August 28th

Twitter Highlights: Week 1

Please click on the above link to see highlights from this past week. We are working to create a positive learning environment that is equitable, inclusive and focused on the whole child. No need to have a twitter account to view!

Brooks Handbook and Chromebook Distribution - Signatures Required

Brooks School Handbook

Please review our Brooks Handbook with your student. You and your student will be asked to sign that you’ve read and reviewed the policies outlined within the handbook.


Chromebook Distribution on Tuesday 8/29

Students will be bringing home a District Technology Acceptable Use Policy that will require your signature and your child’s. This form must be signed and turned in to Advisory Teacher by Monday, August 28th in order for your child to receive their Chromebook on Tuesday, August 29th.

Eco EAGLES

Eco Eagles will be meeting TUESDAYS at 3:30 in Room C202 starting, August 29. If you’re interested in the school garden, creating award-winning films, taking field trips and being an environmental activist, join us! Eco Eagles is the best club ON the planet FOR the planet!

Please Reinforce at Home

BOOK BAGS and/or BACKPACKS

Book bags/Backpacks are useful for carrying materials/books to and from school. Book bags or backpacks are allowed in classrooms at the teacher’s discretion. If a Book Bag needs to be carried by the student throughout the building, a cinch sack or another smaller type bag is preferred, as the smaller the size the less congested and safer the hallways are. Book Bags/Backpacks should be stored in lockers when not in use. Lockers measure 11 by 11 inches. When purchasing book bags, particularly the ones with wheels, please keep in mind the size limitations of the locker.


PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES (including Cell Phones)

Personal Electronic devices are not allowed out in common spaces. Teacher discretion will be used in the classrooms. Personal devices should be left on silent while in the building.

Staff will take personal electronic devices if they are seen being used in common spaces during school time in the building. Multiple infractions will require the parent to pick up the personal electronic device. As with other personal items, the school will not be responsible if the personal electronic device is stolen, lost or damaged. We strongly discourage students from bringing valuable items to school.

Zero Waste Ambassadors (Parents and Students Needed)

Zero Waste PARENT Volunteers

If you are interested and available to help guide students in placing waste in appropriate bins to jump-start our new way of sorting our waste and to help our school reduce and recycle waste that ends up in landfills, please sign up here. We are looking for at least 3 volunteer per lunch period (4th, 5th and 6th periods), starting Wednesday, August 23rd through Friday, September 1st. We will be working with Seven Generation Ahead to train our students to take over this job starting the week of September 5, 2017


Zero Waste Student Ambassadors

On Wednesday, 8/23 we had Seven Generation Ahead present our new recycling system to students. At that time some students signed up to be Ambassadors. We need YOU to help GBMS minimize waste that ends up in landfills! Please complete this form if you are interested in making a difference!

Back to School Assembly for our Students on Tuesday, 9/5

Throughout the school year, students will be awarded Brooks HERO points for things like arriving to school and class on time and random acts of kindness. Parents will be learning more about Brooks HERO points on Curriculum Night!


Twice a trimester, if students have been following our 3 Bes of Brooks: Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Ready to Learning and earning Brooks HERO points, they will be able to attend our twice a trimester celebrations. We will be highlighting the vast student talent in our Gwendolyn Brooks Community. We will have performances by our Band, Chorus Orchestra, Speech/Drama/Debate students as well as students who participate in our before and after-school opportunities like Barbershop, Beautyshop, BRAVO, Jazz Band, Jazz Lab, ORFF and Shopettes.



Our Kick-off Assembly will be highlighting our students who will be performing Numbers Nerds. Here is quick video highlights from their summer performance.

Coffee with Capuder - Friday, September 1st @8:30am to 9:30am

Please join us in the commons this Friday for the first Coffee with Capuder. Bring your ideas regarding topics of conversation you'd like to be able to engage in during our monthly coffees!

PTO Bulletin - Are you getting it each week?

When you registered your child, if you selected the option “No to Directory”, the school can not share your contact information with the PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization). Therefore, if you did select “No to Directory” when you registered your student(s), and would like to receive the weekly PTO communication, please send your contact information to this link or send an email to gwendolynbrookspto@gmail.com
PowerSchool and Canvas Academy: September 14th at 6pm

This is special hands-on opportunity for families to learn how to support their middle schooler. We will meet in the media center. In order to ensure we have sufficient space and computers ready, we ask that you please sign-up.

GBMS Curriculum Night

Thursday, Sep. 14th, 7-9pm

325 South Kenilworth Avenue

Oak Park, IL

Please mark your calendars to join us. Next week a more specific schedule will be included.