Programs & Activities


 June 13 - 3rd Grade Mackinaw Trip

 Brookwood 3rd grades, staff and their families journeyed across the Mackinaw Bridge to St. Ignace.  Students completed research and presented reports on one of the world's largest suspension bridges where Lake Michigan transitions into Lake Huron, Mackinaw Island and the Upper Peninsula. Next, they experienced a ferry ride to Mackinaw Island. In addition to the boat ride they had the opportunity to:

A. Take a horse and carrieage ride past the Grand Hotel and across the island
B. Visit the butterfly exhibit 
C. Learn the history of Mackinaw Island 
D. Tour the natural and majestic landform of Mackinaw Island~ " Breathtaking" E. Watch demonstrations from Civil War soldiers at Fort Mackinaw  
G. Shop and Sightseeing 
Lastly and most important they thoroughly enjoyed Mackinaw ice cream and Fudge... oh, the Fudge! (Smile). What a trip!  Thank you Mrs.Sisco, Mr. Garay and Miss Beth for creating this opportunity for our students and families.
 
"A mind that is stretched by new experiences can never go BACK to its old demensions"!
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 June 6 - Detroit Trip 2017

"Students never learn anything from being told, they have to find out through experiences for themselves."
Today, 51 fourth graders, 4 staff and 31 parents  took a road trip to Detroit.  We begin our journey to Detroit at 7:00 am. Our first stop was the Detroit Zoo. We spotted rhinoceros, giraffes, peacocks, " Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!"  
Next we visited the Charles R. Wright African American Museum. This was an eye opening and engaging experience for parents, students and staff.  Students traced African American roots from Africa, Triangular Slave Trade, Cotton fields, and even Motown to this present day.  It was sooooo..."Cool"!
We strolled by Fox Theater, Co- America Park and Ford Field in route to have lunch at Red Wing's Hockey Town.  The pizza was amazing.  
Our trip concluded in Bloomfield, Michigan at the Cranbrook Institute for Science.  While there, students deepened their understanding of Forces, Motion, States of Matter, Michigan History and King Tuts exhibits. Cranbrook Institute  for Science was highly engaging and lots of fun.
Thanks Mrs. VanVliet and Mr. Jongekrijg for creating lasting memories for our students and families.  
"Don't just learn, EXPERIENCE... Don't just exist, LIVE!"

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May 25 - Creating Lasting Memories!

"We didn't know we were creating memories, we just knew we were having FUN."~ Unknown  

Nearly 90 students and families and 4 staff spent a day in Chicago creating  wonderful memories and having a blast. The day started with our students visiting the Adler  Planetarium. This site was an extension of the classroom and 5th grade science standards. Brookwood dads strolled Michigan Avenue to ensure every student, chaperone and staff received a bag of Garrett's Chicago Style Popcorn...Mmmmm.  Next, the students had lunch at Chicago's famous Portillos.  They enjoyed the hot dogs, cheeseburgers, tenders and Italian beef sandwiches that filled their bellies as we departed to spend the afternoon at Lincoln Park Zoo. The lions roared, monkeys screamed and peacocks paraded proudly around their habitat as our students looked with excitement in their eyes! Lastly, and most excitedly, our students concluded this experience at a castle in Schaumburg, Medieval Times dinner show.  Brookwood cheered for the Red Knight.  Though our Knight didn't win, the entire experience was a victory for our very deserving students. 

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April 27 -  Autism Speaks and we Listen

Last night our itinerant, support, and teaching staff hosted our students with autism and their families.  The students had a play date while the parents networked. Parents also attended session to learn strategies to support our students independence, communication and socialization. 

"Everyone has a mountain to climb and autism has not been out mountain at Brookwood , it has been our opportunity for victory."

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April 24, 2017 - First grade trip to frederik meijer garden!

Brookwood believes in creating wonderful learning opportunities beyond the brick and mortar of our school. 1st grade studied life cycles and took a field trip to Frederik Meijer Gardens to see the butterflies as a culminating experience to align with their unit of study. 

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March 2, 2017 - Look what's happening in Falcon territory!

A great big THANK YOU to the Varsity Football Team and Coach Kimbrough for participating in the KPS "Be the Dream" mentoring Program.  Our students at Brookwood and Explorer  loved having our Falcon mentors read and spend time in their classrooms.  Thank you for creating lasting memories for our students.  Way to go Falcons!  

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March 1, 2017 - Black History Wax Museum

Our students, staff and families were visited by famous African Americans that have made significant contributions to American History.  Harriett Tubman, Hank Aaron, Oprah Winfrey, Diana Ross, Ray Charles,  Mae Jamison, Past President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama were just a few of many figures that the 3rd graders at Brookwood portrayed during this theatrical display.  This project was an extension of 3rd grade research, writing and speaking standards.  The students did an amazing job. We are so proud of them. Thank you Mr. Martin Garay and Ahnna Sisco for creating memories for Brookwood!

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February 14, 2017 - Our students spread love throughout Brookwood

Party time!  Thank you room parents for awesome food, games and fellowship!

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Saturday, February 11, 2017 - Students from Brookwood exercised with a cause

Students at Brookwood earns thousands of dollars annually to support the American Heart Association.  Jump Rope for Heart was a huge success and a lot of fun!

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Saturday, January 21, 2017 - Celebrating Chinese New Year with Brookwood students and families

The personality of the Rooster 

People born in the year of the Rooster are characterised as honest, energetic, intelligent, flexible and confident. But according to Chinese astrology, the year of your sign is believed to be one of the most unlucky years of your life.

The general image of people in this zodiac sign is that they are hardworking, resourceful, confident and talented. In addition, their active, talkative and engaging ways make them popular with people. They are happiest when they are in company, enjoying the spotlight. Although they were born with enviable skills, they still have several shortcomings, such as being seen as vain and arrogant with a tendency to brag about their achievements.

Strengths: Healthy, sporty, self-assured

Weaknesses: A little sensitive, stressed, moody

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Friday, January 20, 2017- July in January Pool/Pizza Party

Splish... Splash!  The students, families and staff at Brookwood had an amazing time swimming at EKHS pool.  The Bobcats had a wonderful time swimming and enjoying pizza and snacks!

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Friday, January 10, 2017 - The Bradshaw Boogie Family Dance

Families, students, and staff jammed to beats of new and old school music... "I've got this feelin... down in my bones... just dance, dance, dance...Can't Stop the Feelin'"~ Justin Timberlake

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 BROOKWOOD 5TH GRADERS FIELD DAY

Today Brookwood's 5th graders participated with the other 10 Kentwood Elementary Schools for the annual Field Day .. this year at Pat Patterson Field behind Crestwood Middle School.  Great job 5th grade BOBCATS!

A special thank you to Ms. Nikki Stilson, Mrs. Courtney Ostipow, Mr. Malik Baker and their PE colleagues.  Nikki coached our awesome Brookwood Bobcats through an exceptional day of competition against 4 other elementary schools.  Our student were well mannered, worked hard, supportive and full of spirit.  Most noticeable was their sportsmanship and positive attitude.  It was surely, " A great day to be a Bobcat!"

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 EKHS VARSITY SOCCER GIVE BACK TO BROOKWOOD

Tuesday, May 24, 2016-  Six Varsity soccer players came to Brookwood to mentor and play soccer with our 5th grade students. Franco, David, Jake, Alex, Kevin and Dzenis coached and played an amazing game of soccer with our 5th graders. #OurstudentsRock!

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GIRLS ON THE RUN 2016

Brookwood's Girls on The Run Team joined many others around the area for the annual Girls on The Run. Thanks Miss Sherwood for leading our girls in this.

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5th GRADE OVERTAKE CHICAGO 

54 students, 41 parents and 4 Brookwood staff  spent the day exploring and experiencing the, "Windy City",  Chicago with students.

After a continental breakfast in Indiana, we travel to:

1. Alder Planetarium

2. Portillo's for Lunch- Downtown Chicago

3. Garrett's Popcorn

4.  Lincoln Park Zoo

5. Medieval Times

The excitement and smiles on the student faces made every moment with our 5th graders and their families worthwhile.

A special thank you to Anne Thompson, Chellie Howard, Nick Carlesso, and Steven Powers for planning, organizing, and orchestrating such an awesome opportunity for our students.  Job well done!


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BROOKWOOD CHEERS ON 5TH GRADE AS THEY TAKE THE M-STEP

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5th GRADE VS TEACHERS BASKETBALL GAME

This year's 5th grade basketball team pulled off the upset of the ages. They defeated the preveiously undefeated teachers team. Ranked #1 in the country among teacher basketball teams, the teachers were overwhelming favorites and looked to continue their win streak.

 But...this year's 5th graders, armed with a "never say no" growth mindset, executed great skill and teamwork in pulling off a 28-27 thrilling victory.

Way to go 5th grade class! Have a fantastic spring break. 

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St. Patricks day at brookwood

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Today, Young 5's, kindergartens, a class of second 2 grade students along with the rest of the students at Brookwood attempted to trap a Leprechaun sighted at Brookwood. Leprechauns are clever and mischievous.

We were able to secure evidence and confirm that a Leprechaun was on the loose at Brookwood.  He was able to escape through an open window.  Before departing he did leave students chocolate coins.  Maybe next March 17, we will outsmart and trap the Leprechaun.  Happy St. Patrick's Day!

 

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Brookwood goes camping

If we can't take the students to camp, we bring the camp to the students.

Our library was transformed into a campground and students were given flashlights to navigate through tents and tepees, a virtual campfire, fire flies, sleeping bags as crickets echoed as the star illuminated the night sky.  Students also roasted s'mores on a live fire.

This experience was one of many reading activities that our students experiences for March is reading month. Thanks you to the staff/teacher-leaders for creating experiences for our students... Jenna Williams, Kelley VanVliet and Carmelita Young.

 
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Brookwood kids on the lower elementary playground enjoy today's big snow by making some big snow  balls. 2-24-2016

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BROOKWOOD AND THE KENTWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT COLLECTS WATER FOR FLINT

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Thank you to everyone that donated water bottles for Flint. Kentwood Public Schools collected 11,500 water bottles and 155 gallons of water. Awesome!!


Mrs. Dykstra's 1st grade class celebrates thanksgiving with decorations & making soup

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HARVEST PARTY 2016

The Brookwood Staff celebrated as dominoes this year.

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 Mr. Garay didn't make it  to the staff photo... he was out delivering Domino's Pizzas.

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 Brookwood Student Council 2015-2016

Congratulations to all candidates who ran for Student Council offices.

 

Our Brookwood 2015-16 Student Council:

President:                   Braden Metten

Vice President:           Ella Stroster

Secretary:                   Madison Coykendall

Treasurer:                   Amaya Swagerty

 

Here are some pictures from some of the final speeches given today at the student assembly.

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Brookwood students learn safety tips from our kentwood fire department  OCTOBER 19, 2015

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Students also had the opportunity for a close up inspection of a fire truck.

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BROOKWOOD breakfast with dads 10-16-2015

The parking lot, the gym and a lot of stomachs were full today. Thanks to who participated to make this year's Brookwood Dad's Breakfast a fantastic success.

Former Michigan State Spartan & current MSU assistant coach, Thomas Kelly,  spoke to the dads and students today.

Many showed up today in festive U/M MSU spirit on the eve of tomorrow's big game.

But the real winners are our dads who showed up for the biggest game in their lives.. their kids.

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BROOKWOOD VISITS ART PRIZE 2015

Learning beyond the "Bricks and Mortar" of Brookwood Elementary.

Mr. Jongekrijg and Mrs. VanVliet 4th Grade Classes ventures downtown Grand Rapids to take in all the awesome Art from both local and national artist during ArtPrize 2015 What a great opportunity for our student to be exposed to art and to foster art appreciation.  The students, parents and staff had a wonderful time. #ArtprizeRocks!

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KNOCK, KNOCK, BROOKWOOD'S HERE:

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Brookwood staff putting a "Get too" attitude into to practice!

This summer the Brookwood staff had the opportunity to visit with families and students to welcome them back to school. Staff walked the perimeter of Princeton Estates, Christie Avenue and all the streets in between to make the initial contact with family and students a positive one.  The staff at Brookwood is "walking the walk" to build and foster a positive connection with students,families and community.  As a staff, we are honored that we "get to" serve our families and students at Brookwood Elementary.

"It's a great year to be a Brookwood Bobcat"!

 
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DAD'S GRILLING AND CHILLIN NIGHT OUT  9-17-2015

Grilling, Chilling and Reading with Dad's was a success!

"Grilling, Chilling and reading with Dads was Epic" was the description used by a dad of a second grade student.  I could not agree more.  A special thank you to Dads and staff for your commitment to our Brookwood families.  We had over 500 people in attendance, including over 200 dads/families.  It was extremely busy, but as our students skipped down the hall way to collect their special surprise at the end of the event, the smiles on their faces made it worth while!  It's a great year to be a Bobcat!

 

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