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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 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.


Patricia Frillici
Principal of Middlebrook Elementary School

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March 20, 2015
Message from Mrs. Frillici
Dear Middlebrook Families,

Our teachers and students have entered the last trimester working on readiness skills for the upcoming year. It is important that our students are well rounded and have strong academic, social and behavioral skills to transition smoothly. Working together, we can help your child to build a solid bridge to the next grade. Thank you for your support by encouraging reading, math fact review, homework, and study skills each evening. Also, your work in helping your child to be organized and responsible for school work is truly appreciated. Middlebrook believes that it takes a village to raise a child!

Report cards went home today. To help you better understand curriculum expectations in math and language arts, the district provides Report Card Companions. These guides can be found on the district website:

There is a slideshow at the bottom of this link that explains Standards Based Report Cards, which might be helpful. As always, if you have a question or concern regarding your child's progress, please contact your child's teacher for a conference or conversation.

Next week there are Spring Parent Conferences. Please remember that Afternoon Conferences are on Tuesday, March 24th with an Early Dismissal (1:00PM) and no lunch is served. Thursday, March 26th are the Evening Conferences with a Book Fair from 6-8 PM. The PTA is having a Book Fair during school on Thursday and Friday (March 26 and 27), which is always a favorite of our students. Thank you for your constant support!

Patricia Frillici, Principal


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. We will discuss more details about this at our PTA meeting tomorrow night.
Parent help needed for 5th Grade Talent Show
Middlebrook Parents,

One of the big 5th grade events is the 5th Grade Talent Show. There is a lot of work that the 5th Grade Talent Show Committee does for this event to be successful! Last year some 4th grade parents teamed up with the 5th Grade Talent Show Committee to work backstage at the show. This was a huge success! This year we are looking for 3 parents to help backstage with this years Talent Show. The roles of the backstage helpers are to make sure the kids stay on track with the program, are quiet during acts, and to guide the stagehands in setting up the next act.

We are hoping you will take this opportunity to help! This provides you with insight on how the Talent Show is run so that you can take that experience and apply it to your 5th Grade Talent Show while giving the current 5th Grade Committee the opportunity to watch their students perform in the show.

If you can only make some of the rehearsal and can be there for either 1 or both of the performances we can still use your help.

Talent Show Dress Rehearsals
ALL 5th graders and parent volunteers:
Tuesday, May 26
Monday, June 1
Wednesday, June 3
3:30-5:30 p.m. in the gym

Talent Show
Thursday, June 4th
9am and 7pm

Please email by 4/27/15 if you will be able to fill the backstage positions (3 per show). Let's keep up the tradition we started last year and work together! Thank you 4th grade Mom Jessica Hickey for already volunteering!

Thank you! Julie Lagano on behalf of the 5th Grade Talent Show Committee

April 27
Save the date for the final PTSA Council meeting of the year.
The final meeting of the PTSA Council will be on Monday, April 27 at 7PM in the Assembly Room at Long Hill. Please plan to attend and contact other parents in your schools and friends to invite them as well.
Linda Bartolucci
April 27
Mixed Bag Order Pickup
Hi Everyone,

All Mixed Bags orders must be picked up from the Middlebrook cafeteria on Wednesday 04/29 between 3:30-5:00pm.

Thank You.

Now through Friday, May 1
Middlebrook Spiritwear Spring sale
Dear Students and Parents,

We are excited to offer spirit wear to you. All products are completely guaranteed as to workmanship and material. All items offered will be screen printed with our name, logo and colors, as shown below. Samples will be on display at the School.

If you are interested in purchasing items, complete the order form and return it to school with payment. If paying by check, please make checks payable to MIDDLEBROOK PTA. All order forms, along with your payment, should be returned to school ,in a sealed envelope marked PTA Spirit Wear no later than FRIDAY, MAY 1st

All orders will be processed after that date. Orders will be distributed to each homeroom.

Any questions, please contact TEAMGREGORY4@AOL.COM or CALL 203-650-2481

Download Flyer: Students or Staff

May 5, 6:30pm
BOE Meeting
Long Hill Administration Building
May 7-8
Mothers Day Plant Sale and Raffle
Save the date !!

Annual Mother's Day raffle and plant sale ,

May 7 and 8th. Beautiful flowers and herbs available and great raffle prizes for Moms .

If you have any raffle prizes you would like donate ( please keep in mind raffles are geared toward moms ) please let us know .

If you would like to volunteer , also let us know . Volunteers will be needed from 845 to 3:00 on both days . We are going to stay open for parent pick up ...

Look for more information in the next few weeks . If you have any questions please contact us !!

Thanks ,
Plant sale committee

Monday, May 11
12 Annual "School's Out" Golf Tournamenet
The FC golf tourney is a great time and raises a significant amount of money for the school with little effort. To that end, if we could get some additional players or sponsors this year, we could really bring in a significant amount for the school. Please see the attachment for more details !
May 19
Field Day
Field day will be held on May 19th this year. June 3rd is the rain date. We will need to get parent volunteers to help with the events so save the date!
May 19, 6:30pm
BOE Meeting
Long Hill Administration Building
May 20-21
Kindergarten 2015-2016 Child Orientation Bus Ride
Hi Everyone,

We are looking for volunteers ( 2 per bus ) to ride along with the incoming Kindergartners on the 2015/2016 Child Orientation/Bus ride.

Please let us know if you can help and the time slot for which you're available.


Wednesday May 20 8:45-10:00 - Bus will arrive at 9:45
Wednesday May 20 10:45-12:00 - Bus will arrive at 11:45

Thursday May 21 8:45-10:00 - Bus will arrive at 9:45
Thursday May 21 10:45-12:00 - Bus will arrive at 11:45

June 9, 6:30pm
BOE Meeting
Long Hill Administration Building
June 23, 6:30pm
BOE Meeting
Long Hill Administration Building
July 14, 6:30pm
BOE Meeting
Long Hill Administration Building
Holiday Boutique Gift Wrapping - help needed
Hi All!

Any working parent out there 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 in 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 while staying at home and watching tv or talking on the phone. It just needs to start soon, since we need so many!

Please contact Ruth Fontilla (203-524-6603 or if you are interested in helping. This is an easy way to get involved right from home!


Food Bucket Challenge: Let's Do This

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Middlebrook is a very special place. We consider ourselves to be a very tightknit family who always goes above and beyond when it comes to caring for our students, families, community, and each other.

Earlier during the year, the staff took on the Ice Bucket Challenge. We helped to raise money and awareness for a very important cause. Middlebrook has once again been challenged. This time we have been challenged to complete the Food Bucket Challenge. Some students may have come home talking about the challenge. I just wanted to share some information regarding how it started and why we are participating.

My husband is a teacher. He has taught in Bridgeport, Stratford, and is now teaching at Masuk High School in Monroe. He came home a few months ago with an idea to help others. Rather than emptying the bucket, like many of us did previously, why not fill it with something. There are many individuals and families who are in need. Many people we come across every day. Many people who we would never think might need a helping hand. It could be a friend, family member, coworker, neighbor, local organization, etc.

We began this in our own home and challenged a few of our family members and friends. My husband, however, realized that the Masuk community could also help. What started off with just a couple of individuals, has now taken on a life of its own. Classrooms at his school began to challenge each other. Schools in Monroe have begun to challenge each other. Other districts have also joined the endeavor. Even Monroe's First Selectman, Steve Vavrek, has decided to partake in the challenge. As of this past weekend, Masuk alone had collected over 1500lbs of food and they are still going strong.

November is usually the month when food collections take place, but families might be in need throughout the year, not just during this time of THANKS. Middlebrook will still take part in the traditional Food and Essentials Drive. This is just something extra that we will be participating in throughout the year. Some donations from the Food Bucket Challenge can also be donated to student council next month.

How does the challenge work:

  1. A classroom will get challenged - We have many already lined up waiting.
  2. Once challenged, a bucket will be delivered to the room. (Home Depot bucket with the phrase - Let's Do This!)
  3. Students will be asked to bring in any nonperishable food items they wish - this is optional.
  4. The class will fill the bucket with the food, juice, water, etc. More than likely, the bucket, as well as additional bags, will probably be filled. Each class is allowed to keep the bucket for one week.
  5. When a particular class is done, food will be collected.
  6. The class signs the bucket - Ex: Mrs. Castillo's class.
  7. That class then challenges another classroom and the bucket gets passed.
  8. My husband, along with some of his students participating in community service activities, will come to Middlebrook to collect the food items on a periodic basis.
  9. Food will be delivered to local agencies/families in need.
  10. Since classes and/or groups of staff members need to wait to get challenged, our hopes are that food will be collected and distributed throughout the entire year.

Let's Do This!

I can't wait to see what Middlebrook does with this challenge. I thank you in advance for your support!

Mrs. Castillo
Reading Consultant
Middlebrook School


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