Dear Families,

This week we celebrated the hundredth day of school in our classrooms and at our All School assembly. Kindergartners made groups of 100 objects and invited the rest of the school to come see their work. Students counted up to 100 and back to 0 by 2s, 5s, 10s, 20s, 25s and 50s and marveled at how friendly a three digit number can be. Many of our younger students made and wore hundred day hats. We’re all surprised by how quickly the year is flying by.

Conversations about the characteristics of heroes continue.  Themes students are sharing across classes are that heroes tell the truth, are helpful, courageous, and do the hard thing when others watch or turn away. Really exciting is that students are noticing heroes in their families, at school, in the community, in books and in the larger world.  Thank you to our wonderful PTA for encouraging these conversations. And thanks to all for contributing to the bulletin board in our front hall. It’s wonderful to notice and share that we all have heroes in our lives to look to whether it is mom, dad, a teacher, Batman, Malalia or Elizabeth Freeman.

This week we have so much to look forward to. The chess tournament is in full swing and we are in need of parent volunteers. Please let Christine Kelly at know if you are available to volunteer on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings from 8 to 8:30 am.

On Thursday morning we will walk to the high school to see the high school jazz band, band, orchestra and chorus perform. This is a highlight of our year!

Friday grades K-4 are tubing at Butternut and EK and PK are planning wintery activities at home. We are working with Butternut to see if we can find another day for our youngest students to tube.

The week of February 20 is school vacation week.


Mary Berle, Principal

MONDAY, Feb. 13
8:00-8:30 a.m.                   Chess Club
TUESDAY, Feb. 14
2:00 p.m.                            Ski Butternut
5:30-7:30 p.m.                    Berkshire Hills Chess Club
8:00-8:30 a.m.                    Chess Club
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.            PK/EK Screenings
8:00-8:30 a.m.                    Ukulele Club
9:30-10:30 a.m.                  Young People’s Concert (MMRHS)
7:00 p.m.                            School Committee (MVMS)
FRIDAY, Feb. 17
Spirit Day – Heritage
8:00-8:30 a.m.                    Unicycling
8:30-3:00 p.m.                    Tubing at Butternut
Every Tuesday - Berkshire Hills Chess Club – all levels and all ages invited!
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

February 20-24 - Winter Break
March 10 - No School; Professional Development Day
March 11 - Family Day at The Norman Rockwell Museum
March 24 - Half Day
April 14 - No School; Good Friday
April 17-21 - Spring Break
May 5 - Half Day

Chess Club News

Muddy Brook's 2017 Chess Club Tournament has begun! We need parent volunteers during the tournament to support those students who have come to play chess but aren't in the tournament that day. While the tournament is on, those playing a tournament game move to a small room adjacent to the library with me. I supervise the tournament in this separate space. This means that all other children who are playing chess, need someone to supervise them. The volunteer does not need to have chess experience, but must be available from 8:00-8:30 on Monday and/or Wednesday. Volunteers will need to have a CORI check and can get this paperwork in the Muddy Brook office.

We truly appreciate our volunteers! Please help to allow our chess club to continue running smoothly throughout this tournament season! If you can volunteer, please touch base with me at chess club or contact Nan Thompson (

Thank you in advance for your support,

Dr. Gene Kalish, Chess Coach

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