The Buzz at Westbrook

March 6, 2020

From the Principal...

Dear Westbrook Families,


What a fun week! We celebrated our love of reading this week. All of our students also had the opportunity to see a fabulous assembly called the ProKids Show. The show included magic, comedy, music, and more! The presenter, Tim Hannig, talked about the importance of showing great character by caring for and appreciating each other, working collaboratively, showing respect, and being responsible. Not only was it a great message for our students, but they loved his magic, his puppet named Vern, and having the chance to participate. Thank you to our PTO for organizing and sponsoring this show for us!! It was a BIG hit!


Celebration of Reading

We celebrated our love for reading with two Hot Reads! During Hot Reads, all staff members bring their favorite book to the gym. One lucky staff member gets picked to read in front of the school in the morning and one in the afternoon. Mrs. Kara McCarthy, literacy support specialist, and Ms. Elena Coughlin, first grade teacher, were picked to read in front of everyone! They read the book Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings. The story follows Arfy, a dog who is looking for his forever home, as he writes letters asking people to adopt him by sharing all of his admirable attributes. It has such a sweet ending and matches perfectly with one of our school-wide expectations of being kind. On this day, our first graders also spread kindness throughout Mount Prospect by writing thoughtful notes for others on this day!


This week, our students and staff also participated in Drop Everything and Read! No matter what staff and students were doing, they were asked to stop what they were doing and start reading! The kids loved reading in front of “fireplaces” in first grade, reading with their art, music, and PE teachers, and reading with friends!


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Thank you for your partnership! Have a lovely weekend!


Kind regards,


Kristin Vonder Haar

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A Note from the 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, 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 the Spring Grant Request Cycle. A description of the grant request submission process and form is located within the Grants section of our website at https://www.57edfoundation.org. Grant requests for this cycle are due by 4/3/2020 and can be sent to this email address: d57edfoundationgrants@gmail.com


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 April meeting. Please contact the Ed Foundation Grant team at d57edfoundationgrants@gmail.com with any questions. Thank you for your continuous support of the D57 Education Foundation.

Westbrook Calendar:

March 10................................................................................Ed Foundation Meeting, LRC, 7pm

March 12..............................................................................................Westbrook's Steam Night

March 13.....................................................................Last day to order a Westbrook Yearbook

March 17.....................................................................................No School - Institute Day

March 18.................................................................................................PTO Meeting, LRC, 7pm

March 19.................................................................Board of Education Meeting, Fairview, 7pm

March 23-27...............................................................................Spring Break - No School

March 30............................................................................................................Classes Resume

April 1...................................................................................................First Grade Special Lunch

April 2......................................................................Board of Education Meeting, Fairview, 7pm

April 9....................................................................................Half Day for First Grade Only

April 9.....................................................No School for Circle of Friends and Kindergarten

April 10.................................................................Non Attendance Day - Buildings Closed

April 14..................................................................................Ed Foundation Meeting, LRC, 7pm

April 15...................................................................................................PTO Meeting, LRC, 7pm

April 16....................................................................Board of Education Meeting, Fairview, 7pm

May 4.......................................................................First Grade Visits to Lions Park or Fairview

May 5...............................................First Grade Spring Concert, 6pm or 7pm, Fairview School

May 5................................................................................................Capannari's Coolest School

May 6...................................................................................................First Grade Special Lunch