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October 6, 2023
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Calendar of Events
Friday, October 6 - TONIGHT
Back to School Movie Night @ Westbrook
Monday, October 9 - Thursday, October 19
Glenview Community Winter Wear Drive
Wednesday, October 11
PTA Meeting - 6pm (virtual)
Friday, October 13 (NO SCHOOL)
Monday, October 16
Board of Education Meeting
Monday, October 16 - Friday, October 20
Character Counts Food Drive
Thursday, November 9 - SAVE THE DATE
Westbrook Family Literacy Night
Message From Our Principal
We kicked off this week with our very first PTA sponsored assembly. Students learned about science through a funny and engaging assembly featuring Hagerman, The Science Wizard. All students preschool through second grade were able to enjoy this assembly. Please see the photo below from our AM performance!
Today, all of our students were welcomed to school by our police and firefighters for a special High-Five Friday! Panda even made an appearance for this special morning! We hope it added a little fun and excitement to start the day!
We are very much looking forward to our Movie Night here at Westbrook TONIGHT! A big thank you to the PTA for organizing the showing of The Super Mario Bros. Movie. Doors will open at 6:00 with the movie starting promptly at 6:30. The PTA will be providing light snacks and we will have our spiritwear vendor on-site to custom print spiritwear. We are looking forward to a large turnout. Additional parking can be used across Greenwood.
Next week we look forward to Parent Teacher Conferences. The goal is to conference with ALL of our families here at Westbrook. If you have not already signed up with your students' classroom teacher, please make to reach out to them immediately to set up a conference. Parents/guardians play an important role in the educational experience of all our students and we look forward to partnering with you all to help support your students.
Westbrook is looking forward to our fall parties this year that will take place on Tuesday, October 31. Please see below for more information regarding the day for our students!
Have a great weekend!
Fall Parties at Westbrook
We are looking forward to our Fall parties that will take place at Westbrook on October 31.
This year we will be adding an outdoor parent parade if the weather allows. The parade will start at 2:10 and will take place in the back of the building. Parents/guardians will need to park in the front of the building(or across Greenwood) and walk around the back. Parents will line up in our bus lane(this will be blocked from traffic) and students will parade by the bus lane on the sidewalk. Please arrive early as the parade will start promptly at 2:10 and we anticipate many families joining us and parking will be limited. If you are attending the classroom party as a room representative, you may want to check in at the front office prior to the parade so that you may enter in through the main office quickly following the parade. Only parents that are room representatives helping will be allowed to enter the building.
As you and your students prepare for Halloween, please keep in mind our Westbrook guidelines:
- Please do not let your child bring any type of weapon, fantasy or look-alike. This includes plastic swords, fake guns, or anything that could be perceived as a weapon.
- Costumes that are violent or bloody are not allowed.
- Masks(that are part of a costume or that cover the entire face) are not allowed at school.
- For safety reasons, please be sure that your child can see and walk around easily in his/her costume.
- If you have any doubts about the appropriateness of any portion of your child’s costume, please contact your teacher or the main office and we will be glad to advise you.
- The District 34 community is fortunate to bring together families and staff who have different backgrounds, cultures and languages. It's important for students to choose Halloween costumes that help create an enjoyable and inclusive experience for all of our students.
Preschool students should plan to come to school in their costumes while kindergarten, first and second grade will be given time to change into their costumes after lunch. Please also keep in mind the amount of assistance a student should need when preparing their school costume.
Any student or family that does not want to participate in the following activities will be given alternate activities in our LRC. Please let your class. These activities will be the same fall themed activities provided by the PTA to all students however they will be delivered in a setting without any students wearing costumes.
School Is Best When Your Child Is Here!
Tips for Positive Attendance
This year, we are partnering with all families to ensure the highest level of attendance. Our strategic plan calls for District 34 to provide parents with tools, resources and relevant, consistent information to connect with the school and support their child’s progress. Therefore, each month, you will receive an email that shows your child’s average daily attendance and the number of absences and tardies. The first email will be sent in a few weeks.
We hope you will use this information in a positive way to help your child have the best school experience possible. You play a key role in getting your child to school on time every day. Here are some tips, used with permission from Attendance Works:
- Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
- Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
- Don’t let your child stay home unless he/she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
- If your child seems anxious about going to school, reach out to school staff for support.
- Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor or another parent.
- Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
If your child does have to miss school because of illness or other important reason, here are some reminders:
- If your child is ill, please make sure you are notifying the school of your child’s absence.
- Please notify the school each day your child is absent.
- If you receive a call stating that your child is absent from school and you realize you forgot to call: Make a call to the school right away to excuse the absence.
A missed school day is a lost opportunity for your child to learn and to connect with teachers and friends and be a part of the classroom community. We want all of our students, as much as possible, to be safe, healthy, connected and learning!
You can opt out of the monthly emails; see the instructions below that take you through the process of updating your notification preferences. Please contact your building principal if you have any questions, or need support.
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 (email@example.com).
Click HERE to registration
Glenview Community Winter Wear Drive - Oct. 9 - Oct. 19
Family Literacy Night - Thursday, November 9th
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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