January 14, 2019

Twitter Highlights: Week 19

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!

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Book Club on Monday, January 14th, 2019: White Fragility

Join us for a Brook's Community Book Club! On Monday, January 14 at 7pm, we will discuss the book White Fragility: Why its So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo. Childcare will be provided.

8th Grade Graduation Photos & Cap and Gown Orders

Graduation photo's will take place on Thursday, January 31, 2019 during the students school day. See flyer for further information.

Cap and Gown orders are due on Friday, February 8, 2019. Orders can be placed directly on Revtrak or by cash or check in the main office.

If you have any questions, please contact our main office (708) 524-3050

Be sure to mark your calendars for 8th Grade Graduation: Saturday, June 1st at 10am at OPRFHS.

Parent Teacher Conferences, Thursday, January 31

Please use the link below to find your student's team to schedule your appointment:

Appointment Slots for Parent-Teacher Conferences.

MAP Testing

Tuesday, January 15th

7th Grade Reading

8th Grade Reading

Wednesday, January 16th

8th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

Thursday, January 17th

6th Grade Math

7th Grade Math

Friday, January 18th

Make-up MAP Testing

Illinois 5Essentials Survey for Parents

Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey

We are administering the Illinois 5Essentials Survey again this year to certified staff and parents/guardians from all 10 of our schools, as well as students in grades four through eight. Please click here to learn how parents/guardians can participate in this important endeavor and click here to access the parent/guardian version of the survey. Please note that school-level reports will only be generated if at least 20 percent of our parents/guardians complete the survey, which can be accessed until Friday, Jan. 18, 2019.

We have 119 families (14%) that have completed the survey to date. We appreciate your feedback.

Help Support Brooks Best Buddies

Please consider visiting or ordering lunch or dinner this Wednesday from Oak Park Lou Malnati's to support the Brooks Best Buddies Club, which creates friendships for students with and without disabilities.

Lou's will share 20% of your order with us, which provides our club members (students with and without disabilities) supplies for the games, crafts, and projects we do to celebrate friendship and community. Thank you!

Remember to please mention the flyer and organization when placing your order. Dine-in, Carryout, & Delivery *Excludes Online Ordering*

Thank you all for your support of our students!

7th Grade Brooks Parent /Guardian Information Meeting for Springfield and Washington D.C. Trips

Dear 7th Grade Brooks Parents/Guardians,

I have the pleasure of meeting with your students next week to provide information about two AMAZING trips planned for 2019-2020! This week your student will receive an invite to a parent information meeting on Wednesday, January 23 at 7 PM in the Brooks Commons.

Trip Dates:

    • Springfield - Friday, April 26, 2019
      • 7th-graders will attend this trip during their 7th-grade year
    • Washington, DC - Friday, February 14 - Sunday, February 16, 2020 (Presidents' Day Weekend)
      • Current 7th-graders will attend this trip during their 8th-grade year
  • We will discuss the following:
    • Registration (and discounts)
    • Travel Arrangements
    • Touring Sites
    • Meal accommodations
    • Cost (Scholarships and Financial Aid options)
    • Parent Chaperones

I look forward to seeing you for the Parent/Guardian information night on Wednesday, January 23 at 7 PM. If you have questions, please email Janorisè Robinson at dctripbrooksjulian@gmail.com.

Assessment Re-Do/Re-Take Policy

Please find information regarding the student re-do/re-take policy in our Brooks Website.


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.

Clubs and Sports Information

Congratulations Boys JV & VASITY Basketball

Congratulations to the boys JV and Varsity basketball teams for winning the league championship. It's been a great season!!

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BRAVO Presents - Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.

Join us for a trip down memory lane! Performances: February 1 & 2


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All School Spring Musical Auditions - January 22 - 24

Open to ALL Brooks students 6th-8th Grade!

Sign Up to Audition

6th & 7th Grade Auditions:Tuesday, January 22

3:30pm-6pm -OR- 5:30pm-8pm (choose 1 time slot)

7th & 8th Grade Auditions: Wednesday, January 23

3:30pm-6pm -OR- 5:30pm-8pm (choose 1 time slot)

January 24 – Callbacks (possibly January 25 too – TBD)

3:30pm – 7pm

*Mandatory Parent Meeting: Monday, February 11 at 6:15pm


April 26 – May 5, 2019

Brooks Service Club

Service Club is collecting travel size toiletries all year! Donations will be used to make care packages for Housing Forward. Please send any small, unopened toiletries to Ms. Walsh or Ms. Martínez. Thank you for your help!

Girls on the Rise

January – May 2019 is our 8th grade Girls on the Rise portion of the program. Attached a flyer for the upcoming session.




  • Yearbook Club: Next meetings 1/14 & 1/28 in room B202 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Here is link to the entire year meeting dates schedule. Contact Ms.Turner-Reid or Ms. Pabellon with questions mturnerreid@op97.org or mpabellon@op97.org
  • Math Team: 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 - meets from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in room C202. Contact Ms. Stamp with questions lstamp@op97.org
  • Chess Club: meets from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in room B305. Contact Mr. Hausfeld with questions mhausfeld@op97.org


  • Best Buddies: Here is the year long calendar that can be downloaded. Contact Ms. Beauprez with questions lbeeauprez@op97.org .
  • 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. 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: Thursdays in room D301 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Contact Ms. Murray with questions. kmurray@op97.org

  • Service Club: Friday mornings from 8am to 8:50am in room B209. Contact Ms. Walsh with questions swalsh@op97.org