December 10, 2018

Twitter Highlights: Week 16

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!

Illinois 5Essentials Survey

We are administering the Illinois 5Essentials Survey again this year to certified staff and parents/guardians from all 10 of our schools, as well as students in grades four through eight. Please click here to learn how parents/guardians can participate in this important endeavor and click here to access the parent/guardian version of the survey. Please note that school-level reports will only be generated if at least 20 percent of our parents/guardians complete the survey, which can be accessed until Friday, Jan. 18, 2019.

We have about 40 families that have completed the survey to date. We appreciate your feedback.

Process for students to retrieve their Chromebook once it has been turned in for repair

Once the issue for which the chromebook was turned in has been resolved, the Chrombooks are returned to the main office by our Technology Department. The students are made aware of their chrombook ready to be pickup by :

  • Student names are called at the start and end of the day.
  • We also have spreadsheet shared with every teacher in the building that is updated throughout the day when repaired Chromebooks are delivered to the main office and available for pickup. The spreadsheet also includes a list of Chromebooks that have been left behind in classrooms by students.

If students are waiting on a repair or have misplaced their Chromebook, we encourage students to listen for their name at the start and end oof the school day, check in with the main office when they go to lunch or PE and/or ask their teachers to check the spreadsheet to see if its in the office.

Important Information Regarding Brooks Parking Lot Restrictions

Please be aware that the Village of Oak Park will be enforcing the night time permit parking zone times and locations. This includes the Brooks parking lot located in front of the school on Kenilworth Avenue. ANY person parking in the the Kenilworth lot between the hours of 6:00pm and 7:30am will be ticketed if you are not a night time permit holder. If you are visiting the school after hours, you will need to utilization street paring only.

We do realize that there are several events that take place in the evening at Brooks Middle school and we do apologize for this inconvenience. If you have any questions regarding the permitted zones in Oak Park, please contact the Parking Restrictions Coordinator at The Village of Oak Park Parking Division.

Parking Division, Village of Oak Park

123 Madison St, Oak Park, IL 60302

Work: (708) 358-5762,

Brooks Annual Holiday Concert on 12/12 @ 7pm

Join us on Wednesday, December 12 for the Brooks Annual Holiday Concert.

Please see post above regarding event parking.

NAMI - Mental Health and Awareness program

NAMI Basics, a 12-week course designed specifically for parents of children who have recently been diagnosed with a mental illness. This year, the course will be held at First Presbyterian Church in River Forest, beginning Monday, 1/21.

NAMI Basics provides a comprehensive overview of symptoms a child may experience, available resources and treatments, and how to advocate for your child as they work through and recovery. The class also provides a supportive network of other parents in similar circumstances, and allows parents to learn from one another's experiences. As always, our programming remains free of charge to participants.

We welcome families at Brooks who would like to register (for free) on our eventbrite link below.

Community Meeting focusing on IBSE School Report Card Designation and the Culture and Climate at Brooks

Join us on Monday, December 10 at 7:00pm as we discuss the recent IBSE school designations from the state of Illinois and our School Improvement Plan that will address it. Also, Stacie Klein, AP of Culture and Climate at Brooks, and Lauren Olson, School Culture and Climate Coach, will be joining to discuss the student environment and culture at Brooks as well as the tools, resources, and plans engaged within the school to support a healthy climate.

Assessment Re-Do/Re-Take Policy

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

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.

Brooks PTO News and Information

Clubs and Sports Information

Brooks Service Club

Service Club is collecting travel size toiletries all year! Donations will be used to make care packages for Housing Forward. Please send any small, unopened toiletries to Ms. Walsh or Ms. Martínez. Thank you for your help!



  • Ulmtimate Frisbee Clubs - Mondays 3:30 to 4:30pm Meets in the 3rd fl. Gym. Contact Mr. Gillespie with questions
  • Yearbook Club: Next meetings 12/3 & 12/17 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.
  • BRAVO Guitar Club & Dance Hip Hop Studio started on Monday, September 17. There is still time to sign up! Click on links above to access permission slips. These clubs are FREE to ALL Brooks Students.


  • 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


  • Ulmtimate Frisbee Clubs - Mondays 3:30 to 4:30pm. Meets in 3rd floor gymContact Mr. Gillespie 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
  • BRAVO Dance Hip Hop Studio started on Monday, September 17. There is still time to sign up! Click on links above to access permission slips. These clubs are FREE to ALL Brooks Students.

  • 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