Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance and News and Notes

Note from the Principal:

This was a big week at MVM.  We continued to dive deep into our curriculum, and really started pushing the students, as we have been in school a month now!  We also had a safety drill yesterday that went well. These are not what we want to do, but what we have to do. We get support from our local and state police teams so we can make sure we are prepared and keep your children safe.  Please talk about the drill with your children, and let me know if you have any questions. Safety is also central to our work with the social-emotional learning curriculum. Grade teams plan every week for Advisory, which is our conversations about topics important to the growth and development of children and adolescents.  Ask your kids about Advisory too!

Have a great weekend.

Ben Doren


Week at a Glance:

Monthly Lunch Menu:

Monday, Sept. 30

Regular School Day

Tuesday, Oct. 1

Regular School Day

Wednesday, Oct. 2

Regular School Day

Thursday, Oct. 3

Regular School Day

Friday, Oct. 4

Regular School Day

26th Annual Outerwear Drive

It is almost time for the 26th Annual Winter Outerwear Drive! I understand from Susan Happ that our Southern Berkshire community has been very generous throughout many years, making plentiful contributions of warm clothing for this drive. I am very happy to now be part of this effort in assisting families in our local community. We will be collecting winter clothing during the month of October at Monument Mountain, Monument Valley and Muddy Brook Elementary Schools. A box will be located in the front of each school. We will be collecting COATS, HATS, MITTENS, GLOVES, SNOW PANTS, SCARVES, BOOTS, BLANKETS, etc. Please be sure donated clothing is 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. 26th from 9am to 6pm and on Sunday, Oct. 27th from 9am to 2pm. Please mark your calendars! The mission continues to be, “Every person in Southern Berkshire County will have a warm winter coat!” We will collect many more items than coats, really anything warm! We will continue to count the number of coats and our goal continues to collect at least 1000 coats!  Thank you for your participation!

Thank you for your generous and ongoing support! If you have any questions, please contact Carol Brunnschweiller at 429-6204 or email at

Yankee Candle Fundraiser

The fifth-graders at MV have kicked off our Yankee Candle® Fundraiser and we need your help! We are raising funds for the fifth-grade trip to Nature’s Classroom. Our group earns 40% of every dollar you spend.  Every year we have an increasing number of students requesting scholarships in order to participate in this incredible program. Individual fifth-graders have already earned a total of almost $3300 due to their sales efforts.  Any orders conducted using the link below will add to the MVRMS scholarship fund.

Simply click here ( to see the exciting collection of America’s Best Loved Candles™, candle accessories, flameless fragrance and assorted gift wrap. Shop online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – everything is shipped directly to you.

If you don’t click on the link listed above, you need to enter my Group Number 990009533 and my Seller ID Elizabeth7 in order for the scholarship fund to receive credit.

Click here for my site

If you are having trouble with the above link, you may copy and paste the following link in to your browser:

The online fundraiser will be running from 10-Sep-2019 through December 31, 2019. Please help me by placing your order before the end of our sale.

Please contact Elizabeth Sparks, with any questions.  Thanks, the fifth-grade and I really appreciate your support!


Join us Sunday, October 6, 2019 for the 9th Annual Run for the Hills 5k/10k Race & (Free) 1k Kids Fun Run.

All proceeds support Great Barrington Land Conservancy’s work supporting farms, trails, and land conservation. The race is during peak fall foliage and the race course takes you through beautiful rolling hills.

Race day check-in and registration take place inside the Kilpatrick Athletic Center (KAC) gymnasium between 8 – 9am on race day. 10K start time is 9:20am. 5K start time is 9:40am. 1K Fun Run starts at 10:30.

Run, walk, volunteer, and spread the word. Show your support for the GB landscapes you love!

Free T-shirts to the first 150 registrants and all volunteers! Registrations are rolling in fast, so sign up soon to guarantee your shirt!

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.


Flyers are available on our website at this link:

This week’s flyers:

  • Bingo and Cupcakes Scholarship Fundraiser for The Thursday Morning Club to benefit students of Monument Mountain and Mount Everett

  • 26th Annual Winter Outerwear Drive

  • World Traveler’s Club @ GB Libraries

  • Book Club @ GB Libraries

  • Read and WAG @ Mason Library

Last week’s flyers:

  • Halloween Window Painting Contest for Grades 7 and 8

  • Teen Crossfit Training

  • Festival Latino of the Berkshires

  • Berkshire Boxing Club for Kids and Teens

  • Learn Leadership @ BSRCC

  • Fall Fun @ BSRCC

  • Berkshire Sings Fall Concert @ BSRDD

  • Babysitter’s Training Class @ BSRCC

Older 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

  • Berkshire Hills Youth Soccer House League

  • Winter Fun at BSRCC

  • Babysitter Training at BSRCC

  • Youth Aquatics at BSRCC

  • 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