January 27, 2023
Join Us at International Night TONIGHT!
Willowbrook and Wescott International Night is TONIGHT at the Maple School Gymnasium from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Attendees can enter through the Activity Door D on the east side of the school, the entrance closest to Shermer Road.
It is not too late for your child to participate in the fashion show parade that begins at 5:40 p.m. by dressing in their choice of ethnic attire. To participate, students meet in the small gym at 5:15 p.m.
Schedule of the Night:
5:40 p.m. - Fashion Show parade by students from both schools around the gym
5:50 p.m. - Chinese dragon performance
6:00 p.m. - "The Lyric of China" - Chinese Cultural Play - performed by students from both schools
6:30 p.m. - Borozda Hungarian Ensemble
7:00 p.m. - Sheila Heily Academy of Irish Dance
There is NO admission to attend. The PTO will be collecting donations at the door to benefit Project Aid and Rescue, a charity that provides aid and resources to Ukraine Refugees, namely women and children.
VALENTINE MEALS FOR VETERANS
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 10: To get ready for the big game, the Super Bowl that is, we will be offering boneless wings with seasoned potato wedges and carrot and celery sticks with ranch.
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
Summer School Registration Starts Feb. 15
Mark your calendars! Registration for in-district families will open on February 15 at 10:00 a.m.
We are still in the process of updating our class offerings and plan to have these finalized by February 1. You can find more information on our district website. If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, and we hope to see your students this summer!
Calendar of Events
Erin's Law Presentation by Victor Pacini
Erin’s Law, House Bill 6193 was signed by Governor Pat Quinn on January 24, 2013. This law requires schools to implement an age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention curriculum for grades Pre-K through 12. We have purchased the “Be Seen and Be Heard 2.0” video program from Victor Pacini, a survivor of sexual abuse, an author, songwriter, singer, and motivational speaker. Mr. Pacini has assisted our schools in implementing this mandate for the past eight years.
Mr. Pacini’s program is developmentally appropriate, interactive, and aligned with learning standards. The focus of his presentation is to teach children basic skills to keep them safe from dangerous or abusive situations. Parents who may wish to view an overview of the program can click here or the button below.
- Willowbrook (Kindergarten and Grades 2-5) students will view Mr. Pacini’s recorded program on Tuesday, January 31.
- Willowbrook (Grade 1) students will view Mr. Pacini’s recorded program on Friday, February 3.
- Willowbrook (Preschool) students will have a variation of Erin’s Law made specifically for Kid Connection on Friday, February 3.
- Maple students will view Mr. Pacini’s recorded program on Friday, February 3.
- Wescott students will view Mr. Pacini’s recorded program on Monday, February 6.
Requests to Opt-Out for Wescott/Willowbrook: If you prefer that your child opt-out of this prevention education session, please email your child’s classroom teacher.
Requests to Opt-Out for Maple: If you prefer that your child opt-out of this prevention education session, please address your email to Asst. Principal Betty Holzkopf at email@example.com.
Illinois 5Essentials Survey starts Jan. 24
Beginning January 24, students and teachers across Illinois will 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 24, 2023 through March 31, 2023. 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
World Language for Incoming 6th-Graders
The Maple World Language Teachers are excited to be visiting the 5th-grade classrooms at Wescott on Wednesday, February 1, from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Mini-lessons and presentations will be given about the French and Mandarin classes offered at Maple.
The Google Form that has been used in the past for language selection was a huge success. The World Language Department intends to continue to use a Google Form for this data. The Google Form will be pushed out to parents electronically via email on Thursday, February 2 for both elementary schools. The deadline for the language selection is February 9.
Lew Blond Run Registration Starts Feb. 1
Join Us as a Runner, Sponsor, or Both!
Registration for the 22nd Annual Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk starts Wednesday, February 1 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.
Super Exciting News from the Library!
Award-winning author Kelly Yang will visit Wescott & Willowbrook 3rd- through 5th-graders and Maple students VIA ZOOM on Friday, February 3! Yang will be discussing her latest book, Finally Seen. Autographed copies of the book can be purchased at $17.99 per copy and will be available after the February 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 & 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 email@example.com
Click here to read about Kelly Yang.
More Exciting News from the Library!
Caldecott-winning author Matthew Cordell will visit Wescott 1st- & 2nd-graders on Tuesday, February 21, to talk about his latest picture book, Evergreen, about a timid squirrel who makes a brave journey to help a relative who is ill. This visit is courtesy of The Book Stall. Order forms coming soon!
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.
Click here to learn more about Matthew Cordell.
News from the Wescott PTO
Wescott Madness Fundraiser Info Meeting Jan. 30!
We are so excited to bring this amazing fundraiser back this year! With teacher and parent involvement, there will be many parties and events that students can attend! We need parents to volunteer to host fun grade level parties. You find the place/activity, pick the time, pick the size of the party and attend or recruit other parents to be there during the party! Pssst. . . it's like a birthday party that you do not have to pay for! We will handle the sign ups, pay the fee and manage payments! Let's do this together!
Past ideas include Funtopia, Ultimate Ninjas, Athletico, ice skating, soccer game meet up at the park, cooking/baking parties at your home, makeup/nail party for girls, yoga for kids in the backyard, movie night in the backyard. . . .
Interested? Sign up with this link and then get invited to attend an informational zoom meeting on Monday, January 30 at 7:30 p.m. We will talk about ideas, and coordinate parties and dates. Then you can commit to hosting!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Return testing supplies to your child’s school
Want to know what's going on around the community? District 30 uses a "Virtual Backpack" to share community information while saving paper, costs, and lightening the loads our students bring home. Please click the button below to view upcoming Community Events.
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