The Buzz at Westbrook

February 14, 2020

From the Principal...

Dear Westbrook Families,


It was so lovely seeing so many familiar faces and meeting so many future Westbrook families during kindergarten enrollment this morning! Our kindergarteners celebrated their 100th day of school earlier this week. We are so proud of all of their hard work!


Kindergarten Enrollment

Online enrollment for kindergarten is now open! We will have in-person kindergarten enrollment today between the hours of 8:00 AM-3:00 PM - or - Tuesday, February 18, 2020 between the hours of 4:30 PM-6:30 PM. Spread the word! We look forward to seeing many familiar faces and meeting new Westbrook families! More information about the enrollment process for Kindergarten can be found on our school website.


STEAM Night

Mark your calendars! We are excited to offer a special STEAM Night for Westbrook Families on Thursday, March 12. (STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.) Your entire family is welcome to attend! See the flyer below for more information. Please RSVP here by February 20!


Benchmarking

In January, we benchmarked all of our kindergarten and first grade students in their early literacy and numeracy skills. We benchmark students three times per year. Along with teacher observations, parent feedback, and students’ daily classroom work, the benchmark assessments inform teachers’ instruction to meet students’ individual learning needs. In addition, we use this data to provide intervention support in the areas of reading and/or math for students who require additional support.


Parenting Resources

At Westbrook, we help our students to build social-emotional skills, including identifying feelings, managing emotions, establishing and building relationships, and making responsible choices. We do through this through a variety of ways, including class meetings, community building circles, social-emotional lessons, and more.


This link provides tips to help children be successful in learning and managing their feelings and behavior. We encourage teaching students the words to express their feelings and how to show feelings in appropriate ways.


This link provides a chart of feeling faces, including: frustrated, embarrassed, mad, scared, loved, happy, and more! We find it helpful to notice or name what students are doing when they are expressing an emotion. If a child is mad, we may say “Your face is going like this (while we furrow our brows and pout or lips) and your hands are going like this (with clenched fists). You are mad. You are mad because someone knocked over your snowman.”


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! Have a nice long weekend!


Kind regards,

Kristin Vonder Haar

Westbrook Calendar:

February 14..........................................................................Kindergarten Enrollment 8am-3pm

February 17.............................................................................No School - President's Day

February 18............................................................Kindergarten Enrollment - 4:30pm - 6:30pm

February 19.............................................................................................PTO Meeting, LRC, 7pm

February 20.............................................................Board of Education Meeting, Fairview, 7pm

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