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Principal Update December 8, 2019

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Principal's Update
DATE December 8, 2019
Did you know??
Parent involvement in education is crucial. No matter income level or educational background, students with involved parents are more likely to have higher grades and test scores, attend school regularly, have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school. In fact, John Hattie, a renowned researcher, determined parent involvement has a 0.51 effect size. What does this mean? Effect size is a simple way of quantifying the difference between two educational outcomes or groups. Hatti defines 0.4 effect size to be the hinge point, meaning an outcome that is 0.4 effect size has a 'greater than average influence' on achievement. Therefore, being involved in your child's education has a significant postive impact on your child's educational success.
There are many ways to be involved in your child's education that will make a huge impact. Some ideas are:
• Volunteer at school (during the school day or during PTA events)
• Read with your child at home regularly
• Review and assist with homework
• Talk about school-related events with your child
• Communicate with the teachers and attend Parent/Teacher Conferences
• Review report cards and talk about grades with your child— help them determine realistic and attainable goals for themselves


We Need Your Feedback: Parents across Illinois once again have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of your child’s school as it relates to the important elements of school effectiveness. 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 Sunday, December 1, we have 10% (45 parents) from Brookdale who have taken the survey! We would love to get 50% (248) of our parents to take the survey. More than one parent from each household can take the survey. 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 effect school success are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction.

• The Diamond Step Team at WVHS will be hosting their very first Break The Stage Step Competition at WVHS on January 18th, 2020. The step competition and step dance battle will be hosted by celebrity host Bionce Foxx. See attached flier for more information.

Please know, the parking lot is restricted to only buses, day care vans and carpools during the times of 8:40am to 9:15am and 3:15pm to 3:45pm. We appreciate everyone following this expectation.

• The first bell each morning rings at 8:50am (9:00am on Wednesday). This bell is when students can enter the building, The second bell rings at 9:05am (9:15am on Wednesday). Students need to be in their classrooms at this bell— otherwise, they are marked tardy. Please plan your mornings accordingly.

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


Monday, December 9
• Second Grade Book Club - 8:15am
• Brookdale Beautifying Club - 3:40pm to 4:30pm

Tuesday, December 10
• Typical day at Brookdale

Wednesday, December 11
• Late Start - First bell rings at 9:00am with tardy bell ringing at 9:15am
• Fifth Grade Students - Instrument trying day - during the school day
• Winter Chorus Program - 7:00pm

Thursday, December 12
• Fourth and Fifth Grade Students to take the Illinois 5 Essential survey - during the school day
• Kindergarten in-house Field Trip - Agriculture in the Classroom - during the school day
• Therapy Dogs are in the House - 9:30am to 11:30am
• Fifth Grade Field Trip to Hill MS Honor's Concert - 10:00am to 11:00am

Friday, December 13
• Fifth Grade Students - Instrument trying day - during the school day
• Busy Bobcat Store - 8:30am to 9:05am

• Dec 20 - PTA Winter Party - 2:30pm to 3:20pm
• Dec 20 - End of Second Quarter
• Dec 23 - Jan 3 - Winter Break
• Jan 6 - NO SCHOOL for STUDENTS - School Improvement Day
• Jan 7 - Classes resume for students

Mary Howicz
Brookdale Principal

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