The Buzz at Westbrook School

December 9, 2022

From the Principal...

Dear Westbrook Families,

We had a great week at Westbrook. Our early childhood students were able to participate in a dinosaur-themed week. A few activities included listening to read-aloud stories about dinosaurs, playing dinosaur digs, and practicing counting and lacing with dinosaur beads.

Kindergarten students have been working hard in their reading centers. They read “just right” books at their level with their teacher. They are looking forward to the winter PTO class parties on December 22nd.

Our first-grade students have been writing nonfiction stories. They have been setting goals to create an exciting beginning, provide facts, and provide labeled illustrations. Students use checklists to ensure they include all the nonfiction elements. We are proud of our student's hard work!

Thank you for all the support you provide at home. Have a wonderful weekend!

For your children,

Danielle Crandall

First Graders eat lunch with Mrs. Crandall and Mr. Anderson this week!

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We are so excited to have lunch with our first graders during the 22-23 school year!

Recess Reminders

Dress for Outdoor Weather

As the weather turns cooler, please ensure your children are dressed to go out for recess. Unless it is raining or the temperature / wind chill is too cold (15 degrees or below, real-feel temperature), the students will go out every day for recess. Please write your student’s last name on a tag for all belongings (coat, boots, snowpants, etc.) We already have a lot of coats and sweatshirts in the lost and found.

Items from Home

As a reminder, students can bring small items from home to play with during indoor recess. However, we do not want students to lose, trade, or break valuable items. As we head into the new year, we encourage parents to check in with their students regarding the things they bring to school.

Mark Your Calendars

December 12th - 14th - PTO Tasty Bites

Tuesday, December 20th - Lincoln Show Choir Performance

Thursday, December 22nd - Kindergarten Winter Parties

11:00 AM & 3:00 PM

Friday, December 23rd - No School, Winter Break 12/23 - 1/8

For more dates, please click: D57 Calendar

Safety Reminders

  • Please ensure you use the crosswalk in the parking lot walking to and from Westbrook.

  • Please do not walk between the buses. Staff members will be in front of the school each morning, reminding families to only cross at the crosswalk.

  • Please do not bring dogs or animals onto school property. Many of our students are frightened of dogs.

  • Please contact the classroom teacher if you have a friend or family member picking up your child. Please communicate to the adult which door your child is dismissed from.

Recognize a Staff Member

Westbrook teachers and staff work hard to support students and staff daily. We invite you to complete the google form if you would like to recognize a staff member or team 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 to them.

LIBRARY NEWS from Mrs Capra

Thank you to our fabulous PTO!

Thank you to the PTO for purchasing a book from the book fair for every student. These books will be coming home this week or next and are for your child to keep.

Enjoy and thanks again, PTO!

Gingerbread Friends in the Library

We are enjoying the creativity of our students and their gingerbread friends in the library.

There's room for more friends!

If your student would like, please have them decorate the gingerbread friend sent home last week based on a favorite book character. This activity is completely optional.

Remember to please put your child’s name and teacher’s name (AM or PM for kindergarten) on the back so we can return it to them after display. Please include the book character's name on the back too!

Mrs. Capra


Kindness Club News

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Winter Coats

As the weather changes and the temperatures get colder,

there is a necessity for warm weather apparel.

If you or a family member is in need of a warm winter coat,

please contact Lisa Ryno at or (847) 394-7340.

Notes from the Nurse

Please keep your child home if they have a fever, have vomited, and/or have diarrhea. Your child may return to school once they have been fever free (without fever reducing medication), vomit free, and/or diarrhea free for 24 hours. Please reach out to your pediatrician if your child is sick and you have any concerns.

Please report all absences to the school by using the attendance line, the absence notification form or by emailing the teacher and / or the office.

Warm Regards,

Julie Tworek, RN

847-394-7340 ext 2005


The Lost and Found is FULL!

Please be sure to ask your student to check the lost and found to see if any of the items are theirs.

Items not claimed by next Friday, (12/16)

will be donated to a local charity.

District 57 Information AND Community News

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