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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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November 11, 2014
Message from Mrs. Frillici
Dear Parents,

Today is Veterans' Day and we honored our service men and women (both active and inactive) in many ways. The Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coastguard and National Guard have bravely answered the call to defend our freedom, to aid our friends and allies, and to turn back aggressors. Please take time to talk to your child about the role of America's soldiers in our country's rich history.

Just a reminder that Wednesday, November 12th is an Early Dismissal Day for Parent Conferences. Students are dismissed at 1PM and no lunch will be served. I have provided the link for the Trumbull Public School calendar for future reference.

On Thursday and Friday, the PTA will host the Scholastic Book Fair. It is a wonderful way to encourage students to read and add to their library at home. When sending money to school with your child, please place it in an envelope with your child's name and room number on it. The Book Fair will be open to families on Thursday evening from 6-9PM.

Patricia Frillici, Principal

Junior Achievement
Hi everyone,

We are 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.

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 already have a few volunteers (in red), but the following classes still need a volunteer:

2nd Grade
Mrs. Hatstat
Mrs. Mercier
Mrs. Piquette
Ms. Popoli - Newman Rochester

3rd Grade
Mrs. Abate
Mrs. Craw - Enza Bochicchio
Mrs. Repasi
Ms. Schaefer

4th Grade
Mrs. Bossio
Ms. Iannacone - Heather Howell
Mrs. Marini
Mrs. Rydelek

5th Grade
Mrs. Angelovic
Ms. Carrano - Gracie Sassano
Mr. Lemoine - Kathy Donahue
Mr. Silhavy - Jennifer DeCarlo

Please consider teaching your child's class or one that is available and respond to this email.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Heather Howell --

January 29, 9am-12pm
Sensitivity Day
Gym. Info to come.
February 3, 6:30pm
BOE Meeting
Long Hill Bldg
February 10, 7:15pm
Fathers Club Meeting
February 12, 9am
Chat w/Pat
February 13-16
Winter Break
February 17, 6:30pm
BOE Meeting
Long Hill Bldg
February 19, 7:15pm
PTA Meeting
February 20, 11- 1:30pm
School Store
February 20, 5:30-8pm
FC Beach Party
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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