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Principal Update November 26, 2017

Reported by on 11/26/17

We hope everyone had a relaxing and joyful Thanksgiving Break with family and loved ones. We are excited to see everyone back to school on Monday, November 27th!

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.

Congratulations to Brookdale Interventionist Leah Steinhauser-Walsh. She was awarded a 2017 IPEF Grant for $1500 for her proposal entitled “We Are All Special and Unique.” The grant will allow her to combine literacy and the arts at Brookdale as she will be working with students to create a colorful stone lined path outside the school celebrating our unique students and staff. All students will get to take part in this program. This is the fourth IPEF grant received by a Brookdale staff member in the past six years.
The Indian Prairie Educational Foundation was established in 1988 to enrich education in District 204. The IPEF has given away more than $800,000 in grants to staff through their annual grants program. You can visit to see the full list of grant recipients for the 2017-18 school year. Grants are made possible thanks to parents who contribute to the IPEF on their registration form, through the efforts of Team IPEF and general donations.

The second Engage 204 session takes place December 7 from 7 to 9 pm at Still Middle School, 787 Meadowridge Drive, Aurora. This session will focus on "Changing Enrollment: Balancing Buildings and Boundaries." Engage 204 is a collaborative process between the community and District 204 to ensure a strong future for the district and its students. The community engagement sessions explore different aspects of the district, including, enrollment, district finances, and other key issues involved in maintaining a successful educational experience for students. Key to the success of this process is the collaboration and discussion between participants. District residents who attend will have the unique opportunity to share ideas and discuss topics in small groups in order to provide feedback to the Board of Education. Key findings and recommendations will be presented to the Board of Education by July 2018. All District 204 residents are invited to participate in Engage 204. RSVP is appreciated, but not required at Http:// For more information, visit

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.

With winter holidays approaching, many of us will be hosting, or travelling to, our families and friends across the country. While it is a wonderful time for gathering together, it is also unfortunately a time when we can find ourselves becoming ill. According to the CDC, flu activity is only sporadic in Illinois at this time, but as always it is important to be proactive in preventing influenza-like illnesses and/or viruses from spreading. Regular hand-washing using proper technique, particularly before and after activities (eating, bathroom use, coughing and sneezing, as examples), is one of the very best best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. I encourage you to consider this a teaching moment with your child. If you believe your child is sick (if your child has a deep/barking cough, sore throat and fever over 100 degrees and/or has vomited), please keep them home from school (at least 24 hours after a fever and/or vomiting has subsided without the use of fever-reducing and/or anti-nausea medication).

Not only is winter cold and flu season, but it is also the season of an increased incidence of lice. When lice are found on a child at school, the child’s parents/guardians are informed, and we ask that the child be picked up from school. Our District Policy requests proof of treatment (either receipt or box top from treatment method, or a physician’s statement) before a child’s return to school. In following Health Department recommendations, parents are not notified if there is a student with lice in the school/class nor do we do head checks. Please talk with your child about not sharing hats and coats. Wearing long hair up in braids or buns can also be good prevention this time of year.

Kindly remember to call the school's attendance line promptly in the morning and report your child’s absence, stating the reason for their absence at (630) 428-6800, press #3. Sharing his/her symptoms early with the health office allows us to monitor patterns of illness. Feel free to call and speak with Nurse Lynn if you have questions about your child’s specific illness in relation to school attendance.


Monday, November 27TH
• Human Growth and Development Parent Orientation Meeting for all KDG, First and Second Grade Parents - McCarty Elementary School - 6:30pm

Tuesday, November 28th
• Mary Yep's Retirement Celebration in MPR - 4:00pm

Wednesday, November 29th
• Brookdale Buddies Program (LAST DAY FOR THIS SESSION) - 3:40pm to 4:30pm
• PTA Family Dinner Night at The Patio - 3:00pm to 9:00pm

Thursday, November 30th
• Chorus Practice - 7:50am to 8:50am

Friday, December 1st
• Spirit Day at Brookdale - wear Brookdale Spirit Wear or Blue/Yellow colors

• 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
• Monday, January 15, 2018 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday

Mary Howicz
Brookdale Principal

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