BMS | November Newsletter

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Brookwood Middle School Newsletter / Issue 004 / November 2022



CHAMPIONS BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM Champions is a before and after school care program available to our Brookwood families. Please contact Champions as soon as possible to secure your spot. SPACE IS LIMITED. Champions Family Support | Phone: (800) 246-2154

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Happy November! So crazy to think we are beginning the month of November! As we move from the end

School Hours

of the 1st quarter to the start of the 2nd quarter, I ask

Students’ school day is from 8:30 a.m. until 3:10 p.m.

what you will do differently to make the 2nd quarter better than the 1st quarter. As a new quarter is underway, I would like to remind you of this year’s School Improvement Goals... 1. By the end of the 2022/2023 school year, 60% of our students will reach or exceed their projected Spring NWEA (MAP) RIT Score 2. By the end of the 2022/2023 school year, 65% of our students will reach or exceed their projected Spring NWEA (MAP) RIT Score 3. By the end of the 2022/2023 school year, 80% of our students with disabilities will grow by six (6) points on their Spring Reading NWEA (MAP) Assessment

Students should not arrive earlier than 8:00 a.m. All walkers and car riders will enter through Door #1, The Main Entrance.

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PRINCIPAL’S CORNER In addition to the above goals, I will also be focusing on the following... 1. Assisting teachers in creating, monitoring, and evaluating the success of the District Guided Math Initiative 2. Providing students with the opportunity to grow both academically and socially 3. Expose students to different academic opportunities viaeldtrips 4. Assist students in improving their social skills 5. Provide teachers and staff with opportunities to learn from other staff members Attendance/Absences/Tardies To ensure that our students excel academically, they must attend school daily and be on time.

When students are tardy, they miss valuable

instruction, primarily in reading and language arts. Attendance will be tied into our school’s PBIS expectations in which students will be able to earn rewards and participate in fun activities. When your child has to be absent, please inform the front office. Our absentee number is 708-757-2110.

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

School and District Website -

Timberwood News - Weekly school newsletter that will be sent home on Fridays

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 home if these symptoms first occur at school.

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

Fever of 100.4 or higher

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

Fatigue from unknown cause

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) 708-757-2110 (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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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 office at 708-758-5252.


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 confidential therefore, you will need an access username and password to see your child’s progress. If you need your username and password, please contact the school office at 708 758-5 50. A PowerSchool 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 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 •

Families shape their children’s motivation, confidence, and academic success by being interested and involved in their overall development.

All students are uni excellence.

In the importance of staff development opportunities based on best practices and educational research.

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

The school system should teach students to think critically enabling them to become contributing citi ens in our global society.

In continuous improvement in all aspects of the school system to foster a culture of e cellence, Accountability, and integrity.

In responsible stewardship of financial and physical resources.

ue and should be challenged to the highest level of academic and artistic

IV SION 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 achievement throughout the school. We believe in using research-based practices to achieve our goals. We promote school and community involvement because we believe that these partnerships help us meet the needs of all of our students.




Providing our staff with professional development

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Teach students how to use self-awareness

Use a more standards-based approach to

and interpersonal skills to maintain

measure student growth and progress.

positive relationships.



Provide students with more opportunities to improve their mental and physical health.



Work collaboratively with parents to increase parent involvement within our school community.



Implement restorative justice practices.

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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, like “Working Hard” and “Being Curious.” From the mobile app, parents view their child’s 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 Middle 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) 758-5350, email, All you will need to provide is your cell phone number or email address. GET INVOLVED AND STAY INFORMED!

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As we wrap up GCF and LCM using Prime Factorization, we will move into fractions: multiplying, dividing, oh my!! This should take us through the majority of October.


We wrapped up a fantastic Hispanic Heritage Project, and the students did Muy Bien! We are now returning our focus to nishing up our Geography Unit, and we will soon be moving into our textbook, starting our travels to the Fertile Crescent. We will also be spending some time learning about Veterans’ Day and how important it is to recognize our very own American Heroes!

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MATH INTERVENTION We have made great strides in our Do the Math Intervention classes! We are being able to show how to add and subtract with Open Number Lines, which help us organize our concepts of adding one & two digit numbers correctly using an imaginary number line.

READING INTERVENTION In Read 180, we have started Workshop 4: True West. We have read some stories of people traveling west in the 1800s and the advantages and disadvantages of those on the journey. We are synthesizing text evidence between multiple texts. Software usage and independent reading time are well underway.

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5th- Grade Science: StudentscompletedtheirstudyoftheScienticMethod/Engineering Design with a culminating Catapult Lab Project. Groups competed to see who could design a catapult to launch a marshmallow the farthest without exceeding 300 cm. Congrats to the winning teams! Currently, we are studying a Matter Unit, where we

rst learned about Particles of Matter and have moved on to the Properties of Matte Soon, students will be completing a Properties of Matter Lab where they will test six

different materials for the following properties: magnetism, reectivity, and ele conductivity. Please ask your child how they tested for each of these properties! We will then move into a Matter Unit where we will be studying particles, properties, states, changes, and conservation of matter.

6th- Grade Science: We are nishing up our learning about plant and animal cells. Students created Cell Board Games as a major project to review the functions and parts of the cell. Many creative games were made! Our next unit will focus on Body Systems.

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5TH GRADE ELA 5th Grade ELA: During the month of October, we are focusing on developing paragraphs, improving vocabulary, and making inferences. Based on pre-assessment data from September, more emphasis will be placed on analyzing and annotating texts using our Wonders curriculum and grade-level complex passages. Be on the lookout for student choice board projects using their independent reading book. Students are encouraged to read and write daily (read for at least 30 minutes and write for at least 15 minutes) to strengthen these fundamental skills.

teachers would like to say “Thank You” to the Glenwood Fire Department for coming to the school to talk with us about what

Safety Week, Oct. 9th to Oct. 15th

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In art, we have started working on One-Point Perspective drawings of houses! Students may choose to create a Haunted House or a “Cute” Halloween house in celebration of the upcoming holiday, or students can make a typical house with landscaping and other details found on a home. Students will use rulers to point lines toward a vanishing point

thatcreatesanillusionofspaceintheirartwork.Wewillnishupwithwatercolorpa and I hope to display them before October 31st!

To stay current on what is happening at Brookwood Middle School, please continue to check Class Dojo or watch the morning announcements on YouTube by going to the following page...

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BROOKWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL VISITORS 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 Driver’s 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




and for

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




This is important for safety reasons.