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Willowbrook School NEWS: Holiday Toy Collection Underway until December 15

CogAT Test Takes Place Week of December 4

November 20, 2017

During Willowbrook School's Veteran's Day assembly on November 10, the Fifth Grade Spirit Committee asked all students to participate in Operation Gratitude this next week. Everyone was encouraged to write a letter to a veteran that expresses gratitude for his/her service to the United States.  Principal Scott Carlson is pictured after introducing the committee. For more information, go to https://www.operationgratitude.com/

During Willowbrook School's Veteran's Day assembly on November 10, the Fifth Grade Spirit Committee asked all students to participate in Operation Gratitude this next week. Everyone was encouraged to write a letter to a veteran that expresses gratitude for his/her service to the United States. Principal Scott Carlson is pictured after introducing the committee. For more information, go to https://www.operationgratitude.com/

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

Click on the link to be connected to Mr.
Carlson's insightful blogs all year long at
http://blog.d30.me/scarlson

In his most recent blog, Willowbrook School Principal Scott Carlson discusses the presentation of this year’s school improvement plan at a November PTO meeting. He explains that the home-school partnership is a "critical factor in the success of our students."

In the blog, he outlines this year's School Improvement Plan goals and encourages families to review this year's  Illinois Report Card website. Read more at http://blog.d30.me/scarlson

Read more  on Mr. Carlson's blog at http://blog.d30.me/scarlson

What's Happening in the LMC?

For library news with April Eichmiller click on this link:
https://www.smore.com/x7w1q

Cultural Arts Assembly Slated for November 21

The Willowbrook School PTO is sponsoring two assemblies on Tuesday, November 21, which will feature inspirational storyteller Jonathon Donahue-Grossman.  The third through fifth grade assembly will be held from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and the kindergarten through second graders will hear his presentation from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

CogAT Testing Begins December 4
 
During the week of December 4, all students in Grade 3 and Grade 5 will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). Part of the District’s assessment plan, CogAT measures general and specific cognitive abilities; a student’s ability to reason and problem solve. CogAT is a multilevel battery assessment that provides information in three domains: verbal, quantitative,
and nonverbal. Each domain requires approximately 45-60 minutes to administer. In addition, a practice test will be administered prior to the actual testing session.
 
CogAT is a timed test; however, most students have sufficient time to attempt every item. This year the assessment will be taken online. Student results will be provided to the faculty and to parents in early January.  

 

Willowbrook School Shows Gratitude during Veterans Day Assembly

On November 10, Willowbrook School students and staff were filled with more gratitude than usual, after celebrating those who have served our country during the annual Veterans Day Assembly.

After welcoming parents, PTO members, staff, and students to the Friday Flag raising and Veteran's Day assembly, Principal Scott Carlson reminded everyone of the importance of honoring our veterans.

The Fifth Grade Spirit Committee, Cub Scouts, Brownies, Girl Scouts and Color Guards led this assembly. Two students introduced Operation Gratitude, which is an activity whereby students are encouraged to write thank you letters to veterans and active duty service men and woman over the next week. www.operationgratitude.com/

"The front office will collect letters and mail them to Operation Gratitude on Friday, November 17. We know that your messages will bring an uplifting smile to each recipient's face," said Mr. Carlson.

Orchestra Director, Elspeth Losch led the cadet orchestra in Aaron Copeland's "Simple Gifts*" and patriotic songs in honor of United States veterans.

*'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free
'tis the gift to come down where you ought to be
And when we find ourselves in the place just right
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

When true simplicity is gained
To bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed
To turn, turn will be our delight
'Till by turning, turning we come round right.

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free
'tis the gift to come down where you ought to be
And when we find ourselves in the place just right
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

Read more about Operation Gratitude in Mr. Carlson's blog at http://blog.d30.me/scarlson

Random Acts of Kindness Are Popping Up at Willowbrook School!

There is a new "Random Acts of Kindness" bulletin board in the first grade hallway at Willowbrook School. Students or families can stop by to choose a card from an envelope, which will give a suggestion for an easy and
thoughtful random act of kindness.

"Perform the random act and take a selfie. Print the picture out and put it in the envelope on the board. We will post it for all to see! Thanks for your help!" reminded Principal Scott Carlson.

Toys for Tots Collection Runs until December 15

Willowbrook School is working with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
to collect toys for the annual "Toys for Tots” program. Staff and students are encouraged to bring in a new, unwrapped toy between now and December 15. The principal Toys for Tots activity involves the distribution of toys in the communities in which a Marine Corps Reserve Unit is located.
Collection boxes are located in the hallway by the front office. 

District 30's is 'In the Pink' When it Comes to Raising Money for Breast Cancer Research!

When District 30's Spanish teacher Talia Block began organizing fundraisers for breast cancer research 10 years ago, a relative of hers had just been diagnosed with the disease. Ten years later, she is a survivor. In her honor, Ms. Block has held fundraisers at the schools during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The symbol for this effort is the color pink or the trademark pink ribbon.

This year, she helped raise $750.00 at Wescott and Willowbrook Schools, with the District 30 Administration Office. These funds will be donated to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research.

"A big thank you to all for your generosity in helping to raise money for breast cancer research, in honor of my family member!" said Ms. Block.

Willowbrook Fifth Graders Light Up the Stage with "The Gift of Fire"

On October 26, Willowbrook School fifth graders presented their grade level show "The Gift of Fire." Music teacher Kurt Barker wrote this new musical for the students based on Polynesian mythology.

"The story centered around Pele, the Goddess of Volcanoes. In the story, Pele learns how to control her temper, which turns her firestorms from a curse to a gift of fire," said Mr. Barker.

The kids sang Mr. Barker's original music, and also performed a traditional Hawaiian rowing song, log drumming, and Polynesian- inspired dancing.

Collaborators of this year's show include the pupil's artwork, led by art teacher Kristin Sendaydiego. He co-directed the show with physical education teachers Carrie Bargowski and David Goss.

"Students were so collaborative and energetic when it came to creating and directing all of the music, dancing, artwork, and drama," concluded Mr. Barker.

Time Change for the Winter Sing and Class Parties on December 22

This year, Willowbrook School will be switching the times of the Friday, December 22, Winter Sing and room parties. The new schedule will be:

Classroom parties from 1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Winter sing from 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Congratulations to Character Counts! Contest Winners

The Character Counts! in Glenview Committee recognized winners of the annual poster and video contest on October 17 at the Glenview Village Board of Trustees meeting.  The committee received around 500 poster entries and 60 video entries from 12 different schools.  Monetary awards were presented by the Kiwanis Club of Glenview-Northbrook.

Dylan Racke took third place in the poster contest and Ethan Chiang took first place in the video contest.  Former Willowbrook students, Sloane Shabelman and Samantha Gregerman, took first place in the middle school video contest.

The student art work and videos highlighted the six pillars of character: Trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.  This contest demonstrates the creativity and character of the students in our community.  In District 30, character counts every day.

Read the rest of his blog at http://blog.d30.me/scarlson

District 30 Students Honored for Winning Entries in Character Counts Poster/Video Contest

On October 17, eight District 30 students from Maple, Wescott and Willowbrook Schools were honored for their winning entries in the recent Character Counts! of Glenview's video/poster contest. Village of Glenview's Communications Manager and contest coordinator, Lynne Stieffel welcomed families and school representatives to the Village of Glenview Board of Trustee meeting, where the recognition took place.

This is the 22nd year that Character Counts! has held the contest, which upholds the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, caring, kindness and fairness. Students were asked to create a poster or video that revolved around the Six Pillars, or to commemorate Glenview's Jackman Park bear, which was recognized during a 100-year birthday in September. More than 500 poster and 60 video entries were received from 12 schools.

District 30 winners included the following pupils: Willowbrook School fourth grader Dylan Racke; Willowbrook fifth grader Ethan Chiang; Wescott School fifth graders Cailyn Kelsen, Peter Thompson and Lucas King; Wescott fifth grader Kaden Wang; and eighth graders Sloane Shabelman and Samantha Gregerman.

Character Counts! Co-chair and Maple School Principal, Dr. Nate Carter with Kiwanis' President Mike Moylan, presented the awards to all of the winners from Glenview and Northbrook schools. Village of Glenview Board of Trustees' President, Jim Patterson congratulated the school representatives and children for their achievements in spreading the tenets of good character in the communities.

Dr. Nate Carter stated, "Good character education starts at home. Thank you to the parents for your support, and for helping to uphold strong family values in the communities."

At the meeting's conclusion, Superintendent Dr. Brain Wegley; Willowbrook Principal Scott Carlson; and Wescott Principal Chris Brown also congratulated each family and the children on their achievements.

 

 

Willowbrook's Little Free Library is Open For Business

 

On September 29, Willowbrook School's Little Free Library was introduced and officially opened for business, after the weekly Friday Flag Raising assembly, officiated by Principal Scott Carlson. 

Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley also joined the assembly and posed for photos at the new Little Free Library structure, which is located in front of the parking lot.

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires the love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. 

Up to 61 percent of low-income families do not have any books for their children at home, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Special education teacher Jennifer Schmidt coordinated the Little Free Library project at Willowbrook. 

"The idea is to borrow a book from Little Free Library. Then when a person is done reading it, they can return it, and even donate a book at the same time," exclaimed Ms. Schmidt.

A special thank you to District 30's Maintenance Mechanic, Federico Lopez and Willowbrook School's custodian, Pablo Astudillo (pictured), for installing the new Little Free Library outside of the school," added Mr. Carlson.

Little Free Library is now on the Little Free Library world map! Use this link to view Willowbrook's location and other Little Free Libraries in the area: https://littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/

Willowbrook's Fifth Grade Spirit Committee has placed a Guest Book and a message for readers in the Little Free Library. Thoughts are welcome about the Little Free Library and books.

For more information about the Little Free Library organization, go to https://littlefreelibrary.org/

From Willowbrook School Principal, Scott Carlson, "Thank you to District 30's Maintenance Mechanic, Federico Lopez and Willowbrook School's custodian, Pablo Astudillo (pictured), for installing the new Little Free Library outside of the school."

Willowbrook's Little Free Library is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, so come take a book to read!  This lending library located at the corner of the circle drive in front of Willowbrook and Happy Hollow Road offers a variety of books supplied by community members.  If you have a book to share, donate it by putting it in the little library.  Use this link to learn more about Little Free Libraries everywhere:  https://littlefreelibrary.org

 

Stay Current with Storify 

 

"What’s happening at Willowbrook? Collaboration, cooperation, innovation and engagement and play can all be seen in our Storify! This week at Willowbrook you will find students participating in many new and exciting experiences." said Stacy Rich, integeration technology specialist.

"Who was walking the Walking School Bus? Who's learning about phishing in DigitalCitizenship? What is Zero the Hero? Which class is partner reading? Who is working with math manipulatives?"

Check out the tweets here and to find out! Follow us @ #d30learns #WBplays or https://storify.com/StacyRich28/willowbrook-plays-9-15-17

"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.

Willowbrook and Wescott Schools are listed as two of the top ten elementary schools for real estate in Northbrook in Patch.com  http://patch.com/illinois/northbrook/top-10-elementary-schools-real-estate-northbrook-il-december-2016