The Buzz at Westbrook

January 24, 2020

From the Principal...

Dear Westbrook Families,


We love to see student work around the building! Pictured here are the fabulous self-portraits made by our first graders on a woven background. You may also find pictures of our students in action on Twitter and Instagram. We are so proud of our students for their hard work!



Behavior Expectations

At Westbrook, we have three school-wide behavior expectations: Be Safe, Be Ready, and Be Kind. Students can earn bee tickets when they are caught demonstrating one or more of these behaviors. On Fridays, one lucky student from each K-1 class who has demonstrated these behaviors during the week gets to wear a bee sash all day. Click here to view our behavior expectations in all locations throughout the building.


Safety at Arrival/Dismissal

In order to maintain the safety of our students and families, here are a few friendly reminders:

  • When walking in the parking lot, use the crosswalk.

  • While on the sidewalk, walk on the side of the yellow line that is closest to the school. This provides a safe distance away from the buses.

  • Please walk around lines of students who are walking to their buses or waiting to go up the stairs on the bus. This will help us to make sure that our bus riders are getting on the correct bus.


Benchmarking

Along with teacher observations, parent feedback, and students’ daily classroom work, benchmark assessments are used to inform teachers’ instruction to meet students’ individual learning needs. Our team is currently working on benchmarking all kindergarten and first grade early literacy and math skills.


STEAM Night

Mark your calendars! We are excited to offer a special STEAM Night for Westbrook Families on Thursday, March 12. (STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.) Your entire family is welcome to attend! See the flyer below for more information. Please RSVP here by February 20!


Enrollment for Kindergarten and Circle of Friends

More information about the enrollment process for Kindergarten and Circle of Friends can be on our school website.


Volunteering

We are so fortunate to have a committed and active PTO! We can’t thank them enough for all that they do for our students and our school community. There are many different opportunities to volunteer at Westbrook School. We are looking for volunteers to help in our library! Volunteers read to classes, re-shelve books, and check out books to students. Click on this link if you would like to sign up to volunteer in the library!


If you are interested in other volunteering activities, such as helping with staff appreciation, special lunch, art appreciation, Leapin’ into Literature, and more, please click on this link.


Instagram & Twitter

Are you following us? Check out what’s happening at Westbrook on Instagram or Twitter! Our username is: westbrook_d57.


Thank you for your partnership! Stay warm!


Kind regards,

Kristin Vonder Haar

Westbrook Calendar:

January 29, 30, 31.............................................................Circle of Friends Lottery for 2020/21

February 5...........................................................................................First Grade Special Lunch

February 11...........................................................................Ed Foundation Meeting, LRC, 7pm

February 14............................................................................Half Day for First Grade Only

February 14................................................Circle of Friends and Kindergarten - No School

February 14..........................................................................Kindergarten Enrollment 8am-3pm

February 17.............................................................................No School - President's Day

February 18............................................................Kindergarten Enrollment - 4:30pm - 6:30pm

February 19.............................................................................................PTO Meeting, LRC, 7pm

February 20.............................................................Board of Education Meeting, Fairview, 7pm

February 21.................................................................................................End of 2nd Trimester

February 28...........................................................................................Report Cards Distributed

March 4................................................................................................First Grade Special Lunch

March 10................................................................................Ed Foundation Meeting, LRC, 7pm

March 12..............................................................................................Westbrook's Steam Night

March 17.....................................................................................No School - Institute Day

March 18.................................................................................................PTO Meeting, LRC, 7pm

March 19.................................................................Board of Education Meeting, Fairview, 7pm

March 23-27...............................................................................Spring Break - No School

March 30............................................................................................................Classes Resume