Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Week at a Glance and News and Notes

Note from the Principal:

Short and sweet this week!

Have a good weekend!

Ben Doren


Week at a Glance:

Monthly Lunch Menu:

Monday, Dec.  16

Regular School Day

Tuesday, Dec. 17

Regular School Day

Wednesday, Dec. 18

Regular School Day

Thursday, Dec. 19

Regular School Day

Friday, Dec. 20

Regular School Day

Parent Teacher Conference Date Change

We had originally scheduled Parent Teacher conferences for December, as we did last year.  However I just was able to set up a timely and important professional learning opportunity for the staff on our half-day on December 13.  The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is going to do their World of Difference staff training on understanding bias in our learning community and how to lead anti-bias education.  This is an important opportunity for us, and something that staff and families have been asking for. There is also a family component that we will be doing later this school year.

We will hold Parent Teacher Conferences at MVM on the evening of January 29 and the afternoon of January 31, next month.  We have had January conferences in the past, and they have advantages and disadvantages. An advantage is that the teachers really know your child by then, and can give deeper feedback.  A disadvantage is that you are not getting feedback you may want until close to the middle of the year. If you have a question for a teacher in the meantime, please reach out to them directly.  We pride ourselves in good communication, so your child’s teachers will already have reached out this fall if they had concerns, and will contunue to do so. If you have concerns about your child’s overall academic or social life at school, please reach out to our Guidance Counselor, Kevin Costello.  And remember that PowerSchool has a lot of important information on performance, and the grade websites have good information on current units of study, assignments and projects. Please reach out to our Guidance Secretary, Debra Spence, if you want to get connected to PowerSchool, and follow this link to grade websites.

Snowball Dance

The Student Council is sponsoring The Snowball Dance Friday, December 13, from 6:30 – 8:00 for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Admission is $5, and snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Student Council members are encouraged to help set up the dance after school on the 13th, which is a half day for students, as well as to help clean up afterwards.  Please contact Student Council Coordinator Keith Wright with questions about the dance.

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Yearbooks are available for pre-order. You can order one at this link:

Choose from many different options including extra autograph sections and personalized covers with name and icons that reflect your personality!  Order by January 31st, 2020.

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:

  • Kids and Concussions:  What Parents Need to Know

  • RSYP:  Youth Operation Board

  • RSYP:  Ugly Sweater Party

Last week’s flyers:

  • Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce Holiday Shop, Sip and Stroll

  • CHP Family Services

  • February Break Greenagers & Flying Cloud Institute

  • 411 in the 413 Conference

Older flyers:

  • Learn Leadership:  Step Up and Drop In @ BSRCC

  • Stateline Youth Wrestling

  • 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

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