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

January 2016,

Dear Middlebrook Families,

I hope you had a restful winter break.

Since we have returned from vacation the weather has turned very cold. If there is no precipitation and the temperature is above 25 degrees, students typically go outside for recess. Children must wear coats, when they go outside and hats and gloves are recommended. Children coming to school without proper winter attire will not be permitted to participate in outdoor recess. I thank families for monitoring their children's clothing to make sure they are prepared for colder temperatures and are dressed for outside recess.

The article Keeping Kids Safe in the Cold from the American Academy of Pediatrics provides you with more information.

Have a wonderful week.


Patricia Frillici

Middlebrook Elementary School
220 Middlebrooks Avenue
Trumbull, CT 06611
Absentee/Nurse: (203) 452-4412
Main Office: (203) 452-4411
Fax: (203) 452-4426


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UPDATE Education Budget
I am asking parents to continue to express their support for education in the Town of Trumbull by contacting our elected officials. The First Selectman will forward his budget to the Board of Finance this week. Please send a simple email reminding them of the importance of education in our town. And plan to send attend a budget hearing on February 18th and/or February 27th!

Contact info:
First Selectman Herbst:
Board of Finance:
Town Council:
Board of Education:
Superintendent Cialfi:

Upcoming Meetings:
Feb 18 Board of Finance Public Hearing, 6pm, Town Hall
Feb 27 Boar of Finance Public Hearing, 10am, Madison Middle School

Good Morning Middlebrook Families, Superintendent Cialfi's 2016-2017 education budget request was reduced by the new Board of Education by $377,177. This reduction will affect all Middlebrook students. The PTA supports Dr. Cialfi's education priorities and is asking the First Selectman to restore those funds to the budget before he passes it on. Please review the attached Education Budget Update and stay informed of the facts. If education is a priority for you too, please write our elected officials and let them know.
Spring 2016
Junior Achievement
Good Morning! Middlebrook is looking for volunteers to teach the Junior Achievement program to the students in grades 2 - 5. This program will start in April and finish in May. There are usually 5 to 6 lessons to teach with each lesson lasting 30/45 minutes. For those of you unfamiliar with Junior Achievement (JA), JA is a program designed to teach the students about the community where they live and go to school, entrepreneurship and financial awareness in their community and ways to become involved in their community. The programs are tailored perfectly for each grade level. I have taught 2nd, 4th and 5th grades and the kids absolutely love this program. The teaching materials you receive break everything down into lessons and activities and you can always share your own experiences. The kids look forward to the JA program every year and you'll be amazed at what they have learned at the end of the program. I have a few volunteers already (indicated below), but still need volunteers for the following classes:
2nd Grade
Mrs. Hatstat: E. Kokosa
Mrs. Mercier: J. Baron
Mrs. Piquette
Ms. Ruggiero: M. Karayiannis
3rd Grade
Mrs. Abate
Ms. Craw: N. Rochester
Mrs. Repasi
Ms. Schaefer: S. Hatzis
4th Grade
Mrs. Bossio: S. Mildner
Mrs. Ebert: E. Bochicchio
Mrs. Marini: E. Kokosa
Mrs. Rydelek
5th Grade
Mrs. Angelovic: K. Hoefer
Ms. Carrano: T. Gomes
Mr. Lemoine: H. Howell
Mr. Silhavy: S. Cousins

Please consider teaching your child's class or one that is available and send me an email at the address listed below. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
-Heather Howell

Reflections Winners!
Tuesday, January 12th was the town-wide judging per school for Reflections. We had 22 entries from Middlebrook and these are the results. Primary is K-2 and Intermediate is 3-5. All first place winners will go on to be judged at the state level. Congratulations!

Visual Arts - Primary
1) Ryan Glynn
2) Graziella Mallazi
3) Tate Sullivan

Visual Arts - Intermediate
1) Ryan Fabrizio
2) Maggie Carley
3) Rose Mottolese

Photography - Primary
1) Bea Carley
2) Sean Galla

Literature - Primary
1) Conor Glynn
2) Saravana Vason
3) Natalie Shove

Literature - Intermediate
1) Grant Smith
2) Madeline Tibbs
3) Christopher Pettinella

Music - Intermediate
1) Cole Galla

Film - Intermediate
1) Rachel Baron

Dance - Primary
1) Kyla Baron

February 8-11
Next week, Middlebrook will be joining hundreds of schools across the country to celebrate "Start with Hello Week." The goal of the week is to strengthen the interpersonal connections among the members of our Middlebrook Community. Throughout the week, our students will be making an extra effort to connect with people they may not normally speak to by just SAYING HELLO. Thank you for your support.
Tuesday 2/9: Wear Green! And... Play with a person you don't know that well at recess!
Wednesday 2/10: Sit next to a person you have never sat next to at lunch!
Thursday 2/11: Wear your name tag and say hello to the people in your community!
Start With Hello!
February 8, 7:15 PM
PTA Meeting
Tonight's PTA meeting has been cancelled due to the weather. If PTA is able to reschedule the meeting, we'll announce here.
February 9, 7:15pm
February is a big month for Fathers Club--it's WINTER BEACH PARTY TIME! Time for giant inflatable obstacle courses, bouncy houses, loud Hawaiian shirts, shorts, and sandals, despite the snow and cold. It is always a big hit with the kids! The Beach Party will take place on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 5:30-8:00PM. In order to prepare for this big event, we will on TUESDAY, FEB 9, 7:15PM. PLEASE JOIN US FOR THIS IMPORTANT MEETING! Next to the Halloween Party, the Winter Beach Party is our biggest event of the year, and we need your help to make it another great success. We will of course also need as many dads and dudes as possible on Feb 19 to provide logistical, set-up, tear-down, food, oversight, etc. Please put it on your calendar. Thanks in advance, and I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, Feb 9.
--Nathan Tinker, Co-President
February 11, 9am
Chat with the Principal
Join us for an informal chat with the principal. 9am. Library.
February 12-15
Group Picture Day
February 18
Group Picture Day
February 19
Father's Club Beach Party
Our annual mid-winter Beach Bash!

February 26, 11:30am - 1:30pm
School Store: Lobby

April 29, 5:30-8:30pm
International Festival
Monday, May 9, 2016
Golf Tournament
The Elementary schools in town get together every year to raise money for our school by having a golf tournament. This year it is on Monday, May 9th. Anyone can play (but most of the golfers are guys). I am going to play and would love to encourage any women would like to join me! The more people who participate, the more money our school will get. Who is interested? Also, if you do not play golf, we would love as many volunteers as we can get to help at the tournament. Passing out lunch bags, drinks, sitting with a book at the green of a hole to verify closest to the pin etc. Thought I would shoot this out now to put it in your heads. More info to come as we get closer, but let me know if you are interested in playing or helping out and I will make sure to get you more info.

Playground Collection
The PTA is helping to support the purchase of some playground equipment for our younger students. The equipment is something we feel will greatly benefit the children in the early grades. This will be a significant purchase, so to help, we are also putting out a collection box in the lobby. Any and and all donations are helpful, so please consider helping out.
BOE Meetings

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Long Hill Administration Building
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PHOTOS: We have set up the webpage where families can upload pictures for the 2016 yearbook. Go to: Register using our school code: KEAYOT Download the instructions.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Also, please note that I have receive NO volunteers for K, 1, 2, and 5th grades. 5th grade is the most important, as it involves collecting baby pictures, quotes, etc. If we want a robust 5th-grade section this year, I'll need someone ASAP.

Have you joined the PTA yet ? Some benefits of PTA membership include getting to vote on PTA matters, continuing to get these PTA emails and getting the PTA directory. And there's much more than that. Also, if you would like to be in our directory, please join by October first. By that point, we will start putting the directory together with the membership that has already joined.


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

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