Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance and News and Notes


Note from the Principal:


I hope your children have enjoyed the two school cancellation days.  I actually was at a Principal professional development workshop yesterday.  It was fabulous.  It was put on by the League of Innovative Schools  an initiative of the Great Schools Partnership of the New England Secondary School Consortium.  The district is working with the Great Schools Partnership to improve our instructional programs in the schools.  The workshop is a professional learning group for principals.  I really appreciate the opportunity to have a community of peers that are on the same journey as me and the district.  This principal group meets four times a year—it is a mix of administrators from all the New England states who are keen on progressive education and 21st Century learning.  It is a learning group in the real sense, like we want our students to experience at school: eager learners who thrive on meaningful work.  I am part of a group of principals who envision students engaging with each other and educators on skills and content that brings together their interests and passions on projects that prepare students for college and careers for this new millennium.  It is just a lot of fun and inspiring.


I copied the Blizzard Bag information from my earlier email below.


Have a great weekend!


Blizzard Bag email:


Today is our second school cancellation, so it is our first Blizzard Bag day.  Your children brought home the Blizzard Bags several weeks ago with the assignments for today.  Some of the grades have a day’s worth of activities in a folder, envelope or zipper bag.  Some of the grades have all four day’s worth of Blizzard Bag activities, so your child only needs to complete the first day’s worth of activities, and save the other activities if we have a second Blizzard Bag day or more.


Information and instructions are in the Blizzard Bags.  You can also find links to directions and some assignments on our website, just follow the link to our Grade Level Team links or navigate to the “Grade Level and Exploratory Links” page on our website,


The activities are meant to be completed today.  If students do complete all of the work, they will submit to their teachers on Monday in their classes.  However, some students may have questions.  Teachers are available today by email to answer questions or clarify information, as per the letter in Blizzard Bag and on the website.  Also, some student may need a teacher’s help, so students have several days to ask for help in school and complete the work.  The final due date is next Friday, 2/8, but it is important that your child get all the work completed for each class as soon as possible.  Teachers will review the work and get back to students if they are questions, as with any assignment.  A few Exploratory classes just switched for the quarter or semester, so these classes may not have done their Exploratory Booster Pack additions.  Students will get that assignment next week to complete.


Also, the Middle School Dance is canceled for tonight—we will reschedule, as this is an important event for many students.  Instead, I am encouraging middle schoolers to go to the Mahaiwe tonight to see a FREE radio play, Above the Timberline, put on by the Norman Rockwell Museum, a multi-media performance that is a collaboration by a nationally-renowned illustrator, the museum and local high school students.


Ben Doren




Week at a Glance:


Monthly Lunch Menu:


Monday, February 4

Regular School Day


Tuesday, February 5

Regular School Day


Wednesday, February 6

Regular School Day


Thursday, February 7

Regular School Day


Friday, February 8

½ Day of School today—Professional Development Day


Helping Parents Help Their Children Cope with Drugs and Alcohol

GREAT BARRINGTON _ Psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Foote will offer a workshop for parents worried about their child’s relationship to drugs and alcohol on Saturday, February 9, at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center at 9 a.m.

“Our goal is to get effective and accessible evidence-based tools to families struggling with substance abuse,” says Foote, the co-founder of the Center for Motivation and Change in New Marlboro and New York City.

“We provide families with the best science has to offer (including compassion!) and empower them to help each other in this struggle. Together, we can change the conversation from one of shame and secrecy, and suffering to one of pride and hope.”

Entitled “An Invitation to Change: Learn Compassionate Communication Strategies to Make a Positive Impact on Your Child’s Decisions about Drugs and Alcohol,” the evidence-based workshop is sponsored by the South Berkshire Community Health Coalition, CMC, and the Railroad Street Youth Project. There is a $10 fee for the four-hour training session. You can register by contacting Iona Smith at

The workshop is part of a series of events and programs designed to raise awareness about effective strategies to help families and communities cope with issues related to substance use in southern Berkshire County, where rates of substance use are higher than most of the country.

“We want to help give tools to parents who are the best positioned but often the least equipped on how to help support their children in making healthy decisions,” coalition co-chairman Erik Bruun says. “Jeff Foote has been doing this work for more than 30 years. He is smart, funny and compassionate. If you are in this struggle, then you will want to be a part of this event.”


Spirit Week

Also the Student Council is sponsoring a Spirit Week starting Monday, February 4th …

2/4 – Pajama Day

2/5 – Beach Day (No Swim Suits)

2/6 – Twin Day

2/7 – Color Wars (5th Grade – Red, 6th Grade – Blue, Orange Team – Orange, and Green Team – Green)

2/8 – Maroon & White Day

Remember the dress code still applies!


Yearbooks are available for pre-order!

Purchase at or download the order form and please make checks payable to: Monument Valley Activity Fund.


Reminder from the PE Teachers

Although boot season is upon us, please remember sneakers are required for students in all PE classes.




Flyers are available on our website at this link:


This week’s flyers:

·         Parent Training:  for parents worried about a child’s relationship to drugs & alcohol with Dr. Jeff Foote

·         Babysitter’s Training—BSRCC

·         Early Childhood Swim Flyer—BSRCC

·         Youth Winter Program Flyer—BSRCC

·         February Freeze Action Adventures–BSRCC

• Free workshop for parents — Children and Anxiety

• Camp Marshall Summer Camp 2019

• What Language Learning Looks Like!—Summer Sessions


Last week’s flyers:

• Youth Winter Programs—BSRCC

• Early Childhood Programs—BSRCC

• BHYSC SP19 Travel Soccer Player Registration


Older flyers:

• Norman Rockwell Museum and Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center To Present Above the Timberline Radio Play

• Berkshire County Head Start

• Winter Fun for Kids at Berkshire South

• Flying Cloud Institute:  Girls Robotics Club

• Yearbook Order Form

• Stateline Youth Wrestling

• BSRCC—American Red Cross Learn to Swim Lessons

• Winter Soccer Clinics

• Ski Butternut Student and Family Season Pass Application

• Berkshire HorseWorks Initiative

• Golden Knights Basketball

• Housatonic Youth Basketball Registration

• Great Barrington 4H Club

• Blue Rider After School Program Flyer

• Butternut Basin 18/19 Ski/Board Program Application

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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