December 17, 2018

Twitter Highlights: Week 17

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!

Winter Break

We hope you have a safe and enjoyable winter break. We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year! Our final day of classes is this Friday, December 21st, 2018 and we resume classes on Monday, January 7th, 2019. The school office will be closed during this time.

Student Honor Roll

Congratulations to our academic achievers in the first trimester of the 2018–2019 school year.

Our students commitment to excellence is evident in earning this academic honor. The efforts given to academic performance here at Gwendolyn Brooks serves as an example and inspiration to so many.

You should all indeed be proud of your work! Your student will be receiving an Honor Letter and magnet during Advisory on Monday 12/18.

Trimester 1 Straight A Honor Roll (GPA: 4.0)

Trimester 1 A Honor Roll (GPA: 3.99 to 3.6)

Trimester 1 B Honor Roll (GPA: 3.59 to 3.0)

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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.

Illinois 5Essentials 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 47 families that have completed the survey to date. We appreciate your feedback.

Your Belongings Miss You!

Please remind your student to check the lost and found for their belongings. We now have TWO full racks of coats and sweaters along with shoes, hats, gloves, scarves, etc located in the commons/cafeteria... All items will be donated if not claimed before the winter holiday.
Thank you for your help!

NAMI - Mental Health and Awareness program

NAMI Basics, a 12-week course designed specifically for parents of children who have recently been diagnosed with a mental illness. This year, the course will be held at First Presbyterian Church in River Forest, beginning Monday, 1/21.

NAMI Basics provides a comprehensive overview of symptoms a child may experience, available resources and treatments, and how to advocate for your child as they work through and recovery. The class also provides a supportive network of other parents in similar circumstances, and allows parents to learn from one another's experiences. As always, our programming remains free of charge to participants.

We welcome families at Brooks who would like to register (for free) on our eventbrite link below.

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

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!



  • Yearbook Club: Next meetings 12/3 & 12/17 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 or
  • Math Team: in room B204 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Contact Mr. Sam Kahn with questions.
  • ORFF: Monday mornings 8am to 8:50am in D110 Contact Mr. Carrillo with questions
  • Spoken Word Club: Mondays in B205 (3:30 - 5:00 pm) with Mr. Lee and resident poet Christian Robinson. Contact Mr. Lee with questions.
  • 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
  • Chess Club: meets from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in room B305. Contact Mr. Hausfeld with questions


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

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