Brookdale Elementary School

Indian Prairie School District 204

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Principal Update February 11, 2018

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This week we will hold our PTA Friendship Party. Please know we are not allowed to pass out any candy or edible treats with the cards. Each classroom will have an approved treat for this party. We appreciate everyone respecting this policy.

Here is what is happening at Brookdale:

Parent and high school/college student volunteers are invited to sign up to help at STEM Night, February 23, to help run the event or donate items. Click here to sign up online.

We are lookikng for a few parents to join Brookdale's Team IPEF. We have FIVE staff running this year (so far!) Set a great goal, get fit and make a difference for our schools! Team IPEF offers a unique opportunity to run for a cause as a charity partner in the Naperville Half Marathon or 5K on Sunday, October 21, 2018.
Runners commit to raise a minimum of $204 for 204 as they train and complete the half marathon on Sunday, October 22, 2017. All charity runners receive a $20 discount off race registration and get to choose a District 204 school they would like to represent. Visit to learn more or check out the video at to see what Team IPEF is all about.

The talent show is March 9! Any interested students in grades 3-5 are welcome to audition on February 20th after school. If your child is interested in auditioning, please click on the link below and fill out the information by FEBRUARY 15th:
More details about auditions will be forthcoming to students who sign up. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Rust or Ms. Iwinski (,

Later this month, vision and hearing screenings will be conducted at Brookdale. These screening tests are mandated by the Illinois Department of Public Health at specific times during your child's school day. All students in kindergarten through third grade and selected other students in grades four and five will be screened for vision, hearing, or both. If your child wears glasses, please make sure that they have them in school with them. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact Nurse Lynn at (630) 428-6806.

Attached you will find the Pre-Registration Form for Kindergarten students for 18-19 school year. Return completed forms to our main office before our March 12th Parent Preview Night— mark your calendar for the Kindergarten Parent Preview Night for Monday, March 12th at 7:00pm. Feel free to share with neighbors or friends with an incoming Kindergarten student.

Brookdale Elementary is again participating in the Young Author's Program this school year. This program is for students in second grade through fifth grade. There are very strict guidelines in what needs to be handed in, which is outlined in the attached paperwork. If your child chooses to participate, please make sure to read the entire packet in order to following the guideline requirements. We are hoping to have a lot of student participation this year! The stories (following the guidelines) are due to classroom teachers by Monday, February 12, 2018.

The John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School on the Aurora University campus serves students in third through eighth grades in the Batavia, East Aurora, Indian Prairie and West Aurora school districts.
Parents from these districts who are interested in applying for a space for their 2018-19 third-grader at the STEM Partnership School for the 2018–2019 school year are invited to attend an upcoming parent information meeting on
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 6–8 p.m. at University Banquet Hall, Aurora University, 1410 Marseillaise Place, Aurora, IL 60506. Please see attached flier for more information.

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, February 12th
• Young Author stories due (2nd through 5th grade students)
• Fourth Grade Gym Club - 8:00am to 8:50am

Tuesday, February 13th
• Kindergarten Field Trip to DuPage Children's Museum

Wednesday, February 14th
• Late start - first bell rings at 9:00am with Tardy Bell rings at 9:15am
• PTA Friendship Party - 2:30pm to 3:20pm

Thursday, February 15th
• Chorus Practice - 7:50am to 8:50am
• PTA Enrichment Classes for Thursday - 3:40pm to 4:30pm
• OPEN HOUSE at Longwood for Students due to Elementary Attendance Area Adjustments - 6:30pm

Friday, February 16th
• Busy Bobcat Store - 8:30am to 9:05am
• Fourth Grade "Be Smart, Be Safe" Program - during school day

• Monday, February 19, 2018 - NO SCHOOL - President's Day
• Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - The Greatest Show auditions - 3:40pm to 6:00pm
• Friday, February 23, 2018 - PTA STEM night - open for all Brookdale families
• Thursday, March 1, 2018 - NO SCHOOL - Parent/Teacher Conference (by appointment or need only)
• Friday, March 2, 2018 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Institute Day
• Friday, March 9, 2018 - PTA Variety Show - 7:00pm
• Monday, March 12, 2018 - Kindergarten Parent Preview Night - 7:00pm
Mary Howicz
Brookdale Principal


Young Author's 2018 Guidelines (docx)


2018-19 Kindergarten Orientation Paperwork  (pdf)


STEM Partnership School Parent Information Meeting (pdf)


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Naperville, IL‎ 60563

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