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Principal's Message 11/4/18

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November 4, 2018

Dear Brooks Families,

This is an important reminder there is no school Monday, Nov. 5 and Tuesday, Nov. 6. Our second parent teacher conference day is on Monday. We are thankful for your partnership, as we update your child’s progress during conferences


Illinois State Report Cards Released
Last week, the state of Illinois released its new school report cards, used to identify performance and progress of our students. The new report card includes data on student performance, student progress, achievement of subgroups, chronic absenteeism and building climate. Schools received designations which include Exemplary, Commendable, Underperforming or Lowest Performing. All schools in District 204 received an Exemplary or Commendable rating, which speaks to the quality education provided to our students. I am proud to inform you that Brooks was 1 of 4 elementary schools in District 204 to receive an Exemplary rating, ranking us in the top 10% of elementary and middle schools in the state of Illinois. Congratulations to our dedicated teachers and staff, our supportive families and our students who come to school ready to learn each day!

Climate Survey - We Need Your Feedback (available during conferences)
Parents, students and teachers across Illinois will once again have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school as it relates to the important elements of school effectiveness.
On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by the University of Chicago. All survey responses will be kept confidential. The state will provide survey results for individual schools only if a school has at least 20 percent of parents take the survey. If you have children attending more than one school, we ask that you complete the survey for each school.
To take this short survey:
1. Visit
2. Type and select “Dupage” as "County." (The county is the location of the school district's main office.)
3. Type your school's name into the "School" field and select your school.
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are ten times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators that affect school success are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction.
Parents will have until January to participate in the survey.

Coffee Connect - Save the Date
Please mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9:00-10:00 am, for our first ever Coffee Connect. This initiative is being developed collaboratively between myself and Brooks parent, Sejal Patel. Our goal is to bring our parent community together for a simple and informal “Principal Coffee or Tea”. We will highlight how to get involved in school, but also will leave the time open for questions relating to education, Brooks progress and programming, community activities, etc. Please be watching for more specific information on this exciting event!

Picture Retake Day - Wednesday, November 14
If your child was absent or needs his or her picture retaken, please return the original picture package (if applicable). The unwanted pictures will be returned to the photographer.


Gift Mart
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

School Safety Community Night - November 14
District 204 is partnering with local law enforcement agencies for a School Safety Community Night presentation from 7 to 8 pm on Wednesday, November 14 at Waubonsie Valley High School. Safety topics include what parents should teach their younger children to help keep them safe, the district’s partnership with police and how school resource officers work with staff and students, ALICE training in schools, a new program that involves a school safety dog, and how students and parents can report safety concerns. All District 204 parents are invited to attend this event. Children are encouraged to attend at their parents’ discretion. An RSVP is appreciated, but not required at

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!

Terri Russell, Principal


Nov. 5 - No School Parent/Teacher Conferences
Nov. 6 - No School Election Day
Nov. 8 - PTA Mtg. 7:00 pm
Nov. 14 - Picture Retake Day
Nov. 21-23 - Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 1 - Coffee Connect (Principal Coffee/Tea)

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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