September 16, 2022
Wescott Earns National Blue Ribbon Award!
On Friday, September 16, 2022, the U.S. Department of Education honored Wescott School in Northbrook with the National Blue Ribbon Award for Exemplary High-Performing Schools. Out of more than 3,000 public elementary schools in Illinois, Wescott was one of only 12 earning this distinction.
This is the third National Blue Ribbon Award for Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 and the second for Wescott, which earned this distinction in 2013. In 2021, Maple School was also recognized with the district’s second National Blue Ribbon Award.
“The faculty and staff of Wescott School are immensely proud to receive the National Blue Ribbon School award from the United States Department of Education,” Dr. Brown said. “This award recognizes sustained academic excellence over the past four years. With all that our school and community have been through together over this time, we are grateful for this recognition. We look forward to celebrating with everyone over the next few months!”
Dr. Brown, along with additional Wescott and District 30 officials, will travel to Washington D.C. to accept this award in early November. Click here to read more!
From the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
Illinois Assessment for Readiness (IAR) Testing
Results from the Spring 2022 IAR Assessment should be arriving in your mailboxes next week. Tests were administered to Students in grades 3rd through 8th.
Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your child’s building principal or the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Melissa E. Hirsch.
Help Kids Breathe Clean - No Idling Please
Did you know that most people waste 1-2 entire tankfuls of gas every year by idling? This school year, District 30 asks parents and guardians waiting in pickup lines at Maple (and our elementary schools) to turn off their vehicle engines. This simple change will reduce our students’ exposure to air toxins emitted from idling vehicles, improving the air they breathe and the air quality in our neighborhoods.
Children are more susceptible to air pollution because of their developing lungs and higher breathing rates. If many vehicles idle at once, it can create “hot spot” of exhaust pollution. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, school monitoring shows elevated levels of air toxins during afternoon pickup, and inhalation of vehicle exhaust chemicals is linked to asthma and other serious health effects. So, please don’t forget to "Turn your key and be idle-free!"
2023 School Board Elections
Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 will have four school board seats to be filled at the Consolidated Election on April 4, 2023. Candidates who are elected will fill four-year terms expiring in April 2027.
Candidates for the office of the school board can circulate nominating petitions for signatures beginning September 20, 2022. The period for filing nominating petitions runs from December 12 through December 19, 2022.
A candidate for the school board is required to file the nominating petitions, Statement of Candidacy, and receipt for filing their Statement of Economic Interests with the applicable county election clerk and not with the school board secretary or the administrative offices of the school district. The county clerk may have petition forms available, or blank petitions may be downloaded from the State Board of Elections website: elections.il.gov.
Candidates may also want to consult the “2023 Candidate’s Guide” (https://www.elections.il.gov//Downloads/ElectionOperations/PDF/2023CanGuide.pdf), which can be downloaded from the Illinois State Board of Elections website, or contact the county clerk or board of election commissioners regarding the requirements of filing. Candidates and voters can get information about District 30 from our website and learn about being a school board member from the Illinois Association of School Boards at: iasb.com/elections.
Last Chance to Let Your Voice Be Heard
Our District 30 strategic plan is focused on effective communication with parents and families, and we want to understand how we can improve our efforts to communicate with you.
Please click here or on the blue button to participate in this brief, anonymous survey that closes on Tuesday, if you have not already. Your answers will help us better understand your preferred methods of communication for school and district correspondence.
Your feedback will help improve how we deliver information that is essential to help you to succeed professionally and personally, and to support your students’ success. Thank you for taking a few minutes to share your valuable insights with us!
Wescott PTO Birthday Book Club
The Wescott library would like to welcome the following students with August and September birthdays into the Birthday Book Club and thank them for their donation to the Birthday Book Club Fund!
Erik Dibra, Alexandra Smith, Brighton Yen, Dina Rebacz, Grayson Springer, London Obhas, Kaira Pandya-Patel, Luke Smith, Yooni Park, Layun Hong, Patrick Gratz, Ryley Zhang, Auriel Pullukat, Emma Martinez, Fiona Sheehy, Abigail Kestin, Liam Winer, Sloan Agdern, Hayden Springer, Hunter Bangilan, Mira Horner, Maya Resnick, Nathan Mogilner, Oliver Gilman, Ashley Grossman, Noah Bi, Jonathan Oen, Ari Gryll, Claire Williams, Jayden Chadwick, Lincoln Tang, Devin Fuh, Kaitlyn Briski, Abby Grubnich, Mason Stern, Selah Shin, Soren Galvan, Julia Widelka, Bella Dong, Parker Zima, Zachary Zheng, Alexa Redmann, Elina Li, Eric Baczewski, Daniela Azrikam, Violet Brennan
PHYSICAL EDUCATION REMINDERS
- Gym shoes are a must for each day of physical education class
- 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade have class everyday.
1st and 2nd Grade have class everyday, except on half-days.
Kindergarten classes follow this weekly schedule:
Buzil: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays (AM)
Drake: Mondays & Wednesdays (AM); Fridays (PM)
Grosshuesch: Mondays (PM); Tuesdays & Thursdays (AM)
Lerman: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays (AM)
Students should be prepared to go outside on cool days (generally 50 degrees and above). Keeping a sweatshirt or jacket in their locker is helpful.
Dresses and skirts need shorts or tights under them.
Clothes may get soiled or stained during outdoor activities held on the
If a student is not able to participate in physical education activities for a day or two, we request that a written note or email be sent to us. You may also chose to call or email Ms. Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org
For long-term participation excuses, a doctor’s note is required. Please send the note to Ms. Walsh.
Following a long-term participation excuse from a doctor, a medical release from a doctor is needed in order to return to PE activities. Please send this release form to Ms. Walsh.
Thanks for your cooperation!
Author Visit for 3rd-5th Grade!
We are THRILLED to announce that Newbery award-winning author Katherine Applegate will be visiting Wescott 3rd-5th graders on Thursday, September 22!!! This visit is brought to us courtesy of The Book Stall.
Ms. Applegate is the New York Times-bestselling author of Wishtree, Crenshaw, Willodeen, and Home of the Brave, as well as The One and Only Ivan, winner of the Newbery Medal, and its sequel The One and Only Bob. You can learn more about her at katherineapplegate.com.
Order her new book, Odder from The Book Stall, an indie bookstore based in Winnetka, IL, and receive a 10% discount. This discount is already built into the store's online pricing. Deadline to order is Monday, September 19. Books will be signed by the author. Place orders online here.
Contact Mrs. Janavicius with questions at email@example.com
NEWS FROM THE WESCOTT PTO
Walk for Wescott - October 12
It’s easy to donate! Just scan the QR code or visit the donation site. Donations will directly impact Wescott School. In addition, 10 percent of donations will be directed to Fear? Not! Nation, a foundation benefiting pediatric cancer patients at Lurie's Children Hospital. All students that participate will be entered into the raffle and will receive an additional raffle entry for every $25 collected. All donations must be made by Friday, October 7 to be eligible for the raffle.
Dine and Give at Grill House - September 19
Wescott School Family Night - October 15
Check the Lost and Found
The Lost and Found is located in the front foyer of the school, there is already a large collection so please check the bin if your child has lost something. Best Practice: Label your child's articles of clothing, water bottles, lunch boxes, etc. so we can get lost belongings back to their rightful owners.
NOTICE - All District Families and Employees
Northbrook | Glenview School District 30
2374 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 498-4190, www.district30.org
Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 will be partnering with Brightview Landscape Services to treat the grounds on and around the Maple School soccer field. On September 26, 2022, we will be applying 33-0-3 with 33% CRN and 2% Iron to enhance turf growth and health.
In the event all applications cannot be applied on this date, the alternate date of application will be September 30, 2022. For questions, please contact the district’s buildings & grounds coordinator, Jason Borst, at 847-400-8964.
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.
Wescott - Tuesdays
Willowbrook - Tuesdays*
Maple - Tuesdays*
*Please note the changes to Willowbrook and Maple, starting next week on September 13
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
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
School Hours are 8:40 am to 3:10 pm.
Half day dismissal time is 11:45 am.