May 20, 2019

Twitter Highlights: Week 37

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!

Angst - The Movie and Panelist Event on May 22nd at Brooks 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Wednesday, May 22 @ Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School Auditorium

    6:30pm - 9:00pm

    • 6:30pm come visit resource tables hosted by Oak Park Community Mental Health Partners
    • 7:00pm to 8:15pm Sow the Movie Angst
    • 8:15pm to 9:00pm Panelist Discussion

    FLYER and Link to Panelist Bios

    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.

    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 for Pizza Lunch was Friday, May 17th

    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 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:

    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)

      • RevTrak, cash or check payable to GBMS

      • Deadline for payments is 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

    The Rainbow Tribe Hosting a Donation Drive

    The Rainbow Tribe is hosting a donation drive next week from May 20th-May 24th. There will be a box in the main office where donations will be accepted.

    The donations will be given to the Center on Halsted which is a community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland.

    Rainbow Tribe is hoping you can help us spread the word to your classes---we are calling it the "Rainbow Drive" :) The items are to help LGBTQ Youth who are homeless due to being kicked out by their families. We met with people who work at the center and want to help how we can.

    Here is the list of items we are collecting/what the center needs: Socks (new), Q-tips, shaving cream, feminine products, makeup remover, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, and soap.

    Thanks so much for your help!!

    Student Expectations: Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be Ready to Learn

    Please support our efforts to end the school year well. If you have a moment, please review these lunchroom and hallway expectations with your student:

    Lunchroom/Social Time/Hallways Expectations:

    • Have ID with correct lunch color, move directly to your appropriate side for lunch

    • Clean up the lunch tables and floors of your food/trash

    • Pick a seat and remain in your seat

      • Throw away garbage and then remain seated in your seat

    • Wait for Lunchroom Supervisor to dismiss your table

    • Use an appropriate volume and language inside and outside

    • Pass is needed to leave the lunchroom to see a teacher or when in the halls during class time

    • Bring your jacket to be prepared to go outside for social time

    • Move directly to your appropriate location when dismissed (outside or to class)

    • Cell phones away at lunch/social time and hallways

    • Follow adult redirection

    • Keep your hands/feet to yourself (with exception when playing games outside)

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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

    Boys Volleyball Victory

    Congratulate the Varsity Boys on their Championship victory. The boys finished 17-2, and over the last two years as a team have a record of 35-3. They are an amazing group of young men.

    Gabe Wolter

    Trevor, Reid, and Bryce Wilson

    Enzo Filoramo

    Feris Dispensa

    Jack Gooch

    Drew McConville

    Ezra Plotkin

    Nick Fiorito

    Danny McNeilly

    Nick Amstutz

    JP Ferraro

    Tej Menon

    Intramural Ultimate Frisbee

    The club will play on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm and end on May 22.

    For more information contact Coach Gillespie at



    • Yearbook Club: Contact Ms.Turner-Reid or Ms. Pabellon with questions or
    • Math Team: in room B204 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Contact Mr. Sam Kahn with questions.
    • ORFF: Monday mornings 8am to 8:50am in D110 Contact Mr. Carrillo with questions
    • Spoken Word Club: Mondays in B205 (3:30 - 5:00 pm) with Mr. Lee and resident poet Christian Robinson. Contact Mr. Lee with questions.


    • EcoEalges - meets from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in room C202. Contact Ms. Stamp with questions
    • Chess Club: meets from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in room B305. Contact Mr. Hausfeld with questions


    • Best Buddies: Here is the year long calendar that can be downloaded. Contact Ms. Beauprez with questions .
    • Girls on the Rise: Meets week on Wednesdays from 3:45pm to 4:45pm in room C105
    • World Language Club: Every other Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30pm in C209. Contact Mr. Lagioia with questions

    • Rainbow Tribe: Contact Ms. Berman with questions
    • Art Club: Thursdays in room D301 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Contact Ms. Murray with questions.

    • Service Club: Friday mornings from 8am to 8:50am in room B209. Contact Ms. Walsh with questions