444 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

Susan Howard - Principal



Lost and Found
Our closet is overflowing with misplaced sweatshirts, jackets and other items. If your child is missing something, please check the lost and found, located in our dining room. Unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity next week.

Bus Etiquette
Students are permitted to “switch buses” as needed, provided that doing so does not create overcrowding on the bus. Therefore, we cannot accommodate groups of students switching buses for social reasons. If your child plans to bring more than one or two friends to your home, please arrange a carpool or other transportation to avoid crowding the bus. Students who are regular riders are entitled to a seat on the bus; others may be asked not to ride if the bus is filled to capacity.

Back Packs
We sometimes joke that the size of a students’ backpack is about the same as the size of the student. However, an overly heavy bag can be a concern for some. If your child’s backpack is overstuffed, please consider the following:

•Students can remove all work from completed units from their binders. These papers should be filed at home for future reference and studying, but removing these pages from binders can significantly reduce the weight. Students only need to keep the current units of study in their binders.

•Students should not carry hardcover text books between school and home.

•Students may consider using a folder to carry daily homework assignments, reducing the need to bring the whole binder home on some days.

•Students can empty the backpack of all items that can be stored in their lockers, such as calculators and pencil cases.

You may want to help your child empty and reorganize supplies and materials in their backpacks periodically. That is also a good time to check and refresh supplies such as lined paper and pencils.

Pizza and a Great Discussion!
The next Parent-Child Book Club will be on Thursday, February 26 at 6:30 in the Middle School Library Media Center. We will be discussing Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce.

•Dylan is the only boy in his entire town. His best friends are two pet chickens. Criminal instincts run in his family. And, the crime of the century has just fallen into his lap. Ninja Turtles, Renaissance art, gas stations and crime… Dylan’s having a crazy year.

The Parent Child Book Discussion Group is open to students in grades 6-8 and an adult they like to share books with. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. McCabe at kmccabe@briarcliffschools.org or Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com. Please RSVP so we can be sure to have enough Pizza and snacks.

8th Grade Families
The Yearbook staff is asking for your help! The Yearbook publishes a section called, Then and Now that features pictures of groups of 8th graders in their younger years, and then a follow up group photo from today. We need your group pictures! If you could take a moment and go through some old photos of groups of 8th graders from years past, we would love to feature them in the Yearbook. Please email your pictures directly to lgualtiere@briarcliffschools.org - or drop them off at the main office in an envelope for Mrs. Gualtiere. Due date for submission is Monday, February 23rd. Thank you in advance for your support of the Middle School Yearbook.

Middle School Health
We had a good turnout for our coffee meeting last week. Our topic was Health and Wellness at Middle School. Please see our presentation, which is posted on the website under Principal’s Coffee. Thanks to our fabulous team for presenting: Ms. Adams, Ms. Murphy, Ms. Giordano, Mrs. Piersons and Dr. Novick.

Dates to Remember:
Jan 30: Pizza Day
Feb 11: Parent Orientation to 9th Grade, 7 pm
Feb 26: Parent-Child Book Club
Middle School Forms
Tuesday, January 27, 2015