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September 8, 2023
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Calendar of Events
Monday, September 18 - Thursday, September 22
Westbrook Spirit Week
Tuesday, September 19
Friday, September 22
Monday, September 25
Message From Our Principal
Thank you to everyone that came out for our curriculum night last week. We had a wonderful turnout and hope that you were able to build a connection with your student's classroom teacher. It was great to see so many new and returning families here at Westbrook.
While we are still early in the year it has been great to see classroom communities building and relationships with peers and adults growing each day. At the primary level, all classrooms focus on creating a warm and inviting classroom atmosphere for the first several weeks. This is a priority for all classrooms and is critical to helping students learn and grow for the remainder of the school year.
A big thank you to our PTA for hosting popsicles at our parks! It was a great event to bring our Westbrook community together! We are looking forward to our first WB/GG PTA meeting of the year. This meeting will be in person and will take place at Westbrook on Wednesday, September 13 at 10:00. Please know the PTA is a great way to learn more about both buildings and to get involved! All are welcome!
All District 34 schools will meet the state requirements to hold fire, weather and lockdown drills this year. We work with the Glenview Police and Fire Departments to run these drills. Please see more information regarding our drills below!
We are also looking forward to our first spirit week at Westbrook that will be held September 18-September 22. Please see the theme for each day below. This is another way to create community across the building and a nice way to have some fun!
Enjoy your weekend!
Westbrook Spirit Week
Color Portraits - Prepay Picture Program
All District 34 schools will meet the state requirements to hold fire, weather and lockdown drills this year. We work with the Glenview Police and Fire Departments to run these drills.
As a reminder, District 34 uses the “Lockdown with Options: Run, Hide, Fight” approach to school safety, which identifies options to be considered when responding to a school threat. This approach to an active intruder is endorsed by Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This year, lockdown drills will include both actual “run, hide, fight” exercises, as well as discussions with students about what would happen in possible scenarios, presented in an age-appropriate way to ensure students understand the options available in responding to an intruder. In both situations, teachers will emphasize two key points:
Hiding remains the primary response in a lockdown
Students’ most important task is to follow directions from the trusted adults in their building
Our Fall drills will be held in the coming days. For student safety, we do not share the day or time.
Per state law, parents can opt their children out of participating in lockdown drills. If you do not wish your child to participate in the upcoming drill, please email me.
Entrance at Westbrook
In order to keep everyone safe, all visitors will need to ring the doorbell at the outside door entrance and a second doorbell once you enter the vestibule. We understand that this is a change for returning families and apologize for any inconvenience. All visitors must check-in with the school main office staff upon entering the building and must show a valid State ID or Drivers License for a background check. Approved visitors will be issued a district ID badge for the day if visits will include instructional areas of the building.
From Westbrook Literacy Coach - Mandy Freer
A love of reading opens the door to adventures, learning new things and a whole host of key language skills such as speech development and vocabulary building. Spending time with books also creates special moments for you to bond with your child and enjoy each other's company.
Here are some helpful tips:
1. Develop family reading routines and rituals. Find a regular time of day when you can dedicate story time into your day.
2. Read what interests your child. The nutrition facts on the milk box, newspapers, recipes, maps, and game instructions all make great reading material if your child is interested.
3. Try books that reflect your daily experiences. Making connections to topics you read about is a fun way to keep children engaged.
4. Let your child select books. When you visit the library, let your child select books. Try both fiction and informational books, and ask the librarian for recommendations based on your child’s interests.
5. Re-read your child’s favorites. It’s common for young children to request the same book again and again. Re-reading familiar stories offers children a chance to absorb information over time and lets them master the whole story.
6. Encourage storytelling. Encourage your child to tell you a story from time to time or to retell a story after you’ve read it several times. Don’t feel the need to correct how he/she’s telling the story.
7. Have fun while reading. Try whatever style feels comfortable for you and your child. Make gestures, act it out, read in a silly voice!
8. Change your setting! It can be fun to read books in different places in and around your home. Try reading Eric Carle’s The Very Lonely Firefly in a dark room with a flashlight.
#BeWell34 News From Our Health Office
As we get closer to flu season, we want to remind families about our health and safety protocols. It is difficult for a child who is not feeling well to learn. It's best for them to stay home until they are well enough to have a positive, productive and healthy school experience. Please keep your child at home if they have:
- Fever (temperature of 100.4°F or greater)
- Undiagnosed rash
- Communicable diseases
- Pink eye
- Head lice infestation (live head lice)
There are many reasons your child could be sick, from cold and flu to COVID-19, strep throat to RSV, and oh, so much more.We encourage you to have your child evaluated by a healthcare provider to determine the cause of and best treatment for their illness.
Before a student may return to school, he/she must be free of fever, vomiting and/or diarrhea (without fever-reducing medication) for 24 hours. If a student has been prescribed antibiotic medication for a rash, communicable diseases and/or pink eye they may return to school after completing 24 hours of prescribed medication.
You can find the full attendance policies and absence reporting information on the District 34 website.
2nd Annual Gelfand Gallop Color Dash
The First D34 Mental Health Matters Program: Emotions Matter
Dear District 34 Families,
As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of students and families, we are transforming our caring-adult education program from D34 ParentConnect to Mental Health Matters. We think the first program is a don’t-miss event: Emotions Matter.
Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Westbrook School, 1333 Greenwood Rd
D34’s own Dr. Sarah Gebhardt, our instructional coach for student services, will delve into the crucial topic of why emotions matter in the lives of children, at home, in school and beyond.
- The Impact of Emotions: Learn how understanding and managing emotions can positively influence your child's engagement and academic performance.
- District Support: Gain insights into how D34 actively supports emotional learning and regulation in our classrooms.
- Empowerment: Discover how you can play a pivotal role in helping your children become effective "emotions scientists."
We are committed to making this event accessible to all members of our diverse community. Please fill out this form to request interpretation/translation services.
There will be plenty of time for Q&A. Please bring friends and neighbors - the more, the merrier! Or, at least, together, we can share a night of positive emotions – and find connections to support each other when those challenging emotions arise.
District 34 Important Forms and Information
Click Here for the following forms:
Authorization And Permission For Administration Of Medication
Bus Rider Reminders
Cell Phone Use Agreement and Permission Form
Dental Exam Form (completed for Kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th grades)
Dental Exam Waiver
District Policies/Handbook Info
Eye Exam Form
Eye Exam Waiver
Health Examination Form
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Patrick Hoeft - Principal - @phoeft34
Martha Rode - Assistant Principal for Student Services (K-2) @RodeMartha