The Buzz at Westbrook School

December 10, 2021


From the Principal...

December 10th, 2021

Dear Westbrook Families,

Westbrook is excited to participate in opportunities to give back to the community this holiday season. Westbrook has partnered with the Mount Prospect Toys for Kids program to make the holidays brighter for hundreds of local children. This year, the program will serve residents assisted through the Emergency Assistance Program. The Mount Prospect Fire and Human Services Departments have teamed up to adapt the gift distribution to be a drive-through event. Westbrook students and staff created a banner to display in the drive-through to send warm wishes to families this season.

I wanted to remind families that sending extra masks to school in their child’s backpack is helpful. Student masks often get dirty, lost, or broken at school.

We are moving back to shield testing one day a week at Westbrook. Westbrook’s testing day will be on Tuesdays. The updated schedule can be viewed at this link. I hope you have a great weekend!

Please Review These Safety Reminders

  • Please ensure you use the crosswalk in the parking lot walking to and from Westbrook.

  • Please do not walk between the buses. Staff members will be in front of the school each morning, reminding families to only cross at the crosswalk.

  • We kindly request you do not bring dogs or animals on school property. Many of our students are frightened of dogs.

  • Please contact the classroom teacher if you have a friend or family member picking up your child. Please communicate to the adult which door your child is dismissed from.

For your children,

Danielle Crandall


Anxiety in Children & Adolescents: How to Recognize It and What to Do

In this newsletter, you will be able to access a webinar for D57 families presented by Family Therapists Kelly Bucher and Constance Manske from Rogers Behavioral Health. This one-hour webinar provides an overview of anxiety and how it may manifest in children. Parents/Guardians will walk away with an understanding of anxiety in school-age children, as well as how to talk about and address anxiety with their children. In addition, this newsletter includes a handout with tips and strategies for how to recognize and address anxiety.
Anxiety in Children & Adolescents: How to Recognize It and What to Do


Westbrook School Preschool Enrollment Lottery Information for 2022/2023 School Year


Westbrook School Kindergarten Enrollment Information for 2022/2023 School Year

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Note from the Nurse: COVID-19 Vaccination Card Information

Dear Parents,

District 57 offers families the opportunity to voluntarily provide their child’s COVID-19 vaccination status. This information is important to have on file as students who are fully vaccinated (2 weeks post 2nd dose) do not need to quarantine if identified as a close contact (per IDPH guidelines) and remain asymptomatic. We are asking parents to send a copy of their child's Covid vaccination card to the health office after their child receives their second dose.

Thank you,

Julie Tworek, RN


Please check the Lost and Found

Shoes, jackets, sweatshirts and water bottles are accumulating.

All of these items will be donated on January 3rd.

Please come to the office to sign in if you would like to check.

Lost and Found is located near the gym.

A friendly reminder to label all items your child brings to school. We try to reunite lost items with their owners before they are placed in the Lost and Found.


Upcoming Westbrook Dates

Wednesday, December 15th - PTO meeting 7:00pm

Thursday, December 16th - Board of Education meeting 7:00pm at Fairview

Monday, December 20th - Winter Break begins

Monday, January 3rd - Classes Resume

Friday, January 7th - Special Lunch (1st Grade)

Wednesday, January 12th thru Friday, January 14th - 2022/23 Circle of Friends enrollment lottery (by appointment only, see website for details)

Friday, January 14th - Half day (1st Grade only, no school for preschool and kindergarten)

Monday, January 17th - No School

For more dates, please click: D57 Calendar



District 57 Education Foundation

The District 57 Education Foundation is a non-profit organization comprised of Mount Prospect community members whose mission is to raise money to fund grants in the areas of curriculum, wellness, and technology. Grant requests may be written and submitted by district teachers, staff, students, and parents. The grants enrich the educational experiences of all students, helping them to achieve at their highest potential. Funded grants allow teachers to have access to the resources they need to support teaching and learning at Westbrook, Lions Park, Fairview, and Lincoln schools.

Over the years, the Foundation has funded computers, iPads, ELMO projectors, Smartboards, musical instruments, art supplies, fitness equipment, and supplemental reading material - all to enrich our children’s educational experiences. We are currently in a new Grant Request Cycle. A description of the grant request submission process and form is located within the Grants section of our website at

Grant requests are due by 12/17/2021 to the Ed Foundation at

Parent community members who are interested in submitting a grant request should contact the school principal to which the grant will benefit. The Ed Foundation will review all requests at our February meeting. Please contact the Ed Foundation Grant team at with any questions.

Thank you for your continuous support of the D57 Education Foundation.


First Student - District 57's Transportation Provider

Bus pick up and drop off times are set under ideal conditions. Traffic issues, weather conditions and students absences can impact bus arrival times by a few minutes. Please allow your family some extra time when waiting for the bus especially with the upcoming winter months.

If you have a question about the bus, your first call should be to First Student at (847) 635-9877