Dear Muddy Brook Families, 
I hope you all had a restful holiday break!  
It's been a short but busy week here at Muddy Brook.  
Teachers have been reflecting on student growth and are pulling together the all the information that goes into mid-year progress reports.  These progress reports will go home at the end of January, which as I wrote about previously, is a change from previous years.  The change has allowed us to spend more of December on instruction vs. assessment, and I believe has given us a more accurate and complete look at a true half school year of growth.  
This week was the first for our second grade residency program with Berkshire Pulse focused on math and drumming.  Educator and drummer Rick Shrum led the first of a four-part experience where kids learn about mathematical patterns by making rhythms with African and Caribbean percussion instruments.  This residency is funded by local cultural council grants.
Our PTA has finalized arrangements for our next parent learning lab event scheduled for January 17 at 6:00 pm.  The topic for this month will be mindfulness and we hope that parents will learn strategies to help kids stay calm, focused, and independent.  This is a free parent learning eventChildren may participate in a supervised activity and enjoy some pizza while parents hear from our Muddy Brook clinical team, Colleen Meaney and Melinda Olds, about ways to support student learning and growth through mindfulness.  Interpretation in Spanish is available.  Look for the PTA flyer in the next few days for more information or call me at Muddy Brook to learn more.  

Hope you have a great weekend!  
Timothy Lee, Principal
Please do not leave your vehicle unattended in the drop-off circle.  If you would like to walk your child/ren into the building, please park in the lot and walk to the building using the sidewalk by the soccer field.  After dropping off, please drive slowly in the parking lot and please be patient.

Early drop-off supervision in the library starts at 8:00 am.  We have been noticing some parents and students arriving earlier in recent weeks, at times as early as 7:45.  Be advised that we do not have staff on-duty to supervise students or buzz you in until 8:00, so plan your arrival at school with this in mind.  If your child is coming in prior to 8:30, he/she must be walked into the building by and adult and signed in for early-morning drop off.

Thank you!
Butternut Skiing/Snowboarding Begins Tuesday, January 8th  

Equipment: All equipment should be placed in the labeled bins in the front entry. Equipment includes: skis, ski poles, snowboard, boots, helmets.

Outdoor Clothing: Do not put outdoor clothing in the bin.  Outdoor clothing includes: coat, snow pants, hat, gloves/mittens, snow boots.

Busing: All students are assigned a bus from Muddy Brook to Butternut.  If you plan to transport your child to Butternut yourself, please call or email Christine Kelly ( in our office to notify her of this change.  

Departure: Students will begin getting dressed at 1:50p.m. Buses will load at 2:00 and leave between 2:10 and 2:15. 

Arrival at Butternut: Estimated arrival at Butternut is 2:30p.m.  Muddy Brook students will not have free ski time.  They will be with an instructor the entire time.  

Pick-up at Butternut: The lifts close at 4p.m. so please arrive promptly at 4:00 to pick up your child.  

Dates:  January 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
            February 5th, 12th, Feb 26th
            March 5th

Extra Dates: Weekend program dates include: March 2nd & 3rd (NO LESSONS are offered on this weekend.)  

Cancellation: Should a lesson day be missed due to inclement weather or other unforeseeable occurrences, Ski Butternut does its best to make up the lesson by adding another Tuesday at the end.

Questions: If you have any questions about the program or pick-up at Butternut, please contact them directly at 528-2000 x111.

A Workshop For Parents, A Movie For Kids, Dinner For All!
Join us for the Next Muddy Brook Family Learning Lab
WHEN: January 17th from 6:00pm-7:30pm
OUR TOPIC: Mindfulness
Learn how to help your child stay calm, focused, and build independence.
WHAT: As kids watch a movie and eat pizza, parents will hear from our Muddy Brook clinical team about ways to support students’ learning through mindfulness.
At This Workshop you will:
  • Hear what Muddy Brook is doing to help your child learn about the connection between their brains, bodies, and emotions
  • Try out some of the mindfulness activities your child is doing in school
  • Learn what you can do at home to help your child:
    • Regulate their emotions
    • Be ready to learn
    • Calm themselves down
    • Focus
    • Attend to academics
    • Persist when things are hard
    • Be more independent
** A Spanish language interpreter will be there to translate for families.  

There is a change of dates for the release of this year’s mid-year progress reports.  On our original school calendar, December 21 was identified as the date to send home report cards from the first half of the school year.  

The new date for mid-year progress reports will be January 25, 2019.  

This date change is being made to provide more accurate and complete reports of student progress.  As part of the mid-year reports, the school provides results of winter benchmark testing - assessments of basic skills in reading and math.  
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religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or homelessness.

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