Willowbrook School NEWS: Willowbrook Students Invited to View "The Lorax" on February 9

Willowbrook School Participating in Valentines for Veterans Project

January 31, 2013

Willowbrook School PTO's Cultural Arts Committee hosted the talented and engaging Frankie Ace and his

Willowbrook School PTO's Cultural Arts Committee hosted the talented and engaging Frankie Ace and his "Reading is Magic" Show on January 19. Frankie Ace is an English teacher and magician who shares his talents while teaching children about word recognition and paying attention to detail. He kept the children engaged and laughing for almost an hour!

 Fourth Grade Girl Scout Troop is Holding a Coat Drive!

Willowbrook School's fourth grade Girl Scouts are collecting gently used coats, mittens, gloves, and scarves which will be donated to Buttons and Zippers, an organization that reaches thousands of homeless people in the Chicago area. All sizes, both adult and child, are welcome.

The Girl Scouts will also be set up to collect items at the entrances of Maple School's Volley-Bash after school on Friday, February 2.

To donate, please contact Charlotte Tryfonopoulos or Jen Marsh at or

Keep Up With Principal Scott Carlson - Read His Weekly Blog!

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"Our 17 play packs met for the third time the morning of January 12.  Students from preschool through fifth grade returned to their packs for unstructured play.  I observed older students joining in imaginative play with younger students.  I was told a fifth grade boy reminded a fourth grade boy to keep the content of his imaginative play 'more appropriate for the little guys'.  View Mr. Carlson's brief snapshot from the Screaming Monkey Play Pack by connecting to his blog now at

Willowbrook and Wescott Making Valentines for Veterans

Wescott School's Helping Hands Committee and Willowbrook School are created  homemade valentines to send to veterans. For the past few weeks, teachers worked with students to make and decorate valentines.

Principal Carlson Presents Willowbrook Update to Board of Education

On January 25, Willowbrook School Principal Scott Carlson presented a report to the Board of Education which highlighted this year’s theme “Willowbrook Plays,” the connected programming, and the Spirit Committee's ongoing humanitarian projects. Expounding on the theme, staff and students have embarked on a growth literacy studio, are continuously refining math workshops, providing multi-tier reading support and building their capacity to play.  Mr. Carlson showed the shields the students created during the last "Willowbrook Plays-Play Pack” activity, which are displayed in the library media center.
Mr. Carlson also discussed a new staff-led program called “Community of Thought”, which was initiated by physical education/wellness teacher David Goss. It is where teachers work together to plan and enact building-based professional development on topics that are of interest to them.  This year the teachers have been meeting on a regular basis and have covered the areas of responsive classrooms, digital portfolios and parent communication, data collection tools, and collaborative problem-solving models.
“We are so fortunate to have the support of the Willowbrook PTO. They are responsible for building and maintaining our community. The dedicated members provide incredible programming and events and have been very generous to the children and our school.  This past year, the organization has presented Willowbrook with a Ga Ga Pit, sound panels in the multi-purpose room, and a re-decorated teacher’s lounge!” said Mr. Carlson.
At the conclusion of Mr. Carlson’s report, Board President Chuck Gitles thanked him for his educational excellence and dedication. He added that it is always exciting when there are reports on the District 30 schools because it gives the Board members the opportunity to “visit the schools”  and hear about the curriculum, activities, and programs that are being implemented each day.
Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley commended Mr. Carlson, “Thank you, Scott. We are so fortunate to have you on the District 30 team. You know all of the children and families at your school! We are excited, energized, and inspired by you, your colleagues, and faculty, because of what you achieve with children every day.”

Mr. Carlson added that he truly enjoys working with Wescott School Principal Chris Brown on professional development and programming, adding that there is mutual benefit for everyone.

Wescott and Willowbrook Students Invited to View "The Lorax" on February 9

District 30's Environmental Awareness Committee (EAC), with Assistant Superintendent Dr. Melissa Hirsch, invites Wescott and Willowbrook School students to view the movie "The Lorax" from 6:45 p.m.-9:15 p.m.,  Friday, February 9, in Maple School’s multipurpose room.

"The Lorax" is a children's book written by Dr. Seuss and was first published in 1972. It chronicles the plight of the environment and a lovable character named the Lorax, who speaks for the trees against the Once-ler, who threatens the trees' existence.

For more information about this movie night, contact Dr. Hirsch at 847-498-4190.

Save the Date for the PTO's Parent Social Raffle on February 24

Raffle donations are needed for the Willowbrook PTO’s annual Parent Social, which will be held on Saturday, February 24 at North Branch Restaurant in Glenview.
"We hope that you will be able to join us for this fun event. As part of the fundraiser, we are collecting items for the raffle. If you have anything to donate such as gift cards, sports tickets, gift baskets, etc., the PTO would greatly appreciate your support."
To donate, please contact Elizabeth Mandl at

Stay tuned for more details about the Parent Social!


EAC to Host Our Changing Climate at Wescott and Willowbrook on March 22

District 30's Environmental Awareness Committee is hosting Mobile Ed Productions' presentation titled, "Our Changing Climate" on Thursday, March 22 at Wescott and Willowbrook Schools. "Dr. Exhaustus" will present at Wescott School in the morning, and he will be at Willowbrook during the afternoon on March 22.

For the PreK-second graders, he will discuss ways in which individuals can take care of the planet, without getting too technical.

The older students will be left with a basic understanding of the content elements and how they are all connected to the subject of climate change. Competing scientific points of view about climate change will be presented, including the "sunspot theory," "natural causes", and the "greenhouse theory."

The goal is to encourage students and teachers to further discuss the various aspects of this topic in their classrooms, using critical thinking to arrive at their own personal conclusions.

For more information, contact Dr. Melissa E. Hirsch at 847-498-4190.

District 30's Summer School Tentative Starting Date is June 11

Registration Begins for Residents on February 5

This year, District 30’s Maple Summer School Program will be held at Willowbrook School for five weeks. The starting date for faculty this year is tentatively Monday, June 11, with an ending date of Friday, July 13.

In addition, there will be no summer school on Wednesday, July 4th. Summer school is five days a week with classes starting at 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. More information on program dates will be made available as the school year progresses. 

"Our Summer School website has been updated with the class offerings and other 
important information at D30 SUMMER SCHOOL.
Registration will begin for our District 30 families on February 5, 2018 at noon. Classes will cost $165.00 each for District 30 residents. Residents may  register your students for 1, 2, 3 or 4 classes, which will run from 
8:30 a.m. - 12:25 p.m., Monday – Friday.
Please email Principal Summer School Ashley Grosshuesch and Assistant Principal Eleni Lamson.  For more information about Summer School, click this link:…/d30summerschool/home…

Box Top Deadline is February 23

Willowbrook School's spring box top collection deadline is Friday, February 23. Box tops should be delivered in a sealed Ziploc bag. A list of participating product brands such as Kleenex, Annie's, Ziploc and Hefty can be found at The program does not accept expired box tops, sokindly do not include them.





Sodexo Future Chef Challenge Takes Place in March


The Future Chef Challenge will be taking place again this year for 4th and 5th grade students. Students should fill out an entry form with a favorite healthy Asian Fusion recipe. This will put them in the running to compete in a live competition at Maple Middle School on March 15, 2018.


Willowbrook PTO Presents Chris Falcon and the "Take No Bullying" Campaign

Willowbrook School's PTO hosted a general meeting with Chris Falcon, founder of the popular "Take No Bullying" presentation on Tuesday, January 16. Mr. Falcon, provided practical tools to raise awareness and told residents how everyone can help to make a difference.

"We also shared PTO plans for the remainder of 2017-2018 school year," said Co-Presidents Melissa Carr and Katie Schick.

Willowbrook School Principal Scott Carlson‏ shared, "Thank you to Chris Falcon for presenting the 'Take No Bullying' campaign with the PTO and parents on January 16. You have a powerful message." #d30learns @thechrisfalcon Scott Carlson@willowbrook30

Young Artists Sought for Youth Art Fair on February 17

The Glenview Art League invites young artists to exhibit their work, be considered for prizes, and participate in a celebration of art in our community through its 29th annual Youth Art Fair. Artists in grades 1 through 12 can register by February 3 and get more information here. The Art Fair takes place 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 17, at Attea Middle School.

Kindergarten Registration Takes Place on February 6 and 7!

Kindergarten registration at Willowbrook School is scheduled for Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the MPR, and Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the gym.
For the latest library news from the library media center with April Eichmiller, click on this link:

Willowbrook Students to Participate in Six Flags Read to Succeed Program

Willowbrook Elementary School will again be participating in the Six Flags Read to Succeed Program this year. The program will runs until February 26, 2018. To read more about this program and to sign up, read the January 12 issue of the What's Up Willowbrook? newsletter and click on this link:

Motivational Speaker Pacini to Address Students on February 12

Motivational speaker Victor Pacini will speak to Willowbrook School students  from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on Monday, February 12.

FACT: Every 6 Minutes A Child Is Sexually Assaulted In The United States

FACT: Erin's Law, House Bill 6193 was signed by Governor Pat Quinn on January 24, 2013.*

FACT: This law requires schools to implement an annual age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention curriculum for grades pre-K through 12. It recommends four communications through the school year. It expects school staff to be mandated reporters.

While at Maple, Mr. Pacini will share his presentation "Be Seen and Heard." It is about *Erin’s Law 2.0©, which is a sexual abuse awareness and prevention program that delicately delivers the information needed to fulfill this mandate and more importantly educates the children.

Victor Pacini is a survivor of sexual abuse, an author, song writer, singer and motivational speaker. He will be assisting our schools in implementing this mandate. His program is developmentally appropriate, interactive, and aligned with learning standards.

He is native to the area and has presented in front of over a million students and parents in numerous districts in Illinois and nationwide. He has been endorsed by the Illinois and National PTA organizations. He is proudly partnered with WINGS, Kansas PTA, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center and Northwest CASA.

Known as the INNER-TAINER, his programs cover many aspects of life and each is delivered in a fun and entertaining way. For Be Seen and Heard©, Victor offers live performances and online licensing. Both fulfill the mandate and are designed to be ongoing for all the years of school.

For more information on Victor Pacini go to

For more on Victor’s Be Seen and Heard Program and an Explanation of ERIN’S LAW

To receive Victor's free e-book, The Erin’s Law Solution, go to

2018 Character Counts! Essay Contest - Grades 5-8

2018 Character Counts! Essay Contest Open for Grades 5-8

CHARACTER COUNTS! in Glenview is sponsoring a writing contest for students in grades 5-8. Students may write an essay on one of two topics:

1) Choose a person you admire. Write about why you admire this person, using specific examples of the way he or she demonstrates one or more of the pillars of character.

2) If you were a superhero, and one of the pillars of character was your superpower, how would you use it to make a positive difference in your community or the world?

Information was sent home with all fifth-grade students on January 19. Entries must be mailed or delivered to Barbara Littlefield at the Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road by February 16, 2018. First place essays will be made available to local media for publication in April. Medals and monetary awards will be presented to the winners at an April Glenview Village Board meeting.

The Lew Blond Run Committee is Looking For a Few Good Volunteers!

It takes hundreds of participants, volunteers, and sponsors to create, implement, and acheive success at the Annual Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Run (for the kids) each year.

This year's race takes place at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, May 19 at Maple School.  As the largest District 30 fundraiser, proceeds from this event are donated to the Les Turner ALS Foundation to help research Lou Gehrig's Disease.  Funds are also allocated to provide scholarships to graduating seniors at Glenbrook North and South High Schools and are used for special projects at the schools.

Each year, over 1,000 participants join the race to either run, walk, cheer on their friends or family members, and to enjoy the fellowship of others in the community.

The planning for this event is a year-long process, undertaken by the Lew Blond Executive Committee. Executive Director Dr. Nate Carter and Director Michele Rosen are looking for volunteers to help between May 17 until the day of the race, May 19.

Volunteer Opportunities Include:

•Prepare race materials on Thursday, May 17, from 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Maple

•Distribute bibs and t-shirts to runners on Friday, May 18, from 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Maple

•Prepare food on Saturday, May 19, from 6:00 am.m to 7:45 a.m.

•Handle day of race registration on Saturday, May 19, from 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

•Distribute bibs and t-shirts to runners on race day, Saturday, May 19, from 6:45 7:50 a.m.

•Marshall a corner during the run on Saturday, May 19, 7:30 a.m. to approximately 9:30 a.m.

Those who choose to help out can contact Roy Grober at or Michelle Rosen at

The Lew Blond Run Executive Committee meets at 5:00 p.m.,  on Tuesday, January 16 in Maple School's library media center. Those individuals who want to help make this year's race success by volunteering, are welcome to come to the meeting!

For more information on the Lew Blond Run, go to

Lew Blond Run is Named a CARA Runners' Choice Circuit Member!

As the Lew Blond Run enters its 18th year as a popular CARA and USATF-certified race, the event has now been recognized as a member of the CARA Runner's Choice Circuit. The new logo is pictured.

The CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit has been developed to promote participation local races, to create a competitive structure for area runners and has long been a source of camaraderie for local runners and within and between local running clubs. Runners of all levels annually participate in CARA Circuit Races to chase personal and competitive goals, to complement their year long training programs and to enjoy the camaraderie of the CARA running community.

The circuit includes many of Chicagoland’s most well organized and well-appreciated races. Circuit races are found in both the city and suburbs and include both major world-class events and local club races alike. Circuit races are annually assembled with the input of CARA’s membership, the CARA Racing Committee, the CARA staff and CARA Board of Directors.

District 30's Summer School Tentative Starting Date is June 11

This year's Summer School Program will be held at Willowbrook School for five weeks. The starting date for faculty this year is tentatively Monday, June 11, with an ending date of Friday, July 13. In addition, there will be no summer school on Wednesday, July 4th.

Summer school is five days a week with classes starting at 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. More information on program dates will be made available as the school year progresses. For more information about Summer School, click this link:…/d30summerschool/home…

Glenview Resident Open House Takes Place February 17

Glenview residents -- new and established -- can learn more about local governments and community organizations in the Village at the Glenview Resident Open House from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, February 17, at Glenview Park District's Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Avenue.

Representatives of the Village of Glenview (including police, fire, dispatch and senior services), Glenview Park DistrictGlenview Public LibraryGlenview Chamber of CommerceNorthfield TownshipNorthShore University HealthSystem Medical Group-Glenbrook Medical West and Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) will be available.

Activities include blood pressure checks and crafts for kids. Refreshments are provided by Catered by Design.

Community groups are welcome to drop off flyers or brochures for display. Bring them to Village Hall, 2500 East Lake Avenue, prior to the open house. For more information, call (847) 904-4370.


 Winter Driving Safety Reminders

During the winter driving months is a good time to think about car safety and the proper use of car seats when dropping off or picking up a child or children from school. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that elementary-age children should use a belt-positioning booster seat until they reach four feet nine inches and are at least eighth years of age. All children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat.

For more information, visit the National Highway Traffic SafetyAdministration car and booster seat page at


"Work Hard - Play Hard"

This year’s schoolwide theme is “Work hard, play hard”. Willowbrook will use #wbplays on social media.

"We know that play is the 'work of the child' and is an important vehicle for social learning, motivation and academic engagement. I encourage the staff to think about what play, structured and unstructured, looks like with students at your grade level. Our Play Committee will be working to incorporate this theme into the school year," stated Mr. Carlson.



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