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Principal's Message 1/25/20

Reported by on 1/25/20

Dear Brooks Families,
I hope you are enjoying this chilly and “sloppy” weekend! It’s a good weekend to stay inside!
As you know, three times per year, our students participate in benchmarking assessments that are “dipstick” measures of student performance in the areas of reading and math. We have recently completed Winter benchmarking. Over the next week, we will hold staff data reviews— reviewing this data along with a plethora of other assessment data. We use this information to determine instructional groups, both within the classroom and for pull out services. If your child is new to pull out service this winter, you will be informed via letter, no later than February 4.

Valentine Grams
Valentine Grams will be sent home through backpack mail on January 24. You can treat your child, grandchild, or friend to a special Valentine Gram delivered to their classroom on February 14. You may send your money and greeting to the office in a marked envelope by February 6 for delivery of the Valentine Gram. There will be a special collection box in the office. Additional grams can be picked up in the office. Please cut out the completed greeting cards below, put them in an envelope with the appropriate amount of money (cash or check made out to Brooks Elementary School and either bring them to the school office or send them to school by February 6. Cost per Valentine Gram is $.50 each. Valentine Grams will also be sold in the MPR, for all students to purchase, during lunch on February 5, 6, and 7. If your child would like to purchase additional Valentine Grams, please send exact change with your child. If you are willing to volunteer during lunch to help facilitate please click on the link below to sign up for a spot or multiple spots. Thanks so much.
Any questions should be directed to Tracey Stiles at or Jane Johnson at

District Opportunity -Marijuana 101: What You Need to Know
January 30
Parents and students are invited to attend “Marijuana 101: What You Need to Know,” from 7 to 8 pm on January 30 in the LMC at Still Middle School, 787 Meadowridge Drive, Aurora. Presenters Matt Cassity (360 Youth Services), Sergeant Rick Krakow (Naperville Police Department), and Officer Edwina Pirela (Aurora Police Department) will share important information regarding health, safety and the new laws related to the recent legalization of marijuana in Illinois. District 204 and the Indian Prairie Parents' Council are hosting this event to help inform the community about this timely topic.

District Summer Music Opportunity (current grades 3-12)
See attachment

Last Call for Yearbooks
You were given the opportunity to order Brooks yearbooks when ordering your child’s fall picture package. We are giving you one last chance to order a yearbook if you choose. The deadline to order the 2019-2020 yearbook is February 13, 2020. Order forms are in the office.

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.

We Need Your Feedback - Thank you if you already completed the survey!
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
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.

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:

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).

Terri Russell, Principal
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Upcoming Calendar Dates:
Jan. 28 - Science Fair Orientation Night
Jan. 28-30 - School Store
Jan. 29 - Brooks Bingo Night
Feb. 17 - No School, Presidents’ Day
Feb. 25 - Science Fair
Feb. 27 - No School, Parent-Teacher Conferences 1:00-8:00
Feb. 28 - No School, Teacher Institute Day

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