Week of January 11th
From the Desk of Mrs. Schmid
Happy Friday, Bobcat Families!
Staff have continuously expressed how wonderful it has been to see our Bobcats back this week! We have been busy planning and preparing for our weeks ahead and are counting the days down until we get to see some of our Bobcats for in-person learning!
We look forward to sharing details of our upcoming transition (below) and in days to come. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher or our main office at 630-428-6800.
Have a great weekend!
Cohort Assignments Live in ParentVUE
A: Attending school Tuesday/Thursday 9:00-11:30
B: Attending school Wednesday/Friday 9:00-11:30
R: Student will continue in remote learning 9:00-11:30
Hybrid Planning and Preparation
- Students are required to wear a mask, and parents will be required to self-certify their child(ren) each day via ParentVUE (details to come).
- Prior to our transition, you will receive a hybrid schedule from your classroom teacher.
- Students will enter and exit their grade level door if they are a car rider/walker or Door 2 if they are a bus rider. Grade level door assignments will be shared in future communication. Pilot students' entrance/exits will remain the same.
- Students need to be in the door by 9:00am to begin our day. Students coming to school late will need to arrive at the main entrance, Door 1.
- We appreciate you scheduling appointments outside of school hours, but if appointments must be made during the school day, please refrain from scheduling during your child's in-person or remote core learning time.
Due to the upcoming transition to hybrid as well as upcoming winter benchmarking testing (details to come), all interventions (Reading, Math, Talent Development, EL/Bilingual) will follow the schedule below:
- Week of the 18th: All kindergarten interventions canceled AM and PM; All 1, 2, 5 AM interventions will be canceled-PM interventions will run (except 2nd grade TD).
- Week of the 25th and Week of February 1st: All interventions are canceled due to benchmark testing. Benchmarking data is used to create winter intervention groups.
- February 10th: Winter Intervention Groups begin.
Coffee Talk with Mrs. Schmid
Grab a cup of coffee (or non-caffeinated, whatever your preference!) and come join us for another round table with Mrs. Schmid. She would love the opportunity to continue getting to know more of the community! Come and ask questions or just simply come to have some coffee and listen in.
Coffee Talk with Mrs. Schmid
Saturday, January, 16th
Zoom Link: https://ipsd.zoom.us/j/99570919863
*This event is for parents/guardians only.
Our next materials pick-up will include Quarter 3 materials and will be on January 25th for our remote learning students only (R in ParentVUE) as in-person learning students will be receiving their materials when they attend. It will follow a self-pick up model from 9:00-4:00pm in the Brookdale Vestibule/entrance area. Materials will be organized by grade level and students' last name.
All future dates will only be for remote (R) learning students.
February 10-11th (Friendship Party Supplies)
February 15---canceled due to end of January pick-up
Ringing the Bell This Week
Academically Talented Programming
January Bobcat Trait: Citizenship
In teaching citizenship this month, we are focusing on the following:
Respecting differences (equity)
Contributing to your community
Taking care of our school
We appreciate the support you are providing from home in reinforcing our monthly trait. Have you captured your child in action demonstrating citizenship? We would love to see it! Ideas may be photos of our Bobcats volunteering, picking up trash in the community, paying it forward, etc. Please note by adding photos to this folder, you are giving permission for others to view.
Brookdale PTA proudly presents
Steam Night 2021: Live Family Science Event
We are excited to announce an award-winning science experience coming to Brookdale for our annual STEAM Night celebration on Friday, February 19 at 6:30pm! Join Brookdale PTA as we host this LIVE virtual event featuring the team from Science Explorers. A real “mad scientist” will demo a series of fun experiments, then lead families through a hands-on “build-your-own” science experiment!
Kits for the science experiment can be purchased for $35 per family (enough materials for up to 2 projects). Additional materials can be purchased for $15 more. Kits will include everything families need to build their own spin art machines! Note: this is an optional event with limited kits – hurry and reserve your kit(s) today! Plus, $5 from each kit sold will be donated to Brookdale PTA to ensure we can bring more educational events and dynamic programming to our students in the future!
Purchase your family’s Steam Night Kit now:
All kits need to be reserved and paid in full to Brookdale PTA (via Paypal) by February 5th. Kits will be distributed during the February packet pickup event. Zoom link will be shared closer to the event. For questions, please contact Brookdale PTA at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Science Explorers
Science Explorers is a STEM literacy program with over 21 years of engaging young students in STEM exploration. Their curriculum is designed with state standards in mind so that students can learn and practice important science and STEM concepts in context. The projects are fun, educational, and inspire young minds to become engaged in the wonders of science. The Science Explorers STEM @ Home Kits were recognized as Newsweek’s Best in STEM Products for 2021. Check them out to keep the love of STEM going! Learn MORE!
Join us for Virtual Game Night!
Sign Up: Virtual Game Night Tournament
Our first game tournament was such a blast, we’re doing it again! Join us on Friday January 22nd at 6:30pm for our second Brookdale eSports League Tournament. The tournament is open to all Brookdale families and can be played across multiple platforms for free! Sign up to join the tournament and play as a team virtually against other Brookdale families in Rocket League, a vehicular sports video game where players drive cars and try to push and bounce a giant ball into a large basketball hoop or soccer goal. To learn more about Rocket League, how the tournament will work, or how to download the game, explore these FAQs by Chairperson Matt Guerrero. New this time: Rocket League brought back split-screen functionality to the Nintendo Switch, so players CANS play split-screen with a household member!
Now Accepting Recipes: Brookdale Cookbook
Calling all Brookdale Cooks! We are excited to bring a new fundraiser to our school. And it's something we can all be a part of. We are creating a cookbook with recipes from our parents, teachers and staff, and students. Even extended family can participate. Starting now, you can add recipes. Please see the detailed flyer with the link to the site for recipe writing and many answers to your questions. Questions? Contact Carol Gaines at email@example.com
Bobcat PRIDE: Spirit Wear is IN!
Thank You from the Brookdale LMC!
The Brookdale LMC would like to thank all families who participated in our first Virtual Book Fair. We raised almost $500 which will be directly used to purchase more digital books for student use.
Brookdale Chromebook Device Support
Pledge of Allegiance
No School: Martin Luther King Day
January 18, 2021
End of Second Quarter/1st Semester
January 22, 2021
Brookdale Virtual Game Night
January 22, 2021
No School: School Improvement Planning Day/Teacher Work Day
January 25, 2021
Materials Self-Pickup for Remote Learning Students Only
January 25, 2021
Materials for Friendship Party Pickup
February 10-11, 2021
February 12th (AM)
February 12, 2021
(Remote in PM)