May 18, 2018

Dear Families,

What a joy to welcome spring!  Highlights at Muddy Brook this week include first graders writing and sharing poetry on every topic important to them, third graders demonstrating strength making sense of fractions and writing informational books, and students singing throughout the school as we come closer to spring concerts.

We hope many of you will attend Mud Day this Saturday, May 19 from 12 - 4. PTA leaders and doers Randi Craft, Hilary Howard, Elyshia Perry, Rebecca Honig, Sarah Tonetti and Adrienne Rynes invited numerous conservation organizations, organized volunteers, MUD making, and an overall wonderful time for all. Please come, enjoy, and be part of the fun.  I will be with you in spirit but am unable to attend this year as I am hosting relatives from near and far to attend my aunt's funeral in Lee.

Many of you have asked about my next adventure. I'm delighted to share excerpts from the press release that went out Tuesday.
Norman Rockwell Museum Expands Regional
and National Education Outreach

Appoints Mary A. Berle to New Leadership Position Chief Educator 
Stockbridge, MA, May 17, 2018

The Norman Rockwell Museum today announced the appointment of Mary A. Berle, a Harvard-trained educator, who is the current Principal of Muddy Brook Elementary School, in Great Barrington, MA, as the Rockwell Museum’s new Chief Educator. Ms. Berle will officially join the Museum on September 1, 2018, assuming a newly created senior-level position to lead the Museum’s education vision at a pivotal time of growth. In this position, she will build on the strengths of the Museum’s robust education program currently led by Chief Curator Stephanie Plunkett and Digital Learning Director Rich Bradway. As a member of the Museum’s strategic leadership team Ms. Berle will oversee all aspects of the Museum’s educational programs, including distance-learning and digital initiatives to grow regional, national, and global engagement. Partnering with Bradway, who has led the creation of numerous digital learning platforms, including the online Curriculum Lab, the Museum’s App, gallery interactives, and VR experiences, she will ensure that Norman Rockwell Museum meets the increasing demand for digital access to content. In her new role, Ms. Berle will build upon the existing strengths and prolific content creation for all audiences and will guide the Museum forward in planning, execution, and distribution of its learning and engagement experiences. Laurie Norton Moffatt, Director/CEO of Norman Rockwell Museum, says, “The appointment of Mary Berle as the Museum’s chief educator is truly propitious. The timing and pace of our growth call for an education leader of Mary’s proven talents and I am delighted she chose to join our team.” Norton Moffatt added, “We are thrilled to have someone with Mary’s superb expertise as an innovative educator to champion our path forward as a national leader in Museum learning and education. Her unique expertise with visual learning will grow the Museum’s national educational footprint.”

Ms. Berle noted, “I am beyond thrilled to join the extraordinarily talented and courageous team at the Norman Rockwell Museum at a time when innovation in the educational landscape is desperately needed. I have long admired the Museum’s deep commitment to education and its passionate education team, led by Stephanie Plunkett, Tom Daly, Patrick O’Donnell, and Rich Bradway, who have laid the groundwork to integrate museum assets and visual learning into the larger educational ecosystem, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Together we will build on existing work and create exceptional learning experiences for a wide range of audiences around the globe.”

Next adventures aside it has been and will continue to be a joy to serve at Muddy Brook through the end of the school year.

Mary Berle, Principal

Monday 5/21
8-8:30am - Chess Club

Tuesday 5/22
8-8:30am Spanish Club 
9-11am - 3rd Grade MCAS Math Session 1

Wednesday 5/23
8-8:30am - Chess Club 
9-11am - 3rd Grade MCAS Math Session 2

Thursday 5/24
9-10am - BTG Dress Rehearsal 
9-11am - Math MCAS Makeup for 3rd Grade 
1-2pm - 4th Grade BTG Performance for parents

Friday 5/25
8-8:30am - Unicycle 
9-11am -  Math MCAS Makeup for 3rd Grade 

Monday 5/28
Memorial Day - No School    

May 29                        Parent/Student Meetings at MVM for students moving up
                                    to 5th grade; 6:30-7:30pm
May 31                        Spring Concert for PK, EK & KDG; 12:30pm
May 31                        Spring Concert for 1st & 2nd Grade; 2pm
May 31                        4th Grade CT Science Museum Field Trip
June 1                         1st Grade Highland Farm Field Trip
June 1                         4th Grade Step-Up Day at MVM
June 6                         2nd Grade Field Trip to Jacob's Pillow
June 7                         Spring Concert for 3rd & 4th Grades 1:15pm
June 11                       All School with MBE Chess Tournament Participants
                                   Recognition; 9:15-9:45am
June 12                       Story of Mumbet with 3rd Grade (Warner/Guerrero)
June 12                       2nd Grade Bartholomew's Cobble Field Trip
June 13                       2nd Grade Bartholomew's Cobble Field Trip
June 13                       Story of Mumbet with 3rd Grade (Annand/Lupiani)
June 14                       Safety Day
June 18                       Field Day
June 19                       Field Day
June 20                       4th Grade Moving Up Ceremony 5:30pm
June 22                       Last Day of School; Half Day, Noon Dismissal
May 2018
It’s that time again!   Wow the year flew by!   Please see pertinent information below regarding each specific concert per grade level.   We look forward to seeing you soon!
GRADES Pre-K, EK, K:  THURSDAY, MAY 31st at 12:30
The dress is black bottoms and white tops.  Our concert theme is songs with NAMES in them!
GRADES 1 and 2:   THURSDAY, MAY 31 at 2:00
Grade 1 Dress is Black bottoms and white tops
Grade 2 WALTO AND FINNERTY:  White tops and Black bottoms
Grade 2 Annand and Lupiani:  Anything you would play baseball in…uniforms, team clothing, gym clothes, sweats, etc.
Our concert theme is BASEBALL!!!
GRADES 3 and 4:   THURSDAY, JUNE 7th at 1:15
Orchestra, Chorus, Band and General Music are involved
Dress is Black bottoms and white tops for all ensembles, then black tops for general music (last year students wore the white on top of the black for less change issues)  If needed, students may just wear all black.

Mrs. Chirichella
Mrs. Moran
Ms. Reiner

Hi everyone! 

  Mud Day is almost here!
We will have water available throughout the day, but this year we are asking you to go green by bringing your own water bottle,
or you can purchase one at the admission desk!
Reusable Bags will also be available for purchase.   
(masking tape and sharpies will also be available for labelling)

  - Muddy Brook PTO


Saturday, May 19th from 9 am - 3 pm Charley's Fund volunteers will be selling all the generous clothing donations we have received! 

Tents and tables full of clothes will be set up in the front field at Monument Mtn. adjacent to the greenhouses. 

We hope to have a great turn out and thank you for your help!
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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