Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance and News and Notes

Note from the Principal:

Short and sweet this week!  I hope your kids enjoy the long weekend.  Though it will be cold, remember to get the kids outside to play and enjoy the Berkshires before we hit the real winter.  And Monday is GREAT day to read a book. I am in the middle of a book about trees as a way to understand the world. The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago, but the second best time is right now.  Trees for thought!

Ben Doren


Week at a Glance:

Monthly Lunch Menu:

Monday, Nov. 11

No School Today–Veteran’s Day

Tuesday, Nov. 12

Regular School Day

Green Hill Gazette Student Bloggers, Mrs. Astion’s room, L/R

Wednesday, Nov. 13

Regular School Day

Thursday, Nov. 14

Regular School Day

Friday, Nov. 15

Regular School Day

UPDATE!  Only a few spots left!!

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

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:

  • Babysitter’s Training

  • WIC Information

  • Project Bread

  • Richmond Consolidated School’s Craft & Country Fair

Last week’s flyers:

  • Guthrie Center Thanksgiving Dinner

Older 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

  • 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