May 13, 2019

Twitter Highlights: Week 36

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!


A huge thank you to the Brooks PTO and the Brooks Community for an amazing Teacher Appreciation luncheon. We appreciate all you do for us!

Library Books

8th Graders: ALL BOOKS ARE DUE 5/24

6th and 7th Graders: ALL BOOKS ARE DUE 5/31

Please encourage your student to return all checked-out library books by the above dates to avoid fines and fees.

6th & 7th Grade Families - Help requested

Dear 6th and 7th grade Parents and Guardians,

Each year, Brooks 8th grade parents plan a dance for our graduating students and after many parents working over a few months to plan the event, the details are set and it should be a really fun night for the 200 students who are signed up to attend. It is a longstanding tradition for the 6th and 7th grade parents and guardians to be the chaperones during the hours of the dance so that the 8th grade students don't have to have their own parents there!

The dance is - Friday, May 17 from 7-9 pm and currently, we only have a few parent volunteers between 6:30 -10 pm. In order for us to be able to host the event, we need many more volunteers (including some men!) to help chaperone, supervise refreshments and clean-up. These are fun jobs and won't take much time; please consider helping to make this a special event for our 8th graders.

You can sign up for different time slots here:

If you have any questions, please let us know by emailing Paula O'Connor at or Norah Scott:

Thanks very much for your consideration,

The 8th Grade Dance Committee

8th Grade End of Year Activities

As we approach the end of the school year, please be sure to view the upcoming end of year 8th grade activities.

  • 8th Grade T-Shirt

    • Ordering closed

    • Please contact the main office for more information. (708) 524-3050

  • 8th Grade Dance: Friday, May 17th

      • Ordering closed

      • Please contact the main office for more information. (708) 524-3050

  • Graduation Rehearsal: Wednesday, May 29 @ OPRF - Please note there was a change in the rehearsal day date.

    • Please be aware, students will travel by bus to OPRF for the rehearsal. The bus will leave at 9:15 am.

    • Students will receive their graduation tickets along with their cap and gown when they return from graduation practice.

  • Great America Trip: Thursday, May 30th

    • Wear your 8th grade t-shirt (brooks wear or blue if you don’t have one)

    • RevTrak, cash or check payable to GBMS

    • Deadline for payments is May 24

  • Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, June 1st @ OPRF

    • Students should arrive @ 9:30 am to OPRFHS 201 Scoville Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302

    • Graduation ceremony begins promptly @ 10:00 am

    • Each student will receive a total of 4 graduation tickets. (students do not need a ticket)

    • A live feed of the graduation will be available beginning at 10:00am on June 1st. The YouTube Link to view the ceremony is

Brooks Service Club Book Drive

For our final project of the year, the Service Club is collecting books to donate to Bernie's Book Bank up until May 17th. This is a great time to clean out your classrooms and your home libraries to donate! We can take books for age 0 up through middle school. Please send any donations to room B208 any time between now and Friday, May 17th.

Student Expectations: Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be Ready to Learn

Please support our efforts to end the school year well. If you have a moment, please review these lunchroom and hallway expectations with your student:

Lunchroom/Social Time/Hallways Expectations:

  • Have ID with correct lunch color, move directly to your appropriate side for lunch

  • Clean up the lunch tables and floors of your food/trash

  • Pick a seat and remain in your seat

    • Throw away garbage and then remain seated in your seat

  • Wait for Lunchroom Supervisor to dismiss your table

  • Use an appropriate volume and language inside and outside

  • Pass is needed to leave the lunchroom to see a teacher or when in the halls during class time

  • Bring your jacket to be prepared to go outside for social time

  • Move directly to your appropriate location when dismissed (outside or to class)

  • Cell phones away at lunch/social time and hallways

  • Follow adult redirection

  • Keep your hands/feet to yourself (with exception when playing games outside)

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Angst - The Movie and Panelist Event on May 22nd at Brooks 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Wednesday, May 22 @ Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School Auditorium

    6:30pm - 9:00pm

    • 6:30pm come visit resource tables hosted by Oak Park Community Mental Health Partners
    • 7:00pm to 8:15pm Sow the Movie Angst
    • 8:15pm to 9:00pm Panelist Discussion

    FLYER and Link to Panelist Bios

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    Community-Wide Year-End Celebration

    District 97 is hosting our second annual Community-Wide Year-End Celebration at Brooks Middle School on Tuesday, May 28, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. During this event, people will have the chance to engage in an informal, two-way dialogue with district and community leaders about the collective efforts being undertaken to address the issues of equity and inclusion in our schools.

    Attached is a flyer for the event, and information about it has been posted on our website ( We hope you can join us for the celebration, and would appreciate your help in getting the word out about it.

    2019 - 2020 8th Grade Washington DC Trip

    There is still time to register!!
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    How can we better serve your children?

    The Oak Park Education Foundation wants to improve their STEAM-fueled enrichment programs--in-school, after school and during the summer! Your feedback on our 4-minute survey will help us reach more children in equitable ways. Please click here to respond.

    Tracy Dell’Angela Barber / Executive Director

    W (708) 524-3023/C (773) 612-6064

    Oak Park Education Foundation

    260 Madison Street Oak Park, IL 60302

    Madison Street Construction - Sidewalk Concerns

    The Contractor will not be allowed to remove any sidewalk within the safe routes to school corridor until June 15th. This is the portion of the job between Home and Ridgeland. The sidewalk that is expected to be removed on May 6th is outside of these limits.

    Teen Audiobook Summer Reading Program

    This amazing program that gives us and our students access to free audiobooks that never expire is starting up once again this week.

    HERE is the link directly to the website. This is the first week, and it goes for 14 weeks. Two FREE audiobooks are available every week to download and keep FOREVER. Once each week is over, two new books are available and the previous ones are no longer available. So you need to check each week and you can set up email reminders.

    There are some GREAT titles offered this year, so encourage your kids to check it out!

    Volunteer with the Brooks PTO next year

    Planning is already underway for the next school year! The PTO is committed to enriching the experience of students at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School through supporting a positive school environment, facilitating the development of positive relationships within the community, advancing school equity initiatives, and creating an environment where all students have access to school resources and opportunities. See the positions that are available and sign up here! Email any questions to

    Yearbook Ordering

    TreeRing, our yearbook vendor, has a new process for ordering yearbooks. You must enter a passcode and set up an account to place an order. Please use the link provided below:

    If you are asked for a pass code, please use: 1014096931934358

    Recognizing Staff who Make a Difference

    If you or your student would like to recognize any staff member (a teacher, a teacher assistant, social worker, librarian, front office staff, lunchroom staff, custodial staff or school administrator) please take a moment to complete this form. The staff member will receive a certificate detailing the information shared through this form.

    Assessment Re-Do/Re-Take Policy

    Please find information regarding the student re-do/re-take policy in our Brooks Website.

    Student Announcements

    If you're would like to see the Student Announcements that are shared with students at the top of each week, you can always find them on our Brooks Home Page by clicking on the button along the left-hand side that is entitled, "Student Announcements".

    Upcoming event hosted by Oak Park and River Forest High School

    This is some information about an upcoming event hosted by Oak Park and River Forest High School’s A Place for All (APA) club. All Middle School students are invited:

    1. GSA Adventure Night on Friday, May 10th from 7:00-9:30 PM. Try out our rock climbing wall, high ropes course, or just enjoy some low-key board games. Pizza provided, and the event is free! RSVP to if your school/group will be joining us.
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    Clubs and Sports Information

    Intramural Ultimate Frisbee

    The club will play on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm and end on May 22.

    For more information contact Coach Gillespie at



    • Yearbook Club: Next meetings 5/6 & 5/20 in room B202 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Here is link to the entire year meeting dates schedule. Contact Ms.Turner-Reid or Ms. Pabellon with questions or
    • Math Team: in room B204 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Contact Mr. Sam Kahn with questions.
    • ORFF: Monday mornings 8am to 8:50am in D110 Contact Mr. Carrillo with questions
    • Spoken Word Club: Mondays in B205 (3:30 - 5:00 pm) with Mr. Lee and resident poet Christian Robinson. Contact Mr. Lee with questions.


    • EcoEalges - meets from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in room C202. Contact Ms. Stamp with questions
    • Chess Club: meets from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in room B305. Contact Mr. Hausfeld with questions


    • Best Buddies: Here is the year long calendar that can be downloaded. Contact Ms. Beauprez with questions .
    • Girls on the Rise: Meets week on Wednesdays from 3:45pm to 4:45pm in room C105
    • World Language Club: Every other Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30pm in C209. Contact Mr. Lagioia with questions

    • Rainbow Tribe: Contact Ms. Berman with questions
    • Art Club: Thursdays in room D301 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Contact Ms. Murray with questions.

    • Service Club: Friday mornings from 8am to 8:50am in room B209. Contact Ms. Walsh with questions