The Buzz at Westbrook

January 10, 2020

From the Principal...

Dear Westbrook Families,


Happy New Year! We hope you were able to spend some time reading, playing, tinkering, laughing, and spending time together as a family over break. We are so happy to be back together with our school family!


Enrollment for Kindergarten and Circle of Friends

Enrollment for Kindergarten and Circle of Friends will begin in January! More information about the enrollment process can be found below or on our school website.


Hot Reads!

We had our first HOT READS Assembly! At a Hot Reads assembly, each staff member brings one of their favorite books to share with the school. The names of teachers are placed in a bowl, and one lucky winner gets to read to the school! Teachers adore sharing our love for books with the anticipation of maybe getting picked to share our favorite book with the school! At our first assembly, Mrs. Stortz, our technology facilitator, was the lucky one who got picked to read Giraffes Don't Dance!


Staff Book Study: Conscious Discipline

At our last staff meeting, we continued our discussion of Conscious Discipline. This month, our staff read about helping students set limits respectfully and building the school family.


One thing that we discussed from the book was the skill of noticing. Noticing helps us be present with children and build relationships as we encourage helpfulness in our students.


Here are the steps described by Dr. Becky Bailey:

  1. Start by using the child’s name or the pronoun “you.”

  2. Next, describe in detail what the child did that was helpful.

  3. Help the child understand how that behavior helped someone else.

  4. Finally, end the description with a tag such as “that was helpful” or “that was thoughtful.”

You may find more information here.


Instagram & Twitter

Are you following us? Check out what’s happening at Westbrook on Instagram or Twitter! Our username is: westbrook_d57.


Thank you for your partnership! Have a nice weekend!


Kind regards,

Kristin Vonder Haar

A Note from the Nurse...

Keep Flu Out of School


Vaccines are among the safest and most cost-effective ways to prevent disease. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body to develop an immune response to fight the flu. Protecting children from the flu will help keep them healthy and in school. Contact your child’s health provider about receiving the flu vaccine. (Per NASN article) Informative link from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: https://www.nfid.org/infectious-diseases/influenza-flu/


How Can I Tell if my Child has Influenza (Flu)?


Influenza typically comes on very suddenly. The symptoms usually include high fever, aches, chills, headache, cough, and extreme tiredness. Children, especially infants and toddlers, may have additional symptoms that adults usually don’t experience, including ear aches, nausea, and vomiting. (National Foundation for Infectious Diseases)


Julie Tworek - Westbrook School Nurse

jtworek@d57.org

Westbrook Calendar:

January 15.............................................................................Ed Foundation Meeting, LRC, 7pm

January 17.............................................................................Half Day for First Grade Only

January 17.................................................Circle of Friends and Kindergarten - No School

January 20..............................................................No School - Martin Luther King Jr Day

January 22..............................................................................................PTO Meeting, LRC, 7pm

January 23................Board of Education Meeting and Pubic Hearing on Levy, Fairview, 7pm

January 29, 30, 31.............................................................Circle of Friends Lottery for 2020/21

February 5...........................................................................................First Grade Special Lunch

February 11...........................................................................Ed Foundation Meeting, LRC, 7pm

February 14............................................................................Half Day for First Grade Only

February 14................................................Circle of Friends and Kindergarten - No School

February 14..........................................................................Kindergarten Enrollment 8am-3pm

February 17.............................................................................No School - President's Day

February 18............................................................Kindergarten Enrollment - 4:30pm - 6:30pm

February 19.............................................................................................PTO Meeting, LRC, 7pm

February 20.............................................................Board of Education Meeting, Fairview, 7pm

February 21.................................................................................................End of 2nd Trimester

February 28...........................................................................................Report Cards Distributed

March 4................................................................................................First Grade Special Lunch

March 10................................................................................Ed Foundation Meeting, LRC, 7pm

March 12..............................................................................................Westbrook's Steam Night

March 17.....................................................................................No School - Institute Day

March 18.................................................................................................PTO Meeting, LRC, 7pm

March 19.................................................................Board of Education Meeting, Fairview, 7pm

March 23-27...............................................................................Spring Break - No School

March 30............................................................................................................Classes Resume