The Buzz at Westbrook School

December 17, 2021


From the Principal...

December 17th, 2021

Dear Westbrook Families,

At last night’s Board of Education meeting, the School Board approved an eLearning plan for emergency school closures. Emergency means an event of inclement weather or failure of building or public utility infrastructure that renders all schools in the district unable to be opened. The plan must also be approved by the Regional Office of Education. If approved, students at Westbrook School will need access to district devices at home to access eLearning. The technology department will be working to ensure Westbrook devices are ready to go home after winter break. More information will be coming from the technology department in January.

I want to wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday break. I hope you have time to relax and enjoy yourself with family and friends. We look forward to seeing our students and continuing our work together in the new year.

For your children,

Danielle Crandall

Items from Home

As a reminder, students can bring small items from the home to play with during indoor recess. However, we do not want students to lose, trade, or break valuable items. As we head into the new year, we encourage parents to check in with their students regarding items they are bringing to school.


A Note from Jason Kaiz, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations

Dear Parents/Guardians of 1st Grade Students,

We appreciate everyone's flexibility this year as we implemented our free lunch food program. We continue to update our processes as we assist students in getting a free lunch. Unfortunately, the online application we started using in November had limitations that we did not expect. Therefore, we are moving back to an online survey for lunches in January. The good news is that parents will now receive a confirmation email after completing the form.

With the addition of a confirmation email, we will be having parents sign up for the next four weeks (January 3-28) at once. Please make sure to keep the confirmation email so that you know which days you signed up for lunches.

This lunch form is for Full-Day Elementary Students:

  • Please complete THIS FORM to participate in the free lunch program. This is a free and optional program. However, for your child to participate, families are required to complete the weekly lunch order form
  • To avoid waste, please do not order free lunch on January 7th if you signed up for PTO's Special Lunch. If you are unsure if you signed up for Special Lunch, contact the Westbrook office.
  • The form is due by NOON on Wednesday, December 29, 2021.

We encourage all families to participate in this program.

If you have any questions or do not receive a confirmation email, please email me directly for support at


Westbrook School Preschool Enrollment Lottery Information for 2022/2023 School Year


Westbrook School Kindergarten Enrollment Information for 2022/2023 School Year


Note from the Nurse: COVID-19 Vaccination Card Information

Dear Parents,

District 57 offers families the opportunity to voluntarily provide their child’s COVID-19 vaccination status. This information is important to have on file as students who are fully vaccinated (2 weeks post 2nd dose) do not need to quarantine if identified as a close contact (per IDPH guidelines) and remain asymptomatic. We are asking parents to send a copy of their child's Covid vaccination card to the health office after their child receives their second dose.

Thank you,

Julie Tworek, RN


Please check the Lost and Found

Unclaimed items will be donated to

Goodwill Store & Donation Center

1551 N Dryden Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

after Winter Break

Please come to the office to sign in if you would like to check.

Lost and Found is located near the gym.

A friendly reminder to label all items your child brings to school. We try to reunite lost items with their owners before they are placed in the Lost and Found.


Upcoming Westbrook Dates

Monday, December 20th - Winter Break begins

Wednesday, December 29th - Deadline for ordering free lunch for the month of Jan (1st Grade)

Monday, January 3rd - Classes Resume

Friday, January 7th - Special Lunch (1st Grade)

Wednesday, January 12th thru Friday, January 14th - 2022/23 Circle of Friends enrollment lottery (by appointment only, see website for details)

Friday, January 14th - Half day (1st Grade only, no school for preschool and kindergarten)

Monday, January 17th - No School

Wednesday, January 19th - Westbrook PTO meeting 7pm (LRC)

For more dates, please click: D57 Calendar



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, students, 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 a new Grant Request Cycle. A description of the grant request submission process and form is located within the Grants section of our website at

Grant requests are due by 12/17/2021 to the Ed Foundation at

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 February meeting. Please contact the Ed Foundation Grant team at with any questions.

Thank you for your continuous support of the D57 Education Foundation.


First Student - District 57's Transportation Provider

Bus pick up and drop off times are set under ideal conditions. Traffic issues, weather conditions and students absences can impact bus arrival times by a few minutes. Please allow your family some extra time when waiting for the bus especially with the upcoming winter months.

If you have a question about the bus, your first call should be to First Student at (847) 635-9877


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