Dear Muddy Brook families, 

As we conclude Teacher Appreciation Week, I would like to join our students and families in expressing gratitude for the work of our dedicated teachers, counselors and therapists for their hard work and steady commitment to the growth and well being of our students.  I would also like to extend my gratitude to our other committed staff members: our paraprofessionals, clerical staff, our nurse, custodians and cafeteria staff.  These staff members don't get a lot of recognition, but they play an absolutely vital role in supporting students and the school's operation on a daily basis.  Thank you all!  You make me proud to be a member of the Muddy Brook staff.  A big thank you to our PTA for providing a wonderful week filled with treats and appreciation.

May is here and we're in the home-stretch of the school year.  This is the time of year when principals panic about the remaining amount of work to be done and the rapidly-decreasing amount of time to complete that work.  There's also a plethora of end-of-year events that require planning and communication.  To that end, please make note of these events coming up in the next few weeks: 
  • May 17, 9AM, All School Meeting: Celebrating Special Olympians.  This will be an all-school assembly to recognize participants.  Parents and friends of Olympians are invited to attend. 
  • May 18, 12-4PM, Mud Day (See below) 
  • May 20, 2:30-3:30PM, Muddy Brook School Council:  This will be our final meeting of the year with an update on enrollment, the school improvement plan and some year-end data.  
  • May 20/22 Grade 4 MCAS - Math
  • May 24, 2:30-3pm, All School Meeting/Choral Performance.  The third and fourth grade choral ensembles last performed in March at the district Choral Music Festival.  To wrap up the year, we have created another performance opportunity for the entire school.  Parents are invited to attend.  
More year-end events to follow next week!

Timothy Lee, Principal

Chess Club News

The Tournament is over, and we have a winner!!!  On June 2 at 9:00 a.m., the winner will be announced and everyone who participated in the tournament will receive an award as well.  If you have a Chess Club T-shirt, wear it that day.  Parents as well as students are welcome to this ceremony, and I will be inviting the press as well.

On Mud Day, Saturday, May 18th, we will have a Chess Club tent.  Be a proud chess club member and play chess or teach someone how to play on Mud Day.  If you are a parent and want to help at the Chess Club tent, sign up as a Mud Day volunteer.  We need your help.

Finally, during the week, Chess Club is still meeting every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 8:00 a.m. In the library.  All are welcome to come and play or learn how to play chess.

Gene Kalish, Chess Coach
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