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Principal's Message 1/5/19

Reported by on 1/3/19

January 5, 2019

Dear Brooks Families,

Happy New Year!! I hope you have had a wonderful Winter Break. It’s hard to believe with the New Year, comes the start of our 2nd semester! Where has time gone??


School Resumes January 8 - We look forward to seeing your child!!

Grades Posted Soon
Grades for 2nd quarter will be posted on Home Access on January 11 after 4:00. If you are unsure of your Home Access log-in information, please contact the school office before January 11 @ 630-375-3200.

Volunteers Wanted - Winter Benchmarking
Parents are needed to monitor students during our Winter Benchmarking scheduled for Wednesday, January 9th to Wednesday, January 16th. Please sign up for an available slot. PLEASE ARRIVE 10 MINUTES EARLY IN THE LMC! Thank you for your time!​—

Community Connection
I am proud to announce our partnership with FITSPEED workout facility. FITSPEED is a local establishment which focuses on good health, setting goals and giving to the community. Owner, Darcy Johnson, has already started visiting Brooks PE classes to share the important message of healthy choices and perseverance. Please be looking for further information about our partnership which will include the opportunity for our families to sign up for a monthly walk/run club on Saturday mornings and YES, you will see Mrs. Russell there! Stay tuned for more information!

Save the Date - Brooks Family Dinner Night
Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, January 29 for Brooks Family Dinner Night at Chipotle, located at 848 N. Route 59. Bring your flyer between the hours of 4:00-8:00 p.m. and 33% of the proceeds will go right back to Brooks School. Please join Mrs. Russell for dinner at 5:00!!!! I’d love to see you all there. Let’s fill Chipotle like never before! Be watching for the flyer coming home after Winter Break! Thank you to Sejal Patel for organizing this event.


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
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.

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.

Important Reminder - Brooks/Granger Crosswalk
Thank you to all our families who have adhered to the change/lack of parking in the Granger parking lot at arrival and dismissal. We now ask that you not drop your child off in the street or make a U-Turn in the Granger lot to drop off your children. These practices create safety concerns for our students. If you are picking up or dropping off your children, please use the car drop off and pick up line on the north end of the building. While the line is long, our outstanding supervision crew gets cars in and out quickly. Thank you for putting safety before convenience.

Terri Russell, Principal

Jan. 8 - School Resumes
Jan. 11 - Grades posted after 4:00
Jan. 21 - No School Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan. 23 - Bingo Night
Jan. 29 - Chipotle Family Dinner Night 4:00-8:00

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

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