MAY 21st

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 36

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

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.

BrightBytes Survey for Families

Here is link to Survey

Take 5 minutes to help your child's school make technology decisions. This is an anonymous survey regarding your technology use. It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Your answers are very important! They will help your child's school choose the right technology for their classrooms. There are no right or wrong answers. Everyone will have a different set of answers to these questions, depending on his/her different experiences. Thank you for your time and ideas!

We have two chromebooks setup in our main office, if you'd like to stop in to complete the survey.

District 97 Family End of Year Celebration

Families are invited to attend the end of the year open house and celebration at the administration building on Tuesday, May 29, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. During this event, guests will have the chance to learn about our accomplishments from this year, participate in a gallery walk that will highlight both the progress and future of our vision work, and mix and mingle with other members of the District 97 community. Light refreshments will be served and entertainment will be provided by a local DJ.

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 the email address on May 7th of the parent/guardian who originally registered the student. The message would have come from and was titled "2018-19 Oak Park Elementary School District 97 Registration for (student's name)". If you did not receive the email/link, it is possible that it ended up in your spam or junk folder. If the email is not in located in your inbox or SPAM/JUNK, please email the registrar ( with your child's name, so that we may check our records.

If you have received the email, please click on the hyperlink within the email to 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. Families do not need their new proof of residency in order to submit the online registration; however, it must be turned into the registrar by August 1.

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.

Brooks achieved our goal! We have well over 10,000 acts of kindness so we will take time to have a special school wide celebration to close our school year on May 30th!

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

Tuesday 5/29 is Graduation Practice, Distribution of Caps/Gowns and Tickets

  • Practice is from 9:15am to 11:15am at OPRFHS (students will bus from Brooks to OPRFHS)
  • Caps/Gowns will be given to students to take home at end of day
  • Tickets (3 Auditorium and 2 Annex) will be given to students at end of day

Last Day of School:

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.

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: Monday 5/21 & Tuesday 5/22. 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.


  • 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



  • 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!

Get connected to PTO

PTO Information

Earn money for the Brooks PTO: When you shop at Amazon, begin your shopping through the link here and our PTO will earn 0.5% of your total sale, at no expense to you. First time Amazon Smile shoppers will find our organization by typing Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School Parent-Teacher Organization. Thank you for your continued support.

Subscribe to PTO Bulletin:

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:

Volunteer Sign Up

PTO website

PTO FB page .

Next Community meeting will be next school year!

Next Coffee with Capuder will be next school year!