February 19th, 2019

Twitter Highlights: Week 25

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!


Thank you to the Brooks PTO and to our Brooks Community volunteers for a fabulous Teacher and Staff Appreciation luncheon. The food was amazing and the attention to detail was impeccable. Thank you again for your support and for your appreciation.

Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey

Illinois 5Essentials Parent 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. The survey window has been extended through March 15th, 2019

We have 205 families (25%) that have completed the survey to date. We appreciate your feedback!

D97 Staff take the Polar Plunge

With snow falling throughout the morning, the air temp. at 25 degrees and the water temperatures at a toasty 32 degrees, 31 Oak Parkers polar plunged into Lake Michigan @1pm on 2/17!

CLICK HERE to see a video of our back-to-back OP plunge groups (MUST SEE!). CLICK HERE to see pics of the event.

Thanks for all of your support! Oak Park raised $10,925 so far for Special Olympics IL! CLICK HERE to open our fundraising page (still active).

Report Form for Peer Conflict or Bullying

District 97 has developed a new online Bullying and Peer Conflict Report Form that will help us improve and strengthen the culture, climate and sense of belonging in our schools. The concept and several aspects of this form were based on a reporting tool that one of our middle school students created with the help of a few administrators and his peers.

Students, staff members and families can use the form at any time to report a conflict or behavior that they feel is disruptive, hostile or makes a student feel unsafe. They can also communicate how they want the reported concern to be addressed. This may include speaking with the social worker, administrative intervention, mediation, etc. Any information shared via the form will be automatically and immediately sent to a designated school staff member for review and response. The individual at Brooks that will receive the Report Form Responses are April Capuder, Building Principal; Stacie Klein, School Culture and Climate Assistant Principal; and Lauren Olson, School Culture and Climate Coach.

While having the names of the people who complete the form and/or were involved in an incident will enable us to more effectively address a reported conflict or behavior, providing that information is not required.

The Bullying and Peer Conflict Report Form is accessible in several locations on the district's family of websites, including the drop-down menu under the section titled Students that is located in the main navigation on every page, as well as in the quick links along the left-hand side that are featured on Brooks Home Page.

We will be sharing this with our students explicitly during the school day in the coming weeks, but we wanted our families to be aware of the form and it's purpose so you can help and guide your student.

Student Announcements

If you're would like to see the Student Announcements that are shared with students at the top of each week, you can always find them on our Brooks Home Page by clicking on the button along the left-hand side that is entitled, "Student Announcements".

Yearbook Ordering

TreeRing, our yearbook vendor, has a new process for ordering yearbooks. You must enter a passcode and set up an account to place an order. Please use the link provided below:


If you are asked for a pass code, please use: 1014096931934358

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.

Clubs and Sports Information

Boys Volleyball

Boys Volleyball - Open gym and Tryouts information below.

  • Junior Varsity (6th/7th) OPEN GYM: February 22nd at 7:30am
  • Junior Varsity (6th/7th) TRYOUTS: February 27th at 3:30pm in third floor gym and February 28th at 3:30pm
  • Varsity (8th) OPEN GYM: February 21st at 7:15am
  • Varsity (8th) TRYOUTS: February 21st at 3:30pm

Sports Physical Requirements in order to be able to Tryout for the Team:

  • 6th graders can have a separate sports physical or the 6th grade school physical with the sports box checked on this form by their doctor.
  • 7th and 8th graders need to have a separate sports physical because school physical isn't required every year but to participate in sports a sports physical is required each year.
  • Please bring 2 copies and turn them in to 1.) Nurse/Office 2.) Coach by the dates according to when your sport begins.
  • If these requirements for physicals aren't met, they cannot try out for the team.
  • Sports Physical Form, if needed: https://campussuite-storage.s3.amazonaws.com/…/AthleticPhys…

Other forms needed to Tryout for the Team:

Concussion Form: https://campussuite-storage.s3.amazonaws.com/…/ConcussionFo…

Sports Permission Slip: https://campussuite-storage.s3.amazonaws.com/…/SportsPermss…

For questions, please contact Coach Grimaldi, hgrimaldi@op97.org or Coach Gillespie, mgillespie@op97.org

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!

Girls on the Rise

January – May 2019 is our 8th grade Girls on the Rise portion of the program. Attached a flyer for the upcoming session.



Mondays (No meetings on 2/18 due to no school)

  • Yearbook Club: Next meetings 2/11 & 2/25 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 mturnerreid@op97.org or mpabellon@op97.org
  • Math Team: in room B204 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Contact Mr. Sam Kahn with questions. skahn@op97.org
  • ORFF: Monday mornings 8am to 8:50am in D110 Contact Mr. Carrillo with questions fcarrillo@op97.org
  • Spoken Word Club: Mondays in B205 (3:30 - 5:00 pm) with Mr. Lee and resident poet Christian Robinson. Contact Mr. Lee with questions. mlee@op97.org
  • 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 lstamp@op97.org
  • Chess Club: meets from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in room B305. Contact Mr. Hausfeld with questions mhausfeld@op97.org


  • Best Buddies: Here is the year long calendar that can be downloaded. Contact Ms. Beauprez with questions lbeeauprez@op97.org .
  • 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 vlagioia@op97.org
  • 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 aberman@op97.org
  • Art Club: Thursdays in room D301 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Contact Ms. Murray with questions. kmurray@op97.org

  • Service Club: Friday mornings from 8am to 8:50am in room B209. Contact Ms. Walsh with questions swalsh@op97.org