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Principal Update February 26, 2017

Reported by on 2/26/17

Are you enjoying our ONE BOOK, ONE SCHOOL The Tale of Despereaux? I am loving the book and sharing it with my seventh-grade daughter. It's certainly one of those books you can't put down!
Here is an update from Brookdale:

Over the next couple of weeks, vision and hearing screenings will be conducted at Brookdale by a Registered Nurse. These screening tests are mandated by the Illinois Department of Public Health at specific times during your child's educational experience. All students in kindergarten through third grade and selected other students in grades four and five will be screened for vision, hearing, or both. If your child wears glasses, please make sure they have them in school. If you have any questions, please contact the Brookdale Health Office at (630) 428-6806.

We encourage ALL of our families to participate in reading our ONE BOOK, ONE SCHOOL The Tale of Despereaux. Teacher's helped kick off the program by reading Chapters 1 and 2 in class on Thursday. Please visit the Brookdale One School, One Book link for more activities including chapters read aloud by Brookdale Staff!

Brookdale third, fourth and fifth grade students will have an author visit with Tim Green on March 6th. Tim Green is a very NFL player who currently writes very popular stories/books centered around sports. His latest book, Baseball Genius was co-authored with Derek Jeter!! Students can purchase an autographed copy of this book for $16.99. To preorder a book, please complete the attached order form. Find out more here about Tim Green.

Do you have books you no longer need? Do you have books you'd like to share with others? We have an opportunity for you to donate your gently-used books to a great cause. A local student is doing a community service initiative. She is collecting for local organizations like People’s Resource Center. Please help this cause to make a difference in the lives of people who don't have access to the books we are so privileged to have. You may drop off any books at the designated box starting Monday, February 13th through Friday, March 7th. Thank you in advance for your support!

All Brookdale students (one and only students) brought home pre-registration forms for Kindergarten next year. Please let neighbors and friends who have not started at Brookdale yet know and pass this information on to them. We need to plan accordingly so we have the right amount of sections for our KDG classrooms.

This is the last week to donate any unwanted shoes. There is a donation box placed in the vestibule to collect any and all shoes of any kind. The shoes will be donated to Soles4Souls. They collect and deliver thousands of pairs of shoes to the most in need around the world! Shoes provide protection from injury and disease. Many children are prevented from attending school because the journey is too treacherous to make without shoes. Even shoes in sad shape are sent for recycling so they can become new products. Let's keep shoes out of landfills and at the same time provide safety to others! For more information, contact Dawn Fletcher at

• Monday, March 6th - Kindergarten Preview Night for Parents of 2017-18 Kindergarten - 7:00pm
• Wednesday, March 8th - PTA Talent Show Rehearsal - 3:40pm
• Friday, March 10th - PTA Talent Show - 7:00pm
• Week of March 13th - PARCC Testing for Fifth Grade
• Wednesday, March 15th - Family Reading Night - 6:30pm
• Friday, March 17th - End of Third Quarter
• Week of March 20th - PARCC Testing for Fourth Grade
• Monday, March 27th thru Friday, March 31st -NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
• Week of April 10th - PARCC Testing for Third Grade

MONDAY, February 27th
• Typical Day at Brookdale

TUESDAY, February 28th
• Typical Day at Brookdale

WEDNESDAY, March 1st
• Late Start Wednesday - First bell is at 9:00am - School begins at 9:15am
• Brookdale Buddies Program - 3:40pm to 4:30pm

THURSDAY, March 2nd
• NO SCHOOL - Parent Teacher Conferences (by appointment & as needed) 1:00pm to 8:00pm

FRIDAY, March 3rd
• NO SCHOOL - School Institute Day

Mary Howicz
Brookdale Principal

Kindergarten Pre-Registration Form 2017-18 (doc)

Tim Green Book Order Form (pdf)

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