Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance and News and Notes

Note from the Principal:

This was another productive week at MVM.  Students are starting to get the winter energy, and we have the mixed days of indoor and outdoor recess based on wet and cold weather mixed with the last of the warmer sunny days.  We are now in the midst of the second quarter, and students have had a good amount of time with teachers, so routines are set for learning. Our teachers love to be partners in your child’s education with you, so please reach out if you have questions or concerns.

A concern I know many parents share is what the school is doing about the recent issue with bias incidents of anti-semitism in the school. We started our forums and advisory lessons with the students this week with the sixth grade, and will continue with the fifth grade next week and seventh and eight grade after the break next week.  The forum is where the administrators joins the grade and talks about bias, dignity and hate speech, setting some clear guidelines and helping kids understand the impact of speech on people. Advisors follow up the next day with conversations in their advisory. We also held a meeting of community organization leaders and leaders from faith communities to address the issue of bias and hate in our community: how can we help MVM, but also how can we collaborate to address the issue in the larger community.  We held a forum for families this morning at MVM, where we explained what we are doing, heard some serious concerns and answered questions. Some next steps are following up with the forums and advisory lessons, getting more professional development for our staff on dealing with bias incidents and addressing bias in the school community, getting families involved in helping combat bias and hate speech, and aligning with the work at the other schools.

A reminder that we have the School Advisory Council meetings on Monday, at 8:15 am and 1:15 pm.  We will address the recent issue and continue our work from past meetings–helping families make sense of device and internet use at home, and what we can do at school to support. We will also review the School Improvement Plan recently endorsed by the School Committee, charting our work on deeper learning, teacher leadership and community engagement. Please reach out to me at if you have any questions or want to raise a concern.

Have a good weekend.

Ben Doren


Week at a Glance:

Monthly Lunch Menu:

Monday, Nov. 25

Regular School Day

Tuesday, Nov. 26

Regular School Day

Wednesday, Nov. 20

No School Today–Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, Nov. 21

No School Today–Thanksgiving Break

Friday, Nov. 22

No School Today–Thanksgiving Break

Food Drive

As we enter the holiday season, it is time to once again think of the many families in our community that suffer from food insecurity. Toward this end, the Student Council is once again collecting non-perishable food items for the local food pantry.  Please help out those in need by bringing in cans to your Advisory. In addition to knowing that you’ve helped a family in need, the Advisory with the most cans wins a pizza party from Student Council. Thank you for your support.

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.  Our school code is: 14036


Flyers are available on our website at this link:

This week’s flyers:

  • Learn Leadership:  Step Up and Drop In @ BSRCC

Last week’s flyers:

  • Stateline Youth Wrestling

Older flyers:

  • Babysitter’s Training

  • WIC Information

  • Project Bread

  • Richmond Consolidated School’s Craft & Country Fair

  • Guthrie Center Thanksgiving Dinner

  • 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