• Brooks Message 12.9.2019

    Posted by Marie Palmer on 12/6/2019 2:00:00 PM

    Dear Brooks Families,

    We hope you have had a wonderful week.  Please read below for some important updates and reminders for the upcoming week.

     

    Principal Chats

    This year I will be holding four Principal Chats to allow parents the opportunity to come to Brooks and talk with me in a slightly structured environment. I will not have an agenda for these gatherings, rather, I will lead participants in a protocol to allow them to share what’s going well at Brooks, along with any concerns they may have. We will do this in a manner that allows information to be shared anonymously, thereby ensuring people feel comfortable to share information.

     

    The purpose of this time is simply to inform the administration of things going on from the perspective of our parents and school community. I cannot commit to resolving anything during this time, as it is simply an opportunity for parents to bring awareness to strengths and areas of concern.

     

    I hope you’ll join me on Thursday, December 12thfrom 2:00 – 3:00 for our second Principal Chat at Brooks!  

     

    PTA Membership

    I just wanted to take an opportunity to give a shout out to our fantastic PTA! At last night’s meeting, it was shared that this year’s membership is up 31% from last year! That is an incredible increase! If you have not joined the PTA, please consider doing so. Joining does not mean you will be signed up to be the president or that you have to attend all the meetings. There are a range of ways that you can contribute time and energy to the PTA, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our board members to ask how you can become a member and support the students and staff of Brooks. Our school continues to be a great place to learn and grow because of the strong community of students, families and staff. We want Brooks to continue to be a great community for all and serving on our PTA is one way to achieve this!

     

    Book Fair

    I am happy to say that our fall Book Fair was a HUGE success! Thanks to everyone that donated time working, those that visited it with their child(ren) and those that bought items. Additionally, a big thanks to the PTA for buying 150 books for students and for spending $1000 on books for staff! We appreciate all you do for our students and staff!

     

    These are all the reminders for the upcoming week. We can’t wait to see you!

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Marie Palmer

     

     

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  • Brooks Message 10.9.2019

    Posted by Marie Palmer on 10/9/2019 9:30:00 AM

    Dear Brooks Families,

    We hope you have had a wonderful week.  Please read below for some important updates and reminders.

     

    Tardy Students

    Over the past few weeks, we have seen an increase in the number of tardy students each day. Additionally, many of the same students are late several times a week, if not daily. We understand that there are often reasons for students to be late (doctor’s appointments, family emergencies), however, it is extremely important for students to be at school on time.

     

    We are asking parents to please help us by getting your children here on time. The instructional day begins promptly at 9:15 when the bell rings. Shortly thereafter students engage in morning meeting which helps set the tone for the day and to build a classroom community. If children are regularly missing this, they are missing out on critical time with their classmates and teacher.

     

    We are committed to academic, social-emotional, and behavioral growth for your child, so please help us by ensuring they are here and ready to begin their day at 9:15.

     

    Carpool Procedures

    Thank you to the parents/families that have followed our carpool procedures during arrival and dismissal. This serves as a reminder that during arrival/dismissal you are NOT permitted to turn left into our school parking lot from Rampart Drive. Since Brooks was rebuilt, this was the procedure established by the county to ensure free-flowing traffic.  There is a sign posted on Rampart Drive letting you know that there are no left turns on school days between the hours of arrival and dismissal.

     

    Unfortunately, we are finding that several people are not following this. You may have noticed the police were out there giving warnings in early September. They will be coming back to ticket people that have failed to follow the procedure.

     

    If you need a carpool map so that you can follow the correct procedure, please let us know and we’ll be happy to provide one for you.

     

    Transportation Options        

    Here at Brooks, parents have the following transportation options: bus, carpool, walker, Before/After School Care. These are the ONLY options. We are beginning to hear from parents that people are failing to follow our transportation options, especially those related to walkers. If you are walking to pick-up your child or allowing your child to be an independent walker, you/they should be walking all the way home.

     

    We do not have a transportation option of being “Parkers.” You should not be parking on the street, walking to get your child and then getting in the car to drive home. Additionally, when you sign the paperwork allowing your child to be an independent walker, it clearly states that children must walk the entire way home and not be picked up along the route. If we find that this is the case, we will revoke their independent walker privileges.

     

    Within the past two weeks, we’ve received several complaints from families that people are parking along Hyde Street to pick-up their children. This is creating a safety issue, as children that are independent walkers are not able to safely cross the street. The parents have shared these concerns with the City of Raleigh and inquired about putting “No Parking” signs along that road.

     

    Please make sure you are following the appropriate procedures. If you want to pick your child up in a car, you need to go through the carpool line.

     

    Safety of our students, parents and staff is our top priority and requires everyone to follow the established routines and procedures.

     

    Parent Conferences

    Hopefully you have seen communication from your child’s teacher about parent conferences. We hope you have taken the opportunity to sign up so that you can provide the teacher with important information about your child. Through collaboration between the school and family, students are bound to succeed!  

     

    Principal Chats

    This year I will be holding four Principal Chats to allow parents the opportunity to come to Brooks and talk with me in a slightly structured environment. I will not have an agenda for these gatherings, rather, I will lead participants in a protocol to allow them to share what’s going well at Brooks, along with any concerns they may have. We will do this in a manner that allows information to be shared anonymously, thereby ensuring people feel comfortable to share information.

     

    The purpose of this time is simply to inform the administration of things going on from the perspective of our parents and school community. I cannot commit to resolving anything during this time, as it is simply an opportunity for parents to bring awareness to strengths and areas of concern.

     

    I hope you’ll join me on Wednesday, October 23rdfrom 10:00 am – 11:00 am for our very first Principal Chat at Brooks!  

     

    Parent Night

    Please mark your calendars for November 14thso that you can attend our Parent Night. More details to come in the next few weeks!

     

    These are all the reminders for the upcoming week. We can't wait to see you next week!

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Marie Palmer

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  • Brooks Message 9.6.2019

    Posted by Marie Palmer on 9/6/2019 11:00:00 AM

    Dear Brooks Families,

    We hope you have had a wonderful week.  Please read below for some important updates and reminders for the upcoming week.

     

    Welcome Kindergarten Students!

    We are so happy to have our Kindergarten students here with us! This certainly was not a typical week, considering we were only here 1.5 days, so here’s to hoping we’ll be here a full week next week!  

     

    Back to Brooks Event

    We hope you can join us on next Thursday evening, September 12thfor our Foundation sponsored “Back to Brooks” event. This will take place at the North Hills Club from 7:00 – 8:30. The Brooks Foundation board will be present to share information regarding how our Foundation raises money to benefit our school. We hope to see you there!

     

    Open House/PTA Meeting

    This year’s Open House event will take place on Thursday, September 17thfrom 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. We will begin in the gym with a staff performance and a brief PTA meeting. Afterwards you will be able to visit your child’s classroom to meet the teacher, learn about grade level expectations/activities and network with other parents. We hope you will be able to join us!

     

     

    These are all the reminders for the upcoming week. We can’t wait to see you next week!

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Marie Palmer

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  • Brooks Message 8.23.2019

    Posted by Marie Palmer on 8/23/2019

     

    Dear Brooks Families,

    We hope you have had a wonderful week.  Please read below for some important updates and reminders for the upcoming week.

     

    Arrival/Dismissal

    Beginning August 26th, students may enter the building at 8:45 am and our instructional day begins at 9:15 am. Families are permitted to walk students to class but must leave the building by 9:15 am. Thank you for following this expectation to ensure the safety of our students and staff, and protect the integrity of our instructional day.

     

    Carpool arrival and dismissal procedures will remain the same in the upcoming year. All carpool will start by going down Northbrook Drive to Yadkin Road, which runs into Rampart Street. Cars will turn right off Rampart Street into the Brooks parking lot for carpool. If drivers turn left into the carpool line, they will be redirected.

     

    Carpool and walker students enter the building from the Rampart entrance while buses, cabs, and daycare students enter from the Northbrook Drive entrance.

     

    In the afternoon, dismissal will begin at 3:45 pm and all children should be off campus by 4:10 pm. In the afternoon, all students picked up in carpool require a transportation tag which is to be hung from the rearview mirror. Please work with your students to learn their tag number as quickly as possible. Parents of students that wish to be considered walkers need to show an assigned walk zone transportation tag to pick up their students in the afternoon. Parents living in the walk zone who are walking up to get their children will enter the building via the main entrance and line up to pick up students. Walk zone transportation tags may also be used for carpool pick up. Please note, ONLY families who live in our designated walk zone are permitted to pick up students as walkers.Students of eligible age (grades 2-5) who need to walk all the way home independently (without a parent) must have a signed release from parents on file with our office. No K-1 students may be released as independent walkers unless accompanied by an older sibling (grades 2-5). Transportation tags and release paperwork will be available at our “Meet the Teacher” event.

     

    Afternoons are very busy in our front office, and for that reason, transportation changes must be made by 2:45 pm. If you need to change your child’s transportation and you forgot to write a note to the teacher, please call the front office before 2:45, and the office staff will communicate these changes with the classroom teacher. We ask that you do not email the teacher as they may not check it in time to make the appropriate changes. Additionally, please do not leave this information on a voicemail as the front office is very busy in the afternoon, and there is a chance we will not check the messages prior to dismissal.

     

    Parking On & Off Campus

    When you visit our school campus, please park in the appropriately designated spots in the parking lot. The City of Raleigh has made changes to the “No Parking” signage located on Northbrook Drive. At no time should you park on Northbrook Drive to walk your child into the school. While I know this may be more convenient than using the carpool line, this is not safe and using the carpool line does not take that long in the morning or afternoon. Please know this is not meant to inconvenience anyone, rather, it’s to maintain the safety and security of our students, staff, and families. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

     

    Medication

    Students taking medication (over the counter or prescription) at school must have the 1702 form completed by a doctor. These forms must be updated each yearand presented to our office prior to the first day of school.

     

    Volunteers

    All volunteers must complete an “online” application and receive approval from WCPSS prior to serving as a volunteer. Applications can be accessed on the computers in our Media Center or at any Wake County school. Everyone who wishes to volunteer must complete a new application for the 2019 – 2020 school year even if you were approved last year.The volunteer application window at Brooks ends on October 31, 2019. If you even think you MAY want to volunteer, please apply by this deadline.  

    These are all the reminders for the upcoming week. We can’t wait to see you on August 26th!

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Marie Palmer

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