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!

Ben Doren


Week at a Glance:

Monthly Lunch Menu:

Lunch Menu and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

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

Workshop Opportunity

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.

Thank you,

Donna Astion

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;

November 9th Parent Training with Tanya Beecher

– An article from the Berkshire Edge about last year’s training:

– 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 or by emailing us at

– More about Tanya Beecher:

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.

Winter Concerts

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 ( 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!

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:

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

Older flyers:

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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

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