October 2nd

Twitter Highlights: Week 6

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!

Brooks News to Know

Breakfast and Lunch Menus for October

No School for Students on Friday, October 6th

Interested in ordering a Yearbook?

Please place orders for 2017-2018 yearbooks online here.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Will be on Thursday, October 19th from 12:40pm to 8:00pm. You should anticipate receiving a sign-up genius email invite from your student's team by no later than Thursay, October 5th. We ask that when you receive this invite that you please pick a time slot by no later than Monday, October 16th.

Your student’s Teacher Teams will be stationed together in a room and you will have the opportunity to speak with most, if not all of your student’s core teachers. Elective teachers and other special services staff will be in the commons/cafeteria and are available for drop-in conferences. We will be scheduling 5 families in a 20-minute block and teachers will rotate to each family.

Students will share a portfolio containing samples of their work from their classes during this time. Your student may want to bring their Chromebook, if the samples they'd like to share are electronic. Your student’s portfolio will contain reflections for each class. Here are some questions to ask of your student while they are sharing their work with you:

  • What are the main things you hope to accomplish this year?
  • What are some things you cannot do now but hope to achieve soon?
  • What is your favorite piece of work? Why?
  • Describe your favorite activities or subjects.
  • What activities or subjects are hard for you? Why?
  • What experiences at school do you find the most satisfying?
  • What experiences frustrate you the most?
  • What are the most important concepts you’re learning?
  • What goals have you set or do you want to set?
  • How can I help you?

Our goal is to effectively share your student’s progress while involving students in reflection and accountability related to their work. We hope each family will be able to attend conferences as a way to foster learning and a partnership between home and school.

October is Anti-Bullying/Upstander Month

Monday, October 2, we will have Kindness in Chalk as our kick-off activity for October, Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month. Please visit this link to learn more about the event. Kindness in Chalk is our first event in a yearlong Anti-Bullying/Upstander campaign. Every week during the month of October we have events planned.

October 10th - Upstander Pledge and Announce Anti-Bully/Upstander Poster Competition. Students will have until 10/23/2017 to submit an entry. Students will create a visual message to promote anti-bullying message and kindness.

- We support those who have been hurt or harmed

- We treat others with kindness

- We will be more accepting of people’s differences

- We will help include those who are left out

October 16th - Kindness Buckets: We will invite students to fill the bucket with compliments for students and staff throughout our building. We plan to deliver the drops of kindness during Spirit Week, on 10/24/2017.

October 25th - Cyberbully Assembly

Spirit Week, 10/23-10/27

Monday - Dress up as your favorite superhero (***no weapons***)

Tuesday – Wear your favorite 70’s gear and Spread Peace and Love

Wednesday – Unity Day Wear Orange

Thursday - Wear your favorite sports team attire

Friday - Brooks Spirit Day – Wear Blue and White or Brooks gear

Brooks Facebook Group

This group provides a forum for reciprocal communication between the school, parents, students and the larger community

Please view posts or request to join so you can create or respond to posts!

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. They can go to the district website, click Background Check Appointments under Quick Links to schedule an appointment. Here is the direct link for the remaining appointment slots through October 19th: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b48a9ab22a0fd0-background

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.

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!

Strengthening Families - 11 week program

Here is Flyer. Program meets from 6 to 8pm at Julian Middle School starting October 3rd through December 19th.

You will Learn…

  • Effective Parenting Skills
  • Healthy Communication
  • How to Resolve Conflicts
  • Stress Management Skills
  • How to Set Limits

Open to families with children ages 7-17 years of age

A complete meal is provided.

Childcare and transportation is available if needed.

At no cost to families that reside in Oak Park or River Forest, proof of residency is needed.

Brooks News from Previous Weeks

Before School Help

If your student needs to see a teacher before school, they need to show a pass to our staff member at the main door entrance on Kenilworth. Your student's teacher should have given your student a pass the day before or an email from the teacher will also be sufficient. The time of meeting with the teacher should be indicated on the pass or in the email. Students meeting teachers for help will not be able to enter prior to 8am, unless the teacher meets your student at the door.

GBMS Library News

Library is open every school morning from 8:00am to 8:45am. Must arrive with ID prior to 8:30am to enter school at main door on Kenilworth to go to library. This is a quiet time for reading and studying.

Library is also open during each lunch period. Students need to request a pass from a teacher BEFORE their lunch period. This is a quiet time for reading and studying.

This year students need their Oak Park Public library card number and PIN in order to access the Oak Park Public Library Databases at school. We are recommending that they memorize it, write it down, bring it, or take a picture of it somewhere secure.

Please Reinforce at Home


Personal Electronic devices are not allowed out in common spaces. Teacher discretion will be used in the classrooms. Personal devices should be left on silent while in the building.

Staff will take personal electronic devices if they are seen being used in common spaces during school time in the building. Multiple infractions will require the parent to pick up the personal electronic device. As with other personal items, the school will not be responsible if the personal electronic device is stolen, lost or damaged. We strongly discourage students from bringing valuable items to school.

Bike Safety

Please remind your student to obey the rules of the road as they ride to and from school. Students need to be extra careful as they pass driveways and proceed through intersections. Please review this information with your student to ensure their safety to and from school as they ride their bikes!

Safety Walking to and from School

Please review these safety precautions with your student:

Be Careful at Crossings: Look before you step

  • Cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections, if possible.
  • Obey traffic signals such as WALK/DON'T WALK signs.
  • Don't assume vehicles will stop. Make eye contact with drivers, don't just look at the vehicle. If a driver is on a cell phone, he or she may not be paying enough attention to drive safely.
  • Look left, right, and left again before crossing a street.
  • Watch for turning vehicles. Make sure the driver sees you and will stop for you.
  • Look across ALL lanes you must cross and visually clear each lane before proceeding. Even if one motorist stops, do not presume drivers in other lanes can see you and will stop for you.
  • Don't wear headphones or talk/text on a cell phone while crossing.

Excerpt from this website.

Crossing Washington at Dismissal

Please encourage your student to cross Washington Street with the Cross Guard at Kenilworth and Washington or at the light at Homes Ave and Washington Street. Our staff member at Clinton and Washington is there to guide students across Clinton due to the bus traffic but will not be stopping traffic to allow students to cross Washington at Clinton.

Young Filmmakers Contest

Here is flyer with all of the details. Video Submissions are accepted through January 14th, 2018. For additional information visit: oneearthfilmfest.org or email lisa@greencommunityconnections.org

A Brooks team of young filmmakers were an honorable mention last year. Check out their video here. Ms. Laura Stamp, our sponsor of EgoEagles, will work with students during EcoEagles who are interested in creating a submission.

Clubs and Sports Information

click above to see open spreadsheet that has a tab for all SPORTS and tab for of all CLUBS offered at Brooks with sponsor email, dates, times and location details.

SPORTING EVENTS at Home this week

Monday: Girls Basketball @ 4pm

Girls Volleyball Clinic

Girls Jr. Huskie Clinic

***ANY 6th, 7th, or 8th grade girl interested in playing for BROOKS this season***

Join us for an all skills developmental clinic. The clinic will focus on specific skills of the game includingpassing, setting, attacking, serving, defense and competitive game play. The clinic will be coached by the OPRF Girls Volleyball Coaching staff and current varsity players.

When: Monday, October 16th 4:00 – 6:00pm

Where: Fieldhouse

Cost: $20 (cash)/camper

Register: Walk-in that day begins at 3:30pm

If you have any questions, please email Mr. Grimaldi at hgrimaldi@op97.org

CLUB OPPORTUNITIES (can join anytime)

Each club meets weekly, unless otherwise notated below.


  • ORFF 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 - fcarrillo@op97.org. Still opportunity to join.
  • Ultimate Frisbee from 3:30pm to 4:40pm in 3rd floor gym (first meeting was on 9/11). If you have any questions, please email Ms. Dajani at rdajani@op97.org or Mr. Gillespie at mgillespie@op97.org.
  • **NEW This Week** Math Team from 3:30-4:30 in room B204 . The club meets every other week. Students of all abilities are welcome. First meeting is on Monday, October 2nd. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kahn at skahn@op97.org.


  • EcoEagles from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in room C302 (first meeting was on 8/29). If you have any questions, please email Ms. Stamp at lstamp@op97.org.
  • Chess Club from 3:30 to 4:45 in room B305 (first meeting was on 9/12). If you have any questions, please email Mr. Hausfeld at mhausfeld@op97.org.
  • **NEW this Week** Vex Robotics In-House League from 3:30 to 5 pm in room B302, 10/03-12/19 (no meeting 10/31, 11/21); Robot Rumble on 12/12 . You can learn more by viewing flyer or OPEF VexRobotics website. or if you have any questions, please email Ms. Pena at tpena@op97.org
  • **NEW this Week** Rainbow Tribe after school until 4:30 in 2nd floor conference room next to PE classroom. The first meeting is on Tuesday, October 3. Schedule and permission slip found here. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Olsen at jolsen@op97.org
  • **NEW this Week** Spoken Word from 3:30pm to 5:30 pm in room B205. Here is flyer with more information. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Lee at mlee@op97.org


  • Ultimate Frisbee from 3:30pm to 4:40pm in 3rd floor gym (first meeting was on 9/11). If you have any questions, please email Ms. Dajani at rdajani@op97.org or Mr. Gillespie at mgillespie@op97.org.
  • Best Buddies General Meeting on Wednesday, October 4th from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in Commons. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Beauprez or Ms. Touchette. Here is calendar of dates for all Best Buddies meetings.


  • **NEW This Week** Art Club First meeting will be on Thursday, October 5th from 3:30pm to 4:45pm in room D301. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Murray at kmurray@op97.org.
  • Spanish Club from 3:30 to 4:30pm in room B308 (first meeting was on 9/21). Meeting this week is on October 5th. The club meets every other week. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Lagioia at vlagioia@op97.org or Ms. Villalobos at cvillalobos@op97.org.


  • Service Club from 8am to 8:45am in room B209 (first meeting on 9/29). If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Walsh at swalsh@op97.org or Ms. Martinez at bmartiez@op97.org . We are collecting food for the Fall Food Drive. The food drive will run from October 2nd to October 30th. Please turn in food to your advisory teacher. Prize will be given to advisory with most food items collected!

Student Innovation Team

Calling all students interested in engaging further with technology at Brooks: we are now accepting applications for this year's Student InnovationTeam! The Student Innovation Team is a student-led team of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students which will be designed by its members to support peers using technology at school to learn. You will have opportunities to help others with technology challenges, and learn more about the technology available to us at school. Further details are available in the application, which is available in the Media Center- stop by to get one or linked above! Completed applications should be given to Ms. Dean, Ms. Nelson, or Ms. Keith in the Media Center by Friday, November 4th.

Service Club - Fall Food Drive

We are collecting food for the Fall Food Drive. The food drive will run from October 2nd to October 30th. Please turn in food to your advisory teacher. Prize will be given to the advisory with most food items collected!

Brooks Music Fundraiser

Our fall fundraiser kickoff is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 3rd. The fall fundraiser is used to help provide special programming for our music programs such as our annual Brooks Jazz Night and our bi-annual 7th/8th Grade Music Tour. Fundraising dollars also help provide new sheet music and supplies for our music programs.

We will again be using Century Resources as our fundraising company. The fundraising does consist of selling cookie dough and candy through catalog sales. The fundraiser will last for only two weeks and products that were sold will be delivered in early November, before Thanksgiving, for students to deliver to our supporters.

This is the only Fundraiser for the Music Department. Please seek out a Music student to make your cookie dough and candy purchases to support our Music programs!

BRAVO Upcoming Events

Monster Mash Bash All School Halloween Dance is October 27 from 7pm-9pm - Tickets go on sale Monday, October 2 - Click Here for more info
Disneys’ The Little Mermaid Performances are November 3 - 11 - Tickets are on Sale Now!
Bravo’s Chipotle Fundraiser is Tuesday, October 17 from 4:30pm-8:30pm. Eat at the Oak Park Chipotle and fundraise money for Bravo!

Get connected to PTO

PTO Information

When you registered your child, if you selected the option “No to Directory”, the school can not share your contact information with the PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization). If you'd like to subscribe to PTO Bulletin use link below:

Monday, October 2: PTO Community meeting @7pm 3rd Floor Media Center at Brooks. Topics to be shared by Mrs. Capuder on October 2nd: Extra-Curricular Opportunities, Assessment & Grading, Parent-Teacher Conference information.

Wednesday, October 11th: PTO Welcome Food Truck Social from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Bring a picnic dinner or $ to purchase food from trucks for your family. There will also be DJ and music. Come make connections with old and new friends!

Scholastic Book Fair is a week long reading event (October 17th through October 20th) that provides our students with a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Reading unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Please make plans to come to our Book Fair during the week of Fall Parent Teacher Conferences. Your purchase also benefits the school as Scholastic gives 55% of our sales back to Brooks. See you at the Book Fair!

Love books? Volunteering at the Book Fair is the perfect way to stay connected to your child at school and help students find the books they can't wait to read. Sign up now and get ready for a fun and rewarding volunteer experience."

Our Book Fair Homepage which links to our volunteer sign up and Online Fair:


Direct link to volunteer sign up:


0r email paula.livesey@talk21.com to volunteer.