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Principal Message 11/12/17

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Dear Brooks Families,

Thank you to all our families who attended Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday evening.  We look forward to our continued dialog with families on Monday, November 13, our second conference day.  Please remember there is no school on Monday!  We will see our students back at school on Tuesday!

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Gift Mart - Community Service Opportunity
This year our school will once again be partnering with Gift Mart Wheatland Community in holding a toy drive to benefit under resourced children in Indian Prairie School District 204!  These families come from households in financial stress whom may not otherwise be able to afford gifts for the holidays.
Gift Mart is a program that provides families who qualify with a “hand up” during the holiday season.  By invitation parents and guardians are invited to a toyshop where they can purchase new toys for only $2.00 per toy.  100% of the proceeds made from the sale of each toy will be donated back to each invited school to fund much needed resources.
Please consider donating a new, unwrapped toy that is safe for children ages 6-12.  No stuffed animals or board games, please.  There will be a Gift Mart toy box located inside of the school from November 14th – December 8th.
Thank you for your generosity and participation! To learn more about Gift Mart please visit

Toys and Fidget Spinners
We can use your help!  Each day, we have students arriving at school with a backpack full of toys that disrupt the learning process.  These toys can include items such as dolls, light up gadgets, trading cards, fidget spinners, etc.  Please check your child’s backpack and keep all toys at home.  Any student who has a specialized plan necessitating “fidgets”, has those provided by the school.  Additional items from home are not necessary.  If you have a question about your child’s specific plan, you may contact your child’s teacher.  We thank you in advance for your understanding and support.

Picture Re-take Day - Picture retakes will occur on Wednesday, November 15.  If you wish to have your child’s picture retaken, the original pictures should be returned on or before November 15.  Thank you.
On the Radar/Reminders:
Message from the Nurse - Illinois Vision Exams are due by November 15, 2017.  This is a requirement of the State of Illinois for Kindergarten and New Students to Brooks.  If you need a form, it may be downloaded from eSchool Home Access.  
Recess Reminder - As the weather turns cooler, please make sure your child is dressed for the weather.  In staying with district procedure, students will go outside if the temperature/wind chill is above 5 degrees.  Additionally, playground conditions are taken into account.  All research supports the benefit of daily exercise and fresh air, so we want our students prepared for their short outdoor exercise break!
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.
Pop Tab Collection - Brooks School is now collecting pop tabs which will be donated to Ronald McDonald House.  The pop tabs are recycled, resulting in a monetary donation back to Ronald McDonald House.  This incredible organization provides housing for children and families going through medical challenges.  If you would like to save and donate your pop tabs, they may be dropped off in the school office.  Thank you!
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)


November 13                8:00am-8:00pm - Parent Teacher Conferences
November 15                Picture Re-takes
November 22-24    Thanksgiving Break
November 27-29    School Store
December 12        Chorus Concert  6:30 p.m.

Third-Party Educational Programs
The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit:
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