Monument Valley Regional Middle School
Week at a Glance and News and Notes
Note from the Principal:
This was a productive week.  The kids had a lot of energy leading up to vacation and with the warm weather.  In the buzz of activity that is middle school I am continually impressed with how well our students treat each other regularly.  They hold doors coming in and out of the building, alert us adults when a peer is feeling down and advocate for those who are struggling.  We have the normal growing process of conflict and resolution that is essential to maturing, but our learning community is showing us how we can do it well.  Thank you for your partnership in teaching kids how to treat others as we would would want to be treated.
Screens and Teens: We had a great meeting today with several parents.  Our next meeting on Monday, March 5, from 8-9 am.  We need a design and tech parent to help set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money to show Screenagers to our families and the community.  It only costs $650 to do a screening, so we can raise those funds quickly through a Go Fund Me page.  We also want to do a book Study of Reset Your Child’s Brain, by Victoria Dunckley  let us know if you want to join a book study group to understand how to better parent through the age of screens!  The school is buying several copies and we are asking the local libraries to stock this book as well. We will start the book study in early March.  Please join us on this journey or stay on the lookout for opportunities this spring.
Enjoy the break.  I hope your children get good time with family and friends.  And please remind them to get outside and to read a book!
Ben Doren
Week at a Glance:
Monthly Lunch Menu:
REMINDER: Winter Break is the next week.  There is no school 2/19-2/23.  School resumes on Monday, February 26.
Monday, Feb. 26
Regular School Day
Tuesday, Feb. 27
Regular School Day
Wednesday, Feb. 28
Regular School Day
Thursday, March 1
Regular School Day
Friday, March 2
Regular School Day
8:30-9:30 MV School Council
Washington DC Trip Fundraiser Donations
Please see the letter on the Eighth grade Washington DC Trip Calendar fundraiser in the flyer section.  We are looking for families to help us collect donations for the raffle.  The fundraiser is a major way for families to reduce the cost of the trip for their children.  Donations can be sent to the attention of Ben Doren or Christine Lucy.
The DEADLINE for personalized yearbooks is February 24th. You can order online at
Big Y Education Express
If you are a Big Y shopper, please go to and register for Education Express.  It is a simple way for our school to earn valuable school supplies.  See flyer below for step by step instructions.
After School Floor Hockey with Mr. Vittum
February 26 – April 18
Mondays Grades 5 and 6
Wednesdays Grades 7 and 8
Students must be picked up at 3:30
Please sign up with Mr. Vittum
Ready Set Go! With Mrs. Mason
Is an intramural activity offered after school that focuses on large group games including team sports and cooperative games for all students. It runs from 2:45 -3:30 from February 26 – April 18. Mondays are reserved for grades 7/8 and Wednesdays are reserved for grades 5/6. Students must have rides planned ahead of time for a 3:30 pick-up. Please email or see Mrs. Mason with questions.
A Message from the School Nurse
Dear Parent/Guardian for Grades 6 and 8 Students:
According to Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 71, Section 57, all children in grades 5 through 9 receive postural screening during the school year. The purpose of postural screening is to find early signs of possible spinal curvature problems (scoliosis) during the rapid growth of adolescence. It is not a diagnostic service but a program to identify young people who may need further evaluation. If the condition is detected early and appropriately treated, progressive spinal deformity may be prevented.
Monument Valley Regional Middle School will begin doing annual postural screening in late February 2018 during Physical Education classes. Students will be reminded of their scheduled time for screening the day before. The screening test is very simple and can be performed in less than a minute. It is done in privacy unless students prefer to be together. Your child’s back is observed while he/she is standing and bending forward. You will be contacted if there is any reason to have your child examined by a physician. The majority of students exhibit no findings.
Please call Pat Harper, School Nurse at 644-2324 with any concerns or questions. Students will be expected to participate in this screening unless a parent/guardian sends a note to the school nurse excusing their child, along with a copy of a medical note stating that a postural screening has been done within the past 6 months.
Please note: a letter for grade 5 students was sent home with the recent report cards detailing when postural screening is scheduled for them, and grade 7 completed this screening last month.
Note: To assure a view of the spine, students expose their backs during screening. It is recommended that boys wear a shirt that can be easily removed, and that girls wear (or bring) a sports bra, or bathing suit/camisole type top.
Girls on the Run
If you are interested in helping to coach Girls on the Run during the Spring, please contact Jessica Oakley at  See flyer on our website.
Flyers are available on our website at this link:
This week’s flyers:
• Eighth grade Washington DC Trip Calendar fundraiser
• Blue Rider Stables Winter Spring After School Flyer
• Vacation Week/ Family Friendly Exhibition Norman Rockwell Museum
• BSRCC Crafternoons
Last week’s flyers:
• Big Y’s Education Express
2 weeks ago:
• Berkshire Lingua Summer Language Program
• Stockbridge Library:  Tracking Wild Mammals in the Berkshires
Older Flyers:
• The Flu:  A Guide For Parents
• Raising Innovative Children
• Blue Rider Stables’ February Break Program
• BHYSC Spring Travel Soccer
• Aquatic Specialty Instruction
• Kilpatrick Program Flyers:  Swim America/Unique Sports Offerings
• BSRCC:  February Freeze Flyer
• Girls on The Run
• Homework Group at CHP
• MVRMS Yearbook Order Form
• Butternut 2017/18 Ski/Board Program
Julie C. Duffin
Principal’s Secretary
Monument Valley Regional Middle School