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Principal Update March 11, 2018

Reported by on 3/11/18

This week, we begin our state mandated PARCC testing for all third, fourth and fifth grade students. In order for the students to do their best, we ask they get a good night sleep, eat a nutritious breakfast and come ready to show all they know. Parents, please know once a test is begun, we cannot interrupt the classroom for early dismissals or late arrivals. Please have the students arrive to school at 8:50am and plan on them staying all day.

Here is what is happening at Brookdale:

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.

We are looking for a few parents to join Brookdale's Team IPEF. We have SIX staff running this year - we would love to have a few parents as well! Set a great goal, get fit and make a difference for our schools! Team IPEF offers a unique opportunity to run for a cause as a charity partner in the Naperville Half Marathon or 5K on Sunday, October 21, 2018.
Runners commit to raise a minimum of $204 for 204 as they train and complete the half marathon on Sunday, October 22, 2017. All charity runners receive a $20 discount off race registration and get to choose a District 204 school they would like to represent. Visit to learn more or check out the video at to see what Team IPEF is all about.

The John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School on the Aurora University campus serves students in third through eighth grades in the Batavia, East Aurora, Indian Prairie and West Aurora school districts.
Parents from these districts who are interested in applying for a space for their 2018-19 third-grader at the STEM Partnership School for the 2018–2019 school year are invited to attend an upcoming parent information meeting on
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 6–8 p.m. at University Banquet Hall, Aurora University, 1410 Marseillaise Place, Aurora, IL 60506. Please see attached flier for more information.

The Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC) is hosting their next meeting on Thursday, March 15th, 7-9:00 p.m., at Crouse Education Center, 780 Shoreline Drive in Aurora. The topic is Understanding and Addressing Language Advantages: How do students’ home languages advantage and disadvantage them in school? Please visit the PDAC meeting calendar or the PDAC subpage to learn more about PDAC.
At last month’s PDAC meeting focused on Understanding and Addressing Abilities Advantages, we learned about the importance of communicating what every student is able to accomplish. Guest speakers and meeting activities provided opportunities to heighten our awareness and understanding surrounding abilities. The meeting presentation slides are now available on the PDAC subpage.

Do you have questions about your child's academic options as they head into middle school? What's the difference between Accelerated Math and PA Math? Can you be in PA and still take a language? And orchestra? Bring your family and hear from middle school students and administrators. A student panel with real answers about academic tracks, homework, how it all works. Come on March 13 at 7:00pm at Still Middle School for this presentation by the Indian Prairie Project Arrow PTA. (We encourage you to submit your questions for the panellists to This will help us shape the program and make sure we address all the most popular topics.)

Metea Valley High School is proud to offer The Mini Mustang Preschool to our teachers & local families for the 2018-2019 school year. The Mini Mustang Preschool is a lab-class offered to high school juniors and seniors who are exploring teaching as a career. The high school students develop lesson plans for 3 & 4 year olds that teach curricular subjects using age-appropriate teaching techniques. Preschoolers participate in activities that are planned around a weekly theme, while they explore different learning centers. Please see attached flier for more information.

Waubonsie Valley High School Band Boosters will hold their annual Craft Fair on Saturday, March 17th from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Admission is $2 adults, $1 students, 5 & under free. There will be over 70 vendors, raffle, and bake sale All proceeds go directly to the band program. WVHS is located at 2590 Ogden Avenue, Aurora, IL.

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, March 12th
• PARCC TESTING for Third and Fifth Grade Students
• Gym Club for 5th grade students - 8:00am to 8:50am
• Kindergarten Parent Preview Night - 7:00pm

Tuesday, March 13th
• PARCC TESTING for Third and Fifth Grade Students
• Project Arrow heading into Middle School Presentation - Still MS - 7:00pm

Wednesday, March 14th
• Late start - first bell rings at 9:00am with Tardy Bell rings at 9:15am
• PARCC TESTING for Third and Fifth Grade Students

Thursday, March 15th
• Chorus Practice - 7:50am to 8:50am
• PARCC TESTING for Third and Fifth Grade Students

Friday, March 16th
• PARCC TESTING for Third and Fifth Grade Students


• Week of March 19, 2018 - PARCC TESTING for Fourth Grade Students
• Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - Engage 204 focusing on the district's budget - Still MS -7:00pm
• SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL - March 26, 2018 through March 31, 2018
• Monday, April 3, 2018 - Students return to school
• Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - Second Grade Music Program at 7:00pm
• Friday, April 27, 2018 - NO SCHOOL for Students - School Improvement Day
• Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - Spring Chorus Concert at 7:00pm
Mary Howicz
Brookdale Principal

STEM Partnership School Parent Information Meeting (pdf)

Mini Mustang Preschool (docx)

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