The Buzz at Westbrook School

March 10, 2023

From the Principal...

Dear Westbrook Families,

This year all students in grades 4 through 12 and teachers across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the seventh 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:

· Effective Leaders

· Collaborative Teachers

· Involved Families

· Supportive Environments

· Ambitious Instruction

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

All teachers and 4th- through 8th-grade students will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. Once complete, these reports will be sent to schools and districts and will be included in the State School Report Card.

Additionally, our district has chosen to provide the optional Parent Supplement survey. If at least 20 percent of District 57 Parents/Guardians complete this survey, a parent supplement report will also be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.

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 Illinois 5Essentials Survey for students and teachers will be conducted between now and March 31st. The Parent Survey Supplement will be conducted between now and March 31st.

To take the survey please visit and select the appropriate survey to begin.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ reports, please visit If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or

For your children,

Danielle Crandall

PEPS Meeting

On Thursday, March 16 from 10:00-11:00, the PEPS (Partnering with Educators and Parents to Support student needs) group is meeting at Westbrook.

The topic will give you an opportunity to meet other parents and staff as we discuss sensory hacks that have worked for your child at home. To learn more, please check out the newsletter.

Mark Your Calendars

March 13th, 14th, 15th

Tasty Bites K/1st

March 13th & 15th

Kindergarten Music Field Trip

Wednesday, March 15th

Group Yearbook Photos

PTO Meeting 7PM, WB LRC

Thursday, March 16th

PEPS Meeting 10 AM, WB Lounge

Lunch with the Principals (½ Brewer's class 11:50 & ½ Handler's class 12:20)

Irish Dancing Assembly

Monday, March 20th

1st Grade Field Trip, Prairie Lakes Theater

March 20th & 24th

Kindergarten Art Field Trip

March 27th-31st


Monday, April 3rd

Classes Resume

For more dates, please click: D57 Calendar

News from the Nurse


IDPH and the CDC are observing an increase in strep throat -- specifically invasive group A streptococcus (iGAS) -- infections among children. Early recognition, diagnosis, and appropriate treatment of these diseases in children and adults is very important.

The following steps can prevent the spread of strep throat:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water

  • Avoid sharing eating utensils with someone who is sick with strep throat

  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze

  • Stay home when you are sick

  • See the doctor when experiencing symptoms so you can be tested and treated

Symptoms of Strep:

  • Sore throat that can start very quickly and cause severe pain when swallowing
  • Fever
  • Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus
  • Tiny red spots on the roof of the mouth
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the front of the neck
  • Headache, nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain.

Julie Tworek, RN

847-394-7340 ext 2005

News from KINDNESS Club

2022-2023 YEARBOOKS

Deadline is fast approaching.....ORDER by March 24th

Visit to order online.

Cost : $13.00 each

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.

Enrollment at Westbrook - 23/24


Thank you so much for your support of safety at Westbrook!

  • PLEASE remember to drive slowly and cautiously when entering and leaving the parking lot and parking spaces.
  • No left turn traveling westbound from Central onto school property.

  • Please park your car and walk with your students across the bus lane. Please do NOT allow your students to walk in the parking lot unaccompanied.
  • Please ensure you use the crosswalk in the parking lot.

  • 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.

  • 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.

District 57 Information AND Community News

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