Dear Families,
There were many highlights this week!
Second graders started an interdisciplinary unit about the Iditarod. 
Kindergartners focused really well, and with lots of joy, to create a glorious mural of trees. This will hang in the kindergarten neighborhood for all to enjoy.
To celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America Day, students brought their stuffed animals to school to hear the wonderful true story of Winnie The Pooh, Finding Winnie, read by our librarian, Mrs. Melville. We also ate green eggs and ham for lunch!

Muddy Brook parent Dr. Casey Jones met with all of our prekindergarten, early kindergarten, and kindergarten students today to share her wisdom and expertise about dental health. Many thanks to Dr. Casey for volunteering and sharing professional dental hygiene tips for all!
Third graders put final touches on their writing and artwork to be hung at the Norman Rockwell museum in time for our Family Day on March 11. (Please mark your calendars if you have not already!)  

Between 11 am and 3 pm, you will look forward to a nature walk, a family tour of the museum, reading Jerry Pinkney’s books and children's singing and art inspired by Jerry’s work. Students have done inspired work to prepare. Our specialist team and third grade teachers have been working with museum staff and Jerry Pinkney for months. You and your children can expect a warm welcome from museum staff, our specialist teachers, our third grade teachers, Ms. Thompson and myself. It is incredibly exciting to invite all of you to this world-class museum, with Muddy Brook students' work celebrated and on display.

Kindergarten Registration and Open House is March 15!
Cheers to all,
Mary Berle, Principal
MONDAY, March 6
8:00-8:30 a.m.                    Chess club
TUESDAY, March 7
2:00 p.m.                             Ski Butternut
5:30-7:30 p.m.                     Berkshire Hills Chess Club
6:00-8:00 p.m.                     Cub Scouts
8:00-8:30 a.m.                     Chess Club
9:00-10:30 a.m.                   Choral Festival Dress Rehearsal (3 & 4 chorus students)
Last Day of Project Connection for Session II
8:00-8:30 a.m.                     Ukulele Club
FRIDAY, March 10
Full Day PD – NO School
March 11 - Family Day at The Norman Rockwell Museum 11am - 3pm
March 14 - Ski Butternut - Last Day
March 15 - KDG Registration & Open House 5pm - 7pm
March 24 - Half Day
March 27 - Project Connection Starts
April 14 - No School; Good Friday
April 17-21 - Spring Break
May 5 - Half Day
May 10 - All School Assembly
May 20 - Mud Day
May 29 - Memorial Day/No School

There will be two more Tuesday lessons, 3/7 and 3/14.  This weekend, 3/4 and 3/5, will be free ski.  Any student already participating in the Butternut Tuesday lessons will be able to ski for free this weekend.
 2017-2018 School Year

Important Dates for Prospective Kindergarten Families
Wednesday March 15, 2017
Kindergarten Open House and Registration 5pm – 7pm
Meet Principal Mary Berle, Assistant Principal Nan Thompson, Christine Kelly, coordinator of registration, Nurse Becki Donovan, our Kindergarten team, and members of the Muddy Brook PTA. Learn about our Kindergarten program, tour Muddy Brook, and ask questions.
Tuesday May 9, 2017
Kindergarten Screening at Muddy Brook 8:30am – 3:30pm
Schedule a screening with Christine Kelly during the Open House, by emailing her at or by calling 413-644-2350.  Screenings take about 30 minutes.  

School Choice Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for Kindergarten only. Registration packets will be available at the orientation and screenings.  If you would like one prior to those dates, please call Christine Kelly at Muddy Brook Elementary at 413-644-2350 or by email
The Kindergarten program is for all district residents who have turned five by September 1. We also accept school choice when space is available.
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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