Dear Muddy Brook Families, 

This was a super busy week, full of student and teacher learning. 

On Monday, Project Connection resumed for it's winter session with over 160 students participating in over 40 after-school enrichment activities. 

On Tuesday, the Butternut Ski Program resumed for the first of its 10 sessions.  Over 110 students in grades K-4 are participating this year. 

On Wednesday, I attended the fourth grade Animal Expo - a culminating activity of weeks of study on animal adaptations to the biomes where they live. 

On Thursday, a team of Muddy Brook faculty, attended part two of a year-long professional learning seminar on mathematical thinking.  The teachers are learning to enhance learning and thinking with new instructional strategies and through inquiry and discourse. 

As I write on Friday, second grade students are enjoying session two of the Berkshire Pulse residency on math and drumming, and in the afternoon, teachers will meet for work on vertical curriculum alignment.  This work involves reflecting on the sequence of instruction from PreK to Grade 4 with the aim of connecting learning across the entire grade span of our school.  Friday's faculty work will focus on three areas: writing, math computation and social-emotional learning.

A few reminders of upcoming events and other news:  

The Muddy Brook School Council meets Monday, January 14 at  3:00 pm.   The School Council is an advisory group to the principal made up of staff, parents and community members.  
The next PTA Parent Learning Lab is Thursday, January 17 at 6:00 pm.  The topic is mindfulness and parents will learn about ways we help kids to identify and calmly process distracting or difficult emotions.  MB Clinicians Colleen Meaney and Melinda Olds will be leading the adult learning while children attending will enjoy a supervised activity and pizza.   Hope to see you there.  

Looking way ahead: a reminder that there is no school on January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King day.

And another reminder: Please remember not to park in the front circle at any time.  It is a fire lane and an active drop-off and pick-up area.  Additionally, I would also ask to please have children ready to unload when using the drop-off circle.  Thank you for your cooperation.  

Have a great weekend!
Timothy Lee, Principal
Please do not leave your vehicle unattended in the drop-off circle.  If you would like to walk your child/ren into the building, please park in the lot and walk to the building using the sidewalk by the soccer field.  After dropping off, please drive slowly in the parking lot and please be patient.

Early drop-off supervision in the library starts at 8:00 am.  We have been noticing some parents and students arriving earlier in recent weeks, at times as early as 7:45.  Be advised that we do not have staff on-duty to supervise students or buzz you in until 8:00, so plan your arrival at school with this in mind.  If your child is coming in prior to 8:30, he/she must be walked into the building by and adult and signed in for early-morning drop off.

Thank you!
Health Room Reminders

Deciding when to keep your child home from school is not always easy. Of course it’s important for your child to be in school but when a child is sick they need to be home resting so they can get well and prevent the spread of illness to others.  

A child with flu-like illness MUST STAY HOME from school for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever (without the use of Tylenol/Motrin.)

A child with a fever for any reason MUST STAY HOME from school for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever.


Flu like symptoms include:
 Fever as high as 102 but can rise to 104 and usually lasts 3 to 4 days
 Headache
 Muscle aches
 Tiredness/Weakness-can last two or more weeks
 Exhaustion-sudden onset and can be severe
 Sometimes but not always you can have-vomiting/diarrhea, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat

Children who have vomited or had diarrhea should be kept at home and should return to school only after being symptom free for 24 hours. If your child vomits during the night we ask that you keep them home from school the next day so that they can rest.
BHRSD does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, gender, gender identity,
religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or homelessness.

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