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Dear Families,
 
Thanks to all of you for supporting your children in being part of our Halloween Parade! We had a wonderful time seeing each other’s costumes and hearing about how our classmates and teachers decided on particular costumes.  An elegant Cat in the Hat (Ms. Thompson) and a furry Wonder Tigger (yours truly) were honored to lead such an enthusiastic line up of fairies, toasters, police people, superheroes, witches, Hermiones, scarecrows and more.
 
This Thursday, November 10, we host our annual Veteran’s Day Breakfast. We are expecting over seventy veterans to join us. Our goal is to show our respect and gratitude for our fathers, mothers, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters, grandparents and community members who have served our country. Cub scouts, third graders, and fourth graders will help serve breakfast. The Housatonic Adams-Budz Post 8183 will bring a color guard to the assembly. They will carry ceremonial rifles modified at the factory to accept only blank ammunition.  Our veterans bring no ammunition of any sort to Muddy Brook. Parents and family members are welcome to attend the assembly portion of the program which begins at 9 a.m.
 
Also next week we will be starting our annual Thanksgiving For All collection. We’re encouraging students to bring in canned goods, potatoes, stuffing, or any traditional Thanksgiving items to add to a classroom box. If your family would like a Thanksgiving box from Muddy Brook, please reach out to me, Ms. Thompson, Mrs. Kelly or Mrs. Finkle in the main office. Boxes will be ready to be picked up on Tuesday, November 22nd here at school. We also deliver.
 
We are continuing to talk about the attributes of local animals we would like to see in a Muddy Brook mascot. Today at lunch one of our second graders, Kaedance, described vividly why an owl would make a great mascot. Owls fly, see in the dark, are very wise, and can swivel their necks to see all around. This is already an exciting and thoughtful  campaign.
 
Looking even further ahead, we will be announcing a family event at the Norman Rockwell Museum in February. This will likely be a free Saturday event for all families.  We will see Norman Rockwell’s work and that of our third graders, and will meet Jerry Pinkney, an iconic American artist and storyteller. We are grateful to the museum for offering us these amazing experiences. Stay tuned for updates in the next few weeks.  
 
To hear Jerry Pinkney talking about his life and work watch this:  http://www.nrm.org/digital/pinkney/
 
Best to all,
 
Mary Berle, Principal
 
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
 
MONDAY, November 7
8:00-8:30 a.m.                   Chess Club
3:15-4:45 p.m.                   Girls on the Run
 
TUESDAY, November 8
Full Day PD – No School
 
WEDNESDAY, November 9
8:00-8:30 a.m.                   Chess Club
3:15-4:45 p.m.                   Girls on the Run
 
THURSDAY, November 10
8:00-8:30 a.m.                   Parent/Child morning recess
8:00-8:30 a.m.                   Ukulele Club
8:00-11:00 a.m.                 Veteran’s Day Breakfast & Ceremony
3:00-7:00 p.m.                   Family Flu Vaccination Clinic
7:00 p.m.                           School Committee at Muddy Brook
 
FRIDAY, November 11
Veteran’s Day – No School

 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Nov. 22 - Last Day of Project Connection Session 1
Nov. 23-25 - Thanksgiving Break - No School
Dec. 6 8am - School Council meeting
Dec. 8 1:15 - PK, EK, KDG Holiday Concert
Dec. 8 2pm - 1st & 2nd Grade Holiday Concert
Dec. 9 - Half Day; 12noon Dismissal; no lunches served
Dec. 14 10am - All School Assembly
Dec. 22 1pm - 3rd & 4th Grade Holiday Concert
Dec 23 - Half Day; 12noon Dismissal; no lunches served
Dec. 26-Jan 2 - Holiday Break
Jan. 3 - Classes Resume

 
Thanksgiving For All!
2016


Dear Muddy Brook Families,
 
The Thanksgiving break is rapidly approaching.  It is a time of year where we celebrate and give thanks to those closest to us.  We also know that Thanksgiving can be a challenge for some families and individuals.
 
Again this year, our school is working on a community service project to support families who could use a little help this Thanksgiving.  It is our intent to have each class fill a food box with grocery items to make a Thanksgiving meal.  This might be a can of cranberry sauce, a butternut squash, or a gift card for a turkey. We cannot accept actual turkeys. Also, financial donations are welcome and can be shared directly with the classroom teacher or with the front office. We will use these contributions to purchase turkeys and additional food. The deadline for adding to the boxes would be Friday, November 18th.
 
We would love your help in supporting the project.  As you shop with your children, locate something (no matter how small) that would enhance the meal.  Think everything from paper goods, potatoes, canned products, spices, stuffing, any of all the traditional Thanksgiving items.
 
PLEASE do not feel obligated if this presents a hardship for your family.  We will all be participating in class as we plan on making decorative items to contribute.
 
We look forward to making a difference in someone’s life as we continue to learn the attributes of being kind, being responsible, and working hard.
 
Please reach out to the front office if you or your family would like to request a Thanksgiving box from Muddy Brook.  The boxes will be ready to be picked up on Tuesday, November 22nd here at school. If you are unable to pick up the box, we will have staff members available to deliver after school that day.   

Mary Berle, Principal
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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