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Principal's Message 10/21/18

Reported by terri_russell@ipsd.org on 10/19/18

October 21, 2018

Dear Brooks Families,

Once again, Brooks School will be partnering with Gift Mart Wheatland Community in holding a toy drive to benefit under resourced children in Indian Prairie School District 204! These families come from households in financial stress whom may not otherwise be able to afford gifts for the holidays.
Gift Mart is a program that provides families who qualify with a “hand up” during the holiday season. By invitation parents and guardians are invited to a toyshop where they can purchase new toys for only $2.00 per toy. 100% of the proceeds made from the sale of each toy will be donated back to each invited school to fund much needed resources.
Please consider donating a new, unwrapped toy values@ $20 that is safe for children ages 6-12. No stuffed animals or board games, please. There will be a GiftMart toy box located inside of the school from November 12th – December 7th.
Thank you for your generosity and participation!
To learn more about Gift Mart please visit www.communitygiftmart.org

MUST READ

Parent Teacher Conferences
Fall Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Nov. 1 from 4:30-8:00 and Nov. 5 from 8:00-3:00 and 4:30-8:00. Parents will be using Power PTC to sign up for conferences, however, you may access the link directly through your Home Access. Sign up will close on October 26, so don’t forget to sign up!
1. Go to Home Access
2. Go to School Links
3. Go to Power PTC
4. Use your Home Access Log in (type it in - do not used the "saved" password)

Report Cards
Report cards will be available to view on Friday, October 26 after 4:00 in Home Access. If you are unfamiliar with how to use Home Access or misplaced your password, please contact the office BEFORE October 26. You may notice a slight change in report cards. Elementary is no longer reporting + and - grades, solely “straight” grades. For example, you will see an S instead of an S- or a B instead of a B+. The purpose is to maintain more consistency K-12. The most important indicator of student progress is the conversation you have with your child’s teacher about learning and achievement.
Library Web-site
Thank you to Mrs. Cooley for providing the new link to her Brooks Library website! Check out all the amazing “happenings” in the LMC! https://sites.google.com/ipsd.org/brooks-lmc/


Mix It Up Day
I am proud to inform you that Brooks School will be participating in Mix It Up Day. Mix It Up Day is an international program which encourages students to meet new people and helps build an inclusive and welcoming school community. On Tuesday, October 23, Brooks will use each lunch/recess period to facilitate new friendships through fun and structured activities. In order to make our day run smoothly, we need parent volunteers who would be willing to help facilitate the activities (easy to do and provided for you!!). The time commitment would be from 10:45-1:30. If you are interested in volunteering for Mix It Up Day, please use the link below.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D4DAFAC23A5FF2-mixitup

Student Council T-Shirt Contest
Please see the attachment to order a Student Council T-Shirt! The deadline has been extended to Monday, October 22. We need to sell 21 more shirts to reach our goal!


ON THE RADAR/REMINDERS

Pizza Hut Book It Reading Program
Brooks school is once again participating in the Pizza Hut Book It Program. Each month, from October to March, your child can record how many days they meet their grade level minute goal. Please have your child color in the calendar for those days they read their goal minutes. When they have met their total goal, they can return their completed calendar to the LMC. All student who return a signed form will receive a certificate for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut. Please make sure your child’s first and last name and class are written neatly on the paper, along with an adult’s signature.
October Reading Logs are due by Friday, November 2, 2018.


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.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScQ9BFo_kq3PLW8gmu257bxRLE9fZxP4gRdIXyi9gLWoJmmTA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Sincerely,
Terri Russell, Principal


CALENDAR DATES

Oct. 21 - IPEF and Team Brooks ½ Marathon - please come cheer us on!!
Oct. 24 - Trunk or Treat
Oct. 25 - Trunk or Treat (rain date)
Oct. 26 - Grades post after 4:00
Nov. 1 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:30-8:00 and Book Fair Night
Nov. 5 - No School Parent/Teacher Conferences
Nov. 6 - No School Election Day

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: Illinois Chess Teachers Chess Club
Brooks: Bricks 4 Kidz Lego STEM and Girl Scout Workshop

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