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Principal Update October 1, 2017

Reported by on 10/1/17

We welcome the cooler weather and love being able to have the windows open for some fresh air. Hard to believe we are starting a new month today. There is a lot going on at Brookdale!
Here is what is happening at Brookdale:

Calling all Father Figures (Dads, Uncles, Cousins, Brothers, Grandpas)!! Now is your chance to sign up to be a Brookdale WATCH D.O.G.!! Please pick a date (s) that will work for you to come to Brookdale as a WATCH D.O.G. WATCH D.O.G.s spend the day at Brookdale helping out in classrooms, lunch/recess and otherwise engaging students in their learning. Last year was such a success, we are expanding the program. We are looking for one WATCH D.O.G. each school day to spend the full day with us. You can sign up as many times as you would like as long as you are an adult male 21 years of age or older. Please contact Leah Walsh at OR Allen Sapoznik for more information about WATCH D.O.G.S. Sign up here by Friday, October 6th to get started on the best day of the school year. See attached flier to order a WATCH D.O.G. t-shirt for you and/or your Brookdale child.

On Wednesday, October 4th, many of our teachers and staff will meet students at several corners within the Brookdale area to walk to school with them. This national celebration is to promote safe walking and biking habits as children walk to school each day. For more information, check out the Walk & Bike to School website. See attached flier for the corners and times staff will be present.

Brookdale has kicked off its schoolwide pull tab collection for Ronald McDonald' House Charities (RMHC)! Help support RMHC by collecting the little tabs you pull to open pop, soup or other aluminum cans! Drop off your collected pop, soup or other aluminum can pull tabs in the collection container at Brookdale School (located in the LMC)! More information may be found at

At Curriculum Night, the Reading Specialists (Mrs. Schmalandt, Mrs. Born and Mrs. Sanders) shared ideas on how to increase your child's reading skills at all levels. Did you know they have a blog that shares more information? Check out the Brookdale Reading Improvement blog and have fun exploring!

Did you know we have a personal Twitter hashtag - #BrookdalePride? Are you following Brookdale School on Twitter @BrookdaleBobcat? You can follow us to see all the fun and cool things going on at Brookdale Elementary!


Monday, October 2nd
• PBIS Assembly for ALL students - 3:00pm

Tuesday, October 3rd
• Author Visit: Tom Watson - for 1st through 4th grade - 2:15pm

Wednesday, October 4th
• Late Start - First bell rings at 9:00am with the Tardy Bell ringing at 9:15am
• National Walk to School Day - 8:30am
• Therapy Dogs to visit Brookdale - 9:30am to 11:00am
• NO Brookdale Buddies TODAY

Thursday, October 5th
• Chorus Practice - 7:50am to 8:50am
• PTA Fun Run - during school day

Friday, October 6th
• PTA Fun Run (Rain Date)

• Monday, October 9, 2017 - NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day Observation
• Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - Family Reading Night - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
• Tuesday, October 12, 2017 - IPPA PA Fundraiser at Chick-Fil-A - all day
• Friday, October 27, 2017 - End of First Quarter
• Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - PTA Fall Party - 2:30pm to 3:20pm
Mary Howicz
Brookdale Principal

Walk To School Day Flyer ( pdf)

Watch Dog T-Shirt Form ( docx)

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