MAY 14

District 97 Vision

Oak Park Elementary School District 97 will create a positive learning environment for all students that is equitable, inclusive and focused on the whole child.
Twitter Highlights: Week 35

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Brooks News to Know


Thank you to the Brooks PTO and Brooks Community for sharing a beautiful lunch with our Teachers and Staff in honor of Teacher Appreciation Day. We can't thank you enough for your generosity to all of us throughout the school year.

Last Day of School

8th graders final day of school is Thursday, May 31st from 9am to 3:30pm.

6th and 7th graders last day of school will be a half day on Friday, June 1st from 9am to 12pm.

Trimester 3 Report Cards

Report Cards will be mailed home to all families of 6th, 7th and 8th graders during the week of June 4th. You may also view the final report card grades via PowerSchool on Monday, June 4th.

District 97 Returning Student Registration

Returning Student Registration (K-8)
Returning student registration will be held May 7-28 online.

This three-step process will allow parents to access their InfoSnap account using a hyperlink sent to their email on May 7, verify/update/upload any necessary information, then hit submit to complete the re-enrollment.

Parents will be able to upload their new residency documents (needed for renters, lives with oak park residents, and those that are in lieu of lease) directly on the InfoSnap enrollment page. They will not be able to upload documents once they have submitted the online form, however the district will offer designated "Upload Days" where we can assist families with the scan/upload process. These dates will be posted to the website sometime in May.

District 97 is reiterating that students will not be placed on class lists or receive academic schedules until the registration process is complete in its entirety (online enrollment plus residency approval).

Trip Announcement: Washington, DC

Trip Announcement:

Attention 7th Grade Parents!

Register for the Washington, DC trip before July 22, 2018, to avoid late fees and additional travel costs.

Trip Information:

  • Dates: Friday, October 5 - Monday, October 8, 2018 (Columbus Day weekend)

  • Cost: $1,269

  • Financial Assistance is available

  • Registration Information:

    • Online at WorldStrides

    • Call WorldStrides directly (800-468-5899)

      • Refer to Brooks Group #156121

Contact: Janorisè Robinson ( for more details.

New Mental Health Resource for Middle School Students

District 97, along with River Forest District 90 and Oak Park and River Forest High

School District 200, is pleased to introduce a new mental health resource for our middle and high school students called "support4U."

What is support4U? It is a mental health-related prevention and support resource for students, by which they can text licensed mental health clinicians any time of the day for assistance or guidance. While students can initiate a text conversation on any issue, some of the matters that students wish to address could include anxiety, depression, substance use, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, bullying, abuse, or any other mental health-related topic. Click here for more information about support4U >

2018-19 Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School PTO Volunteers

End of Year - Student Celebrations

Brooks will be closing the school year with a school wide emphasis on kindness.The Brooks community has set a goal that students and staff will engage in 5,000 acts of Kindness over the next four weeks. We will use of behavioral tracking system, HERO, to track these positive acts in our community.

Additionally, throughout the month students will have opportunities to participate in kindness events to contribute to our goal school wide. The following events will take place during the month of May.

May 17th- Captioning Kindness

Students will ​take digital​ photos at lunch and post them to a Padlet. The photos will be captioned with a kind message to a member of the Brooks community.

If Brooks achieves our goal, we will take time to have a special school wide celebration to close our school year on May 30th!

Safe Walking Routes for Brooks Students

The Village of Oak Park has identified walking routes your children can use to travel safely to and from school. To view these routes, please visit the Safe Walking Route Map for Brooks

8th Grade Event Payments

Payments for Great America and the 8th Grade dance can be made online through Revtrak. Please note that if you pay online for the 8th grade dance, you must still submit a dance permission slip to the front office in order for your student to attend.

8th Grade Lunch Balances

8th Grade Families,

We need your help with how you would us like to transfer your lunch balance at the end of the school year. Please use the survey below. If you have questions, please call the main office.

8th Grade Graduation

Last Day:

All eighth graders are expected to attend school on their last day, Thursday, May 31st. Report cards will be mailed home.


Graduation will take place on May 31, 2018 at Oak Park and River Forest High School. 201 N. Scoville Avenue, Oak Park. Doors open at 7:00pm ceremony will begin at 7:30pm prompt.


Each student will receive three tickets for the auditorium seating and two tickets for the OPRF annex seating . The OPRF Annex is located in the HS cafeteria. There, you will watch a live feed of the ceremony. Admission to the auditorium and annex for parents, guardians, and guests is by ticket only. Each person in your party must have a ticket.

Live Feed of the Ceremony:

The graduation ceremony can also be viewed online through YouTube. Share this link with anyone who is not able to attend the ceremony:

There was an 8th grade packet with additional information and permission slips sent home with your 8th grade student on Friday, April 13th.

Brooks Spring Concert Series

Make sure to save the date(s) for our Spring Concert Series. Come hear some of our music that will also be performed on our 7th/8th Grade Cleveland Music Tour.
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Brooks Art Department 4th Annual Upcycling Extravaganza and fundraiser

SAVE THE DATE!!! and SAVE your trash for us to make into treasures.

Brooks Art Department 4th Annual Upcycling Extravaganza and fundraiser

May 19th, 6 to 7:30pm for parents only then open to public from 7:30pm to 9pm

Bottle Rocket Art Gallery

7322 Madison St, Forest Park

Brooks art students are saving the environment one piece of art at a time! Students will discuss sustainability, our growing landfills, and up-cycling (giving new life to old items). In true art teacher style, we gather free and discarded items that our students will turn into art. All items will be for sale including: faux stained glass windows, tables, chairs, shelves, frames, wall hooks, chairs, decorative boxes, leather arts, jewelry, mosaics, wall art, decorations, & more! Fundraising efforts will benefit The Brooks Art Department for special materials, tools and guest teaching artists.

Cleaning out? We'd love donations... things that work well are wooden chairs, small tables, frames, shelves, and interesting, quirky things we can repurpose. Also, we are collecting straws. If you get one at a restaurant, save for us! Not sure if what you have is a good fit? Shoot a pic and send to Mrs. Murray or Ms. Pabellon.

Last thing... Ms. Pabellon will begin maternity leave the first week of May and Ms. Williams (retired art teacher) will take her leave to help finish out this project and the year. We are excited to collaborate together!

8th Grade Family High School Transition Information

To keep up-to-date on the activities and opportunities for your soon to be high schooler, please visit OPRFHS webpage often! The high school also sends out communications periodically to incoming Freshman class families - so check your email and mail for communications from the high school.

Here is link to OPRFHS Transition PowerPoint shared at their January meeting with 8th grade families.

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. You can go here to find the link to schedule a time for a background check to be completed.

Recognize 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!

Breakfast and Lunch Menus for May

Here is the link to the May Menus.

Sports and Club Information

Sporting Events

CLUB OPPORTUNITIES (can join anytime)

Each club meets weekly, unless otherwise notated below.

Ultimate Frisbee If you have any questions, please email Ms. Dajani at or Mr. Gillespie at Meeting on the following days: Weds 5/16, Thursday 5/17 and Monday 5/21. We can get together after school. Meet in main gym.

  • ORRF 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 - Still opportunity to join.
  • Spoken Word from 3:30pm to 5:30 pm in room B205. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Lee at


  • EcoEagles from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in room C302. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Stamp at
  • Rainbow Tribe after school until 4:30 in 2nd floor conference room next to PE classroom. Permission slip found here. Here are the dates club will meet: May: 22, 29 If you have any questions, please email Ms. Olsen at


  • Best Buddies If you have any questions, please email Ms. Beauprez or Ms. Touchette.

    Wed. May 16th - Cancelled - Best Buddies Meeting


  • Spanish Club from 3:30 to 4:30pm in room B308. Here are all the Spanish club meeting dates for the year: 5/24. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Lagioia at or Ms. Villalobos at



BRAVO Opportunities

  • Guitar Club & Dance Studio are ongoing - registration forms are due to the BRAVO Office (D103). Open to ALL Brooks Students and is FREE to join! For more info visit:
  • NEEDED: Pizza lunch volunteers on Friday. Keep an eye out for sign-ups on the BRAVO website!days from 10:55am-1:15pm. E-mail if you are available and interested!

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PTO Information

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