From the Principal: January 2019 Reminder

January 2, 2019

Dear Middlebrook Families,

There is no school on  Monday January 21st. This is in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

We had some sad news during the holiday break. One of our cafeteria paraprofessionals, Nancy Phillips, died in the loving care of her family.  We did not share this with the children, as we respect that each family chooses how they share the death of someone. Nancy loved working with our students and appreciated the positive energy of our school. Middlebrook will miss her smile.

Wishing you blessings in 2019!


Patricia Frillici, Principal

From the Principal: Sing-a-long, Winter break

December 19, 2018

Dear Middlebrook Families,

This Friday, December 21st,  our students will be participating in a school wide sing-a-long to usher in the beginning of the winter break.  This event is for students only.

Students are asked to wear either pajamas or “ugly” sweaters to school on this day.

Dismissal on Friday will be at 1:00 and lunch will not be served.  School will resume on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Wishing everyone an enjoyable break and a happy and healthy 2019!

Patricia Frillici, Principal

From the Principal: Middlebrook School Bus Tracker App Info

December 13, 2018

Dear Middlebrook Families,

Bus Tracker Update:

A new feature that is available to our parent community this year is a web-based GPS student tracking app, Durham Student Bus Tracker.  This app provides parents the ability to  view their chid(ren)’s current bus location, including the scheduled and estimated arrival times to your stop.  We are pleased to announce that the app has been activated and is now ready for use. Click here for instructions to download and use the app.


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Mrs. Patricia Frillici


From the Principal: Reminder – Book Fair and Early Dismissal Dates

October 16, 2018

Dear Middlebrook Families,

Thank you for visiting during our Open House Visitation Days.

Just a reminder that during the school day parents should not take pictures or videos of students.  This is helpful to remember during future visits to school.

The PTA Book Fair is next week:

  • Tuesday October 23   9:00-2:00 and 6:00-8:00
  • Wednesday October 24   9:00-2:00

Reminder re: early dismissal dates and no school dates:

  • Tuesday October 30    Early Dismissal
  • Thursday November 1   Early Dismissal
  • Tuesday November 6    No School – Election Day
  • Wednesday November 7  Early Dismissal
  • Wednesday November 21  Early Dismissal – Thanksgiving Break
  • Thursday November 22   No School   – Thanksgiving Break
  • Friday November 23  No School – Thanksgiving Break


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From the Principal (October 2, 2018)

October 2, 2018


Dear Parents,

You are invited to Open House -Visitation Day at Middlebrook School. This is a day to visit your child’s classroom to get a snapshot of the teaching and learning process. The sessions are 30 minutes each. To help spread the timing of visits, please use the chart below to determine what time you may come.

(Example: My last name is Frillici, so I would attend my grade 2 child’s class from 10:30-11:00.) We encourage you to enter and exit the classroom in a quiet manner, so that the students can continue to learn. Here is the schedule:

Day/Date Grade Last Names Beginning A-H  Last Names Beginning I-P  Last Names Beginning Q-Z
Monday, October 15th Kindergarten 9:00-9:30 9:30-10:00 10:00-10:30
Monday, October 15th Grade 1 9:00-9:30 9:30-10:00 10:00-10:30
Monday, October 15th Grade 4 9:00-9:30 9:30-10:00 10:00-10:30
Tuesday, October 16th Grade 2 10:30-11:00 11:00-11:30 11:30-12:00
Tuesday, October 16th Grade 3 9:00-9:30 9:30-10:00 10:00-10:30
Tuesday, October 16th Grade 5 11 :00-11:30 11:30-12:00 12:00-12:30

Trumbull Public Schools has provided the following guidelines, so that teaching and learning are the priority of the day:

  • We encourage a limit of 10-12 visitors in a classroom at one time.
  • Visits should last no more than 30 minutes.
  • Parent/ Guardian visitations are not open to grandparents, infants, or siblings.
  • Cell phones and pagers must be turned off or set to vibrate while in the classroom.
  • Photographing or videotaping is absolutely not allowed.
  • Food and beverages are not allowed in classrooms.

On the day of the visit, please sign-in in the front foyer. Be ready to show a photo ID and wear a visitor’s tag. Proceed directly to the classroom you are visiting without stopping at other classrooms. While in the classroom, respectfully follow the teachers’ guidelines, so learning is not interrupted. At the conclusion of the visit, report back to the front foyer to sign-out. We thank you for your assistance in making this a safe, positive learning experience for all.

Sincere thanks,

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Patricia Frillici, Principal

From the Principal (September 2018)

September 2018

Dear Middlebrook Families,

I want to welcome you and your family to Middlebrook School.  I recognize how hard your family works to live in Trumbull and educate your child in our school.  It has been wonderful meeting the children who have smiled through some very hot, humid days.

Just a reminder that Middlebrook Back-to-School Night has been rescheduled on Monday, September 17th.  The schedule is:

  • 6-6:45pm – Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade meet in the classrooms
  • 6:50-7:10pm – Meet the Specialist Teachers in the Gym
  • 7:15-8:00pm – 3rd, 4th and 5th grade meet in classrooms

This is a very important adult evening, where children should not come.  The teachers will discuss expectations, define routines and review curriculum.  Please remember that this is not an individual conference evening, but a general information meeting dedicated to all parents.  If you want to conference with the teacher, please call or email to make an appointment at another time.

Middlebrook School website is under construction.  We are in the process of reconstructing it.  Normally, you will find all my emails, teacher information, PTA information and procedural information there.  I have attached a hard copy of  the Middlebrook School Handbook for Families, which will guide you based of Trumbull Public School policies.   In the future, you would find this document the on website, too.

Please sign the tear sheet below acknowledging that you received and read the Middlebrook School Handbook for Families.

Our school believes that all children can and will be successful.  With the joint effort of staff, students, administration, and parents, we are focused on high academic achievement, development of quality personal relationships, and a commitment to respect, responsibility, and kindness.


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Patricia Frillici, Principal


Click here to view and print the acknowledgement to return to the Principal, confirming that you have received and read the Middlebrook School Handbook for Families

Click here to access a PDF version of the school handbook

From the Principal (August 16, 2018)

August 2018

Dear Middlebrook Parents,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. The first day of school is Thursday, August 30th. This will be a full day. Please note the SCHOOL HOURS are 8:35 a.m.- 3:20 p.m. for grades kindergarten thru 5. Lunch will be served on the first day. Menus and prices are published on the Trumbull Public Schools website. A special thanks to Linda Dunn for all the work she has done this summer. We also want to thank our custodial staff who have worked hard cleaning and polishing the school for the new school year.

We will hold our informal “OPEN HOUSE” on Wednesday August 29′” from 2:00- 3:00 p.m. We invite you and your child to come and meet their teacher and see their new classroom. During the first week of school our teachers have planned orientation activities for all students particularly for students new to Middlebrook. Each new student will be assigned a “buddy” to help with this process.

You will receive another email with a letter from your child’s teacher. A dismissal form will also be sent separately via email which we are asking you to fill out and send to school no later than the first day of school.

Our “Back-to-School” nights for parents will be held as follows:

Wednesday September 5 Grades Kdg. – 1 – 2 | 6:45p.m.
Thursday September 6 Grades 3 – 4 – 5 | 6:45p.m.

You will receive more detailed information about our Back-to-School programs from your child’s teacher. All of us are looking forward to the “OPENING” of the 2018-2019 school year on Thursday, August 30th. With your help we will make 2018-2019 an exciting, productive and rewarding year for our children!

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Patricia Frillici, Principal
Middlebrook Faculty and Staff

From the Principal (August 1, 2018)

August 1, 2018

Dear Middlebrook Families,

I hope you are having a lovely summer. I remind students to keep reading daily, as a part of the Trumbull First Selectman’s and Governor’s Reading Challenge. You can find more information about district summer reading expectations by clicking here.

***Just a reminder: there is an online reading log found on the same link that we encourage students and families to complete prior to returning to school in August. Also, we encourage our students to complete math review and visit math websites provided by TPS which you can access here.

I have attached the 2018-2019 Trumbull Schools Calendar. The first day of school is August 30th. Please mark your calendar for student open house on August 29 from 2-3pm. On this day, students make a brief visit to their classrooms prior to starting school. We find it is a great way to welcome students and families back from the long summer and it helps lower the anxiety of the first day.

Please mark your calendar for Middlebrook Elementary Back-to-School nights. On Wednesday, September 5th from 7-8pm kindergarten, first and second grade parents are invited to this informative evening spent in the classroom. Your child’s teacher will discuss classroom, curriculum and behavioral expectations. On Thursday, September 6th from 7-8pm, grades three, four and five teachers will host a similar evening for parents. These evenings are critical to the success of our students and help us to forge a strong learning partnership with parents. We ask that you get a child sitter, as children should not attend this important adult evening.

This year we are trying to send as much material as possible through email. Please make sure you have signed up for the parent portal on TPS website and provide the Middlebrook School office (203-452-4411) with an accurate email address. Placement letters will go out by email during the week of August 20th and are dependent on enrollment.

Finally, you can check our Middlebrook Elementary website for information about the PTA, policies, school news and sample supply lists for each grade level.

Best wishes,

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Patricia Frillici, Principal