The Brooklyn Buzz

September 13, 2019


  • Summary of the week
  • Buddy Bench
  • MAP assessments
  • 7th Graders - Immunizations
  • Information from the nurse
  • Emergency Medical Forms/Contact Information
  • PTA
  • F.A.S.T
  • Expectations at Football games
  • Drop off/Pick up times
  • Attendance
  • Drop off/ Pick up procedures
  • FERPA Notice
  • Important Dates
  • Contacting Brooklyn School

Summary of the week/upcoming information

We were thankful this week for our air conditioning, it was a warm one. We ended this week with an evacuation drill/pep rally. Our students walked behind the band to the stadium. While at the stadium, our fall athlets were recognized, our band performed and we had a preview of our junior hurricettes.

On Wednesday, we reflected and remembered those affected by September 11, 2001.

After school today, our staff and family members attended a dedication ceremony for Mrs. Shumske's Buddy Bench.

Our staff is learning a new assessment tool and students will start participating in MAP assessments over the next few weeks. Please see below an explanation of MAP assessments.

Next week we are going to practice a baricade drill. I will send an email and phone message next week explaining the drill. We will continue to keep safety at the forefront of our school.

If you forgot to order your spirit wear, we will have sale mid October.

Thank you for all your support and commitment to Brooklyn School!

Go Hurricanes!

Mrs. Cristin Cicco

Buddy Bench

You may have noticed we have a buddy bench on our playground. This was donated in memory of former teacher Mrs. Shymske.

What is a buddy bench? Please take a moment to look through the presentation shared with the kids this week. Our counselors and teachers have been working hard to create an inclusive environment and spread kindness.

Also, our staff has painted kindness rocks and they will be placed around the school grounds. If you find a kindness rock and you need a positive message, feel free to pick it up and keep it in your pocket. You can also pick up a rock and give it to a peer that may need a pick me up.

Feel free to make your own kindness rocks, with happy positive messages and spread them around our community. Let's work together to make a difference.

MAP assessments

Our district gives students assessments through the year to understand what our students know and what areas they need to work on compared to their grade level. In the past we have administered the STARR assessments for Reading and Math. This year we have moved to MAP assessments in Reading and Math. These assessments will be administered 3 times during the school year. Students will take these assessments on the chromebooks. The tests will each last approximately 1 hour. The teachers will have very detailed reports regarding each student's learning needs and goals and we will use this information to guide instruction. We are excited to have such a great platform that will give us good information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

7th Grade Immunizations

If your child is in 7th grade, please make sure all immunization requirements have been met and the form has been filled out and turned in.

Here is the information regarding the requirements and the form that needs to be filled out and returned to the school. Please contact Brooklyn School with any questions.

From the Nurse

Would you please notify the clinic of any health concerns (newly diagnosed or chronic illnesses, allergies etc.) that your child may have so we can best care for them during their time here at school.

The clinic phone number is (216) 485-8179, or e-mail me at

Also please update your contact information as these are the numbers we use to contact you in the event of an illness or injury situation. Updates are also required for your student to participate in any Field Trip (off campus) activities.

ONLINE Emergency Medical Authorization/ Contact Forms

Emergency Medical Authorization Forms:

We are using an online Emergency Medical/Contact forms. Please go to the Brooklyn Schools Home page. There is a big gold link in the middle of the homepage - Click Here to Update Medical Forms. This needs to be filled out for all students, as it includes information for student contact information and more. These forms have to be filled out on a computer or tablet. You will not be able to fill this form out on your phone.

Current Brooklyn Families:

Go to the parent portal site:

Create an account if you do not have one. How to create an account

Once you create an account, link your students to your account. (Note: Students can only be linked to one parent account. Please create only one account per household)

Linking students to your account

Once linked, you will be able to update your student(s) EMA and Demographic information and submit it to the district.


Our PTA does some many great things for our students and staff. Your support is always appreciated. This is also a great way to be involved in school activities.

This year, they have already done so much. Here are just a few things...

Our PTA held the first meeting of the year this week. PTA will meet the first Thursday of each month at 6:30. The meetings are in the High School in room173.

If you haven't joined PTA yet the membership form is attached.

First homeroom with 100% participation in PTA will receive a reward in October.


F.A.S.T will start up again, starting October 7, 2019 at 5:15. The fall session will last 8 weeks. Our coordinators are still looking for families to join this family focused group.

What is F.A.S.T...

  • Improve children’s behavior and academic performance;
  • Strengthen families and empower parents;
  • Help schools succeed by increasing parent engagement and improving learning climate; and
  • Increase social capital by building positive relationships between parents, families and schools.

If interested, click this link and print the flyer. You can send the flyer into the school and give to the office.

Football Season is in the air - please read to see our expectations of students at the games.

  • Students will sit in the student section unless they are sitting with a guardian.
  • Students will not run behind the stadium.
  • There is no playing football or other sports in the grassy areas.
  • No backpacks are allowed at the games.
  • No profanity allowed at the games.
  • Don't walk on the track.
  • Brooklyn students are not allowed on the visitor's side.
  • If you leave the game you can't come back in.
  • Make sure that your ride picks you up on time.

School Hours - Arrival Times and Departure Times (Kindergarten - 12th)

Arrival Time:

The doors will open for students beginning at 7:30 each school day. Please plan accordingly when dropping off your child in the morning. School starts at 8 am. Breakfast will be available from 7:30 am to 8:00am. Please see the drop off procedures below.

Departure Time:

Students will be released from class to depart at 3:11 pm. Please see pick up procedures below.

School Hours:

School is in session from 8:00 am to 3:11 pm.


The state of Ohio passed a law a few years ago regarding student school days. Every minute of the day is accounted for and when students miss school is calculated to the minute. With this change, we no longer have tardies. So when students arrive to school after 8 am, the time is entered and after a certain threshhold, students and families will receive letters from our office. The same goes for when students are removed any time during the day. School attendance is important and we appreicate your support in ensuring your kids are here. If students have to miss for being sick, please call the attendance office at 216-485-8171

If we have no record of the child being out of school you will receive an automated call.

If students have appointments, please get a doctor's note and send in with them when they return to school.

Drop Off/Pick Up procedures

3 Lots - Blue, Gold & White

Grades K - 3 ~ BLUE LOT drop off and pick up

Grades 4-7 ~ GOLD LOT drop off an pick up

Grades 8-12 ~ WHITE LOT drop off and pick up (students from the high school will not be permitted to cut through our school to pick up siblings, they can meet them at the exit for the white lot.

To assist in the flow of traffic, we are asking that students be dropped off and picked up based on the oldest child.

For example ~

  • If your oldest child is in grades 8-12, use the WHITE LOT in the back of the HS to drop off and pick up all children in your family.
  • If your oldest child is in grades 4-7, use the GOLD LOT at the main entrance of the PK-7 building to drop off and pick up all children in your family.
  • If your oldest child is in grades K-3, use the BLUE LOT off of Behrwald Avenue to drop off and pick up all children in your family.

FERPA Annual Notice

Please click this link to review our annual FERPA notice. Any questions, please let me know.

Important Dates

September 16th - September 30th - MAP testing (K-3)

September 16th - September 25 - MAP testing (4-12)

October 10th - Conferences (3:30 - 9 pm) Teachers will reach out to families, closer to the date

October 11th - No School

October 18th - Early Dismissal

Contacting Brooklyn School Personnel

Attendance Line ~ (216) 485-8171

  • When reporting your child off, please include: first and last name of the child, grade, reason for absence, who is reporting the child off and a number you can be reached.

Mrs. Cristin Cicco ~ Principal

(216) 485-8177

Ms. Lara Smith ~ Assistant Principal

(216) 485-8178

Mrs. Annie Bir ~ Guidance Counselor (Grades 4-7)

(216) 485-8128

Mrs. Denise Smith ~ Guidance Counselor (Grades PK-3)

(216) 485 - 8173

Mrs. Laura Paul ~ Brooklyn School Secretary

(216) 485-8176