The Buzz at Westbrook

December 6, 2019

From the Principal...

Dear Westbrook Families,


I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, love, play, and laughter! I can’t believe that it’s December already! We had a great week at Westbrook! Thank you to our amazing PTO volunteers for helping with Special Lunch on Wednesday. We are so fortunate to have such an active and dedicated PTO!


Kindness Club

At Westbrook, #kindnessmatters! We practice kindness on a daily basis at Westbrook, and we are fortunate that we have over 100 first graders who are part of our Kindness Club! At the most recent Kindness Club meeting, students made blankets for animals through the Buddy Foundation. Our kindness ambassadors also made posters for our Westbrook food drive! At the next meeting, students will be organizing the food that we receive during the drive. Students can drop off non-perishable food items at the front door during arrival through December 20th.


At the October Board of Education meeting, we honored representatives from our Kindness Club. Please see the video below to learn more about our Kindness Club and how #kindnessmatters at Westbrook!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KzzWx04_fw&t=27s


Follow Westbrook’s Kindness Club on Instagram, using the handle kindnessclubkids.


Winter Weather

As the weather turns progressively “wintry”, it will be important to consider some of our routines at Westbrook. This weekend, please take the time to find the winter clothes your child needs to be outdoors. This is especially important for students who have a daily recess. Labeling all clothing items with your child’s name is always a great idea, as our lost and found collection tends to swell with misplaced mittens, hats, and scarves in the winter. If you need financial support to dress your child for outdoor play, please contact me for help.

Thank you for your support! Have a beautiful weekend.


Kind regards,

Kristin Vonder Haar

A Note From The Nurse...

As we enter the flu season, I want to review the symptoms and guidelines for the flu. The symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, muscle ache and fatigue. Flu symptoms can be trouble-some for students with asthma or other chronic health concerns. In order to keep our school environment as healthy as possible please keep your student home if they are not well.


If your student exhibits symptoms mentioned above, the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) recommends you seek medical attention if you have concerns. The following suggestions can assist in preventing the spread of respiratory illness:


  • Individuals with flu like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, muscle ache and fatigue) should remain home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever without the use of fever-reducing medication.

  • Speak with your healthcare provider regarding the influenza vaccination.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. If water is not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizing gel.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or into your sleeve when coughing or sneezing. The tissue should be thrown away immediately after use and hands should be washed.


*Remember your child must remain home until he/she is fever free (without fever-reducing medication), vomit free, and/or diarrhea free for at least 24 hours before returning to school. Any skin rash or eruptions need a doctor’s note stating the student is not contagious and may attend school.


Together we will keep our students as healthy as possible this upcoming winter season.


Westbrook School Nurse

Julie Tworek, RN

jtworek@d57.org

Westbrook Calendar:

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

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

December 19...........Board of Education Meeting and Pubic Hearing on Levy, Fairview, 7pm

December 23-January 3............................................................Winter Break - No School

January 6..........................................................................................................Classes Resume

January 8..............................................................................................1st Grade Special Lunch

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

First Grade Chorus

Friendly Reminder:


First Grade Chorus interest forms are due Friday, December 13th by 4pm. Late forms will not be accepted. The forms are on Mrs. Connelly's website or you may click here to get a copy.


Mrs. Connelly

Westbrook School Music Teacher

rconnelly@d57.org

Lost and Found

Our lost and found has accumulated many items! Are you possibly missing a glove, hat, water bottle, or sweatshirt? Please come to door 1, sign in, and take a look.

Circle of Friends Lottery Information - 2020/21

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Employment Opportunity - District 57

District 57 is looking for SUBSTITUTE NURSES. CSNs, RNs and LPNs will be considered for this position. Inquiries can be directed to the District 57 HR Office at 847-394-7300 x1010. Applications can be found on the District 57 website (www.d57.org) under Employment Opportunities.