Principal Update November 5, 2017
Welcome to day-light savings time.... where it gets darker a lot earlier! I hope everyone enjoyed their extra hour of sleep last night! We are looking forward to meeting with our parents for Parent-Teacher Conferences beginning this Thursday evening and next Monday.
Here is what is happening at Brookdale:
ATTEND ENGAGE 204 ON NOVEMBER 14
You are invited to attend Engage 204, Indian Prairie School District's new community engagement program on November 14 from 7 to 9 pm at Still Middle School, 787 Meadowridge Drive, Aurora. This is the first of a series of Engage 204 sessions hosted by community leaders on behalf of the district. The November 14 meeting will feature a special State of the District presentation by Superintendent Karen Sullivan.
Engage 204 is a collaborative process between the community and District 204 to ensure a strong future for the district and its students. The Engage 204 sessions will explore different aspects of the district, including, enrollment, district finances, and other key issues involved in maintaining a successful educational experience for students. Key to the success of this process is the collaboration and discussion between participants. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to share ideas and discuss topics in small groups in order to provide feedback to the Board of Education.
All District 204 residents are invited to participate in Engage 204. RSVP is appreciated, but not required at http://ipsd.us/1F1FW. Learn more at http://www.engage204.org.
PDAC MEETING, NOVEMBER 7, 2017
The next Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC) meeting is on Tuesday, November 7th, 7-9:00 p.m., at Crouse Education Center, 780 Shoreline Drive in Aurora. The topic of the meeting is Understanding and Addressing Race Advantages: How do students’ race advantage and disadvantage them in school? Please visit these links to view the PDAC meeting calendar or to learn more about PDAC.
REPORT CARDS AND PROGRESS REPORTS AVAILABLE TO PARENTS ON NOVEMBER 4TH
You will be able to view your child's report cards beginning this coming Friday after 4pm on Home Access Center. The Grading Scales are linked on the eSchool Home Access page on the District website. The scales are about 2/3 of the way down the page. However, parents have a direct link in HAC to this page.
Remember, Kindergarten students will have a Math Progress of Performance available during the First Quarter. They will receive a full Report Card after the Second Quarter.
AFTER-SCHOOL ENRICHMENT CLASS PROPOSALS – DUE NOVEMBER 17
Brookdale PTA is currently seeking enrichments class teachers! Anyone can teach an enrichment class and there are endless possibilities of class offerings (see attached ideas of class offerings)! If you have a special talent, hobby, interest and/or a desire to teach Brookdale students, please submit a proposal online by Friday, November 17 atwww.brookdalepta.org/enrichment.
YEARBOOK COVER DESIGN CONTEST – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 10
Brookdale students are invited to enter a drawing in our Yearbook Cover Contest. Two winners will be selected by a panel of judges to be displayed on the front and back cover of the 2017-2018 Brookdale Yearbook! Winners will receive a free 2017-2018 yearbook. Entries are due by Friday, November 10. Click here to view the guidelines.
WORLD CULTURAL FAIR - FAMILY SHOWCASE
Friday, November 17 from 7:00 - 8:30pm
We are currently expecting 20 countries to be represented at Brookdale’s World Cultural Fair this year! It’s not too late to join either! Whether it be a table display, performance or cuisineâ€” this is the perfect opportunity to share it with other Brookdale families and students! Please contact our PTA Committee Co-Chair, Cindy Meiresonne, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
UPCOMING WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Monday, November 6th
• Whiz Kids Coding Club - 3:40pm to 4:30pm
Tuesday, November 7th
• Typical day at Brookdale
Wednesday, November 8th
• Late Start - First bell rings at 9:00am with the Tardy Bell ringing at 9:15am
• Brookdale Buddies Program - 3:40pm to 4:30pm
Thursday, November 9th
• Chorus Practice - 7:50am to 8:50am
• Parent/Teacher Conferences - 4:30pm to 8:00pm
Friday, November 10th
• Second Grade Book Club - 8:00am to 8:50am
• Veteran's Day Assembly for 3rd/4th/5th Grade Students - 9:30am
DATES TO REMEMBER:
• Sunday, November 12, 2017 – Brookdale/McCarty Chorus Field Trip to Chicago Wolves
• Monday, November 13, 2017 – Parent/Teacher Conferences – 8:00am to 8:00pm - No School for Students
• Thursday, November 16, 2017 - Human Growth and Development Parent Orientation Meeting for all 5th Grade Parents - Longwood Elementary School - 7:00pm
• Monday, November 20, 2017 - Human Growth and Development Parent Orientation Meeting for all 5th Grade Parents - Kendall Elementary School - 7:00pm
• Wednesday, November 22 to Friday, November 24, 2017 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
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