The Brooklyn Buzz

January 12, 2020

No School Monday January 20, 2020


  • Report Cards
  • Spaghetti Dinner
  • Staffing Updates
  • Counseling Corner
  • Arrival information
  • Outdoor Recess Guidelines
  • Medical restrictions for outdoor recess
  • Medicine administered by the nurse
  • Parent Partnership
  • PTA Updates
  • Important Dates
  • Contacting Brooklyn School

Report Cards

Reports are available online. We will not be sending home paper copies. Here are the steps to find your child's report card.

You can log into your ProgressBook account if you know your log in by following these steps.

Go to the district website (differs a little between cell phones or a computer).
Find the parent resource tab
Find ProgressBook Parent Access
Click on Parent Access website
Choose Brooklyn School District
Sign in
On the left side of your child’s page is a link that says report card.

If you don’t have your log information, please contact the Brooklyn School Office, so we can get you that information 216-485-8176.

Spaghetti Dinner

7th Annual Support our School Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Where: Brooklyn High School Cafeteria

When: January 25, 2020 4:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m.

Cost: Adults/Kids $10.00

Spaghetti, salad, roll, dessert, water, coffee and juice

50/50 Raffle and Baskets.

Tickets are available at the Board of Education and all school offices.

Thank you for your support!

Mrs. Sinko's Physical Education Class

Mrs. Sinko's Physical Education Class

The pictures below are from our PE teacher. The students are participating in cooperative games emphasizing teamwork, safety & fair play. Grade 4 was playing Hungry Hippo and 3rd grade was playing dollars and cents (integrating math into PE).

Power of the Pen

Power of the Pen is a creative writing compitetion.

Below are pictures from the Power of the Pen competiation. Our District came in 4th out of 15 schools.

We had 4 students qualify for districts and 1 student came in 5th out of 63 students. The regionals will be held at Baldwin Wallace March 17.

Counseling Corner

Teaching Empathy

Empathy is the ability to understand and respect the perspective of others. It is at the root of a child’s ability to be kind and compassionate. A child’s sense of empathy appears early in life, which can be seen in the way that infants cry when they hear another baby cry or when they try to console one another on the playground. Studies have found that when young children take another person’s perspective and apply it to their interactions, they are more likely to succeed in social settings and are better-liked by their peers.

Show your child empathy. Listen carefully as he talks, acknowledge what he says and ask him questions about his feelings and thoughts. As they get older, children’s capacity for empathy can mature through social interactions, although for some children it happens more naturally than for others. Have a picnic with your child. You can invite a few of his furry friends or action figures over and ask him about his day. If he tells you about a difficult encounter, ask him how he felt and what he thinks the other person in the situation felt, and have him tell you what he could do the next time.

Help your child explore other perspectives and roles. Reading stories like Clifford the Big Red Dog is a fun way to share and learn how people deal with common issues like making or losing friends or handling conflicts. While reading together, ask your child to tell you about ways a character in the book solved a particular problem. “How do you think he’s feeling?” and “Why does he feel that way?” are always good questions for children this age. Research has found that when families routinely do this, kids can learn a lot about other people’s perspectives and how their minds function.

Teach your child to be empathetic. Parent Toolkit expert and director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional Learning Lab Maurice Elias suggests that when a peer or a sibling is physically hurt or upset, you should encourage your child to reach out, see what’s wrong and offer to help. He says that too often, people retreat in fear when others are in distress, but those with empathy can identify with the hurt feelings and try to make the situation better.

Do community service with your child. Ask him to help you gather items from your home that you would like to donate, and deliver them to a local shelter. Or volunteer your time at a food bank during the holidays and take part in the activity as a family. This will give you a chance to explain to your child how and why others may be in need, and help show him the importance of helping others.

Know! How to Fight Teen Depression

The holiday season is filled with peace and joy for many, yet sadness and despair for others, creating the perfect storm for the onset or worsening of depression.

As a parent or other caregiver, do you feel confident you would know if your child was experiencing depression? And if your child was, would you know what to do?

Click this link to read more about this article. Within the article, there are many active links. I included 2 of them below for quick access.

Know! The Red Flags of Teen Depression - Click to Read More

Parents Guide to Teen Depression

School starts at 8 am

School opens at 7:30 am, however students are to be in their homerooms at 8 am and attendance is taken. Starting January 6th, students who are entering the building after 8 am, will be considered late and it will be entered into their attendance.

According to the law, we no longer document tardies, instead, we have to account for every minute of the day. Therefore, time will accumulate and count towards time out of school.

Outdoor Recess Guidelines

Well, we had snow this week, please make sure your child has the proper clothing to go outside. We will go outside when it is cold and snowing.

Our guidelines for cold temperatures will be followed and monitored closely.

The temperature for outdoor recess is 20 degrees with the windchill.

Please make sure student have appropriate gear to be in the elements.

Winter coats, gloves, hats and boots are important.

You can send in shoes to wear in school and they can wear their boots out. Also feel free to send in an extra pair of socks or pants, sometimes the students clothing gets wet.

Medical restrictions for outdoor recess...

If students are not allowed to go out in the cold weather, they will need to have a doctors note that outlines the guidelines we are to follow (temperature, conditions etc) and the medical diagnosis. Parents are not permitted to write a note stating you want them to stay in due to a cough/cold etc. If we have no note on file, students will go outside on outdoor recess days. If you have sent in a doctor's note in the past, this needs to be updated each year.

Medicines at school

Attention Families,

If your child takes a prescription medicine or an over the counter medicine, it needs to be brought in by an adult in it's original countainer.

STUDENTS CANNOT bring medicine to school.

ALL medication must be brought in, in the original container by the parent or guardian.

Parent Teacher Partnership

The picture below is the flyer which includes the date and information regarding the meetings. I have also linked the flyer click here. We would love to have more parents involved, we hope your able to join us this year. .
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PTA News and Updates

Calling all burrito lovers,

This fundraiser benefits the High School PTA Scholarship fund. We currently offer three $500 scholarships to graduating seniors. Hopefully, we can continue to grow this fund so that it is available to our future High School students.

Calling all burrito lovers,

Foil your dinner plans and stop by the Chipotle at 10325 Cascade Crossing in Brooklyn for our fundraiser on Tuesday, January 14 from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm. We're raising money to support BROOKLYN SCHOOLS PTA, so just download a flyer from the link below or mention the fundraiser at checkout and they'll donate 33% of the proceeds to the cause!

Click here to read more

Important Dates

January 20th - No School

Contacting Brooklyn School Personnel

Attendance Line ~ (216) 485-8171

  • When reporting your child off, please include: first and last name of the child, grade, reason for absence, who is reporting the child off and a number you can be reached.

Mrs. Cristin Cicco ~ Principal

(216) 485-8177

Ms. Lara Smith ~ Assistant Principal

(216) 485-8178

Mrs. Annie Bir ~ Guidance Counselor (Grades 4-7)

(216) 485-8128

Mrs. Denise Smith ~ Guidance Counselor (Grades PK-3)

(216) 485 - 8173

Mrs. Laura Paul ~ Brooklyn School Secretary

(216) 485-8176