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

August, 2015

Dear Middlebrook Families,

I am so excited to start the 2015-2016 school year with our students and their families! Middlebrook School was under renovation this summer with the installation of new windows throughout the building. This was an enormous task as about 280 windows were pulled out and replaced with energy efficient models. The staff and community have great pride in Middlebrook School and the new windows will help showcase the beauty of our school.

This year we will continue to build on our positive school climate through the ideals of PAWS. It is the expectation that all citizens at Middlebrook;

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

Students or classes earn PAWS tickets for demonstrating responsibility, hard work and respect. Our mascot Eli the mountain lion helps the school community celebrate when we reach a school-wide goal. I encourage our students to purchase PAWS tee shirts from our PTA as a way of showing school pride and commitment.

Please take a picture of your child reading a favorite book this summer. Your child should bring this picture to school on the first day, so we can build a school-wide bulletin board that celebrates our love of reading. Also, have your child bring in logs of books read for the Governor's Reading Challenge and First Selectman's Reading Challenge during the first week of school. You can find information about both programs at http://www.trumbullps.org/curriculum/summer-enrichment/reading.html.

Next week, you should receive the eagerly awaited welcome packet. I know your child will be excited to read a welcome letter from his/her teacher. Parent or guardians please complete the following 3 key items you will find in the packet and return them on the first day of school;

  • Emergency Contact Form (pink) - This form is used by the teacher, nurse and office to communicate with you. It is important that we can reach you when it comes to the well-being of your child. If information changes during the year, please notify the office to update your records.
  • Weather/Emergency Situation Early Dismissal Procedure (white) - This form is used when school closes due to weather (snow) or other unforeseen situations. We use this form to determine how your child will go home and who will care for your child in the event of an unplanned early dismissal. Please review the plan with your child.
  • Transportation Cards (colored index card) - The card is used to verify how your child is getting home. For the safety of your child, it is important that we have this card accurately completed and brought to school on the first day. Kindergartners should have the cards tied to their backpacks, while all other students will give the card to their classroom teachers.

I look forward to working with our students to help them be their personal best. By using Common Core State Standards http://www.corestandards.org/, positive behavioral expectations and a focus on emotional connection, Middlebrook School strives to provide your child with an excellent educational experience. Please know that my door is always open for discussions, questions or suggestions.

Sincerely,

Patricia Frillici
Principal of Middlebrook Elementary School

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

SCHOOL HOURS

REGULAR HOURS
8:35 am - 3:20 pm

LEGAL DAY
8:35 am - 1:00 pm

DELAYED OPENING
10:05 am - 3:20 pm

EARLY DISMISSAL
8:35 am - 1:00pm

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DISTRICT NOTICES
August 28, 4 - 5:30 pm. Island Brook park
Welcome New Families
Are you joining Middlebrook School this fall? Join us for a family picnic (pizza provided) Aug 28. 5:30-7. Island Brook park. 5:30-7. Bring a blanket to sit and eat on.
Monday, August 31. 2-3pm
Open House

The school will hold its informal "open house". Families are invited to come in, look around & see their new classrooms. Guides will be available to take you through the school.

Tuesday, September 1. 8:35am-3:20pm
First Day of School

The 2015-16 school year will begin on Tuesday, September 1. This will be a full day. Please note the school hours are 8:35am - 3:20pm for all grades, K-5. Lunch will be served on the first day of school. You can check TrumbullPS.org for menus and pricing.

School Supply Lists

Summer is just getting started, but several stores have already started putting their school supplies on sale! If you'd like to shop the sales, here is a partial list of supplies requested by our teachers.

This is a PARTIAL list. Each teacher will have his/her own specific requests. Hopefully, this list will help give you a head start on your back to school preparations.

Septemner 2015
The 2015-16 Middlebrook Explorer Program is set to Begin
For more than 16 years now, the Explorer program has been a very successful and popular after school program at Middlebrook. Nearly one hundred 4th and 5th grade students participate in this after school enrichment experience each year. The program is centered on the topic of astronomy and related technology.

The Middlebrook Explorer program includes interesting projects and observing sessions at the Middlebrook Observatory and in the classroom. The observatory houses a ten inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope equipped with filters and eye pieces. Other accessories make day and nighttime viewing, as well as filming of the sun and moon, possible and very enjoyable. The observatory has had major renovations in the area of technology improvement over the years.

The program will include six after school sessions for one hour each that will cover:

  • Building Estes rockets (3 sessions) - which we will launch
  • Observing session - constellations and planets
  • Observing session - the moon (4th grade, 5th grade astrophotography**)
  • Observing session - the sun (4th grade, 5th grade astrophotography**)

    ** The 5th grade class will be introduced to astrophotography. They will be taking pictures through the telescope

Mr. Lemoine is the program coordinator/teacher.

September 9-10, 6:45pm
Back to School Nights
September 9: Grades K-1-2
September 10: Grades 3-4-5
5th Grade Activities

The PTA is looking for someone to lead the 5th Grade Activities Team this year! 5th Grade Activities is a committee of dedicated parents who want to make our 5th graders last year at Middlebrook extra special. Several subcommittees (picnic, talent show, graduation, slideshow, etc.) do all the real work and provide tons of support! But we need someone to schedule a few meetings, connect with the PTA, and coordinate. If you're looking for a way to be involved, this is an easy and fun way!

2015-16 School Year
Room Parent Volunteers
Hello Everyone, The last day is almost here, but we're already planning for next year. If you are interested in being a room parent volunteer for the 2015/2016 year, please fill out the form linked below. There are more details about being a room parent on the form.

Outdoor Classroom Project

Project Update: John Granata has planted our beautiful trees and is currently making our benches! Thank you, John!! Due to the much needed window project, the outdoor classroom plans are being put off until the fall. Our water and stream tables have been ordered, delivered, and stored. A supply list for our weather station and chalkboard have been printed out and budgeted. Plans for a plexiglass garden, raised bed garden, and rock site are in the works. We are on our way!! Please share our project this summer with other Middlebrook families, and let them know that help is needed!! I look forward to working with all of you in the fall.

Project Day: TBA
I just wanted to give you an update on our Outdoor Classroom projects. We have decided to purchase all supplies now and have a "project day" in the courtyard in September. All items that will be purchased will be stored in classrooms in the D-wing. Mr. Sterling, Mr. Pond and Mr. Lucia are the project managers. Middlebrook's Outdoor Classroom will be beautiful!!

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.
December 2015
Holiday Boutique Holiday Boutique Help Needed!
The Holiday Boutique Committee is looking for more BFFs! You don't need to be crafty to volunteer! We need help...
  • Requesting raffle prizes from the community
  • Making wrapping paper envelopes - Any parent who wants to help the school but can't make it in during the day? WE HAVE THE PERFECT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU! We need help making "wrapping paper bags" for the Holiday Boutique. It might seem too early to ask for this help since the Holiday Boutique isn't until December, but we need many, many gift bags to make the event a success for the kids to help them get their shopping list all done! This is a terrific way to help the school at home, at your convenience.
  • Decorating the gym
  • Helping to organize the classroom & staff baskets
  • Making crafts and more

Yearbooks

Yearbook Photos: Please upload the pictures from Middlebrook school events, classroom visits etc. The kids love to see themselves and their friends in the yearbook. All grades and many of the school events are included in the yearbook. Yearbook Upload Code for this year = MXNRHF. You may need to register using this code. Once registered, Lifetouch will email you an activation link. Click the link, then log into the Lifetouch Community Image Upload site. It is helpful for those working on the yearbook pages if you put the pictures in the relevant folders.

BOE Meetings

Tuesday, September 1, 6:30pm
Tuesday, September 15, 6:30p
Tuesday, October 6, 6:30pm

Tuesday, October 20, 6:30pm
Tuesday, November 10, 6:30pm
Tuesday, December 1, 6:30pm

Thursday, December 3, 6:30pm
Tuesday, December 8, 6:30pm
Long Hill Administration Building
PTA MEMBERSHIP
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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