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Principal Update March 13, 2017

Reported by on 3/13/17

What talent we have at Brookdale. We hope everyone enjoyed the Talent Show Friday evening as much as the students enjoyed displaying their talent.

Here is an update from Brookdale:

We encourage all of our students and their families to join us on Wednesday, March 15th beginning at 6:30pm for our annual Family Reading Night. This evening will be a cumulation of our ONE BOOK, ONE SCHOOL reading of The Tale of Despereaux. There will be guest readers, activities to participate in and prizes for students who attend.

Our students in third, fourth and fifth grade are taking a practice test in the next week or so in order to become familiar with the structure of the test. For the week a student is taking the PARCC Assessment, we ask they bring in a pair of ear buds or headphones. We have some available for students who don't have their own at school but do not have enough for an entire grade level. We really appreciate your support.

This school year, Indian Prairie School District #204 purchased Read and Write for Google as a Universal Design for
Learning tool. All students K-12 (including students in the STEPS program) have access to this tool when they sign into Google Chrome with their IPSD Google login. Read and Write for Google is a powerful reading and writing support that many students can benefit from. Some features include: listening to on-screen text aloud, speech recognition, word prediction, and highlighting study tools. If you are interested in learning more, please consider attending an
informational meeting on March 22nd. See the attached flyer for information on times and how to register for this training.

All elementary and middle school students with multi needs and supported services are invited to attend the District's Special Survivor Games 2017. The FREE event will be held on Friday, April 7, 2017 at Peterson Elementary School in southwest Naperville. This fun event brings together volunteer peer buddies and District 204 elementary and middle school students with special needs to engage in relay style competitive races. See attached flier for details and learn more about the games by reading this article that was featured in last year's Naperville SUN and watch a video created by NCTV-17 from a couple of years ago.

Sign Up Now - Registration is Free! Simply send your child's name, home school, current grade level, special needs, and parent's name/email address/phone number Feel free to contact me with any questions!
Kristen Kucharski (Co-Creator of Naperville Survivor Games) at 630-440-4792.

We are accepting 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 (and teachers) for our KDG classrooms.

• 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
• Friday, April 14, 2017 - NO SCHOOL - Local Holiday
• Monday, April 17, 2017 - NO SCHOOL for Students - School Improvement Day
• Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - Second Grade Music Program - 7:00pm
• Monday, April 24, 2017 - 2017-18 Kindergarten Screening and Registration - 12:00pm to 7:00pm
• Friday, April 28, 2017 - PTA Spring Fling and Silent Auction - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
• Tuesday, May 3, 2017 - Walk-in Registration - 4:30pm to 7:00pm
MONDAY, March 13th
• PARCC Testing for Fifth Grade - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
• Tabor Neighbor Club (LAST MEETING) - 3:40pm to 4:30pm
• Fourth Grade Whiz Kids Coding Club - 3:40pm to 4:30pm

TUESDAY, March 14th
• PARCC Testing for Fifth Grade - 9:15am to 11:15am and 1:00pm to 2:30pm

WEDNESDAY, March 15th
• Late Start Wednesday - First bell is at 9:00am - School begins at 9:15am
• PARCC Testing for Fifth Grade - 9:15am to 11:15am and 1:00pm to 2:30pm
• NO Brookdale Buddies Program
• Family Reading Night/ONE BOOK ONE SCHOOL Program - 6:30pm
• Erin's Law Informational Meeting for Parents at Cowlishaw Elementary (for 1st and 2nd grade parents) -

THURSDAY, March 16th
• Chorus Practice - 8:00am to 8:50am
• PARCC Testing for Fifth Grade - 9:15am to 11:15am and 1:00pm to 2:30pm

FRIDAY, March 17th
• Happy St. Patrick's Day
• End of Third Quarter
• Second Grade Book Club in LMC - 8:15am to 8:45am
• Busy Bobcat Store - 8:30am to 9:05am
• PARCC Testing for Fifth Grade - 9:15am to 11:15am

Mary Howicz
Brookdale Principal

Special Survivor Games (pdf)

Kindergarten Pre Registration 2017-18 (doc)

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