Bobcat Bulletin

Week of December 14th

From the Desk of Mrs. Schmid

Hello Bobcat Families,

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Year, Feliz Navidad! As we celebrated during world culture week, one of the many things that makes Brookdale special is our diversity! As we embark into winter break, may you find peace and joy in your cultural traditions!

It has been great to pop into virtual classrooms and see our Bobcats in action! I continue to be impressed with their collaboration and participation in a virutal setting and have enjoyed seeing their growth from when we started remote learning until now. As we turn our attention to January, we begin to prepare for the transition into hybrid learning.

As mentioned in Dr. Talley's message, we will be transitioning to hybrid learning starting the week of January 18th for our kindergarten, 2nd and pilot grade levels (1st and 5th) with our 3rd and 4th graders starting the week of January 25th. All in-person services will also resume on January 19th. As I sent out in my communication earlier today, your choice (hybrid or remote) made for second quarter for your child's learning plan will remain the same for January unless you contact our office at 630-428-6800 by this Wednesday. All new students are automatically assigned to remote learning. If you would like to make a switch to hybrid learning, please contact our office. An update from what I sent out on Friday: this learning plan choice will be for the remainder of the school year (Quarter 3 and 4).

Additional information will be provided in the coming days/weeks as we work to ensure a smooth transition for our staff and families to hybrid learning. We learned a great deal from our hybrid pilot, and we will be working tirelessly to implement changes and collaborate with our teams. We are looking forward to seeing some of our Bobcats back in the halls and classrooms at Brookdale!

I hope you all have a wonderful and restful winter break, and we look forward to seeing the students back in 2021!


Keeley Schmid


Winter Party 18th 2:30-3:20pm!

We are looking forward to spreading some winter cheer at our winter party on Friday the 18th from 2:30-3:20pm! Thank you to our PTA classroom coordinators for working through the challenges of conducting a party virtually and getting all the supplies ready early to be included in the materials pick-up.

Your child is welcome to enjoy a special treat/snack from home during the party!

Materials Pick-Up

Thank you to our families who were able to come out materials pick-up this past Monday! It was so wonderful to connect with some of you, even if it was from a distance! If you did not get your child's materials, please stop by the Brookdale vestibule to pick-up the materials. Your child will not only need these materials to support his/her learning but many of the classes have included materials for a craft for the winter party on the 18th. We want all of our students to be included in this fun celebration!

Spreading Holiday Cheer

Thank you to our students (pictured below) who helped spread some holiday cheer on the tree that was planted in honor of a previous Brookdale student, Olivia.

Brookdale's Remote Learning Library Book Checkout

Books will be available from 9-4 on Mondays and Thursdays. Click here for more information.

Ringing of the Bell This Week!

Stay Connected

There are all different ways to get involved in your child's educational experience. Stay connected with us as we partner together to ensure the success of your child's education!

Check out who is on the Brookdale Dream Team! Be sure to also check out a new section we added of Staff Photos and put a face to a name.

Upcoming Dates

IPSD 204 Board Meeting

December 14, 2020

Winter Classroom Parties

December 18

No School: Winter Break

December 21 – January 1st

School Resumes

January 4, 2021

Spirit Day

January 8, 2021

No School: Martin Luther King Day

January 18, 2021

End of Second Quarter/1st Semester

January 22, 2021

Brookdale Virtual Game Night

January 22, 2021

No School: School Improvement Planning Day/Teacher Work Day

January 25, 2021

District Calendar: