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September 9, 2022

Important Dates

Monday, September 5

No school - Labor Day

Monday, September 19

Picture Day - SMILE

Westbrook Ribbon Cutting Event - 5:00 PM

Board of education meeting - 7:30

Friday, September 23 & Monday, September 26

No School

Wednesday, September 28

D34 Parent Connect Event

Thursday, September 29

PTA Popsicle Park Meet Up - 4:00 at Westbrook

Message from the Principal

Westbrook Families,

We are now 11 days into the school year and already students have adjusted well to new routines across the building. We have also increased our efficiency at arrival and dismissal and want to thank all of our parents for their cooperation as we learned this new routine together. Students now move quickly through a brand new lunchroom routine and we look forward to opening our second playground next week! Staff have also learned new routines and are still adjusting to brand new spaces. There has been a lot of "new" at Westbrook and we are thrilled with the progress over the last few weeks of school!

Thank you to everyone that came out for our curriculum night this week. We had a wonderful turnout and hope that you were able to build a connection with your student's classroom teacher. This was the first time we have ever had curriculum night for the entire school and the energy across the building was uplifting! If you should have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out!

Have a wonderful weekend!


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District Communication

We are thankful to our community for the support of the referendum that is building future for all of our students. We invite you to celebrate that success at ribbon cutting ceremonies at Springman, Westbrook, Henking and Lyon -- and take a tour of the new spaces to see for yourself what the excitement is all about! The whole community is invited, so please attend any or all of the events -- and bring a friend:

  • Springman: September 12 at 3:30pm
  • Westbrook: September 19 at 5:00pm
  • Henking: September 20 at 5:00pm
  • Lyon: September 21 at 5:00pm

Community support and connections continue to be an important part of our strategic plan as well. You can help us achieve our mission, vision, values and goals of that plan in two ways:

1. Share Your Thoughts on Our Core Values: In order to achieve and maintain day-to-day success within our system -- and ensure opportunities for success for every student -- all stakeholders must adopt the core values that are part of District 34's Strategic Plan. This survey addresses the following core value:

Diversity, Inclusion & Equity: We embrace and welcome the differences of each member of our community and provide equitable resources to meet the needs of all learners.

In a series of ThoughtExchanges for staff, parents and community members throughout the 2022-2023 school year, the District hopes to gain an understanding of the current "State of Equity" in D34, which will allow us to move the the strategic plan forward, and ensure that we continue to aspire, explore, discover, connect. Please provide your thoughts in this parent/family exchange, and rate the thoughts of others who participate. The exchange is accessible in many languages. Use the “Language” drop down below the question to select your preferred language:

2. Join the D34 Volunteer Pool: D34 is looking to build connections and community partnerships that increase opportunities for our students to experience authentic learning. We are asking parents, grandparents and other community members to share their experience and expertise in our classrooms. Sign up here. Teachers will reach out to volunteers when they need guest experts in areas that align with the topics they are covering. We're seeking those who can share their work experience/career knowledge, as well as those who have unique life experiences, hobbies, cultural and language knowledge, etc.

Upcoming Drills

All District 34 schools will meet the state requirements to hold fire, weather and lockdown drills this year. We work with the Glenview Police and Fire Departments to run these drills.

As a reminder, District 34 uses the “Lockdown with Options: Run, Hide, Fight” approach to school safety, which identifies options to be considered when responding to a school threat. This approach to an active intruder is endorsed by Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This year, lockdown drills will include both actual “run, hide, fight” exercises, as well as discussions with students about what would happen in possible scenarios, presented in an age-appropriate way to ensure students understand the options available in responding to an intruder. In both situations, teachers will emphasize two key points:

  • Hiding remains the primary response in a lockdown

  • Students’ most important task is to follow directions from the trusted adults in their building

Our fall drills will be held in the coming days.

Per state law, parents can opt their children out of participating in lockdown drills. If you do not wish your child to participate in the upcoming drill, please email me.

September 28 - D34 ParentConnect Event

We're excited for this year's D34 ParentConnect lineup, and for our first in-person program for parents and caregivers since March 2020! Mark your calendar, and check your inbox soon for more information about presenters and available interpretation.

Glenview District 34

Our Mission


Westbrook School

1333 Greenwood Road

Glenview, IL 60026

Main Office# (847)998-5055

Office Fax# (847)998-1872

Absence Calls/Health Office (847)657-2494


Westbrook School

Patrick Hoeft, Principal

Dr. Maggie Wade, Assistant Principal

Martha Rode, Assistant Principal