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Principal Update January 5, 2020

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Principal's Update
DATE January 20, 2020

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An excerpt from Greater Good Magazine by Elizabeth Hopper, Sept 7, 2018

A study published in The Journal of Social Psychology investigated how different types of kind acts affect our happiness. Ultimately, the researchers found that a wide range of kind activities are good for us.

Researchers asked 683 adults from over two dozen countries (i.e. USA, Brazil, United Kingdom and South Africa, to name a few) to complete at least one act of kindness daily for a week, such as helping a neighbor, writing a thank you card, or paying for someone’s movie ticket. People were encouraged to carry out more kind acts, or different types of kind acts, than they normally would. One group was asked to direct their kindness towards people they were close to (i.e., friends and family), while another group were to be kind towards people, they were less close to (i.e., acquaintances and people they didn’t know as well).

Other participants were asked to make an effort to practice self-kindness, for example, by meditating, going on a walk, or dancing to a favorite song. A fourth group didn’t engage in kind acts themselves, but were asked to look out for acts of goodness carried out by others, such as, when someone volunteered, bought coffee for someone else, or simply stopped to pick up litter. The researchers compared all these groups to a control group of people who went about their lives as usual.
According to a survey question administered before and after the experiment, participants who performed any of these kindness activities became happier compared to the control group. Somewhat surprisingly, the four types of kindness tasks didn’t have different effects on happiness. Kindness in any form made people feel equally good.

According to Lee Rowland, lead author of the paper, director of research at (which supported the research), and research associate at the University of Oxford, being kind to others, whether or not we are close to them, may be inherently rewarding for us and activate an evolved neuro-biological system involved in caring for others. He also suggests that observing kindness is a way of noticing the good around us could boost our moods— rather than seeing a world full of stress and bad news.

According to Rowland, this research is a reminder to “think more about other people and not so much on yourself”, both for their benefit and our own.


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 Friday, January 3, we have 18% (76 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.

• Did you do some cleaning out of closets and drawers this break? Do you have extra clothes you would like to donate to our health office? The following clothing is needed to keep on hand for accidents and spills:
o Socks - for both boys and girls
o Girl pants - size small and medium
o Girl shirts - size small and medium

• 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, January 6
• Teacher Institute Day

Tuesday, January 7
• Classes resume for students
• Beginning of Third Quarter

Wednesday, January 8
• Late Start - First bell rings at 9:00am with tardy bell ringing at 9:15am

Thursday, January 9
• Therapy Dogs are in the House - 9:15am to 10:45am

Friday, January 10
• Spirit Day - Wear your Brookdale Spirit Wear OR colors of Blue/Yellow
• Men of Brookdale - during recess and lunch
• Report Cards open in HAC 4:00pm
• PTA Basketball Night - 6:30pm to 8:00pm (one Parent/Guardian must remain with their student)

• Jan 13 - Hill MS Band, Orchestra & Chorus Registration for 5th Grade Students - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
• Jan 20 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr Birthday
• Jan 28 - PTA Meeting - 7:00pm
• Jan 29 - Fifth Grade Group Photo and Club Pictures - 8:30am to 11:30am
• Feb 5 - Feb 7 - LMC Bookfair
• Feb 5 - Open House (for all students, families and friends) - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
• Feb 14 - PTA Friendship Party - 2:30pm to 3:20pm (no candy or edible treats to accompany Valentines)
• Feb 17 - NO SCHOOL - President's Day
• Feb 19 to Feb 21 - Brookdale Brainiacs on Display (information coming home soon)
• Feb 21 - PTA STEAM Night - 6:30pm to 8:30pm (open to all students and their families)

Mary Howicz
Brookdale Principal

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