BJHS | September Newsletter

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Brookwood Junior High School Newsletter / Issue 002 / September 2022

SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

HEADLINES

STUDENT DRESS CODE Brookwood Jr. High School believes that student dress and overall appearance should foster a positive and productive environment and should reect pride in oneself as well as our school. We further believe that student dress and appearance are a shared responsibility of the home and the school. The Administration will make the nal judgment on the appropriateness of clothing and/or appearance and reserves the right to prohibit students from wearing any articles of clothing or other items that lead or may foreseeably result in the disruption of, or interference with, the school environment. Please read our Parent Student Handbook for specic dress code expectations.

TuvefouTbgfu\EspqPŁQjdlVqQspdfevsft Students should arrive at school no earlier than 8:10 a.m. and be picked up after school no later than 3:15 P.M. If a student is being dropped off or picked up, the driver must adhere to the one-way sign at the entrance of the parking lot. Drivers must NEVER go the wrong way in the parking lot as this is unsafe for students and staff. Thank you for being so cooperative.

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BROOKWOOD JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL FAMILIES,

PRINCIPAL’S CORNER

THANK YOU FOR AN AMAZING START TO THE SCHOOL YEAR

Jill Larson Principal jlarson@brookwood167.org

Our kids have been awesome. We are looking forward to a wonderful school year! Thank you to all our families that came out for our Open House/ Curriculum Night on August 25th. Parents that attended were able to receive their child’s home computer and home supply kit.

School Hours Students’ school day is from 8:30 a.m. until 3:10 p.m. Students should not arrive earlier than 8:10 a.m.

Students received $10.00 in Brookwood Bulldog Bucks if their parent or guardian was in attendance. We had a great turn out and I am grateful for all our supportive families. If you were not able to attend the open house, please contact the school for a time to come in and pick up your child’s materials.

Contact Info I can be reached at the school number

(708)

758-5252,

by

We are asking that every parent sign up for the Principal email jlarson@brookwood167. ClassDojo, as this is a great way for parents to stay informed org or by cell phone at (708) about important events and information throughout the school 362-0115. year.Pleasecontacttheschoolofceifyouneedhelpsigningup for this awesome FREE communication tool!

I AM HONORED TO SERVE AS YOUR PRINCIPAL!


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WELCOME TO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR

As always, please reach out to your child’s teachers for any questions/concerns, or if I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me and know that my door is always open.

Attendance/Absences/Tardies Parents must call the school to report their child absent before 8:30 a.m. The number for reporting absences is (708) 75-21. Ofcial attendance will be reported every morning at 9:00 a.m. If your child joins a teacher’s classroom late, they will be marked tardy in PowerSchool, and you will be notiedthroughthePrincipalisClassDojo.

COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION Our teachers do an excellent job of communicating with families. Here is where you can stay informed proactively: •

SchoolandDistrictWebsite-www.brookwood167.org

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ClassDojo - It is essential that you sign up for the Principal’s ClassDojo. If you have not already joined, an invitation will be sent to you during the rst week of school. To join, you will need either your phone number or email address.

Aphonecalloranemailisanefcientwaytocommunicatewithyourchildisteacher. Please remember that our teachers are with students throughout the day and will return the call/email as soon as possible. At times, this may be the next school day.


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If a child has any symptoms listed below, they should stay home in the morning or go homeifthesesymptomsrst occur at school.

IF MY CHILD IS SICK, WHEN SHOULD I KEEP THEM HOME? Whenachildcanreturntoschoolisbasedonthespecicsymptomtheyhave. •

Feverof10.4orhigher

New onset of moderate to severe headache

Shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

Abdominal pain from unknown cause

New congestion/runny nose

New loss of sense of taste or smell

Fatiguefromunknowncause

Muscle or body aches

If you answer “yes” to any of the above, your child MUST stay home. Please call the school to report your child’s absence (708) 708-758-5252 (Option 1.)

ANTI-BULLY PLEDGE... We make a COMMITMENT to stand against bullying. We will treat others with RESPECT and KINDNESS. We will have the COMPASSION to not be a bully. We will have the COURAGE to not be a bystander. It is our RESPONSIBILITY to help others and to report bullying.


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A PARENT’S SURVIVAL GUIDE TO MIDDLE SCHOOL By: Dan Scott Lastweekwetalkedaboutthewaysyourmiddleschoolerischanging.Asarsttime Middle-School parent, with all of the changes and not-so-stellar characteristics, I started thinking to myself, “How will we ever get through this?” During our parent orientation at our kid’s school a couple of weeks ago, the counselor assured us that it is possible to survive the middle school years if you will do three (3) things...

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REMEMBER THAT (YOU) ARE THE PARENT. ACT LIKE IT.

Many parents want to be their kidsi BFFfdoing whatever it takes not to disrupt the magic that happens when everyone is happy. But at this stage in the game, our role is more like that of coach than friend. You’re not done parenting yet, this child is not ready to be launched into the world as an adult, so you have to continue to work at parenting during this stage knowing that the goal of friendship lies just ahead. They need a parent, and thatis a function only you can fulll. And yes, while they wonitalwaysbehappywithyouforhappyingeneralduringtheirtween/teenyearsf it doesn’t mean they don’t love you. Parents are the most important thing in a child’s life.

REMEMBER THAT (YOU) ARE THE PARENT. ACT LIKE IT.


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A PARENT’S SURVIVAL GUIDE TO MIDDLE SCHOOL 02

DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY

Because of their hormones, they can and will showcase the full range of emotions in a matter of hoursfsometimes minutes During those moments of insanity, they will say things that might hurt you. They will roll their eyes, huff, sigh, or completely blow youoff.WARNING:thatisnotthetimetopickaght.Youcanitarguewithunbalanced people, your children included. The chances are that they don’t really mean it. Pushing boundaries is now one of the primary activities on the middle school child job description. And it’s not that we shouldn’t enforce those boundaries, it’s just that we need to do so with grace and truth.Grace.Lotsandlotsofgrace.

DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY


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A PARENT’S SURVIVAL GUIDE TO MIDDLE SCHOOL 03

GET AND STAY CONNECTED

Be intentional about getting your middle schooler connected to the right people. They can’t navigate this time on their own. They need people in their lives who are not you. They love you, but they will not tell you everything. In their eyes, you’re no longer objective. Connect your kid to a trusted adult such as a coach, play director, dance teacher, or church small group leader. Because they won’t ask you every question that pops intotheirhead,widenthecircleand nd otheradults whowould say whatyou say. Most of all, we can simply offer our kids safe places to land. Sometimes they just need space to clear their heads. They need us constantly reminding them they have value and that we love them in spite of the crazy. Middle school isn’t easy, but with a little planning, preparation, and parenting you will help your children thrive throughout these important years.

GET AND STAY CONNECTED


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We are excited to announce that Brookwood School District 167 will provide students with a set of school supplies for school and home again this school year! Therefore, there are [NO] school supplies lists. However, if your child needs additional resources, please get in touch with the school ofceat708-52.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

POWERSCHOOL All Brookwood teachers use an online grading system called “PowerSchool” that they update every Thursday. We encourage you to check your child’s progress regularly. This program is condential therefore you will need an access username and password to see your childis progress.+fyouneedyourusernameandpasswordplease contacttheschoolofceat(708)5-2.APower5chool app for your cellular phone makes it easy for parents to stay updated on their child’s progress.

TECHNOLOGY HELPLINE If your child is having any technology problems connecting to their teacher’s Google Classroom, please contact our help desk at (708) 300-3553 or email our help desk helpdesk@brookwood167.org Please leave a detailed message with your name, child’s name, phone number, and the issue you are having with the device.


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MISSION STATEMENT Brookwood School District 167, in partnership with parents and the community, will create a learning environment in which all students excel at becoming lifelong learners and decision-makers. WE BELIEVE •

Familiesshapetheirchildrenismotivation,condence,andacademicsuccessbybeinginterestedand involved in their overall development.

All students are unique and should be challenged to the highest level of academic and artist excellence.

Intheimportanceofstaffdevelopmentopportunitiesbasedonbestpracticesandeducationalr

In educating our children in a safe and nurturing environment with access to state-of-the-ar technology.

The school system should teach students to think critically enabling them to become contribut citi\ensinourglobalsociety.

In continuous improvement in all aspects of the school system to foster a culture of eZce Accountability,andintegrity.

Inresponsiblestewardshipofnancialandphysicalresources.

VISION STATEMENT Our overall vision is to improve the achievement of all students, regardless of race, socio-economic

status, gender, or ability levels (disabilities). We share the accountability of student achie

throughouttheschool.Webelieveinusingresearch-basedpracticestoachieveourgoals.Wepromot school and community involvement because we believe that these partnerships help us meet the needs of all of our students.

WE ARE COMMITTED TO 1.

Providingstudentswithhighlyqualiedteachers

2.

Providing our staff with professional development


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FOOD SERVICE New Food Service Partnership

HONOR ROLL & HIGH HONOR ROLL

Our Superintendent and Board of Education know how important proper nutrition affects our students’ learning. This year we will be purchasing our school breakfast and lunch from - QUEST FOOD MANAGEMENT SERVICE.

Students are given a quarterly report card at BJHS.

Students who earn an Quest Food Management Servic is passionate about food and they academic G.P.A. of 3.95 or higher are placed on the believe in wholesome, nutritious ingredients. That is why they are High Honor Roll. committed to using items that are healthier for both our student’s bodies and the planet.

If a student makes an academic grade of 3.45Quest Food Management Service, provide communities with fresh, 3.94, they are placed on the Honor Roll. high-quality food, exceptional responsiveness, and intensely personal service. By purchasing with the following standards in mind and preparing items so that they are as fresh as possible when served, they support local agriculture, increase nutrition, and intensify the avor.

SPORTS Did you know? We do not have tryouts for any of our sports teams. If your child wants to participate, they must show up for practice! Please encourage your child to get involved.

Sports Physicals Any student planning on participating in a sport must have a current physicalonle(goodforone(1)year).

Students earning those honors will be invited to a special Student Recognition Luncheon each quarter.


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CLASSDOJO

What is ClassDojo? PLEASE JOIN OUR CLASSDOJO’S AND STAY INFORMED! It is important that you sign up for the Principal’s Class Dojo. I post important information such as if a bus is running late, important reminders regarding picture day, graduation information and other important topics. PLEASE SIGN UP TODAY! ClassDojo is actively used in 90% of U.S. K-8 schools. ClassDojo is a free app that helps build amazing classroom and school communities. Teachers give feedback to students for any skill,likelWorkingHardmandlBeingCurious.m From the mobile app, parents view their childis feedback, and can message directly with teachers and school leaders. Please join my ClassDojo so you can stay informed on what is happening at Brookwood Junior High School. If you would like to join, please accept the invitation that we emailed to you or texted you, or contact the school at (708) 758-5252, email, jlarson@brookwood167.org. All you will need to provide is your cell phone number or email address.

GET INVOLVED AND STAY INFORMED!

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SPORTS ACTIVITIES

ALL SPORTS ACTIVITY PARTICIPATION REQUIRES A CURRENT PHYSICAL

FALL SPORTS • • • •

Cross Country Girls Basketball Boys Basketball Cheerleading

WINTER SPORTS • • •

Wrestling GirlsVolleyball BoysVolleyball

SPRING SPORTS •

Track

All students are welcome to join our Cross-Country Team! Athletes will compete against nine (9) other schools in our conference. After school, the rst CrossCountry practice and informational meeting will occur on Wednesday, September 1st.

GET INVOLVED!

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Join BJHS Clubs & Activities

Tutoring Student Council Chess Art Club S.T.E.M. Club Cheerleading Cooking Club Mathletes

• • • • • • • •

Speech & Debate Club VideoClub GospelChoir NJHS Drumline Band Jazz Band Yearbook

• • • • • • • • •

GirlsBasketball Boys Basketball GirlsVolleyball BoysVolletball Wrestling Track Cross Country Keyboarding Club Spanish Club


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DAILY BELL SCHEDULE

SCHOOL HOURS 8:30 A.M. - 3:10 P.M. BREAKFAST 8:0 A.M. - 8:30 A.M.

SEL MEETING 8:30 A.M. - 8:50 A.M.

1ST PERIOD 8:50 A.M. - 9:45 A.M.

2ND PERIOD 9:45 A.M. - 10:4 A.M

3RD PERIOD 10:4 A.M. - 1:35 A.M.

4TH PERIOD

7TH GRADE LUNCH 1:35 A.M. - 12:05 M P. . 8TH GRADE CLASS 1:35 A.M. - 12:30 M P. . 7TH GRADE CLASS 12:05 M P. . - 1:0 M P. . 8TH GRADE LUNCH 12:30 M P. . - 1:0 M P. .

5TH PERIOD 1:0 M P. . - 1:5 M P. .

6TH PERIOD 1:5 M P. . - 2:50 M P. .

SEL MEETING 2:50 M P. . - 3:10 M P. .

DISMISSAL 3:10 M P. .

EXTRACURRICULAR 3:10 M P. . - 4:30 M P. .

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BROOKWOOD JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL VISITORS Save the Date Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on November 7th, 2022, from 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

If you need to come into the school for any reason, for safety reasons, you will be required to wear a mask, and you will need to have a current Driveris License that will be checked in our Raptor Security System. Raptor® provides a line of sight as to who is always in our school. The system provides

school

districtwide

reporting

and for

all visitors, volunteers, and contractors that have signed in/out

of

our

buildings.

This is important for safety reasons.