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Principal's Message 9/23/18

Reported by on 9/23/18

September 23, 2018

Dear Brooks Families,

What a beautiful fall weekend! I hope you are enjoying it. Thank you to all our parents and guardians who were able to attend Curriculum Night. I hope you left with a sense of your child’s day and the academic and social/emotional programming we have at Brooks. We are fortunate to partner with our families on behalf of our students.

A huge SHOUT OUT goes to Keeley Schmid, who organized and coordinated Movie Night Mania. Alongside her, thank you to Penny and Rick Ose, Tiffany Avery Scott, Katy Opelt, Erika Paredes, Kelly Powell, Brittany Brueske and all the parent volunteers who made this event possible. What a fun opportunity to come together as a community and support IPEF TEAM BROOKS as we prepare for the 5K or half marathon on Sunday, October 21.

Speaking of TEAM BROOKS - a team of staff members and Brooks parents will be running a 5K or half marathon to support the Indian Prairie Education Foundation on Sunday, October 21 at 7am. Half of our fundraising efforts come right back to Brooks School. Last year, we were able fund the wildly popular Tim Hanig Pro Kids Show, purchase a new rug for the music room and add multiple activities and resources to our Thinker/Maker space in the LMC. What we need YOU for, costs nothing! Please consider saving the date and coming out to support TEAM BROOKS. I can personally say that seeing a familiar face or hearing some cheers along the VERY LONG route makes all the difference in the world! YOU help us finish. As time gets closer, more specific information/locations will be provided. Thank you for considering SAVING THE DATE!


Car Line Reminder:
If you use our car drop off and pick up line, I kindly ask you to review the important information listed below. These procedures are in place for the safety of our students.
All students MUST exit their car curbside. Exiting into the circle drive may result in your child being hit by a car that is exiting the drive. If you have a car seat on the passenger side, your child will need to climb over the car seat to exit the car. Exiting into traffic is not an option.
If you are dropping off or picking up your child in the northern parking lot (circle drive), you need to do so in the drop off/pick up line. Parking in the teacher lot, then walking across the circle is teaching your child that it’s ok to walk in between moving cars. I think we would all agree this is not a safe practice.
When you exit the car line onto Stonebridge Blvd, please make a right hand turn. Waiting to turn left backs up the car line and the traffic coming off of Indian Trail.

Thank you for your cooperation and support. We all need to put safety before convenience.

“Daddy/Daughter Dance”
Hey Brooks girls!
Invite your favorite male role model and get ready to
Shake, Rattle & Roll!
at the
Girls’ Choice 50s Sock Hop

Friday, October 12— 6:30 -8:30 pm
Brooks Elementary Gym
$15/couple— $5/additional girl

Ticket order forms will be sent home the week of September 24

Moms...interested in volunteering?
Go to:

Questions? Contact Penny Ose at

Walk to School Day
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, October 10 for Walk to School Day. Students who are able to participate will be meeting on the back playground between 8:50-9:10. School will start at 9:15 (late start day). Further information will be provided by PTA.

Label Envelopes
Each day, our school office receives dozens of envelopes with money for lunch, field trips, PTA activities, clubs, etc. PLEASE label your child’s envelope with first and last name, name of the activity and teacher name. See example:
Brooks Tiger
4th Grade Field Trip
Mrs. Kroll


Academically Talented Parent Night
Earlier this month, you received information about the qualification process and timelines for our academically talented programs. Each year, we identify students for a myriad of academic programs that support student needs. Each of these programs has a specific qualification process and criteria. On Wednesday, September 26 at 6:30 pm, Brooks will host a parent information night on how school assessment data is used to identify students for the following programs:

Math Acceleration (starting in grade 3)
Project Arrow (gifted program, also starting in grade 3).

If you are interested in learning more about the guidelines for these programs, please complete the RSVP below.

PAWS for Tales
Our partnership with the Naperville Humane Society and the PAWS for Tales program will continue on Fridays starting at the end of September. This wildly successful program allows our students to read to therapy/rescue dogs. In order to participate, your child must have a release on file. Please fill out the attached Google Form for each Brooks Tiger in your family to grant permission to participate.

Terri Russell, Principal

Sept. 26 -Academically Talented Parent Night 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Sept. 27 - School Pictures
Sept. 30 - Roarin 5K 9:00 a.m.
Oct. 3 - Chick-Fil-A Night 5:00-8:00 p.m. - come have dinner with Mrs. Russell
Oct. 8 - No School Columbus Day
Oct. 12 - “Daddy/Daughter Dance”
Oct. 21 - IPEF and Team Brooks ½ Marathon - please come cheer us on!!

Third-Party Educational Programs
The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit:
Brooks: Bricks 4 Kidz Lego STEM Club
Brooks: Let's Build It Engineering!
Brooks: Elementary Golf School

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