Dear Families,
Our second grade students recently read Can You Say Peace? by Karen Katz about children all over the world wishing for peace.  Here are some ways to say peace:
Shanti (Shan – tee)  
Heiwa (hey – was) 
Kurtuku (kur – TU – ku)
Paz (pahs)
He ping (hey ping)
Paix (pay)
Mojsa Kamana (moh-khsah la-mah-neeah)

At Muddy Brook we aspire to be an open and inclusive community where all students and families feel connected and safe. We’re developing our curriculum to support learning  about  perspectives from around the world. We have expanded our library collection to include titles in Spanish and titles written by women and men from diverse cultures around the world. Increasingly students are involved in projects that allow them to better understand and appreciate the rich diversity within our own community. 

Next week Latino dancers including Muddy Brook parents and students will dance at our All School Assembly.  If you have ideas or suggestions for experiences that will further enrich our understanding and appreciation of the diversity and culture that exists within and around us, please reach out.
Monday October 31st we will host our Second Annual Muddy Brook Halloween Parade. This was a great success last year. We are sticking with the same format.
Here is what you need to know:
  1. Students bring their costume to school in a bag. Please do not send students to school in costume.
  2. No masks or tricky footwear – all faces exposed helps keeps the parade fun for all 
  3. Costumes are safe for walking and simple to put on.
  4. All T.V. Or movie character costumes must be rated G or PG. (No violent characters please!)
  5. Third and fourth graders model fun costumes that are not scary to help cultivate a culture of fun for all students.
      The parade will begin at 2:30 and will last about 30 minutes. All parents are invited to view from the gym or near our front entrance. Students will exit the building and parade around our traffic circle by class starting with our youngest students. Please join us.
Mary Berle, Principal
MONDAY, October 10
HOLIDAY – No School
TUESDAY, October 11
Fire Prevention Schedule
9:30-10:10 a.m.                 Kindergarten
10:15-11:00 a.m.               Grade 1/Mahalo
11:05-11:50 a.m.               Grade 2
11:55 a.m.-12:25 p.m.       PK/EK
1:15-2:00 p.m.                   Grade 4
2:10-2:55 p.m.                   Grade 3
3:15-4:45 p.m.                   Girls Science Club
WEDNESDAY, October 12
Yom Kippur
8:00-8:30 a.m.                    Chess Club
10:00-10:30 a.m.                All School
3:15-4:45 p.m.                    Girls on the Run
THURSDAY, October 13
8:00-8:30 a.m.                    Ukulele Club
8:30-8:45 a.m.                    Bus Evacuation Drills (playground parking lot)
7:00 p.m.                            School Committee Meeting (MMRHS)
FRIDAY, October 14
Spirit Day – Pockets
1:30-2:00 p.m.                   Fire Drill
6:00-8:00 p.m.                   PTA Campfire Night
Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 Spirit Days (Pocket Day)
Oct. 9-15 Fire Prevention Week
Oct. 10 Columbus Day—No School
Oct. 12 All School Assembly 10am
Oct. 20 3:30-7pm Parent/Teacher Conferences
Oct. 21 Half Day; 12 noon dismissal
Oct. 21 1-3:30pm Parent/Teacher Conferences
Oct. 31 2:30pm Halloween Parade 
From Nurse Becki

Happy Fall everyone,

Throughout the year I will be addressing different topics in the newsletter.  Today I am sending a reminder to periodically check your children at home for head lice.  Please follow the links listed at the bottom of the letter for information from the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics regarding head lice. 
Muddy Brook Regional Elementary School
Lice Management Guidelines*

Recent research by the Harvard School of Public Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics** advises a change in screening procedures, exclusion and “No Nit” policies in schools.  There is no scientific evidence that warrants the exclusion of children with head lice.  Periodic head checks by parents, resulting in early detection, treatment and removal of live lice and nits, is the most reliable method for controlling pediculosis.

Nurse’s Role
The school nurse is available to educate parents, teachers and children regarding the detection and treatment of head lice.  No child will be identified.   The nurse will monitor the treatment of an affected child to insure that appropriate and timely treatment has occurred.

  1. Children with an active lice infestation will be sent home for treatment.  They must be checked before reentry by the nurse to ensure that treatment/lice removal has occurred.
No mass screenings will be done at school.
  1. If your child has head lice, treat your child with a pediculocidal shampoo (or contact your pediatrician for guidance), notify the nurse and bring your child to be checked by the nurse before reentry.  All live lice and most nits should be removed before your child returns to school.  The nurse may deny reentry to a child who has not been treated.
  2. The nurse may follow up with periodic checks of individual children who had lice to make sure they have not been reinfested.  A nit takes up to two weeks to hatch and a louse takes approximately two weeks to became an adult egg layer, one month of biweekly head checks is recommended for families who have a case of head lice and at least weekly checks are strongly suggested for all other families.
  3. Please check your children carefully and often.  Report your findings to your school nurse.
For more information on head lice please see the following sites:

Chess Club News

     Do you like Disney?  Do you like chess?  Go see the Queen of Katwe.  It is the true story of a young girl from a slum in Uganda who became an international chess Champion!!!   It is a family movie that has won rave reviews in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.  It is currently playing in Albany at the Regal Theater.  It is not, however, I believe, going to be coming to the Berkshires.  My wife and I saw it last Saturday night and we loved it.  If you enjoy stories about kid sports champions, you will like this one.  Check out the trailer on the internet.   If the trailer interests you, you probably want to go.  The kids in this movie, remind me a lot of the kids in our chess club.
        Other opportunities to play chess:  Did you know the Mason Library is running an after school chess club every other Wednesday afternoon for children between 1st and 6th grades?   Call the library to learn more about it?
        Also starting November 1st, every Tuesday between 5:30 and 7:30pm at Muddy Brook, the new Berkshire Hills Chess Club for Middle School, High School and adult players will meet for older chess players who are looking to play. 
       Have you found the Chess Bulletin Board at school?  We share a corner of the Project Connection Bulletin Board.  Check it out.

Gene Kalish, Muddy Brook Chess Coach

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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