The Buzz at Westbrook

February 21, 2020

From the Principal...

Dear Westbrook Families,


We are so fortunate to have a strong partnership with our PTO. In addition to helping during kindergarten enrollment, the PTO has organized wonderful events for us including Leapin’ into Literature and Tasty Bites. In the month of February, first graders have the option of staying in during recess to hear a story read by a family member. The PTO generously purchases these books for our school, which then become part of our school library. For Tasty Bites, each month, our kindergarteners and first graders have the opportunity to try a new fruit or vegetable during PE class. We believe strongly in building healthy eating and living habits at an early age. This month, our students tried kohlrabi! Thank you to all of the families who make Westbrook such a special place!


Professional Learning

On Friday, all District 57 teachers engaged in important professional development to deepen our knowledge of the Illinois Social Emotional Learning Standards in order to best support our students. Research has shown that when schools purposefully address social and emotional development, there are a broad range of positive implications for students including greater self-awareness, self-management, and higher academic motivation. We continued our work regarding restorative practices, including community circle building, self-awareness, and empathetic listening.


This video by Brene Brown shows the importance of empathy in building relationships and in dealing with conflict when relationships are harmed.


Instagram & Twitter

Are you following us? Check out what’s happening at Westbrook on Instagram or Twitter! Our username is: westbrook_d57.


Thank you for your partnership!


Kind regards,

Kristin Vonder Haar

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Westbrook Calendar:

February 21.................................................................................................End of 2nd Trimester

February 28...........................................................................................Report Cards Distributed

March 4................................................................................................First Grade Special Lunch

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

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

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