April 2

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 29

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

Honor Roll SY 2017 - 2018 Trimester 2

Congratulations to your student's academic achievement for the second trimester of the 2017 - 2018 school year. Your Student's GPA has earned placement on the Honor Roll at Gwendolyn Brooks.

Straight A Honor Roll List

A Honor Roll List

B Honor Roll List

Graduation Picture Re-Takes

Tuesday, April 3rd.

Appropriate attire to be worn includes:

 Sport Coat

 Shirt and tie

 Suit or Dress

 Sweater or Blouse

 Light Jewelry

7th grade trip to Springfield

There's STILL time to register for the 7th grade trip to Springfield!

Late registration deadline is Friday, April 6! We would love for your daughter/son to join us on our ONE day trip to Springfield.

In order to register with World Strides, you can:

  • Call World Strides directly (800-468-5899) - OR -
  • Click World Strides to register online
  • Please refer to Trip #149246
  • The trip cost is $115 + 11.50 Late Fee = $126.50 and you will be required to pay the entire amount.
    • Cost includes: transportation, entrance fees for the museums, and dinner
  • If you are in need of financial assistance, please email Janorisè Robinson.

SAVE THE DATE: Parent Meeting on Tuesday, April 3 at 6:30 pm in Brooks Commons. We will discuss the itinerary and answer any questions you may have before we depart.

Easy ways to sign-up for the trip:

  1. Online: worldstrides.com/signup
  2. Phone: (800) 468-5899

Questions: contact Janorisè Robinson at brooksspringfieldtrip@gmail.com

Brooks Annual Jazz Night

This year the Brooks Jazz Night is celebrating the music of Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk, in recognition of their 100th birthdays this past October. Come out to our 11th Annual Brooks Jazz Night as we celebrate these two pioneers of modern jazz music.
Big picture

Brooks Recycling Challenge

Team 7-1 is happy to report that we not only met our goal of 5,000 plastic items to be recycled in 10 weeks, but we exceeded it greatly: 6,346 items!

Throughout these 10 weeks we have had students really step up into the leadership roles. Students created a tally sheet for other's to take home to a petition for the district's consideration, updated social media and even a constructed a letter to our Representative Camille Lilly.

The Brooks EcoEagles and Julian Green Team have connected and will be submitting an application to cohost a booth at Oak Park's Earth Fest on April 21st.

Community Engagement Fellow at Cradles to Crayons

Bringing the entire Chicagoland community together to “spring green” their closets on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2018 and donate their unused items to Cradles to Crayons. For more information on where to bring your donated items and who benefits from your generosity, please see the linked flyer below:


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.

Yearbook Orders

To order a yearbook, please use this link:


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!

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.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus for April

Here is the link to the April Menus.

Sports and Club Information



Student can ring money or non-perishable food items to your advisory to donate to the OPRF Food Pantry. The points they earn will be added to their advisory’s total for the year. The advisory with the most points after this project gets to take a field trip to deliver the food to the food pantry and lunch at Lou Malnati’s!

  • Each dollar = 10 points

  • Each specialty food item = 5 points (Nut butters, canned chicken/tuna, low-sodium soups, whole grains, low-sodium beans)

  • All other food and toiletry items = 1 point

Advisories will be collecting items through April 30th.

You can also donate through the link listed below.


RAD Self Defense Program available for Brooks 8th Grade Girls

For more information, please contact Dr. Brown, kbrown@op97.org, or Ms. Dajani, rdajani@op97.org
Big picture




Monday 4/2 Practice at 7:30

Tuesday 4/3 and Weds we have games.

Thursday 4/5 Practice after school till 4:45

Friday 4/6 Practice at 7:30.


Tuesday 4/3 Practice 7:45am

Friday 4/6 Practice 7:30am

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 We will only meet on Mondays for the second trimester. Still 3:30-4:40 and meeting in the third floor gym. We plan on playing different types of frisbee activities in the third floor gym or the main gym when available. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Dajani at rdajani@op97.org or Mr. Gillespie at mgillespie@op97.org. (Weather Permitting)
  • Spoken Word from 3:30pm to 5:30 pm in room B205. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Lee at mlee@op97.org


  • EcoEagles from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in room C302. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Stamp at lstamp@op97.org.
  • Chess Club from 3:30 to 4:45 in room B305. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Hausfeld at mhausfeld@op97.org.
  • 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: April: 10,24 and May: 8, 22, 29
    If you have any questions, please email Ms. Olsen at jolsen@op97.org



  • Spanish Club from 3:30 to 4:30pm in room B308. Here are all the Spanish club meeting dates for the year: 4/12, 4/26, 5/10, 5/24. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Lagioia at vlagioia@op97.org or Ms. Villalobos at cvillalobos@op97.org.
  • Yearbook Club meeting from 3:30 to 4:30pm in room B202. We will meet every Thursday afternoon until the yearbook has been “put to bed." The yearbook goes to the publisher on April 25. We welcome all shutterbugs! If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Marsha Turner-Reid at mturnerreid@op97.org or Ms. Meaghan Pabellon at mpabellon@op97.org



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: bravoperformingarts.org
  • 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 bravo@op97.org 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:

Next Community meeting is Monday, April 9th, 2018 at 7pm in the media center.

Next Coffee with Capuder is Friday, April 13th, 2018 at 8:30am to 9:30am in the Commons. Topic for conversation - Technology