April 1, 2021
Good Morning,

It was another strange week in what has been a truly strange year for all of us. We missed all of our students that were in quarantine and look forward to being back at full-strength next week. Thank you to everyone for your cooperation and communication over the course of the recent weeks.

Today's newsletter includes important information about special lunch, standardized testing schedules for students in grades 3-5, and class placement input for the 2021-22 school year. Please take some time to read everything carefully.

Since I mentioned the 2021-22 school year, I will formally announce that next school year will be my final year at Meadowbrook, as I will be retiring in June 2022. That's a long way off, but I thought I would share this news with Meadowbrook families. The district will conduct a search and hire a new principal next winter, and I will work closely with the new hire to transition her/him into what I consider to be the best principal job on the planet. But, that's a long way off, so I plan on enjoying the next 14 months with all of your children and our fantastic staff as we continue to muscle through the pandemic together.

The weather this weekend looks to be fantastic. Get outside and enjoy the time with your children!

Pat
Important Dates
April 2
  • No School, Good Friday
April 7
  • PTO Meeting at 9:15
April 9
  • Meadowbrook Spirit Wear Day
April 12
  • Special Lunch
April 14
  • Special Lunch
  • RLA Materials Pickup after school
April 16
  • Special Lunch
Meadowbrook Happenings
Marla's Lunch
Want a break from packing lunches? Special Lunch is back at Meadowbrook!

  • Available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (April 12 thru May 28)
  • Orders must be placed the week ahead (First order deadline is Tuesday, April 6 at noon.)
  • Marla’s Brown Bag Lunch is our service provider who coordinates lunches from a variety of local restaurants.
  • We highly recommend only ordering per week in case of unexpected absences.

See this flyer for details about ordering!
IL State Testing Schedule

Below are the dates/times for the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) and Illinois Science Assessment (ISA). Third, fourth, and fifth graders are required to take the IAR, and 5th graders are also required to take the ISA. Teachers will send reminders about upcoming testing dates and times, as well.

Testing Schedule for In-Person Students
  • 3rd Grade English/Language Arts: 5/6 & 5/7
  • 3rd Grade Math: 5/3, 5/4 & 5/5
  • 4th Grade English/Language Arts: 4/26 & 4/27
  • 4th Grade Math: 4/28, 4/29 & 4/30
  • 5th Grade English/Language Arts: 4/26 & 4/27
  • 5th Grade Math: 4/28, 4/29 & 4/30
  • 5th Grade Science: 4/19, 4/20 & 4/21

Testing Schedule for RLA Students
  • 3rd Grade English/Language Arts: 4/22 from 9-10:30 a.m. at Greenbriar and 4/23 from 9-11 a.m. at Greenbriar
  • 3rd Grade Math: 5/3, 5/4 & 5/5 from 9-10:15 a.m. at Greenbriar
  • 4th Grade English/Language Arts: 4/26 & 4/27 from 9-10:45 a.m.
  • 4th Grade Math: 4/28, 4/29 & 4/30 from 9-10:15 a.m.
  • 5th Grade English/Language Arts: 4/26 & 4/27 from 1-2:45 p.m.
  • 5th Grade Math: 4/28, 4/29 & 4/30 from 1-2:15 p.m.
  • 5th Grade Science:4/20 from 9-11:45 a.m. and 4/21 from 9-10:15 a.m.
2021-22 Class Placement Input (DUE BY APRIL 30th)

It's time for us to begin thinking about class placements for next school year. We invite parents to provide input on their child's placement by submitting an email to me at pthome@northbrook28.net. E-mails are optional and will be kept confidential. If you don't have concerns about your child's placement, there's no need to send input. If you do opt to send an email, please abide by the following parameters:

  • Please do not request specific teachers. If you have had personal experience with a teacher, you can give input on that relationship, otherwise, please only include information about the type of classroom environment that you believe would benefit your child.
  • You may make a request to separate your child from another child who he/she was in class with this year. Please note, if you make a "separate from" request, this will take top priority in placing your child. If you have a "separate from" request for a child who is NOT currently in your child's class, please explain the extenuating circumstances behind this request.
  • You may suggest multiple students who may be a good match to be placed with your child. We make our best effort to place students with at least one friend, typically from their current class. If your child has close friends outside of their current class placement, please let us know! This is particularly important after a year with remote learning and smaller class sizes due to the pandemic. We can't guarantee that we will be able to place students based on friend requests, but we'll try to use the information whenever possible.

We take class placement decisions extremely seriously and our teachers dedicate a great deal of time to putting together balanced groups. Please also feel free to have conversations with your child's teacher to discuss placement for next year.

ALL PARENT INPUT IS DUE TO ME/TEACHERS BY APRIL 30th. Information received after that date may not be included in placement discussions.
Summer School Registration Open

The District is pleased to be able to offer a summer school enrichment and Extended School Year program this year. All students and staff will be required to follow safety protocols by wearing face coverings and maintaining social distancing. This will impact the number of students who will be able to participate, so registration is limited.
Registration opened March 29 and there are still some spots remaining, but they are filling up fast! Visit the Summer School webpage for details. Student services case managers will be reaching out to families about Extended School Year registration for those students who qualify.
Remote Learning Academy News
State Assessments for Grades 3 - 5
Please mark your calendars with our upcoming state assessment dates. As a reminder, your child will take the assessments on-site at the designated school location.

We will send a health self-certification form to be completed the morning before each scheduled testing date. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions you have about the tests. 
PTO News
PTO News and Notes

Order special lunch and/or school supplies for next school year, and volunteer to join the Meadowbrook PTO Board for the 2021-22 school year! Details can be found in today's PTO News and Notes.
Music Parents Club
Get Involved! Join the Music Parents Club

If you have a child in Band, Choir or Orchestra, make a difference by getting involved in the Music Parents Club. There are volunteer opportunities of all sizes!
District News
Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the NB28 Children's Choir this year!

Greenbriar Music Teacher and choir director Jeremy Bartunek did an amazing job creating a video 'concert' from all-remote student participation.

Check out 'Hot Chocolate' on Youtube.

View the full concert or more individual songs from the 'Jeremy Bartunek' YouTube channel.
Help a Family in Need
Friends and family have organized a fundraiser in loving memory of LIA ROGERS on behalf of her beloved daughter NEVAEH ROGERS. Lia was a Westmoor School PTO volunteer and involved in the community in many ways. A GoFundMe page was established to help Lia's family alleviate lingering medical costs and provide assistance for Nevaeh's future (necessities, schooling, extra-curricular activities, counseling, etc...). All funds will go directly to an account set up for Nevaeh. Visit the Navaeh Rogers GoFundMe Page to learn more.
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