January 13, 2023
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.
Seeking Sponsors for Lew Blond Run on May 20
The 22nd Annual Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk is seeking sponsors to support this fundraiser and community tradition happening Saturday, May 20 at Maple School! Your giving can include donating to our silent auction, monetary or in-kind donations (click the button below to learn more).
The run traditionally receives coverage on local TV, local radio, and in print and online media. The event has enjoyed successful participation every year, and we are among the top running events in the north suburban area. Those who choose to sponsor will help make it a great experience for our students, staff and community members who participate, and publicize your business to a wide audience.
This annual event honors former District 30 Teacher Lew Blond, who passed away from Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) in February 2000. He was an exceptional and dedicated educator of the applied arts and was revered and cherished by his students, colleagues and parents of the children he served. The run attracts a wide range of participants and is supported by District 30, the Les Turner ALS Foundation, and the Lew Blond Memorial 5K nonprofit organization.
The Lew Blond Run consists of three events:
One Mile Run
The “Little Lew” 50 yard dash for children ages 0-6 years
Proceeds benefit research through the ALS Foundation and are used for identified School District 30 projects. Race proceeds also fund scholarships for former Maple School students intending to pursue careers in education or the trades following graduation from Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South High Schools.
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 Starts Jan. 17
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 will take place online beginning on Tuesday, January 17 at 9:00 am.
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 will take place online beginning on Tuesday, January 17 at 9:00 am.
Please visit our District 30 Preschool page for the pre-registration link, tuition information, and a list of documents needed to register.
Sign Language Club for 1st- and 2nd-Graders
Wescott is offering an after school Sign Language Club for 1st- and 2nd-grade students.
The 1st-grade club will be on Thursdays from 3:10 to 4:10 p.m. beginning January 26, running roughly eight weeks through March 23. (The week of Parent Teacher Conferences, we will NOT meet).
The 2nd-grade club will be on Tuesdays from 3:10 to 4:10 p.m., beginning January 31, running roughly eight weeks through March 21.
Membership is limited to 12 students per grade level. Students will learn to "finger sign" the alphabet and learn signs for other vocabulary including numbers, colors, animals, foods and more.
Participation is on a first come, first served basis, with priority given to students who have not participated in an after-school club this year. Parents will be required to arrange transportation of their children from school grounds. Since crossing guards are not on duty, any student who walks home needs parental permission.
We recognize that some students will carry communication devices to school. If a student brings a communication device to school, it should be silenced and remain in the student’s locker throughout the day. We reserve the right to confiscate student communication devices and hold them at the front desk if they are misused.
Universal 2nd-Grade Speech Screenings
Please contact Amber Price (email@example.com), Ellen Leving (firstname.lastname@example.org), or your child's teacher if you have any of the above concerns. Parents will be notified if any concerns are identified, as a result of the articulation screening, and/or if speech/language support or further evaluation is recommended.
Super Exciting News from the Library!
Award-winning author Kelly Yang will visit Wescott & Willowbrook 3rd-5th graders and Maple students VIA ZOOM on Friday, February 3! Yang will discuss 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. Book order forms coming soon.
"Kelly is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of NEW FROM HERE, the FRONT DESK series, including FRONT DESK, THREE KEYS, and ROOM TO DREAM, YES WE WILL, and young adult novels PARACHUTES and PRIVATE LABEL. FRONT DESK is Kelly's award-winning middle-grade debut novel about a 10-year-old Chinese American immigrant girl who manages the front desk of a motel while her parents clean the rooms. FRONT DESK was awarded the 2019 Asian Pacific American Award for Literature, the Parents' Choice Gold Medal, was the 2019 Global Read Aloud, and was named an Amazon Best Book of the Year, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, an NPR Best Book of the Year, and a Publisher's Weekly Best Book of the Year."
More Exciting News from the Library!
Caldecott-winning author Matthew Cordell will be visiting Wescott 1st & 2nd graders on Tuesday, February 21 to talk about his latest book, Evergreen. This visit is courtesy of The Book Stall. Order forms coming soon!
A picture book by Caldecott medal winner Matt Cordell about a timid squirrel who makes a brave journey to help a relative who is ill.
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. Using an art style reminiscent of the work of William Steig and Arnold Lobel, Matthew Cordell creates a classic tale of bravery and love.
Matthew Cordell is the author and illustrator of Caldecott award winners Wolf in the Snow, Trouble Gum, Another Brother, hello! hello!, and Wish. He has illustrated the books of renowned authors including Philip Stead (Special Delivery), Rachel Vail (the Justin Case series), and Gail Carson Levine ( Forgive Me, I Meant To Do It). He lives outside of Chicago with his wife, the novelist Julie Halpern, and their two children.
Summer School 2023 Dates & Information
Mark your calendars for the 2023 District 30 Summer School Program! The program will run for five weeks starting Tuesday, June 13 through Friday, July 14. We will observe holidays on June 19, July 3, and July 4 with no student attendance.
Registration for in-district families will open in February. In the meantime, please visit our website and if you have questions, please email email@example.com.
Stay tuned for more information to come later this month!
Calendar of Events
News from the Wescott PTO
International Night 2023
Willowbrook and Wescott's International Night will occur on January 27, 2023 from 5:30-7:30p.m. at the Maple School Gymnasium. Attendees can enter through the Activities door entrance, as the main doors will be locked. The Activities door is the entrance closest to and that faces Shermer Road. Students will have the opportunity to grab a passport and “travel” to booths showcasing different heritages, ethnicities, and traditions.
We encourage any child to participate in the fashion show parade that begins at 5:30p.m. by dressing in their choice of ethnic attire. To participate, students should meet in the small gym at 5:15p.m. The festivities include a play, presented at 6:00p.m., two dance group demonstrations, at 6:30p.m. and 7:00p.m., and activities and food samples celebrating the diverse cultures of District 30.
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.
Wescott Madness Fundraiser is Back!
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. Please commit by January 31. Events can take place between March and June, TBD by the host parents. For more information and signup, click on this link.
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
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
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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