November 13th

Twitter Highlights: Week 12

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

Brooks Choral Concert

Please attend Brooks Choral Concert this Tuesday, November 14th at 7pm in Brooks Auditorium. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Oak Park Construction - Impacting Walking Routes to Brooks

On Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 sidewalk closures will begin on the east side of Home next to the former District 97 building at 970 Madison, as well as the north side of Madison adjacent to that same property. To address the change in the route that students take to/from school
  • the Police Department will be assigning a CSO (Community Service Officer) to the intersection on Madison and Home during arrival/dismissal times at the beginning of the project.
  • Signage will also be posted instructing students to use the west side of Home to travel to/from school.
  • A Brooks staff member will also be posted at Washington/Home to insure that students cross to the west side of Home at Washington until the normal walking patterns can be changed.
If you have any questions, please contact Jeanne Keane, D97 Director of Building and Grounds at
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Health Office : Re: 8th Grade Vision Screenings

From the Health Office:

Dear Parent/Guardian of 8th grade student/s:

All eighth grade students will undergo vision screenings mandated by the State of Illinois during the months of December 2017 and January 2018. Following the screening process, parents/guardians of students requiring a comprehensive professional vision examination will be notified.

Please keep in mind the school vision screenings are not designed to be diagnostic and are not a substitute for a professional eye examination. Your child is not required to undergo the vision screening if a professional eye examination has been completed in the previous 12 months. To be exempt, a report completed by your child’s eye physician must be provided to the school nurse prior to December 1, 2017.

If you have any questions or if you need any further information, please feel free to contact the Health Office.

Nancy Radogno, RN, BSN

P: 708-524-3058

F: 708-524-3036

A Message from our Middle School Administration: Positive Learning Environment

Brooks Diversity and Inclusion Committee

If you missed the first Brooks Diversity and Inclusion Committee conference call but still want to be involved in leading and shaping this new initiative, please reach out to Committee Chair Renee Dixon at Your voice is important, welcomed, and essential for success. Also, stay tuned for details on our first Engagement Event.

Report Card Calendar

Report cards will go home with students on the following dates:

Friday, December 8th

Friday, March 16th

Thursday, May 31st.

Repost cards will go home with 8th grade students on Tuesday, May 29th.

Tasty Tuesdays's with the PTO

Springfield and Washington DC Trip's - Last Chance to Register

Attention 7th Grade Brooks Parents/Guardians,

This is the LAST WEEK to register for both trips! Detailed information about both trips was emailed Saturday. If you didn't receive the information, check your spam folder and/or email Janorisè Robinson.

Brooks Yearbook

The Brooks year book committee is asking for your help. If you have taken photo's at any of the Brooks events this year or throughout the year, please share them with us. We may want to use them in our yearbook. Please use the link below to upload your photos.

Discussion with Professor Amanda Lewis on November 13th

Please join in for an exciting discussion with Amanda, Lewis, Author of Despite the Best Intentions: Why Racial Inequality Persists in Schools.

Discussion Topic: Going beyond good intentions to focusing on impact: How we can all work together to take action and help our schools realize our values of educational excellence with equity for all Oak Park children.

WHEN: Monday, November 13th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

WHERE: Longfellow School: 715 Highland Street, Oak Park, IL 60304

SPACE WILL BE LIMITED. Please register here:

Here is flyer for more information.

Sponsored by D97PTO Diversity Council

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. 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:

Breakfast and Lunch Menus for November

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.


Boys Basketball Home Games This week:

  • Monday, November 13

This week 8th grade boys will not practice after school. Only 7:30am shoot around on game days.

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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 - Still opportunity to join.
  • Ultimate Frisbee from 3:30pm to 4:40pm in 3rd floor gym. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Dajani at or Mr. Gillespie at (Weather Permitting)
  • Math Team from 3:30-4:30 in room B204 . The club will meet each week. Students of all interest levels are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kahn at
  • Spoken Word from 3:30pm to 5:30 pm in room B205. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Lee at


  • EcoEagles from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in room C302. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Stamp at
  • Chess Club from 3:30 to 4:45 in room B305. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Hausfeld at
  • 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
  • Rainbow Tribe after school until 4:30 in 2nd floor conference room next to PE classroom. The next meeting is on Tuesday, November 7th. Schedule and permission slip found here. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Olsen at


  • Ultimate Frisbee from 3:30pm to 4:40pm in 3rd floor gym. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Dajani at or Mr. Gillespie at (Weather Permitting)
  • Best Buddies General Meeting on Wednesday, November 15th from 3:30pm to 5:00pm in Commons. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Beauprez or Ms. Touchette. Here is calendar of dates for all Best Buddies meetings.


  • Art Club meeting from 3:30pm to 4:45pm in room D301. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Murray at
  • Spanish Club from 3:30 to 4:30pm in room B308. Meeting this week is on November 16th. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Lagioia at or Ms. Villalobos at
  • Yearbook Club meeting from 3:30 to 4:30pm in room B202. The club meets 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. The next meeting is in December. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Marsha Turner-Reid at or Ms. Meaghan Pabellon at


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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: