The Buzz at Westbrook School

April 21, 2023

From the Principal...

Dear Westbrook Families,

We are excited to celebrate Disability Awareness Week, April 24th - 28th. We are so grateful to Katianne Olson, Fairview special education teacher, for organizing primary activities for our Westbrook students. Please see this link for the disability awareness week activities.

Thank you to the amazing PTO for providing an author visit next week with David Biedrzycki. Students have been counting down the days until his visit, and our librarian, Carol Capra, has been reading his books so the students are familiar with his children’s literature.

First-grade students are excited to travel to their new school on Thursday. The PTO provided t-shirts will be distributed by teachers next week. The second-grade students at Lions Park and Fairview are thrilled to show off their classrooms and teach the first-graders everything they need to know about second grade. The PTO will host first grade spring parties on Friday, April 28th.

For your children,

Danielle Crandall

Disability Awareness Resource for Parents

Article: How to Talk With Your Child About Disabilities

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Mark your Calendars

April 24th - April 28th - Disability Awareness Week

Wednesday, April 26th - All School Author Visit - David Biedrzycki

Thursday, April 27th -1st Grade Field Trip 9:30-11:00 AM FV/LP

Friday, April 28th - 1st Grade PTO Spring Classroom Parties, 3 PM

May 1st - 3rd - 1st Grade Planting, Science

Tuesday, May 2nd - Art and STEAM Night, 5:30-7:00 PM, WB Gym

Friday, May 5th - PTO Special Lunch, 1st Grade

May 8th - May 12th - Teacher Appreciation Week

FastBridge Benchmarking Starts

Tuesday, May 9th - 1st Grade Concert, 6 PM Fairview School

Thursday, May 11th - Lunch with the Principals - Brunzell/Grossmayer

May 15th - 17th - Tasty Bites - K/1st

May 16th-18th - PTO Art Appreciation Week

Wednesday, May 17th - PTO Meeting, 7 PM, LRC

Thursday, May 18th - Hot Reads Assembly 10:30/2:30

Friday, May 19th - Half Day, 1st Grade Only

Monday, May 22nd - Capannari’s Coolest School, 3-7 PM

Wednesday, May 24th - Field Day / Kona Ice

Last day of Early Childhood

Early Childhood Families Popsicles in the Park, 6:15-7 PM

Thursday, May 25th - Lincoln Chorus Assembly

Monday, May 29th - Memorial Day, No School

Wednesday, May 31st - 1st Grade Clap Out, 3:30 PM

Thursday, June 1st - Last Day of School, Report Cards Go Home

For more dates, please click: D57 Calendar

Library News

Author/Illustrator David Biedrzycki will be at Westbrook on April 26th

The winner of the 2016 Monarch Award for Breaking News Bear Alert, will be here next week.

His books include SumoKitty, Me and My Dragon, Invasion of the Unicorns, Groundhog's Runaway Shadow, and his newest book SumoPuppy.

We will have two assemblies to welcome David to Westbrook!

Thank you to our fabulous PTO. We are so excited!

Carol Capra

LRC Director


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Please have students arrive 10-15 minutes early. Students will sit with their class.

Families will have seats in the audience.

Classroom Concert Time:

6pm: Domalick, Fergus, Brewer, Bruns, Solar, and Brooks

7pm: Zei, Handler, Roy, Brunzell, Grossmayer

Students are asked to wear Westbrook green shirts, Westbrook spirit wear or a green shirt.

WB choruses will be participating in the concert. If you have a student in chorus, they will attend only the concert scheduled for their homeroom class.

We hope you will join us on Tuesday, May 9th.

Ms. Clarke


PTO is excited to offer Kona Ice to students on May 24th.

THANK YOU to families that have already completed a permission slip for their students. If you have not yet filled out the permission form, please click the link below to indicate participation.

Forms will need to be submitted by Wednesday, May 17th.

Nutritional information & ingredients can be found at this link:

Kids Corner News

Registration the 2023-2024 Kids Corner program will take place the first week of July.

Please watch the D57 website for more information!

Supply Kits for 23/24 School Year

23/24 Enrollment at Westbrook

NEW to Westbrook families should contact the front office for registration information.

Feel free to contact us at 847-394-7340 or

Recognize a Staff Member

Westbrook teachers and staff work hard to support students and staff daily. We invite you to complete the google form if you would like to recognize a staff member or team for their hard work and dedication. We will pass on the good news to them. Thank you in advance for sending an encouraging word, as we know it will mean so much to them.

Visitors / Volunteers

  • All visitors / volunteers should enter Westbrook through the main door. (DOOR #1)
  • Please ring the bell and notify the office staff of the reason for visiting.
  • Once you have entered the building, you will be asked to sign in and will be given a visitor badge.
  • Please DO NOT allow others to follow you into the building. Each visitor is asked to ring the bell and communicate with the office as to the purpose of their visit.
  • If you will be using the playground area during school hours / when students are present, you may be asked by a staff member to check in with the office.

Thank you so much for supporting safety at Westbrook!

News from the Nurse

Please keep your child home if they have a fever, have vomited, and/or have diarrhea.Your child may return to school once they have been fever free (without medication), vomit free, and/or diarrhea free for 24 hours. Please reach out to your pediatrician if your child is sick and you have any concerns.

Warm Regards,

Julie Tworek, RN

847-394-7340 ext 2005

District 57 Information and Community News