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Principal's Message 11/17/19

Reported by terri_russell@ipsd.org on 11/17/19

Dear Brooks Families,

This Principal’s Message will be a 2 week edition! Please take a look at the schedule below for the next 2 weeks!
Nov. 18-22 - Full day student attendance
Nov. 21 - Parent Teacher Conferences 4:30-8:00
Nov. 25-29 - No Student Attendance (Conferences/Thanksgiving Break)
Nov. 25 - Parent Teacher Conferences 8:00-3:00 and 4:30-8:00
Dec. 2 - School Resumes

Last Thursday night was our first Brooks Spelling Bee. An enormous thank you goes to Sujatha Uppala, Sejal Patel and all the volunteers who made this night special for our students. Additionally, kudos to our staff members who were willing to step up, in my absence. All of our extra curricular activities take time, energy, planning, organization and a huge commitment to make it happen. We thank you all for supporting our students!

MUST READ
Last Call for Parent Teacher Conferences - Power PTC closes on Tuesday!
Parent Teacher Conferences will occur on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 4:30-8:00 and Monday, Nov. 25 from 8:00-3:00 and 4:30-8:00. If you have not signed up yet, please do so immediately. After Tuesday, November 19, you will no longer be able to access Power PTC. Please follow the instructions below:
1. Go to Home Access (this is the same site which you used to access grades)
2. From the Home Access homepage, click School Links
3. Click on Power PTC
4. You will be directed to the Power PTC page - the Log- In and Password are the SAME as your Home Access
5. Click on Elementary Schools and follow the instructions to schedule your conference.
6. If you would like to schedule a conference with art, music or PE, please email the teacher directly.
We Need Your Feedback - Will also be available at Parent Teacher Conferences

Parents across Illinois once again have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture 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 is 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 effect school success are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction.
Thank you for your feedback.

Lunchroom Safety Reminder
If you pack your child’s lunch, please avoid using glass containers. We have had some recent mishaps which lead to safety concerns for our students. Thank you for using plastic containers or baggies!

REMINDERS
Dismissal Changes
Thank you for sending a note/email to your child’s teacher if his/her dismissal plan is changing. This includes if your child will be staying for an after school activity. Between typical dismissal and after school activities, our students potentially dismiss in 10 different ways. For your child’s safety, we want to dismiss him/her to the right location. Your reminders are extremely helpful. Thank you in advance!
Recess Reminder
With the sudden change to “winter” temperatures, please make sure your child is dressed for the weather. In staying with district procedure, students will go outside if the temperature/wind chill is above 5 degrees. Additionally, playground conditions are taken into account. All research supports the benefit of daily exercise and fresh air, so we want our students prepared for their short outdoor exercise break!

Celebrating our Diversity
Brooks is a diverse and interesting place full of many different languages and cultures. In an effort to celebrate our differences, we are inviting students to welcome one another on the morning announcements in their home language. All students who participate will be asked to introduce themselves and say (in the home language):

"Good Morning Brooks Tigers. Let's make it a great day!"

If your oldest or only child is interested in participating, please fill out the attached survey so that we can begin to schedule the morning welcomes at:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdKijRughRCYU5IReIHJ71i9uTn-4iikErNb2LCtzbcjAzonw/viewform?usp=sf_link


Furry Fridays
Brooks Elementary is excited to continue Furry Fridays in partnership with the Naperville Humane Society and the PAWS for Tales Reading Program will begin at the end of September!

Each Friday a certified therapy dog will visit our school and students will be invited by their teacher to read to the dog! Our furry friends are Zoey, Cubbie and Wrigley and they will be at Brooks on alternating Fridays beginning September 20.

In order for your child to have the opportunity to participate, the Naperville Humane Society requires that you sign the release form linked below. Please just let your teacher know if your child should absolutely NOT participate (allergies, fear of dogs, etc).

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

Sincerely,
Terri Russell, Principal
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Upcoming Calendar Dates:
Nov. 21 - Parent Teacher Conferences 4:30-8:00
Nov. 25 - Parent Teacher Conferences 8:00-3:00 and 4:30-8:00
Nov. 26-29 - Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 10 - Chorus Concert
Dec. 17-19 - School Store
Dec. 20 - End of Semester
Last day of student attendance before Winter Break
Dec. 23-Jan 6 - Winter Break
Dec. 7 - School Resumes

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