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Brookwood Elementary School - November 19, 2021

Mark Your Calendar:

  • November 22 - 26 - Thanksgiving Break
  • November 29 - Specials: K,1,4,5 - Day 4; 2-3 - Day 9
  • November 30 - Specials: K,1,4,5 - Day 5; 2-3 - Day 10
  • November 30 - Dogwood Pizza Night
  • December 1 - Specials: K,1,4,5 - Day 6; 2-3 - Day 1
  • December 2 - Specials: K,1,4,5 - Day 7; 2-3 - Day 2
  • December 2 - 9:15 am - Hard Lockdown Drill
  • December 3 - Specials: K,1,4,5 - Day 8; 2-3 - Day 3
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TRAVELING OUTSIDE THE U.S. DURING Thanksgiving BREAK?

Gwinnett County Public Schools is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding international travel. What does that mean for you if you have upcoming travel plans to and from another country?

For unvaccinated travelers...
The CDC recommends that unvaccinated travelers get tested for COVID-19 from 3 to 5 days after returning AND self-quarantine at home for a full 7 days after travel.

  • Unvaccinated travelers who test positive must isolate to protect others from getting infected, following isolation guidance for a positive case.
  • Even travelers who test negative should self-quarantine at home for the full 7 days. All unvaccinated students and staff who travel outside the U.S. should self-quarantine at home, and will not be able to return to school or work for at least 7 days after their return to the U.S.
  • Travelers who choose not to be tested should self-quarantine at home for a full 10 days after travel.
  • Unvaccinated travelers should avoid being around people who are at increased risk for 14 days, whether tested or not.
During self-quarantine, monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop, seek testing immediately. Isolate from others while waiting for results. If results are positive, follow isolation guidance.

For fully vaccinated travelers...

  • Fully vaccinated travelers do not have to quarantine. However, the CDC recommends getting a viral test 3 to 5 days after travel.
  • If the test is positive, they should follow isolation guidance for a positive case.
  • Vaccinated travelers also should self-monitor for symptoms. If they develop symptoms within 14 days of international travel, they should isolate and get tested.

Congratulations Brookwood Elementary Spelling Bee Winners!

Congratulations to Brookwood Elementary's Spelling Bee Classroom winners and runners up!

Classroom winners competed Friday afternoon in the 35th Brookwood Elementary Spelling Bee. Congratulations to the Brookwood Elementary Spelling Bee winner Ephraim Rose, a 5th grader from Mrs. Schaffer's class, and runner up Emanuel Soloman, a 5th grader from Ms. Ball's class. Ephraim will go on to represent Brookwood Elementary in the next round of competition. We are so proud of Ephraim, Emanuel, and all our winners and runners up.

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Thank you PTA!

Thank you PTA, especially Jackie Rosales, Kim Bennett, and volunteers of the hospitality committee for organizing the yummy Thankful Breakfast on Friday morning! We enjoyed the variety of biscuits, hash browns, eggs, and grits from Lawrenceville's Little Barn, sweet treats from Bit of Charm, and Krispy Kreme donuts donated by The Bomb Squad softball team.


The Brookwood Elementary staff is grateful and thankful for such an amazing and supportive PTA! Thank you for all you do to make our staff feel supported and appreciated.

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Congratulations Science Olympiad Team!

Science Olympiad acceptance letters have gone home today. Due to an overwhelming response and limitations based on Olympiad restrictions, students were selected based on requirements previously listed. Congratulations to the following students on their selection to the 2021-2022 Science Olympiad Team:

5th grade - Ryan Yang, Emma Luo, Sajni Patel, Antwan Good, Conrad Sieber, Moksh Lakhani, Austin Cheng, Aarif Giri, Kylie Zoeckler - 5th grade alternate member;    4th grade - Corynne Mahdavi, Amelia Teng, Patrice Nguyen, Yunzhu Liu, Veer Bharucha, Colt Carlton, Hiero Ashley, Uyi Omozegie, Aashi Karia, Prince Okereke, Anika Koul, Cole Ellis, Zahra Hussain - 4th grade alternate member

Thank you All Pro Dads!

Thank you All Pro Dads of Brookwood Elementary for coming to greet students during arrival. The students were so excited to see you! Thank you for the treats, too.


If you are a dad or other caring adult who would like to join this organization, please see the flier about All Pro Dad.

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Principal for A Day

Brookwood Elementary was excited to host on Thursday Principal for a Day, Heather Avery! Ms. Avery is Vice President for Business Development at Piedmont Eastside and a graduate of the Brookwood Cluster.


She got to experience a day in the life of being principal of Brookwood Elementary School including greeting students, cafeteria duty, and visiting classrooms before heading to a Brookwood Cluster Principal's Meeting. Thank you, Ms. Avery, for joining us at Brookwood Elementary School!

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Scratch and Design Snowflakes for Sale!

Student Council is selling snowflakes for students to buy and design to decorate their teacher's door November 29-December 3. Snowflakes are only $1.00!


Students can purchase these in the morning in front of the media center and near the Colt Caboodle. All money raised will go to our Student Council fundraiser. The two classrooms with the most snowflakes will win a pizza party! Bring money after Fall break to participate.

A Message from the Clinic - Donations Needed!

The Brookwood Elementary clinic is in need of donations of pants or shorts. There have been a lot of accidents, milk spills, muddy clothes, and bloody noses. Unreturned clothes have depleted our clinic supply of extra changes.


All sizes of boys' and girls' athletic-type pants or shorts are needed. Donations can be sent in with students or dropped off at the Brookwood Elementary front office.

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Bidding for Good

Bid on unique experiences in support of the Brookwood Schools Foundation. Proceeds help to support all of the schools in the Brookwood Cluster. Click on the links below to bid on the following experiences at Brookwood Elementary School:


Yearbook Now on Sale

The 2021- 2022 Brookwood Elementary Yearbook is still available for pre-order! Order now to ensure your child gets a book in May.


Place your order TODAY to purchase this year's yearbook for the low price for $38.00. (Credit card installment plan is available.)

A MESSAGE FROM The BES HEALTH RESPONSE TEAM

Did you know that Brookwood ES has a Health Response Team (HRT) which manages and communicates COVID related information with staff, students and parents? The HRT gathers information, conducts contact investigations and communicates as needed. In the next few months, it is important that you continue to alert the school if your child develops symptoms or tests positive for the virus.

Common symptoms include:

Fever (100.4 or higher), Cough, Shortness of breath, muscle/body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting, sore throat, fatigue


Brookwood ES HRT Members:

Brookwood ES: 770-736-4360

Brooke Ahlers: brooke.ahlers@gcpsk12.org

Bridget Fagan: bridget.fagan@gcpsk12.org

Tiffany Pruitt: tiffany.pruitt@gcpsk12.org

Debbie Taylor: debbie.taylor@gcpsk12.org

Join the BES Relay for Life Team!

Cancer has touched many of the staff of Brookwood Elementary School in some way. To help fight back, Brookwood Elementary has committed to raise funds and participate in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event. The Brookwood Elementary Relay for Life team has set the goal to raise $10,000 for Relay for Life this year! You can help us meet our goal in a few ways:


  • Join our Team - Go to the Relay for Life website and become a member of our team.
  • Make a Donation - We are accepting donations via our team website.
  • Support our Fundraising Events - Be on the lookout for BES Relay for Life fundraisers in the future including a t-shirt sale.

PTA Announcements

Information From PTA's General Meeting

PTA held a general meeting on Tuesday, November 16th. You can review the information from this meeting via the PTA November 16th Slide Show.

Support PTA with Kroger Rewards

You can now help support Brookwood Elementary PTA just by shopping at Kroger! Just enroll your Kroger rewards card to Brookwood Elementary PTA. (Don't have a Kroger rewards card? Stop by the Customer Service Desk at your favorite Kroger!) Watch the video below to see how to enroll via the app.
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Join PTA

Have you joined Brookwood Elementary's awesome PTA? It is not too late! Go to the PTA website to purchase your membership and help support the students and staff of Brookwood Elementary school!

From the Community

Gwinnett Community Services Calendar of Events

Gwinnett County Community Services has released their November Calendar of Events. For more information and to register, go to GwinnettCommunityServices.com.

Charles Minter Tae Kwon Do Karate

Charles Minter Karate is offering Tae Kwon Do classes through Gwinnett Parks & Recreation. For locations and more information, please view the flyer. Registration is online at the Gwinnett Parks website and Charles Minter website.