Bobcat Bulletin

Week of August 30th

From the Desk of Principal Schmid

Hello Bobcat Families,

Our first full week done....!

It feels great to be back into a routine! There is nothing like the first day of school, but there is something to be said about getting into a structure and routine that just feels nice! I hope your family has gotten to have that feeling this week.

As always, we appreciate your partnership. If we can ever be of assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out!

Thank you,

Mrs. Keeley Schmid

Brookdale's Proud Principal


Curriculum Night 9/1

District 204's Curriculum Nights will be virtual this year.

PTA 101

Enjoy a short presentation all about the PTA and see what they've got planned for this year. Plus, you could enter to win a VIP parking spot at either World Culture Fair or STEAM Night - see the link in the PTA slides to enter: Brookdale PTA!

Your child's classroom teacher will send out his/her slide deck ahead of time (today by 4:00pm) and conduct a live Q and A session for the parents to attend to attend on 9/1. We have staggered the sessions to accommodate parents/guardians who have students at multiple grade levels. We will also have Q and A sessions open with our specialists for you to attend as well.

Brookdale will follow the agenda below on 9/1:


K-2 6:00-7:00

3-5 6:30-7:30

Specialists 6:00-7:30

We will have the following Q and A sessions available for parents on 9/1 (hyperlinked below). Special mention should be made that these are for general questions and not individual student questions. If you have an individual student question or one you want to send ahead of time, please contact the staff member directly. All COVID-19 questions should be directed to our School Nurse Sonila Prifti or Principal Keeley Schmid.

1. 21 individual classroom teachers (Zoom links sent via slide deck and reminder on 9/1)

2. ELL

3. PA

4. Specials

5. Interventionists (Reading and Math)

6. Special Education Team (Case Managers and Related Services)

Thank you for your flexibility as we try to bring back some normal during an abnormal time!


As I mentioned in previous communication, we have been reminded that we are very much still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are making extra efforts here at Brookdale to keep our students safe and appreciate your support in talking with your child about the importance of proper mask wearing and physical distancing. All of these extra efforts are supporting our goal of keeping our students in school. We love that they are here, and we want to keep them here!

Notification of Positive COVID-19 Cases in Schools
Positive cases of COVID-19 in your child's school can be found on the District's COVID Dashboard. The dashboard includes all positive cases of COVID-19 reported to District 204 for individuals who were on campus. The information is updated each Monday by 4 pm. If your child is in close contact with someone who tested positive, a member of the COVID-19 Response Team will notify you directly regarding the need to quarantine as a precaution. Additional information found on this page includes the current transmission level and a link to the corresponding School Mitigation Strategies.

If your child is considered a close contact, you will be given a Quarantine Information Sheet (K-2, 3-5) along with your child's return date, to provide information in what schooling will look like for your child during quarantine. I have linked here the District’s Fall Plan with slides 10-13 providing information regarding isolation and quarantine for our elementary students. Thank you for your support as we do our best to provide transparency while also protecting the confidentiality of our students and staff.

As we make plans to get back to previous events, we have to follow the mitigation strategies, which are dependent on our current transmission level. The transmission level can be seen in the COVID dashboard (linked above). This is reviewed every two weeks by the District with the next update on 9/6. As we approach planned events, we will make decisions/modifications based on the current transmission level.

Men of Brookdale

MOB is Back!!!!!!!!

MOB (Men of Brookdale) is a group created in response to a District 204 initiative to bring more male role models into our schools. MOB volunteers help at Brookdale a couple of Friday’s each month to assist with recess and lunch. It's simple, fun and rewarding!

Adult male volunteers (dads, grandfathers, uncles, etc.) can come multiple times or just once (perhaps on a random day off). Sign up below for your chance to volunteer and make a difference as a MOB. If you have any questions, email Tim Phelan at

Men of Brookdale 2021-2022 Dates

Sept 17

Oct 1 and 15

Nov 5 and 19

Dec 3 and 17

Jan 14

Feb 4 and 18

Mar 18

Apr 8 and 22

May 6 and 20


Note: There are 2 sessions each day: 10:40 am-12:10 pm (Grades 2/3/1) and 12 pm-1:40pm (Grades 5/4/K). Volunteers can sign up for one or both sessions.

Birthday Book Club is BACK!

"A book is a present you can open again and again". The Birthday Book Club program invites students to donate a book of their special choosing to the LMC during the month of their birthday. One day each month all students who have chosen to participate in the program will go to the LMC after morning announcements to choose his or her book. A photo of the student will be taken and placed in the book on a special bookplate indicating the donor and his or her birthday. The book will then be checked out to that student. This is a great way to give a lasting gift to the school and celebrate your birthday at the same time.

Registration for Brookdale’s Birthday Book club can be found in the Pushcoin webstore. scroll to bottom of page to see Webstore instructions.


We encourage the students to show their Bobcat Pride by wearing blue and yellow and/or their spirit wear (new order coming soon from PTA!) every Friday. Once a month we have designated a "Spirit Day" where we are going to have a friendly classroom competition where once class earns the "Spirit Award" trophy!

Our first "Spirit Day" is next Friday, September 3rd. Which Bobcat Class will be the winner?!

Check out Some of Our Bobcats in Action...!

Eye spy Brookdale Bobcats in the District video below! If you haven't had a chance to see Dr. Talley's first week video, be sure to check it out (below). Thank you for kicking off the start of the year with us!

“We know that, overall, our children learn better when in school engaged directly with their teacher and with their peers.”Dr. Adrian Talley, Superintendent

Our focus this year is to have our students in school and keep them in school. Please enjoy this video message from Dr. Talley that highlights the start of our school year.


It is time for our next monthly self-certification this week on Wednesday, September 1st.

Following District 204's 2021-22 Plan, the self-certification will be conducted monthly while we are in the high transmission level.


We Missed It...And It's Back! School Picture Day is September 1st!

School photos are back! You should have received a photo flyer on Monday or Tuesday via your child's backpack.

Student Pledge Leaders Needed

Back by popular demand...our pledge leaders!

If your child is interested in being highlighted in our Friday video announcements, please complete the form here:

We look forward to getting more of our students featured on our Friday video announcements!


Breakfast is available in the cafeteria in a "grab and go" structure from 8:50-9:10. If taking breakfast, students should plan to stop by the cafeteria on their way to the classroom.

Share Your First Day Photos/Videos!

We are working hard this year to be more present on Twitter by consistently posting to show our community all the wonderful things happening! Be sure to follow @brookdalebobcat and/or @keels226 to see all the fun! If your child does not have permissions to be on district media, they will not be photographed.

We would love to have you tweet at us your first day/week photos or videos! We also have a new hashtag we are using this year to keep a collection of our photos:


We want everyone to see how amazing it is to be a Bobcat! Show that pride!

Brookdale Team IPEF

Bubble Gum

We will continue bubble gum sales on Fridays: TODAY, September 3rd, and 10th.

Students can purchase bubblegum to chew at home; we have vegetarian options available!

$.25 for one piece of gum!


Wine tasting--TONIGHT!

Friday, August 27, 4:30-7:30PM

This event will be open to the first 80 people

*We have plenty of spots available, if you did not sign-up, you can pay at the door!


Bobcat Running Club

September 10th, 17th, 24th, 1st, and 8th


Open to ALL *3rd-5th Grade Bobcats!

No experience necessary! 😊

Sign-up to come!

*This is an update in the Bulletin.


Bobcat Movie Night Mania

Friday, September 17th @7:30PM

More details to come!


Carline Reminders

For your safety and efficiency of the carline, please do not get out of your car when in the carline. We want to teach our students to be able to get out on the curb side and be able to exit the car independently.

Cars should not park or stop on the side parallel to the carline. This blocks the neighbors' driveway, and it creates a tight space for cars to get through when driving on Redfield.

Remember the goal is safe and efficient! Thanks for all your help in these efforts.


Got First-Day Pictures? Send ‘Em In!

Brookdale PTA makes it easy to submit photos all year long to the school yearbook. Simply email your favorite school moments to so we can build an archive of images for our annual school yearbook. You can tweet photos to @brookdalebobcat #brookdaleroars to share the special memories of your Bobcat.

Come Join the PTA!

Thank you for joining us on the blacktop last Friday for donuts and coffee – we loved seeing familiar faces and new families connect! It’s not too late to join the Brookdale PTA and help support our school through advocacy, fundraising and community. It’s $15 for a family membership (up to 2 adults). Sign up today!

We want all families to join! Cost prohibiting you to join? Contact Keeley Schmid or PTA President Megan Happ

Morning Greeters Needed!

Help support the Brookdale staff and teachers by volunteering as a Morning Greeter!

The morning greeter is a friendly, welcoming face who directs adult visitors to the office, assists students who arrive late, and delivers items to the classrooms. The time commitment is only 30 minutes from 9:00 – 9:30am. Sign up here!

PTA Open Chair Positions

Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers who have raised their hands to help this year! We couldn’t help make Brookdale the special place it is without your help. We have just a few more open positions to fill:

After School Enrichment


Birthday With Bobcat

Brookdale Cookbook

Spring Fling

Contact the PTA to learn more about any role – these are great opportunities to get involved either by yourself or with some friends and make a positive impact on your student’s time at Brookdale! Email with your interest.

2021-2022 School & PTA Events Calendar

We are thrilled to welcome back “live” events this school year! However, we recognize the need for flexibility during times like these. Attached you’ll find a tentative calendar for the school year, which will also come home in your student’s backpack. We will continue to circulate updated calendars as additional activities are added, or if we need to change any event date, time or location due to COVID restrictions. Thank you for your understanding!


Your online shopping habit can add up to good things for Brookdale Elementary! Amazon Smile is the same Amazon you know and love, but when customers shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of all eligible purchases to Brookdale PTA. Simply log into and set “Brookdale PTA” as your charitable organization of choice. Then start shopping!


Mark Your Calendar!

Aug. 27- Bubblegum Fundraiser at Brookdale 3:35-4:00pm--TODAY!

Aug. 27- Team IPEF Aspen Lane Wine Company Fundraiser--TONIGHT!

Sept. 1- Time for our monthly self-certification!

Sept. 1- Picture Day!

Sept. 1- Virtual Curriculum Night Q & A: See agenda above!

Sept. 3- Spirit Day--Show Your Flair # Bobcatpride

Sept. 6- No School, Labor Day

Sept. 7- No School, Institute Day

Sept. 10- Busy Bobcat Store--Canceled, next one 10/15

Sept. 10- Bobcat Running Club Begins!

Sept. 13- IPSD Board Meeting

Sept. 16- PTA Meeting @7:00 --all are welcome, only need to be a member to vote!

Sept. 16- PTA After the Meeting Gathering (Location TBD)

Sept. 17- Men of Brookdale

Sept. 17- Bobcat Movie Night Mania

21-22 District Calendar


Stay Connected

There are all different ways you can stay connected to your child's educational experience!

Follow Brookdale on twitter @brookdalebobcats. Our summer office hours are Monday-Thursday from 9:00-3:00.

Check out who is on the Brookdale Dream Team this year!

Sign Up for Text Alerts: Text @brookdale to 81010 to receive text messages and reminders about important PTA and school events.

On Social Media: don’t forget to follow Brookdale on twitter @Brookdalebobcat @BrookdalePTA on Facebook for the latest news and updates.