What's Up Willowbrook
February 17, 2023
5Essentials Student Survey for Grades 4 & 5
We are writing to inform you about a student survey that will be administered at your child’s school called the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This is the 11th year the Illinois State Board of Education will implement this survey across the state. This survey is based on 20 years of research at the University of Chicago. It asks students about their experiences in school, giving school leaders critical student input to help develop school improvement plans.
Student participants will be required to log-in using their state student ID and birth date in order to complete the survey. Students’ identities will be completely confidential. Teachers or administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions and will only receive aggregated information, such as the total percentage of students who agree homework assignments help them learn the course material.
Please be aware that under the Protection of Pupil Rights Act. 20 U.S.C. Section 1232(c) (1) (A), you have the right to review a copy of the questions asked of your student(s). Survey questions can be found on the UChicago Impact Support Center.
If you do not want your child to participate, we ask you to notify the Willowbrook front office by Thursday, February 23. The survey will be given to students in grades 4 and 5 on Friday, February 24.
District 30 Annual Report
We invite all District 30 parents, staff and residents to explore the great things that have happened in our schools (including a 2022-23 snapshot so far) in our 2021-22 Annual Report.
- No School - District Holiday
- School Store (Grades 3-5 during lunch)
- Parent/Teacher Conferences (4:30-8:00 p.m.)
- No School for Students
- Parent/Teacher Conferences (12:00-8:00 p.m.)
March 1 & 2
- Willowbrook Spring Book Fair (during school hours)
- Half Day for students K-5 (Dismissal 11:45 a.m.)
- Preschool PM students attend from 8:50-11:20 a.m. No school for students in the AM class.
Artist in Residence
Our Artists in Residence, Justin Roberts & Liam Davis brought Willowbrook's school theme to life this week. I am very impressed with our students' creativity, vulnerability, and engagement. Thank you to the classroom teacher support, the flexibility of our specials team, and the financial support of our PTO. We are very fortunate to bring these unique experiences to the students of Willowbrook School.
Monday's "Smart Parts" assembly for PreK - 2nd grade students was entertaining (and triggered some terrific parent memories in a few staff members). Friday's whole-school assembly showcased the original songwriting and performing of our 3rd-5th grade students. The assembly was another opportunity for our students to "Shine Their Light" in front of their peers. A Google Drive folder with recordings of all 16 student songs is linked below. Enjoy!
UPDATE: Summer School Registration Pause
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during our registration pause. We are in constant communication with RegWerks as they work to resolve registration issues that parents and guardians have experienced. While progress is being made, we are not quite ready to resume registration.
Picking a summer program for your students is important and we share your concern and frustration with the challenges experienced this week. Please be assured that when registration resumes, we will work to make sure that in-district students get to be enrolled in the classes that they would like to take this summer. We look forward to having an update to share next week.
Should you have additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Thank you from Special Lunch Committee
PTO Events Coming Up!
Spring Club Registration
Join us as we explore art from countries around the world and learn how to use and create beautiful art with a variety of tools and materials. First grade students are invited to 9 sessions from March to May. We will meet in the Art Room on Wednesdays. This club has a maximum of 16 students.Registration will open March 6.
Do you enjoy trying to solve problems in creative ways? Do you like to use your imagination to design and create? If so, you should join the Willowbrook STEAM Club. Each week, we will read a story intended to inspire future innovators! Next, through discovery-based learning, we will carry out experiments, engage in team activities, participate in challenges, learn new technologies, and see how art & science work in the real world.
STEAM Club will be available to students in 2nd grade through 5th grade. Sign up on Monday, February 13 through February 24.
Students in grades 4 & 5 are invited to 8 sessions from March to May. We will meet in the library on Mondays. Sign up here.
Students in grades 2 & 3 are invited to 8 sessions from March to May. We will meet in the library on Thursdays. Sign up here.
Do you love using technology? Are you someone that loves to collaborate with others and create awesome projects with iPads? Then you should join the Willowbrook Technology Club! First grade students are invited to 11 sessions from Februrary 28 to May 16. We will meet in the Library on Tuesdays. This club has a maximum of 20 students. Sign up here.
5th-Grade Parents - Join the Maple PTO Executive Board!
The Maple PTO is seeking four members of our community to join the 2023-25 Executive Board. This is a great way to make a meaningful difference! To nominate yourself or others, please click here.
The open positions are Co-President, Co-VP Committees, VP of Technology, and Treasurer. Nominations are due by Friday, March 3.
After the nominations are closed, the nominating committee will reach out to discuss the roles with the nominees, gauge interest & answer any questions. Committee members for 2023 are Jessy Aaron, Lisa Harper, Elizabeth Purtill, and Renata Moore. If you have questions in the interim, please feel free to contact email@example.com.
5Essentials Survey Runs Through March 31
Students and teachers across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the 11th annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.
On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:
Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. The parent response rate is 4% for the 2023 Illinois Parent Survey. As a reminder, schools need 20% of their parents to respond in order to receive a report.
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey for students and teachers will be conducted January 24 through March 31. The Parent Survey Supplement will be conducted during that same timeframe. To take the survey please click here or the button below and select the appropriate survey to begin.
For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please click here. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact UChicago Impact Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scott R. Carlson, Ed.D.
Kindergarten & Preschool Signup is Open
Kindergarten Pre-registration for the 2023-24 school year will take place online. In order to be eligible for kindergarten, your child must have been born on or before September 1, 2018, as evidenced by an official birth certificate or passport. Proof of residency in District 30 is also required, as well as the filling out of an affidavit form.
Please visit the Wescott or Willowbrook Kindergarten Pre-Registration page on the District 30 website for more information.
Visit our enrollment page for the pre-registration links and information on establishing residency in District 30.
If you have questions, please call Willowbrook’s school office at 847-498-1090 or Wescott’s school office at 847-272-4660.
The 2023-24 District 30 Kid Connection Preschool will be held at Willowbrook School. Please visit our District 30 Preschool page for the pre-registration link, tuition information, and a list of documents needed to register.
What's Happening in Wakelet?
What’s happening at Willowbrook? This week at Willowbrook you will find students participating in many new and exciting experiences as they participate in shining their light! Collaboration, cooperation, innovation, engagement, and learning together can all be seen in our platform Wakelet! What happened with our awesome artist in residence? Who is connecting with classes in Kenya? What are some peer editors doing in 5th? Check out all the awesome things that are happening at Willowbrook this week! Follow us @ #d30learns. Click here for the Wakelet link
Job Opportunity to Share
Shield Testing - All Schools on Tuesdays
SHIELD Saliva tests must be turned in to your child’s school before 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays.
Wescott - Tuesdays
Willowbrook - Tuesdays*
Maple - Tuesdays*
Throughout the year, packs with multiple testing kits will be sent home with your child
Use one each week and save the remaining for future use
Only return samples in the bag with the QR code and your child’s name
Instructions are available here and on the website at District 30 Health and Safety Guidance
Future supplies will be provided only to students who have participated in testing, therefore, hold onto your supplies if you think you may use them at some point
- Please reach out to your school’s Health Office should you need additional supplies
Patient Support Hotline
Call: 217-265-6059 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
- Signing in and registering patient portal accounts
- Scheduling testing appointments
- Viewing appointments
- Viewing test results
- Other patient portal questions
Opt-Out of SHIELD Testing
Contact Lauren Schulman email@example.com
Return testing supplies to your child’s school
Want to know what's going on around the community? District 30 uses a "Virtual Backpack" to share community information while saving paper, costs, and lightening the loads our students bring home. Please click the button below to view upcoming Community Events.
Main Office: 847-498-1090
Health Office/Attendance: 847-400-8860
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