Week of September 14th
From the Desk of Mrs. Schmid
Hello Bobcat Families,
Partnership in education between school and home has always been important but is critical in current times. I hope you have found a strong willingness from our staff to partner with you in sharing in the common goal of your child's success in this unique learning format.
I recently asked staff to forward me positive notes they had received from our parents/guardians. I am overwhelmed by all of the positive notes YOU have taken time to send to our teachers, our office staff, or myself. THANK YOU---thank you for your continued support. For most of our teachers, this is one of the most challenging experiences within their career. Your words are powerful and mean more than we can express. I asked the staff from the beginning to bring their best, and as I have made my way around the virtual classrooms, I have been incredibly impressed with their commitment to do that and more. This staff truly CARES about kids, and at the end of the day, that means more than anything.
We know this format is not ideal for any student and we know there are challenges and continuous barriers to overcome. We will continue working through those and seeking ways to overcome. We look forward to the day we will have them back in person. Until then, we thank you for your continued partnership!
Brookdale is a special place because of the support and role YOU play in your child's education--THANK YOU!
Welcome Our New Bobcat!
Enhanced Zoom Security
The district is implementing enhanced security for the use of Zoom in remote learning. The increased security measure was implemented for your child's remote learning classes on Friday, September 11. We ask that you take a moment to speak with your student about the importance of being good digital citizens. Students should exhibit the same good behavior while participating in an online classroom as when in school with their classmates and teacher. Students, parents and guardians do not have permission to record remote learning educational activities or services. Violations will result in consequences, which may include removal of the student’s access to remote learning activities and/or discipline for student misconduct. Please note that teachers have the option to record a Zoom session and make it available to students in Google Classroom for the purpose of providing instructional support material to students. After 14 days, any video posted in Google Classroom will be automatically removed.
More information on the district’s safety practices related to Zoom is on the district’s website at http://www.ipsd.org/news.aspx?id=108247
Curriculum Night: Tuesday
We want to support you! Please call our office if you are having any technical problems, and we can walk you through a solution. Our first priority is getting our students connected to remote learning. A HUGE thank you to Mrs. Fiala, Ms. Minch, Mrs. Prifti, and Mrs. Fursteanu for their tireless work in supporting our families.
See the district's "Parent University: Chromebooks".
Lunch with the Librarian
Happy Birthday, Bobcats!
This year, you can make your student’s birthday CAT-TASTIC with a visit from "Bob" the Brookdale Bobcat! Half-birthdays work, too! Simply sign up using the link below and tell us when you want “Bob” to visit your student. He will arrive between 8-8:30am at the address you provide (it must be within 5 miles of Brookdale, please! Poor Bob’s car doesn’t get the best gas mileage ;)
All participants must wear masks. Bob will greet your student outside their residence, pose for pictures, and hand your student a special birthday gift.
All birthday visits are $20 and must be paid in full before Bob visits. You can pay online via Paypal to Brookdale PTA using the link below.
Brookdale in the Media!
Check out some clips of the kick-off:
NCTV17 Clip (Forward to :50)
Naperville Sun (article in Friday, September 4, 2020 paper)
Have you heard the bell ring each morning? There have been smiling staff members behind the rings! Here are a few of those moments captured below!
Kindergarten Teacher (KC)
Mrs. Brooks and Ms. Surrusco
Kindergaten Teacher (KB) and Student Teacher
Check out who is on the Brookdale Dream Team this year; we have some new faces and student teachers who have chosen Brookdale as their place of their final schooling. Be sure to also check out a new section we added of Staff Photos and put a face to a name. We will continue adding photos and updates as they occur.
Sept. 14 - No School: Institute Day
Sept. 15- Receive Virtual Curriculum Night (pre-recorded) at 6:00pm
Oct. 12- No School: Remote Learning Planning Day