The Brooklyn Buzz

January 17, 2020

No School Monday January 20, 2020


  • Report Cards
  • Spaghetti Dinner
  • Counseling Corner
  • Arrival information
  • Outdoor Recess Guidelines
  • Medical restrictions for outdoor recess
  • Medicine administered by the nurse
  • Parent Partnership
  • PTA Updates
  • Important Dates
  • Contacting Brooklyn School

Report Cards

Reports are available online. We will not be sending home paper copies. Here are the steps to find your child's report card.

You can log into your ProgressBook account if you know your log in by following these steps.

Go to the district website (differs a little between cell phones or a computer).
Find the parent resource tab
Find ProgressBook Parent Access
Click on Parent Access website
Choose Brooklyn School District
Sign in
On the left side of your child’s page is a link that says report card.

If you don’t have your log information, please contact the Brooklyn School Office, so we can get you that information 216-485-8176.

Spaghetti Dinner

7th Annual Support our School Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Where: Brooklyn High School Cafeteria

When: January 25, 2020 4:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m.

Cost: Adults/Kids $10.00

Spaghetti, salad, roll, dessert, water, coffee and juice

50/50 Raffle and Baskets.

Tickets are available at the Board of Education and all school offices.

Thank you for your support!

Counseling Corner

Fostering Empathy


We live in the age of the selfie—the ubiquitous symbol of narcissism.

But this focus on the self to the exclusion of others is harmful to our children, according to Michele Borba, author of the new book UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. More than the photos themselves, the idea behind them—that we are the center of our world—is the problem, reflecting a decreased focus on others and a lack of empathy.

According to Borba, low levels of empathy are rampant in our culture, and in kids that’s associated with bullying, cheating, weak moral reasoning, and mental health issues, like anxiety and depression. Her book is a call to parents, teachers, and other caring adults to help encourage children to develop empathy and generosity toward others, and it’s full of research-based tips on how to do so.

Some tips are focused on increasing emotional literacy in general, by helping kids to better understand their own emotions and the emotions of others. Others involve helping kids to foster a sense of themselves as caring people, by engaging them in activities where they can be generous and by modeling generosity toward others ourselves. Still others involve helping kids to become moral heroes, in school and out of it. Below are some of Borba’s suggestions.

1. Help kids develop a moral identity

In one study, researchers found that three- to six-year-old kids who were praised for helping others were less likely to act more generously in the future than kids who were praised for being a helpful person. Borba argues that we need to help kids develop a moral identity, not just praise them for good deeds.

“To respond empathetically, kids must see themselves as people who care and value others’ thoughts and feelings,” she writes. “Missing that crucial piece leaves a huge void in a child’s empathy quotient.”

2. Give kids “do-overs”

Of course, it’s not always easy to get kids to take another’s perspective. When they speak or act insensitively, it can be helpful to allow kids to have “do-overs,” rather than simply punishing them. Borba suggests four steps to help kids respond more empathically with “CARE”: 1) Call attention to uncaring behavior; 2) Assess how uncaring affects others, helping kids to understand another’s perspective; 3) Repair the hurt and make amends; and 4) Express disappointment for uncaring behavior, while stressing expectations for caring behavior in the future.

“The trick is to look for those discipline moments when we can help our children grasp how their actions affect others so it stretches their empathy, and one day they can act right without our guidance,” she writes.

School starts at 8 am

School opens at 7:30 am, however students are to be in their homerooms at 8 am and attendance is taken. Starting January 6th, students who are entering the building after 8 am, will be considered late and it will be entered into their attendance.

According to the law, we no longer document tardies, instead, we have to account for every minute of the day. Therefore, time will accumulate and count towards time out of school.

Outdoor Recess Guidelines

Well, we had snow this week, please make sure your child has the proper clothing to go outside. We will go outside when it is cold and snowing.

Our guidelines for cold temperatures will be followed and monitored closely.

The temperature for outdoor recess is 20 degrees with the windchill.

Please make sure student have appropriate gear to be in the elements.

Winter coats, gloves, hats and boots are important.

You can send in shoes to wear in school and they can wear their boots out. Also feel free to send in an extra pair of socks or pants, sometimes the students clothing gets wet.

Medical restrictions for outdoor recess...

If students are not allowed to go out in the cold weather, they will need to have a doctors note that outlines the guidelines we are to follow (temperature, conditions etc) and the medical diagnosis. Parents are not permitted to write a note stating you want them to stay in due to a cough/cold etc. If we have no note on file, students will go outside on outdoor recess days. If you have sent in a doctor's note in the past, this needs to be updated each year.

Medicines at school

Attention Families,

If your child takes a prescription medicine or an over the counter medicine, it needs to be brought in by an adult in it's original countainer.

STUDENTS CANNOT bring medicine to school.

ALL medication must be brought in, in the original container by the parent or guardian.

Parent Teacher Partnership

The picture below is the flyer which includes the date and information regarding the meetings. I have also linked the flyer click here. We would love to have more parents involved, we hope your able to join us this year. .
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PTA News and Updates

Race Night 2020 - February 29th @ 7pm

Brooklyn's Night at the Races

February 29, 2020

UAW Hall - 5615 Chevrolet Blvd. Parma, Ohio

Doors open @ 5:30 PM

Dinner @ 6:00 PM

Races @ 7:00 PM

Tickets are $25 each.

This includes dinner, desserts, refreshments.

Tables can be reserved if you buy a group of 10 tickets.

We will have 50/50, basket raffles, sideboards, and lots of fun!

For tickets, to buy a horse, to sponsor a race, or buy an ad


Kelli Krall (440) 668-0856

Kelly Supek (216) 978-8453

Michelle Hilcu (216) 6473223

Cathie Flanagan (216) 218-4771

Proceeds support Brooklyn Athletic Boosters and Post Prom.

Important Dates

January 20th - No School

January 25th - SOS Spaghetti Dinner (4-7 pm High School Cafeteria)

February 14th - No School (Teacher Inservice Day)

February 17th - No School (President's Day)

March 5th - Conferences (4-8:30)

March 6th - No School

March 12th & 13th - High School Presents the musical Newsies (7pm)

March 14th - High School Presents the musical Newsies (2 pm & 7 pm)

March 30th - April 8th (Ohio State ELA assessments)

April 10th - April 19th - Spring Break

April 21st - May 5th (Ohio State Math/Science assessments)

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