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September 22, 2023
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Calendar of Events
Monday, September 25
Wednesday, September 27
D34 Mental Health Matters - 7:00PM @ Westbrook
Thursday, November 9 - SAVE THE DATE
Westbrook Family Literacy Night
Message From Our Principal
It has been another great week here at Westbrook! A big thank you to our PTA volunteers for helping with our picture day this week, it is certainly one of the cutest days at Westbrook! Also, we are looking forward to our PTA sponsored Movie Night here at Westbrook on October 6. We will open our front doors by the main entrance starting at 6:00 for families with the movie starting at 6:30. All Westbrook and Glen Grove students will be voting on the movie for the evening this week during school. Their options include...Encanto, Elemental, The Super Mario Brothers Movie, Lyle Lyle Crocodile and Kung Fu Panda. We will certainly share out the students' choice prior to October 6!
We are also excited to announce to all of our Westbrook families that we will once again be holding a Family Literacy Night. Last year was such a hit and some of the feedback that we received is that families would like to hold this event in the fall so that they could utilize some of the strategies they learned during the evening all year long! Well, we listened so Family Literacy Night will be held on Thursday November 9, from 5:30-7:00. This event is open to all families from preschool through second grade. The night will be filled with many fun filled literacy activities that are meant for families to participate in with their students. Many classrooms will be open across the building and families visit each classroom to learn a new activity or strategy. They will be grade level or skill specific so families will have the choice to pick and choose what is best for their family. We will also be holding our book fair this week and the book fair will be open during Family Literacy Night.We will share much more information as we approach this evening but please hold the date!
In a few weeks, we will begin our Bullying Prevention Unit here at Westbrook. All students will take part in the following lessons: Class Rules, Recognizing Bullying, Reporting Bullying, Refusing Bullying, and Bystander Power. One main area is "recognizing bullying" at school. It teaches students the difference between bullying and conflict. This is often a learning process for our students but is also an opportunity to teach our parents and guardians too. The language used is that bullying is mean or hurtful behavior that keeps happening and bullying is unfair and one-sided. We as adults often overuse or use the term bullying incorrectly and it is important that we model for our students the difference between conflict and bullying. Bullying truly takes place over the course of several days or weeks even after interventions or conversations about the conflict have taken place. Your help and support during this unit and over the course of the year are greatly appreciated. Much more information about each lesson can be found online. The resource we use to help teach this is Second Step.
Enjoy your weekend!
Family Literacy Night - Thursday, November 9th
Note from Mrs. Freer, the Literacy Coach
We have a few new teachers who would love some help organizing their literacy materials. Please email email@example.com if you are interested in helping to organize phonics materials next week. Times are flexible and it can be taken home! Our new teachers greatly appreciate your help!
On behalf of our Mongolian BPAC, they would like to invite Westbrook & Glen Grove families to a Mongolian Horsefiddle Concert on Saturday, 9/23 at 5:30pm at the Amphitheatre between Attea Middle School and the Park Center. Hopefully, we get beautiful weather so families can enjoy some unique music traditional to the Mongolian culture!
D34 Strategic Plan Refresh: Time to Focus Forward Together! Our first survey
Dear District 34 Families,
This year is the last year of the District 34 2019-2024 Strategic Plan. That plan has been foundational in guiding us through so many positive changes, from a successful referendum to the subsequent launch of full-day kindergarten and our new learning spaces, from processes and programs that improve transitions for our students to enhanced parent programming.
We've heard our mission, and we've lived it: Aspire. Explore. Discover. Connect.
This year, we are asking for input from all families to maintain that solid foundation, ensuring a strategic plan for District 34 that continues to reflect the wishes of our community.
You can choose to participate in your native language - select that option on the first screen. It's a traditional survey - not an "exchange." We will look at the results of this survey (and similar surveys for D34 staff, the community and our 3rd-8th grade students) to determine the ideas and topics where we need to dig deeper in future exchanges.
There will be additional opportunities to provide input throughout the year; the Board will adopt the District 34 2024-2027 Strategic Plan in June, and will launch with the 2024-2025 school year.
If you have friends and neighbors who don’t have children in District 34 schools, please share the link to the survey just for them: https://tejoin.com/scroll/447452529
Thank you for helping us focus forward together!
The First D34 Mental Health Matters Program: Emotions Matter
Dear District 34 Families,
As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of students and families, we are transforming our caring-adult education program from D34 ParentConnect to Mental Health Matters. We think the first program is a don’t-miss event: Emotions Matter.
Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Westbrook School, 1333 Greenwood Rd
D34’s own Dr. Sarah Gebhardt, our instructional coach for student services, will delve into the crucial topic of why emotions matter in the lives of children, at home, in school and beyond.
- The Impact of Emotions: Learn how understanding and managing emotions can positively influence your child's engagement and academic performance.
- District Support: Gain insights into how D34 actively supports emotional learning and regulation in our classrooms.
- Empowerment: Discover how you can play a pivotal role in helping your children become effective "emotions scientists."
We are committed to making this event accessible to all members of our diverse community. Please fill out this form to request interpretation/translation services.
There will be plenty of time for Q&A. Please bring friends and neighbors - the more, the merrier! Or, at least, together, we can share a night of positive emotions – and find connections to support each other when those challenging emotions arise.
News From Our Health Office - Orland Park Dental & Eye Exam Forms
Orland Park Dental - Wednesday, October 11th
In the first two-weeks of October, District 34 is bringing Orland Park Dental Services (OPDS) to
our schools to provide dental exams to any of our students who need it. As a reminder, the
State of Illinois requires students in grades K, 2 and 6 submit proof of a dental exam – but these in-school appointments with OPDS are open to any and all students! They provide dental services to children on public aid as well as those with private dental insurance.
The exams are provided by caring, licensed dentists, hygienists and dental assistants with
state-of-the-art portable dental equipment. OPDS has been providing in-school dental services since 1999 and their healthcare professionals ensure a clean, safe and comfortable
environment within the schools.
Parents and guardians who complete the consent form do not have to join their child at the
appointment (but you are welcome to come in). If you have questions or need assistance,
contact District Nurse Shari Stadler (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Click HERE to registration
District 34 Important Forms and Information
Click Here for the following forms:
Authorization And Permission For Administration Of Medication
Bus Rider Reminders
Cell Phone Use Agreement and Permission Form
Dental Exam Form (completed for Kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th grades)
Dental Exam Waiver
District Policies/Handbook Info
Eye Exam Form
Eye Exam Waiver
Health Examination Form
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Patrick Hoeft - Principal - @phoeft34
Martha Rode - Assistant Principal for Student Services (K-2) @RodeMartha