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Principal's Message 4/18/20

Reported by terri_russell@ipsd.org on 4/19/20

Dear Brooks Families,

The warmer weather and sunshine has done wonders for my psyche today. Despite assuming it would happen, confirmation that “in person” school would be closed for the remainder of the year, broke my heart. The thought of not ending the year with all of our staff and students deeply saddens me. However, despite being disappointed, I know this decision facilitates the health and wellness of all our families, and that is what matters most. Our children will “take our lead” and as parents, we have an incredible opportunity to model perseverance, problem solving and empathy. We are all up for the challenge.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Brooks Virtual Spirit Week. Every staff member enjoyed seeing our students at home and we hope you did too. Again, a huge thank you to Penny Ose for organizing the event and producing the videos. Please enjoy the Friday video, BROOKS SPIRIT DAY!
https://www.wevideo.com/view/1656903367

Upcoming Calendar Dates:
April 29 - Teacher Plan Day for Remote Learning (no remote learning activities for students)
May 13 - Teacher Plan Day for Remote Learning (no remote learning activities for students)
May 27 - Last Day of Remote Learning
May 28 - Teacher Plan Day 20-21 planning
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Congratulations Students:
Congratulations to Yash and Vir Kareer, grade 4 students. Yash and Vir entered their original artwork into the subdivision magazine, BRIDGE LIVING. The theme was “Self Isolation”. What’s even more exciting, is the boys want to donate their $100 winnings to students in our school who are receiving district breakfast and lunch. The compassion and empathy of our Brooks Tigers is overwhelming!

Additionally, congratulations to Rachel Shook and Elsie Mendoza whose artwork was selected for this year’s Crime Prevention Calendar for the month of April! We have such talented Brooks students!

What’s Next?
I’m sure you have many questions regarding what is next. Here are a few items of interest, but please know many logistical components are still in the planning stages. I thank you for your patience.

1. A district committee has been formed and we will be developing a plan so all students can retrieve their personal belongings and return their chrome books (grades 2-5) at the end of the school year. This will be a targeted and specific plan that will prioritize health and wellness.
2. We are saddened to miss Field Day and the Fifth Grade Farewell. Talks are already in process. Our 5th graders will be recognized in a way that highlights their accomplishment, but it will be done in a reasonable and manageable virtual way. In addition, Mr. Persson will be working on some “at home” field day activities. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.
3. Our remote learning activities will continue. Please note, District 204 is following the remote learning guidelines from the State of Illinois. If you have any interest in reviewing the document, it can be found at https://www.isbe.net/Documents/RL-Recommendations-3-27-20.pdf

REMINDERS - TENTATIVE PLANNING FOR THE 20-21 SCHOOL YEAR
Despite the uncertain times we currently find ourselves in, the district and school must still prepare for the 20-21 school year. There are 2 topics I want to draw your attention to:

1. District 204 is moving to a new student information system in June. Therefore, registration for the 20-21 school year will not occur until June. At some point, you will be asked to use Home Access to indicate if you INTEND to return. We will use this information in our planning for next year. Please stay tuned for additional information.
2. In previous years, I sent home a Parent Input Form for class placements. I thank our families who used this format as it was intended. However, many forms were returned with excessive requests, making it almost impossible for teachers to develop class lists that meet the needs of all children. I have full confidence in our staff to make class recommendations that meet the needs of students. They have a solid knowledge of our students’ academic, social, behavioral and friendship needs. However, if you feel your child’s needs are so significant that you want to provide input, please send an email to terri_russell@ipsd.org with CLASS PLACEMENT in the subject line. This must be received no later than Friday, April 24. Thank you for understanding we will not take teacher requests.

MEALS AVAILABLE TO ALL:
Organic Life is offering curbside pick-up of grab and go breakfast and lunch at no cost for all students. The pickup locations are at each elementary school near door 1, between 11 am and 1 pm, Monday through Friday. If your family needs meals, let us know by completing this form.
This meal service is available to ALL of our families. You simply need to complete the form (attached to the link above). If it is more convenient for you to pick up your meal at another school location, you may do so. Please contact me at terri_russell@ipsd.org if you have any questions about our meal service and I am happy to assist you!

Sincerely,
Terri Russell, Principal
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