The Buzz at Westbrook School

August 19, 2022

From the Principal...

Dear Westbrook Families,

The Westbrook staff welcomed our first graders back to school this week. The school was filled with excitement and smiling faces as students met teachers and admired new classrooms. We look forward to welcoming our kindergarten students back to school next Monday, August 22nd, and early childhood next Thursday, August 25th. I am proud of our students for their enthusiasm and engagement. I am impressed by the hard work of our teachers and staff. Thank you, parents and guardians, for your support and help in preparing students for their first week of school.

Thank you to the families that participated in the kindergarten garden walks this week. We look forward to our early childhood garden walks on Tuesday, August 23rd. Garden walks allow our kindergarteners and early childhood students to meet their teachers and visit their classrooms before the first day of school. Westbrook was the “garden school” before it received the bee mascot. That is why our color is green, and many things are referred to as “the garden.”

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COVID Notifications

Families will no longer be notified of each positive case within the building. The District will continue to update a dashboard to keep families informed. This information can be found on the District’s website under Families and Health Information. The dashboard reflects all positive cases of staff members and students who were present in a District 57 building during the period that they were infectious. The numbers do not account for those who have COVID and were not in the buildings when infectious.

Back to School Night

Back to School Night will be held on Tuesday, August 30th at Westbrook. Please review the back-to-school night schedule linked above to identify the presentation time. This event is for parents only. Please note that there will not be a PTO meeting on back-to-school night.

Safety Reminders

  • Please ensure that you use the crosswalks in the parking lot 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.

  • If you would like to use the Westbrook playground during the school day, please sign in at the office to receive a badge. This is an added safety measure for our teachers to identify approved visitors.

For your children,

Danielle Crandall

Westbrook School-Save The Date

Monday, August 22nd

  • First regular day for Kindergarten

Tuesday, August 23rd

Thursday, August 25th

  • First regular day for Circle of Friends students

Tuesday, August 30th

Monday, September 5th

  • Non-Attendance Day

Monday, September 26th

  • Non-Attendance Day

Tuesday, September 27th

  • Westbrook Picture Day

Wednesday, October 5th

  • Walk for Westbrook

    • Rain Date- Thursday 10/6

Friday, October 7th

  • District Institute Half Day

    • EC and Kindergarten Students do not attend school

    • 1st grade Students attend from 9:20 a.m. -12:20 p.m.

Monday, October 10th

  • Non-Attendance Day, Indigenous People’s Day

Friday, October 28th

  • Non-Attendance Day, District Institute

Student Attendance Information for 2022-2023 Half-Day Institute Days

Throughout the school year, there will be five days of half-day attendance for students throughout the District. At Westbrook, only 1st grade students will attend on those days from 9:20 AM to 12:20 PM. Please note the different dismissal times for our bussers and walkers. 1st-grade students will not need to bring lunch on these days. Our Kids’ Corner program will only be available to 1st-grade students from 7:00 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. Please make sure to inform your private daycare providers of this variance in the schedule. Circle of Friends and Kindergarten students will not attend school on these five dates.

Half-Day Attendance Dates

Friday, October 7th

Friday, February 17th

Friday, March 10th

Friday, April 21st

Friday, May 19th

For more dates, please click: D57 Calendar

A Note from the Office

If your student will be absent, please notify the homeroom teacher via email or you may complete the absence form on the District website.

For changes in dismissal plans, please notify your student's homeroom directly AND email the office.

You can reach the us at (847) 394-7340 or

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