The Buzz at Westbrook School

April 14, 2023

From the Principal...

Dear Westbrook Families,

I look forward to seeing many of you at the District 57 Ed Foundation Gala on Saturday evening. We are so grateful to the Ed Foundation for all the money they raise and donate to our schools.

Thank you to families who have taken the time to send a Warm Westbrook Word of Encouragement to our staff using the link below. Many teachers have commented on how the parents’ encouragement made their day, and I have seen words of encouragement proudly displayed on teachers' desks. Your support means so much!

We continue to have first-grade lunches with the principal. We will make sure to have a make-up day in May so all first-grade students can eat and connect with me and Mr. Anderson.

Through our conversations with first graders, the PTO, and the staff we have decided to embrace our bee mascot and have YELLOW and BLACK “bee” the Westbrook colors as we start the 23-24 school year.

Friday, April 21st we will have half-day attendance for students throughout the District. Only first-grade students will attend from 9:20 AM to 12:20 PM at Westbrook. Please note the different dismissal times for our bussers and walkers. First-grade students will not need to bring lunch on half days. Our Kids’ Corner program will only be available to first-grade students from 7:00 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. Please inform your daycare providers of this variance in the schedule. Circle of Friends and Kindergarten students will NOT attend school on Friday, April 21st.

For your children,

Danielle Crandall


Thank you to the PTO for providing beautiful tulips in the Westbrook Flower pots.

Just a friendly reminder: please do not allow children to pick flowers out of the pots before and after school.

Mark your Calendars

Wednesday, April 19th - PTO Meeting, 7 PM, WB LRC

Friday, April 21st - Half Day, 1st Grade Only

April 24th - April 28th - Disabilities Awareness Week

Wednesday, April 26th - All School Author Visit - David Biedrzycki

Thursday, April 27th -1st Grade Field Trip 9:30-11:00 AM FV/LP

Friday, April 28th - 1st Grade PTO Spring Classroom Parties, 3 PM

May 1st - 3rd - 1st Grade Planting, Science

Tuesday, May 2nd - Art and STEAM Night, 5:30-7:00 PM, WB Gym

Friday, May 5th - PTO Special Lunch, 1st Grade

May 8th - May 12th - Teacher Appreciation Week

FastBridge Benchmarking Starts

Tuesday, May 9th - 1st Grade Concert, 6 PM Fairview School

Thursday, May 11th - Lunch with the Principals Brunzell/Grossmayer

May 15th - 17th - Tasty Bites - K/1st

May 16th-18th - PTO Art Appreciation Week

Wednesday, May 17th - PTO Meeting, 7 PM, LRC

Thursday, May 18th - Hot Reads Assembly 10:30/2:30

Friday, May 19th - Half Day, 1st Grade Only

Monday, May 22nd - Capannari’s Coolest School, 3-7 PM

Wednesday, May 24th - Field Day / Kona Ice

Last day of Early Childhood,

Early Childhood Families Popsicles in the Park, 6:15-7 PM

Thursday, May 25th - Lincoln Chorus Assembly

Monday, May 29th - Memorial Day, No School

Wednesday, May 31st - 1st Grade Clap Out, 3:30 PM

Thursday, June 1st - Last Day of School, Report Cards Go Home

For more dates, please click: D57 Calendar

KONA ICE is coming.....

The Westbrook PTO is excited to offer Kona Ice to all Westbrook students on Wednesday, May 24th. Please complete the form below to indicate if your child can participate.

Forms should be completed by Wednesday, May 17th.

Nutritional information & ingredients can be found at this link:

Breaking News! ... From the Library

Author/Illustrator David Biedrzycki Coming to Westbrook School!

The winner of the 2016 Monarch Award for Breaking News Bear Alert, is coming to Westbrook!

His books include SumoKitty, Me and My Dragon, Invasion of the Unicorns, Groundhog's Runaway Shadow, and his newest book SumoPuppy.

On Wednesday, April 26th, we will have two assemblies to welcome David to Westbrook!

Thank you to our fabulous PTO for funding this event and allowing our children to meet an author/illustrator in person. We are so excited!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

Carol Capra

LRC Director


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Please join us for the 1st grade concert on Tuesday, May 9th.

All of 1st grade is performing in this event!


Please arrive for your assigned time 10-15 minutes early. Students will sit with their class before going onstage. Families will have seats in the audience.

Check your concert time:

6pm: Students from Domalick, Fergus, Brewer, Bruns, Solar, and Brooks

7pm: Students from Zei, Handler, Roy, Brunzell, Grossmayer

Students are asked to wear Westbrook green shirts or other Westbrook spirit wear.

If Westbrook apparel is not an option, please have your child wear a green shirt.

WB choruses will be participating in the concert. If you have a student in chorus, they will attend only the concert scheduled for their homeroom class.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Clarke at

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.

Supply Kits for 23/24 School Year

23/24 New Enrollment at Westbrook

News from the Nurse

Please keep your child home if they have a fever, have vomited, and/or have diarrhea.Your child may return to school once they have been fever free (without medication), vomit free, and/or diarrhea free for 24 hours. Please reach out to your pediatrician if your child is sick and you have any concerns.

Warm Regards,

Julie Tworek, RN

847-394-7340 ext 2005


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

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

  • Please park and walk with your students across the bus lane. Students should not walk in the lot unaccompanied.
  • Please ensure you use the crosswalk in the parking lot.

  • Please do not walk between the buses.

  • Please do not bring dogs or animals onto school property.

  • Please contact the classroom teacher if dismissal plans change.

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