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Principal Update March 19, 2018

Reported by on 3/19/18

We are getting ready for the end of the third quarter. As we prepare for the fourth quarter, there is a lot of learning still happening. Keeping to a routine and schedule will help children continue to focus on school this time of year.

Here is what is happening at Brookdale:

The week of April 16, we will be sending home registration packets for students returning to Brookdale. Parents can begin verifying information through Home Access Center beginning April 23. We will host Walk-in Registrations on the following dates:
• Monday, May 7 - 4:00pm to 7:30pm (Returning KDG through 4th grade students)
• Wednesday May 9 - 12:30pm to 7:00pm (NEW KDG students and siblings)
• Thursday, May 10 12:30pm to 5:3pm (Returning KDG through 4th grade students)

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 NINE 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.

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.

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 19
• PARCC TESTING for Fourth Grade Students
• Whiz Kid Coding Club - 3:40pm to 4:30pm

Tuesday, March 20
• PARCC TESTING for Fourth Grade Students
• Engage 204: District's Budget - Still MS - 7:00pm

Wednesday, March 21
• Late start - first bell rings at 9:00am with Tardy Bell rings at 9:15am
• PARCC TESTING for Fourth Grade Students
• Brookdale Buddies Program - 3:40pm to 4:30pm

Thursday, March 22
• Chorus Practice - 7:50am to 8:50am
• PARCC TESTING for Fourth Grade Students

Friday, March 23
• PARCC TESTING for Fourth Grade Students
• Fifth Grade Tech Club - 8:00am to 8:50am
• Second Grade Book Club - 8:15am to 8:45am
• All School PBIS Celebration - Beach Day

• March 26, 2018 through March 31, 2018 - SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL
• Monday, April 2, 2018 - Students return to school
• Friday, April 6, 2018 - Report Cards Open in HAC - 4:00pm
• Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - Second Grade Music Program at 7:00pm
• Friday, April 20, 2018 - Spring Fling/Silent Auction - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
• 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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