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the heart is no education at all.
- Aristotle

August 2016

Dear Middlebrook Families,

I am so excited to start the 2016-2017 school year with our students, families and staff! The custodial and office staff has been very busy organizing and readying the school. Our teaching staff has been in and out during the summer setting up their classrooms, so they are warm and inviting for our students. The Middlebrook School community has great pride in our school and we look forward to your children starting a new year.

During the next few days, you should receive the eagerly awaited welcome packet for grades 1-5. We are not mailing the kindergarten packets until later this week, as the enrollment may cause us to open a new classroom. I know your child will be excited to read a welcome letter from his/her teacher. Parent or guardians please complete the following 3 key items you will find in the packet and return them on the first day of school or at the Open House held the day before the first day of school;

  • Emergency Contact Form (green) - This form is used by the teacher, nurse and office to communicate with you. It is important that we can reach you when it comes to the well-being of your child. If information changes during the year, please notify the office to update your records.
  • Weather/Emergency Situation Early Dismissal Procedure (white) - This form is used when school closes due to weather (snow) or other unforeseen situations. We use this form to determine how your child will go home and who will care for your child in the event of an unplanned early dismissal. Please review the plan with your child.
  • Transportation Cards (colored index card) - The card is used to verify how your child is getting home, particularly on the first day. For the safety of your child, it is important that we have this card accurately completed and brought to school on the first day. Kindergartners should have the cards tied to their backpacks, while all other students will give the card to their classroom teachers.

This year we will continue to build on our positive school climate through the ideals of PAWS. It is the expectation that all citizens at Middlebrook:

Promise to:
Act responsibly
Work with heart
Show respect

Students or classes earn PAWS tickets for demonstrating responsibility, hard work and respect. Our mascot Eli the mountain lion helps the school community celebrate when we reach a school-wide goal. I encourage our students to purchase PAWS tee shirts from our PTA as a way of showing school pride and commitment.

Please take a picture of your child reading a favorite book this summer. Your child should bring this picture to school on the first day, so we can build a school-wide bulletin board that celebrates our love of reading. Also, have your child bring in logs of books read for the Governor's Reading Challenge and First Selectman's Reading Challenge during the first week of school. You can find information about both programs at .

I look forward to working with our students to help them be their personal best. By using Common Core State Standards , positive behavioral expectations and a focus on emotional connection, Middlebrook School strives to provide your child with an excellent educational experience. Please know that my door is always open for discussions, questions or suggestions.


Patricia Frillici

Middlebrook Elementary School
220 Middlebrooks Avenue
Trumbull, CT 06611
Absentee/Nurse: (203) 452-4412
Main Office: (203) 452-4411
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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.

Good Morning Afternoon Families! Middlebrook PTA needs your help coordinating our fantastic BINGO Nights! A few changes over the summer have led to an opening in our 2nd Vice President role. The 2nd Vice-President coordinates our two BINGO nights each year. That's it! It is really not a big commitment at all but your impact is tremendous! Have you been wondering how you can get more involved? Are you interested in learning more about organizing our BINGO games? Reach out to me and we can chat. This year's BINGO nights are tentatively scheduled for October 7th and March 10th. Thank you! YOUR PTA

August 23-26 2016
Incoming Kindergarten Events
August 2016
Open House
Will be August 31. 2-3 PM.
Fall 2016
Supplies Needed for Each Grade
Good Morning Middlebrook Families! Just a really quick interruption in your summer to let you know your PTA will be at next Wednesday's school Open House in the gym from 2-3PM. We are excited to start our school year and have lots of things planned. We are also seeking new ideas and new things to do! If you've been thinking about becoming more involved this year, we are ready for you! Stop by on Wednesday, August 31st from 2-3 PM in the School Gym. You can check out our School Store and submit your PTA membership. We can also chat about a few available opportunities for you to get more involved! Hope to see you there! Grade-level suggested supplies list are posted now. Additional details & needs will be sent by your student's teacher.

Now back to your summer!

September 7-8, 2016
Back to School Night
Grades K-2 is Sept 7th, 6:45pm
Grades 3-5 is Sept 8th, 6:45pm
September 16, 2016
THS Eagles Middlebrook Night
TECEC, Middlebrook & Daniels Farm night for the THS Football game is September 16!! Please come out and show your support. A section of the stands will be roped off so we could all be grouped together! Game starts at 7p but we are planning a pizza social prior to game start about 530. Last year Mr Matt ran into field and it was a great time!
October 7, 2016
Summer 2016
Summer Enrichment
Henry James identified "summer afternoon" as "the two most beautiful words in the English language." And while we want your son/daughter to enjoy this summer all those elements of the world that cannot be experienced during the school year, we also want to provide educational opportunities for your son/daughter's academic learning to continue. These opportunities encompass reading and mathematics and are described fully with links to packets that can be printed. Additionally, numerous reading and mathematics enrichment website links are listed. Via eBlast, parents/guardians received communication of the summer enrichment opportunities on June 15, 2016

Reading and Mathematics opportunities by grade level are available here:

PTSA Council meeting update
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

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: August - September

March 10, 2017
BOE Meetings

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Thursday, October 6, 2016

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
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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