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Principal Update November 19, 2017

Reported by on 11/19/17

What a busy weekend we had with PTA events. On Friday, PTA hosted the World Cultural Fair at Brookdale and on Saturday, their annual Mistletoe Market! Thank you for supporting our PTA and school! We wish all a Happy Thanksgiving with a day full of family, happiness and good food.

Here is what is happening at Brookdale:

In response to concerns regarding child safety and vulnerability to sexual abuse, the State of Illinois requires schools to provide instruction in personal safety and awareness of safe/unsafe situations. This law is known as Erin's law. This year, our School District is partnering with Mutual Ground, Inc. to provide Personal Body Safety Education instruction to our 1st and 2nd grade classes as part of the district comprehensive plan. Mutual Ground has provided this program in many school districts throughout our area and we look forward to this opportunity for our students.

To provide you with more information regarding this program, the School District and Mutual Ground are providing a parent presentation on November 27th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at McCarty Elementary School (3000 Village Green Drive, Aurora). Kindergarten parents are welcome to attend to hear about the presentations and how their KDG students will learn about personal safety. A letter with more information was sent home with students. Please let your teacher know if you need another copy of the letter.

In an effort to increase awareness of responsible digital citizenship, KidsMatter has partnered together with School Districts 203 & 204, and the Naperville Police Department, to offer students the opportunity to participate in a video contest and win cash prizes! This contest gives students the opportunity to help solve a real-world problem by submitting videos of their own creation as a single or group submission about digital citizenship. Entries are due by January 17, 2018. See attached flier for more information.

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!

Monday, November 20th
• Whiz Kids Coding Club - 3:40pm to 4:30pm
• Human Growth and Development Parent Orientation Meeting for all 5th Grade Parents - Kendall Elementary School - 7:00pm

Tuesday, November 21st
• Typicak Day at Brookdale

Wednesday, November 22nd
• NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, November 23rd
• NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Friday, November 24th
• NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

• Monday, November 27, 2017 - Erin's Law Presentation by Mutual Ground for all 1st and 2nd grade Parents - McCarty Elementary School - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
• Monday, December 4, 2017 - Fifth Grade Band/Orchestra Parent Meeting at Hill MS - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
• Friday, December 8, 2017 - PTA Basketball Night - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
• Friday, December 22, 2017 - PTA Winter Party - 2:30pm to 3:20pm
• Monday, December 25, 2017 through Friday, January 5, 2018 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
• Monday, January 8, 2018 - Students Return to School

Mary Howicz
Brookdale Principal

2017-18 KidsMatter Digital Footprint (pdf)

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