I'm Drug-Free"
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Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique Camarena's death created a worldwide rallying cry against drug abuse when he lost his life to Mexican drug traffickers in 1985. Red Ribbon Week has become a tribute to Agent Camarena. It remains a time for gratitude for all lives that remain drug-free and a time to pledge to live a safe and drug-free life.

Promote Red Ribbon Week In Your Home: Parents Are Key

  • Talk to your children about the importance of making good decisions that promote healthy minds and bodies.
  • Research shows the elementary years are important in building good values, self-esteem and the skills needed to prevent the misuse of drugs and alcohol.

Remind your child to wear black & orange on THURSDAY, 10/30 for "Say BOO To Drugs" Day in support of Red Ribbon Week.

Prevent Drug Abuse in Your Home: You have the power to help protect your family from drug abuse. With the right tools and knowledge you can get the facts as well as advice and stories from other parents.

You Are Not Alone: It's important to remember that you are not alone in your endeavor to protect and safeguard your family. Every parent wants to protect their family, and every family faces the future threat of teen drug abuse.

Click below for more information and additional website resources.

Download the Flyer for more information

Red Ribbon Week is sponsored by the Trumbull PTSA Council's PACT Prevention Committee, in cooperation with, Trumbull Public Schools, Trumbull Partnership Against Underage Drinking, Trumbull Counseling Center, Trumbull Cares: The First Selectman’s Prevention Council & THS Interact Club

Now through October 31
Read to Grow
The Read to Grow book collection will continue until 10.31.
Thanks!
Mrs. Fink
Now through December 1
Reflections 2014-15 Theme: The World Would Be a Better Place If
Reflect on the Theme. Create an Original Work of Art. Be Recognized!

ALL ENTRIES DUE BY DECEMBER 1st

Forms and Category details at http://www.ctpta.org/Reflections-Documents.html

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What is Reflections?

All children deserve opportunities to explore and be involved in the arts. The National PTA Reflections program is PTA's cornerstone arts program. It was developed in 1969 by Colorado's PTA President Mary Lou Anderson to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves. Since then, the Reflections Program has inspired millions of students to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork. Each year, students in Grades Pre-K through 12 are recognized for bringing the theme to life through dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Middlebrook students submit original works of art in a specific category and are judged town-wide. First place school winners compete at the state level. The state and the town have recognition ceremonies and Middlebrook recognizes all participants at an end of the year celebration!

Rules for each category of submission are posted online and forms are required to be submitted with each submission. Both rules and forms are at http://www.ctpta.org/Reflections-Documents.html or you can contact the Middlebrook Reflections Chairs, Liz (liz.yorulmaz@gmail.com) or Kim (deanfab@aol.com).

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ONGOING INFORMATION

Middlebrook Elementary School
220 Middlebrooks Avenue
Trumbull, CT 06611
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Main Office: (203) 452-4411
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