The Brooklyn Buzz

September 21, 2019


  • Summary of the week
  • MAP assessments
  • 7th Graders - Immunizations
  • Information from the nurse
  • Emergency Medical Forms/Contact Information
  • F.A.S.T
  • Brooklyn Birthday Club
  • 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 completed a lock down drill on Friday, that included barricading the doors with our new door stops. We also tested an emergency alert software that broadcasts over our phones. The drill went smooth and administration was able to sweep the building quickly. I know it is sad that we have to think about these types of drills, but it is important that we practice. These types of drills are common practice for our students, as most of them have been doing them since they started school.

Next week, on Wednesday in conjunction with the High School we will wear green. This is in connection with the Sandy Hook initiative Start With Hello. This is to show support for students that may be alone or just need a friendly face. If you have an opportunity, talk with your children about being kind and understanding that we all need a friend.

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

Go Hurricanes!

Mrs. Cristin Cicco

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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

Students will not be permitted to participate in field trips and other important school activities if the emergency medical information is not updated.

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.


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.

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Brooklyn Media Center Birthday Book Club is back

Please return the flyer attached by November 8th.

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)

September 25th - 4th grade Memorial Park for Science Class.

September 30th - October 4th - Pasta for Pennies

September 30th - October 4th - Spirit Week

October 8th - Renkas and Foley's homerooms to the fire station

October 9th - Borrowy and Hovan's homerooms to the fire station

October 10th - PTA fundraiser kick off

October 10th - October 24th - PTA Fundraiser

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

November 12th - PTA fundraiser pick up

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