September 16, 2019

Twitter Highlights: Week 3

You don't need to have a twitter account to see the highlights from the 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!

Curriculum Night Feedback

Thank you to all of our families that attended Curriculum Night!


We would appreciate you taking a few moments to provide some feedback regarding your experience during Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 12th. Please complete this brief survey.


Curriculum Night Presentations will be shared next Sunday, September 22nd.

School Safety Drills

On Tuesday, September 17, Brooks will hold our annual fire drill and a hard lock down drills both with local first responders from the Oak Park Police and Fire Departments present. We hold these drills consecutively so that we are able to work with our local safety officers, staff and students together.

Parents/Guardians Interested in Chaperoning or Volunteering

Parents/Guardians seeking background checks to ensure they can volunteer to chaperone groups of students at various events or field trips.


Please schedule an appointment to complete a background check through our district office.

Parents/Guardians can sign up via the district website: https://www.op97.org/parents/background-checks

The Eco Eagles Take Action for Climate Change

The Eco Eagles ecology club is planning a school strike for climate action on Friday, Sept. 20 at 2:45 pm. Students interested in participating will join our Eco Eagles presenters on our Field to learn more. Eco Eagles, as global citizens, believe that the issue of climate change can no longer be ignored. Species are going extinct every day at 1000 times the normal rate. There are natural disasters, such as hurricane Dorian, leaving towns in ruins and 70,000 homeless in the Bahamas. There are slow disasters such as famine and drought that hit vulnerable communities the worst. Climate justice is social justice. These horrible occurrences are happening because of climate change, which will create irreversible damage in the next 11 years. IS this the world we want to live in? We need action to make the changes that will stop this future.


Eco Eagles strike for climate change is part of movement of millions of youth worldwide. We hope that all of the students of Brooks will join us on Friday, Sept. 20 at 2:45pm on our Field to learn more.

Powerschool and Canvas - Observer account set up guides

If you would like to set up an observer account on Powerschool or Canvas, please refer to the help guide links below.

Powerschool

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iQJcSrYMGBUJ9fn5agfAaOQOkJm2Lotg/view?usp=sharing

New 6th Grade families should have received via email the needed Access ID and Access Password to be able to link your 6th grade student to the Parent/Guardian account that you create for yourself.

  • If you have PowerSchool questions or need assistance, please contact Ms. Vashti Carter at vcarter@op97.org or by calling the main office at (708) 524-3050.



Canvas

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5kXBeF0QX-xNWs5bjJVZzJRWXJVRWRJZ1NOcnI3Tmt2ZUhF/view?usp=sharing

  • If you have Canvas questions or need assistance, please contact Ms. Minerva Colbert at mcolbert@op97.org or by calling the main office at (708) 524-3050.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

  • Student-Led Conferences: Thursday, October 24th from 12:45pm to 8pm
  • End of Trimester 1: Friday, November 15th
  • Trimester 1 Report Card: Friday, December 6th

PTO NEWS

PTO Business meeting

Join us on Monday, November 11 at 6:00 pm in the Brook’s library for our PTO business meeting.

8th Grade Washington DC Trip Information Meetings

Information Meeting Options (You only need to attend ONE meeting, if you student will be going on the trip)

  • Monday, September 16 at 6:30 PM in the Brooks Auditorium

- OR -

  • Tuesday, September 17 at 6:30 PM in the Julian Auditorium


Trip Dates: Washington, DC - Friday, February 14 - Sunday, February 16, 2020 (Presidents' Day Weekend)

We will discuss the following:

  • Registration (and discounts)

  • Travel Arrangements

  • Touring Sites

  • Meal accommodations

  • Cost (Scholarships and Financial Aid options)

  • Parent Chaperones


If you have questions, please email Janorisè Robinson at dctripbrooksjulian@gmail.com.

Clubs and Sports Information

It’s time to sign up for OPEF VEX Robotics!

Middle school superstars, it’s time to sign up for VEX Robotics! This year we are offering two cool programs for D97 middle school kids to enjoy. We look forward to another exciting VEX Robotics season at both Julian and Brooks.


  • The In-House Club is designed for students with little or no experience with robotics and for students who cannot commit to the long season of our Competitive League.


  • The Robotics Competitive League is an intensive program for the dedicated technology student, especially those who want to take their experience with VEX Robotics and programming to the next level.


To sign up or learn more information about our programs, visit our OPEF VEX Robotics page at https://www.opef.org/programs/vex-robotics/

Boys Basketball Open Gym

There will be open gym time held from 3:40pm - 4:45pm in the main gym for boys basketball hosted by Coach Haus on the following dates.


Mon 9/16

Tue 9/24

Wed 9/25

Mon 9/30

Tue 10/1

Thu 10/3

For more information contact dhaus@op97.org

Ultimate Frisbee

This recreational Frisbee Club meets on Mondays and Wednesdays to play from 3:30p to 4:30p. For more information contact Coach Gillespie at mgillespie@op97.org or Coach Guerino at tguerino@op97.org

Eco EAGLES

Eco Eagles will be meeting TUESDAYS at 3:30 in Room C202 starting, September 3rd.


Students who are passionate about helping the environment, gardening, saving endangered species or who just want to do interesting things outdoors should check out the ECO EAGLES, the Brooks ecology club. We have made award-winning films, gone on cool field trips, implemented fun fundraisers and raised awareness about many different issues. We are open to whatever you are interested in, so join us! For more information contact lstamp@op97.org

Spoken Word Club

Meets on Mondays beginning Sept. 16th in B205 (3:30 - 5:00 pm) with Mr. Lee and our resident poet artist, Christian Robinson.

For more information contact mlee@op97.org

Rainbow Tribe

Rainbow Tribe will be hosting our 1st meeting on Monday September 30th at 3:30 PM in the Library! Come join students who want to be a part of creating a safe and inclusive space for our Brooks LGBTQ community. All students (those who identify and allies) are invited to join! Reach out to Ms. Berman (aberman@op97.org) or Mrs. Olsen (jolsen@op97.org) with any questions!

Girls on the RISE - 6th Grade Girls & 7th Grade Girls

Girls on the Rise is a program offered in partnership with Brooks and the Oak Park Township. Girls on the Rise provides prevention and empowerment to minority girls. We strive to instill confidence in girls to utilize problem-solving skills through communication and respect without retaliation. Our program plans to build social, communication and leadership skills, healthy relationships with peers and adults, raise self-esteem and self-awareness and create a sisterhood of strong young ladies.


The 6th Grade Girls group's 6th Grade Girls meets on Tuesdays, from 3:30pm to 5:00 pm in room C105.


The 7th Grade Girls group's meets on Wednesdays from 3:30pm to 5:00 pm in room C105.


The 8th Grade Girls group will begin meeting on January 15th, 2020.

For more information contact Dominique Hickman at dhickman@oakparktownship.org

Chess Club

Play chess games against other club members..checkmate!


Chess club will begin this week, Tuesday September 17th and will meet in Mr. Hausfeld's new classroom C108 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. For more information contact Coach Hausfeld at mhausfeld@op97.org

Singing Groups Offered at Brooks (extra-curricular and co-curricular)


The Women's Ensemble (name TBD)


This group will be made up of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students whose voices present as female. Individuals are admitted to the highly popular co-curricular groups through an audition process in September. *Students do NOT have to be enrolled in Band, Chorus or Orchestra curricular classes to audition for these groups*. The repertoire for this group will include vocal jazz, showtunes, pop, and classic choral literature. This group will rehearse Tuesdays from 8-8:50 am.


  • First rehearsal will be Tuesday Sept 17



The Men's Ensemble (name TBD)

This group will be made up of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students whose voices present as male. Individuals are admitted to the highly popular co-curricular groups through an audition process in September. *Students do NOT have to be enrolled in Band, Chorus or Orchestra curricular classes to audition for these groups*. The repertoire for this group will include vocal jazz, showtunes, pop, and classic choral literature. This group will rehearse Wednesdays from 8-8:50 am.


  • First rehearsal will be Wednesday Sept 18



The Select Mixed Ensemble (name TBD)

This is an extra-curricular choir made up of 7th, and 8th grade students that focuses on vocal jazz, showtunes, pop, and classic choral literature. Individuals are admitted to the highly popular co-curricular groups through an audition process in September (and possibly a re-audition in December). Students involved in this top group must be enrolled in Band, Chorus or Orchestra during the day, and will be asked to sing with one of the other extra-curricular choirs. This group will rehearse Thursdays from 8-8:50 am.


  • The first rehearsal will be Thursday Sept 20

For more information contact Mr. Blackman at fblackman@op97.org

BRAVO sponsored Young Americans

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Community Programs

Distribution of information by a community group in accordance with District 97 policy does not imply, directly or indirectly, that the group's program(s), event(s) and/or services(s) is sanctioned, sponsored or endorsed by the district, the Board of Education or the superintendent.

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By combining science and art, the One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest can be a wonderful part of your curriculum or an extra credit project this school year. Clubs or individuals are also welcome to enter the contest on their own. An added bonus is the positive attention brought to your school via contest winners.


We ask kids in grades 3 up through college age to create a 3 to 8 minute film about one of 6 sustainability topics: energy, food, transportation, waste, water, or open space/ecosystems. If the film is animated, it can be a minimum of 45 seconds long. They should present a problem with their topic and a solution.


Winners in grades 3 to 5 earn $100, winners in grades 6 to 8 earn $200, and winners in grades 9 to 11 earn $350. The prizes go up from there.


Each winner also gets a matching gift to donate to an organization that supports the theme of their film, and winning films premiere at the One Earth Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Center on March 7, 2020.


In recent years, we've had winners from these local schools:

Beaubien Elementary School in Chicago
Burbank Elementary in Burbank

Clissold Elementary School in Chicago

Lincoln Elementary School in River Forest

Longfellow Elementary in Oak Park
Mann Elementary School in Oak Park

Metropolitan Schoolhouse in Chicago

Suder Montessori Elementary School in Chicago

Sutherland Elementary School in Chicago
Willard Elementary School in River Forest

Brooks Middle School in Oak Park
Grace Lutheran School in River Forest

Julian Middle School in Oak Park

Heritage Middle School in Berwyn

Keystone Montessori School in River Forest

L.J. Hauser Junior High in Riverside

Most Holy Redeemer School in Evergreen Park
Roosevelt Middle School in River Forest
Sandburg Middle School in Elmhurst

Hinsdale High School in Hinsdale

Lincoln Park High School in Chicago

Maine West High School in DesPlaines
Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park
Trinity High School in River Forest
York High School in Elmhurst


We would love to see Brooks listed as one of our winners again!

For more information, contest details are at this link: https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/contest-details


Previous winners are at this link: https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/winners


All media to post and share are at this link and also attached: https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/contest-media-kit

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