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Principal Update April 9, 2017

Reported by on 4/9/17

We hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. The weather was supposed to cooperate - hope it did! (This is written on Friday :)

Here is an update from Brookdale:

Our students in fourth and fifth grade have successfully completed the PARCC ASSESSMENT before Spring Break. Our third grade students will be taking the assessment this week. 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.

IPSD 204 has initiated a new process for proofing residency this school year. They have contracted with a third party who was able to verify residency for our families without extra paper copies. You will soon receive a letter in your mail indicating if your residency was verified or not. If verified, families will only need to update contact information and provide fees to register your child for the 2017-18 school year. If you are not-verified through this process, the letter will indicate what information we will need to register your child for the 2017-18 school year. Once you receive the letter and you have questions, feel free to contact us for more information.

Every Wednesday and Friday (May 3 – May 26) from 8:20am to 9:00am Brookdale Elementary will sponsor a run club. Students will learn about the joy of running, log a mile or two, and burn some energy before heading to class.
To register for the Brookdale Spring Run Club, please register online at
If you have any questions, please contact Jen Birkner at or call (630) 234-4617.

Attached to this email, you will find a form parent's can fill out to give input on what type of teacher or environment their student requires to learn best. Please know that any form that is returned with a request for a specific teacher will be denied and returned. As we make classroom lists for next school year, we will refer to these input forms and do our best to meet the needs as suggested. Please know that no form will be accepted after June 1, 2017 as the class lists are already being formed by that time.

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.

Students will be bringing home address booklets from Time For Kids on Monday. If students return these booklets either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday they will receive a lanyard with an emoji token attached. For every booklet returned Time for Kids gives Brookdale credit towards the purchase of Time for Kids and Scholastic magazine. Last year Brookdale received an $800.00 credit towards the cost of these magazines. Please consider supporting your student in this endeavor.

• 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 2, 2017 - Walk-in Registration - 4:30pm to 7:00pm
• Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - Brookdale's Spring Run Club begins - 8:20am to 9:00am
• Friday, June 2, 2017 - (tentative) Last Day of School for Students

MONDAY, April 10th
• Third Grade PARCC Testing - 9:20am to 11:15am AND 1:30pm to 3:00pm
• Kwame Alexander Author Visit for K-2 - 9:15am to 10:15am
• Fourth Grade Whiz Kids Coding Club - 3:40pm to 4:30pm

TUESDAY, April 11th
• Third Grade PARCC Testing - 9:20am to 11:15am AND 1:30pm to 3:00pm
• PTA Meeting - 7:00pm

WEDNESDAY, April 12th
• Late Start Wednesday - First bell is at 9:00am - School begins at 9:15am
• Third Grade PARCC Testing - 9:20am to 11:15am AND 1:30pm to 3:00pm
• PTA Wednesday Enrichment Class - 3:40pm to 4:30pm
• NO Brookdale Buddies Program in the month of APRIL

THURSDAY, April 13th
• Chorus Practice - 8:00am to 8:50am
• Third Grade PARCC Testing - 9:20am to 11:15am AND 1:30pm to 3:00pm
• PTA Thursday Enrichment Class - 3:40pm to 4:30pm
• PTA Family Dinner Night - PAPA John's Pizza

FRIDAY, April 14th
• NO SCHOOL - Local Holiday

Mary Howicz
Brookdale Principal

Kindergarten Pre-Registration Form 2017-18 (doc)

Parent Form 2017-18 Class Placement (doc)

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