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Friday Newsletter 5.13.22

Posted Date: 05/17/2022

Friday Newsletter 5.13.22

May 13, 2022


"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”

Benjamin Franklin


Wednesday, May 25 is no homework night!  Thank you Mike Panoli for surveying our staff and to everyone who voted! Watch for more information from Lynn Schuster about free play ideas and planning for the morning session she’s preparing.


Fond farewell to Tiffany Ortega!  Our school psychologist intern finishes her time with us today.  We wish you every success in your new career!


Best wishes to Erin Godin as she  begins her maternity leave at the end of the day today.  Erin, remember to send us pictures of Baby Godin!


This Week’s Topics 

  • Staff Letter - May 6, 2022

  • Parent Letter - May 13, 2022

  • Reminder - O Drive

  • Town Wide Cleanup - Volunteers Needed

  • Wellness Committee Workshop

  • Upcoming Rehearsal Schedules

  • Payday Cafe’

  • Spring Testing Dates

  • Please Join the PTA 

  • Wednesday Meeting Schedule

  • Middlebrook Models


Reminder: O Drive

The "O drive" will be disabled at the end of this school year. Please move everything to your Google Drive by the last day of school. There is a video tutorial linked on how to add files to your Google Drive. Please contact Scott if you need further support.


Town Wide Cleanup - Volunteers Needed 

The Town of Wilton’s Annual Town Wide Cleanup Day, sponsored by the Wilton Conservation Commission, is Saturday, May 21, 2022, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 


The Wilton Conservation Commission is looking for volunteers to join us for our 2022 Townwide Cleanup Day on Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 12p.m. at the Town Green.  Every year hard working volunteers of all ages join together to pick up litter along Wilton’s roadways and the banks of the Norwalk River.


Work gloves, garbage bags and dumpsters will be provided by the Wilton Conservation Commission and available at the gazebo starting at 9 a.m.  Volunteers will pick up their supplies, spread out around town to pick up litter and meet back at the gazebo at noon.


This year’s event has several generous donors who will be providing raffle prizes for some lucky participants! Wilton Hardware and Wilton Kiwanis have both donated to the raffle. Prizes include gift certificates to local businesses including: Wilton Deli, Wilton Hardware, Scoops, Orem’s Diner, and many more! To be eligible to enter the raffle volunteers must collect a full garbage bag of litter and bring it to the town green for disposal. The raffle will be drawn promptly at noon on May 21, 2022 and you must be present to win. As well, Pinocchio Pizza will be providing each volunteer with a coupon for one free slice of cheese pizza for helping out!


We hope to see you there, rain or shine!!

Mike Conklin, Director of Environmental Affairs, Town of Wilton 


Wellness Committee Workshop

Join us for the next staff wellness workshops in May: Monday, May 16 @ 3:30 pm In Person at WHS (The Cave) and Thursday, May 19 @ 4:30pm. 


Handling End of School Year Stress - The end of the school year can be a time of joy - and also a time of stress and unease. There are some short, simple practices that can help make the end of the school year more joyful and relaxing. Join us to learn these tools, why they work, and how to use them. 

Join Zoom Meeting:      Meeting ID: 833 4649 4883

Here is a very short survey - we’d be grateful if participants could take a minute to fill it out. 

Click here to view recordings of past sessions and additional resources for self care


Upcoming Rehearsal Schedules

We are excited that our students will be able to perform in concerts again this spring.  There will be modified schedules to allow for rehearsals prior to the concerts.  Academic classes will only be slightly impacted (reduced by 2 minutes for the first two days and 5 minutes on the grade level concert day).  Thank you to Malcolm for all of his creativity and work in creating these schedules.


The schedules are attached to the MB google calendar of events. Please note other grades’ lunch and STRIDE times are sometimes impacted by the concert schedule.  The dates for the rehearsals/concerts are:

Grade 7 - concert - 6/8/22 rehearsals: 6/6, 6/7, and 6/8 - schedule

Grade 8 - concert - 5/18/22 rehearsals: 5/16, 5/17, and 5/18 - schedule

Payday Cafe’

Thank you  to our Sunshine Committee who will  host payday cafe on May 20,  to our mental health team who will  host on June 3, and to the WEA who will host on June 17!!!


Spring Testing Dates   Smarter Balanced Assessments:

ELA  will be on May 18, 2022

Math will be on May 25, 2022

Math Performance Task will be on May 26, 2022  

AAPPL (8th grade only WL) - will be on May 23.2022 (regular schedule)

NGSS (8th grade only Science) will be on June 1, 2022 (ad’d schd for gr 8 only)     


Please Join the Middlebrook PTA

Our generous PTA just agreed to fund over $12,000 for this latest round of Gifts and Grants.  That means this year alone close to $35,000 have been gifted to the Middlebrook community from our generous PTA.  Please support them with your membership! 


Please help support our PTA with some new memberships if you have not yet joined.  Thank you!


Go to the following link, and use the code "wilton" (all lowercase): Mobilearq School Directory (Note: this link brings you to the parent link, hit “Home Page” at the bottom of the page to get to the teacher link)  Questions or issues joining? Contact Membership VP Carolyn Lyon:


Wednesday Meeting Schedule 

May 18, 2022 Program Day - IET

May 25, 2022 Teacher Flex Time

June 1, 2022 Staff Meeting (DBT)

June 8, 2022 Staff Meeting

June 15, 2022 TBD


Middlebrook Models   


Thanks to our Student Government efforts to raise funds for Ukraine


The crew getting ready for high school!



Picture from the Wilton Singers Concert on May 7  The group includes Susan Kelly, Janet Nobles, Janet’s son Steffen, and Robin Johnson’s son, Chris, played the drums.  They sounded fantastic 



Our grade 6 concert on Wednesday was a fabulous reminder of what used to be!  They looked and sounded fantastic under the care and direction of Janet, Susan, Michael, Malcolm, Jenny, and Angelica.


Toby, Nicole, Damien, and I wish you all a wonderful weekend filled with relaxation, love, laughter, and fun.  


All the best, always and all ways,