The Buzz at Westbrook School
February 2, 2024
FROM the PRINCIPAL...
Dear Westbrook Families,
As we turn the page on our calendars to welcome the start of February, I want to share our excitement for what this month has in store for students at Westbrook School. February brings the warmth of friendship and kindness through Valentine's Day activities. It's a reminder of the importance of expressing care and appreciation for those around us. Our school will host various activities emphasizing the value of friendship, respect, and empathy among our students.
The PTO room representatives will host Valentine's Day parties at Westbrook for kindergarten and first-grade students this year. If your child wants to bring valentines for the entire class, please ensure they are only non-food items. If food items are sent, they must be returned to the student who brought them. Our Early Childhood classrooms will also enjoy a PTO-sponsored Valentine's Day during their school day on February 14th.
On Friday, February 16th, we will have half-day attendance for students throughout the District. Only first-grade students will attend from 9:20 AM to 12:20 PM at Westbrook. Please note the different dismissal times for our bussers and walkers. First-grade students will not need to bring lunch on half days. Our Kids’ Corner program will only be available to first-grade students from 7:00 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. Please inform your daycare providers of this variance in the schedule. Circle of Friends and Kindergarten students will NOT attend school on Friday, February 16th. We are also off on Monday, February 19th, for Presidents Day.
For Your Children,
Mark Your Calendars
Friday, February 2nd - First Grade Special Lunch
Tuesday-Friday, February 6th-9th & 13th-16th
Tuesday, February 6th - HR Imaging Candid Photo Day
Friday, February 9th - All School Hot Read Assembly
Wednesday, February 14th - PTO Valentine’s Parties
Thursday, February 15th - Lunch with the Principals
Friday, February 16th - Half Day, First Grade Only
End of Trimester 2
Monday, February 19th - No School, Presidents Day
Wednesday, February 21st - PTO Meeting, WB 7 PM
Tuesday - Thursday, February 20th-22nd - PTO Tasty Bites
Friday, February 23rd - Report Cards Go Home
Monday, February 26th - First Grade Community Helper Day
Friday, March 1st - First Grade Special Lunch
For more dates, check out the district calendar: D57 Calendar
WESTBROOK PE NEWS
What have students learned so far this year in PE......
- Locomotor & non-locomotor skills
- Motor Planning
- Overhand & Underhand Throws
- Jump Rope & Hula Hooping
- Cardio Drumming
- Gymnastics / Tumbling Skills
- Rock Climbing
- Social Dance
If you'd like to check in regarding your student's progress in PE, please schedule a time to speak with Mrs P via phone or zoom by using Google booking. Click here to schedule a time.
Quick reminder: Please send your child to school with gym shoes on PE days.
Enrollment - Kindergarten & NEW to Westbrook 1st Graders (24/25)
We have begun the registration and enrollment process for the 2024/2025 school year. We are currently pre-enrolling Kindergarten & NEW to Westbrook 1st Graders!
If your student will be a kindergartener next school year OR if you will have a 1st grader who will be NEW to Westbrook next year, please visit the WESTBROOK website for all the details. Look for the information under the 2024-2025 Registration and Enrollment header.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Westbrook office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (847) 394-7340.
Kindness Club Food Drive
Please help the Kindness Club in their collection of food items for those in need.
Donations of nonperishable food items can be dropped off by students at the front door during arrival times. Please send all items by Monday, February 12th.
Thank you for helping us make this service project a success.
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 email@example.com 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 note: The snow and the cold weather can affect bus pick up and drop off times. You may need to allow additional time at your child's designated stop for bus pick up and drop off.
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.
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.
Join us Tuesday, February 13 from 6:30-8 PM for the webinar "Setting Sustainable and Compassionate Boundaries for Stress Reduction and Self-Care."
Prof. Kristen Brendell from Aurora U leads this informative ninety-minute presentation tailored to parents of children with special needs.
Access the webinar here.
Westbrook School for Young Learners
Location: 103 Busse Road, Mount Prospect, IL, USA
Phone: (847) 394-7340
Westbrook School - Mount Prospect School District 57