Principal Update September 17, 2017
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It was so exciting to see so many parents join us for Curriculum Night this past week. If you were unable to attend the presentations, please contact your child's teacher for important information you might have missed.
Here is what is happening at Brookdale:
BROOKDALE PTA MEETING WITH DR. SULLIVAN - SEPTEMBER 19 AT 7:00PM
Dr. Karen Sullivan, District 204 Superintendent of Schools, will be in attendance at to provide updates on topics affecting District 204 students. Parents may RSVP to attend and submit questions for consideration in Dr. Sullivan's Q&A by September 14 athttps://goo.gl/forms/R8QHD2HVk6g8UpFu2.
PARENT DIVERSITY ADVISORY COUNCIL (PDAC) MEETING - SEPTEMBER 19 AT 7PM
The Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC) is hosting its first meeting of the school year on Tuesday, September 19th, 7:00-9:00 pm, at Crouse Education Center (CEC), 780 Shoreline Drive in Aurora. The focus of the meeting is to discussUnpacking the ‘Invisible Knapsack’ Students Bring to School: Understanding Implicit Bias, Advantages & Disadvantages. To learn more about PDAC meetings throughout the year, please see the CALENDAR. To learn more about PDAC, please visit the PDAC subpage.
GUEST SPEAKER AT NVHS FOR PARENTS
On Thursday, September 28 at 7 pm in the Neuqua Valley Auditorium, there will be an outstanding public talk from Kevin Sabet, former White House Drug Policy Advisory. This talk is aimed at parents as the topic is not age appropriate for pre, elementary, or middle school age students. It is a talk that all parents should hear.
Mr. Sabet served as Drug Policy Advisor during an era when many states legalized marijuana for medical and/or recreational use despite current federal law. He will speak on the potential consequences of “big marijuana” as corporate producers follow in the footsteps of “big tobacco” in terms of recruiting young customers in the hopes they will become lifelong customers. He will also share some of the health, legal, and policy implications of increased legalization and decriminalization of marijuana. What does it mean for a generation of children coming of age in an era when marijuana seems “not that bad” given the lowered criminal consequences, increased access, and growth in use? A flyer is attached.
PLEASE KEEP DOGS HOME
According to the District's Parent/Student Handbook, we ask that ALL families keep their dogs at home during arrival and dismissal. This is for safety reasons and to respect those individuals who fear dogs. Even the most gentle animal can become aggressive when in an unfamiliar situation or becomes anxious. We appreciate everyone respecting this request.
EARLY DISMISSAL PROCEDURES
We are having difficulty with many parents coming or calling at 3:15 or 3:20 or 3â€”25 for early dismissal. This is the busiest time in our main office and students/staff are wrapping up very important information in the classrooms at this time. These early dismissals are extremely disruptive to our staff and students. Beginning this week, we are asking for parents to send a note with your child in the morning if there is a need for an early dismissal and what time parents will be coming to pick up the child. Teachers do not always have time to check emails once the first bell rings. This will better prepare our staff and students.
However, if sending a note in the morning with your child is not possible, we ask parents/guardians to call the office no later than 3:00pm. That will give us enough time to share this communication with the teacher and avoid any miscommunication. Please understand, for any last minute early dismissal requests, it may take 5-10 minutes for your child to be sent to the office so they can finish up end of day procedures. Our hope is to reduce the need or refrain from calling any students to the office after 3:15pm. Your support and understanding with this procedure is greatly appreciated.
ESL CLASS OFFERED FOR 204 PARENTS
In partnership with College of DuPage, IPSD 204 is offering English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for 204 parents who have students in the ELL Program. Classes will be held every Monday and Wednesday from September 20th and go through December 6th from 6:00pm to 9:20pm at Waubonsie Valley High School (WVHS). Interested parents need to attend a testing and registration session on either Wednesday, September 13th or Monday, September 18th at WVHS at 6:00pm. Please see the attached flier for more information.
BUS SAFETY AND REMINDER FROM FIRST STUDENT
First student has received several concerns from their drivers regarding parents driving vehicles past school buses with extended stop arms while unloading or loading at Brookdale. Illinois vehicle code requires all vehicles to honor extended stop arms on school buses during the loading/unloading process regardless of where this is occurring. This is a reminder to all of the Brookdale community of the safety risk of driving past a school bus during the loading/unloading process. In addition, this is against the state law. Your assistance in keeping Brookdale student’s safe is appreciated.
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UPCOMING WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Monday, September 18th
• Benchmarking Testing for KDG and First Grade (continuation)
Tuesday, September 19th
• Bus Evacuation Drill for all grades - during school day
• PTA Meeting with Guest Speaker, Dr. Karen Sullivan, IPSD204 Superintendent - 7:00pm
Wednesday, September 20th
• Late Start - First bell rings at 9:00am with the Tardy Bell ringing at 9:15am.
Thursday, September 21st
• Chorus Practice - 7:50am to 8:50am
• Brookdale Curriculum Night for PROJECT ARROW & ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER Programs - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Friday, September 22nd
• Typical day at Brookdale
DATES TO REMEMBER:
• Thursday, October 5, 2017 - PTA Fun Run - during school day
• Monday, October 9, 2017 - NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day Observation
• Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - Family Reading Night - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
• Friday, October 27, 2017 - End of First Quarter
ESL Class For Parents - Spanish (pdf)
ESL Class For Parents (pdf)
Kevin Sabet - September 2017 (pdf)
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