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Principal Message 12/15/18

Reported by terri_russell@ipsd.org on 12/14/18

December 15, 2018

Dear Brooks Families,

It is hard to believe we are concluding our first semester and getting ready for Winter Break! I want to wish you all a very happy Holiday Season and a Winter Break full of family, friends and fun!
MUST READ

Student Council Spirit Week - Dec. 17-21
Please join us for the Student Council Spirit Week to celebrate the week before Winter Break!
Monday - Hat Day
Tuesday - Silly Sock Day
Wednesday - Grinch Day (wear green)
Thursday - Candy Cane Day (wear red and white)
Friday - Festive Tacky Sweater Day

Lunchroom Containers
We kindly ask you not to include glass containers in your child’s lunchbox/lunch bag. These are getting dropped on the floor, creating a potential safety issue for students. Tupperware, Rubbermaid or plastic baggies provide a safer option for our students. Thank you for your consideration.

Extra Snack for Winter Party
On December 21st, classroom teachers will provide a winter party for their class. Please send an extra snack in your child’s backpack to be enjoyed during the party. Thank you!

Volunteers Wanted - Vision/Hearing
We are looking for volunteers who are willing to shuttle students to and from their vision and hearing screenings. Click on the link if you are interested in volunteering during December 18 and 19.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4dafac23a5ff2-help6


ON THE RADAR/REMINDERS

Climate Survey - We Need Your Feedback
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 https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/
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.

Winter Weather/Recess
As the weather shifts to winter, it’s important to make sure our students are prepared for the cold temperatures. Please make sure your child wears a coat to school and has hats/gloves/boots available when needed. As per district policy, our students will go out for a short recess if the temperature and/or wind chill is above 5 degrees and the playground conditions are acceptable. If your family needs assistance with warm winter wear, please call or email me (630-375-3200 or terri_russell@ipsd.org). Your call will be confidential and your child’s needs will be met.

Vacations
This is the time of year when many of our families take extended vacations. Please contact the school office at 630-375-3200 x3 to report your child’s absence. Please keep in mind, as per district policy, homework will not be provided in advance. When your child returns, the necessary work, along with a reasonable “make-up timeframe” will be given. Thank you for your understanding.

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/

Sincerely,
Terri Russell, Principal


CALENDAR DATES
Dec. 21- End of First Semester
Dec. 24-Jan. 7 - Winter Break
Jan. 21 - No School Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan. 23 - Bingo Night
Jan. 29 - Chipotle Family Dinner Night


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: Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes
Brooks: Bricks 4 Kids STEM Club & Scout Workshops
Brooks: Afterschool Chess Club and Let's Build It Engineering!

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