Monument Valley Regional Middle School
Week at a Glance and News and Notes
Note from the Principal:
Hello Monument Valley! We had a very productive week following the last. Science Week was a blast. Thank you so much to the families who gave us such positive feedback. Many kids LOVE Science Week, as it gives them a taste of the deep dive into curriculum that many of them enjoy. Also the topics are so much fun. I want to give a big shout out to our Assistant Principal, Miles Wheat, for being the main organizer and proponent of the experience. He has to support the i2 organization and their expectations, making sure teachers have the professional development and resources needed to do a great job, and gather judges from the community to visit and review the student projects. It is a great experience. Next week we have no school on Tuesday. This is a county-wide professional development day, and our eductors join folks from across the county to share experiences and get training. In house we have two excellent trainings: Self-Regulated Strategy Development for writing (just ask your kids about the TIDE and they can explain!), and we have Next Generation Science Exemplars working with our Science folks. In addition we have trainings within our specialized programs for Emotional Needs as well as Autism and Developmental Growth. Our staff take their work with your children very seriously.
Have a good one, and remember that we “fall back” in Daylight Savings Time this weekend!
Week at a Glance:
Monthly Lunch Menu:
Monday, Nov. 4
Regular School Day
Tuesday, Nov. 5
No School Today–Full Day Educator Professional Development
Wednesday, Nov. 6
Regular School Day
Thursday, Nov. 7
Regular School Day
Friday, Nov. 8
Regular School Day
Flying Cloud Institute is offering a limited number of tickets to female-identified students in grade 6, 7, and 8 to join them at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox on Saturday. They will provide lunch and students will take part in a workshop led by WAM Theater performance artists. They will have the chance to meet the author of the play “Paradise” about a Yemeni-American girl who wants to become a scientist and see a live reading of the play by equity actors.
1:00-5:00 at Shakespeare and Co in Lenox.
This is truly a Science-Meets-Art experience and we’d love to have you join us!
Contact Maria Rundle at 413–7 17–7422 to reserve a ticket. Maria can also help with transportation if needed!
Open Thought Productions Hip Hop residency
MV is happy to announce that the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Theater is bringing Open Thought Productions Hip Hop residency to us once again, this November.
This is a program that blends spoken word, music, and dance in a student-created community show at the Mahaiwe.
Interested students in grades 6 through 8 work for one hour each day, for four days, during school hours with the residency artists, and then spend time in rehearsal at the Mahaiwe for their evening performance, which brings three Berkshire county schools together for a Friday evening show.
This year the residency will occur it will Nov. 18-22.
We are looking for students who might want to participate, who enjoy performing or would like to try performing in a supportive, engaging, and creative way.
If you want to recommend your child, (grades 6-8) please feel free to do so.
Send their name along to me and I will follow up with their grade level team for consideration of their participation.
Nurses’ Office Memo:
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. Sub nurses are paid $150.00. Anyone interested can apply online at the BHRSD website or call Pat Harper (School Nurse) for more information 644-2324; firstname.lastname@example.org
November 9th Parent Training with Tanya Beecher
– An article from the Berkshire Edge about last year’s training: https://theberkshireedge.com/coping-with-teen-substance-abuse-a-training-session-for-parents/
– Description of the event:
The Invitation to Change Approach draws from the most effective strategies found in 3 evidence-based treatments: CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training), MI (Motivational Interviewing), and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). With a skills-oriented, compassionate outlook, this model emphasizes the idea that parents can take care of themselves and the rest of their family while also staying engaged with and helping their struggling child. Participants will leave the training with a new perspective on substance use issues and an introduction to proven communication and change strategies.
The Invitation to Change is an approach developed by CMC: Foundation for Change, a 501c3 nonprofit with the mission of getting evidence-based support to the families and friends of people struggling with substance use. Broadly, we work to change the conversation around addiction from one of shame, secrecy, and suffering to one of hope and positive action. Want to learn more? Visit us online at cmcffc.org or by emailing us at email@example.com
– More about Tanya Beecher: https://www.tanyabeecher.com/
November 12th Talking with Teens Training
– This event is meant to give parents and caregivers communication strategies as well as science-based talking points to use in conversation with young people about the developing brain and the impact of drugs and alcohol. There will be a short presentation on the science, followed by a conversation about effective methods for speaking with young people about these issues and then an opportunity to practice the skills they have learned.
Orchestra Tues., Dec. 3 7:00
Chorus Wed., Dec. 11 7:00
Band Wed., Dec. 18 7:00
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 (yankeecandlefundraising.com) 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, firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Thanks, the fifth-grade and I really appreciate your support!
Tools for Schools
If you are a Price Chopper shopper, please register for Tools For Schools at this link: https://www.pricechopper.com/savings/tools-schools/. Your participation from now until December 28th gives us points to buy valuable school supplies.
Flyers are available on our website at this link: https://mvrms.bhrsd.org/category/families/flyers/
This week’s flyers:
Guthrie Center Thanksgiving Dinner
Last week’s flyers:
The Stockbridge Fire Department Annual Ice Glen Night Hike
Berkshire County STEAM Challenge for grades K-5 on 10/25/19
Parent Training for Parents worried about a child’s relationship with drugs & alcohol
Talking with Teens: How to use current science to talk with youth about drugs & alcohol
Crafting Festival of Trees Ornaments @ BSRCC
una clínica de vacunación contra la gripe
Food Pantries and Meal Sites in Berkshire County
Golden Knight’s Girls Basketball House League Registration 2019-2020
Children’s Programming at BSRCC
Boston Children’s Hospital Autism Spectrum Center Community Lecture Series https://cms.ubicare.com/segments/76046?mode=web&message_id=54734093
Housatonic Youth Basketball – 2019/20 House League
McKinney-Vento Act Information for Parents
Swim Club @ BSRCC
Fit for Fall @ BSRCC
Basic Rights: Evaluation and Eligibility A Free Workshop for Parents and Professionals from the Federation for Children with Special Needs
Stockbridge Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Walk-About
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
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
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
Monument Valley Regional Middle School
313 Monument Valley Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230