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September 28, 2016

Dear Middlebrook Families,

Your children are working hard and showing growth in their learning during this first month of school. I want to remind you there is no school on the following days in October:

  • October 3rd Rosh Hashananh
  • October 10th Columbus Day
  • October 12th Yom Kippur

If your child is absent from school due to a religious holiday, please send us a note stating this, as we want to respect that absence.

We will be having Open House during the week of October 17-21st. You will receive a letter next week detailing each grade level date and time for your visit.

Each year, parents must complete the Volunteer Form at Trumbull Public Schools website;

You must fill out and complete this form in order to be a chaperone on a field trip. Please take a few minutes to complete the form, so you can volunteer to help in school based activities.

Finally, you must call your child's absence in by 9AM (203-452-4412). If you are changing end of day transportation, you must call in before 1PM. Changing plans after this time causes confusion on the part of both the student and staff, which interrupts the educational process for many. We are trying to create a calm learning environment, which requires better planning by all.

Happy fall!

Mrs. Frillici, Principal

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Have you heard about the incredibly exciting things happening in the Learning Commons?? Lego wall? Green screen?

This new area is dedicated to "Making," which includes anything (and everything) hands-on investigation, building, creating. We use tools like Legos, robots, programming, circuits & LEDs.

It's fun. It's absolutely educational. And the possibilities are truly endless. But! To make it happen, we need to raise essential funds to purchase materials and supplies.

Please support our MakerSpace by participating in this Pampered Chef sale by clicking on the link below. All students benefit from this amazing STEAM initiative! A portion of sales will be donated back to the school and Pampered Chef will also donate an extra $3 for every show booked through this fundraiser.

It's easy; just go to the link below to place your order. Orders will be shipped directly to customers, anywhere in the country.

SHARE and use the following link on your Facebook page OR email it to friends/family:


Middlebrook Fathers Club
Productive Fathers Club meeting last night planning for the upcoming HALLOWEEN PARTY, FRIDAY OCT 28. We reviewed and came up with the following. In RED TEXT we can use a volunteer, please respond back if you can help.

Food: We will not be opening the cafeteria, but will instead have baked goods, snacks, grapes, mac& cheese, chicken strips, salad, cotton candy, juice and water. Dave Galla will be coordinating the food, but we could use some help shopping primarily for the water which is a sizable task PURCHASING CASES OF WATER. Dean Fabrizio will get Plates, plastic ware etc, as needed , Also black and orange floss for the cotton candy


  • Sand Art - need additional sand art jars, Dean Fab will get them
  • Face Painting - Mrs. Gorrusso will be making an appearance
  • Ron Mason (the new guy :) ) stepped up to coordinate getting the pumpkins - thanks Ron please keep your receipts and i will show you how to get reimbursed, Dave Galla is the treasurer so we have a guy on the inside
    • Temporary Tattoos - Brian Jasgur is getting these
    • Halloween Bags - have 200 and Fabric markers
    • Spin Art

Haunted Hallway: Nathan Tinker is orchestrating the hallway again. Dean/Dave/Paul will make part of the "tunnel"

Games:We are trying a new approach this year. The games will be a carnival like approach where the kids will win tickets based on how they do. We will give tickets for participation and there will be "easy wins" to allow all ages to win tickets. The tickets will be redeemable for either cotton candy or a ticket to go through the haunted hallway. The haunted hallway will be limited to 2 tickets per kid this year on admission, additional tickets will need to be earned through games. Dean Fabrizio will be coordinating games but can use some help with brainstorming and setting up. Game ideas and setup volunteer needed. Games may include one table of frog bog, the ring game, a ball toss game, a MODERATED bean bag game, etc. We will need to have 8-10 games with 2-3 player able to play simultaneously to have the throughput needed to support the haunted hallway flow. The balance will be to stop the merry-go-round affect but not have kids waiting in long lines to get back to the hallway.

Setup will be the Thursday night, OCT 27 and much of the prep work will be done in the gym - help is appreciated.

The next planning meeting is Oct 18th, 7:15 at the Middlebrook library - hope to see all you Dad's there.

School Store: In the Lobby
During Lunch. 11:30-1:30
The School Store offers your student the opportunity to purchase school supplies during lunchtime. Prices range from $.25 to a few dollars, with most items less than $1.

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Good morning! I'm looking to recruit some volunteers for this years school store in order to make this year as much of a success as last. Unfortunately, I have lost a few devoted helpers to middle school, so I'm looking to you guys for help. Please let me know if you will be able to help out this year again, OR if you could spread the word to friends and neighbors who may be interested in helping out. It would be especially helpful to get some Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade parents involved.

The first School Store is next THURSDAY 9/22 from 11:15-1:30 (I can't do Friday's anymore). Please let me know if you would be able to help out next week. Anytime you can give, would be helpful!

Thanks so much, Christy

Sensitivity Day
October 21
Pumpkin Run
October 23
Last Call: Register by October 10th for the 2016 Great Pumpkin Classic - Kids Fun Run to guarantee a race t-shirt: Included in your entry fee:* 50 yard Dash, ½ Mile Run, 1 Mile Run, * Race T-shirt (New design this year to match the 5K race shirt design), * One free raffle ticket (New this year) for door prizes generously donated by InSports, Performing Arts Center of CT, Rockin Jump and Baum Orthodontics!

PTA Meeting
October 24, 7:15pm
in the Library
Red Ribbon Week
October 24
Halloween Party
October 28
Chat with the Principal
November 17, 2016
December 2016 TBA
January 26, 2017
February 16, 2017
March 23, 2017
April 27, 2017
May 18, 2017
June 2017 TBA
Have you joined the PTA yet ? Some benefits of PTA membership include getting to vote on PTA matters, getting/continuing to get PTA emails and receiving the PTA directory. And there's much more than that. Also, if you would like to be in our directory, please join by October first. By that point, we will start putting the directory together with the membership that has already joined.

Outdoor Classroom Volunteers Needed
The outdoor classroom committee needs volunteers to go into Courtyard and "straighten up" so classes can use the area effectively. Tasks will include filling bird feeders, cleaning up any debris, straightening any furniture etc. New dates added: September - October

Attention Connecticut PTA Members: Special Offer on *Discounted Tickets for"Wicked"*
Sunday, December 4, 7:30 pm
The surprising tale of an unlikely friendship between two women in the Land of Oz, WICKED tells the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, long before Dorothy drops in. Elphaba, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. Glinda is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. The remarkable odyssey of how these unexpected friends changed each there's lives for good has made WICKED one of the world's most popular musicals. Celebrate the holidays with friends and family at one of Broadways most renowned shows right here in CT. Same great show that is on Broadway, less hassle and great low prices compared to going into the city.

PTA DISCOUNT! All PTA Members of any PTA in the State of CT receive a 10% discount on tickets. $82.00 ($73.80) or $52.00 ($46.80). Reserve your seat before tickets go on sale to the public! Offer is good until Thursday, September 14. To purchase tickets at the discounted rate please contact Alexis Frappier at or call 203-671-0242

PTSA Council meeting update
PTSA Meeting Dates for 2016/17 School Year - ALL ARE WELCOME
  • Monday, January 30, 2017, 7pm
    Guest Speaker: Christina Hefeley, Information Technology, Parent Portal
    Long Hill Administration Building, 6254 Main Street
  • Monday, April 24, 2017, 7pm
    Guest Speaker: TBD
    Long Hill Administration Building, 6254 Main Street

Good Morning Middlebrook Families! Attached you will find the minutes and handouts from the April 25th PTSA Council meeting. These minutes will be approved at the first fall meeting. If you are interested in being a Middlebrook delegate to the PTSA Council next year, please let me know. Middlebrook has several open delegate seats. The PTSA Council meets 3 times a year to discuss education and advocacy in Trumbull. It is a great way to stay current on education issues. Thank you, Jennifer Mottolese, Middlebrook PTA

BOE Meetings

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Long Hill Administration Building
Holiday Boutique
It's the most wonderful time of the year... Yes, we are already thinking about our Holiday Boutique for next year! This wonderful Middlebrook event is looking for a leader or two! We have several volunteers willing to help out but we need someone to coordinate them all! Is this you? Are you organized? Do you love a bargain? Can you hunt down a sale and a deep discount? Do you love to have fun and be part of a great team? The Holiday Boutique committee needs a new chairperson (or chairpeople if you want to do it with a friend!) or this wonderful event will not happen next year! What will it take to convince you? Let me know if you're interested -- even a little bit. Thanks, Jennifer Mottolese. PTA President
March 10, 2017
Outdoor Classroom Update
Thank you, thank you, thank you for attending our meeting yesterday. It was so exciting to have so many of you attend and share your ideas. Here are our notes:
  • Repairs- Ruth Fontilla will have them done by Wednesday May 18th
  • Picket fence with birdhouses up- Brian Fox will have them up by May 27th
  • Rain basin/trellis/raised beds-Jeffrey Penkoff has completed the planter/ trellis??
  • Weather station-future Eagle scout?? I will contact this young man today
  • EXPLORE letters-Dave Galla will have them completed and up by June 3rd
  • Rock wall- Bill Pond , currently working with Mrs. Abate and Mrs. Craw
  • Summer volunteer schedule- I will ask Mrs. Mottolese to send that out

Future ideas:

  • Pulley system
  • Rain basin
  • Stepping stone/marker/mosaic classroom fundraisers
  • Butterfly garden

Would someone consider being our secretary and treasurer?

Parents: please send your ideas and thoughts. If you visit and see something beneficial to our courtyard, please send photos. I especially love hearing the children's ideas. After all, it's all for them.

I promise not to annoyingly email you on a regular basis, however, I wanted to give you the science content for grades K-5 so you know what we are basing projects on and what to keep your eyes out for this summer.


  • life cycle of animals and humans
  • weather/seasons- animal and human shelters

First Grade:

  • metamorphosis/life cycles-butterflies, ladybugs, ants
  • plants-seeds to germination/bee pollination
  • investigating water

Second Grade:

  • soil
  • air and weather
  • matter-solids, liquid, gas

Third Grade:

  • ecosystems, animal and plant adaptations
  • the human body
  • rocks and minerals
  • building bird feeders

Fourth Grade:

  • force and Motion/simple machines
  • electricity and magnetism
  • plants/photosynthesis
  • weathering/erosion/deposition


  • physics of sound/light
  • human eye/ear
  • earth, moon, sun, light
  • solar houses

Enjoy the end of the school year and happy summer. Thank you so much. Freda Stanton

We will have our next meeting Monday, September 12th at 3:30 in the courtyard.

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