October 15th, 2018

Twitter Highlights: Week 8

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!

Middle School Parent/Guardian Focus Group Invitation

Dear Middle School Families,

We are currently seeking parents/guardians who have time and are interested in helping us explore and assess how our existing master schedule structures align with the district’s vision and goals. More specifically, we are looking for people to provide us with their thoughts and feedback on the following two questions during a pair of focus groups we will be holding later this month.

  • What does the term “positive learning environment” mean for our students and how does our current schedule support those student experiences?

  • What potential changes may need to be considered to better align our systems and structures to meet our vision?

This will serve as a continuation of the work that was undertaken by teachers and administrators this past spring, and included visits to other school districts to see how they are utilizing their time during the school day.

The first focus group will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Brooks Middle School. The second focus group will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Julian Middle School. While you are certainly welcome to attend both sessions, that is not required for participation. In addition, these focus groups are not school specific – i.e., parents/guardians from Brooks can take part in the session at Julian and vice versa.

If you are available to participate in this important process, please email your child’s building principal to let us know which session you plan to attend. In the meantime, we thank you for your time and attention to this matter, and for your continued support of our students, staff and schools.


Mrs. April Capuder . acapuder@op97.org

Dr. Todd Fitzgerald tfitzgerald@op97.org

Student Led Portfolio Conferences on October 25th

If you haven't received the link from your child's team leader to be able to sign up for a conference, please see this google document Be sure to sign-up using the link for your child's team.

Resource for Families for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Here is a note catcher organizer that may be helpful with questions to ask your student when going through their student portfolio of work samples. Please click here for a resource list of questions that families can use to get critical information about their children during parent-teacher conferences.

PTO Staff Appreciation Dinner

The PTO will be hosting an appreciation dinner for the teachers and staff of Brooks on Oct 25th as a thank you for their hard work and dedication to our community. Dinner will be catered by Food Obsession. We are in need of drinks, dessert, and help with set-up, hosting and clean-up on the 25th and ask members of the Brooks community to please donate their time or one of the items via the Sign-up link below. Thanks so much!


Assessment Re-Do/Re-Take Policy

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


Click HERE to order a Yearbook

TreeRing, our Yearbook distributor, has discounts available to our families. If you purchase your yearbook by in October, you will receive a 10% discount and in November a 5% discount. https://www.treering.com/purchase?PassCode=1014096931934358

District 97 News & Information

Equity Policy
In April, the District 97 Board of Education began working with its Committee for Community Engagement to collect feedback on the draft of the district's equity policy. The board's policy committee is getting ready to update the draft using the input, ideas and suggestions that were submitted by students, staff, parents/guardians and community members during the past five months. However, before that occurs, the board wants to provide the community with one more opportunity to weigh in on the draft. We would appreciate your help in using the information found at http://bit.ly/2QrJyr9 to learn more of this opportunity.

School Improvement Plans
The 2018-19 school improvement plans have been posted on the district website (http://www.op97.org/about/school-improvement-plans). Each school's plan can also be found under "Quick Links" in the left navigation of their websites.

Community Running Opportunity!

Are fall sports closing down? Is the thought of winter making you tired? Come run with us!

Starting on Oct. 28, 2018, a group of parent volunteers will be keeping kids active and running via a varied 3 mile weekly run at 8 AM each Sunday.

Everyone is welcome. Chris W, parent, running extraordinaire, will lead the kids on a varied 3 mile training session (pyramids, relays, straight running) each week. Everyone, including more helpers, parents, and siblings welcome. It is a great way to start each Sunday-Moving! The 3-miles is structured each week, but you can come and walk/run as desired.

Come out and stay moving thru winter! The organized runners will be running 3 miles/weeks, and we recommend running (or X=training) at least 2 more times/week to stay in shape. We’ll also do stretching and light core work.

We meet at OPRFHS track at 8:00 AM, and welcome anyone to run either with us or at the same time. We do not take responsibility for kids during the program, but provide a platform and structure for kids and families to come out and enjoy moving together.

To get on the weekly list, please e-mail OakParkRuns18@gmail.com. You can also drop-in. No commitment or cost, but we’d love to have you join us!

Please e-mail any questions. We hope to see you each Sunday at 8am at OPRFHS track!

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.

Brooks PTO News and Information

Diversity Council Meeting, Monday, October 15th, 7pm

The PTO Diversity Committee is holding it’s first meeting on Monday, October 15th in the Media Center from 7:00 to 8:30. We will be previewing our planned events for the year, connecting with each other and gathering ideas from the Brooks community. Come if you want to learn more, do more or just see what’s up.

Clubs and Sports Information

Monster Mash Bash

All School Halloween Dance is October 19 - 6:30pm-8:30pm. Tickets are $8 until 10/17 and $10 on 10/18 & 10/19. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

BRAVO: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA

Tickets for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA are available HERE. Performances: November 9 - 17

2018 -2019 Extra-Curricular Activities

For more information you may view this spreadsheet. The first tab has information about Sports. The second tab contains information about Clubs organized in order of start date.




  • Ulmtimate Frisbee Clubs - Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30 to 4:30pm. Meets on the field. Contact Mr. Gillespie with questions mgillespie@op97.org
  • Yearbook Club: First meeting is on Monday, 10/1 in room B202 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Contact Ms.Turner-Reid or Ms. Pabellon with questions mturnerreid@op97.org or mpabellon@op97.org
  • RAD: Mondays 3:45pm to 5:00pm in PE Classroom. Contact Ms. Dajani with questions rdajani@op97.org
  • Math Team: First meeting is on Monday, 10/1 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 - Tuesdays 3:30 to 4:30 pm in room C202. Contact Ms. Stamp with questions lstamp@op97.org
  • Chess Club: Will be on Tuesdays from 3:30pm to 4:30pm for remainder of the school year. Contact Mr. Hausfeld with questions mhausfeld@op97.org


  • Ulmtimate Frisbee Clubs - Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30 to 4:30pm. Meets on the field. Contact Mr. Gillespie with questions mgillespie@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

Unified Soccer: Any questions please contact Tim McDonald tmcdonald1@op97.org