Brookdale Elementary School

Indian Prairie School District 204

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Principal Update March 28, 2017

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We hope everyone is enjoying their Spring Break. Please know the school office will be closed during Spring Break. We hope everyone enjoys a safe, fun yet relaxing break. This update is for the week returning after Spring Break and will be resent on Sunday, April 3rd.

Here is an update from Brookdale:

Our students in fourth and fifth grade have successfully completed the PARCC ASSESSMENT before Spring Break. Our third grade students will be taking the assessment the week of April 10th. For the week, a student is taking the PARCC Assessment, we ask they bring in a pair of ear buds or headphones. We have some available for students who don't have their own at school but do not have enough for an entire grade level. We really appreciate your support.

Please be aware that on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, weather permitting, a weed control application will applied to the mulched areas including the courtyards, fenced areas (inside cooling tower, chiller and cell tower fences), fence lines (athletic fields) and bleacher pads at Brookdale Elementary. This application will be a “Pre-Emergent and Spot Treatment”. We match herbicide and application procedures to our school environment. All are approved for school use, and are an important part of buildings and grounds maintenance.

Every Wednesday and Friday (May 4 – May 26) from 8:20am to 9:00am Brookdale Elementary will sponsor a run club. Students will learn about the joy of running, log a mile or two, and burn some energy before heading to class.
To register for the Brookdale Spring Run Club, please register online at
If you have any questions, please contact Jen Birkner at or call (630) 234-4617.

All elementary and middle school students with multi needs and supported services are invited to attend the District's Special Survivor Games 2017. The FREE event will be held on Friday, April 7, 2017 at Peterson Elementary School in southwest Naperville. This fun event brings together volunteer peer buddies and District 204 elementary and middle school students with special needs to engage in relay style competitive races. See attached flier for details and learn more about the games by reading this article that was featured in last year's Naperville SUN and watch a video created by NCTV-17 from a couple of years ago.
Sign Up Now - Registration is Free! Simply send your child's name, home school, current grade level, special needs, and parent's name/email address/phone number to Feel free to contact me with any questions! Kristen Kucharski (Co-Creator of Naperville Survivor Games) at 630-440-4792.

On Tuesday, March 21st, the Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC) hosted a meeting titled: What Makes A Great Parent? Teacher? based on chapters 6 & 7 of Carol Dweck’s book, Mindset. We enjoyed video clips and discussions on fostering growth mindsets. Meeting presentation can be found HERE and conversation starters with children HERE. For more information, please visit the PDAC subpage.

We are accepting pre-registration forms for Kindergarten next year. Please let neighbors and friends who have not started at Brookdale yet know and pass this information on to them. We need to plan accordingly so we have the right amount of sections (and teachers) for our KDG classrooms.

• Week of April 10th - PARCC Testing for Third Grade
• Friday, April 14, 2017 - NO SCHOOL - Local Holiday
• Monday, April 17, 2017 - NO SCHOOL for Students - School Improvement Day
• Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - Second Grade Music Program - 7:00pm
• Monday, April 24, 2017 - 2017-18 Kindergarten Screening and Registration -12:00pm to 7:00pm
• Friday, April 28, 2017 - PTA Spring Fling and Silent Auction - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
• Tuesday, May 3, 2017 - Walk-in Registration - 4:30pm to 7:00pm
• Wednesday, May 4, 2017 - Brookdale's Spring Run Club begins - 8:20am to 9:00am

MONDAY, March 27th thru FRIDAY, March 31st - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

MONDAY, April 3rd
• Fourth Grade Whiz Kids Coding Club - 3:40pm to 4:30pm

TUESDAY, April 4th
• Typical Day at Brookdale

WEDNESDAY, April 5th
• Late Start Wednesday - First bell is at 9:00am - School begins at 9:15am
• PTA Wednesday Enrichment Class begins - 3:40pm to 4:30pm
• NO Brookdale Buddies Program in the month of APRIL

THURSDAY, April 6th
• Chorus Practice - 8:00am to 8:50am
• PTA Thursday Enrichment Class begins - 3:40pm to 4:30pm

FRIDAY, April 7th
• Spirit Day - Wear Brookdale Spirit Wear or Brookdale's school colors of gold and blue.

Mary Howicz
Brookdale Principal


Kindergarten Pre-Registration Form 2017-18 (doc)


Special Survivor Games 2017 (pdf)


IPM Notice Weed Control (doc)


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