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October 21, 2022

Important Dates

Sunday, October 23

Mongolian BPAC Event @ Crowley Park from 2:00PM - 3:30PM

Wednesday, October 26

D34 ParentConnect - Empowering Parents for Today's World: Mindsets and Skills for a Successful School Year - 7:00PM-8:30PM @ Springman

Thursday, October 27

Color Portraits Retake Day

Tuesday, November 8

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Message from the Principal

Westbrook Families,

Thank you to all of our families for taking the time to connect during parent teacher conferences. It was wonderful to meet so many new families last week and to connect with parents/guardians inside the building. This time is extremely valuable in the development and growth of your student and your partnership is highly valued here at Westbrook. Please know you can reach out at anytime for additional support.

We have now lived our arrival and dismissal process here at Westbrook for 35 total days. While we have made some adjustments we would like to call attention to a few important reminders. Student drop off at the start of the school day occurs from 8:35-8:45. The student day begins promptly at 8:45.

The district has a newer initiative called "soft start" that is an important part of each students' day from 8:45-8:55 every morning.

A soft start gives students a chance to settle in and ease into their day of learning. Even with a soft start, students still complete classroom morning routines (emptying backpacks, lunch counts, etc.) however when they finish, they have a handful of activities to choose from. Students are able to connect with peers and adults during all of the activities. This strengthens the sense of community in the room and empowers students with making their own choices.

If a student is dropped off after 8:50, we kindly ask that you park in our front parking lot on the west side of the building and walk your student into the main office where they will need to be signed in. A student is considered "tardy" after 8:50. Thank you to all of our families for ensuring that students arrive on time each day.

Enjoy the wonderful weather this weekend!


Picture Day Retake/Makeup Date

Color Portraits, our school photographer, will be here on Thursday, October 27th from 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM.

If your child was not in attendance on our original photo day, he/she can be photographed on this day. If you ordered a photo package and are not satisfied, the retake policy is described in your child’s photo package. Please have your child bring the entire package back to school on retake day and let your child's classroom know. Afternoon preschool students will need to come at 10:00 a.m. for their picture retakes and then return home until their class begins in the afternoon.

Fall/Halloween Parties at Westbrook

We are looking forward to our fall/Halloween parties that will take place at Westbrook on October 31. We have many exciting activities planned for students this year. Students will tour the building internally and display their costumes to their peers during the afternoon of October 31. They will also participate in a school wide sing along lead by our music teacher Karin Meister.

During the day, the PTA has provided grade level activities that will be delivered by the classroom teacher. The PTA will be sharing a sign up genius in their newsletter this week for any parents that are interested in signing up to help with the party inside their student's classroom. The party will take place during the day on October 31 but the time will be determined by each classroom teacher to accommodate their individual schedules. Please note that food will NOT be part of this celebration. The PTA will be providing a special snack that students will have access to during their regularly scheduled lunch period.

As you and your students prepare for Halloween, please keep in mind our Westbrook guidelines:

  • Please do not let your child bring any type of weapon, fantasy or look-alike. This includes plastic swords, fake guns, or anything that could be perceived as a weapon.
  • Costumes that are violent or bloody are not allowed.
  • Masks(that are part of a costume or that cover the entire face) are not allowed at school.
  • For safety reasons, please be sure that your child can see and walk around easily in his/her costume.
  • If you have any doubts about the appropriateness of any portion of your child’s costume, please contact your teacher or the main office and we will be glad to advise you.

Preschool students should plan to come to school in their costumes while kindergarten, first and second grade will be given time to change into their costumes after lunch. Please also keep in mind the amount of assistance a student should need when preparing their school costume.

Any student or family that does not want to participate in the following activities will be given alternate activities in our LRC. Please let your class. These activities will be the same fall themed activities provided by the PTA to all students however they will be delivered in a setting without any students wearing costumes.

Student Attendance

All student absences should be called into the health office no later than 8:45 a.m. at (847) 657-2494. You may also email Marlyn Briones, our school nurse: The school needs notification of every day your child will be absent.

Lost & Found

Are you looking for missing water bottle, jacket, or sweatshirt? Stop by Westbrook's lost and found area before or after school.
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From Westbrook Literacy Coach - Mandy Freer

This is a great way for kids to practice their phonics skills at home. Kids can use existing games like Boggle or Bananagrams to build new and familiar words. Don't have those games? They can make letter tiles out of paper or post-its. Such a fun, easy and engaging way to bring their phonics learning home!
Playing Games with Your Child Building Words Grades 2-3
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Food & Nutrition Service in D34: Supporting Student Health & Wellness

The District 34 Food & Nutrition Services team is dedicated to making sure every D34 student has a positive and nutritious lunch experience. We follow the the guidelines of of the federal government’s National School Lunch Program, which allows us to provide meals to all children, including providing assistance to low-income families through the free/reduced breakfast/lunch program.

We want to hear your ideas and experiences as families of our customers, District 34 students! Your input will help us make the best choices in food options and in programming to make a positive impact on the health and wellness of your children.

Glenview District 34

Our Mission


Westbrook School

1333 Greenwood Road

Glenview, IL 60026

Main Office# (847)998-5055

Office Fax# (847)998-1872

Absence Calls/Health Office (847)657-2494


Westbrook School

Patrick Hoeft, Principal

Dr. Maggie Wade, Assistant Principal

Martha Rode, Assistant Principal