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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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September 19, 2014
Message from Mrs. Frillici
Dear Middlebrook Families,

It has been wonderful meeting so many of our families and all of our students in the first month of school. I encourage you to come to the many family events throughout the year to stay connected to your child's school. If you missed Back-to-School Night, please reach out to the classroom teacher, as much information was shared. Please do not hesitate to email or call the teacher if you have questions or concerns regarding your child.

We have been in school for four weeks and it feels like we are starting to develop consistent routines. Each morning we say the Pledge of Allegiance, listen to patriotic music, have a moment of silence and make our PAWS promise. This promise represents how the Middlebrook community is expected to act as positive, successful citizens. The 3 attributes; respect, hard work and responsibility are core characteristics that will help our students to be successful throughout life. We have high expectations for our students and ask that you partner with us in these ideals.

I visit classrooms to take part in teaching and learning on a daily basis. Recently, I noticed that several students were completing notes to their families about missing homework. Homework is an extension of daily learning. It can be a practice of past lessons, preparation for the next day's lesson or strengthening of skills. When students do not do their homework, it impacts them in many ways. First, students are not honoring the PAWS promise of being respectful, working hard and being responsible. Next, they are not prepared for the work that is happening in their class. Finally, they struggle to succeed academically. Please partner with your child's teacher to support the completion of homework.

PTA had their first meeting of the year this week. I encourage you to become a member of the Middlebrook PTA. You can follow this link to the membership form . Your PTA membership benefits include;

  • priority in PTA sponsored afterschool clubs and activities,
  • your family information goes into a directory which makes it easy to contact other families
  • receiving PTA emails of events and activities
  • contributions towards Authors week, Teacher Appreciation, a Scholastic Book for each child, technology for the school, playground equipment and so much more...

Please consider joining PTA as it supports Middlebrook families and students on a daily basis.

Have a glorious week-end!


Patricia Frillici, Principal

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

October 27-31, 2014
Red Ribbon Week: "My Character Counts, I'm Drug-Free"

Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique Camarena's death created a worldwide rallying cry against drug abuse when he lost his life to Mexican drug traffickers in 1985. Red Ribbon Week has become a tribute to Agent Camarena. It remains a time for gratitude for all lives that remain drug-free and a time to pledge to live a safe and drug-free life.

Promote Red Ribbon Week In Your Home: Parents Are Key

  • Talk to your children about the importance of making good decisions that promote healthy minds and bodies.
  • Research shows the elementary years are important in building good values, self-esteem and the skills needed to prevent the misuse of drugs and alcohol.

Remind your child to wear black & orange on THURSDAY, 10/30 for "Say BOO To Drugs" Day in support of Red Ribbon Week.

Prevent Drug Abuse in Your Home: You have the power to help protect your family from drug abuse. With the right tools and knowledge you can get the facts as well as advice and stories from other parents.

You Are Not Alone: It's important to remember that you are not alone in your endeavor to protect and safeguard your family. Every parent wants to protect their family, and every family faces the future threat of teen drug abuse.

Click below for more information and additional website resources.

Download the Flyer for more information

Red Ribbon Week is sponsored by the Trumbull PTSA Council's PACT Prevention Committee, in cooperation with, Trumbull Public Schools, Trumbull Partnership Against Underage Drinking, Trumbull Counseling Center, Trumbull Cares: The First Selectman's Prevention Council & THS Interact Club

Now through October 31
Read to Grow
The Read to Grow book collection will continue until 10.31.
Mrs. Fink
October 29th - November 7th
Halloween Candy Drive

Drop off extra UNOPENED candy in the front lobby
Candy will be sent to OPERATION GRATITUDE
OPERATION GRATITUDE prepares holiday packages for our troops to send overseas

Download the Flyer

Now through December 1
Reflections 2014-15 Theme: The World Would Be a Better Place If
Reflect on the Theme. Create an Original Work of Art. Be Recognized!


Forms and Category details at


What is Reflections?

All children deserve opportunities to explore and be involved in the arts. The National PTA Reflections program is PTA's cornerstone arts program. It was developed in 1969 by Colorado's PTA President Mary Lou Anderson to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves. Since then, the Reflections Program has inspired millions of students to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork. Each year, students in Grades Pre-K through 12 are recognized for bringing the theme to life through dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Middlebrook students submit original works of art in a specific category and are judged town-wide. First place school winners compete at the state level. The state and the town have recognition ceremonies and Middlebrook recognizes all participants at an end of the year celebration!

Rules for each category of submission are posted online and forms are required to be submitted with each submission. Both rules and forms are at or you can contact the Middlebrook Reflections Chairs, Liz ( or Kim (



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