APRIL 29, 2019






Dear Muddy Brook Families, 

This week, our third and fourth grade students got started on MCAS, the annual state assessments of student progress.  This year, students took a computer-based test, and apart from a few technical issues that were quickly resolved, all went smoothly.  I'd like to recognize our technology teacher Roger Burr, Director of Teaching and Learning, Kristi Farina and the district tech team (Dave Long and Peter Robertson) for their contributions to this process.  The need to have a 2.5 to 3 uninterrupted testing window on testing days required the rescheduling of some classes, the adjustment of lunch and recess schedules, and some staffing adjustments.  I'd like to recognize and thank Ms. Thompson, our assistant principal, for her good work attending to all the many scheduling and staffing details involved with testing. I'd also like thank Kortney Shimmon (principal's secretary) who completed numerous other tasks from ordering materials to printing test 'tickets' that allowed students to access the test. Nobody loves MCAS, but thanks to the coordinated efforts of all the folks above, we have now completed the first phase of testing with minimal disruption.  

Make-ups for ELA MCAS are scheduled for Tuesday, April 30 and May 2.  If you have a third or fourth grader that may have missed a testing day this week, they will take the make-up session(s) on these two days  

A few weeks back, I wrote up an informational letter about state testing.  In case you missed it and would like to know more, you can find it attached below.  

MUD DAY is COMING!!!  BE A MUD DAY VOLUNTEER!!!   A fun Muddy Brook tradition, Mud Day is coming on Saturday, May 18, from 12-4.  The event features environmentally-themed activities for all ages and, of course, lots of mud to play in.   To support the day our PTA is now seeking parents and community members to sign up as volunteer helpers.  I ask all that are available to please sign up for a shift to help support this important community tradition.  You can help in a number of ways, from set-up to ticket sales to clean up.  You can sign-up here:    Thank you!

In closing, I'd like to share an observation about our school that I made this week.  All of our Muddy Brook staff knows the importance of creating a safe and welcoming environment for all students.  On nearly every morning in every classroom you will see teachers leading their classes in morning routines deliberately intended to build social competency and a sense of community.  One of the terms we use to describe this effort is 'Social-Emotional Learning' and at Muddy Brook we talk about SEL and work on SEL all the time.  My observation: I really see this work paying off.  The evidence I see is subtle, but it's everywhere: kids making eye contact when greeting one another and passing adults, effectively problem-solving with peers instead of escalating disagreements, showing compassion and empathy towards peers who are sad or troubled.  I am thankful to be part of a team of educators that values social-emotional learning and makes it a central part of the life of the school.  I'm also grateful to parents and families for supporting these efforts at home.   

Have a great weekend!

Timothy Lee, Principal
Mud Day is coming! 
May 18 from 12 - 4 pm

Mark your calendars and consider being a Mud Day volunteer. There are many ways to help.  Please check this newsletter and watch for communication from the PTA to sign up for a shift as a Mud Day Volunteer.  Mud Day is an annual Muddy Brook tradition, an afternoon of nature-based activities, crafts, games, and family fun.  

Chess Club on Mud Day

This year the Chess Club will be at Mud Day if a few parents can help.  We will have our own tent, and visitors will be able to play chess with your children.  It will be a great chance to show everyone what we do and have a bit of fun.  

Unfortunately, I have some other commitments that day and will need help both overseeing the chess tent and taking the pieces and boards back to the library after the day is over.

Can you help on Mud Day (Saturday, May 18)?  If you think you can, please let me know.  

Gene Kalish, Muddy Brook Chess Coach

Club de Ajedrez en el Día del Barro

Este año el Club de Ajedrez estará en el Día del Barro si algunos padres pueden ayudar!!!  Tendremos nuestra propia carpa y los visitantes podrán jugar al ajedrez con sus hijos.  Será una gran oportunidad para mostrarle a todos lo que hacemos y divertirnos un poco.  

Desafortunadamente, tengo otros compromisos ese día y necesitaré ayuda tanto supervisando la carpa de ajedrez y tomando las piezas y tableros de vuelta a la biblioteca después de que el día ha terminado.

¿Puede ayudar en el Día del Barro (sábado, mayo 18)?  Si crees que puedes, por favor, hazme saber.  

Gene Kalish, entrenador de ajedrez Muddy Brook

New friendships, BIG adventures, and lasting memories…that’s what summer is all about! Find all that and more at one of our four Girl Scout Summer Camps. 
No prior summer camp experience? No problem! Just believe in the power of the G.I.R.L. (Go-getterInnovatorRisk-takerLeader)! We invite all girls entering grades 1-12 to be a go-getter this summer and take new risks like kayaking, paddle boarding, and archery while building their wilderness survival skills.
With day and overnight camp option, we have something for everyone!  Click the link below to get started. And, don’t forget, if you register and pay in full by Monday, April 1, you can take advantage of the super discounted, early squirrel price.

Monument Mountain Regional High School's Class of 2022 is having an online auction! We have over 30 amazing prizes, including gift certificates for local sports camps and restaurants, jewelry, clothing, food, homemade items, and much more!

Please check out our website at .

Feel free to forward this website to friends and family members who are not part of the BHRSD community. The auction will end Sunday, May 5 at 9 p.m. 

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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