The Brooklyn Buzz

April 10, 2020


  • Message from Mrs. Cicco
  • Timecapsule Activity
  • Remote Learning Plans and Resources
  • Google Classroom
  • Voting
  • Counseling Corner
  • Access to Meals
  • Weekly Challenge
  • Spirit Week
  • Virtual Bulletin Board
  • Spirit Week Pictures
  • Student Emails
  • Tumbler Update
  • Suggestion for a schedule while at home
  • PTA Updates
  • Contacting Brooklyn School

Spring Break

WOW, it is spring break and there was snow on the ground this morning. It is the middle of April, not the weather I was hoping for. Teachers have been working really hard these last four weeks and are all set to start learning and educating kids in google classrooms, starting April 20th.

Over the next week, they will not be giving any work.

However I have included activities for you to complete a COVID 19 Timecapsule. This is a fun way to keep kids engaged and track the history they are apart of. I will be doing this with my kids. Recently I came across my grandma's journals. She was born in 1907 and started writing at 10 years old in her journal. She wrote about the Spanish Flu of 1918. This was so special to share with my own children, and to show them how neat it is to go back years later and reflect how those moments impacted your life.

I hope everyone is staying healthy, safe and warm. Have a wonderful spring break and find adventure and joy within your current world.

As always, if you have any questions, please email me at

Warmest regards,

Cristin Cicco


You can print off the pages or use plain paper and recreate your own. I hope you find this engaging and hang onto it for many years.

Remote Learning and Resources

Remote Learning Plans and Resources

During this unprecedented time, Brooklyn staff have been working incredibly hard to prepare lessons that are meaningful and engaging to our students. Throughout this time we ask parents and caretakers to be patient and understand online learning is challenging for everyone. We are working hard to support our families throughout this. The focus during this extended closure is to support students and families through remote learning opportunities so student learning continues.


  • This plan will begin on April 20, 2020 and continue through the required school closure

  • Plans will be posted for at least one week at a time, some grade levels may post two weeks at a time, and will be available no later than 8AM on Monday or the first school day of the week

  • Students may work at their own pace and at any time of day; we are not requiring students to log in at a certain time each day, but they are expected to complete all of the work assigned to them. There may be situations in which students are invited to join in a video conference to help support them.

  • Students will receive feedback on their work and grading of the work will occur.

  • Grading for each grade level will look different than it has in previous quarters. Building principals and/or teachers will communicate the grade policy for 4th quarter.

  • If your family is experiencing a hardship that prevents them from completing the work, please communicate with your child’s teacher or the building principal so that we may try and assist you.

  • Parents, you are our partners in this and we encourage you to set up a place in the home to help foster learning and create a schedule for your children during this time.

  • Teachers will also be holding virtual office hours during the school day. Virtual office hours include, but are not limited to emails, phone calls, and video conferencing. The virtual office hours will be communicated by your child's teacher. This is a great time to get assistance and/or questions answered from your teacher. If you cannot make the office hours, feel free to contact your child's teacher or Principal via email at any time with questions you may have. They will get back to you as soon as possible.

Google Classroom

When we return to virtual learning after spring break, April 20th, teachers will be conducting classes online through google classroom. Teachers have set up google classrooms and have sent invites to students in their student emails. If you need assistance to prepare for April 20th, please feel free to contact me at

Directions for logging into Google Classroom at Home:

Once you’ve logged into your Google account.

You should be able to access Google Classroom by clicking the Apps Launcher in the upper, right hand corner and scrolling until you find the Google Classroom Icon

I will share more information next week in preparation for April 20th.

How to Access Google Classroom

This is a guide on how to access google classroom.

Voting - April 28th

Ohio voting has been changed to April 28th. Due to Covid 19, voting will take place by mail in ballots only. Click this link to find more information. Brooklyn Schools has a renewal levy on the ballot.


Counseling Corner

From Mrs. Smith

Mrs. Smith has recorded a special video for our students and families.

Click here to watch.

If you want to reach out to Mrs. Smith, her email is

From Mrs. Bir

Mrs. Bir has recorded a special video for our students and families.

Click here to watch

Office Hours (Monday - Friday)

11:00 a.m. - 12:00p.m. & 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

If you want to reach out to Mrs. Bir, her email is


Meals - Pickup is Tuesday April 14th

Food pick up information

All Brooklyn City Schools students are eligible for a free breakfast and lunch during the state directed extended school closure related to the COVID-19 / coronavirus outbreak.

You may pick up meals at Brooklyn High School (9200 Biddulph Rd.) on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 between the hours of 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Pick up / drive through lines will be in the front of the High School building.

Hurricane Meals can be ordered online through a Google Form or by phone. Please choose ONE method of ordering.

Google Form - Complete one (1) form per student, please. Orders placed for breakfast and/or lunches will be for four days. (4).

Orders must be placed by Noon on Sunday, April 12 for pick up on Tuesday, April14.

Phone orders - Parents may also phone in their orders. The phone number is 216-485-8113. Please leave a voicemail with student first and last name, parent first and last name, student number, grade, phone number and meal choices listed below:
Breakfast - Yes or No
Lunch - Yes or No

Spirit Week

While on break we have a different challenge.

This week we ended with a Fort, however if you need more time, you have all next week to build a fort and send us some pictures.

How creative are you? Can you recreate a famous work of art? I know I am going to try. Just wait and see what Mrs. Cicco's work of art will look like.

Below is this week's challenge. I can not wait to see how creative you all are.

You can send your photo's to your teacher or to Mrs. Cicco at

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Some examples of recreating art work

Pictures from Spirit Week #3

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Click here to see our staff bulletin board

Friday was shout out to staff, here is what we collected.

Misc. Information

Student Emails

When we passed out packets, we included a notecard with each students brooklyn email and password. This is an email for your child to connect with their teacher and will be their log in for access google classroom and documents.

If you do not know your username and password, contact the teacher or the principal. One of will be able to give you that information.

Directions for logging into your Google Drive at Home

1. Go to the Internet

2. Go to Google

3. Click on the icon on the right side of the screen (if there is one there- it might

be a letter or photo or other icon that goes with your account).

IF YOU DON’T SEE an icon, click the blue SIGN IN button

4. IF this is the first time, you’ve ever logged in before, click on: Use another Account OR Add User

6. Then enter your email: (for example:

7. Click NEXT

8. Enter your password (the one you use all the time at school- it’s 8 characters (4 letters 4 numbers)

9. You should now be in and able to access your Google Drive – click on the Apps Launcher in the upper right corner!

10. Next time, if you’ve logged on the computer before, you’ll just need to click your username. (Your username should be there and enter the password to get into your Google account.

Tumbler Sale

I have been in contact with the company. With all the closers occurringover the last week, they will let me know when all the items are available to send. Once they are sent to the school, I will distribute them and contact each person who bought items. Thank you for being understanding and patient.

Daily Schedule while at home

Here is a link to a suggested schedule. I know I am a person who likes routine and structure. This has been helpful with my own two children. Hopefully you find it helpful.
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Grades for 4th quarter

I will be sharing out a document next week regarding what grades and credit will look like for each grade level. This will be for work from April 20th to May 1st and beyond if needed.

PTA News and Updates

Yankee Candle Sale

We will not be following through with this fundraiser in the school setting. However the online ordering and home delivery is still an option. Online orders can be placed until July 8th. If you have already collected orders and money, you can 1) return the orders and money to the person 2) convert it to an online order. If you need more information or have questions, email Mrs. Cicco and she will try to point you in the right direction.

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