Week of November 14, 2022
In This Issue
Highlights from this week's Middle Matters:
- Important Upcoming Dates
- SY22-23 School Calendar
- Picture Retake Day
- Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences Feedback
- Mindful Middle Schoolers
- Thank you to Julian Wiley
- Middle School Math Enrichment Program
- PTO Meeting - 11/14 at 6pm
- PTO Survey
- Q BBQ Dine out - 11/16 11am to 8pm
- Family Tech Workshop (Virtual) - 11/16 @ 6pm
- PTO Partners with Amazon
- GBMS Yearbook Purchasing Details
- Library in the mornings (Repeat)
- Clubs and Sports Information (updated weekly)
- BRAVO Information (updated weekly)
- Student Announcements (updated weekly)
Highlights from GBMS PTO and District
- PTO News
- District News
Repeated Topics in Middle Matters for your Reference
- Allergy Safe School Information - No Nuts (Repeat)
- Stay Home When Sick (Repeat)
- Process for Reporting Positive COVID-19 Cases to D97 Schools (Repeat)
- How to Report Student Absences (Repeat)
- Office Phones and Dropping off Items at Brooks (Repeat)
- School Day (Bell Schedule and A/B/C rotation) (Repeat)
- Cell Phone/Mobile Devices Away for the Day (Repeat)
- Tardies to Class (Repeat)
- Water Bottle Reminders (Repeat)
- School Physical and Immunization Information (Repeat)
- Tech Support
Community Partner News
- Glenbard Parent Series (GPS): Navigating Healthy Families
- STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROGRAM
- Friday Night Place
- NAMI - SUPPORT4U
- Leyden Family Services
If you have questions about the upcoming school year, please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact my Executive Coordinator, Ms. Angel Banks, at email@example.com or (708) 524-7636.
Our administrative team is also available to help answer your questions.
Angelica Love Curriculum & Instruction AP (6th grade, 7th grade) firstname.lastname@example.org
Antoine Bland Curriculum & Instruction AP (8th grade, multineeds) email@example.com
Stacie Klein Culture & Climate AP firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday - A day; Tuesday - B Day; Wednesday - C day, Thursday - A Day and Friday - B Day
End of Trimester 1: Tuesday, November 22nd
Trimester 1 Report Card Emailed Home: Friday, December 9th
PICTURE RETAKE DAY - DECEMBER 7, 2022!!!!!
Family-Teacher Conference Survey - Complete by Nov. 14
"Mindful Middle-Schoolers and Mindfulness Matters" November Community Talk
Thank you to Julian Wiley
Julian Wiley, one of our Brooks 7th graders, joined the Rocket Club Academy where he designed his own T-shirt Brand.
Rocket Club matches the sales that the members make and donates that amount to their school. Julian efforts with Rocket Club created a $200 donation to Brooks!
Julian incorporated elements and colors from the Philippines flag to represent part of his heritage as well as the letter C to represent parts his name Julian Che’ Cruz Wiley. Here is the link to Julian's t-shirt brand: Chelone. His mission statement: "The brand's story is to save money to go to college so he can play football at a big school"
Congratulation Julian for your creative design and thank you for enabling the donation to Brooks!
MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH ENRICHMENT PROGRAM 2023!!
SAVE THE DATE: Middle School Math Enrichment Program 2023
In 2023, District 97 will be offering Math Enrichment Bridge Courses for Acceleration and Summer Math Review Courses for students in grades 5 through 7. Families should SAVE the DATE if their student is interested in participating in these courses (CLICK HERE to view the program flyer>>).
Registration information and additional details about this program will be shared with families in January.
THE NEXT PTO MEETING IS COMING SOON!!!!
PTO Survey - How Are We Doing?
Hi parents and guardians! As we approach the end of the first trimester, we'd like to know your thoughts on how we are doing and what more we could be doing. We would also love to know how you would like to get involved. Please fill out our survey here.
Q-BBQ Dine Out
Come dine out with us on Wednesday, November 16th 11a-8p at Q-BBQ. Twenty (20%) of sales will go to our Brooks PTO.
Family Tech Workshop
Join us virtually for a conversation on Wednesday, November 16th at 6pm central about the opportunities and challenges our families and kids’ have experienced with technology due to COVID-19. From TikTok to Zoom to Roblox, hear some best practices on how to help your kids use the internet in safe and healthy ways. These include tech tips as well as guidelines and exercises you can use with your kids. There will be ample opportunity to raise your concerns and ask questions, too! This workshop is hosted by Trend Micro and PTO Today.
PTO PARTNERS WITH AMAZON!!!
Fund the Brooks PTO by shopping on Amazon
Begin your shopping through the Amazon Smile 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. Go to Your Account › Change Your Charity › Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School Parent-Teacher Organization
Thank you for your continued support.
GBMS 22-23 Yearbook purchasing details
It's time to purchase your GBMS 2022-2023 Yearbook! The cost is $26.02. Use the purchase link below to get started. You can also use your TreeRing account to share photos with our Yearbook Team throughout the year as well as design your very own custom pages (first two pages are free). If you have any questions regarding the yearbook, please contact Meaghan Pabellon at email@example.com.
Purchase Link: https://www.treering.com/purchase?PassCode=1014096931934358
GBMS Passcode: 1014096931934358
Deadline to purchase a yearbook is April 5th, 2023.
Library Opening in the Mornings (Repeat)
- Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
- No pass needed
- To enter, students wait in-between the Kenilworth doors (by the main office)
- An adult will escort groups to the library at 8:00, 8:15, and 8:30. For example, if you arrive at 8:10 you will have to wait until the 8:15 group heads up. If you arrive after the 8:30 group has been escorted, you may not enter the library that day
- You will sign-in and stay in the library until the 8:50 bell
- These times are for students to quietly read, do homework, or meet as a group to study or work on a project.
CLUBS & SPORTS INFORMATION - Fall 2022
6th and 7th Grade ONLY
Monday, November 14th at 7:15am
8th Grade ONLY
Monday, November 14th at 3:30pm
6th and 7th Grade ONLY
Friday, November 18th 7:15 AM
Monday, November 21st 7:15 AM
8th Grade ONLY
Tuesday, November 22nd 7:15 AM and 3:30PM
Players MUST attend both tryout days/times
please email Mr. Darren Haus (firstname.lastname@example.org) for practice schedule.
The district has approved our wrestling program for all students in middle school! Email Mr. Colucci about your interest, questions or concerns at email@example.com. Find out more here at https://www.littlehuskieswrestling.org/ or speak to Mr. Colucci and Dr. Holmes. Wrestling is a technical sport and requires people to use their mind to overcome physical challenges and win. If that sounds like something you would like to embrace, come join the team!
“Due to state regulations the wrestling program will start on Monday, November 28th. Our apologies on providing the wrong dates for tryout practices on the week of November 14-17th. We look forward to welcoming students for wrestling on November 28th. Please reach out to Coach Michael Colucci at Brooks for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Asian-American Culture Club
Are you interested in learning about Asian American culture? If so, please attend our next meeting! Our club’s goals are to learn about Asian American culture through art, languages, music, food, traditions, religions, dance, clothing, etc. We will feature several guest speakers. Our next meeting will be in room C407 on Tuesday, November 15th from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Meetings will be every other Tuesday. Please email or see Ms. Borah (email@example.com /room C407) or Mr. Alejos (firstname.lastname@example.org/ Media Center) for more information.
Are you a good communicator? Are you able to get people’s attention using just the right words? Do you have what it takes hold their attention. If so, we look forward meeting you in a few weeks at our first Speech Club Meeting. Please stay tuned for an update that will include a specific time and place. Any questions, ask Ms. Perros, Ms. Feierberg, or Mrs. Gaffney.
Social Justice/Rubik's Cube Club
Next meetings are November 17th and December 1st from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in room C405. Our beliefs that students play a valuable role in shaping the climate and culture of their schools. With the community's support, we have expanded opportunities for students' voices to create a more positive and welcoming learning environment for all. Celebrating our 4th year, we are excited to hit the ground running, building an inclusive community and curating our Second Annual Black History Month Celebration. The club's goals are to continue improving school culture and promote and develop leadership skills in our students.
The Brooks Annual Black History Month Celebration
Partnering with Rainbow Revolution Club
Establishing the foundation of the club (developing roles and expectations, establishing a sense of community)
Analyzing the school community (assets and challenges)
Conducting research and developing ideas for solutions
Implementing solutions and reflecting.
Next meeting is Monday, Nov 7th in B409 from 3:30 to 4:30pm. The Fenwick competition will take place Monday 11/14 from 4:20-6:30pm. Please return your permission slip to Ms. Smith asap. Calling all mathletes! Math Team provides students with the opportunity to participate in various mathematics competitions. In the past, Brooks has sent teams to the following events: Fenwick Junior High School Math Competition, The Latin School of Chicago Mathematics Contest, MathCounts, and Math Olympiad. The primary emphasis of the math team is team work and problem solving. Weekly meetings are held on Mondays after school from 3:30-4:30, starting October 3rd in B409. Students of all abilities are welcome.
Best Buddies Club
We will meet next on Wednesday, November 30th in the Cafeteria. Come to see what we have planned for fall. Bring a friend and get ready to make a friend. See you then! If you have any questions please reach out to Ms. Malina (email@example.com), Ms. Sefcik (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ms. Gaffney (email@example.com)! Best Buddies is the world's largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Here at Best Buddies we will strive to create a sense of belonging here at Brooks through inclusive activities and social outings! Students will have the opportunity to build one-to-one friendships between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities, offering social interactions while improving the quality of life and the level of inclusion. People with IDD form meaningful connections with peers, gain self-confidence and self-esteem, share interests, experiences and activities that other students may also enjoy!
Did you miss our last meeting? Don’t worry, you can still be part of our team. Come to our next meeting on November 17th in C309 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. PERMISSION SLIPS ARE DUE AT OUR NEXT MEETING!! Don’t have one, please stop by the 3rd Floor C wing. You can pick up a permission slip form the Art Department Bulletin Board in the hallway. Come with a charged Chromebook so you can begin designing our yearbook.
Intramurals will be every Monday and Thursday after school 3:30-4:30pm and meets in the third floor gym. Depending on gym space the activities we will start the year off with will be basketball, football, frisbee and badminton. Please pick up permission slips from Mr. Gillespie (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Brook’s very own group that welcomes students who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies—ALL are welcome here! Our next meeting will take place Monday, November 14th at 3:35pm in the Brooks Media Center. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Berman (email@example.com).
Spoken Word Club
We look forward to beginning a new year of Spoken Word Club in October. Please stay tuned for an update that will include a specific time and place.
BEAT (Brooks Earth Action Team)
We meet on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 in Room C202. Next meeting is November 15th, bring a mug. No School on Tuesday this week. Everyone is welcome! We have so many cool projects going: designing an outdoor classroom, saving the Rusty Patched Bumblebee (an endangered species!), designing a bird sanctuary, growing food and more!
Chess Club / Game Club
We meet in room C108 from 3:30-5:00 p.m on the following dates:
November: Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 30th
Coordinator: Mark Hausfeld firstname.lastname@example.org
The goal of Chess / Game Club is to provide enrichment, teach, sharpen and reinforce game skills while learning to appreciate not only the games themselves but good sportsmanship as well. I hope to help all players, regardless of skill level, improve their “gaming” skills.
**All permission slips can be emailed, dropped in the main office, or brought on the first day our
We meet on Wednesdays in B202 from 3:30-4:45!
Want to learn how to crochet or want to hang with others that like crocheting? Crochet club is back on! We meet Wednesdays 3:30-4:45. What to bring: Crochet hook (I personally like 3.5mm but look at your yarn for size), Yarn (I have some if needed). Knitters are welcome! Meeting Wednesdays in B202 from 3:30-4:45! Bring a mug for Hot Chocolate! If you have any questions, please email Ms. Rodriguez (email@example.com)
Meetings every Thursday from 3:30-4:30. Open to all students. Drop in when you can. Make art! Make friends! Email Mrs. Murray to be added to the Canvas course at firstname.lastname@example.org
Service club meets Friday mornings from 8:00am to 8:50am in B209.
Please join us to find out about the service projects we’ll be organizing this year. You are welcome to share your own ideas about how we can help our community too. See or email Ms. Walsh (B209, email@example.com) or Ms. Martínez (B208, firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Morning Choirs (click here for more info) -
If students are still interested in joining, talk to Mr. Blackman in D105
- Fledgelings (all 6th grade and 7/8th not in a music class) meets Thursdays at 8am
- Downbeat (7/8th in Band, Choir, or Orchestra) meets Tuesdays and Fridays at 8am
For more information regarding the clubs (see 2nd tab on spreadsheet):
Brooks 2022 - 2023 Extra-Curricular Activities, which is being updated weekly.
THE ROBOTICS LEAGUE
Robotics House League Starting!
The Brooks Robotics House League meets on Mondays. The House League is the less competitive robotics option at Brooks. House league is geared towards students who have an interest in learning more about the designing, building and coding of robots, without the pressures of the competition team. The house league is geared towards students who are interested in exploring robotics without the pressure of competitions and/or who may not have had any previous experience with robots and coding. The students will work in teams to design, build and code a robot to play a game. If you’re interested, please fill out the Brooks Robotics Club Application by Thursday September 29, 2022. We’ll begin on Monday 10/3/22 after-school in D202 and will meet weekly for about 11/12 sessions. There will be a nominal participation fee to cover the cost of consumable supplies, materials, etc.
If a student is interested in the competition team, House League is a great place to show your interest and for the coaches to get to know you. Spots on the competition team are very limited so this will serve as an opportunity for the coaches to evaluate the student interested in the competitive robotics team at Brooks. Students interested in the competitive team can indicate so on the application.
BRAVO Friday Pizza Lunch
BROOKS SCHOOL STORE
PTO Weekly Communication
The PTO can't exist without YOU!
Do you want to have the inside scoop on what is going on at Brooks and D97? Do you want to make our school better than it ever as we transition back to a more ‘normal’ school day? NOW is the time to get involved!! We are looking to fill positions for the 2021-2022 school year and have some critical roles open! Sign up here and email email@example.com with any questions! We look forward to hearing from you!
Connect with the Brook’s PTO
Please ensure you are a part of the Facebook gbms PTO group. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Order your Brooks Spirit Wear
Support the PTO, a local black-owned business, and get awesome Brooks Spirit wear all at the same time! Brooks Spirit wear can be ordered at any time visiting the Brooks section of the Shabby Fly website. Order will be shipped to your home!
2022 - 2023 District News and Information
D97 Back-to-School Information
As a reminder, we have created a central location for important back-to-school updates and documents: https://www.op97.org/back-to-school.
The district’s COVID-19 Health Safety Plan is linked below and can also be found, along with other COVID-19 resources and information, by going to https://www.op97.org/updatecenter.
Mitigation Change: Effective Sept. 30, District 97 will no longer require masks for indoor events or field trips. Masks will continue to be required in the school nurses' offices. Please visit the district website for complete details about our current health and safety protocols.
Combined Student and Family Handbook for 2022-23
This year, the district worked to merge the Effective Student Behavior Handbook and Family Handbook into one comprehensive resource, the Student and Family Handbook, in order to streamline information for families and staff. The new handbook contains important information regarding school policies, procedures, student rights and responsibilities, and important notifications required by state and federal law.
The purpose of this handbook is to outline the expectations for building an educational community where everyone feels safe, included and able to learn. Having shared expectations, procedures and policies helps us respect all members of the school community in which we learn and work every day. Please take the time to read through the handbook and review it with your child.
Meal Information for the 2022-23 School Year
The breakfast and lunch menus for our elementary and middle schools are available at http://www.op97.org/business-office/food-service. During the 2022-23 school year, students may:
Bring a nut-free lunch from home.
Order school lunch.
PLEASE NOTE: During the 2022-23 school year, all students will be required to pay for their breakfast and lunch meals unless they are directly approved by the State of Illinois or approved after completing the 2022-23 Free and Reduced Meal Application.
Food Allergies/Nut-Safe Schools
Nuts and nut products are not allowed in any District 97 schools during the 2022-23 school year. This includes products that are labeled “processed in a facility that shares equipment with nut products.” Our schools have been nut-safe for the past two years—helping to create safer, more inclusive environments for all of our students.
Please visit https://bit.ly/3AyGPpI to access information about the district’s food allergy management program, as well as tips and options for identifying food that is safe for snacks and field trips. We appreciate your support of this important initiative!
The district is currently accepting fee payments for the 2022-23 school year. Full payment is due by September 30, 2022. You can access the fee information by visiting https://www.op97.org/business-office/fees.
Text Messages from District 97
District 97 uses the notification system BrightArrow to communicate with families via email and phone calls. We have started using periodic text messages to send reminders directly to parents' cell phones. In order to receive text messages, parents must opt in by texting YES to 87569. Once you have subscribed, you will receive a text confirmation.
Texts may appear from District 97 from 87569 or a phone number with a 424 area code (you may wish to save them to your contacts).
Wellness Check-in Program
Please reach out to your school's school psychologist or social worker if you have social-emotional concerns about your child. If your child is experiencing an immediate mental health crisis, please call the Thrive 24hr Crisis Hotline at 708-383-7500. You may also refer to this local resource guide created by the Community Mental Health Board of the Oak Park Township.
Repeated Topics For Reference
GBMS Athletics Update
Keep D97 Schools Allergy Safe - No Nuts Allowed
Please visit https://bit.ly/3j0KGTB to access information about the district’s food allergy management program, as well as tips and options for identifying food that is safe for snacks and field trips.
Nuts and nut products are not allowed in any District 97 schools during the 2022-23 school year. This includes products that are labeled “processed in a facility that shares equipment with nut products.”
We appreciate your help in adhering to this preventative measure.
(708) 524- 3058 or email@example.com
Process for Reporting Positive COVID-19 Cases to D97 Schools
If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they must complete the following steps:1) In order to notify the school nurse and receive a return-to-school date, families/staff must complete the confidential COVID-19 Positive Case Notification Form as soon as possible following the positive test. Information provided will also be shared with the Oak Park Department of Public Health.
2) Families must continue to report student absences via the school attendance line, and staff must enter their absences in Frontline.
To see the rules for isolation and quarantine, click here. Additional resources are linked below.
STUDENT ATTENDANCE - How to Report Student Absences
Office Phones and Dropping off Items at Brooks
Please note that our office staff sets the phone to go to voicemail from 8:30am to 9:15am daily. Please leave a message of your student's absence or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our office staff will listen to voicemails to call back or direct calls as needed after 9:15am daily. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Dropping off Items at Brooks for your Student
You may drop off forgotten items for your student in the main office. Please note that we will not call into your student's classroom, as it is a disruption to the learning for other students and the teacher in the classroom. Your student should plan to stop by the main office on their way to lunch or between passing periods, if they think you may have dropped off the forgotten item for them to retrieve. We appreciate your understanding.
We will be following a block schedule again this school year. Students will attend 4 of their 8 classes Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday following an A/B Schedule and on Wednesdays following C Schedule where students will attend all of their classes. On the weeks where there is a day with no school, students classes will be A and B days only.
Here is the A/B/C schedule rotation for this school year.
Here is the BELL schedule for each grade level on A/B and C days.
Cell Phone/Mobile Devices Away for the Day
Cell phones/Mobile Devices are not to be used during school hours. This includes calling parents/guardians due to illness, requesting items to be dropped off, etc.
Students can ask a teacher to use the classroom phone or the phone in the main office, if needed.
Cell phones are to be turned off/on silent upon entering the school building, stored in the student’s locker, and not used until the dismissal bell rings.
More Information can be found here. This will also be shared with students during the first week of school.
Tardies to Class
Being on time to class is essential for optimal learning for all students. This school year when a student reaches 15 tardies within a trimester, they will meet with their SOAR teacher to develop a strategy to ensure the student will get to all their classes on time. At 25 tardies within a trimester, the student will be assigned a time during their social time to meet with an administrator to reflect on root causes of tardies and develop a plan, additionally, parents/guardians will be contacted. At 35 tardies within the trimester, parents/guardians will be contacted to meet with their student and an administrator to develop a tardy contract.
School Physicals and Immunizations
Incoming 6th-grade students and/or any new students who have transferred into District 97, MUST have a wellness physical and dental exam dated no less than one year prior to August 25th, 2022. Your child's physical must have been performed after August 25th, 2021 . Your child may not be admitted to school without these documents as of Monday, October 17th, 2022. Please submit the documents by mail or in person no later than August 25, 2022 to the following:
Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School
Attn: Health Office, Nurse Tracy Biggerstaff
325 S. Kenilworth Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302
SPORTS PHYSICALS – The State of Illinois Office of Education requires that any student who wishes to participate in interscholastic sports MUST have an Athletic Physical Examination, dated no less than one year prior to the first day of the current school year, anytime after August 25, 2021. It is MANDATORY that your child have this physical before they will be eligible to try out or participate in any interscholastic activity.
To access student health forms please visit http://www.op97.org/hr/health-requirements
**For any family having difficulty securing an appointment to get the physical completed, please email our School Nurse, Tracy Biggerstaff, email@example.com.
Technical support will be available from school and district technology staff by accessing the Help Desk through email, firstname.lastname@example.org. When an email is submitted, a Help Desk ticket is created and assigned to technology staff, who will be working throughout the day to address technology concerns. Our technology team can support District 97 devices and student online programs.
The Help Corner will features a frequently-asked question related to services and opportunities available for District 97 students and families. We will keep a complete list of these FAQs on our district website.
District 97 has created Community Resources Page. We also encourage families to stay connected through Facebook and Twitter. Additional updates can be found at:
Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200
District 97 also has a broad network of partner organizations that provide an array of supports and services for Oak Park residents. The Community Mental Health Board and Oak Park and River Forest Townships have also put together a COVID-19 Social Services Resource Guide, which is available at https://tinyurl.com/oprfguide.
Glenbard Parent Series (GPS): Navigating Healthy Families
The Glenbard Parent Series (GPS): Navigating Healthy Families is a distinguished speaker series dedicated to presenting relevant, high-profile authors, educators and clinicians. These high-caliber presenters offer practical research-based knowledge, strategies, and personal experience to support students’ engaged learning, and well-being.
Founded in 1995, GPS is a weekly resource for parents/caregivers/guardians (for children of all ages) as well as students, school staff, professionals and community members. GPS is here to inform, connect, and inspire. All programs are free and open to the public. Many events are presented at both noon and 7pm, and offered in multiple languages.
GPS is a resource for parents, educators, students, and community members to foster self-empowered children who collaborate, communicate, embrace diversity, create and think critically.
For the safety and convenience of our participants the majority of this year’s Glenbard Parent Series events will be presented virtually on zoom. No registration is required and all are welcome to attend.
Programs are offered free of charge, no registration is required, and the public is welcome to attend.
Details, event updates, and Zoom links can be found here: www.GlenbardGPS.org
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROGRAM
Classes open to families with children ages 7-17 years of age.
- Delicious dinner provided. —One night less of cooking dinner!
- Program proven to work– is taught in all 50 states and 36 foreign countries
- No cost to you! ...plus your kids will learn skills to help them all the rest of their lives.
- Must reside in Oak Park or River Forest. (Proof of residency is required, such as ID or Utility Bill.)
Friday Night Place
PLEASE COME PREPARED WITH SHORTS, SWEAT PANTS, T-SHIRT & GYM SHOES
GREETINGS TO ALL STUDENTS, PARENTS/FAMILIES, FACULTY, STAFF, AND ADMINISTRATORS FRIDAY NIGHT PLACE IS KICKING OFF FOR THE 28TH YEAR! FOR NEW AND RETURNING STUDENTS REGISTRATION AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE FRIDAY NIGHT PLACE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM OFFICIALLY BEGINS THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 3:30PM TO 5:30PM. THE LOCATION REMAINS THE SAME, PERCY JULIAN MIDDLE SCHOOL. STUDENTS WHO ARE ATTENDING, PLEASE COME PREPARED WITH YOUR GYM SHORTS AND OR JOGGING PANTS, T-SHIRT, AND GYM SHOES. IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING FURTHER DETAILS PLEASE CONTACT COACH JEROME AT (773)-793-0867. ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT, AND FOR ALL NEW COMERS, WELCOME! GET READY, GET READY, GET READY!
WHAT: FNP Announcement
WHO: 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Graders
WHERE: Oak Park, Percy Julian Middle School
WHEN: Beginning Friday, September 16th, 2022
TIME: 3:30p.m. - 5:30p.m.
SUPPORT4U is a mental health resource for our students to anonymously text licensed mental health clinicians any time of the day for assistance or guidance. Students can text for any issue; typical reasons might include social issues, anxiety, depression, substance use, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, bullying, abuse, or any other mental health-related topic. The clinician’s goal is to steer the student to available resources in the school and community. To use, students just need to go to Support4U.live on their phone, click on the Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School logo and hit send. Help is just a text away.
Thrive Services and Programs
Thrive is offering phone-based counseling, 24/7 crisis intervention services, medication management and, a free Thrive Check-In phone support line (Ext. 8) to address our community’s needs during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Call us at (708)383-7500. Our Front Desk team is also ready to assist you Monday-Friday, 9am to 2pm, with requests for referrals or new services and to reschedule or cancel an appointment.
Mental Health Resource, "Call4Calm"
Thrive is also a proud partner of the Illinois Call4Calm Text Line Service. Text “TALK” TO 552020 (or “HABLAR) for Spanish. The Illinois Call4Calm Text Line is not a crisis hotline, but is a source of support for anyone experiencing stress and in need of a listening ear.
And we know the COVID-19 pandemic can wear on every resource—from food and shelter to our emotional bandwidth and mental health. Fortunately, the Illinois Department of Human Services has launched a support line called Call4Calm that is reachable via text. Individuals who want to speak with a mental health professional can text the word “TALK” or “HABLAR” (for Spanish speakers) to 552-020. Within 24 hours, that individual will receive a call from a mental health professional employed by a local community health center.
People can also text other terms, like “unemployment” or “food” or “shelter” to the same number to receive information on how to navigate and access supports and services. Call4Calm is free, and individuals who use it can remain anonymous. We encourage you to share this resource with your students, families, and staff.