Students of Newburyport's Brown, Bresnahan and Edward Molin Upper elementary schools are encouraged to purchase the all new "spirit wear" line of fitted and garment dyed T-shirts being made available through the Elementary School PTO. A variety of colors and styles are available for order through April 17, and all merchandise will be delivered on May 7. Order forms can be found on the Bresnahan School Web site by clicking on the Take Home Notices link. For more information, contact Rebecca Brodish at Rbrodishatyahoo.com.

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It's time to sign up for the PTO-sponsored 4th Annual Spring Fever 5K Run. The PTO is still looking for businesses willing to donate or participate as sponsors of the group's race coming up on Sunday, May 17. The event is one of the largest and most successful fundraising events launched by Newburyport's PTO, with monies earned from businesses in the district directly benefiting children with field trips and special programs.

The event is USATF certified and sanctioned and attracts runners from across the eastern seaboard. Timing is offered through the Winner's Circle Running Club, and the waterfront route makes for one of the most picturesque races around.

To enter the race, pick up a registration form at Abraham's Bagels, Fitness Factory, Upper Crust Pizza or any of the three elementary schools in the district.

Start times from Bresnahan Elementary School vary, with the Family Fun Run beginning at noon, the walkers beginning at 12:40 p.m., and the runners beginning at 1.

To donate something to the event, contact Willo Turvo at willowwann@hotmail.com, Alli Schilling at Allischilling@hotmail.com, or Jen Fogel at jenandbillfogel@aol.com.

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Downtown's newest pizzeria, Upper Crust Pizza, is offering help to Newburyport's Elementary School PTO for the second time this year by donating a portion of proceeds from Thursday's receipts to help support the upcoming Spring Fever 5K being held Sunday, May 17. The last time the pizzeria offered a percentage of its sales to local schools, the event was enormously successful and yielded more than $500 for the kids.

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Tonight is the Rupert A. Nock Middle School's PTO meeting, and all are invited to attend at 7 p.m. in the school library.

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Tomorrow, all grades at the Nock middle school will be taking the reading comprehension portion of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System. Parents are encouraged to ensure their child is well rested and enjoys a healthy breakfast before heading to school that day. MCAS make-ups will be held the following day.

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Parents and staff will face off for a much-anticipated basketball game Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The community is encouraged to come out and support their favorite team, and prizes will be awarded to the grade level able to bring the most spectators. Admission fee is by donation only, and guests will be treated to a "Hot Shot" Competition and raffles.

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In honor of Good Friday, there will be no school Friday.

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Team Newburyport excelled in the recently held Region 5 Massachusetts Destination Imagination Tournament. With a theme of "Detonation Imagination," four of the five Newburyport Youth Services teams placed in the top three of their division, with the fourth team taking first place in their Instant Challenge Competition.

The Senior Level team took first place for their "Private Di" challenge and will attend the Destination Imagination state tournament in Worcester on April 11. Congratulations to All Star NHS team members Elias Earls, Sam Szabo, Sydney Geenly Kois, Alden Michaels and Sean Simon, who not only took first place, but received their DI tassles as graduating seniors and were awarded the Rennaissance Award for being "exceptional" participants in the creative academic program.

Kudos as well to Middle School coaches Bill Lincoln and Gary Robinson, and coaches Pete Jalajas, Greg and Nancy Earls, Marck Sceery, Bill Steelman and Sue Ann Celentano.

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The G.W. Brown School Kindergarten Carnival will be held Thursday, April 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the school gymnasium. Families of all children attending kindergarten this year are invited to enjoy an evening of crafts, music, games, face painting and more. Siblings are welcome.

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Lynne Hendricks covers Newburyport schools for The Daily News. She can be reached at wiehe@verizon.net.