June 3, 2019

Twitter Highlights: Week 39

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!

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Last Day of School for 6th and 7th Graders

The last day of attendance for our 6th and 7th graders is on Thursday, June 6th, 2019. This is a full day of school and students will be dismissed at 3:30pm.

Yearbook Update

We are waiting to hear confirmation from the Yearbook printer when we will have the yearbooks to distribute to our students. The hope is they will be distributed on Thursday, June 6th to our 6th and 7th graders and will be available for pick up by our 8th grade families. A separate email will be sent to all our 6th, 7th and 8th grade families, once we have confirmation.

Chromebook Return

We still have many students who have not yet returned their chromebooks or their chargers. Please be aware that if these items are not returned, your will be responsible to pay for the items at the replacements costs listed below. You may turn your items in to the main office until the last day of school.

Device Replacement costs

  • Chromebook: $357

  • Power Adaptor - $20.00 (Chromebook)

Families will be able to pay these fees via the district’s web store, with cash or by check.

Please email technology@op97.org if you have questions or need additional information about this process.

Library Books

There is still time to return your library books. Please check your locker, back packs and your home for any library books that you may still have.

If you have nay questions, please contact Ms. Nelson. jnelson@op97.org

Thank you!

Brooks Garden needs your help this SUMMER!


The Brooks Eventide Garden needs summer partners! Sign up to help keep the Eventide garden in top shape! Duties include weeding and watering the raised beds as needed, watering other flower beds as needed and harvesting produce, if it's available! You can also enjoy a little solitude at a picnic table while watching the bees and butterflies in the native garden. Use this form to sign up and email lstamp@op97.org if you have any questions. Thanks for your help!

Returning Student Registration

Online registration for students who are returning to District 97 for the 2019-20 school year is scheduled to begin Monday, May 13. All documents required for proving residency and completing the online registration process must be submitted to the district by August 1, 2019. Students will not be placed on a class list or have middle school schedules generated until the registration process is complete.

Information about registration is available on the district website at https://www.op97.org/hr/student-registration. If you have any questions regarding this process, please email d97registrar@op97.org or call the district office at 708-524-3000.
Have you noticed the colorful mosaics at Brooks and Julian? Did you know those were created and installed by BASE Camp campers? This year we're creating similar community pieces that will be installed at Irving, Hatch, Longfellow and Holmes schools! So put on your art making clothes and join us this summer at OPEF's Mosaic Mural Project camp! Spots are still available in both our morning camp (for grades 7/8) and our afternoon camp (for grades 6/7/8), which run from June 17-28 at Brooks Middle School. Check out our website for more information and to register. Don't miss this opportunity to leave your mark on your community and, perhaps, your own beloved elementary school!
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How can we better serve your children?

The Oak Park Education Foundation wants to improve their STEAM-fueled enrichment programs--in-school, after school and during the summer! Your feedback on our 4-minute survey will help us reach more children in equitable ways. Please click here to respond.

Tracy Dell’Angela Barber / Executive Director

W (708) 524-3023/C (773) 612-6064 tdellangelabarber@opef.org

Oak Park Education Foundation

260 Madison Street Oak Park, IL 60302


Volunteer with the Brooks PTO next year

Planning is already underway for the next school year! The PTO is committed to enriching the experience of students at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School through supporting a positive school environment, facilitating the development of positive relationships within the community, advancing school equity initiatives, and creating an environment where all students have access to school resources and opportunities. See the positions that are available and sign up here! Email any questions to gwendolynbrookspto@gmail.com.

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.

Assessment Re-Do/Re-Take Policy

Please find information regarding the student re-do/re-take policy in our Brooks Website.


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".

Clubs and Sports Information

Cross Country Fall 2019 Sports Information - Mark your calendars for our upcoming school year

First Week of Practice

  • Monday, August 19th at 8:00-9:30 AM
  • Tuesday, August 20th at 8:00-9:30 AM
  • Wednesday, August 21st at 8:00-9:30 AM
  • Thursday, August 22nd at 8:00-9:30 AM
    • Thursday 1st time trial.

Second Week of Practice

  • Monday, August 26th at 3:00-4:30 PM
  • Tuesday, August 27th at 3:00-4:30 PM
  • Wednesday, August 28th, No Practice (First day of School)
  • Thursday, August 29th, at 3:40-5:00 PM
    • Parent Meeting, Thursday, August 29th at 6:00 PM
  • Friday, August 30th, 7:30-8:40
    • Time Trials
    • Last day for roster additions


Mondays (no school this week)

  • No Clubs on Mondays for the remainder of the school year


  • No Clubs on Tuesdays for the remainder of the school year


  • No Clubs on Wednesdays for the remainder of the school year

  • No Clubs on Thursdays for remainder of the school year

  • No Clubs on Fridays for the remainder of the school year