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Principal Update January 7, 2019

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Principal's Update
DATE January 7, 2019

• Welcome to 2019!!! How very exciting to be halfway through the school year. Please know that report cards will be available on your Home Access Center (HAC) beginning at 4:00pm on Friday, January 11, 2019. We ask all parents to review the grades and reports and contact the classroom teacher if you have any concerns or questions.

• This week, our 2nd through 5th grade students will take the January assessments in reading and math (Benchmarking Assessments). The assessments are all given online therefore, it is imperative the students have their Chromebooks charged and ready each day for school. Also, please make sure your child has a working pair of headphones or Earbuds to use during these assessments. Feel free to contact your child's classroom teacher if you have any questions.

• 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 today, we have 27% of our parents (137 total) who have completed the survey. I would LOVE to get to 50% of our parents - that would be 253 parents!!! 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

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.

• 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, January 7, 2019
• NO SCHOOL for students - Teacher Institute Day
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
• Fifth Grade PALs Club - during recess
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
• Late Start Day - First bell rings at 9:00am— Tardy bell rings at 9:15am
• Benchmarking Assessments for Second through Fifth Grade Students
Thursday, January 10, 2019
• Benchmarking Assessments for Second through Fifth Grade Students
Friday, January 11, 2019
• Busy Bobcat Store - 8:30am to 9:05am
• Benchmarking Assessments for Second through Fifth Grade Students
• Report Cards Open in Home Access Center - 4:00pm

• Monday, January 21, 2019 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr Birthday
• Thursday, January 31, 2019 - Fifth Grade Group Picture and Club Pictures - 9:00am to 11:30am
• Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - Open House (for all families and students) - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
• Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - Brainiacs Displays (throughout the week)
• Friday, February 22, 2019 - PTA STEM Night - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
• Thursday, February 28, 2019 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (as needed only) - 1:00pm to 8:00pm
• Friday, March 1, 2019 - NO SCHOOL for STUDENTS - Teacher Institute Day

Mary Howicz
Brookdale Principal

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