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Reported by terri_russell@ipsd.org on 2/4/17

Dear Brooks Families,

Happy Super Bowl Weekend!

A huge thank you to Mrs. Wyett and Mrs. Kukkapalli who helped organize our first Brooks Cafe!  It was a wonderful opportunity for new and mentor families to connect.  In addition, we gained valuable information on how we can make sure ALL our families feel included and informed.  Please stay tuned for our committee’s next steps!

MUST READ
Friday, February 10 - Each student will participate in a PTA sponsored Valentine Party. Volunteers may begin arriving at 1:45 and classroom doors will open at 2:00.  You should have already received information from your lead room parent if you have been selected to volunteer at this party.  This is a proactive reminder about party protocol.  We welcome your attendance IF you have signed up through PTA.  We will have your name badges pre-printed and ready for entrance.  If you have not signed up for a party, you will not be allowed to enter.  This is not meant to be exclusive of any of our families.  When we consider class size, activity level and fire code requirements, we simply cannot accommodate more parents than have signed up.  In addition, if you are volunteering, siblings are not allowed to attend.  I hope this advanced information will allow you to plan accordingly.  If you do not know if you are a volunteer for a room party, you may contact your lead room parent or the room parent coordinator, Mrs. Vicencio at jackiev333@yahoo.com.  Please do  NOT send Valentines on this day - see below!

Tuesday, February 14 - Each student will participate in a TEACHER sponsored Valentine Exchange.  This is a classroom activity scheduled at a time that best meets the teacher's schedule.  Parents are not a part of this exchange.  Below, please note the protocol for our Valentine Exchange:
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 recognize this protocol is different from last year and will re-evaluate it's success.  Everyone's cooperation in following health/safety rules will allow us to have a fun and safe Valentine Exchange.

ATTENTION GRADE 3-5 STUDENTS
What:     Student Council is sponsoring “Friendship Grams” for students in Grades    3-5.
When:    On Monday the 6th, Tuesday the 7th, and Wednesday the 8th, students may purchase a Gram for a friend or staff member for .25 cents.
Where:  Friendship Grams may be purchased in the  lunchroom.
Why:      To support more Student Council activities for the school.

ON THE RADAR/REMINDER

KINDERGARTEN PRE-REGISTRATION:  If you have a child who will be five (5) years old on or before September 1, 2017, he or she is eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year.  Please click on the link below to find the Kindergarten Pre Registration form.  We use this information to plan for kindergarten sections next year, therefore, it is crucial this form be returned to the Brooks Office no later than February 24, 2017.  Thank you in advance!
http://brooks.ipsd.org/News.aspx?id=87916

TEAM IPEF SIGN-UP
It's about more than just running.  Challenge yourself to be part of something big in 2017.  Consider signing up for Team IPEF and running in the 5th Annual Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon as a charity partner.  Team IPEF offers a unique opportunity to run for a cause and make a difference for your school.  Last year 255 runners raised more than $170,000 to help enrich education in all 33 of our District 204 schools.

Runners commit to raise a minimum of $204 for 204 as they train and complete the half marathon on Sunday, October 22, 2017.  All charity runners receive a $20 discount off race registration and get to choose a District 204 school they would like to represent.  Visit https://www.ipef204.org/get-involved/teamipef/ to learn more, see who else is running and sign-up.  Team IPEF runner applications must be received by February 18 to participate.

You can see highlights from last year's race in the Team IPEF video at https://vimeo.com/189362571

PARCC:  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

Sincerely,
Terri Russell, Principal

CALENDAR DATES:
Feb. 9                Elephant and Piggy Night (grade 1)
Feb. 10            Classroom Valentine Party  2:00-3:00
Feb. 14            Classroom Valentine Exchange
Feb. 20             No School - Presidents’ Day
Feb. 24            Brooks Idol
Feb. 28            Science Fair

Third-Party Educational Programs
The following companies have 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 the programs listed below, visit:
Brooks: Illinois Chess Teachers Chess Club

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