January 16th

Twitter Highlights: Week 19

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 News to Know

MAP Testing begins Wednesday, January 17

Map testing begins Wednesday, January 17, please see the schedule below. We ask that all students report to school with their Chromebooks charged.
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8th Grade Graduation & Graduation Photos

The class of 2018 will graduate on Thursday, May 31 at 7:30pm at Oak Park River Forest High School. This will be a regular school attendance day for our 8th graders. Additional information will be shared with parents in the upcoming months regarding this event.

8th Grade Graduation Photos will take place on Friday, February 9th. Please see the documents below for more information.


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Collecting Old T-Shirts to turn them into REUSABLE Shopping Bags!

Do you have OLD T-SHIRTS? We can turn them into REUSABLE shopping bags! Please drop them into the box in the office or outside room C202 any time! Thank you!

Honor Roll

Students who achieve 3.0 grade point average or above, with no I, D or U grades, for a trimester are considered to be on the honor roll.

There are three different honor rolls:

Straight A honor roll = 4.0 GPA

A honor roll = 3.6 to 3.99 GPA

B honor roll = 3.0 to 3.59 GPA

Here is list of students that earned Grade Point Averages during Trimester One that placed them on the Honor Roll. Students should have received a letter and a magnet on Friday, January 12th during 9th period to recognize them for their accomplishment!

Parent 5 Essential Survey

Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey

The 2018 Illinois Parent Survey opened on Dec. 5, 2017. The survey window will close on Jan. 31, 2018. Please click on the link below and complete the survey so that we can get feedback from our Brooks stakeholders. We currently have 4% of our families that have completed the survey.

Link for parents to take the survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/

Oak Park Library Hosting Transgender Day of Visibility Event

The Oak Park Library visited our Rainbow Tribe club last week. They shared some information about the following opportunity with the students:

  • On March 28th, the Library is hosting Transgender Day of Visibility Event - an Open Mic & Youth Art showcase. Poetry, music, performance, visual art, and other forms of expression are welcome! For more information, contact Hal Patnott at hpatnott@oppl.org

Family Education Advocacy

Family Education and Advocacy series available for family members and professionals. Please share this flyer with your contacts!

To register please visit our website: https://namimetsub.org/family-programs/family-advocacy

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.

Thank you to those who have completed this form to recognize a GBMS staff member. All individuals receive a printed certificate highlighting your appreciation for their contributions!

Please be sure your background check has been completed if you'd like to volunteer to chaperone Field Trips

Parents must make an appointment for background checks. You can go here to find the link to schedule a time for a background check to be completed.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus for January

Here is the link to the January Menus.

Sports and Club Information

Service Club - Book Donation Drive

We are collecting new or gently used books for Bernie's Book Bank from now through January 31st. Please turn in your book donation to your advisory teacher! Service Club thanks you for your donation!!

Cupcake Wars is a fundraiser for EcoEagles.

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Girls Volleyball Practice:

Tuesday, 1/16 PRACTICE 3:30pm to 6:00pm

Thursday, 1/18 PRACTICE 7am

Friday, 1/19 PRACTICE 7am


There is still room for additional students in the winter session of the OPEF VEX Robotics Brooks In-House League.

The In-House League meets Tuesdayafternoons from 1/09-3/13 at 3:30-5 pm in Design Room D202. Drop ins are welcome at first meeting or contact Ms. Tasia Pena-Rodriguez, rm. B302.


CLUB OPPORTUNITIES (can join anytime)

Each club meets weekly, unless otherwise notated below.


  • ORFF Ensemble from 8:00am to 8:50am in D104 (first meeting was on 9/18). Participation is open to all students - no audition required, but enrollment is limited to 40 students. Interested students can sign-up and pick up permission slips outside of the music room (D104). For additional information contact Mr. Carrillo - fcarrillo@op97.org. Still opportunity to join.
  • Ultimate Frisbee We will only meet on Mondays for the second trimester. Still 3:30-4:40 and meeting in the third floor gym. We plan on playing different types of frisbee activities in the third floor gym or the main gym when available. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Dajani at rdajani@op97.org or Mr. Gillespie at mgillespie@op97.org. (Weather Permitting)
  • Math Team from 3:30-4:30 in room B204 . The club will meet each week. Students of all interest levels are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kahn at skahn@op97.org.
  • Spoken Word from 3:30pm to 5:30 pm in room B205. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Lee at mlee@op97.org


  • EcoEagles from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in room C302. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Stamp at lstamp@op97.org.
  • Chess Club from 3:30 to 4:45 in room B305. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Hausfeld at mhausfeld@op97.org.
  • Vex Robotics In-House League from 3:30 to 5 pm in room B302, 1/9/18 to 3/13/18 with Robot Rumble on 3/10/18. You can learn more by viewing flyer or OPEF VexRobotics website. or if you have any questions, please email Ms. Pena at tpena@op97.org
  • Rainbow Tribe after school until 4:30 in 2nd floor conference room next to PE classroom. Permission slip found here. Here are the dates club will meet: January: 23, February: 6, 20, March: 6, 13, April: 10,24 and May: 8, 22, 29
    If you have any questions, please email Ms. Olsen at jolsen@op97.org



  • Art Club meeting from 3:30pm to 4:45pm in room D301. NO need to sign up, just show up and make art. Running now through Mid February. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Murray at kmurray@op97.org.
  • Spanish Club from 3:30 to 4:30pm in room B308. Here are all the Spanish club meeting dates for the year: 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10, 5/24. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Lagioia at vlagioia@op97.org or Ms. Villalobos at cvillalobos@op97.org.
  • Yearbook Club meeting from 3:30 to 4:30pm in room B202. Here are the meeting dates for remainder of the year: 1/25, 2/8 , 2/23, 3/8, 3/22 , 4/12 If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Marsha Turner-Reid at mturnerreid@op97.org or Ms. Meaghan Pabellon at mpabellon@op97.org



BRAVO Opportunities

  • Guitar Club & Dance Studio are ongoing - registration forms are due to the BRAVO Office (D103). Open to ALL Brooks Students and is FREE to join! For more info visit: bravoperformingarts.org

  • Spring Musical Auditions: February 5-8. Check website for further details starting in January

  • inSPirED Workshop: February 10th. Keep an eye out for signup details!

  • NEEDED: Pizza lunch volunteers on Fridays from 10:55am-1:15pm. E-mail bravo@op97.org if you are available and interested!

BRAVO EARNS HIGHEST HONORS AT THE JUNIOR THEATER FESTIVAL! BRAVO celebrated their 10th consecutive year at JTF, 9 years of showcasing and 9 years of receiving the coveted Top Honor at the national theater festival ! Out of 119 groups from around the world BRAVO was honored with Outstanding Premiere Performance - the new top tier!

BRAVO performed Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on the Main Stage for 6000 screaming, supportive, amazing fans! 54 students represented our amazing program, GBMS, Oak Park and the state of Illinois!!!

Aidan Green was awarded Technical Theater All Star and seven students, Rachel Czuba, Gabe Jackson, Gabe Huang, Ruby Nelson, Ava Moder, Samantha Greene, and Maya Klippel were selected to perform in NYC this summer in the filming of a Choreography DVD.

Congratulations BRAVO students, staff Tina Reynolds and Randi Orlin and the creative team including Lisa Morrow, Kaylin Horgan, Cameron Burgess and Lisa Green and the amazing and awesome seven chaperones that attended, worked tireless and cheered loud. Bravo represented 109 at the Festival and we couldn’t be more proud.

Congratulations BRAVO for all of the festival accomplishments!

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PTO Information

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Next DIVCO Meeting is Tuesday, January 30th from 7pm to 8pm in the Brooks Commons- If you missed the last Brooks Diversity meeting, but still want to be involved in leading and shaping this new initiative, the next meeting is on Tuesday January 30, 2018 at 7:00p.m-8:00p.m in Brooks Commons. You may reach out to the committee Chair, Renee Dixon and RSVP via email at sheritaj75@gmail.com. Your voice is important, encouraged, welcomed, and essential for Brooks success.

Next Community meeting is Monday, February 5th, 2018 at 7pm in the media center.