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Principal Message 12/17/17

Reported by on 12/16/17

Dear Brooks Families,

As Winter Break approaches, I want to wish you all a wonderful winter and holiday season. May your time away from school be safe, enjoyable and an opportunity to spend time with family and friends. We will see you in the New Year!

Must Read:

Student Council Spirit Week December 18-22
Dec. 18 Favorite Hat

Dec. 19 Flannel Day

Dec. 20 Holiday Colors

Dec. 21 Snowmen Dress in White

Dec. 22 PJ/Comfy Clothes Day

Parent Survey - Our return rate for parents is the second highest in the district at 16%. Let’s take the lead! Please see the email below from District 204. Your input is highly valued as Brooks strives for continuous improvement. Currently, 16% of our parent population has completed the survey and the state goal is 20%. My personal goal is for 50% or more of our families to complete this important survey. Thank you in advance for your participation!
Teachers, parents, and middle and high school students across Illinois have the opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey was designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child's school. As a parent, your voice is essential to help us understand the conditions at your child's school and guide improvement.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by the University of Chicago, on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The state will provide survey results for individual schools only if a school has at least 20 percent of parents take the survey. If you have children attending more than one school, we ask that you complete the survey for each school. You may also complete the survey more than once if you have more than one child in the same school. All survey responses will be kept confidential. University of Chicago asks parents for an email address when they begin the survey only for the purpose of sending a confirmation once the survey is completed. University of Chicago will never connect your identity and survey responses to you or your child or share the information with your school, the district or the Illinois State Board of Education.

To take this short survey:

1. Visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/login/.
2. Type and then select Dupage as District 204's County location. This is the county associated with the district, not the location of an individual school.
3. Type your school's name into the School field and then select your school.


HELP WANTED:
We are looking for volunteers who can shuttle and supervise students during their winter curriculum benchmarking sessions, January 8-12. If you are willing to assist our students, please click on the link below:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094ba8ab2aa7f58-brooks

Watchdog Reminder: Out of respect for the privacy and confidentiality of all our students, Watchdogs may NOT take pictures and videos of other children. If observed, you will kindly be asked to put your phone away. Thank you for your cooperation.

School Store December 18-20
MONDAY - KJ, KK,1M,2H,2J,3D,3G,4W,4K,5A,5G
TUESDAY - KSO,1P,1R,2O,2S,3P,4M,4P,5H,5S
WEDNESDAY - KS,KG,1W,2ST,3C,4S,5V,3B​—

On the Radar/Reminders

Winter Parties
Later this month, our students will celebrate their first PTA sponsored party of the year, the Winter Party, on December 22 from 2:00-3:00. You should have already received information from your lead room parent about volunteer opportunities for the 2 parties celebrated throughout the year. This is a proactive reminder about party protocol. We welcome your attendance IF you have signed up through PTA. We will have your name badges prepared and ready for entrance. If you have not signed up for a party, you will not be allowed to enter. This is not meant to be exclusive of any of our families. When we consider class size, activity level and fire code requirements, we simply cannot accommodate more parents than have signed up. If you are volunteering, siblings are not allowed to attend. In addition, food is not provided by the PTA. We kindly ask you to send an extra snack for your child that day. I hope this advanced information will allow you to plan accordingly. If you do not know if you are a volunteer for a room party, you may contact your lead room parent or the room parent coordinator, Mrs. Paula Meyers at pxm1883@yahoo.com.

Boundary Adjustments
Board Message on Attendance Area Adjustments

At the Nov. 27 Board of Education meeting, administrators recommended moving 215 students next year to alleviate overcrowding at Brooks, Brookdale and Peterson elementary schools. We were anticipating voting on this recommendation at the Dec. 11 meeting, but have decided to postpone this vote until Jan. 8. Board members have been meeting individually with administrators to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges surrounding the overcrowding issue. We have also asked administrators for some additional information based on questions raised at the recent Engage 204 meeting. To be more transparent and share the information with the community, the board will hold a workshop at 5 pm on Jan. 8 at the Crouse Education Center. Both the workshop and the meeting will also be streamed live on the district's YouTube channel.

Thank you to the parents who have provided feedback to the Board of Education. We appreciate your continued support.

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!

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!


CALENDAR DATES:
December 19 Chorus Concert 6:30
December 20 Kindergarten Gingerbread Celebration KK and KG
December 21 Kindergarten Gingerbread Celebration KSo, KJ, KS
December 22 Winter Parties 2:00
December 25-Jan. 5 Winter Break
January 8 School Resumes
January 12 End of Quarter 2


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:
Brooks: Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes for Kids
Brooks: Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO Engineering Club

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