The Buzz at Westbrook School
October 6, 2023
FROM the PRINCIPAL....
Dear Westbrook Families,
We have so many exciting events to look forward to in the coming weeks. Please ensure you read through this week's newsletter to stay informed!
WALK for WESTBROOK
Thank you so much for supporting the Walk for Westbrook. The PTO did a fabulous job designing interactive animal-themed stations for our students to engage in. Due to the generous donations that came in from Westbrook families, the entire school has won a PTO-sponsored Kindness Quest Laser assembly. We are so proud of all our students, and we look forward to celebrating their accomplishments.
2023 Parent/Teacher CONFERENCES
Fall parent-teacher conferences will be held on November 1st, 2nd, and 9th. You can use this 2023 Conference Sign-Up link. Sign-ups will open on October 6th at 4 PM. The sign-up period will remain open until Friday, October 27th. Families will have the flexibility to choose between an in-person conference or a Zoom conference.
HALLOWEEN at Westbrook
Halloween is quickly approaching. The Halloween parade schedule is below. Families are invited to attend the outdoor parade at their child’s assigned time. We will walk out of door #1 and parade around the school. Please spread out so that all families can see the students walk by.
Students are invited to wear their costumes to school for the full day. It is important to ensure students are in comfortable costumes to sit in the classroom and use the bathroom. Please help your child make safe and respectful decisions about their costumes. Students may wear an appropriate mask in the parade but not during school. Make-up, weapons, fake blood, or inappropriate dress are not allowed. All costume accessories will be left in the classroom for recess and lunch. Students may NOT bring food or candy to share.
Tuesday, October 31st
Circle of Friends AM/ Kindergarten AM - 10:45 AM
Circle of Friends PM/ Kindergarten PM/1st Grade/ SOAR - 2:30 PM
October is BULLYING PREVENTION Month
In District 57, we take the prevention of bullying very seriously. All Kindergarten through 8th-grade students participate in weekly classroom meetings/advisory meetings to build classroom community and provide strategies for students on how to prevent/handle potential bullying situations. This is done, in part, using the Second Step Bullying Prevention Unit. These instructional materials offer an opportunity for students to share their feelings and opinions, to suggest solutions, and to learn to follow the rules and handle bullying situations appropriately. It also builds class community and cohesiveness and recognizes the achievements and successes of the class as a whole.
We encourage any student or parent who is aware of a potential bullying situation to report the issue immediately to a staff member. This report will initiate an investigation. Whether or not the issue is found to be bullying, any behavior that does not follow school expectations will be addressed. We want all students to feel safe and comfortable during their time at school, and we are committed to removing barriers that are preventing this for individual students or groups of students. For more information on this topic, please visit this link.
Bullying is intentional physical, verbal, or social aggression. It’s often repeated over time and occurs when there’s a real or perceived power imbalance.
Kindergarten COMMUNITY HELPERS
Kindergarten students will have an opportunity to visit community helper stations on Friday, October 30th. Stations will include presentations from the Mount Prospect Police Department, and Fire Department. We are hoping to have either the Public Works Department, a representative from Republic Services or a dentist visit students as well. There will also be time for play during the class rotations. Presentations will take place in the music room, art room, and outside. Classroom teachers and administrators will be with students throughout their community helper experience. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with further questions.
For your Children,
DATES to REMEMBER
Friday, October 6th - Conference Sign-Up opens 4 PM
Monday, October 9th - No School
Tuesday, October 10th - PTO All School Laser Assembly
Friday, October 13th - 1st Grade Special Lunch
Fist Bump Friday MPPD 9:10am /1:10pm
Wednesday, October 18th - PTO, Westbrook Staff Lounge 7 PM
Thursday, October 19th - Lunch with the Principals-Roy/Zei
Friday, October 20th - No School
Tuesday, October 24th - Hot Reads Assembly, Whole School
October 24th - October 26th - Hearing and Vision Screenings
Friday, October 27th - Conference-Sign Up closes
PTO Early Childhood Pumpkin Patch
Saturday, October 28th - PTO Trunk-or-Treat, WB Parking lot 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Monday, October 30th - Kindergarten Community Helpers Day
Tuesday, October 31st - Halloween
AM EC/Kindergarten Parade - 10:45 AM
AM Kindergarten Party 11 - 11:40 AM
PM EC/Kindergarten/1st Parade - 2:30 PM
PM Kindergarten/1st Party - 3 - 3:40 PM
November 1st, 2nd, 3rd - Parent-Teacher Conferences
For more dates, check out the district calendar: D57 Calendar
Notes from the Front Office
- If the arrival bell has rung, you will need to come into the office and sign your student in.
- When you student will be absent, there are several options to notify the school.
Website Absence Form
Email the teacher directly or the office (email@example.com.)
- If your dismissal plans change, please notify the teacher and the office, especially if your student is a bus rider. If plans change last minute, please CALL the front office.
- Milk passes can still be purchased. Please contact the front office for the amount due.
- Please contact the bus company, First Student directly (847) 635-9877 if your child's bus is running late. You can also sign up for bus alerts at www.BusBulletin.com/parents
KINDNESS Club for 1st GRADERS
WALK FOR WESTBROOK
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Walk for Westbrook! We are so thankful to everyone including the Room Rep guides, volunteers running stations, the Westbrook staff and administration, parent community, and especially our students for making it such a wonderful event.
There is still time to donate. We will be accepting donations until October 16th. At the October 18th general PTO meeting, we will draw the winners. You do NOT have to be present to win. Good luck!
We are excited to share that Station 34 has again agreed to sponsor our monthly reading incentive program! Kindergarteners and 1st graders who read 20 minutes daily will receive a complimentary kids pizza from Station 34. Monthly calendars will be distributed in advance and the October calendar was sent home last week.
Simply complete the calendar by coloring in each day that the child reads and send back to school. For any questions, please reach out to PTO Rep. Jennifer LaChance Michel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you Station 34!
ALL SCHOOL ASSEMBLY
On Monday, October 10th, in celebration of the Walk for Westbrook, the PTO will be hosting an all-school assembly! Prasmatic Magic: Educational Laser Assemblies will be hosting their program "Kindness Quest." More information about the show can be found here.
OWN A RESTAURANT OR KNOW OF ONE THAT CAN HELP?
During Parent-Teacher conferences (held in November), the PTO hosts lunches and dinners for our wonderful Westbrook teachers. If you own or know of a restaurant that would be willing to donate food or offer it at a discount, please contact email@example.com
Reminder to First Grade parents, the first "Special Lunch" will take place on October 13th.
TRUNK OR TREAT
The Westbrook PTO will be hosting our 2nd annual Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 28th from 9:30-12pm!
Interested in signing up your car to participate? Click here and register today!
Look for additional details coming soon!