September 18th

Twitter Highlights: Week 4

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:

Bus Riders

ALL buses riders are required to show their ID to ride the bus. The bus company has been directed by the district office to not let anyone ride the bus after school without an ID.

If your student forgets or loses their ID, your student must go to the main office to acquire a daily temporary bus pass to ride the bus home.

If your student needs to replace their lost ID, the cost is $5 and they may get a replacement printed in the main office. Please note that if your student requests a reprinting of an ID at the end of the day, it will not be available for pick-up until the following school day.

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.

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.

Everyday a Third Cold Lunch option, in additional to Salad or Sandwich ---- Pizza Kits ----- will be available.

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.

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.

Author Visit

On September 20th author of Saving Marty, Paul Griffin, will be visiting Brooks thanks to Magic Tree Bookstore. Attached is a flyer and order form if you’d like to order a book at a discounted price.

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!

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.

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.

Family Engagement Workshop

E-Team is offering six (6) Family Engagement Workshops that will focus on improving partnerships among families, community members, and educators to support student achievement and school improvement at the Oak Park Public Library. The first workshop is scheduled for Sunday, September 24th from 2pm to 4pm. Please also add to your calendar October 22nd and November 12 with dates in January-April to be determined. There is an online course option as well. Participants can choose to attend the library sessions without signing up for the online course. Enrollment is free for both the online course and in-person sessions. Here is flyer for more information.

Please register for the library sessions by email at:

Register for the online course at! and complete Sections 1 and 2 before the first session on September 24. This course is free but there is an option to earn a Harvard certificate for an additional fee.

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.

ORFF Ensemble

Is a marimba, xylophone, and drumming music ensemble that will start up on Monday, September 18. Rehearsals for this school year will be held weekly on Monday mornings from 8:00-8:50 AM. 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 -

Spanish Club

Will meet this week for the first time on Thursday, September 21st after-school until 4:30pm in room B308. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Lagioia at or Ms. Villalobos at This club will meet every other Thursday.

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.

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.

Ultimate Frisbee

Calling all Kids interested in playing ultimate frisbee. Boys and girls of any skill level are welcome to join us on Mondays and Wednesdays after school from 3:30-4:40 on Brook's field, starting Monday, September 11th. The year will be broken up into two sessions. We will run the fall session as long as the weather permits. The spring session will start in early May or TBA. We will be working on skills, game play strategies and also play ultimate games. If you have questions, please email Ms. Dajani ( or Mr. Gillespie ( Here is link to concussion form, that needs to be completed and turned in. Please pick up permission slip from Ms. Dajani or Mr. Gillespie during your PE class. We look forward to seeing you.

If you are looking to raise your competition level, the Julian club welcomes Brooks players to their meetings on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please email Mr. Seymour at

Chess Club

Will meet on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:45pm in room B305. The first meeting was Tuesday, September 12th from 3:30 to 4:45pm in room B305. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Hausfeld (

EcoEagles - Meets on Tuesdays each week

Eco Eagles will be meeting TUESDAYS at 3:30 in Room C202 starting August 29. If you’re interested in the school garden, creating award-winning films, taking field trips and being an environmental activist, join us! Eco Eagles is the best club ON the planet FOR the planet! Here’s a 1 minute video commercial to see what we’re about!

Best Buddies

Next Activity Meeting on September 20th from 3:30pm to 5pm in Commons

Next General Meeting on October 4th from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in Commons

Here is calendar of dates for all Best Buddies meetings.

Service Club

Mark your calendars! First meeting will be Friday, September 29th in room B209 at 8:00am.

Volunteers Needed

Zero Waste - Lunchroom

Zero Waste PARENT Volunteers

If you are interested and available to help guide students in placing waste in appropriate bins to reinforce our new way of sorting our waste and to help our school reduce and recycle waste that ends up in landfills, please sign up here. We are looking for 1 volunteer for each 4th, 5th and 6th lunch period this upcoming week.

Zero Waste Student Ambassadors

We need YOU, our students, to help GBMS minimize waste that ends up in landfills! Please complete this form if you are interested in making a difference!

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: