. . . Tiger Tales The Gwendolyn Brooks PTA Newsletter From the Desk of Mr. Younce- Welcome back to another fantastic I also encourage you to sign up for year at Gwendolyn Brooks the school email news list. Our news Elementary School! I am confident list is an important communication that the 2007-2008 school-year will be tool that we use to communicate last one of our best ever. Our students, minute reminders, information about parents and staff make up an school closings, emergency updates, outstanding learning community of etc. I recommend that you sign up for which I am proud to call myself a both the school and district news member. lists. You can do this by accessing our school website (listed above) and September, 2007 Volume 13, Issue 1 This excellent publication, “Tiger clicking on the appropriate links on Tales”, is a monthly product of the the right side of your screen. Please Brooks PTA. Our PTA has a note - we emptied all addresses from committed membership and our news list this summer, so it is dedicated group of leaders whose important for you it to resubmit your efforts are consistently focused on information if you would like to September’s dates to remember: enhancing the school experience of continue receiving these updates. our students. I encourage you to look for “Tiger Tales” in backpacks each In case you can’t tell already, our Sept. 27th: School Picture Day month as it contains important communication tools are important. information about upcoming events You need to know what is going on at school. at school just as your child’s teachers need to know what is going on with I also encourage you to consistently their students. I encourage you to check out our school website open every communication door http://brooks.ipsd.org and the possible with your classroom teacher Banter from Brooks blog, which can and the staff at Brooks. We are here be accessed through the school to help your children grow and learn, website. Our webpage will have but we also know that we can’t do it Oct. 8th: NO SCHOOL without you. updated events posted along with Oct. 11th: 3rd Grade Musical items of news interest. The blog, which I maintain in an effort to make Thanks for being the foundation of th current information more readily the Brooks Community. Oct. 17 : NO SCHOOL PM AM Kindergarten attends. available to our community, is updated every 2-3 days. Two of the Regards, th Oct. 25 : PTA Costume Party more recent entries provide Dave Younce information about our PTA Room Celebration Survey results and brief introductions of each of our new staff members for this school year. September 2007 It's Gift Wrap time!!! Gwendolyn brooks school We are partnering again this year with the Remembered in japan Innisbrook Company to offer you wonderful wrapping paper, gift and stationary items. This is the PTA's major fund raising effort during the year. Look for your catalog to come home with your student on Monday, September 10th. Hello! My name is Katie DeSotell and I am a Reading The income generated from Innisbrook sales Improvement Teacher at Georgetown Elementary. I am Mrs. support numerous programs and events that the PTA funds such as Mini Courses, Field Day, Frantzen’s sister. This past spring break, my niece, Abbie (Mrs. Accelerated Reader and Field Trips. Frantzen’s daughter) and I traveled to Japan. Please help us maintain these wonderful We had the honor to represent Gwendolyn Brooks School at the opportunities for Brooks' students. Peace Park in Hiroshima, Japan. Several years ago, Ms. Jody Morganegg had her students read the book Sadako and the Make your own selections. Parents are encouraged Thousand Paper Cranes. At the time, Ms. Morganegg was a fifth to show the catalog to friends, relatives and co- grade teacher at Brooks. (She is now a bilingual teacher at workers. You can also refer out- of- town friends Georgetown.) After reading the book, her fifth grade class made and relatives to order through the Internet at paper cranes and Abbie and I were able to deliver them at the www.innisbrook.com and enter our school code of monument to Sadako which is located near where the atomic bomb 115089 at the website. was dropped. Brooks receives the profit on all Internet orders We tagged the paper cranes with a message of peace on behalf of coded to our school. Ms. Morganegg, her students and your school. We rang the bell which is a large paper crane. If you know of a neighbor who was in Thank you for you ongoing support and Ms. Morganegg’s class, please let them know their paper cranes contributions to the Brook's PTA. If you have any were finally brought to the monument at Hiroshima. questions please call Cherri Hawk at 978-8119. We were honored to represent your school community. May our wish for global peace be a reality for our world one day soon. District 204 Transition from "Good to Great" Another school year has begun. The Board welcomes the children, parents, staff and administration to the 2007-08 school year and wishes continued success for all. Just as the seasons are undergoing a transition, the District is as well. We begin the new academic year with enthusiasm and high expectations as we pass the leadership baton to our new superintendent, Dr. Stephen Daeschner. The Board believes that Dr. Daeschner's experience and expertise, together with his dedication and passion for educational excellence and student achievement, will move our already successful school district from "good to great" by fulfilling the Board's mission: "To prepare all students to succeed in an ever-changing world through comprehensive programs and experiences in collaboration with family and community." Many of us who have personally witnessed Dr. Daeschner’s high energy level are not surprised that he began his transition full speed ahead long before his start date of July 1 by scheduling meetings with the Board, members of the community, news media, Manna Inventory district personnel and other significant community leaders. One of his particular focuses (among many) is to develop a long-term strategic plan for the district which encompasses curriculum, human resources, student achievement, technology, finance, and the list goes on. The Board looks forward to his leadership and his ability to make District 204 the best it can be! Christine Vickers Board of Education Member 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 2007 Want to get involved at Brooks? There are Committee Positions still open! We still have the following Committee Chair Positions available: IPPC Representative-attend the monthly Dist 204 meetings and give report at From your PTA President… PTA Board meetings. Laura Evans Services- represent other services chairs and act as liaison to PTA Welcome Back! It’s September already and the Board. children have been busy with their first week at Educational Enrichment-represent other educational chairs and act as liaison school. to PTA Board. Program Support-represent fundraising This month is our PTA Membership Drive. The committees and act as liaison to PTA classroom that obtains the highest percentage of PTA Board. members will get an Ice Cream Party. We will have a Staff Appreciation-plan & coordinate gauge in each classroom letting the kids know how festivities for staff recognition they are doing. In the event there is a tie, each class week. will get a party. Let’s do our part to help the children; join the PTA. As something new this year we are Committee Member Positions open: sending each PTA family a Jump In magazine. There are a lot of great ideas in this publication and we are Teacher Conference Dinner-coordinate 1 dinner to be brought in for happy to get this out to our members. conferences week of Nov 9 & March 2 ** this is easy to do from home and We hope everyone had a great time at the Ice Cream not time consuming at all ** Social. I had a hard time getting the kids to come Reflections Committee-help distribute home afterwards; they were so excited to be with their National PTA (art & music)) materials friends. Thank you Sally for another great Ice Cream to students (4-5 hours in Fall) Social. Directory Ads- help sell advertising ads for School As always, we are in need of volunteers! Each year it Directory (2-3 hours in early seems as though the same people volunteer and we Fall) would like to invite everyone to help. Please review Staff Appreciation-assist Chair in the article about which committees need chairs and coordinating activities for staff let’s make sure we continue to offer the same valuable appreciation week in May. (3-4 programs that we have had in the past. If anyone is hours) interested in starting a program, please let us know. A new program being offered at Brooks this year is THANK YOU TO ALL THAT HAVE ALREADY Little Hamlets. VOLUNTEERED! Thank you Ellyn for accepting the Treasurers Please contact Laura Evans @ 978-1010 or position. We are excited about our PTA Board this Lisa Churchill @ 499-9356… year; we have a few positions that we know the right people will fill. Here is to a wonderful 2007-2008 school year!!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 School spirit is on sale now until September 13th! We have shorts, t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts available. If in stock, you will receive the product immediately upon order. If not, your order will be placed and you should receive it within two weeks. New this year...A rhinestone shirt and shorts for the girls! Plus we have also included a blue cheer t-shirt with “silver” printing for all of our Brooks cheerleaders. They're fabulous! For the boys we have come out with two new t-shirts and a pair of shorts. 5th graders…We have something planned special for you! This year we will be selling a 5th grade “Class of ‘08” T-shirt. Each of your signatures will be placed on the screen print prior to production. Watch for more information to follow over the coming weeks. We encourage all members of the Brooks Elementary community to show school support by wearing the school apparel on Spirit Day or on school outings- like field trips. Are you proud to be a student, teacher, or volunteer of our great school? Show your school spirit by wearing your Brooks Spirit Wear every Friday for spirit day! For Information regarding School Spirit Apparel, please contact Colleen Behnke @ firstname.lastname@example.org Please see order form and photos of apparel on the following pages. Thanks! 2007-2008 PTA Meeting "Bank at School"... Is PTA Budget Schedule: Back! The PTA budget will be September11, 7:00 pm Once again, Gwendolyn approved at the September October 9, 1:00 pm Brooks student's will be able 11 PTA Meeting. We have November 13, 7:00 pm to participate in the "Bank at School" program. Look for included a copy in Tiger December 11, 7:00 pm January 15, 1:00 pm future Bank at School dates Tales for your review. Over February 12, 7:00 pm in the next release of Tiger 56% of the PTA budget is March 11, 1:00 pm Tales. spent on Educational April 15, 7:00 pm Enrichment Programs for all May13, 7:00 pm students.
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