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March 15, 2016


Dear Families,

It is always so heartbreaking when we hear that a child is fighting a serious illness. We have all been touched by this and, unfortunately, are experiencing it twice in one year. We have two students in this community that are fighting courageous battles. The Meadow Brook PTO and all of us have most recently been made aware of a kindergartener who is battling leukemia. Isabella Sterlacci is a 6­ year old who has acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Isabella has begun an 8­month regimen of chemotherapy that will be followed by 2 years of additional treatment. Isabella has already shown such bravery and certainly has more strength than a 6 year old should need. And her family is fighting with her. Isabella is home being cared for by her family (including a twin brother who is at Meadow Brook as well). She and her family will only get stronger as they are surrounded by our thoughts and prayers.

Isabella’s classmates have already begun to send their love through cards and well wishes. The PTO would like to show that our school family can help in many ways. Leukemia has hit home this year. We have attached a sandwich bag and are running a “Change for Isabella” drive. We’re asking you to fill your bag with loose change and return it to school. Buckets will be located in every classroom and volunteers will be collecting this money and donating it to “Team Isabella”. A benefit account has been setup at Country Bank (2379 Boston Rd.; Wilbraham, MA 01095) by her family. ALL donations can be made directly to Team Isabella there but, during our special drive, the PTO will sort and count all donations and deliver them to the bank.

Although it is always difficult to see and hear of one of our own children afflicted with illness, we hope that the spirit of the community will ease the family’s burdens in some way. As we have seen over the past few months, this community bands together and really can envelope our children in happiness and hope. We will culminate this drive with a “Spirit Day for Isabella” where all students and staff will be invited to wear the Leukemia awareness color of orange to raise awareness while sending Isabella our wishes. While we dress for her, we will take pictures of our smiling children’s faces and hope their sunshine will bring smiles to Isabella. We all want to see Isabella back, playing house and ponies, eating steak and mashed potatoes and reading her favorite books!

Please feel free to contact the Meadow Brook PTO with any questions at

mbpto@eastlongmeadowma.gov

Love to Isabella­ she will beat this!

Isabella’s family has designed a t­-shirt to raise money and show support. If you are interested in purchasing one, please send in the order form below, along with a $20 minimum donation to Team Isabella. On Isabella’s spirit day, you could also wear this shirt to show your love and support.

  • ?  short sleeved t­shirts are available in black, grey or white

  • ?  youth sizes: xs, small, medium, large

  • ?  adult sizes:small, medium, large, x­large, 2x­large and 3x­large

  • ?  checks made out toTeam Isabella but can be sent into Meadow Brook PTO in an envelope marked      “Isabella’s t­shirts”

  • ?  please send all orders in by April 8

    _____________________________________________________ Isabella’s t­shirts
    Child’s Name:___________________________ Room #:__________ Shirt color (circle): grey white black

    Shirt size: _____________________ amount enclosed: $_____________

    Thank you for your support! 






To see the December 2015 Family Newsletter, click on link below at the bottom of this page or click on the Family Newsletter link on the top left hand corner of the page. This edition provides information about our standards-based report cards. We've unpacked a reading standard to showcase all the learning that takes place with just one standard.


                        

Please see October 2015 Family Newsletter by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page or click on Family Newsletter link on the top left hand corner of page.



October 25, 2015

Meadow Brook School will be hosting a Math Informational Night for parents on Monday, November 9th at 6pm in the school cafeteria. Superintendent Gordon Smith and Director of Curriculum and Instruction will open the evening with an overview of Eureka Math. Parents will have an opportunity to participate in various stations facilitated by teachers. We will model and share the four main components of a math lesson. I hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Lisa Dakin




September 1, 2015

Dear Meadow Brook Families,

It is with great excitement that I welcome students and families to the 2015-2016 school year at Meadow Brook Elementary School. I hope that each of you enjoyed a summer filled with family fun and relaxation. I am honored to be entering my fourth year serving as Principal of Meadow Brook Elementary School and eager to begin a partnership with you in your child’s education.  As the gateway school we know how important it is to establish positive and healthy relationships with families.

Together as a staff, we collaboratively created a new vision statement for Meadow Brook School. Our Meadow Brook School vision is to become a PreK-2 school that is highly regarded for its academic excellence. Through innovative instructional approaches we will develop curious and creative learners who persevere through challenging tasks. Our students will leave prepared to achieve at high levels in a diverse and ever changing world.

Our curriculum is aligned to the MA Curriculum Frameworks with a focus on learning that leads to College and Career Readiness.  Please refer to the following link to view the current Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

  http://www.doe.mass.edu/frameworks/current.html

Our dedicated and caring teachers have spent many hours this summer creating warm and inviting literacy rich classrooms for our young learners. During the first few weeks it is important for students to learn and practice the routines and procedures of the classroom and school.

Our District Food Services is offering parents the ability to manage their child’s meal account over the Internet by using PayForit.net, an online school lunch management tool. This secure website can be accessed directly at www.payforit.net.  If you choose not to use PayForit.net for credit or debit card transactions, the district continues to accept cash and checks at each school cafeteria. Hot lunch for students is $2.50. A la Carte milk can be purchased for $.40. If you send cash or check in with your child please place it in a sealed envelope and write your child’s name and room number. 

PTO meetings take place the first Thursday of every month. Our First PTO meeting is scheduled on Thursday, September 3rd at 7:00pm in the cafeteria at Meadow Brook School.  Katie Reilly is the PTO President. PTO now has it’s own email address- mbpto@eastlongmeadowma.gov.

Open House is scheduled for September 28 and 30 from 6:30-7:30pm.

Our Meadow Brook School Handbook can be found on our Meadow Brook School home page. You can reach our websites using two different methods.

1.     Go to eastlongmeadowma.gov then click the “Schools” tab, then click “Our Schools”. 

or

2.    http://www.myteacherpages.com/webpages/MeadowBrook/

Once you reach our homepage you can access the Student Handbook by:

·   Clicking on the link- Student and Parent Handbook (on the left side of Homepage)

Also found on our website is PTO minutes, school news, important dates, classroom teacher pages, and much more.

If I can ever be of assistance please do not hesitate to call or email me at lisa.dakin@eastlongmeadowma.gov

Sincerely,

Lisa Dakin

 

 

 



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