November 6th

Twitter Highlights: Week 11

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

Oak Park Construction - Impacting Walking Routes to Brooks

On Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 sidewalk closures will begin on the east side of Home next to the former District 97 building at 970 Madison, as well as the north side of Madison adjacent to that same property. To address the change in the route that students take to/from school
  • the Police Department will be assigning a CSO (Community Service Officer) to the intersection on Madison and Home during arrival/dismissal times at the beginning of the project.
  • Signage will also be posted instructing students to use the west side of Home to travel to/from school.
  • A Brooks staff member will also be posted at Washington/Home to insure that students cross to the west side of Home at Washington until the normal walking patterns can be changed.
If you have any questions, please contact Jeanne Keane, D97 Director of Building and Grounds at

Coffee with Capuder - Friday, November 10th from 8:30am to 9:30am

Dr. Kelley will be joining us to share the District Vision and action plan. Additionally, Ms. Stacie Klein, our 8th Grade Assistant Principal, will be sharing information about making the High School transition. Hope to see you in the Brooks Common on Friday, November 10th!

Here is link to upcoming topics to be discussed at Coffee with Capuder and at the PTO Community Meetings.

GBMS School Improvement Plan

Brooks Middle School Improvement Plan has been posted to our website! The staff is diligently working on steps to continue to improve Brooks for students to thrive academically and socially. We are taking action to ensure our students have a positive learning environment that is equitable, inclusive and focused on the whole child. Please feel free to email me ( with any questions.

Brooks Diversity and Inclusion Committee

If you missed the first Brooks Diversity and Inclusion Committee conference call but still want to be involved in leading and shaping this new initiative, please reach out to Committee Chair Renee Dixon at Your voice is important, welcomed, and essential for success. Also, stay tuned for details on our first Engagement Event.

Sex, Drugs & SnapChat Workshop - November 8th at OPRFHS

Impact and OPRFHS Parent Connection join forces to bring you and your student(s) an engaging and interactive workshop to help you learn how to encourage your student to make healthy choices.

Workshop is on Wednesday, November 8th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in OPRFHS 2nd Floor Cafe.

Please RSVP by 11/1 to Latonia Jackson at 708-434-3008 or Childcare and translations are available by request only, 1 week prior to the event.

Here is a flyer with all the information.

NAMI - Family Education and Advocacy Series

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is hosting Family Education and Advocacy Series at the Oak Park Library. Here is flyer that describes the workshops, dates and times.

Discussion with Professor Amanda Lewis on November 13th

Please join in for an exciting discussion with Amanda, Lewis, Author of Despite the Best Intentions: Why Racial Inequality Persists in Schools.

Discussion Topic: Going beyond good intentions to focusing on impact: How we can all work together to take action and help our schools realize our values of educational excellence with equity for all Oak Park children.

WHEN: Monday, November 13th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

WHERE: Longfellow School: 715 Highland Street, Oak Park, IL 60304

SPACE WILL BE LIMITED. Please register here:

Here is flyer for more information.

Sponsored by D97PTO Diversity Council

Updating Family Contact Information

If you have a change in your phone or email contact information, please use this form to send us your updated contact information.

For Current 8th Grade Families - OPRFHS Information

December, 2017

For Students: Mandatory Star Math and Reading Assessments/World Language Placement Test at OPRF ‐ Saturday, December 2 and 9, 8:00 am. (doors open at 7:45 am)

No registration necessary for students who currently reside in Oak Park or River Forest.

A forthcoming letter will detail information regarding your student’s testing‐room assignment.

Here is a website for a parent guide to the STAR Assessments:

  • OPRFHS math test, including supplemental math items from retired PLAN and ACT tests. These items will focus on advanced algebra and geometry concepts that are not included on the Star math test.

Here is a website with sample test items:

Makeup Placement test:

Tuesday, December 5, 4:00 – 7:00 pm and Saturday, January 13, 8:00– 11:00 am ‐ Registration required.

January, 2018

For Students: OPRF Student‐Life Presentations to Eighth Graders by OPRF Principal, Counselors, and Activities Staff Presentations take place at the middle schools during the school day. Dates to be determined.

For Parents/Guardians: Mandatory Incoming Freshman Enrollment Information Meetings at OPRFHS

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 7:00 pm, Auditorium, for last names A – L

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 7:00 pm, Auditorium, for last names M – Z

Families will receive students’ placement test scores and freshman course recommendations, as well as enrollment documents.

February, 2018

For Parents/Guardians: Individual IEP Meetings for Students with Special Needs

Individually scheduled throughout February.

For Parents/Guardians & Students: Class of 2022 Open House & Freshman Course Selection

Tuesday, February 6

  • Open House: 6‐8 pm, Field House & Student Center (enter at Main Entrance). Come check out OPRF, meet teachers, and learn about courses, activities, teams, sports and clubs.
  • Course Selection: 6 pm, Students (with parents) meet in groups according to counselor assignment.

Further details will be mailed by OPRFHS.

Spring, 2018

Summer School Online & Mail‐in Registration ‐‐ Dates to be determined.

Please let Ms. Klein​ know if you have any questions or visit the OPRF website at:

For Current 7th Grade Families: Springfield Trip and Washington D.C Trip Information

THANK YOU to the parents who were able to attend the Springfield and DC Parent Meeting this past week! Detailed information about both trips was emailed Wednesday evening. Early registration ends soon! If you didn't receive the information, check your spam folder and/or email Janorisè Robinson.

Trip information below:

  • Springfield - Friday, April 20, 2018
    • For those of you who would like to take advantage of the EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT by November 15, you will ONLY pay $49 to register.
    • Refer to Brooks Group #149246
  • Washington, DC - October 8-10, 2018 (Columbus Day Weekend)
    • For those of you who would like to take advantage of the EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT by November 17, you will ONLY pay $49 to register ($50 savings).

    • Refer to Brooks Group #156121

You can either register online at WorldStrides OR you can call WorldStrides directly (800-468-5899)

  • Payment arrangements are available.
  • If you are in need of financial assistance, you may also reach out to WorldStrides to inquire about their Flag Scholarship.

If you have questions, please email Janorisè Robinson.

Thank you!

Janorisè Robinson

Parent Volunteer & Program Leader


Interested in ordering a Yearbook?

Please place orders for 2017-2018 yearbooks online here.

Brooks Facebook Group

This group provides a forum for reciprocal communication between the school, parents, students and the larger community

Please view posts or request to join so you can create or respond to posts!

Let's Talk - Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School

District 97 has invested in a resource called Let’s Talk that students, faculty, staff, parents/guardians and community members can use to communicate with us about our departments and services, and share feedback on important issues and topics that will shape the future of our schools and help the children we serve realize their full potential.

Here is the direct link to Brooks Let's Talk to share your question, comment, question, concern or compliment with us. We look forward to hearing from you!

You can also access additional information about the system by visiting -

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. They can go to the district website, click Background Check Appointments under Quick Links to schedule an appointment. Here is the direct link for the remaining appointment slots through October 19th:

Breakfast and Lunch Menus for November

Clubs and Sports Information

click above to see open spreadsheet that has a tab for all SPORTS and tab for of all CLUBS offered at Brooks with sponsor email, dates, times and location details.


Boys Basketball Home Games This week:

  • Thursday, November 9th
  • Friday, November 10th

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 - Still opportunity to join.
  • Ultimate Frisbee from 3:30pm to 4:40pm in 3rd floor gym. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Dajani at or Mr. Gillespie at (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
  • Spoken Word from 3:30pm to 5:30 pm in room B205. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Lee at


  • EcoEagles from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in room C302. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Stamp at
  • Chess Club from 3:30 to 4:45 in room B305. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Hausfeld at
  • Vex Robotics In-House League from 3:30 to 5 pm in room B302, 10/03-12/19 (no meeting 10/31, 11/21); Robot Rumble on 12/12 . You can learn more by viewing flyer or OPEF VexRobotics website. or if you have any questions, please email Ms. Pena at
  • Rainbow Tribe after school until 4:30 in 2nd floor conference room next to PE classroom. The next meeting is on Tuesday, November 7th. Schedule and permission slip found here. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Olsen at


  • Ultimate Frisbee from 3:30pm to 4:40pm in 3rd floor gym. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Dajani at or Mr. Gillespie at (Weather Permitting)
  • Best Buddies General Meeting on Wednesday, November 15th from 3:30pm to 5:00pm in Commons. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Beauprez or Ms. Touchette. Here is calendar of dates for all Best Buddies meetings.


  • Art Club meeting from 3:30pm to 4:45pm in room D301. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Murray at
  • Spanish Club from 3:30 to 4:30pm in room B308. Meeting this week is on November 9th. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Lagioia at or Ms. Villalobos at
  • Yearbook Club meeting from 3:30 to 4:30pm in room B202. The club meets 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. The next meeting is November 9th. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Marsha Turner-Reid at or Ms. Meaghan Pabellon at


Student Innovation Team

Calling all students interested in engaging further with technology at Brooks: we are now accepting applications for this year's Student InnovationTeam! The Student Innovation Team is a student-led team of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students which will be designed by its members to support peers using technology at school to learn. You will have opportunities to help others with technology challenges, and learn more about the technology available to us at school. Further details are available in the application, which is available in the Media Center- stop by to get one or linked above! Completed applications should be given to Ms. Dean, Ms. Nelson, or Ms. Keith in the Media Center by Friday, November 4th.

Service Club - Fall Food Drive & Care Packages for Housing Forward

Coat Drive: Your advisory will be awarded 5 points for each coat, jacket or pair of snow pants your advisory brings in and 1 point for each winter accessory, (hats, gloves, scarves). Collect your coats before it's over on Monday, November 13th!

Service Club is also collecting unused travel-size toiletries all year to make care packages for Housing Forward. Please send any donations to Ms. Walsh or Ms. Martínez.

District 97 Instrumental Music Festival

Wed, Nov. 8th @ OPRFHS Auditorium, 7 p.m.

This event will be the first concert of the year for all of our curricular bands and orchestras. This event also includes our band and orchestra students from Percy Julian Middle School. There will be rehearsals at OPRFHS on Monday, Nov. 6th (7th/8th Graders) and Wednesday, Nov. 8th (6th graders) prior to the evening concert. Both the online permission slip and/or hardcopy will be available soon! Please check concert attire requirements through your music director’s communication!

BRAVO Upcoming Events

Disneys’ The Little Mermaid Performances are November 3 - 11 - Tickets are on Sale Now!

Get connected to PTO

PTO Information

When you registered your child, if you selected the option “No to Directory”, the school can not share your contact information with the PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization). If you'd like to subscribe to PTO Bulletin use link below: