The Buzz at Westbrook

November 8, 2019

From the Principal...

Dear Westbrook Families,


Thank you for making time in your busy lives to attend your child’s parent/teacher conference in the coming weeks. Our strong partnership with you is truly an invaluable component in our shared mission in supporting your child. If you haven’t yet secured a conference time with your child’s teacher/s, please be sure to email or call them.


Erin’s Law

As you may know, Erin’s Law mandates that sexual abuse prevention education for public school children in Illinois and many other states across the country. More information about Erin’s Law can be found by clicking here. Mrs. Ryno, our social worker, will be presenting a developmentally-appropriate lesson on this topic to each classroom beginning on the week of December 2.


Our early childhood and kindergarten classes will hear the book Your Body Belongs to You by Cornelia Spelman. This book shares the message that a child’s body is his or her own in developmentally appropriate language. Our first grade classes will hear the book It’s MY Body by Lory Freeman. Mrs. Ryno will lead all classes in a brief discussion that is designed to empower and educate students and will cover the following concepts:


  • Safe touch vs. unsafe touch

  • The safety rule (No one should touch your private parts except to keep you clean and healthy)

  • Secrets

  • Saying no

  • Identifying and learning to tell safe, trusted adults

  • When someone breaks the safety rule, it is not the child’s fault


If you have questions about the content of the program, please feel free to contact me at kvonderhaar@d57.org or Lisa Ryno at lryno@d57.org.


All students will be included in the sexual abuse prevention programs, unless a parent or guardian contacts me to request that their child not participate. Please notify me of this decision via email by Wednesday, November 20th, so we can arrange an alternate plan for your child.


Instagram & Twitter

Please follow us on Instagram and Twitter! Our username is: westbrook_d57.



Have a warm weekend!



Kind regards,

Kristin Vonder Haar

Westbrook Office Reminders!

Let’s start the day on time!

  • Doors open at 9:10am for AM classes and 1st grade

  • Doors open at 1:10pm for our PM classes


To report an absence:

  • Parents are able to fill out an online form to report a student absence from Westbrook. Click here: https://www.d57.org/ReportanAbsence.aspx

  • Another option is to call the attendance line: 847-394-7340 press #1 to leave a message.


Student Dismissal changes: It is very important to receive your child’s change in dismissal as early as possible.

  • Please email the office (wb-office@d57.org) and your teacher with changes to your child’s dismissal plan.

  • If it is late in the day, please call our office 847-394-7340

Cold Weather

Now that the cold weather is here, please keep in mind that our students enjoy outdoor recess everyday unless the temperature falls below 15 degrees (including the wind chill). Please dress them appropriately.


Friendly reminder to please label jackets, hats, gloves, boots, etc, so if lost, they can easily be returned!

Westbrook Calendar:

November 12, 14, 19.........................................................................Parent - Teacher Conferences

November 13.....................................................................................................Picture Re-Take Day

November 15.............................................................................................Report Cards Distributed

November 15..........................................................PTO Family Fun Night - Animal Quest 6:30pm

November 20...............................................................................................PTO Meeting, LRC, 7pm

November 21...............................................................Board of Education Meeting, Fairview, 7pm

November 25-29............................................................................Thanksgiving Break - No School

December 2.............................................................................................................Classes Resume

December4.................................................................................................1st Grade Special Lunch

December 5.................................................................Board of Education Meeting, Fairview, 7pm

December 10.......................................................................Ed Foundation Meeting, Fairview, 7pm

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

December19..................Board of Education Meeting and Pubic Hearing on Levy, Fairview, 7pm

December 23-January 3...........................................................................Winter Break - No School

January 6................................................................................................................Classes Resume