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Principal Message 10/7/17

Reported by on 10/6/17

Dear Brooks Families,

I hope you enjoy the extended weekend. Please remember the students are not in school on Monday, October 9, in recognition of Columbus Day.

A huge thank you to Matthew Wong, PTA Vice President, for organizing our Walk To School Day! His organization and thoroughness provided for a great morning, despite the drizzly weather. Thank you to all the volunteers for making this an enjoyable morning for our students.

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Benchmark Assessments: In September, Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204 administered the aimswebPlus benchmark assessments to students in kindergarten through eighth grade.These brief Illinois Learning Standards aligned assessments evaluate academic performance and growth in the areas of early literacy/reading and early numeracy/mathematics. These benchmark assessments are administered again in January and May. The purpose of these assessments is to evaluate student academic growth toward end of year expectations. These assessment results are used by teachers and administrators to assist with instructional planning and differentiation at the grade, classroom and student level. Depending on grade level, literacy measures assess vocabulary, phonological awareness, word recognition, reading comprehension and reading fluency— and numeracy measures assess number sense, operations, algebraic thinking, measurement/data, geometry, fractions and ratios/proportions. These areas of performance are summarized in an overall early literacy/reading and early numeracy/mathematics score. Your child’s national and district percentile ranks in these academic areas will be available within the Home Access Center on Friday, October 13, 2017 at

Go to the Grades area and Test Scores tab. Please note that the average range extends from the 16th to 84th percentile rank— variations in your child’s scores should be interpreted in the context of other indicators of academic performance including daily classroom work, teacher observation, historic academic performance, etc. Paper copies of individual student reports will be available upon request. Should you have any questions regarding your child’s aimswebPlus results, please contact the school principal.
Charles Sprandel
Executive Director of Research and Assessment

Pizza Hut Book It Program: Brooks school is once again participating in the Pizza Hut Book It Program. Each month, from October to March, your child can record how many days they meet their grade level minute goal. Please have your child color in the calendar for those days they read their goal minutes. When they have met their total goal, they can return their completed calendar to the LMC. All student who return a signed form will receive a certificate for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut. Please make sure your child’s first and last name and class are written neatly on the paper along with an adult’s signature. October Reading Logs are due by Friday, November 3rd.

Transportation Changes: Each day, we dismiss nearly 800 children. In order to make sure your child is in the correct location, we ask for your help. If your child’s dismissal plan changes, please write a note to your child’s teacher. This information gets shared with the office. In addition, if your child rides a daycare van, you must contact the daycare as well. Daycare vans are often delayed as they wait for students who they think they should picked up. Thank you in advance.

On the Radar/Reminders:
Calling all Brooks Elementary's Totally Awesome Girls!
Join us October 13, with your favorite male role model, for the for the
Brooks Elementary Girls' Choice 80s Dance
to benefit Team Brooks and the IPEF!
Tickets on sale NOW!
Moms - interested in volunteering? Go to:

Questions? Contact Penny Ose at

​—Fury Fridays - Brooks Elementary is excited to announce the beginning of Furry Fridays in partnership with the Naperville Humane Society and the PAWS for Tales Reading Program!

Each Friday a certified therapy dog will visit our school and students will be invited by their teacher to read to the dog! Our new friends are Zoey and Cubbie and they will be at Brooks on alternating Fridays beginning October 27. In order for your child to have the opportunity to participate, the Naperville Humane Society requires that you sign a release form which will be sent directly from your child’s teacher. Please just let your teacher know if your child should absolutely NOT participate (allergies, fear of dogs, etc)

Labeling Envelopes: When sending in money for various programs or events, PLEASE clearly label with your child’s first and last name, classroom teacher, and program (ex. lunch money, field trip, PTA, etc)


October 9 No School - Columbus Day
October 13 Girls Choice Daddy/Daughter Dance
October 19 Family Book Fair
October 22 Team Brooks participated in the Naperville ½ Marthon
October 25 Trunk or Treat
October 26 Trunk or Treat - Rain Date
October 27 End of First Quarter

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