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Reported by terri_russell@ipsd.org on 1/22/17

Dear Brooks Families,

I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend.  It was certainly nice to see the sunshine on Saturday and feel some “spring” like temperatures!

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PARCC TESTING
During 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.
March 14-24         Students in grades 4 and 5
April 3-12          Students in grade 3

DONATIONS NEEDED
In the Brooks office, we keep extra clothes for students who may need them— a paint spill on a shirt or a trip into the mud!!  Our "clothes closet" is in need of additional clothing for our students.  We are in particular need of sweatpants for our boys, especially grades 4 and 5.  If you have any student sized clothes you would be willing to share with our students, we would be appreciative!  Donations can be sent directly to the Brooks office.

PTA MEETING
Please join us on Wednesday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. for our first PTA meeting of the new year.  Child care will be provided.

ON THE RADAR/REMINDER

Each year, Brooks Elementary School completes a school improvement plan that focuses on continued growth in math and reading.  This year, we have added an important goal that includes our community.  Our goal is to review and improve upon existing structures and procedures in order to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, staff and families.  Therefore, we would like to invite all of our first time kindergarten families and all new families to our first Brooks Café Night on Thursday, February 2 from 6:30-7:30 pm.  This night will consist of a brief explanation of our school goal and collaborative conversation.  Our goal is to acquire information on how we can best support new families to Brooks.  Futuristically, we would like to expand our Café to include all families— focusing on various topics of interest.

If you are a “veteran” Brooks family and would like to support these efforts, we are looking for mentor families.  
Job Description may include:
Connect with a new family: provide information on school basics such as arrival, dismissal, lunch accounts, home access, etc
Translating if necessary
Attend the first Brooks Café to help facilitate a group
Be available to tour new families around the school during a new family welcome in August

Sincerely,
Terri Russell, Principal

CALENDAR DATES:
Jan. 25            PTA Meeting  7:00 p.m.
Feb. 2              Brooks Cafe New Family/Mentor Night (see above)
Feb. 9              Elephant and Piggy Night (grade 1)
Feb. 10            Classroom Valentine Party  2:00-3:00

Third-Party Educational Programs
The following company has 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 these programs, visit:
Brooks: LEGO Engineering STEM Club

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