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Principal's Message 2/18/18

Reported by terri_russell@ipsd.org on 2/18/18

Dear Brooks Families,

Last week was a busy and exciting week! We kicked it off with the Pro Kids Show. Thank you to all our families who attended! We were overwhelmed with the positive response. Hopefully, the children had fun while being reminded of the importance of PEOPLE RESPECTING OTHERS! On Tuesday, we participated in our first Chick-Fil-A Night! Again, a shout out to our families who were able to participate. I am pleased to announce I did NOT eat alone!! I was surrounded by many many Tigers!! Lastly, on Wednesday, we celebrated our friendships with Valentine parties. Thank you to Mrs Meyers and all the volunteers who made these parties possible for our students. If you weren’t able to attend these events, do not worry! We have more activities ahead!

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Presidents’ Day - No School
This is an important reminder there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, February 19 in recognition of Presidents’ Day.

PARCC TESTING - GRADES 3-5
During the months of March and April, our students in grades 3-5 will be participating in PARCC testing. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is the state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois students enrolled in a public school district. PARCC assesses the Illinois Learning​— Standards Incorporating the Common Core and will be administered in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Listed below, you will find the Brooks tentative schedule for testing. We respectfully ask you to consider these dates when planning vacations and medical appointments. It’s important your child be in school barring illness. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Grades 4 and 5 - March 5-15
Grade 3 - March 15-23 AND April 2

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.
February Reading Logs are due by Friday, March 2, 2018.

OPEN HOUSE - Save the Date March 12
Come join us on Monday, March 12 from 6:30-8:00 for Brooks’ Open House. Families will have the opportunity to visit classrooms, talk with teachers and view the amazing work completed by our students.


IPPA PTA Fundraiser Night
The IPPA PTA is having a dine out fundraising night at On the Border (1915 Glacier Park Ave. and Rt. 59, Naperville) this coming Tuesday, February 20. ​—A portion of the sales that night will go to fund grant applications submitted by PA teachers. Funds raised will also help send teachers to conferences. Please bring the attached flyer with you.

Engage 204
Did you know District 204 maintains 4 million square feet of building space and more than 650 acres of property? That makes the district's acreage twice the size of Six Flags and its combined building space larger than the Merchandise Mart. Learn about the challenges of maintaining 35 buildings that span 80 years of construction and then give us your feedback at the next Engage 204 session from 7 to 9 pm on February 26 at Still Middle School, 787 Meadowridge Drive, Aurora. The session topic is "The State of Our Facilities."

Engage 204 is a collaborative process between the community and District 204. Key to the success of this process is the collaboration and discussion between participants. District residents who attend will have the unique opportunity to share ideas and discuss topics in small groups in order to provide feedback to the Board of Education. Findings and recommendations will be presented to the Board of Education in July 2018. All District 204 residents are invited to participate in Engage 204.

RSVP is appreciated, but not required at RSVP. For more information, visit Engage 204.


Spring Conferences
On Thursday, March 1, optional Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held. If your child’s teacher is requesting a conference, you were notified by February 16. If you don’t hear from your child’s teacher, a conference is not being requested at this time. If a conference has not been requested, but you feel as though you need to meet with your child’s teacher, please contact him/her directly.

JOIN TEAM IPEF
We invite you to consider representing our school as part of Team IPEF in 2018. Click the following link to see who's already signed up to run for us! https://www.ipef204.org/teamipef2018/

It’s about more than just running. Team IPEF offers a unique opportunity to run for a cause and make a difference for your school. Last year 335 runner raised more than $178,000 to help enrich education in all District 204 schools.

Runners commit to raise a minimum of $204 for 204 as they train and complete the Naperville Half Marathon or 5K on Sunday, October 21, 2018. All charity runners receive a discount off race registration and get to choose a District 204 school they would like to represent. Visit​— https://www.ipef204.org/teamipef/ to learn more or sign-up.


On the Radar/Reminders

Traffic Reminders
In order to keep our LONG car line moving, please do not make a left hand turn out of the teacher parking lot after dropping off or picking up your child. In addition, we are getting calls from our neighbors about driveways being blocked when picking up students outside of the car line. Thank you for being cognizant of where you are parking. We thank you for your cooperation.

Pop Tab Collection - Brooks School is now collecting pop tabs which will be donated to Ronald McDonald House. The pop tabs are recycled, resulting in a monetary donation back to Ronald McDonald House. This incredible organization provides housing for children and families going through medical challenges. If you would like to save and donate your pop tabs, they may be dropped off in the school office. Thank you!


CALENDAR DATES:
February 19 No school - Presidents’ Day
February 23 Brooks Idol
February 27 Science Fair
March 1 No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences 1:00-8:00
March 2 No School - District Institute Day
March 5 PTA Meeting
March 12 OPEN HOUSE 6:30-8:00

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