At Brookfield Village, we model the concept of "it takes a village" with the wonderful partners that support our staff in teaching and learning with our students and parents. The Oakland Literacy Council is an active partner in our balanced literacy focus and the volunteers are absolutely wonderful! Additionally, we are a Math Cohort school and are learning every day how to collectively teach and learn the Common Core Standards in Math, along with the Caring Schools Community focus. As the principal, I am particularly proud of the dedication and modeling demonstrated by all of our staff at Brookfield, from our amazing head custodian, Ms. Kesse Taylor, to our always-smiling school secretary, Ms. Claudia Lara. All staff are supportive of the important work going on in our classrooms everyday. One of my favorite activities is "Popcorn with the Principal" every Friday. This event is a time to celebrate one student from every classroom that has demonstrated excellent student achievement or citizenship that week. We celebrate with popcorn and the student receives a certificate to take home! Another valuable program at our school is "Breakfast in the Classroom," where all students can receive a free breakfast before getting started with the day's learning activities. Brookfield is a village of caring people - students, staff and parents!