September 25th

Twitter Highlights: Week 5

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!

Brooks News to Know

Brooks Facebook Group

This group provides a forum for reciprocal communication between the school, parents, students and the larger community

Please view posts or request to join so you can create or respond to posts!

Please be sure your background check has been completed if you'd like to volunteer to chaperone Field Trips

Parents must make an appointment for background checks. They can go to the district website, click Background Check Appointments under Quick Links to schedule an appointment. Here is the direct link for the remaining appointment slots for September:

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. Your appreciation will be shared with the staff member!

Strengthening Families - 11 week program

Here is Flyer. Program meets from 6 to 8pm at Julian Middle School starting October 3rd through December 19th.

You will Learn…

  • Effective Parenting Skills
  • Healthy Communication
  • How to Resolve Conflicts
  • Stress Management Skills
  • How to Set Limits

Open to families with children ages 7-17 years of age

A complete meal is provided.

Childcare and transportation is available if needed.

At no cost to families that reside in Oak Park or River Forest, proof of residency is needed.

Brooks News from Previous Weeks

Before School Help

If your student needs to see a teacher before school, they need to show a pass to our staff member at the main door entrance on Kenilworth. Your student's teacher should have given your student a pass the day before or an email from the teacher will also be sufficient. The time of meeting with the teacher should be indicated on the pass or in the email. Students meeting teachers for help will not be able to enter prior to 8am, unless the teacher meets your student at the door.

GBMS Library News

Library is open every school morning from 8:00am to 8:45am. Must arrive with ID prior to 8:30am to enter school at main door on Kenilworth to go to library. This is a quiet time for reading and studying.

Library is also open during each lunch period. Students need to request a pass from a teacher BEFORE their lunch period. This is a quiet time for reading and studying.

This year students need their Oak Park Public library card number and PIN in order to access the Oak Park Public Library Databases at school. We are recommending that they memorize it, write it down, bring it, or take a picture of it somewhere secure.

Breakfast and Lunch Information

Breakfast and Lunch Menu Link

We offer breakfast every school morning from 8:15am to 8:45am. Students enter the commons door, purchase their breakfast with their ID card, eat and when finished return their grade level location outside.

Ordering Special Hot Lunch offerings for your Student

Please visit our website to learn how to participate in PTO Starship Lunches on Tuesdays and/or BRAVO Pizza lunches on Fridays.

Please Reinforce at Home


Personal Electronic devices are not allowed out in common spaces. Teacher discretion will be used in the classrooms. Personal devices should be left on silent while in the building.

Staff will take personal electronic devices if they are seen being used in common spaces during school time in the building. Multiple infractions will require the parent to pick up the personal electronic device. As with other personal items, the school will not be responsible if the personal electronic device is stolen, lost or damaged. We strongly discourage students from bringing valuable items to school.

Bike Safety

Please remind your student to obey the rules of the road as they ride to and from school. Students need to be extra careful as they pass driveways and proceed through intersections. Please review this information with your student to ensure their safety to and from school as they ride their bikes!

Safety Walking to and from School

Please review these safety precautions with your student:

Be Careful at Crossings: Look before you step

  • Cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections, if possible.
  • Obey traffic signals such as WALK/DON'T WALK signs.
  • Don't assume vehicles will stop. Make eye contact with drivers, don't just look at the vehicle. If a driver is on a cell phone, he or she may not be paying enough attention to drive safely.
  • Look left, right, and left again before crossing a street.
  • Watch for turning vehicles. Make sure the driver sees you and will stop for you.
  • Look across ALL lanes you must cross and visually clear each lane before proceeding. Even if one motorist stops, do not presume drivers in other lanes can see you and will stop for you.
  • Don't wear headphones or talk/text on a cell phone while crossing.

Excerpt from this website.

Crossing Washington at Dismissal

Please encourage your student to cross Washington Street with the Cross Guard at Kenilworth and Washington or at the light at Homes Ave and Washington Street. Our staff member at Clinton and Washington is there to guide students across Clinton due to the bus traffic but will not be stopping traffic to allow students to cross Washington at Clinton.

Young Filmmakers Contest

Here is flyer with all of the details. Video Submissions are accepted through January 14th, 2018. For additional information visit: or email

A Brooks team of young filmmakers were an honorable mention last year. Check out their video here. Ms. Laura Stamp, our sponsor of EgoEagles, will work with students during EcoEagles who are interested in creating a submission.

Clubs and Sports Information

click above to see open spreadsheet that has a tab for all SPORTS and tab for of all CLUBS offered at Brooks with sponsor email, dates, times and location details.

Sporting Events at Home this week

Monday: Girls Basketball @ 4pm

CLUB OPPORTUNITIES (can join anytime)

Each club meets weekly, unless otherwise notated below.


  • ORFF Ensemble from 8:00am to 8:50am in D104 (first meeting was on 9/18). Participation is open to all students - no audition required, but enrollment is limited to 40 students. Interested students can sign-up and pick up permission slips outside of the music room (D104). For additional information contact Mr. Carrillo - Still opportunity to join.
  • Ultimate Frisbee from 3:30pm to 4:40pm in 3rd floor gym (first meeting was on 9/11). If you have any questions, please email Ms. Dajani at or Mr. Gillespie at


  • EcoEagles from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in room C302 (first meeting was on 8/29). If you have any questions, please email Ms. Stamp at
  • Chess Club from 3:30 to 4:45 in room B305 (first meeting was on 9/12). If you have any questions, please email Mr. Hausfeld at


  • Ultimate Frisbee from 3:30pm to 4:40pm in 3rd floor gym (first meeting was on 9/11). If you have any questions, please email Ms. Dajani at or Mr. Gillespie at
  • Best Buddies Next General Meeting on Wednesday, October 4th from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in Commons. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Beauprez or Ms. Touchette. Here is calendar of dates for all Best Buddies meetings.


  • Spanish Club from 3:30 to 4:30pm in room B308 (first meeting was on 9/21). Next meeting is October 5th. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Lagioia at or Ms. Villalobos at


  • Service Club from 8am to 8:45am in room B209 (first meeting on 9/29). If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Walsh at or Ms. Martinez at


Math Team

Calling all mathletes! Math Team provides students with the opportunity to participate in various mathematics competitions. In the past, Brooks has sent teams to the following events: Fenwick Junior High School Math Competition, The Latin School of Chicago Mathematics Contest, MathCounts, Trinity High School Math Contest, and Math Olympiad. In addition, during Math Team meetings, students also participate in the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Contest. The primary emphasis of the math team is team work and problem solving. Bi-Weekly meetings are held on Mondays after school from 3:30-4:30. Students of all abilities are welcome. First meeting on Monday, October 2nd in room B204. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kahn at

Rainbow Tribe

Rainbow Tribe will have the first meeting after school until 4:30 on Tuesday, October 3 in 2nd floor conference room next to PE classroom. Schedule and permission slip found here. This club is a safe place for LGBTQ students and allies to come together with the same goal of making our school a safer, and more comfortable environment for everyone. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Olsen at

Art Club

Calling all artists! Come to art club for "open studio". Mrs. Murray will offer a variety of materials and techniques. Come ready to explore your own ideas, work at your own pace, and make new friends in a creative environment just for artists! First meeting will be on Thursday, October 5th from 3:30pm to 4:45pm in room D301. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Murray at

Brooks & OPEF In-House VexRobotics League Pilot

The Brooks In-House League is designed for the student new to VEX Robotics with little or

no experience with ROBOTC programming or for the student who cannot commit to the long season of our Competitive Club. Students will be taught the basics of robot design and

programming. They will then work in teams to design, build and program a VEX robot to

play in our In-House League competition, Robot Rumble.

Students will meet one day a week from 3:30–5 pm and have 2 sessions to choose from:

  • Fall In-House League: Tuesdays 3:30-5 pm, 10/03-12/19 (no meeting 10/31, 11/21); Robot Rumble: 12/12
  • Winter In-House League: Tuesdays 3:30-5 pm, 1/09-3/13; Robot Rumble: 3/10

There is no tryout required to join the In-House League. Students interested in knowing

more about this program are invited to attend a Student Interest Meeting after school on Wednesday, September 20 in room B302. You can learn more by viewing flyer or OPEF VexRobotics website. The application deadline for interest in no tryout In-House VexRobotics League has been extended!

Student Innovation Team

Calling all students interested in engaging further with technology at Brooks: we are now accepting applications for this year's Student InnovationTeam! The Student Innovation Team is a student-led team of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students which will be designed by its members to support peers using technology at school to learn. You will have opportunities to help others with technology challenges, and learn more about the technology available to us at school. Further details are available in the application, which is available in the Media Center- stop by to get one or linked above! Completed applications should be given to Ms. Dean, Ms. Nelson, or Ms. Keith in the Media Center by Friday, November 4th.

Get connected to PTO

PTO Information

When you registered your child, if you selected the option “No to Directory”, the school can not share your contact information with the PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization). If you'd like to subscribe to PTO Bulletin use link below:

Wednesday, October 11th: PTO Welcome Food Truck Social from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Bring a picnic dinner or $ to purchase food from trucks for your family. There will also be DJ and music. Come make connections with old and new friends!