October 1st, 2018

Twitter Highlights: Week 6

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!

SecondStep Advisory Curriculum

We want your child to be successful in school, and that means going beyond the basics. Excelling in academic classes is important, but students also need to know how to learn, make good decisions, handle strong emotions, and get along with others.


This week, we'll begin the Second Step Middle School Program, which focuses on skills and concepts that are designed to help students both in and out of school. These include:


Mindsets and Goals: Students learn about ways to grow their brains and get smarter, along with research-based strategies for achieving goals and handling difficult situations.


Values and Friendships: Students learn to identify their personal values and use those values to make good decisions and build strong, positive relationships.


Thoughts, Emotions, and Decisions: Students learn the positive role emotions play in their lives, how to handle unhelpful thoughts and strong emotions, and specific strategies for calming down.


Thank you for supporting your child in learning the skills and concepts that lead to success in school and in life.


Lesson Summary by Grade Level for this upcoming week:

Sixth Graders in this week’s lesson will learn how their brains are changing and how the Second Step Program can help them grow their brains and learn to be successful.


For Seventh Graders in this week's lesson, it will help your child understand some of the changes that happen during adolescence, and how the Second Step Program can help your child succeed and do well, both as a student and as a friend.


For Eighth Graders in this week's lesson, it will help your child understand some of the changes that happen during adolescence and how the social-emotional skills taught in the Second Step Program can help your child be successful and get along with others, in middle school and beyond.

Click HERE to order a Yearbook

TreeRing, our Yearbook distributor, has discounts available to our families. If you purchase your yearbook by in October, you will receive a 10% discount and in November a 5% discount. https://www.treering.com/purchase?PassCode=1014096931934358

Oak Park Public Library - Restorative Justice Conference

The OPPL is holding a restorative justice conference on Saturday, Oct.6th and Sunday Oct. 7th. Here is a link to the FLYER.
Strengthening Families Program Flyer

First Meeting is on Tuesday, September 25th from 6pm to 8pm at Julian Middle School. Click button to learn more. Families are still welcome to join.

Thrive Counseling Center

Please click the link below for a new group at Thrive for children ages 9-13 who are struggling with anxiety. The group is FREE for residents of Oak Park & River Forest! Interested parents can contact Abby Gomez de la Casa at (708) 383-7500 ext. 414.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6gnevA1fHdWYUFzYTg3WTJxOXlJWUZOUEc2NlIyZE9TUmZn/view?usp=sharing

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.

Brooks PTO News and Information

PTO Community Meeting : Monday, October 1 at 7pm - Brooks Media Center

Ms. Stamp and Ms. Stringham will be joining the meeting to share D97 Middle School Assessment Policy and answer any questions. We will also discuss standardized testing.

Young Filmmakers Contest

One Earth Film Festival has announced it's Young Filmmakers Contest. Students may submit a 3 to 8 minute film about one of 6 sustainability topics: energy, food, transportation, waste, water, or open space/ecosystems. They should present a problem with their topic and then a solution. Please see this website to learn more and to view a short film about the contest. Deadline is January 13, 2019.

https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/contest-details/

Clubs and Sports Information

2018 -2019 Extra-Curricular Activities

For more information you may view this spreadsheet. The first tab has information about Sports. The second tab contains information about Clubs organized in order of start date.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XvWFACDX8DRUGztoEjQDOO3gzj26D7RTcxcBlKDfMZk/edit?usp=sharing

Clubs

Mondays

  • Ulmtimate Frisbee Clubs - Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30 to 4:30pm. Meets on the field. Contact Mr. Gillespie with questions mgillespie@op97.org
  • Yearbook Club: First meeting is on Monday, 10/1 in room B202 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Contact Ms.Turner-Reid or Ms. Pabellon with questions mturnerreid@op97.org or mpabellon@op97.org
  • RAD: Mondays 3:45pm to 5:00pm in PE Classroom. Contact Ms. Dajani with questions rdajani@op97.org
  • Math Team: First meeting is on Monday, 10/1 in room B204 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Contact Mr. Sam Kahn with questions. skahn@op97.org
  • ORFF: Monday mornings 8am to 8:50am in D110 Contact Mr. Carrillo with questions fcarrillo@op97.org
  • Spoken Word Club: Mondays in B205 (3:30 - 5:00 pm) with Mr. Lee and resident poet Christian Robinson. Contact Mr. Lee with questions. mlee@op97.org
  • BRAVO Guitar Club & Dance Hip Hop Studio started on Monday, September 17. There is still time to sign up! Click on links above to access permission slips. These clubs are FREE to ALL Brooks Students.


Tuesdays

  • EcoEalges - Tuesdays 3:30 to 4:30 pm in room C202. Contact Ms. Stamp with questions lstamp@op97.org


Wednesdays

  • Ulmtimate Frisbee Clubs - Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30 to 4:30pm. Meets on the field. Contact Mr. Gillespie with questions mgillespie@op97.org
  • Best Buddies: Here is the year long calendar that can be downloaded. Contact Ms. Beauprez with questions lbeeauprez@op97.org . The next meeting is 10/3.
  • 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. Meeting this week on 10/3. Contact Mr. Lagioia with questions vlagioia@op97.org
  • BRAVO Dance Hip Hop Studio started on Monday, September 17. There is still time to sign up! Click on links above to access permission slips. These clubs are FREE to ALL Brooks Students.


Thursdays
  • Rainbow Tribe: Contact Ms. Berman with questions aberman@op97.org
  • Art Club: First meeting is on Thursday 10/4 in room D301 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Contact Ms. Murray with questions. kmurray@op97.org


Fridays
  • Service Club: First meeting is Friday 9/29 from 8am to 8:50am in room B209. Contact Ms. Walsh with questions swalsh@op97.org


Chess Club: Days vary each week. Contact Mr. Hausfeld with questions mhausfeld@op97.org

Unified Soccer: Any questions please contact Tim McDonald tmcdonald1@op97.org