The Buzz at Westbrook School
January 19, 2024
FROM the PRINCIPAL...
Dear Westbrook Families,
Happy New Year! It is wonderful to be back in the building with our students and staff. Students have done an excellent job jumping right back into the routines and school expectations. We look forward to an exciting 2024 full of learning!
This year, the PTO room representatives will host Valentine's Day parties at Westbrook for kindergarten and first-grade students. If your child would like to bring valentines for the entire class, please ensure they are only non-food items. If food items are sent, they must be returned to the student who brought them.
The Westbrook data team will meet this coming week to review our winter benchmarking data. Kindergarten and first-grade teachers will analyze data to identify trends and establish goals in our work with students. The team will also look at individual student data to identify students who qualify for additional literacy and math support. If your child qualifies for additional support, parents will be notified.
First-grade students will have an opportunity to visit community helper stations on Monday, February 26th. Stations will include presentations from the Mount Prospect Republic Services, Police Department, Fire Department, and an arborist from the Morton Arboretum. There will also be time for play during the class rotations. Presentations will take place in the music room, art room, classrooms, and outside. Classroom teachers and administrators will be with students throughout their community helper experience. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with further questions. If you would like to opt your child out of any of the community helper events, please click here.
For Your Children,
Mark Your Calendars
Wednesday, January 24th - MPPL Preschool/Kindergarten Information Night, 6:30 PM
Wednesday-Friday, January 24-26 - PTO Tasty Bites
Friday, February 2nd - First Grade Special Lunch
February 6-9 & 12-16 - Kindergarten Registration
(Westbrook Office - by appointment)
Friday, February 9th - All School Hot Read Assembly
Wednesday, February 14th - Valentine’s Day Parties (Kindergarten & 1st grade)
Thursday, February 15th - Lunch with the Principals
Friday, February 16th - Half Day, First Grade Only / End of Trimester 2
Monday, February 19th - No School, Presidents Day
Wednesday, February 21st - PTO Meeting, WB 7 PM
Wednesday-Friday, February 21-23 - PTO Tasty Bites
Friday, February 23rd - Report Cards Go Home
Monday, February 26th - First Grade Community Helper Day
For more dates, check out the district calendar: D57 Calendar
Kindergarten Enrollment (2024-2025)
Westbrook’s Kindergarten program is a half-day program with a choice of either a morning (AM) or afternoon (PM) session, scheduled from Monday through Friday. Children must have reached the age of 5 on or before September 1, 2024, in order to be eligible for 24-25 kindergarten registration.
Families will have the opportunity to enter a lottery for enrollment in the morning (AM) program. The lottery will utilize a random number generator to establish the order of placement. Once all available slots for the AM classes are filled, students will be assigned to the afternoon (PM) session. For those students who participated in the lottery but were not selected for the morning program, their randomly assigned number will determine their position on the AM waitlist. If any openings become available in the morning program, we will contact families accordingly.
Steps for Kindergarten Enrollment (2024-2025)
Step 1. Online Pre-Enrollment
All families are required to click on this enrollment LINK to provide information prior to scheduling your in-person residency verification appointment (Step 2).
Step 2. In-Person Residency Verification
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) must bring the following documents to Westbrook School during their scheduled appointment time to establish residency:
The child’s original birth certificate (Office staff will make a copy & return the original.)
A copy of a current lease, monthly mortgage statement, OR current tax bill.
Two different current utility bills for two consecutive months (total of 4 bills.)
Please sign up for an appointment time using this LINK.
Step 3. Online Registration - Final Step in the spring of 2024.
1st Grade Enrollment (2024-2025) - NEW to WESTBROOK
Please note: This is for NEW to WESTBROOK students only; NOT for current WB kindergarteners who will be in 1st grade next school year or for currently enrolled students.
Students must be 6-years-old on or by September 1, 2024 to register
Step 1. Online Pre-Enrollment
All families are required to click on the enrollment LINK to provide information online and to schedule an in-person residency verification appointment (Step 2). Step 1 must be completed before moving to Step 2.
Step 2. In-Person Residency Verification
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) must bring the following documents to the school to establish residency:
Please use this LINK to set up an appointment.
The child’s original birth certificate (The office staff will make a copy and return your original.)
A copy of a current lease, a monthly mortgage statement, OR a current tax bill.
Two different current utility bills for two consecutive recent months (This is a total of 4 bills)
Step 3. Online Registration -
Online in the spring. Parents/guardians will receive a link to complete the registration process and pay required fees.
Recognize a Staff Member
Westbrook teachers and staff work hard to support students and staff daily. We invite you to click on this LINK if you would like to recognize a teacher or staff member 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.
PEPS (Partnering with Educators and Parents to Support student needs) is a networking group for parents of children with special needs in any of the District 57 schools.
Here's the newsletter for the upcoming PEPS meeting.
Notes from the Office
- All visitors are required to ring the bell at door #1 and sign in with the office for security purpose.
If you are dropping items off for students, you will be asked to leave them in the front vestibule. We will ensure the item(s) get to the student's classroom.
- Please call the Westbrook office at (847) 394-7340 or email us at email@example.com if you are changing your child's pick up plans. Teachers may not see emails during the school day.
- If your student takes the bus, please sign up for First Student's bus bulletin to be notified of route delays. www.BusBulletin.com/parents. Please note: The snow and the cold weather can affect bus pick up and drop off times. You may need to allow additional time at your child's designated stop for bus pick up and drop off.
Please be sure your student is prepared for recess. Hats, gloves, boots, snowpants, etc. We do have outdoor recess every day unless the feels like temperature is 15 degrees or below.
Please walk WITH your child as they cross the bus lane and to the main entrance. We ask that you not allow you child to walk alone in the parking lot or cross the bus turnaround alone as this can be quite dangerous.
Please use the designated crosswalk when traveling to and from the parking lot. We discourage walking between buses for your safety.
Some of our students have apprehensions around animals, we ask that you NOT bring dogs or other animals onto school property.
GENERAL PTO MEETING
Next general PTO meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 21st at 7:00 pm.
Westbrook School for Young Learners
Location: 103 Busse Road, Mount Prospect, IL, USA
Phone: (847) 394-7340
Westbrook School - Mount Prospect School District 57