Bobcat Bulletin

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!


Keeley Schmid


Cohort Assignments Live in ParentVUE

Please be sure to review your child's cohort assignment in ParentVUE for which days he/she will be attending starting the week of the 18th (K, 1, 2, 5) and 25th (3, 4), if metrics allow.

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:

(Updated 1/11/20)

  • 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:

*This event is for parents/guardians only.

Materials Pick-Up

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.

Future Dates:

February 10-11th (Friendship Party Supplies)

February 15---canceled due to end of January pick-up

March 15

April 12

May 31

Ringing the Bell This Week

Academically Talented Programming

Attention parents of 2nd-5th grade students: Teachers are in the process of making recommendations, based on classroom evidence, for our upcoming testing for our Academically Talented Programs (Project Arrow and Math Acceleration). If you are interested in having your child tested, please contact your child's teacher.

January Bobcat Trait: Citizenship

This month's Bobcat Trait is CITIZENSHIP!

In teaching citizenship this month, we are focusing on the following:

  • Respecting differences (equity)

  • Contributing to your community

  • Being responsible

  • 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.

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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

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!

Brookdale Cookbook

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

Bobcat PRIDE: Spirit Wear is IN!

Spirit wear is in and will be distributed to our hybrid students when they return and can be picked up during our materials self-pickup on the 25th for our remote learners. Thank you to Ms. Lopez and the PTA for organizing! We got a sneak peek of the wear, and our Bobcats are going to look AWESOME sporting their new gear!

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

Chromebook device troubles? Our Brookdale team is here to help! We have created a system at Brookdale in an attempt to streamline the Chromebook troubleshooting/device replacement. Click here for more information.

Pledge of Allegiance

Is your child interested in being showcased on the morning announcements? We are now opening it up to any student in any grade to submit a video of them saying the pledge. WeVideo is the preferred format (students have access to it through their IPSD account) but most formats will work. Please submit the video here. We are looking forward to featuring more of our Bobcats in the announcements!

Brookdale's Remote Learning Library Book Checkout

Books will be available from 9-4 on Mondays and Thursdays. Click here for more information.

Stay Connected

Stay connected with us as we partner together to ensure the success of your child's education!

Check out who is on the Brookdale Dream Team! Be sure to also check out the addition of Staff Photos and put a face to a name.

Upcoming Dates

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)

Friendship Party

February 12, 2021

(Remote in PM)

District Calendar: