January 22, 2019

Twitter Highlights: Week 20

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!

8th Grade Graduation Photos & Cap and Gown Orders

Graduation photo's will take place on Thursday, January 31, 2019 during the students school day. See flyer for further information.

Cap and Gown orders are due on Friday, February 8, 2019. Orders can be placed directly on Revtrak or by cash or check in the main office.

If you have any questions, please contact our main office (708) 524-3050

Be sure to mark your calendars for 8th Grade Graduation: Saturday, June 1st at 10am at OPRFHS.

Parent Teacher Conferences, Thursday, January 31

Please use the link below to find your student's team to schedule your appointment:

Appointment Slots for Parent-Teacher Conferences.

January 31st and February 1st - Early Dismissal

The students will be dismissed at Noon on both of these dates. Students who ride the bus will take the bus home at noon.

7th Grade Brooks Parent /Guardian Information Meeting for Springfield and Washington D.C. Trips

Dear 7th Grade Brooks Parents/Guardians,

I have the pleasure of meeting with your students next week to provide information about two AMAZING trips planned for 2019-2020! You are invited to the parent/guardian information meeting on Wednesday, January 23 at 7 PM in the Brooks Commons.

Trip Dates:

    • Springfield - NEW DATE: Friday, March 15, 2019
      • 7th-graders will attend this trip during their 7th-grade year
    • Washington, DC - Friday, February 14 - Sunday, February 16, 2020 (Presidents' Day Weekend) - Date may be updated. Look for information in next week's Middle Matters.
      • Current 7th-graders will attend this trip during their 8th-grade year
  • We will discuss the following:
    • Registration (and discounts)
    • Travel Arrangements
    • Touring Sites
    • Meal accommodations
    • Cost (Scholarships and Financial Aid options)
    • Parent Chaperones

I look forward to seeing you for the Parent/Guardian information night on Wednesday, January 23 at 7 PM. If you have questions, please email Janorisè Robinson at dctripbrooksjulian@gmail.com.

BRAVO Junior Theatre Festival Recognitions

BRAVO earned Outstanding Performance for Legally Blonde Jr. This is the 10th consecutive year at the Junior Theatre Festival BRAVO has earned Outstanding Performance recognition! This was BRAVO’s 11th year attending.

7th grader, Lathan Goodrum was awarded an All Star and Lillian Berg and Victoria Hutson, both 8th graders, made it to the final round of MTI choreography DVD audition and call backs. The girls will have an opportunity to work and film this summer in New York over 10 days.

BRAVO had an all star cast, team and group of chaperones represented with over 100 Oak Park fans!
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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

BRAVO Presents - Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.

Join us for a trip down memory lane! Performances: February 1 & 2


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All School Spring Musical Auditions - January 22 - 24

Open to ALL Brooks students 6th-8th Grade!

Sign Up to Audition

6th & 7th Grade Auditions:Tuesday, January 22

3:30pm-6pm -OR- 5:30pm-8pm (choose 1 time slot)

7th & 8th Grade Auditions: Wednesday, January 23

3:30pm-6pm -OR- 5:30pm-8pm (choose 1 time slot)

January 24 – Callbacks (possibly January 25 too – TBD)

3:30pm – 7pm

*Mandatory Parent Meeting: Monday, February 11 at 6:15pm


April 26 – May 5, 2019

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 due to No School)

  • Yearbook Club: Next meetings 1/14 & 1/28 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