Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance and News and Notes


Note from the Principal:


This was an intense week at Monument Valley!  We got a lot of work done, managed the rain and indoor recess for a few days, and generally got into the groove of the school year.  We were supposed to join the high school Pep Rally this week, but got rained out both Tuesday and Friday.  I like that the district is starting to work together.  This event was supposed to be a start of connecting the high school and middle school.  I am eager to make the connections with the younger and older students, especially as we have such a close campus.  Next week is October, the start of our second full month of school.  Following up on our Meet the Teachers night last week I want to share the link again to family friendly explanations of learning in each grade for the Massachusetts Department of Education:  These are the areas we work on with your children through the year.  In addition we have our Advisory program.  This is an important part of your children’s social and emotional development—important as a balance and foil to the academics.  Advisory and the community meeting we do help build connections between students, and make sure that your child is known by at least on adult very well in their school year.


Ben Doren




Week at a Glance:

Monthly Lunch Menu:



Monday, October 1

Regular School Day


Tuesday, October 2

Regular School Day


Wednesday, October 3

Regular School Day


Thursday, October 4

Regular School Day


Friday, October 5

Regular School Day





COLLECTION: During the month of October at the schools in Southern Berkshire and Berkshire Hills Regional School Districts and the Rudolf Steiner School, churches and synagogues in South County, Berkshire South, Barnbrook Realty, Aubuchon Hardware and Trustco Bank in the Price Chopper Plaza in GB.


DISTRIBUTION: Saturday, October 27th, 9am to 6pm and Sunday, October 28th, 9am to 2pm at Berkshire South Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Gt. Barrington.


CLOTHING DROP-OFF AND SET-UP: Friday, October 26th from 3pm to 6pm at Berkshire South, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington.


WHAT: COATS, HATS, MITTENS/GLOVES, SCARVES, BOOTS, SNOW PANTS, WARM CLOTHING, BLANKETS, etc. Please check that clothes are unstained, not torn, and do not have mildew and that zippers are working (i.e. in “wearable condition”).


THANK YOU!!!!! Susan Happ

September 21, 2018


Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is almost time for our 25th Annual Winter Outerwear Drive! Our community has been so very generous through these many years, making so many wonderful contributions of warm clothing for this drive. I am very grateful for your willing participation and I know the families, who benefit from these donations, are as well!


We will be collecting winter clothing during the month of October at Muddy Brook, Monument Valley and Monument Mountain. Boxes will be located in the front of each of these schools. We will be collecting COATS, HATS, MITTENS, GLOVES, SNOW PANTS, SCARVES, BOOTS, BLANKETS, etc. We would like items to be in “wearable condition”, with working zippers, untorn, unstained and without mildew!  We will distribute the collected clothing at Berkshire South Community Center (15 Crissey Rd.) in GB on Saturday, Oct. 27th from 9am to 6pm and on Sunday, Oct. 28th from 9am to 2pm.

Please mark your calendars! My goal continues to be, “Every person in Southern Berkshire County will have a warm winter coat!” We collect many more things than coats, really anything warm, including blankets, but we do count the coats each year to see if we have met our goal of 1000 coats! (Last year we collected about 825 coats!)

This will be my last year for facilitating this drive. I am looking for someone(s) who would like to take on this important effort. Please call or email me, if you are interested and would like to join us this year to “learn the ropes” and, then, run this event in the



Thank you for your generous and ongoing support! If you have any questions, please contact Susan Happ at Undermountain Elementary School, 229-8754, Ext. 387 or email to:


Sincerely, Susan Happ




Memos from the MVM Health Office

Annual Vision and Hearing Screenings for grade 5 will take place Monday October 1st.

Please contact Pat Harper with any questions 644-2324;

Thank you


The Monument Valley Health Office would love to have some Registered Nurses available for sub opportunities during the school day.

There is an orientation, and usually advance notice for days to work. Anyone interested can apply online at the BHRSD website or call Pat Harper (School Nurse) for more information 644-2324.



Free and Reduced Lunch Available

If you have NOT received a NOTICE OF DIRECT CERTIFICATION (either free or reduced) you MUST complete a new free and reduced meal application before September 30th, in order continue to qualify.

If you DID receive a NOTICE OF DIRECT CERTIFICATION (either free or reduced) you do not need to complete any additional paperwork.


 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.





Flyers are available on our website at this link:


This week’s flyers:

·         Winter Outerwear Drive

·         Great Barrington 4H Club

·         BERK CIRQUE After School Classes

·         Camp Hi-Rock Family Fun Weekend

·         Stockbridge Library 3rd Annual Family Fun 5K



Last week’s flyers:

·         Thunderbirds Flyer

·         Flying Cloud STEAM Challenge

·         Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair

·         Blue Rider After School Program Flyer

·         BSRCC Gymnastics

·         Mason Library Mexican Bingo

·         Thursday Morning Club House Tour to benefit Scholarship Fund



Older flyers:

·         Black Rock FC & BSRCC Youth Soccer Clinics

·         Butternut Basin 18/19 Ski/Board Program Application

·         BSRCC—Youth Swim/Tween Programs

·         Kilpatrick Program Flyers—Fall Swim/Indoor Rock Climbing/Snapper Swim Club

  • Cub Scouts Open House
  • Pittsfield Figure Skating Club Open House
  • Safe Sitter Class for Teens
  • Talk Saves Lives:  Suicide Prevention Wed. Sept. 5
  • Action Adventures at BSRCC

Debra Spence

Guidance Support & Data Coordinator

Monument Valley Regional Middle School

313 Monument Valley Road

Great Barrington, MA 01230

PH: 413-644-2300 x3301

FAX: 413-644-2394

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