HB | June Newsletter

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ISSUE: 010 / JUNE YEAR: 2022

HICKORY BEND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL It’s not enough to say that we’ve had a good school year. This year was incredibly challenging on many levels. We were persistent, driven, and determined to be successful. We leaned on each other, supported one another, and realized that there is so much more to school than just “books.” We accepted the challenge of establishing a “new normal” and triumphed over any hurdle that stood in the way of our goals. We have had so much more than just a good year: We’ve had a victorious year! As we end this school year and look forward to the next, please allow me to extend my gratitude to our School Board for their support and tenacity. Without their hardworking faithfulness we would not have been able to run programs, purchase supplies, or obtain needed human resources. Our Superintendent, Ms. Bethany Lindsay, was a true Champion for our children, fighting for their rights and needs, taking only “Yes” for an answer when it came to deciding on what we can do to make education in our district the best for children. The support and dedication of our School Board and Superintendent was crucial to our success. A heartfelt thank you goes out to them. Ronisha Dubose | Principal

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 What is ClassDojo? Reporting of Absence(s): Parents must call the school to report their child absent before 8:30 a.m. The number for reporting absences is (708) 758-5190. Official 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 notified through the Principal’s 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 Hickory Bend 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) 7584520, email, rdubose@brookwood167. org. All you will need to provide is your cell phone number or email address. Get Involved and STAY INFORMED!






improve the achievement of all students, regardless of

becoming lifelong learners

environment with access

and decision makers.

to state-of-the-art

We Believe: •

race, socio-economic status, gender,








throughout the school. We

believe in using researchbased 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.

The school system should teach students to

children’s motivation,

think critically enabling

confidence, and

them to become

academic success by

contributing citizens in

being interested and

our global society. •

In continuous


improvement in all

All students are unique

aspects of the school

and should be challenged

system to foster a

to the highest level of

culture of excellence,

called “PowerSchool” that

academic and artistic

accountability and

they update every Thursday.



In the importance of

In responsible

Providing students with highly qualified teachers

an online grading system





stewardship of financial

check your child’s progress

opportunities based

and physical resources.

regularly. This program is

on best practices and •

All Brookwood teachers use

staff development

educational research.

We are Committed to: •


Families shape their

involved in their overall

We share the accountability




In educating our children

therefore, you will need

in a safe and nurturing

an access username and password to see your child’s

Providing our staff

progress. If you need your

with professional

username and/or password,


please contact the school


office at (708) 758-4520. There is a PowerSchool app

Brookwood School District 167,



available for your cellular


parents and community, will

phone that makes it easy for

create a learning environment

parents to stay updated on

in which all students excel at

their child’s progress.

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.

DESK OF THE PRINCIPAL... Next year will be different…it just will be. It will present new challenges, no doubt, but after seeing what Hickory Bend is capable of, I am confident that we will again come into our next and greatest victory. Have an incredible Summer, All-Stars! Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Principal. Happy Summer Everyone!

THE SENSATIONAL SINGERS What A Glorious Year! The Hickory Bend Sensational Singers had their final performances of the year on May 12th at the Fine Arts Night and on June 2nd and 3rd for the Hickory Bend 4th Grade Step-Up and Kindergarten Graduation ceremonies…. and you guessed it - they were Sensational!!! The students received awards and had a fun time at their pizza party following their Fine Arts show. To celebrate the end of a fantastic year, they enjoyed a skating trip to Lynwood Roller Rink. They sing well and they party hard! Great job Sensational Singers!

TALENT SHOW HB’s Got Talent! What an amazing demonstration of talent and professionalism! The talent show acts ranged from solo singing, to a full percussion ensemble, and even Magicians! The talent of our AllStars is a force to be reckoned with!!!!

PERFECT ATTENDANCE! Congratulations on Achieving PERFECT ATTENDANCE for the 2021-2022 School Year!

Kelli Williamson Tristan Harper Brea Dominguez

DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE The dads were “suited and booted” to dance with their precious little girl! It was indeed a memorable night as Dad’s and Father-Proxies held the limbo stick, danced to the music, and even got a little silly at the photobooth. Special thanks to Mr. Marvin Martin, Sr. (that’s Principal Dubose’s Dad) for reading a special Daddy-Daughter poem… and for sharing the special moment with our Principal.

FINAL PBIS AWARDS! At our FINAL PBIS celebration, forty-eight (48) All-Stars used their points to purchase raffle tickets in hopes of winning a bike. Congratulations to Tyler Willimham, Justin Bryant, Nigel Albright, and Kailey Uhter for winning bicycles!!!! The other forty-four (44) students left with a happy consolation prize :)

KINDERGARTEN GRADUATES Congratulations to our Kindergarten Graduates, Class of 2022!!!

MOVING ON... We will miss you 4th grade Class of 2022! Congratulations On Stepping up to the 5th Grade!!!

YEARBOOKS! YEARBOOKS ARE STILL ON SALE!!! Don’t forget to purchase your 2021-2022 yearbook! Contact the front office to make your purchase today! Cost is only $15.

+1 708-758-4520 +1 708-758-0364 www.brookwood167.org

600 E. 191st Place Glenwod, IL 60425

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 school and districtwide reporting for all visitors, volunteers, and contractors that have signed in/out of our buildings.

This is

important for safety reasons.

HICKORY BEND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENT SAFETY VEHICLE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE OVERFLOW PARKING LOT Thank you for the attention you have all given to ensuring safety in the parking lots. However, despite our best efforts, we have still suffered a number of “close calls” due to both speed and traffic flow. In order to increase safety, the following is being asked of all vehicular traffic. If you plan to park your vehicle… • Please use the overflow parking lot that is shared with the school and the church. • Please ENTER the shared parking lot from the NORTH (nearest the stoplight), and EXIT the shared parking lot from the SOUTH (near 192nd street). This will encourage one-way traffic in and out of the shared parking lot. If you plan to remain in your vehicle to dropoff/pick up your student… • Please enter and exit the parking area

through the north entrance (nearest the stoplight). Please adhere to the cone patterns and do not drive around a vehicle that is slightly delayed. Please do not drive between cones.

At All Times… • Please travel at slow speeds. • Please obey the direction of the staff.

Thank You for Your Cooperation!