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Message from the Principal

Westbrook Families,

It has been a great week filled with spirit as Westbrook held our first spirit week! We kicked off the week with our picture day! Tuesday brought our "Be You" day where students could wear what was most comfortable to them! Wednesday was our athletic day with plenty of sports wear! Thursday was comfy and cozy with our pajama day and Friday we saw a lot of panda pride as many students wore Westbrook gear or Westbrook colors! It has been fun seeing students so excited to show off their spirit!

We had a delay in a shipment for some of our construction materials. This has delayed our "beam signing" and "beam raising" ceremony. As a way to include our students in the construction project we are having an I-Beam delivered for all students to sign. The beam will then be placed in the new wing as the FINAL piece of steel and will remain as part of Westbrook for years to come. Hopefully next week we will have an all school "viewing" of this beam being placed by a crane into position. Exciting times to be at Westbrook! Our instructional innovation specialist, Jen Nelson, has also created an inquiry based learning opportunity around our beam signing! Fun!

We are also exciting to start our SHEILD testing here at Westbrook next week on Monday! This will be our first opportunity for students to be tested here at Westbrook inside our LRC. Teachers and staff have been preparing for this day to teach students how to perform the test as well as create a rotating schedule around our fine arts/lunch and recess schedules. We know that the first time trying something might have a few bumps along the road but I am confident in our staff to collaborate with SHIELD to have a successful testing day! Please see below for more information regarding SHIELD testing!

As we look to the future we have our Parent Teacher Conference day scheduled for Friday, October 15. There will be no students in attendance this day! Please be on the lookout for a sign up from your students' classroom teacher. Parent teacher conferences will be held on zoom this year.

Have a wonderful weekend!


SHEILD Testing

SHIELD Testing Starts Monday, September 27

Across the District, 74% of students have opted into SHIELD testing. We are thankful to be able to provide this additional layer in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community! In collaboration with our testing partner, Med-Call, our weekly screening tests begin for students next week.

Staff testing will begin on or before October 11; staff will be able to sign up through PowerSchool starting the week of October 4.

The Schedule

  • Mondays: Westbrook and Glen Grove

  • Tuesdays: Henking and Hoffman

  • Wednesdays: Attea and Springman

  • Thursdays: Lyon and Pleasant Ridge

Each building has worked diligently to establish schedules and procedures; if you haven’t received information yet from your building about how it looks in your child’s school, you will soon!

An important note: Students and staff must not eat, drink, or brush their teeth an hour before the test. School schedules have taken this fact into consideration, but we want to make sure that you are aware of it as well.

Good information for Students: What Testing Will Look Like

The SHIELD test is a highly accurate PCR test that requires only a small amount of saliva from an individual and provides results within 24 hours. This video shows what testing will look like; it provides good insight for our older students, so if your child is in grade 3-8 and is participating in testing, please grab your popcorn and share it with them. For our PK-2 students, we have created this story to share the details of what’s expected on SHIELD testing day. Maybe add extra butter to the popcorn for that one!

Test Results

Parents will receive results from the school principal, nurse or other designated staff member if their child tests positive. No news is good news (a negative test).

Med-Call will send test results to principals (typically within 6-24 hours of testing). Families will not receive notification of a negative test result. Principals (or a designated staff member) will call the families of students who have tested positive and explain the procedures and timeline for returning to school, and tips for managing the child’s health, and that of the family.

Quarantine Instruction

The principal or staff member who contacts the family also will explain the steps for accessing the remote instruction. Beginning Monday, students in grades 3-8 who are in quarantine will be able to Zoom into their classroom (on a one-way basis) to watch and hear their teacher giving direct instruction for lessons. Students will then have a schedule to meet with their building’s grade center quarantine teacher to get their questions answered or any clarification or re-teaching needed. Students in K-2 will continue to work only with the grade center teachers for quarantine instruction. In addition, building teams will develop an individual plan for each student to ensure a smooth transition back to in-person learning at the end of quarantine.

Test to Stay

Also starting next week, students whose families have opted in to SHIELD testing can "test to stay" if they are close contacts within the school setting (not at home or through outside sports or activities) when it is confirmed that both the positive individual and close contact were masked properly at time of exposure. (Exposure at lunch when students do not wear masks does not qualify for test to stay.)

The close contact will test on days 1, 3, 5 and 7 days after exposure to a positive COVID case. The tests are conducted by school staff in the school infirmary using the BinaxNOW test, a rapid test that uses a nasal swab to collect the specimen. If the student remains without symptoms (monitored at home and by the school) and continues to test negative, they are able to stay in school; they do not have to quarantine. Students who remain in school during their test-to-stay period will need to maintain physical distancing and masking at all times for the full 14 days; for classrooms where masking is strictly adhered to , physical distance of 3 to 6 feet is acceptable, including on transportation when windows are opened and/or HEPA filters are used. Physical distancing of 6 feet should be used in the lunchrooms when masks are removed for 14 days. Staff will ensure that students can continue their in-person learning as smoothly as possible within those constraints.

Parents who wish to change their decision about testing will have an opportunity to do so in PowerSchool at the end of October (we are not able to make changes at this time). We will send out a notification when that window is open. We will continue to update the Health & Safety Protocols page of our website with FAQs and other information about SHIELD testing. If you have questions about testing in your child’s school, please contact your principal.

Please recognize that this process is new to all of us, and we are ready for some hiccups the first week or two. But, as we’ve done throughout the pandemic, we will all work together to learn and adjust and improve. Thank you for your patience and your partnership in keeping our community healthy and safe!

Halloween Guidelines

This year Westbrook will still take part in celebrating Halloween however due current health guidelines there will be many changes to our "typical" celebrations.

Students will be allowed to come to school in costumes on Friday, October 29.

As you and your students prepare for Halloween, please keep in mind our Westbrook guidelines:

  • Please do not let your child bring any type of weapon, fantasy or look-alike. This includes plastic swords, fake guns, or anything that could be perceived as a weapon.
  • Costumes that are violent or bloody are not allowed.
  • Masks(that are part of a costume or that cover the entire face) are not allowed at school.
  • For safety reasons, please be sure that your child can see and walk around easily in his/her costume.
  • If you have any doubts about the appropriateness of any portion of your child’s costume, please contact your teacher or the main office and we will be glad to advise you.

In addition to our original guidelines, here are a few additional notes about our celebrations this year.

  • All students must wear a mask(face covering) and a mask that is part of a costume does not take the place of a mask(face covering) used each day.
  • Unfortunately, there will not be a parent parade this year or parent volunteers
  • Classroom parties will be modified. There will be no food allowed and all activities will be teacher directed. The PTA will be providing activities for Westbrook students!

We are committed to keeping our students at Westbrook safe and healthy and while I know these changes are different, I am confident that our staff will make Halloween celebrations memorable for our students!

Bullying Prevention

Dear Westbrook Parents/Guardians,

In District 34, bullying of any kind, by any person, is unacceptable. All students should be free from worries about being bullied. Students who bully others must be taught other, appropriate ways of interacting with peers. Previously, the District shared information about the D34 Bullying Tip Line and Safe2Help Illinois; the purpose of this letter is to provide you with information concerning the School District’s anti-bullying program and to encourage you to help us identify students who are being bullied.

The Board of Education policy on bullying begins with this goals statement:

Bullying, intimidation, and harassment diminish a student's ability to learn and a school's ability to educate. Preventing students from engaging in these disruptive behaviors is an important District goal.

Bullying is defined as follows:

Bullying means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:

  1. Placing the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property.

  2. Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health.

  3. Substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance.

  4. Substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

Bullying, intimidation, and/or harassment may take various forms, including without limitation: threats, stalking, physical violence, sexual harassment, theft, public humiliation, destruction of property, or retaliation for asserting or alleging an act of bullying.

Westbrook staff members respond immediately and with compassion to a student who reports bullying or school violence. After evaluating the situation to determine if an immediate referral to my office is needed, a staff member will give the student a link to our online form for reporting bullying. I will inform you whenever your child is involved in a bullying report.

Finally, I requested our staff members to intervene immediately to stop a bullying incident. They will immediately contact building security and or law enforcement if the incident involves a weapon or other illegal activity.

Below are some of the signs that a young person is being bullied:

  • Does not want to go to school and refuses to explain the reason

  • Talks about not having any friends

  • Has unexplained bruises, cuts, scratches or abrasions

  • Has unexplained damage to clothing, possessions, books, etc.

  • Frequently loses money or possessions

  • Loses interest in school and/or has declining grades

  • Becomes withdrawn and/or has stress or depression symptoms

These signs do not necessarily mean your child is being bullied, but if present, ask your child whether he or she is being bullied.

Here are grade specific overviews that are part of your students' bullying prevention units.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Patrick Hoeft

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Peachjar Flyer Guideline

Organizations interested in submitting a flyer to promote a program, event or activity will be required to set up a “Program Provider” account with Peachjar. Once an account has been created, flyers may be uploaded for consideration. Flyers will be routed for approval weekly by District 34’s communications department. Flyers will go out via email to parents every Thursday and posted to all district and school websites indicated.

If you have questions about flyer guidelines, contact Melanie Neuman ( or 847-998-5019). To set up a Peachjar account, click Getting Started. For assistance, please contact Peachjar customer support at 858.997.2117, ext. 3 or

Construction Update

The construction at Westbrook has been moving along nicely! The steel is almost completely installed and Friday started the roof installation!

***Please note that the sidewalk on the north side of the property will be closing in the next few weeks. This sidewalk needs to be completed removed in order to install the new road that will circle Westbrook School. There will be signs posted before the closing so that all families and community members are aware of the closing. We are so sorry for the inconvenience!***

Drone Footage (9/23/21)
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PTA Information

Our wonderful WB/GG PTA is planning more park meet-ups for October. Please see the flyer below for more information.

If you would like to receive the PTA email distribution list directly from PTA, please click on the following link:

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From The Westbrook/Glen Grove PTA

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Not sure if you purchased a membership?

Check for en e-receipt from and if you don't see one, you are invited to purchase a membership using the link below!

NOTE: There was NOT an option to join PTA during your school registration this year.

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Facebook & Twitter Accounts!

We are now on Facebook and Twitter!

Share the News! LIKE and follow WB on Facebook to keep up with all the school fun, photos and happenings at WB! Our goal is to reach 200 Likes! We are now a little past 100!

Follow and Like WB on FB -

Twitter - @WestbrookD34

Patrick Hoeft - @phoeft34

Martha Rode - @RodeMartha

Maggie Wade - @MaggieOConnorW1

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Westbrook School

Patrick Hoeft, Principal

Dr. Maggie Wade, Assistant Principal

Martha Rode, Assistant Principal

Glenview District 34

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