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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 5, 2015
Message from Mrs. Frillici
Dear Middlebrook Families,

Middlebrook students reached their first 1,000 PAWS tickets as a part of our positive behavior incentive system. As a reward, on Friday, March 6th, it is Pajama Day at Middlebrook. We will wear our PJs (no slippers) to school on Friday and we will dance to celebrate this incredible goal. I am so proud of our school community in their efforts to act responsibly, work with heart and show respect! We will announce our next goal and reward on Friday. Thank you for supporting our PAWS program.

March is a busy month. Just a reminder, that we change our clocks on Sunday, March 8th, so we will move them forward 1 hour. We start state testing on March 17th in grades 4 and 5. You will receive information from the district regarding these tests. Report cards will go home on Wednesday, March 18th. Parent/teacher conferences, upon request of the teacher or parent are scheduled on March 24th (afternoon) and March 26th (evening). Please remember that March 24th is an early dismissal day (1:00PM) with no lunch served. We look forward to the first day of spring on March 20th, as this has been a long cold snowy winter!

Despite all the weather interruptions, our students are working hard and showing growth. Thank you for supporting our students in all you do, as I know the delays have caused incredible inconveniences for many families in their work schedules.

March 2-31
Pennies For Patients
Student Council is asking Middlebrook students to collect COINS to help benefit the "Pennies for Patients" organization.

Click for more.

March 19
Harlem Globetrotters
Harbor Yard has extended it's special pricing for the Harlem Globetrotters to Middlebrook families & friends. Please see the attached flyer.

If you are interested in tickets, please print out the attachment, complete the form & return along with payment, in a sealed envelope marked PTA, attention Lori Gregory. Completed forms & payment must be received by Friday, February 27th.

Please note, this is NOT a PTA event. Payment in the form of a check needs to be made payable to Harbor Yard Sports & Entertainment. Credit cards are also accepted. DO NOT SEND CASH.

You may also purchase tickets directly by sending your form & payment to Harbor Yard, however, you will receive random seats & are not guaranteed to be sitting with other Middlebrook families.

Again, please note that this is NOT a PTA sponsored event. We are not able to return or exchange tickets. We cannot guarantee seats or specific sections. We are simply passing on this special rate, usually offered to Scouts, and are coordinating the tickets so the Middlebrook group can be seated "together". Requests for tickets received after February 27th will be forwarded to Harbor Yard individually and may not be able to be seated with the group and are not guaranteed to receive tickets (payment will be returned).

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Gregory (203-650-2481) or Harbor Yard directly.

Thank you!


In-School Fruit & Vegetable Challenge
Our elementary school will be kicking off The Fruit & Vegetable Challenge, which can be a success with your support. Including fruits and vegetables in our daily diet provides important nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants for our bodies. Encouraging our children to develop healthy eating habits at a young age will encourage the same habits as they grow into adults. The USDA recommends that elementary-aged children consume 1 to 11/2 cups of fruit and 11/2 to 21/2 cups of vegetables daily. To strive towards these recommendations, children and adults are encouraged to pack or purchase "kid friendly" fruits and vegetables in place of other less nutritious, higher salt, and higher fat foods.

For more, click here.

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!


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.

There are four classes still in need of a volunteer: Mrs. Mercier, Ms. Schaefer, Mrs. Bossio and Mrs. Angelovic

2nd Grade
Mrs. Hatstat - Maria Pouliezos-Karaviannis
Mrs. Mercier
Mrs. Piquette - Ruth Fontilla
Ms. Popoli - Newman Rochester

3rd Grade
Mrs. Abate - Elena Kokosa
Mrs. Craw - Enza Bochicchio
Mrs. Repasi - Samara Mildner/Rachel Yurdin
Ms. Schaefer

4th Grade
Mrs. Bossio
Ms. Iannacone - Heather Howell
Mrs. Marini - Mandi Rondon/Shannon Fernous
Mrs. Rydelek - Nell Lynch

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

Heather Howell --

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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