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Principal Update November 18, 2018

Reported by lisa_sadler@ipsd.org on 11/18/18

Principal's Update

DATE November 18, 2018
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HAPPENINGS AT BROOKDALE:

• What a busy and fun week we had last week! We had the PTA Book Fair, an awesome Assembly sponsored by PTA that focused on Holiday Music Across the World and ended the week with a true celebration with the PTA World At Brookdale event! So much fun! So much to celebrate!

VERY IMPORTANT SAFETY CONCERN: Several students and parents with students have been observed crossing the street to the north side of Redfield Road outside of the cross walk with the Crossing Guard. This is very dangerous. We ask all parents and students to cross the street at the Crosswalk with the Crossing Guard if parents are parking on the north side of the street. Our street is way too congested to have this practice continue.

• 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 18% of our parents (92 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. 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 affect 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. (attendanceworks.org) 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.
COLD WEATHER WELLNESS REMINDERS FROM NURSE LYNN: With the snow recently fallen on the ground and cold weather holidays quickly approaching, many of us will be hosting, or travelling to, our families and friends across the state, and/or country. While it is a wonderful time for gathering together, it is also unfortunately a time when we can find ourselves becoming ill.
According to the CDC, influenza (flu) activity has started to be sporadic in Illinois at this time, but as always it is important to be proactive in preventing influenza-like illnesses and/or viruses from spreading. Regular hand-washing using proper technique, particularly before and after activities (eating, bathroom use, coughing and sneezing, as examples), is one of the very best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. I encourage you to consider this a teaching moment with your child. If you believe your child is sick (if your child has a deep/barking cough, sore throat and fever over 100 degrees and/or has vomited), please keep them home from school (24-hours after a fever and/or vomiting has subsided without the use of fever-reducing and/or anti-nausea medication).
Not only is winter cold and flu season, but it is also the season of an increased incidence of head lice. When lice are found on a child at school, the child’s parents/guardians are informed, and we ask that the child be picked up from school. Our District Policy requests proof of treatment (either receipt or box top from treatment method, or a physician’s statement) before a child’s return to school. In following Health Department recommendations, parents are not notified if there is a student with lice in the school/class nor do we do head checks. Please talk with your child about not sharing hats and coats. Wearing long hair up in braids or buns can also be good prevention this time of year.

Kindly remember to call the school's attendance line promptly in the morning and report your child’s absence, stating the reason for their absence at (630) 428-6800, press #3. Sharing his/her symptoms early with the health office allows us to monitor patterns of illness. Feel free to call and speak with Nurse Lynn if you have questions about your child’s specific illness in relation to school attendance.
• 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!

SCHEDULE FOR THE UPCOMING WEEK:

Monday, November 19, 2018
• Chorus Practice - 7:50am to 8:50am
• Second Grade Walking Field to Tabor Hills - 1:15pm to 2:30pm

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
• Typical Day at Brookdale

Wednesday, November 21, 2018
• NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, November 22, 2018
• NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Friday, November 23, 2018
• NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

DATES TO REMEMBER:
• Wednesday, December 12 - Winter Chorus Program - 7:00pm
• Friday, December 21 - End of Second Quarter
• Friday, December 21 - PTA Winter Party - 2:30pm to 3:20pm
• 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

Sincerely,
Mary Howicz
630.428.6800
Brookdale Principal

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