February 10, 2023
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
From the Office of the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
During the week of February 13, all students in Grade 3 and Grade 5 will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). CogAT is one component of District 30's comprehensive assessment plan. This test measures general and specific cognitive abilities; a student’s ability to reason and problem solve.
CogAT is a multilevel battery assessment that provides information in three domains: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. Each domain requires approximately 45-60 minutes to administer. In addition, a practice test will be administered prior to the actual testing session. CogAT is a timed test; however, most students have sufficient time to attempt every item.
Student results will be provided to the faculty and to parents in mid to late April 2023.
Calendar of Events
Parent-Teacher Conferences are Feb. 21 & 23
Conference registration opened on Tuesday, February 7, at 6:00 a.m. and will continue through Thursday, February 16, at 3:00 p.m.
Conference scheduler login information was sent to the primary contact email for your student, along with step-by-step instructions for registering. Registration codes and directions are available to you in the Parent Portal (on the form marked 2022-23 School Year Information).
During conferences, your classroom teacher will discuss academic and social-emotional goals, discuss how the learning experience is progressing at school and at home, and share details about the classroom community with you. This is a collaborative meeting between families and teachers when we can answer your questions. We are so proud of our students and their strong start. Thank you so much for your ongoing support and partnership.
Summer School Registration Starts Feb. 15
Summer School Registration Information
Registration opens this Wednesday, February 15th at 10 a.m. for in-district families. The D30 Summer School Website contains information on the new registration process, as well as our class offerings, and overall information about the summer program. If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com. We can’t wait to see your students this summer!
Ordering Kelly Yang Books
Our D30 3rd-6th graders enjoyed last week's Zoom visit with award-winning author Kelly Yang! You can still order her latest book, Finally Seen. Autographed copies of the book can be purchased at $17.99 per copy and will be available after the 2/28 release date. To order a book, please:
1. Log into your Parent Portal account: https://ps.district30.org/public
2. Click Forms in the left navigation menu
3. Under General, click Finally Seen - Book Order Form
4. Select the number of books you would like to order & fill in the other required fields
5. Make a check out to Wescott School for the amount shown
6. Submit the form
7. Deliver the check to your child’s school librarian
If you have questions about the form or Parent Portal, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
'Evergreen' Author Visiting Feb. 21
More Exciting News from the Library!
Caldecott-winning author Matthew Cordell will be visiting Wescott 1st & 2nd graders on Tuesday 2/21 to talk about his latest book, Evergreen. This visit is courtesy of The Book Stall. To place an order for an autographed book, please click here.
A picture book by Caldecott medal winner Matt Cordell about a timid squirrel who makes a brave journey to help a relative who is ill.
Evergreen the squirrel is afraid of many things: thunder, hawks, and the dark paths of Buckthorn Forest. But when her mother tasks Evergreen with delivering soup to her sick Granny Oak, the little squirrel must face her fears and make the journey. Along the way, Evergreen is met by other forest dwellers - some want to help her, but some want her mother's delicious soup! It's up to Evergreen to stay the course, and those who help her will surprise and delight young readers. Using an art style reminiscent of the work of William Steig and Arnold Lobel, Matthew Cordell creates a classic tale of bravery and love.
Matthew Cordell is the author and illustrator of Caldecott award winners Wolf in the Snow, Trouble Gum, Another Brother, hello! hello!, and Wish. He has illustrated the books of renowned authors including Philip Stead (Special Delivery), Rachel Vail (the Justin Case series), and Gail Carson Levine ( Forgive Me, I Meant To Do It). He lives outside of Chicago with his wife, the novelist Julie Halpern, and their two children.
News from the Wescott PTO
Wescott Madness Teacher Raffle Opens on Monday, February 13
Last-Minute Yearbook Orders
The Yearbook Committee Needs YOU!
We are looking for someone with a keen eye for detail in creating and organizing student montages for the 2023-24 Yearbook! Interested in this co-chair position? Email Rebecca & Fumi at email@example.com by February 28 for more details!
News from Quest Lunch
Hello Wescott Families,
You are now able to log into mymealorder.com and order your Quest lunches for February.
We do have a few fun things planned so please check it out!
February is also National Heart Health month and we are featuring ingredients that bring wholesome benefits and a heartfelt smile to the faces of our students!
February 13: We are offering strawberry waffles! This will be waffles topped with a fresh strawberry compote and whipped cream. A yogurt cup will be served on the side as well as a Caesar salad.
February 14: To celebrate Valentine's Day, we are offering valentine sugar cookies with festive sprinkles for $2.50.
To keep the strawberry theme going on February 27, we are offering fresh strawberries and cream a la carte for $2.50.
As always, please reach out with any questions.
Aracely Rojas RDN, LDN
Quest Food Service Director
Illinois 5Essentials Survey Runs through March 31
Students and teachers across Illinois now have an opportunity to participate in the 11th annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.
On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:
Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey for students and teachers will be conducted January 24through March 31. The Parent Survey Supplement will be conducted during that same timeframe. To take the survey please click here or the button below and select the appropriate survey to begin.
For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ reports, please click here. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact UChicago Impact Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris M. Brown, Ed.D
Lew Blond Run Registration is Open
Join Us as a Runner, Sponsor, or Both!
Registration for the 22nd Annual Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk is open at lewblondrun.org! This fundraiser and community tradition is happening Saturday, May 20 at Maple School!
We are seeking both participants and sponsors for one of the top running events in the north suburbs. For those interested in sponsoring, your giving can include donating to our silent auction, monetary or in-kind donations (click the button below to learn more).
This annual event honors former District 30 Teacher Lew Blond, who passed away from Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) in February 2000. The run is supported by District 30, the Les Turner ALS Foundation, and the Lew Blond Memorial 5K nonprofit and consists of three events:
One Mile Run
The “Little Lew” 50 yard dash for children ages 0-6 years
Thank you for your support and we hope you will support us on Saturday, May 20 for the 22nd annual Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk!
Kindergarten & Preschool Signup is Open
District 30's full-day 2023-24 Kindergarten Program will be held at the following schools:
- Willowbrook School, 2500 Happy Hollow Road, Glenview, IL 60026
- Wescott School, 1820 Western Avenue, Northbrook, IL 60062
Kindergarten Pre-registration for the 2023-24 school year is taking place online now.
In order to be eligible for kindergarten, your child must have been born on or before September 1, 2018, as evidenced by an official birth certificate or passport. Proof of residency in District 30 is also required, as well as the filling out of an affidavit form.
Please visit the Wescott or Willowbrook Kindergarten Pre-Registration page on the District 30 website for more information.
Visit our enrollment page for the pre-registration links and information on establishing residency in District 30.
If you have questions, please call Willowbrook’s school office at 847-498-1090 or Wescott’s school office at 847-272-4660.
The 2023-24 District 30 Kid Connection Preschool will be held at Willowbrook School. The preschool program is held 5 days a week for 2.5 hours a day and follows the District 30 school calendar.
The 3-year-old students attend the morning class and the 4-year-old students attend in the afternoon.
Preschool Pre-registration for the 2023-24 school year is taking place online now.
Please visit our District 30 Preschool page for the pre-registration link, tuition information, and a list of documents needed to register.
SHIELD Testing - All Schools on Tuesdays
SHIELD Saliva tests must be turned in to your child’s school before 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays.
Throughout the year, packs with multiple testing kits will be sent home with your child
Use one each week and save the remaining for future use
Only return samples in the bag with the QR code and your child’s name
Instructions are available here and on the website at District 30 Health and Safety Guidance
Future supplies will be provided only to students who have participated in testing, therefore, hold onto your supplies if you think you may use them at some point
Please reach out to your school’s Health Office should you need additional supplies
Opt-Out of SHIELD Testing
Contact Lauren Schulman email@example.com
Return testing supplies to your child’s school
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School Hours are 8:40 am to 3:10 pm.
Half day dismissal time is 11:45 am.
Main office: 847-272-4660
Health/Attendance Office: 847-400-8760
Location: 1820 Western Avenue, Northbrook, IL 60062, USA