May 28, 2019

Twitter Highlights: Week 38

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!

Chromebook Return - Wednesday, May 29

This is a reminder that we will be collecting 6th through 8th grade student Chromebooks and chargers on Wednesday, May 29.

  • Chromebook returned in working condition

  • Working charging adaptor (Chromebook)

  • Remove any personal stickers or any adhesives that your child has added (*Please do not remove the district sticker)

Device Replacement costs

  • Chromebook: $357

  • Power Adaptor - $20.00 (Chromebook)

Families will be able to pay these fees via the district’s web store, with cash or by check.

Prior to collection, middle school students can uploaded their data directly to their Google Drive.

For our eighth graders leaving District 97, we will provide access to their District 97 Google accounts until October 1, 2019, in order to allow students to transfer documents to another Google account by following these directions.

Please email if you have questions or need additional information about this process.

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8th Grade Clap Out on Friday, May 31st

The 8th graders will walk one final time down the halls of GBMS on Friday, May 31st with their fellow 6th and 7th graders and GBMS teachers and staff clapping to acknowledge their accomplishments of successfully completing Middle School as the 8th graders navigate the halls of GBMS one last time.

Families are welcome to gather outside our building at 3:25pm near our Kenilworth and Clinton entrances/exits to join the clap out as students exit the building to walk home (Kenilworth exit)or head to the busses (Clinton exit).

Library Books

8th Graders: ALL BOOKS ARE DUE 5/24

6th and 7th Graders: ALL BOOKS ARE DUE 5/31

Please encourage your student to return all checked-out library books by the above dates to avoid fines and fees.

8th Grade End of Year Activities

As we approach the end of the school year, please be sure to view the upcoming end of year 8th grade activities.

  • Graduation Rehearsal: Wednesday, May 29 @ OPRF

    • Please be aware, students will travel by bus to OPRF for the rehearsal. The bus will leave at 9:15 am.

    • Students will receive their graduation tickets along with their cap and gown when they return from graduation practice.

  • Great America Trip: Thursday, May 30th

    • Wear your 8th grade t-shirt (brooks wear or blue if you don’t have one)

    • Deadline for payments was Friday, May 24

  • Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, June 1st @ OPRF

    • Students should arrive @ 9:30 am to OPRFHS 201 Scoville Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302

    • Graduation ceremony begins promptly @ 10:00 am

    • Each student will receive a total of 4 graduation tickets. (students do not need a ticket)

    • A live feed of the graduation will be available beginning at 10:00am on June 1st. The YouTube Link to view the ceremony is

Last Day for Starship Lunch

The last day for Starship lunch will be Tuesday, May 28. Be sure to plan another lunch for June 4th! Thanks!

Last Day of School for 6th and 7th Graders

The last day of attendance for our 6th and 7th graders is on Thursday, June 6th, 2019. This is a full day of school and students will be dismissed at 3:30pm.

Returning Student Registration

Online registration for students who are returning to District 97 for the 2019-20 school year is scheduled to begin Monday, May 13. All documents required for proving residency and completing the online registration process must be submitted to the district by August 1, 2019. Students will not be placed on a class list or have middle school schedules generated until the registration process is complete.

Information about registration is available on the district website at If you have any questions regarding this process, please email or call the district office at 708-524-3000.

8th Grade Lunch Account Balance

Dear Parents and Guardians,
Please check your student's lunch balance online. You may access your student's account on the parent portal ( or If your student does end the school year with a positive balance in their food account, we can disperse in the money in one of three ways.

Please indicate below how you would like to process this money:
- If you have another child in a District 97 school (including Brooks), we can transfer that balance to their account.
- If your child will be attending OPRFHS, we can transfer the funds to their SNAP account.
- If you would like the money refunded to you, the District will be issuing checks after the end of the school year.

Please be aware that if your child has any outstanding obligations for school fees or lost books, we will apply the food service money to those debts prior to acting on any refund method.

Please complete this form no later than Friday, May 31, 2019.
If you have any questions, please contact the Brooks office at (708) 524-3050.

Use this link below to choose how you would like to process your students lunch monies:

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Community-Wide Year-End Celebration

District 97 is hosting our second annual Community-Wide Year-End Celebration at Brooks Middle School on Tuesday, May 28, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. During this event, people will have the chance to engage in an informal, two-way dialogue with district and community leaders about the collective efforts being undertaken to address the issues of equity and inclusion in our schools.

Attached is a flyer for the event, and information about it has been posted on our website ( We hope you can join us for the celebration, and would appreciate your help in getting the word out about it.

2019 - 2020 8th Grade Washington DC Trip

There is still time to register!!
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Have you noticed the colorful mosaics at Brooks and Julian? Did you know those were created and installed by BASE Camp campers? This year we're creating similar community pieces that will be installed at Irving, Hatch, Longfellow and Holmes schools! So put on your art making clothes and join us this summer at OPEF's Mosaic Mural Project camp! Spots are still available in both our morning camp (for grades 7/8) and our afternoon camp (for grades 6/7/8), which run from June 17-28 at Brooks Middle School. Check out our website for more information and to register. Don't miss this opportunity to leave your mark on your community and, perhaps, your own beloved elementary school!
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How can we better serve your children?

The Oak Park Education Foundation wants to improve their STEAM-fueled enrichment programs--in-school, after school and during the summer! Your feedback on our 4-minute survey will help us reach more children in equitable ways. Please click here to respond.

Tracy Dell’Angela Barber / Executive Director

W (708) 524-3023/C (773) 612-6064

Oak Park Education Foundation

260 Madison Street Oak Park, IL 60302

Volunteer with the Brooks PTO next year

Planning is already underway for the next school year! The PTO is committed to enriching the experience of students at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School through supporting a positive school environment, facilitating the development of positive relationships within the community, advancing school equity initiatives, and creating an environment where all students have access to school resources and opportunities. See the positions that are available and sign up here! Email any questions to

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.

Assessment Re-Do/Re-Take Policy

Please find information regarding the student re-do/re-take policy in our Brooks Website.

Student Announcements

If you're would like to see the Student Announcements that are shared with students at the top of each week, you can always find them on our Brooks Home Page by clicking on the button along the left-hand side that is entitled, "Student Announcements".

Clubs and Sports Information

Cross Country Fall 2019 Sports Information - Mark your calendars for our upcoming school year

First Week of Practice

  • Monday, August 19th at 8:00-9:30 AM
  • Tuesday, August 20th at 8:00-9:30 AM
  • Wednesday, August 21st at 8:00-9:30 AM
  • Thursday, August 22nd at 8:00-9:30 AM
    • Thursday 1st time trial.

Second Week of Practice

  • Monday, August 26th at 3:00-4:30 PM
  • Tuesday, August 27th at 3:00-4:30 PM
  • Wednesday, August 28th, No Practice (First day of School)
  • Thursday, August 29th, at 3:40-5:00 PM
    • Parent Meeting, Thursday, August 29th at 6:00 PM
  • Friday, August 30th, 7:30-8:40
    • Time Trials
    • Last day for roster additions


Mondays (no school this week)

  • No Clubs on Mondays for the remainder of the school year


  • No Clubs on Tuesdays for the remainder of the school year


  • No Clubs on Wednesdays for the remainder of the school year

  • No Clubs on Thursdays for remainder of the school year

  • No Clubs on Fridays for the remainder of the school year