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:
Work with heart
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 http://www.trumbullps.org/curriculum/summer-enrichment/reading.html .
I look forward to working with our students to help them be their personal best. By using Common Core State Standards http://www.corestandards.org/ , 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.