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Principal Update November 4, 2018

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Principal's Update
DATE November 4, 2018

• Parents, students and teachers across Illinois will once again have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school as it relates to the important elements of school effectiveness. On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by the University of Chicago. All survey responses will be kept confidential. The state will provide survey results for individual schools only if a school has at least 20 percent of parents take the survey. As of Friday, we have 8% of our parents (40 total) who have completed the survey. We need a total of 102parents to complete the survey for it to count on our school report card. If you have children attending more than one school, we ask that you complete the survey for each school.

To take this short survey:
1. 1. Visit this link
2. Type and select “Dupage” as "County." (The county is the location of the school district's main office.)
3. Type your school's name into the "School" field and select your school.
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are ten times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators that effect school success are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction. Parents will have until January to participate in the survey.

• School attendance is essential to academic success. As you review your child's first quarter report cards, you may also check your child's attendance in Home Access.
Direction on checking your child's report card and attendance are located here. Did you know that absenteeism in the first month of school can predict attendance throughout the school year? Research shows that half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school by the end of the year. ( Remember any lost class time, whether excused or unexcused results in missed learning opportunities. Help your children develop positive habits for attendance from an early age! For more information or assistance with improving your child's attendance, please contact your classroom teacher or school principal.

• District 204 is partnering with local law enforcement agencies for a School Safety Community Night presentation from 7 to 8 pm on Wednesday, November 14 at Waubonsie Valley High School. Safety topics include what parents should teach their younger children to help keep them safe, the district’s partnership with police and how school resource officers work with staff and students, ALICE training in schools, a new program that involves a school safety dog, and how students and parents can report safety concerns. All District 204 parents are invited to attend this event. Children are encouraged to attend at their parents’ discretion. An RSVP is appreciated, but not required at this link.

• Calling all United States Veterans or Military Personnel... the Brookdale Veterans' Day Assembly will be held on Friday, November 9th from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the gym. The Third, Fourth and Fifth grade students and staff of Brookdale Elementary School would like to invite U.S. Veterans or active military who are family members of any Brookdale student or staff member to the assembly. If you know of or are a Veteran or current military member and would like to attend the assembly, please fill out this Google Survey by Friday, November 2. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Ouellette at

• Follow Brookdale School on Twitter @BrookdaleBobcat. We use #Brookdalepride to show all the fun and cool things going on at Brookdale Elementary and the community!

Monday, November 5, 2018
• NO SCHOOL for Students - Parent/Teacher Conference Day - 8:00am to 3:00pm and 4:30pm to 8:00pm

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
• NO SCHOOL - Election Day

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
• Late Start Wednesday - first bell rings at 9:00am— all students to be in their classroom by 9:15am
• Therapy Dogs in the House - 9:30am to 11:00am
• Erin's Law Presentations for First Grade - during school day
• Second Grade In-House Field Trip with the Reptile Man - during school day
• Chess Club - 3:40pm to 4:30pm

Thursday, November 8, 2018
• Erin's Law Presentations for First Grade - during school day
• Third Grade "Learn Not to Burn" Presentation with NFD - during school day
• Brookdale Buddies - 3:40pm to 4:30pm
• PTA General Meeting - 7:00pm

Friday, November 9, 2018
• Busy Bobcat Store - 8:30am to 9:05am
• Erin's Law Presentations for Second Grade - During school day
• Veteran's Day Assembly for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students - during school day
• PTA Basketball Night - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

• Wednesday, November 14 - District Safety Presentation at WVHS - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
• Friday, November 16 - PTA World at Brookdale event (Open for all Brookdale students and families)
• Saturday, November 17 - PTA Mistletoe Market
• Wednesday, November 21 through Friday, November 23 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
• Wednesday, December 12 - Winter Chorus Program - 7:00pm
• Monday, December 24 through Friday, January 4, 2019 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
• Monday, January 7, 2019 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Institute Day
• Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - Students Return to School after Winter Break
Mary Howicz
Brookdale Principal

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