October 16th

Twitter Highlights: Week 8

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Brooks News to Know

Progress Check on PowerSchool

Grades for Progress Checks

Please note that this is the halfway point through the 1st trimester. Please check your student's progress on PowerSchool.

Early Dismissal for students Thursday, 10/19 and Friday 10/20

Students will be dismissed at noon. Here is link to the half-day schedule. Buses will run as usual, dropping students at home from school after the noon dismissal.

Lunch period will be skipped on our half-day schedules.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found located in the Commons/Cafeteria - Please remember to have your child check the lost and found for missing items. There are several items there now that need to be claimed. The lost and found contains clothing items, shoes, school books, folders and lunch boxes. The lost and found is emptied each Trimester with the exception of lunch boxes containing food, those are discarded at the end of each week. If your student is missing eyeglasses, keys, cellphone or a purse or wallet, those items are kept in the main office.

Please check the Lost and Found during Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, 10/19.

Parent-Teacher Conferences - Thursday 10/19 from 12:40pm to 8:00pm.

Please use the link associated with your student's team to sign-up for P/T conferences, if you haven't done so already. If you have questions about p/t conferences, please email your student's team leader:

Team 6.1: Stephanie Smith at ssmith2@op97.org

Team 6.2: Lary Grimaldi at hgrimaldi@op97.org

Team 6.3: Lauren Brock at lbrock@op97.org

Team 7.1: Darren haus at dhaus@op97.org

Team 7.2: Anna Kinnaman at kinnaman@op97.org

Team 7.3: Sam Kahn at skahn@op97.org

Team 8.1: StephanieThomas at sthomas@op97.org

Team 8.2: Laura Stamp at lstamp@op97.org

Team 8.3: Katy Alejos at kalejos@op97.org

Our goal is to effectively share your student’s progress while involving students in reflection and accountability related to their work. We hope each family will be able to attend conferences as a way to foster learning and a partnership between home and school.

Scholastic Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fair is a week long reading event (October 17th through October 20th) that provides our students with a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Reading unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Please make plans to come to our Book Fair during the week of Fall Parent Teacher Conferences. Your purchase also benefits the school as Scholastic gives 55% of our sales back to Brooks. See you at the Book Fair!

Love books? Volunteering at the Book Fair is the perfect way to stay connected to your child at school and help students find the books they can't wait to read. Sign up now and get ready for a fun and rewarding volunteer experience."

Our Book Fair Homepage which links to our volunteer sign up and Online Fair:


Direct link to volunteer sign up:


0r email paula.livesey@talk21.com to volunteer.

Youth Social Justice Conference

Youth Social Justice Conference will be held at the Oak Park Public Library on Saturday, October 21st.

The teen-led conference is from 10 am - 4:30 pm and is free and open to all teens and adults. Registration is highly recommended at the link below. Light breakfast & lunch are provided. http://oppl.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=32624&lib=0,1,2,7,1003&backTo=Week&startDate=2017/10/17

If there are questions, please email: socialjustice@oppl.org

Author - Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater will be reading and signing her new book at the Magic Tree on October 23 at 6pm. Please let your student know about this event, and visit if you would like!

October is Anti-Bullying/Upstander Month

Monday, October 2, we will have Kindness in Chalk as our kick-off activity for October, Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month. Please visit this link to learn more about the event. Kindness in Chalk is our first event in a yearlong Anti-Bullying/Upstander campaign. Every week during the month of October we have events planned.

Here are some pictures from the Kindness in Chalk: click here to see.

October 10th - Upstander Pledge and Announce Anti-Bully/Upstander Poster Competition. Students will have until 10/23/2017 to submit an entry. Students will create a visual message to promote anti-bullying message and kindness.

- We support those who have been hurt or harmed

- We treat others with kindness

- We will be more accepting of people’s differences

- We will help include those who are left out

October 16th - Kindness Buckets: We will invite students to fill the bucket with compliments for students and staff throughout our building. We plan to deliver the drops of kindness during Spirit Week, on 10/24/2017.

October 25th - Cyberbully Assembly

Spirit Week, 10/23-10/27

Monday - Dress up as your favorite superhero (***no weapons***)

Tuesday – Wear your favorite 70’s gear and Spread Peace and Love

Wednesday – Unity Day Wear Orange

Thursday - Wear your favorite sports team attire

Friday - Brooks Spirit Day – Wear Blue and White or Brooks gear

Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear is Here!

Show your Eagles Pride with fantastic spirit wear from the GBMS PTO.

Deadline for orders is Friday, October 27, 2017.

All items are available in youth and adult sizes. Here is flyer to see what they look like.

All orders will arrive mid-November and will be distributed during lunch periods.

Two easy ways to order:

1) Online at https://brookseagles.itemorder.com/

2) Complete order form and have your child turn in, along with payment, to their Advisory Teacher

Questions: Contact Cat Phillips at kccat221@yahoo.com

Halloween, Tuesday October 31st

Halloween Costume: On Tuesday, 10/31 we ask students to turn in a food item or $1 to your first period teacher to support the Service Club Food Drive and to earn the privilege to dress up for Halloween.

Please be mindful that we strongly discourage the wearing of costumes for Halloween that stereotype, demean or make fun of other people - especially of other cultures. Please talk with your students about the importance of respecting others. Students cannot wear anything that covers their face nor can they have "props" that look like a weapon.

8th Grade Transition Tour at Oak Park River Forest High School. 8th Graders will be touring the high school on Tuesday, 10/31 in the morning. Due to the visit to the high school, we recommend that 8th graders not dress up for Halloween.

Interested in ordering a Yearbook?

Please place orders for 2017-2018 yearbooks online here.

Ordering School Pictures

You can order online www.ordervgil.com but will need your child's ticket code. If you call Van Gogh, they will give you the ticket code for your child, so you can order online. Customer service # is 847-383-2282.

There has been some confusion regarding school pictures. Some of you have called concerned because you have not received your students photos. Unless you had pre-ordered a school photo package either by filling out and returning the package order form or purchasing a package online, your child will not have received photos. Van Gogh does not provide pre-order proofs to families. If you indeed placed an order and have not received your prints, please call 847-383-2282

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!

Let's Talk - Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School

District 97 has invested in a resource called Let’s Talk that students, faculty, staff, parents/guardians and community members can use to communicate with us about our departments and services, and share feedback on important issues and topics that will shape the future of our schools and help the children we serve realize their full potential.

Here is the direct link to Brooks Let's Talk to share your question, comment, question, concern or compliment with us. We look forward to hearing from you!

You can also access additional information about the system by visiting - http://www.op97.org/news/1443643/district-97-launches-let-s-talk-communication-system.

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.

Thank you to those who have completed this form to recognize a GBMS staff member. All individuals receive a printed certificate highlighting your appreciation for their contributions!

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 through October 19th: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b48a9ab22a0fd0-background

Breakfast and Lunch Menus for October

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.


Monday: Girls Basketball @ 4pm at GBMS

Tuesday: Girls Basketball @ 4pm at GBMS

Wednesday: Girls Basketball @ 4pm at GBMS

Brooks Cross Country: Both the boys and girls teams ran great sectional races. Brady O’Connor placed 14th overall in the boys race and Josephine Welin placed 11th overall in the girls race. Congratulations to Josephine for qualifying for the State Cross Country meet for the 3rd year in a row! Josephine Welin took 74th place out of 234 at the State Cross Country meet. Way to go Cross Country!!

Boys Basketball Open Gym

October 17: 7:15 – 8:30am

October 18: 7:15 – 8:30am

October 19: 7:15 – 8:30am

All participants MUST complete the following forms located in the PE Office or linked below:

Boys Basketball Try-out Dates

October 20th 12:30 – 2:00pm

October 23rd 3:40 – 5:00pm

Please contact Coach Brown (kbrown@op97.org) or Coach Thigpen (tthigpen@op97.org) for any questions.

Girls Volleyball Clinic

Girls Jr. Huskie Clinic

***ANY 6th, 7th, or 8th grade girl interested in playing for BROOKS this season***

Join us for an all skills developmental clinic. The clinic will focus on specific skills of the game includingpassing, setting, attacking, serving, defense and competitive game play. The clinic will be coached by the OPRF Girls Volleyball Coaching staff and current varsity players.

When: Monday, October 16th 4:00 – 6:00pm

Where: Fieldhouse

Cost: $20 (cash)/camper

Register: Walk-in that day begins at 3:30pm

If you have any questions, please email Mr. Grimaldi at hgrimaldi@op97.org

CLUB OPPORTUNITIES (can join anytime)

Each club meets weekly, unless otherwise notated below.


  • ORFF Ensemble from 8:00am to 8:50am in D104 (first meeting was on 9/18). 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 - fcarrillo@op97.org. Still opportunity to join.
  • Ultimate Frisbee from 3:30pm to 4:40pm in 3rd floor gym (first meeting was on 9/11). If you have any questions, please email Ms. Dajani at rdajani@op97.org or Mr. Gillespie at mgillespie@op97.org.
  • Math Team from 3:30-4:30 in room B204 . The club meets every other week. Students of all abilities are welcome. Next meeting is on Monday, October 16th. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kahn at skahn@op97.org.
  • ****new meeting day**** Spoken Word from 3:30pm to 5:30 pm in room B205. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Lee at mlee@op97.org (moving meeting day from Tuesdays)


  • EcoEagles from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in room C302 (first meeting was on 8/29). If you have any questions, please email Ms. Stamp at lstamp@op97.org.
  • Chess Club from 3:30 to 4:45 in room B305 (first meeting was on 9/12). If you have any questions, please email Mr. Hausfeld at mhausfeld@op97.org.
  • Vex Robotics In-House League from 3:30 to 5 pm in room B302, 10/03-12/19 (no meeting 10/31, 11/21); Robot Rumble on 12/12 . You can learn more by viewing flyer or OPEF VexRobotics website. or if you have any questions, please email Ms. Pena at tpena@op97.org
  • Rainbow Tribe after school until 4:30 in 2nd floor conference room next to PE classroom. The next meeting is on Tuesday, October 23rd. Schedule and permission slip found here. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Olsen at jolsen@op97.org


  • Ultimate Frisbee from 3:30pm to 4:40pm in 3rd floor gym (first meeting was on 9/11). If you have any questions, please email Ms. Dajani at rdajani@op97.org or Mr. Gillespie at mgillespie@op97.org.
  • Best Buddies Activity Meeting on Wednesday, October 18th from 3:30pm to 5:00pm in Commons. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Beauprez or Ms. Touchette. Here is calendar of dates for all Best Buddies meetings.

Thursdays (Not meeting this week due to Parent-Teacher Conferences)

  • Art Club First meeting will be on Thursday, October 5th from 3:30pm to 4:45pm in room D301. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Murray at kmurray@op97.org.
  • Spanish Club from 3:30 to 4:30pm in room B308 (first meeting was on 9/21). Meeting this week is on October 5th. The club meets every other week. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Lagioia at vlagioia@op97.org or Ms. Villalobos at cvillalobos@op97.org.
  • Yearbook Club from 3:30 to 4:30pm in room B202. The club meets 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. The next meeting is October 26th. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Marsha Turner-Reid at mturnerreid@op97.org


  • Service Club from 8am to 8:45am in room B209 (first meeting on 9/29). If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Walsh at swalsh@op97.org or Ms. Martinez at bmartiez@op97.org . We are collecting food for the Fall Food Drive. The food drive will run from October 2nd to October 30th. Please turn in food to your advisory teacher. Prize will be given to advisory with most food items collected!

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.

Service Club - Fall Food Drive

We are collecting food for the Fall Food Drive. The food drive will run from October 2nd to October 30th. Please turn in food to your advisory teacher. Prize will be given to the advisory with most food items collected!

BRAVO Upcoming Events

Monster Mash Bash All School Halloween Dance is October 27 from 7pm-9pm - Tickets go on sale Monday, October 2 - Click Here for more info & to purchase tickets

Volunteer for Monster Mash Bash: click here
Disneys’ The Little Mermaid Performances are November 3 - 11 - Tickets are on Sale Now!
Bravo’s Chipotle Fundraiser is Tuesday, October 17 from 4:30pm-8:30pm. Eat at the Oak Park Chipotle and fundraise money for Bravo!

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: