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Principal's Message 1/20/19

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January 20, 2019

Dear Brooks Families,

I hope you are having a safe and warm 3-day weekend. Please remember, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we will not have school on Monday, January 21. However, it’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on how we empower our students to be the best they can be, how we collectively strengthen our school community and how we build bridges so our entire community feels connected.


Student Council Message
Student Council is in need of parent volunteers to help with the sale of Valentine Grams on February 4, 5, and 6. If you are interested, please sign up through the link.​—

Chipotle 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! The flyer has been sent home and another is attached for your convenience. Thank you to Sejal Patel for organizing this event.

Naperville READS Author Visit – Katherine Applegate
Newbery Award winner Katherine Applegate is the featured author for this year’s Naperville READS! Brooks fourth-grade students have the opportunity to meet Katherine Applegate. She will be sharing about her career as an author and her new book, Wishtree.

Personalized and autographed books are available for purchase for any Brooks students. If you are interested, please complete the attached form and return it with your payment by Monday, January 28, 2019. Limited amounts of autographed books will be available for purchase after the event.

On the evening of Tuesday, January 29, there will be a free community event at 7:00 pm at Naperville Central High School that is open to the public. No tickets are required.

Pizza Hut Book It Program
Attached you will find the calendar for this month’s Book It. This calendar is for your child to 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.
January Reading Logs are due by Monday, February 4, 2019.

Classroom Valentine Exchange - Feb. 14
On February 14, our students will participate in a teacher planned Valentine Exchange. I know many of you may already be purchasing Valentine cards. If so, please review the following guidelines.
1. If your child chooses to participate, he/she should include a Valentine for EVERY classmate. No child should be left out.
2. Due to food allergies and health needs, we highly recommend a CARD ONLY. However, we recognize that many Valentines now come with candy as part of the card (in other words, a lollipop or candy heart). You may send those valentines with your child. If you choose to attach something to your card, please consider a NON-EDIBLE treat such as a pencil, eraser or Valentine sticker/tattoo.
3. NO peanut products, homemade goods or goodie bags are allowed.
4. ALL Valentines will be collected in a collection box/bag and sent home. NO CANDY will be eaten at school.

Everyone's cooperation in following health/safety rules will allow us to have a fun and safe Valentine Exchange.

Teaching Assistant Recruitment
Do you have a Bachelor's Degree? Or an Associate's Degree? Or 60 semester hours of college coursework? You could be a Teaching Assistant with District 204. Teaching Assistants are perfect if you want to work full-time school hours and receive benefits. The District is now accepting applications, screening applicants and hiring individuals to start right away. To learn more (link to attached pdf) or to apply now (


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.

Terri Russell, Principal

Jan. 29 - Chipotle Family Dinner Night 4:00-8:00
Feb. 14 - Classroom Valentine Exchange
Feb. 18 - No school/Presidents’ Day
Feb. 22 - Brooks Idol
Feb. 26 - Science Fair
Feb. 28 - No School (Parent Teacher Conferences 1-8)
March 1 - No School (District Institute 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: Afterschool Chess Club and Let's Build It Engineering!

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