First Friday Letter
January 10th, 2020
Mid-year feedback reports will be going home with all students during the week of February 10. We ask that you please review the mid-year feedback report(s) with your child. The mid-year feedback reports provide an opportunity to have a conversation with your child about their progress this school year. The second term ends on Tuesday, March 24.
Enrichment/Athletics: The boys’ and girls’ basketball teams have begun their schedule of home games. Both teams generally play on the same day. Many of our students are already involved in Enrichment activities. If your child is not, please encourage her/him to explore the possibilities!
Winter Concerts: Everyone is invited to attend our Winter Concerts featuring all of our musical ensembles. The Chorus and Orchestra will perform on Tuesday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m. The Band and Brass Groups will perform on Thursday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Celebration: Newton's 52nd Annual Community Celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held on Monday, January 20, 9:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Newton Centre, MA 02459. School will not be in session on January 20.
2020 MCAS Testing: This year, students in all three grades at Brown will be participating in the computer-based version of the Next-Generation MCAS testing. During the Spring of 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) upgraded MCAS to better measure the critical thinking skills students need for success in the 21st century. There will be two testing sessions in English language arts and two testing sessions in mathematics during April 1 – May 24, 2020. Specific MCAS testing dates are listed in the schedule below:
Grade Tests Dates 6th ELA (English Language Arts) Tues., April 7 (ELA testing sessions on two days) Wed., April 8 Mathematics Mon., May 11 (Math testing sessions on two days) Tues., May 12 7th ELA (English Language Arts) Thurs., April 14 (ELA testing sessions on two days) Wed., April 15 Mathematics Thurs., May 7 (Math testing sessions on two days) Fri., May 8 8th ELA (English Language Arts) Wed., April 1 (ELA testing sessions on two days) Thurs., April 2 Mathematics Tues., May 5 (Math testing sessions on two days) Wed., May 6 Sci./Tech. Eng. Testing (two sessions) Mon., May 14
Early Release Day: On Thursday February 6, all middle school students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. for professional development workshops for teachers and staff. Lunch will be served at school before dismissal.
Our Musical Production: The cast, crewmembers, costume, and set designers have all been working hard at rehearsals for our all-school musical production of "Legally Blonde." The two evening performance dates are Tuesday, February 11, 2020 and Wednesday, February 12, 2020.
Winter Vacation: School will close at the end of the day on Friday, February 14 and will reopen the morning of Monday, February 24.
John F. Jordan