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Principal Update May 14, 2017

Reported by on 5/14/17

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Brookdale moms! We hope you are having a wonderful day celebrating with your families and children!

Here is an update from Brookdale:

We had a great turnout during our two Walk-In Registration nights. However, we still have many families that need to complete the registration process. If you need help or have questions in completing any of the registration process, please contact Mrs. Minch or Mrs. Yep. They would be excited to assist you!

We are looking for COLLEGE PENNANTS or COLLEGE FLAGS! Please help represent your alma mater with a donation of your college pennant or flag to Brookdale. They will be used to decorate Brookdale during College Week, May 22-26, 2017. This will inspire students # BE FUTURE READY! Have your child bring the pennant/ flag to school or drop off your donation in the school office.

There is a menu change for Elementary Lunch from what is posted on our website menu. This change affects Monday, May 15th only. Please see the options below for your children so you can decide if your child will purchase hot lunch or bring a lunch from home.
• Option 1 - French Toast with Turkey Ham
• Option 2 - Popcorn Chicken with Pasta and Red Sauce
• Option 3 -Turkey and Cheese Sub
• Option 4 - Chocolate Muffin and Cheese Sticks
• Option 5 - Sun butter and Jelly

We are excited to share a great opportunity for students to stay active this summer and help raise money for our school. Sign-up today for the Naperville Kids Marathon, a unique fitness program that encourages students ages 5 to 13 to make healthy choices, set fitness goals and be part of running for a cause. Students run 25 miles (one mile at a time) between May 1 and October 20 and track their miles. On October 21 they run the final 1.2 miles on a portion of the Naperville Half Marathon course, receiving a finisher medal and shirt. Cost to participate is $44 and includes the $18 charity runner registration fee and a $26 tax deductible donation ($1 for each mile) toward Team IPEF efforts at our school. Registration is limited with space being filled on a first-come, first-served basis. At this time, we have 8 Brookdale students signed up! For more information visit

Brookdale is continuing the tradition of Team IPEF running in the Naperville Half Marathon this upcoming fall season! Brookdale School has 4 staff members, and one parent member signed up to run— staff members are - Mrs. Walsh, Mr. Sapoznik, Mr. Tabisz, and Mrs. Bower and parent runner, Mrs. Birkner. We are running to raise money for OUR STUDENTS and SCHOOL. Brookdale School will receive 50% of the money raised and IPEF will receive the other 50%. Here is more information on how IPEF supports our district and school and how you can donate for our school or for one of our specific runners.

Starting Monday, May 15th through Friday, May 19th, we are going to start our fundraising initiative. Students can bring in one dollor (or change) to support our runners. The teachers will collect the money and the office will determine the what the average raised per student in each class.
The top three classrooms with the highest average per student will win one of the following:
• 25 Minutes of extra recess with Mrs. Howicz
• 25 Minutes of extra gym time with Mr. Tabisz
• 25 Minutes of Glow Dance Party time with Mrs. Walsh
We are also planning to have a Brookdale Spirit Squad the day of the race! We want to support our runners as they are running with the opportunity to win an additional $750 cash prize for our school. Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 22nd to join Brookdale Staff, Students and Families as part of our Spirit Squad. GO TEAM IPEF!!!

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.

Please consider signing up for the Jeanine Nicarico G.L.O.W. Run 5K on June 3. It would be great to see a big Brookdale showing. It's great for all ages! Running is not necessary!
There is also an exclusive Brookdale t-shirt you can buy for only $13.96. Order a shirt even if you don't run - just for fun!

• 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
• Thursday, June 1, 2017 - Kindergarten Celebration Picnic - 1:00pm to 2:15pm
• Friday, June 2, 2017 - Fifth Grade Celebration (during the school day)
• Friday, June 2, 2017 - (tentative) Last Day of School for Students

MONDAY, May 15th
• Benchmarking for KDG & First Graders

TUESDAY, May 16th
• Benchmarking for KDG & First Graders

• Brookdale's Spring Run Club - 8:20am to 9:00am
• Late Start Wednesday - First bell is at 9:00am - School begins at 9:15am
• Benchmarking for KDG & First Graders
• Brookdale Buddies Program (LAST DAY) - 3:40pm to 4:30pm
• Family Dinner Night at Chili's - 11:00am to 9:00pm

THURSDAY, May 18th
• Chorus Practice - 8:00am to 8:50am
• Benchmarking for KDG & First Graders

FRIDAY, May 19th
• Brookdale's Spring Run Club begins - 8:20am to 9:00am
• Family Dinner Night at Chili's - 11:00am to 9:00pm

SATURDAY, May 20th
• Fine Arts' Festival at MVHS - 9:00am to 4:00pm
• Brookdale Chorus Performs - 3:30pm

Mary Howicz
Brookdale Principal

Parent Form For 2017-18 Class Placement (doc)

Culinary Camp Flyer (pdf)

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