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Principal's Message 3/11/18

Reported by terri_russell@ipsd.org on 3/9/18

Dear Brooks Families,

Please join us on Monday, March 12 from 6:00-7:30 for Brooks’ Open House. Families will have the opportunity to visit classrooms, talk with teachers and view the amazing work completed by our students. See you there!

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KINDERGARTEN PRE-REGISTRATION 2018-2019
If you have a child who will be five (5) years old on or before September 1, 2018, he or she is eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year.
You are invited and encouraged to attend a Kindergarten Parent Preview Night on March 21 at 6:00 PM in the Gym. At this meeting, we will provide a detailed look at what the kindergarten experience will offer. You will also be provided with more details related to registration requirements and deadlines. This night is designed for parents and guardians only.
We need the Information Sheet on the attached page prior to orientation so that we can begin planning kindergarten enrollment for the upcoming school year. This Pre-Registration information will be used to form a kindergarten mailing list. Once on the mailing list, additional information will be mailed to eligible kindergarten parents. Information regarding registration will be available after April.
If you have any neighbors who do not presently have school-aged children, but will have an incoming kindergartner, please give them a copy of this form or ask them to call our office at 630-375-3200 so that we can send them this information. I look forward to meeting you at the Kindergarten Parent Preview Night.

PARCC TESTING - GRADES 3-5
During the months of March and April, our students in grades 3-5 will be participating in PARCC testing. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is the state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois students enrolled in a public school district. PARCC assesses the Illinois Learning​— Standards Incorporating the Common Core and will be administered in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Listed below, you will find the Brooks tentative schedule for testing. We respectfully ask you to consider these dates when planning vacations and medical appointments. It’s important your child be in school barring illness. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Grades 4 and 5 - March 5-15
Grade 3 - March 15-23 AND April 2

Pizza Hut Book It Program
Attached you will find the calendar for this month’s Book It. This is the last month of Book It for this school year. This calendar is for your child to 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.
March Reading Logs are due by Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

Engage 204 on March 20
The community is invited to attend Engage 204 from 7 to 9 pm on Tuesday, March 20 at Still Middle School, 787 Meadowridge Drive, Aurora. This session will focus on the district's budget.
Previous sessions have looked at academic programs, demographics, and facilities. Some of the topics discussed by presenters and attendees have included class sizes, teacher pay, mental health support, facility use, and maintenance projects. At this session, presenters will discuss the cost of some of the ideas and attendees will be asked to prioritize the ideas. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to provide feedback on how to financially support the ideas considering the district's limited resources.
Engage 204 is a collaborative process between the community and District 204. 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. Findings and recommendations will be presented to the Board of Education in July 2018. All District 204 residents are invited to participate in Engage 204.
RSVP is appreciated, but not required at RSVP. For more information, visit Engage 204.

Kane County Cougar Game - Save the Date!
On Thursday, June 14th, the Brooks Chorus has been invited to sing the National Anthem at the Kane County Cougar Game! Students get to enjoy the game, run the bases, eat good food and enjoy fireworks! More information will be coming from PTA, but in the meantime, mark your calendar!!

Band Boosters Craft Fair
Waubonsie Valley High School
2590 Ogden Avenue
Aurora, IL
March 17th
9am - 3 pm
Admission: $2 adults, $1 students, 5 & under free
Info: Over 70 vendors, raffle, and bake sale All proceeds go directly to the band program.

On the Radar/Reminders

STUDENT COUNCIL IN NEED OF DONATION
Brooks Student Council will be hosting a “Make a Wish” fundraiser on May 17, 2018 at the Annual Fun Fair along with a tomato plant sale. All proceeds will be donated and gift cards will be purchased for families who have a family member at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. ​—
The Brooks School Student Council is looking for donations of ribbon and fabric. Donations will be cut into strips and given to those families and students that contribute to our fundraiser. Once purchased, the strips will be tied onto a rope. The “Make a Wish” garland will be displayed in Brooks Elementary School as a reminder to always persevere and never give up. Thank you for your consideration.

JOIN TEAM IPEF
We invite you to consider representing our school as part of Team IPEF in 2018. Click the following link to see who's already signed up to run for us! https://www.ipef204.org/teamipef2018/

It’s about more than just running. Team IPEF offers a unique opportunity to run for a cause and make a difference for your school. Last year 335 runner raised more than $178,000 to help enrich education in all District 204 schools.

Runners commit to raise a minimum of $204 for 204 as they train and complete the Naperville Half Marathon or 5K on Sunday, October 21, 2018. All charity runners receive a discount off race registration and get to choose a District 204 school they would like to represent. Visit​— https://www.ipef204.org/teamipef/ to learn more or sign-up.

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:
March 5 PTA Meeting 7:00 p.m.
March 12 OPEN HOUSE 6:00-7:30
March 21 Kindergarten Preview Night 6:30 p.m.
March 23 End of third quarter
March 26-30 Spring Break


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: Illinois Chess Teachers Chess Club
Brooks: Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes for Kid

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