Bobcat Bulletin

Week of September 13th

From the Desk of Principal Schmid

Hello Bobcat Families,

One of the many elements we missed last year was an opportunity to receive valid assessment measures on all of our students due to students learning through various platforms. Now that we are all back in school, we are looking forward to gathering data through our fall benchmarking assessments this week.

We appreciate your support in reminding your student(s) to always give their best in all they do! You can also support in helping them get a good night's sleep and fueling their body with healthy nutrients!

We use these measures as various components in our multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), so ensuring we have accurate measures is important as it supports our instructional practices for the next nine weeks.This data will be shared with you via ParentVUE (Plan A) or sent home as a hard copy (Plan B). We do anticipate this data will look different than it has historically. However, we are ready to do the work we have been trained to do! We will continue accelerating learning while meeting kids where they are to take them further. All kids will grow through effective and engaging teaching, interventions to support students, and continuous monitoring of student progress; that is the wonderful work of teaching! Our summer learning and early boost programs have already been in place as part of this mission.

Your partnership may look different than it did last year, but we greatly appreciate ALL you do in supporting/reinforcing at home. As I stated many times last year, it takes a village, and we are very proud to have you part of ours!

Thank you,

Mrs. Keeley Schmid

Brookdale's Proud Principal


What's Going On at Brookdale? Check Out Our Tweets!

Follow us on Twitter to get to see highlights of the Bobcat Pride throughout the year! You just might see your Bobcat(s) highlighted! You can also follow some of our staff who also post highlights of awesome things going on around the building/in their classroom!

We are using the hashtag this year: #brookdaleroars to compile our tweets throughout the year! We want others to see our Bobcat Pride Shine! If you "tweet", join in on the fun; Brookdale Pride isn't about a place, it is about a feeling, which can be shown anywhere!

Brookdale School: @Brookdalebobcat

Brookdale PTA: @BrookdalePTA

Mrs. Schmid (Principal): @keels226

Mrs. Furstenau (LMC Director): @BrookdaleLmc

Mrs. Baldwin (1st Grade): @BaldwinBobcats1

Mrs. Schmidt (1st Grade): @Brookdale1S

Mrs. Persaud (2nd Grade): @MrsKPersaud

Mrs. Czajka (3rd Grade): @MrsCzajka

Mr. Rust (4th Grade): @rustsrookery

5th Grade Team: @5thBrookdale

Miss Maginity (Special Education Teacher): @MissMaginity

*Students are only pictured if permission is given during time of registration. If it was selected "no" at the time of registration, student's face and/or name will not be pictured. If you selected "no" and are okay with the child being photographed, please contact your child's teacher to have it updated in our system.


If you are new to District 204, PushCoin is the district's system for exchanging money. Each year, you will find the registration fee, which is a new fee each year. Also, throughout his/her time in the district, if your child incurs a fee for any reason (lost library book, broken Chromebook piece, etc.) you will find it charged to your account. Our lunch system is also managed through this account, although we get another year of free food for all--hooray! Anytime the school is exchanging money, we will be using this system.

When you registered this year, you saw a letter regarding Classroom Magazines that Kindergarten-3rd grade use as a supplement to the curriculum, which ties to current events. Kindergarten, 1st, and 3rd grade use Scholastic and 2nd grade uses Time for Kids. If you did not already purchase it from the Webstore prior to the 1st day of school, you will find the cost charged to your account.

If you need any assistance setting up your account or have any questions, please don't hesitate to call our office: 630-428-6800.

Brookdale Team IPEF: Bobcat Running Club!

Bobcat Running Club kicked off this week, and we had many students participate! We hope they had fun! To help with dismissal efficiency, please pick the students up at the front of the building by the flag pole (Door 1).

Bobcat Running Club

Next Sessions: September 17th, 24th, 1st, and 8th


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

No experience necessary! 😊

See the flyer that came home via backpack mail!

Thank you for all your support from the Bubble Gum fundraiser! Totals coming soon!

Extra Curricular Activities at Brookdale

There are many clubs/activities students can get involved in after school! Some of these programs are sponsored by Brookdale (free for students to join and ran by staff) and some are companies who rent out space here at Brookdale and have a fee attached. See below for information regarding this activities to see if they may be a fit for your child. We will continue adding to this as new clubs or activities become available.

Bobcat Running Club for grades 3-5 (Brookdale Sponsored--see IPEF information below.)

Brookdale Beautifying Club (See information below.)

Cub Scouts Brookdale Pack 125 (Click link for more information.)

Naperville Park District Activities (Brookdale is a site where many events are hosted!)

St Thomas Religious Education Classes (Outside organization, first class begins 9/21). Contact for more information.

Lego STEM Club (Outside company, first session begins 11/1). Contact for more information.

Young Rembrandts (Outside company, first session begins 10/5). Contact for more information

Brookdale Sponsored Events Coming Soon...

Yoga Club (3-5th Grade Students)

5th Grade Tech Team

Bluestem Book Club (Winter)

Ukulele Club (Winter)

Board Games Club (Winter)

Raspberry Pi Coding Club (Spring 2022)

Team IPEF Brookdale Running Club (Spring 2022 in addition to Fall 2021)

The Brookdale Beautification Club is BACK this year!

We will meet on the third Monday of the month in September, October, November, March, April and May from 3:35-4:30 PM. Mrs. Walsh and Mrs. Schmalandt will be supervising this club for Second, Third and Fourth graders ONLY! Enrollment for this club is limited to 20 students so there will be a lottery for all who enroll ONLINE with the Google Form below. Registration is due by Thursday, September 16th.

The BBC will be working outside and inside helping clean up the gardens and grounds, plant flowers while learning about conservation and taking care of our environment. Please contact Mrs. Walsh ( or Mrs. Schmalandt ( directly with any questions. Participants that make the Lottery will be notified by email on Friday, September 17.

Dates: 9/20, 10/18, 11/15, 3/21, 4/18, 5/16

Brookdale Beautification Club Form Sign-Up


Fall Universal Benchmarking Screening

It is Fall Benchmarking Week!

Our Universal Benchmarking Screening (District 204 uses AimsWeb+) is an opportunity to assess our students in the areas of reading and math. These scores are used as a component for meeting students where they are in order to achieve academic growth through our Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS).

Since our Academic Support Team (RI, MI, PA, ELL) facilitates these assessments, there will be no pull-out intervention supports during this time. PA services will resume on 9/16 and fall interventions will begin during "What I Need Time (W.I.N.)" on 9/20. You will be notified if your child is identified for an additional intervention to support his/her needs.

Safety Week: Week of September 20th!

Coming up the week of September 20th is our Safety Week! During safety week, students will receive lessons in the classroom, a read aloud from Mrs. Schmid, and drills to ensure we are prepared in any given emergency situation. The following drills will take place during this week:

Bus Evacuation: Tuesday, September 21st

Fire Drill: Wednesday, September 22nd @9:45am

Lockdown Drill: Friday, September 24th @9:10am

Severe Weather and Shelter-in-Place Drill: Throughout the week demonstrated by teacher

"A book is a present you can open again and again."

"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.

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!


Volunteers: On-Hold But Still Needed

Due to the current high COVID transmission rates in the county, volunteering within the schools has been asked to pause. This is reviewed every two weeks, which means we still want to have volunteers lined up for “regular” PTA programming once we have the green light. We are still seeking volunteers for the following:

· Morning Greeters: help support the front office during the busy morning rush – the time commitment is only 30 minutes from 9 – 9:30 am. Sign up a single day or as many days as you can commit to. Sign up

· Men of Brookdale: male role models assist with lunch and recess at Brookdale a couple of Friday’s each month.There are two sessions each day: 10:40 am – 12:10 pm (Grades 2/3/1) and 12 pm – 1:40 pm (Grades 5/4/K). Volunteers can sign up for one or both sessions. Sign up

· LMC Volunteers: help in the library from 1 – 3:30 pm every other week. (If you’d like to volunteer for more than one shift, that's fine too!) Sign up

Men of Brookdale

*You can sign up for a time, and we will update based on transmission rates if the dates will run. We are really looking forward to this program and appreciate your participation!

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

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.

Bid For Disney Park Hopper Tickets!

Brookdale PTA has TWO sets of 10 TICKETS TO WALT DISNEY WORLD to auction off! Each ticket package is valued at over $1,650! To enter, submit your sealed bid to Brookdale Elementary’s main office by noon on 9/16. The sealed envelopes will be opened live on Zoom at the PTA meeting that evening at 7 pm. The top two bids will win 10 tickets each! Look for a flyer coming home in backpack mail this week.


  • Full bid payment due upon winning
  • Tickets are Park Hopper, but visit dates must be reserved
  • May be used at any Florida Disney Theme Park
  • Valid for an adult or a child entry
  • CANNOT be used December 25-31!
  • Tickets expire on March 12, 2022
  • To bid on both sets of tickets, submit a second bid form in a separate envelope
  • All proceeds benefit Brookdale PTA

Save the Dates: Brookdale Family Dinner Nights

Throughout the year, Brookdale PTA partners with local restaurants to host “family dinner nights out” – a fundraiser where the eatery offers the PTA a percentage of their proceeds and we in turn bring a LOT of business to them! Save the date for these tasty dinner nights, where you can dine-in OR order to-go and Brookdale WINS:

· Wednesday, September 22 Lou Malnati’s 11 am – 10 pm (20% back!)

· Thursday, October 7 Portillos 5 pm – 8 pm (20% back!)

· Wednesday, November 17 Chipotle 4 pm – 8 pm (33% back!)


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!

Box Tops: Turn Your Receipts Into Cash

Box Tops For Education is an easy way to earn money for Brookdale school! Simply download the free Box Tops app, scan your grocery receipts, and earn money for Brookdale when you purchase qualifying products. You can make a difference every time you shop! Find out more here.

Coming Soon: IPPC Coat Drive

Indian Prairie Parents’ Council will be collecting new and gently used coats (and possibly hats, scarves & gloves) for local D204 families. Please consider donating and help keep another District family warm this winter. There will be a drop bin located in the front vestibule of the school. Coats must have a working zipper. More details coming soon. Thank you!


Mark Your Calendar!

Sept. 13 IPSD Board Meeting

Sept. 13 Fall Benchmarking Begins!

Sept. 16 Committee Chair Kick-off @6:30

Sept. 16 PTA Meeting @7:00-8:00 --all are welcome in Brookdale's MPR (Zooming-in option available!), only need to be a member to vote!

Sept. 20 Safety Week!

Sept. 22 Brookdale Restaurant Night @ Lou Malnati's 11am-10pm

Coming up in October...

Oct. 11 No School: Columbus/Indigenous' Peoples' Day

Oct. 12 Perseverance and Resilience Assembly

Oct 22 End of Quarter

21-22 District Calendar


We Want to Connect with You!

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

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.