The Buzz at Westbrook School
November 19, 2021
From the Principal...
November 19th, 2021
Dear Westbrook Families,
It was so nice to see so many parents at parent teacher conferences this week. We are so thankful to our amazing PTO and parent volunteers who provided dinner for the staff on Tuesday and Thursday. Your generosity to our teachers and staff is greatly appreciated. We also had a wonderful book fair presented by the PTO and our Library staff. I am grateful to all of the volunteers who helped make the book fair a success.
As we look ahead to December, I wanted to let you know that kindergarten and first grade students will participate in a classroom presentation delivered by Lisa Ryno, School Social Worker, to educate in an age-appropriate way about childhood sexual abuse. These valuable presentations will teach students about personal safety, safe vs. unsafe touches, safety steps to follow if someone breaks the touching rule, and good secrets vs. bad secrets.
Erin’s Law mandates sexual abuse prevention education for public school children in Illinois. More information about Erin’s Law can be found here. The resources used for the first grade presentation include It’s My Body by Lory Freeman and this video (we stop the video at 2:11). The resources used for kindergarten are Your Body Belongs to You by Teri Weidner and this video (we stop the video at 2:11). Please do not hesitate to contact me or Lisa Ryno (LRyno@d57.org) if you have any follow-up questions.
I want to wish you and your family a restful and relaxing holiday break. I hope you have lots of time to spend with your family and friends. I look forward to seeing our students back at Westbrook on Monday, November 29th.
For your children,
Note from the Nurse: COVID-19 Vaccination Card Information
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.
Julie Tworek, RN
Lost and Found
Our Lost and Found is very full.
Items will be donated after Winter Break.
Please come to the office to sign in if you would like to check the Lost and Found.
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, November 22nd thru Friday, November 26th - Thanksgiving Break/Buildings Closed
Tuesday, November 30th - Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:20pm-8:20pm
Friday, December 3rd - Special Lunch (1st Grade)
Wednesday, December 15th - PTO meeting 7:00pm
Thursday, December 16th - Board of Education meeting 7:00pm at Fairview
Monday, December 20th - Winter Break begins
Monday, January 3rd - Classes Resume
Wednesday, January 12th thru 14th - 22/23 Circle of Friends enrollment window (by appointment only, see website for details)
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 https://www.57edfoundation.org
Grant requests are due by 12/17/2021 to the Ed Foundation at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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