October 9th, 2018

Twitter Highlights: Week 7

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

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Mid Term Progress Reports

Progress reports will go home to families via email on Friday, 10/12. You may also review your students grades by visiting the Powerschool parent portal.

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.

ILMEA Festival Auditions

Please be sure to congratulate the following Brooks musicians for their successful audition this past Saturday. (It will mean A LOT to them!). It was an intense day where hundreds of middle school musicians across our Chicagoland area competed to be selected to participate in the Festival Honors Chorus, Band or Orchestra ensembles. The following students were selected and will proudly represent Brooks Middle School in the upcoming ILMEA District 1 Honors Music Festival on Saturday, November 3 in New Lenox, IL.

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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

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!

Thrive Counseling Center

Please click the link below for a new group at Thrive for children ages 9-13 who are struggling with anxiety. The group is FREE for residents of Oak Park & River Forest! Interested parents can contact Abby Gomez de la Casa at (708) 383-7500 ext. 414.


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.



Mondays (No meetings due to No School)

  • 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: This wee on Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm due to Monday Holiday. 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 . The next meeting is 10/3.
  • 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. Meeting this week on 10/3. 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: First meeting is on Thursday 10/4 in room D301 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Contact Ms. Murray with questions. kmurray@op97.org

  • Service Club: First meeting is Friday 9/29 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