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Principal Update April 23, 2017

Reported by on 4/23/17

We have a busy week coming up. Screening and registration for incoming Kindergarten students on Monday and our annual Spring Fling & Silent Auction on Friday. We hope to see many of you at these events!

Here is an update from Brookdale:

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 should have received 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.
Registration paperwork was sent home via backpacks on Thursday with all Kindergarten through Fourth Grade students.

Every Wednesday and Friday (May 3 – May 26) from 8:20am to 9:00am Brookdale Elementary will sponsor arun 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.

Thank you so much to AAA - The Auto Club Group and Charlene Sligting-Yorke for donating two new lighted stop signs for our crossing guards. In addition, they have donated ponchos and safety patrol sashes. We are excited for this partnership and hoping the new signs will help increase the safety of all of our students, staff and families.

For students entering 4th, 5th & 6th Grade. Sign up your student to be a part of the District #204 Summer Music Camp! Students will sing, dance and play instruments like xylophones, recorders and drums. On the final day of camp, students will perform music they have experienced throughout the camp for their families. You may pick ANY session that works best for your family and schedule, despite where you live or attend school. Register at: There are three different sessions/times at three different locations.Instructors are: Danielle Donaldson, Shelley May Hutchison and Maureen McCoy. Registration fee for the Music Camp is $69 for the week if you register by May 26th. After May 26th and fee is $74.00.

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.

IPSD 204 is partnering with several other schools to host El Dia de Los Ninos on Saturday, April 29th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the Vaughan Athletic Center in Aurora. The theme for this event encompasses S.T.E.A.M., integrating science, technology, engineering art and mathematics into the curriculum. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. All elementary and middle school students who attend will receive a free book as well. See attached flyer for more information.

The Jeanine Nicarioco Memorial Fund for Literacy will host it's annual Run for Reading 5K GLOW Run. The GLOW Run is on Saturday, June 3, 2017 beginning at 8:15pm. This is a fun event where the community and school can come together. We will have a Brookdale team running/walking together! Our school coordinator is Alice Iwinski. Check for more information or to sign up.

The Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC) invite you to their next meeting on Tuesday, April 25th, 7:00-9:00 pm, at Crouse Education Center (CEC), 780 Shoreline Drive. The meeting will focus on Chapter 8 of the Mindset book by Carol Dweck. The topic is:Evolving from a Fixed to Growth Mindset. It is not necessary to have read the chapter or book. For information about PDAC or PDAC meetings, please visit the PDAC subpage.
You are invited to nominate an Equity Champion through the Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC). Please consider nominating a staff member, teacher, principal, parent or community member that supports equitable access and opportunity for students. Entries accepted through June 30, 2017. Multiple Equity Champions are recognized at the annual PDAC World Café. The current PDAC District Leadership is ineligible for this award. To complete the nomination form, please scroll to the bottom of this PDAC subpage.

Do you like to cook or want to learn how? Come join us for four days of culinary fun! Each day students will gain experience in cooking a variety of foods. Level 1 will concentrate on breakfast, lunch and dinner foods and will be the same both sessions. Level 2 will be different recipes and a great progression from level 1. However, you do not need level 1 to take level 2. See attached flier for more information.

• 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
• Monday, May 29, 2017 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
• Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - Field Day for all Students
• Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - PTA Meeting -2:00PM
• Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - Volunteer Appreciation Celebration - immediately following PTA Meeting
• Friday, June 2, 2017 - (tentative) Last Day of School for Students

MONDAY, April 24th
• Fifth Grade Gym Club - 8:00am - 8:50am
• 2017-18 Kindergarten Screening and Registration - 12:00pm to 7:00pm

TUESDAY, April 25th
• Typical day at Brookdale

WEDNESDAY, April 26th
• Late Start Wednesday - First bell is at 9:00am - School begins at 9:15am
• PTA Wednesday Enrichment Class - 3:40pm to 4:30pm
• NO Brookdale Buddies Program in the month of APRIL

THURSDAY, April 27th
• Chorus Practice - 8:00am to 8:50am
• PTA Thursday Enrichment Class - 3:40pm to 4:30pm

FRIDAY, April 28th
• Fourth Grade Gym Club - 8:00am to 8:50am
• Second Grade Book Club - 8:15am to 8:50am
• PTA Spring Fling and Silent Auction - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Mary Howicz
Brookdale Principal

Parent Form For 2017-18 Class Placement (doc)

Culinary Camp Flyer (pdf)

El Dia Los Ninos Flyer - English (pdf)

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