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Brookwood Elementary School - October 6, 2021

Mark Your Calendar:

  • October 7 - 11 - Fall Break - Student/Staff Holidays
  • October 12 - Specials: K,1,4,5 - Day 5; 2-3 - Day 4
  • October 13 - Specials: K,1,4,5 - Day 6; 2-3 - Day 5
  • October 14 - Specials: K,1,4,5 - Day 7; 2-3 - Day 6
  • October 15 - Specials: K,1,4,5 - Day 8; 2-3 - Day 7
  • October 15 - PTA Charleston Wrap Orders Due
  • October 20 - Digital Learning Day #2
  • October 20 - 21 - Scholastic Book Fair - Open for Purchase - 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • October 21 - Early Release Day
  • October 26 - Dogwood Pizza Night

It's Fall Break!

During Fall Break, Thursday, October 7th through Monday, October 11th, Brookwood Elementary is closed for students and staff. There will be no meal service during this time.

We look forward to seeing everyone back at Brookwood Elementary after Fall Break on Tuesday, October 12th!

Traveling Outside the U.S. during Fall Break?

Gwinnett County Public Schools is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding international travel. What does that mean for you if you have upcoming travel plans to and from another country?

For unvaccinated travelers...
The CDC recommends that unvaccinated travelers get tested for COVID-19 from 3 to 5 days after returning AND self-quarantine at home for a full 7 days after travel.

  • Unvaccinated travelers who test positive must isolate to protect others from getting infected, following isolation guidance for a positive case.
  • Even travelers who test negative should self-quarantine at home for the full 7 days. All unvaccinated students and staff who travel outside the U.S. should self-quarantine at home, and will not be able to return to school or work for at least 7 days after their return to the U.S.
  • Travelers who choose not to be tested should self-quarantine at home for a full 10 days after travel.
  • Unvaccinated travelers should avoid being around people who are at increased risk for 14 days, whether tested or not.
During self-quarantine, monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop, seek testing immediately. Isolate from others while waiting for results. If results are positive, follow isolation guidance.

For fully vaccinated travelers...

  • Fully vaccinated travelers do not have to quarantine. However, the CDC recommends getting a viral test 3 to 5 days after travel.
  • If the test is positive, they should follow isolation guidance for a positive case.
  • Vaccinated travelers also should self-monitor for symptoms. If they develop symptoms within 14 days of international travel, they should isolate and get tested.

We Love Our Custodians!

Classes recognized our wonderful Brookwood Elementary custodial team with thank you cards, posters, and even balloons!

PTA's Fall Fundraiser Deadline Extended

PTA has extended the deadline for the Charleston Wrap Fundraiser until Friday, October 15th. We are ONLY 71 items away from meeting our sales goal of 1,425 items. When we meet our goal, Mrs. Lillard will wear a cow costume!


Go to the PTA website for information on how to support the fall fundraiser by shopping or making a direct donation.

P.E. Clubs

P.E. Clubs for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are starting up soon! Because club sizes are limited all students wishing to participate must complete an application.


  • Skills and Games - 2nd & 3rd Grade - Thursdays at 7:45am from October 14th - January 27th - Students will be practicing the skills of throwing and catching in basketball, soccer, and volleyball. Limited to 30 participants.
  • Running Club - 4th & 5th Grade - Tuesdays at 3:45 - 4:30 pm from October 19th - December 14th. Students must be able to jog 2 laps on the BES track with stopping. Cost is $15 and includes a Running Club t-shirt. Limited to 30 participants.
  • Intramurals Club - 5th Grade - Fridays at 7:45am from October 15th - April 29th.


Applications for all clubs are available on Mrs. Wardle's P.E. eCLASS page.

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Brookwood Elementary!

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Brookwood Elementary from October 12th - 22nd. Students will shop the fair with their class during preview and purchase days.


  • October 12th - 14th - Student Book Preview
  • October 15th - 22nd - Student Book Purchasing
  • October 20th & 21st - Book Fair Open to the Public for Parent Purchasing* 1:00 - 3:00 pm


Make shopping easy with a safe, cashless way to shop the book by setting up an eWallet for your student at the Scholastic Book Fair website.


Starting today Wednesday, October 6th, the Scholastic Virtual Book Fair is open for online purchases. Purchases made online will ship right to your home, and orders over $25 ship for free.


* Parents and students wishing to purchase will enter the Media Center from its outside door NOT the BES front doors.

Book Fair Volunteers Needed

The Media Center is in need of volunteers to help with the Scholastic Book Fair. Volunteers can help with set up, student shopping, and pack-up. Volunteers will receive a $5 Scholastic coupon for helping. If you are interested in volunteering at the Book Fair, please sign up via SignUp Genius.

Brookwood Elementary Spelling Bee

Preparations are underway for the 2021 Brookwood Elementary School Spelling Bee. Classroom Spelling Bees will take place in 4th and 5th grade classrooms between October 18th - 29th.


You can begin helping your student prepare now using the School Spelling Bee Study List.

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Yearbook Now on Sale

The 2021- 2022 Brookwood Elementary Yearbook is still available for pre-order! Order now to ensure your child gets a book in May.


Place your order TODAY to purchase this year's yearbook for the low price for $36.00. The price of the yearbook will increase on October 30th! (Credit card installment plan is available.)

One Month Left to Purchase a 5th Grade Ad!

Time (and space) is running out to purchase a 5th Grade Ad in the 2021 - 2022 Brookwood Elementary School yearbook! Don't miss out on the opportunity to commemorate your 5th grader's important milestone of the completing of elementary school.


Create and purchase your 5th grade ad between now and November 1st at the the Jostens website! This year we have two ad sizes to choose from: 1/4 Page - $30 and 1/8 Page - $20.

A MESSAGE FROM The BES HEALTH RESPONSE TEAM

Did you know that Brookwood ES has a Health Response Team (HRT) which manages and communicates COVID related information with staff, students and parents? The HRT gathers information, conducts contact investigations and communicates as needed. In the next few months, it is important that you continue to alert the school if your child develops symptoms or tests positive for the virus.

Common symptoms include:

Fever (100.4 or higher), Cough, Shortness of breath, muscle/body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting, sore throat, fatigue


Brookwood ES HRT Members:

Brookwood ES: 770-736-4360

Brooke Ahlers: brooke.ahlers@gcpsk12.org

Bridget Fagan: bridget.fagan@gcpsk12.org

Tiffany Pruitt: tiffany.pruitt@gcpsk12.org

Debbie Taylor: debbie.taylor@gcpsk12.org

Bidding for Good

Bid on unique experiences in support of the Brookwood Schools Foundation. Proceeds help to support all of the schools in the Brookwood Cluster. Click on the links below to bid on the following experiences at Brookwood Elementary School:

Join the BES Relay for Life Team!

Cancer has touched many of the staff of Brookwood Elementary School in some way. To help fight back, Brookwood Elementary has committed to raise funds and participate in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event. The Brookwood Elementary Relay for Life team has set the goal to raise $10,000 for Relay for Life this year! You can help us meet our goal in a few ways:


  • Join our Team - Go to the Relay for Life website and become a member of our team.
  • Make a Donation - We are accepting donations via our team website.
  • Support our Fundraising Events - Be on the lookout for BES Relay for Life fundraisers in the future including a t-shirt sale.

PTA Announcements

Join PTA

Have you joined Brookwood Elementary's awesome PTA? It is not too late! Go to the PTA website to purchase your membership and help support the students and staff of Brookwood Elementary school!

From the Community

Charles Minter Tae Kwon Do Karate

Charles Minter Karate is offering Tae Kwon Do classes through Gwinnett Parks & Recreation. For locations and more information, please view the flyer. Registration is online at the Gwinnett Parks website and Charles Minter website.