The Buzz at Westbrook School
December 21, 2023
FROM the PRINCIPAL...
Dear Westbrook Families,
Thank you to the Lincoln Show Choir who performed for our students and staff this week. Such a talented group and always so fun to see former Westbrook students.
Our last school day this month will be today, Thursday, December 21st. I wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday break. I hope you have time to relax and enjoy time with family and friends.
We look forward to seeing our students back at Westbrook and continuing our work together in the new year on Tuesday, January 9th. Monday, January 8 is a non-student attendance day.
For your children,
Mark Your Calendars
December 22nd - January 8th - Winter Break
Monday, January 8th - No Student Attendance, District Institute Day
Tuesday, January 9th - Classes Resume
Friday, January 12th - First Grade Special Lunch
For more dates, check out the district calendar: D57 Calendar
Kindergarten Enrollment Information for 2024-2025
Westbrook’s Kindergarten program is a half-day program with a choice of either a morning (AM) or afternoon (PM) session, scheduled from Monday through Friday. Children must have reached the age of 5 on or before September 1, 2024, in order to be eligible for 24-25 kindergarten registration.
Families will have the opportunity to enter a lottery for enrollment in the morning (AM) program. The lottery will utilize a random number generator to establish the order of placement. Once all available slots for the AM classes are filled, students will be assigned to the afternoon (PM) session. For those students who participated in the lottery but were not selected for the morning program, their randomly assigned number will determine their position on the AM waitlist. If any openings become available in the morning program, we will contact families accordingly.
LOTTERY PARTICIPATION will require pre-enrollment and residency verification to be completed by Friday, February 16th with any outstanding submitted before Friday, February 23rd.
Steps for Kindergarten Enrollment
Registering your child for kindergarten includes the following three steps:
Step 1. Online Pre-Enrollment
All families are required to click on this enrollment LINK (accessible on January 9, 2024) to provide information prior to scheduling your in-person residency verification appointment (Step 2). Step 1 MUST be completed before moving to Step 2.
Step 2. In-Person Residency Verification
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) must bring the following documents to Westbrook School during their scheduled appointment time to establish residency:
The child’s original birth certificate (Office staff will make a copy & return the original.)
A copy of a current lease, monthly mortgage statement, OR current tax bill.
Two different current utility bills for two consecutive months (total of 4 bills.)
Please sign up for an appointment time using this LINK. (accessible on January 9, 2024)
Step 3. Online Registration
The final step of the enrollment process occurs in late spring of 2024. District 57 will email families with a SNAP code and a link to the registration website. Residency verification must be complete in order for parents/guardians to receive the code and link.
Recognize a Staff Member
Westbrook teachers and staff work hard to support students and staff daily. We invite you to click on this LINK if you would like to recognize a teacher or staff member for their hard work and dedication. We will pass on the good news to them.
Thank you in advance for sending an encouraging word, as we know it will mean so much.
Notes from the Office
- All visitors are required to ring the bell at door #1 and sign in with the office for security purpose.
If you are dropping items off for students, you will be asked to leave them in the front vestibule. We will ensure the item(s) get to the student's classroom.
- Please call the Westbrook office at (847) 394-7340 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are changing your child's pick up plans. Teachers may not see emails during the school day.
- If your student takes the bus, please sign up for First Student's bus bulletin to be notified of route delays. www.BusBulletin.com/parents
Please be sure your student is prepared for recess. Hats, gloves, boots, snowpants, etc. We do have outdoor recess every day unless the feels like temperature is 15 degrees or below.
- Students can purchase milk daily at lunch. The cost is 50 cents. Milk passes can still be purchased. Contact the office for the current cost.
Please walk WITH your child as they cross the bus lane and to the main entrance. We ask that you not allow you child to walk alone in the parking lot or cross the bus turnaround alone as this can be quite dangerous.
Please use the designated crosswalk when traveling to and from the parking lot. We discourage walking between buses for your safety.
Some of our students have apprehensions around animals, we ask that you NOT bring dogs or other animals onto school property.
GENERAL PTO MEETING
The PTO will meet again January 17th, 2024.
Westbrook School for Young Learners
Location: 103 Busse Road, Mount Prospect, IL, USA
Phone: (847) 394-7340
Westbrook School - Mount Prospect School District 57