Bobcat Bulletin

Week of October 19th

From the Desk of Mrs. Schmid

Hello Bobcat Families,

It was a great week this past week at Brookdale Elementary! We quickly learned a positive to to the 20-21 school year is we get many first days of school, and we got two this week! As the bell rang on Thursday and Friday, halls were alive again and filled with some of our students from 1st and 5th grade! There were tears of joy, smiles, giggles, discussions, and learning exuberating from students and staff alike. It has been since March that a class of students walked the halls of Brookdale Elementary, and it felt SO good to make a step forward during these challenging times. Those whose children came for in-person, we hope they left with big smiles and excitement to return next week for he/she's two days. We also appreciate the flexibility of our students and families from Group C and A/B on their home days as schedules changed.

As we had said before, the success of this pilot is not just a win for Brookdale, it is a win for District 204! We thank you greatly for your support in conjunction with our theme this year of "taking chances and opportunities". We have already learned a great deal and look forward to all the continuous learning and feedback we gain from this pilot. We are taking these learnings as we begin planning for our in-person learning K-5 to start the week of November 2nd. As we confirm plans, we will be sure to share those with you.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or your child's classroom teacher.

Thank you for your continuous support,

Keeley Schmid


Brookdale PTA Spirit Week is This Week!

Spirit Week Themes:

Monday: Pajama Day

Tuesday: Silly Sock Day

Wednesday: Support Your Favorite Team Day (wear your favorite sports team shirt)

Thursday: Favorite Hat day

Friday: Brookdale Blue & Gold Day

Remote Learning Book Check Out

Remember that Brookdale’s Book Checkout is Monday, October 19th. If your student put a book on hold AND you received an email that the book or books are ready to be picked up, please come to Brookdale on Monday, October 19th from 9-4 to our Remote Learning LMC Book Pick up.

Attention 4th and 5th Grade Students: It's Chorus Time!

Do you have a 4th or 5th Grade student interested in joining chorus this year? See below!

Brookdale Chorus Letter

Brookdale Chorus 20-21 Sign Up Form

Lunch with the Librarian

Every Wednesday & Friday

Tune into the PTA Facebook Page to listen to our Brookdale LMC Director Mrs. Furstenau read aloud LIVE to Bobcat students! Tune in here.

Free Meals for All Children Through 12/31

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is continuing to distribute free meals to children through December 31, 2020. This allows Organic Life and District 204 to continue serving free meals to all children to help ensure children have access to nutritious food as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

At Brookdale, Organic Life is offering curbside pick-up of grab and go breakfast and lunch at no cost for all children outside Door 2 from 11 am – 1 pm, Monday through Friday, on days school is in session. No preordering is required, and you do not have to come by car. Our students from the pilot are welcome to grab meals as they leave school on the Group A or B day.

You can always find the latest food service information at our School Lunch Program page.

Ringing of the Bell Last Week!

PTA Reflections 2020-2021

The national Reflections arts competition is now open for students of all ages and abilities. Students may choose one, any, or all of the categories to participate in: dance choreography, film production, literature, visual arts, music composition, or photography. The theme this year is: I Matter Because… Contact Kelly Clark at with questions.

** New to this year: we are collecting submissions and all artwork ONLINE through a google form. No physical artwork will be received. Link to Reflections Google site here.

Brookdale Spirit Wear Shop: Now Open

Get your 2020-21 Brookdale Spirit Wear! There’s tons of great designs for everyone in the family with a variety of color options for most items. New this year: Bobcat PPE! This will be your only chance to order spirit wear this year. Online orders will be accepted until midnight on 10/29. Shop now:

Stay Connected

There are all different ways to get involved in your child's educational experience! Be sure to join Brookdale's PTA, which is a wonderful way to participate in the fun of your child's educational experience!

Check out who is on the Brookdale Dream Team this year; we have some new faces and student teachers who have chosen Brookdale as their place of their final schooling (Student Teachers!). Be sure to also check out a new section we added of Staff Photos and put a face to a name. We will continue adding photos and updates as they occur.

Upcoming Dates

PDAC Meeting: Equity in E-Learning

October 20


Brookdale PTA Spirit Week
October 19-24


No School: Election Day
November 3

Rocket League Virtual Family Basketball Night
November 13

District Calendar: