Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance and News and Notes

Note from the Principal:

Our first full week! The energy is so good in the school.  This was the week we dove into content with each class getting busy with the work of the year.  I have been impressed with the engagement of the students and their willingness to start the journey in each class with their teachers.  As you will see in the items below, we are looking for your input and engagement as well. I look forward to seeing you all Tuesday evening for Meet the Teachers Night, and I hope you can join me on Monday for the School Advisory Council.  And thank you for taking the students Friday afternoon. It will allow the teams to plan for Science Week at the end of October. More to come on that soon!

Have a good weekend!

Ben Doren


Week at a Glance:

Monthly Lunch Menu:

Monday, Sept. 16

Regular School Day

Tuesday, Sept. 17

Regular School Day

Wednesday, Sept. 18

Regular School Day

Thursday, Sept. 19

Regular School Day

Friday, Sept. 20

½ Day of School–Professional Development

Dismissal at 11:30

 School Advisory Council

The School Advisory Council is the group of parents that advise on the School Improvement Plan every year.  Please join us for our first meeting this Monday, September 16, at 8:15 am or 1:15 pm—each is the same meeting, but at two times to make it more convenient for you to join.  We need interested parents and guardians to help make the vision real and relevant to our community.

Meet the Teachers Night

Meet the Teachers Night is this Tuesday, September 17, from 6:30-8:00 pm.  We love this night, as it gives you a chance to get an overview of the year, and meet the teachers who work with your children.

Eighth Grade Washington DC Trip Information session

Please join us at 6 pm on Tuesday before Meet the Teachers Night.  We will meet in Keith Wright’s classroom, room 210. We will share information on the trip in late May, such as the focus on learning, itinerary and cost.

Arrival and Dismissal Safety

This is a reminder to make sure you advocate for safety if you are picking up or dropping off students in your vehicle before and after school.  In the morning and afternoon it is important to remember that there are many students and vehicles in the driving loop in front of the school. Please pull up as far as you can when dropping off in the morning, and use your mirrors and view to make sure there are not students getting out of vehicles when you pull in or out.  Only allow students to get out of your vehicle when you are next to the curb, and always directly onto the sidewalk: no student should be in the driving lane when exiting a vehicle. At the end of the day, please make sure you only pick up students from the curb, as no student should be crossing the driving lane or walking across the street except in a crosswalk.  And, as always, keep it slow, be aware of other vehicles and pedestrians, and advocate for safety.

Student and Health Information Forms

In August we mailed a packet of information to you which included a “Health Information Form” and a “Student Information Form” that needed to be filled out, updated and returned to school. It is mandatory that the “Health Information Form” be updated yearly.  It is also necessary that the “Student Information Form” be returned with or without changes, as a way of tracking, that we have the most current information in PowerSchool.

Please have your child return these forms to the main office as soon as possible.  If you do not have the forms please let us know and we will send the forms home with your child.  Thank you.

Scholastic Book Fair

Our Scholastic Bookfair will take place Friday, Sept. 13th  through Monday, Sept. 23th. All students will visit the bookfair with their class and have the opportunity to shop or create a wish list from a great selection of fiction and non-fiction books.  Payment can be made with cash or checks payable to Monument Valley. Families may shop at the beginning or end of school, (7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ) or during Open House night on Tuesday, Sep. 17th from  6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Families may also shop online through our bookfair webpage:  (

As a special incentive to get books into the hands of our students, each grade has the opportunity to win a water balloon contest with Mr. Doren and our administrators if they buy the equivalent of one book for each student in that grade.

Volunteers are needed to help set-up, run, and take-down the fair.  If you love books and kids, follow this link to sign up for a slot:     SignUp will even send you a reminder e-mail.  Thanks so much for your support of our bookfair.

Tools for Schools

If you are a Price Chopper shopper, please register for Tools For Schools at this link:  Your participation from now until December 28th gives us points to buy valuable school supplies.

MVRMS Student and Parent Handbook 2019-2020.pdf

This week’s flyers:

  • TAFDC Children’s Clothing Allowance Fall 2019 Update

  • Kilpatrick Athletic Center:  Swim America; Snapper Swim Club; Rock Climbing

  • Martial Arts Institute of the Berkshires Grand Re-Opening

  • Berkshire County School Fair:  Exploring Educational Opportunities

  • Construct’s Walk into the Future

  • YMCA Camp Hi Rock’s Fall Family Fun Weekend

  • Project Connection:  Berkshire Co-op’s Round Up For Change

Last week’s flyers:

  • Berkshire Hills Youth Soccer House League

  • Winter Fun at BSRCC

  • Babysitter Training at BSRCC

  • Youth Aquatics at BSRCC

Older flyers:

  • Pittsfield Figure Skating Club

  • Learn Leadership:  Step Up and Drop In @ BSRCC

  • Ski Butternut Student and Family Season Pass Application

Julie C. Duffin
Principal’s Secretary
Monument Valley Regional Middle School
313 Monument Valley Road
Great Barrington, MA  01230