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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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Calendar of Events     |     View All
SBAC Testing Schedule
May 2, 7:15pm
PTA Meeting
May 2-6
Teacher Appreciation Week
May 5, 9:00am
Chat with the Principal
May 5-6
Spring Plant Sale
Next week we will have our annual Spring Plant Sale! This is a great opportunity to get beautiful flowers for your garden, as well as a lovely gift for a special Mother in your life! We need your help to run the sale! Many shifts available, an hour or two would really help! May 5th and 6th.

Monday, May 9, 2016
Golf Tournament
Hello Middlebrook Families! Please join us for the 13th Annual "Schools Out" Father's Club Golf Tournament held at Tashua Knolls Golf Course Trumbull, CT in May. The Father's Club is sponsoring this great event but it is open to everyone! The attached flyer has more information for you. The format for the tournament will be a SCRAMBLE using a minimum of 2 drives off the tee from all team members. Your team is competing for the Champion's Cup, a crystal trophy that resides in the winning school until that team is dethroned. TASHUA is the current reigning champion of the tournament.. The event often sells out so registration is on a First Come First Served Basis. We will also be looking for volunteers to help make this event a success! Thank you! Your PTA

May 10, 7:15pm
Fathers Club meeting
final planning for the upcoming Outdoor Movie Night (June 3); Fathers Club softball tourney; and other events. Please mark your calendar!
May 12, 2016
Spring Concert
The Spring concert will be held in the evening at 7 PM for parents on May 12.

However, the daytime concert which is usually held in the morning for the students will be held at 1:45 PM due to the SBAC testing in the morning. This is something new and sometimes family members cannot come to the evening performance, So please plan to join us at 1:45 PM for the daytime concert.

This is the information regarding attire for the spring concert:

Girls: white or black shirts with black skirts or pants, dark colored dresses
Boys: white or black shirts with dark pants, tie or bow optional

Chorus (evening performance only)
Dress nicely. No particular color is required. Avoid casual clothing like sneakers, jeans, shorts, sweatpants or sweatshirts. Some suggestions:
Boys: khakis with polo shirts or button-down shirts
Girls: spring dresses, skirts or pants with nice shirts
Please note that dancers and gymnasts will have specific attire (previously discussed with Mrs. Savkovic) and should dress appropriately for both performances.

Monday, May 16, at 3:30pm
Courtyard Committee Meeting
Middlebrook Families: Our community has been working together to create an "Outdoor Classroom" for our children to investigate, discover, and learn about nature. Our next Courtyard Committee meeting will be Monday, May 16, at 3:30pm in the Middlebrook Courtyard. Please join us and bring your ideas, creativity and talents. We look forward to seeing you. For more information, please contact Mrs. Stanton

Each Monday, Middlebrook families are signing up to do "light maintenance" on our courtyard. This will allow our courtyard will be ready for use each week. Also, by April 30th we will have a trellis and planters installed in our courtyard. Please let me know if you would like a designated planter for your grade level to plant either plants or vegetables asap. Jeffrey Penkoff, a Middlebrook alumnus, will be planning and building them for his Eagle Scout project. Yay Jeffrey!! Thank you, The Courtyard Committee. Volunteers needed for: May 9, 23; Jun 6

May 19, 2016
Field Day
Please SAVE THE DATE of May 19th for our Field Day! We'll be looking for volunteers to help run games, assist young students, and pass out water! Information should be coming from your room parents soon!
May 20, 2016
School Store
May 22, 2016
Rod Dixon's Kids Marathon
Our Kids Marathon will be Sunday, May 22nd at Trumbull High. Middlebrook's team will need a few parent volunteers to encourage our runners!

May 30
Trumbull's Memorial Day Parade
We are starting to plan our school's contingent in Trumbull's Memorial Day Parade. Would you like to help with that?

May 30, 2016
No School - Memorial Day
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.
June 1
The PTSA Dinner
June 2-3
Kindergarten Bus Rides
June 3
Outdoor Movie Night
June 9, 9:00am
Chat with the Principal
June 15, 10am
5th Grade Graduation
June 15
BOE Meetings

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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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


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.

TOPSoccer of Trumbull is happy to be kicking off our 8th Spring Season starting Saturday the 23rd of April. The players will develop a sense of community and will learn what it is like to be a part of a team. The program will improve their social skills, fitness and self-esteem. But most importantly the players will have FUN!! For more information on TOPSoccer of Trumbull please visit and click on the TOPSoccer menu. The registration link is available on the General Information page. If you have any questions regarding our program you may reach us at We also offer a Fall schedule if you are unable to join at this time. TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) provides meaningful learning, development, and physical participation opportunities for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer volunteers. The program is designed to meet the needs of children aged 3-19 years with physical and or mental disabilities. TOPSoccer began in 1991, designed and administered by US Youth Soccer the nation's largest youth sports organization. This program fosters the physical and emotional growth and development of America's youth through the sport of soccer at all levels. It takes kids from the sidelines and gets them into the game.


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

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