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Principal Update September 24, 2017

Reported by lisa_sadler@ipsd.org on 9/24/17

This was a hot week at Brookdale. With the increase in air-conditioned classrooms, we were able to make sure all students were in a cool location for at least 4 hours each of the hot days. The staff and students did a great job at being flexible and sharing of their classrooms to allow these cooling rotations.

Here is what is happening at Brookdale:

UPDATE ON MR. SCHUMANN
Many of you are probably aware, but Mr. Schumann had a horrible accident last weekend which resulted in a broken pelvis and leg. Since last Monday, he has undergone three surgeries to repair the damage. At this time, he is recovering in the hospital but he has a long road ahead to a full recovery. We are expecting him to be out for the next four to six months. We will surely miss him and are sending him well-wishes on a daily basis. We were able to secure Mrs. Betty Slater as a Long Term Substitute to begin next week. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO ORDER BROOKDALE SPIRIT WEAR
Visit http://custom.inkdapparel.com/brookdale_spiritwear_2017 to place your orders! The online store will be open until midnight tonight, and orders will be delivered to your child’s classroom. Contact Shelley Wilson at sth8910@gmail.com with questions.


EAT WITH THE PRINCIPAL AT LOU MALNATI'S TOMORROW
Eat Pizza with our Principal tomorrow and help our Bobcats get ready to “Blaze for Bucks” in this year’s Bobcat Fun Run! Come join in the fun from 5:00-7:00pm! Students and their families can dine and receive a Fun Run paw prize! Mrs. Howicz will be at Lou Malnati’s from 5:00-6:00pm. There will be some other surprise teacher appearances as well!

ATTENTION FAMILIES NEW (OR NEWER) TO BROOKDALE, COME GET THE SCOOP!
Are you feeling overwhelmed with the amount of information you have encountered over this past month? Do you have questions about anything that has been happening or will be happening at Brookdale School this year? If so, we invite you to join us on Wednesday, September 27 to “Get the Scoop” on Brookdale at Nature’s Best Café between 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Grade level liaisons and veteran parents will be present to answer your questions. Please RSVP using this link: http://www.brookdalepta.org/scoop/


BROOKDALE PULL TAB COLLECTION
Brookdale has kicked off its schoolwide pull tab collection for Ronald McDonald' House Charities (RMHC)! Help support RMHC by collecting the little tabs you pull to open pop, soup or other aluminum cans! Drop off your collected pop, soup or other aluminum can pull tabs in the collection container at Brookdale School (located in the LMC)! More information may be found at www.brookdalepta.org/pull-tabs.


READING TEACHER'S BLOG
At Curriculum Night, the Reading Specialists (Mrs. Schmalandt, Mrs. Born and Mrs. Sanders) shared ideas on how to increase your child's reading skills at all levels. Did you know they have a blog that shares more information? Check out the Brookdale Reading Improvement blog and have fun exploring!

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 parentsas 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.

PARENT DIVERSITY ADVISORY COUNCIL (PDAC) - MEETING SUMMARY
On September 19th, the Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC) hosted its first meeting of the school year with focused discussion on: Unpacking the “Invisible Knapsack” Students Bring to School: Understanding Implicit Bias, Advantages and Disadvantages. We engaged in dialogue about the prevalent dynamics of implicit bias that affect everyone and how we can work to become increasingly aware of them. PRESENTATION SLIDES from the meeting are now available. For upcoming PDAC meetings, please see the CALENDAR or visit PDAC subpage for further information.

BROOKDALEPRIDE
Did you know we have a personal Twitter hashtag - #BrookdalePride? Are you following Brookdale School on Twitter @BrookdaleBobcat? You can follow us to see all the fun and cool things going on at Brookdale Elementary!

UPCOMING WEEK AT A GLANCE:

Monday, September 25th

• PTA Family Dinner Night at Lou Malnati's - 11:00am to 11:00pm (Mrs. Howicz will be there from 5:00pm to 6:00pm and many other teachers will be coming by between 5:00pm to 7:00pm)

Tuesday, September 26th

• Typical day at Brookdale

Wednesday, September 27th

• Late Start - First bell rings at 9:00am with the Tardy Bell ringing at 9:15am
• Brookdale Buddies in the LMC - 3:40pm to 4:30pm
• PTA Get the Scoop! at Nature's Best Cafe - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Thursday, September 28th

• Chorus Practice - 7:50am to 8:50am

Friday, September 29th

• Fifth Grade Tech Club in 5F - 8:00am to 8:50am

DATES TO REMEMBER:
• Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - National Walk to School Day - 8:30am
• Thursday, October 5, 2017 - PTA Fun Run - during school day
• Thursday, October 5, 2017 - Brookdale's Team IPEF Fundraiser at Chipotle - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
• Monday, October 9, 2017 - NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day Observation
• Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - Family Reading Night - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
• Tuesday, October 12, 2017 - IPPA PA Fundraiser at Chick-Fil-A - all day
• Friday, October 27, 2017 - End of First Quarter
• Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - PTA Fall Party - 2:30pm to 3:20pm
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Sincerely,
Mary Howicz
Brookdale Principal
630-428-6800

Kevin Sabet Flyer (pdf)

Lou Malnatis Family Dinner Night (pdf)

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