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Weekly Message - October 29, 2018

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5Essentials Survey - We Need Your Feedback!
Parents, students and teachers across Illinois will once again have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school as it relates to the important elements of school effectiveness.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by the University of Chicago. All survey responses will be kept confidential. The state will provide survey results for individual schools only if a school has at least 20 percent of parents take the survey. If you have children attending more than one school, we ask that you complete the survey for each school.

To take this short survey:
1. Visit
2. Type and select “Dupage” as "County." (The county is the location of the school district's main office.)
3. Type your school's name into the "School" field and select your school.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are ten times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators that effect school success are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction.

Help Wanted!
We are looking for full or part-time lunchroom supervisors. The hours are from 10:45 AM – 1:30 PM. If interested, please contact Julie Vogel at 630-428-6606.

Book Fair
Join us at: Spring Brook's Book Fair and choose some fantastic books for the winter season!
Thursday, Nov. 1, 9:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 2, 9:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 5, 8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. No School – Parent Teacher Conferences

Halloween Costumes
If your child participates in Spring Brook's Halloween parade, how about book or book series inspired costume?
Maybe your child could be a squirrel from Scaredy Squirrel or a cat to represent the Bad Kitty series?
Any child who dresses like a book character and carries the book or a print out of the book cover during the parade can enter into a book fair drawing to win a Dav Pilkey autographed copy of Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties, Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas, or a children's lit inspired magnet.

Let's let books rule every season!

IPPC Winter Coat and Boot Drive
Spring Brook is participating in the annual IPPC Winter Coat & Boot Drive. Beginning Monday October 22nd through Monday October 29th, we will be collecting new/gently used clean coats and winter boots of all sizes (infant through adult). In addition, we are in need of other winter accessories such as hats, scarves, snow pants, etc. There will be large bins outside the front office to leave your donations. Collections will distributed to District 204 families in need and other local organizations. Any questions please contact Ryan Singer at or Nicole Catizone at

Halloween Parade
We will have our Halloween parade on Wednesday, October 31 at 2:45 PM. Students will exit door 12, walk around the school and re-enter door 12. Students will be dismissed at the normal dismissal time. A few reminders: Students need to bring their costumes to school. They will be given sufficient time to change into their costumes. Students will not be allowed to wear their masks or have costumes that include: fake weapons, blood, gore or any obscenities. If there is inclement weather on Wednesday, the Halloween parade will be held inside for staff and students only. Let's hope for good weather!

Charleston Wrap Pick Up Tuesday, November 13th
Charleston Wrap online orders that were designated to "ship to school" and all paper form orders will be available for pick up on Tuesday, November 13th from 3:30pm until 6:30pm in the Spring Brook Gym. Please enter the YMCA door. If you have any questions please email or

PTA Membership Drive Update
Thank you, PTA members! 62% of Spring Brook families and 62% of full-time staff have joined the PTA this year.

Veteran's Day Assembly and Breakfast
On Monday, November 12th, Spring Brook School will be hosting a Veteran's Day Assembly and continental breakfast to honor all the family members (parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, siblings) of Spring Brook students who has served or is serving in our nation's Armed Forces.

From 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., we will be hosting a continental breakfast for all our special veterans and their families. Please RSVP using the link below, including the number of people that will be attending the breakfast by Friday, November 2.

Continental Breakfast Sign-Up:

School Safety Community Night - November 14
District 204 is partnering with local law enforcement agencies for a School Safety Community Night presentation from 7 to 8 pm on Wednesday, November 14 at Waubonsie Valley High School.

Safety topics include what parents should teach their younger children to help keep them safe, the district’s partnership with police and how school resource officers work with staff and students, ALICE training in schools, a new program that involves a school safety dog, and how students and parents can report safety concerns.

All District 204 parents are invited to attend this event. Children are encouraged to attend at their parents’ discretion.
An RSVP is appreciated, but not required at

On October 23rd, the Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC) hosted the conversation: Parent Engagement: Communication and Advocacy. We discussed ways to celebrate parent engagement and shared potential solutions to enhance communicative efforts between home and school. Please consider joining us at a future PDAC meeting. The PDAC Calendar is available on the PDAC subpage:

Third-Party Educational Programs
The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit:
Spring Brook: DuPage Inside Out Club
Spring Brook: Illinois Chess Teachers Chess Club

Upcoming Dates
Wednesday, October 31 Halloween Parade – 2:45 PM
Thursday, November 1 Book Fair – 9:15-3:15 and 4:30-7:30
Thursday, November 1 Parent Teacher Conferences 4:30-8:00 PM
Friday, November 2 Book Fair – 9:15-3:15
Monday, November 5 No School–Parent Teacher Conferences 8:00-3:00 and 4:30-8:00
Tuesday, November 6 No School – Election Day
Thursday, November 8 Grade 3 – DuPage Children’s Museum
Friday, November 9 Grade 3 – DuPage Children’s Museum

Have a great week! - Dave

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