Willowbrook School NEWS BRIEFS: Kindergartners Will Be "Sharing Stories: Tall Tales, Folk Music, and Dance" on January 17

Willowbrook School NEWS BRIEFS: Kindergartners  Will Be "Sharing Stories: Tall Tales, Folk Music, and Dance" on January 17

Summer School Registration Begins on February 18

Northbrook and Glenview Park Districts Offering Additional Programs to District 30 Families!

It’s not too early to start thinking about your summer plans! We would love to have your kids join us for our wonderful summer school program held at Willowbrook School from June 11 to July 12 (with no school on July 4th or 5th).

Visit our District 30 Summer School website for updated course offerings and other important information at https://bit.ly/2QFC6rS

Registration will begin for our District 30 families at 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 18. Classes are $175.00 each for District 30 residents. Please know, additional supply fees may apply for specific classes.

You may register your child for one to four classes, which run from 8:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m., Monday – Friday. For more information, visit our website or email us at summerschool@district30.org

The Northbrook and Glenview Park Districts are offering programs for students from the end of May through September 3. For more information go to https://www.glenviewparks.org/camps/ (for Glenview programming), and www.nbparks.org/programs/camps/ (for Northbrook programming).

Additional Information about Glenview Park District Program

This NEW Glenview Park District program is specially designed for students of District 30 (ages 7-12) during this extended summer break. Campers will participate in a variety of activities ranging from sports and games to arts and crafts. For all sessions, campers will embark on field trips to one of Glenview's outdoor pools. Every camper receives a camp T-shirt and a backpack. Staff-to-camper ratio is 1:10. Participants of Camp Willowbrook have the option of registering for Before & After Care service at the Northbrook Park District without paying non-resident fees and signing up for bus service provided by the Glenview Park District at an additional fee. For more information go to https://www.glenviewparks.org/camps/

Maple PTO Fundraiser to Help Build New All Abilities Playground!

Attention to all of the students at Wescott and Willowbrook Schools!

Important Reminder:

The top two fundraising classrooms at Willowbrook and the top two fundraising classrooms at Wescott will receive extra recess time!

For more information about this fundraiser to build an all-abilities playground at the new Maple School, go to https://www.maplepto.org/scratch-and-give

For more information about the Maple School All Abilities Playground, go to https://www.maplepto.org/playground-donations

Maple Seventh Graders Join Kindergartners for Afternoon of Academia and Fun!
On January 9, Willowbrook School kindergartners and seventh graders spent a special afternoon together, beginning in the classroom and ending with a show!

Each year, Family and Consumer Science teacher Peggy Martin and Showtime teacher Decima Panitch bring seventh graders in their respective classes to visit the kindergarten classes and to perform a popular fairy tale/musical.

First, the Maple students were divided up between the six kindergarten classes, introduced themselves, and helped the children with their assignments.

Teachers Sarah Lerman, Lisa Kauth, Amy Schutz, Amy Buzil, Caroline Drake, and Rachel Hawkins were welcoming and very supportive of the young people throughout the period.

Afterwards, all classes went to the multipurpose room, where the seventh graders reenacted a lively rendition of the "Princess and the Pea." Their voices were strong and sweet, and over 120 little heads looked up with rapt attention and admiration, throughout the performance.

In the audience with faculty, wearing big smiles and applauding were Principal Dr. Scott Carlson and Maple Assistant Principal Betty Holzkopf.

Willowbrook PTO Welcomes All to Pancake Breakfast on January 19

The Willowbrook School PTO welcomes community members to attend the annual Pancake Breakfast from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 19 at the school. 

Cost: Free!

There will be a gluten-free option, and the PTO will have a dedicated griddle, serving utensils and batter.

If you have questions, please contact : Frederic Jouhet - fredericjouhet@gmail.com or Mark Schick - schick0609@gmail.com

January 21 is a School Holiday

There is no school on Monday, January 21, due to the Martin Luther King holiday.

Willowbrook Welcomes Author Allan Woodrow on January 24

Willowbrook School will welcome author Allan Woodrow on Thursday, January 24.  He will talk with stuents abut his career as an author and his new book "Field Tripped."

To obtain a personalized copy of his books, go to https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tIZ_fxay3kCAUMgsAVl0DayEUWKkxzD3/view A limited supply of signed books will be available for purchase through February 1.

Elementary School Concert Takes Place on January 28

Wescott and Willowbrook School student musicians will participate in the annual Elementary Winter Concert at 7:00 p.m., on Monday, January 28 at Maple School.

Willowbrook's PTO to Host International Night on January 25

Willowbrook's PTO is preparing for International Night to be held from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Willowbrook School on January 25, 2019. This is a night where families are invited to showcase cultural customs, traditions, and costumes with the entire Willowbrook community! The Korean American Parents Organization (KAPO) is also helping to coordinate this event.

Interested residents should sign for hosting a table at via Sign Up Genius Link

Kindergartners to Present "Sharing Stories: Tall Tales, Folk Music, and Dance" on January 17
Willowbrook School kindergartners will present "Sharing Stories: Tall Tales, Folk Music, and Dance" on Thursday, January 17. 

"The students will show their skills of music, dance, drama, and visual art by looking at who we are as a community (as a country, but also as a region, and a town).  In our program we are going to be using the tall tale of Paul Bunyan and creating a drama using large puppets," said music teacher/director Kurt Barker. 

"In addition, the kids will be singing and dancing to play party games from the midwest (a song called 'Bow Belinda'), as well as Northbrook/Glenview ('Can't Jump Josie').  We will also be playing and improvising on instruments to the American classic 'She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain.'  My hope is that the students will be immersed in song and movement, and can begin understanding our culture as a stepping stone into their own creative ideas about who they are, and how they want to add to the arts of our community," he added.

There will be two performances on Thursday, January 17.  At 11:00 a.m., Rachel Hawkins, Lisa Kauth, and Sarah Lerman's classes will perform. At 2:00 p.m. Amy Buzil, Caroline Drake, and Amy Schutz's classes will perform.
District 30's Preschool Registration is January 30
The District 30 Early Childhood Program is held at Willowbrook School. Registration for new students will be held on Wednesday, January 30 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

This integrated early childhood program is designed to support children’s social, language, cognitive/pre-academic, and motor development. The curriculum is aligned with readiness skills required for District 30 kindergarten program. Staffing includes a certified early childhood teacher and 2 program assistants. There is support from a speech-language pathologist, school psychologist, occupational and physical therapist.

Each classroom serves up to 16 students, including children with special needs and same-age peers. Research has shown that shared learning experiences have positive effects for both children with and without special needs. The program is based on best practices in early childhood education and aligned to the Illinois Early Childhood Learning Standards.

This 5-day per week program follows the District 30 school calendar. Our 3-year-old students attend the morning class from 8:45 to 11:15 a.m. Our 4-year-old students attend the afternoon class from 12:40 to 3:10 p.m.

Tuition for the 2019-20 school year is $3,800 ($400 deposit due at registration). Registration for new students will be held on Wednesday, January 30 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

For questions regarding the program, please contact Katie Petersen, Student Services Coordinator, at kpetersen@district30.org or 847-400-8764.
Kindergarten Registration Scheduled for February 7
Parents and caregivers of all incoming District 30 kindergarten students are invited to register at Willowbrook School on Thursday, February 7 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

In order to enroll for the fall, 2019-20 session, a child must be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2019. An official birth certificate must be presented at the time of registration. Hospital or baptismal certificates cannot be accepted. Copies of an official birth certificate can be obtained at the County Clerk's office in the county where your child was born. In Cook County, the certificate can be obtained from the County Clerk's Office, 188 North Clark, Chicago, Illinois 60602; or the Skokie Courthouse at 5600 Old Orchard Road in Skokie, Room 149, Ph. 847-470-7233.

Proof of residency in District 30 is required, as well as the filling out of an affidavit form. Please click the link below for information on which documents are required for proof of residency. For more information, call Willowbrook's school office at 847-498-1090.

Click here for a list of documents required for proof of residency.

It's Daughters Night Out on February 22!

Willowbrook School's PTO is having the annual Daughter's Night Out on Friday, February 22. More information will be available in the Friday editions of the "What's Up Willowbrook?" newsletter.

Willowbrook Principal Scott Carlson Earns His Doctorate in Educational Leadership

Willowbrook NEWS BRIEFS: Willowbrook Principal Scott Carlson Earns His Doctorate in Educational Leadership

Congratulations on Earning a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Dr. Scott Carlson!

When Willowbrook Principal Scott Carlson walked into his office on November 12, he was greeted by Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley and his enthusiastic office staff with a “Congratulations! What’s Up Doc?”  

After hugs and laughter, he looked up to see balloons, banners, greeting cards, and a cake, which signified his successfully completing his doctoral defense on November 9.

He is now officially a Doctor of Educational Leadership.  Dr. Carlson spent the past three-and-a-half years pursuing his doctorate and explained that the topic of his dissertation was a change plan for district professional learning and teacher collaboration.

His work focused on giving teachers greater voice and collaborative opportunities with district leadership teams in the planning and implementation of professional development. Such designs could include instructional coaching, demonstration classrooms, or professional learning communities that examine and analyze benchmark data to inform appropriate changes in teaching and learning strategies.

His program also required 60 credit hours of coursework, and an 800-hour superintendent internship that he completed under Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley's direction. He is now in his fifth year serving as Principal of Willowbrook School.

Dr. Wegley began the morning announcements by recognizing all staff members during American Education Week, and for their dedication to our students.

He announced Dr. Carlson's new title, congratulated him, and added, "By earning his doctorate, your principal exemplifies that by continuing education he craves learning, which is one of our District's most important ongoing themes."

Dr. Carlson is described by his supervisors, colleagues, staff, and parents as child-centered, intelligent, enthusiastic, and kind.
A parade of the hallways followed morning announcements. Every student and staff member had a chance to chant "Congratulations Dr. Carlson" and give him a "high five."

In addition, Dr. Carlson holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from Indiana University, an Ed.S./M.A.E. in School Psychology from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and a Type 75 Principal Certificate from Loyola University of Chicago.

Before joining District 30, he served with distinction as principal in Barrington School District Unit 220 and was a School Psychologist at Sunset Ridge School District in Northfield.

To view photos and videos of Dr. Carlson's celebration, go to District 30's Facebook and Twitter pages!

WANTED: Willowbrook School Memories!

In celebration of Willowbrook School's 50th birthday, current students are hoping to collect 50 years worth of memories from former students and staff. Do you have a story to share? Do you know someone? Learn more at the Willowbrook Story Project. Click here for the Willowbrook Story Project Link: http://www.district30.org/willowbrook/willowbrook-story-project

Principal Dr. Scott Carlson

Catch up with Dr. Carlson at http://blog.d30.me/scarlson/

In celebration of Willowbrook School’s 50th birthday, current students are collecting 50 years worth of memories from former students and staff. Do you know of someone who would like to share? They can click here to express interest in this project or contact our librarian at aeichmiller@district30.org

Dr. Carlson reports in his blog on January 11, "This is our 4th year of the full-day Kindergarten Program. We are very proud of the positive culture and high quality of instruction our teachers have cultivated for the students of District 30. Much of this was shared last night in the annual report to the Board of Education. This year, we have 118 students spread across 6 sections of Kindergarten. In comparison, we had 117 students enrolled last year. Over 30 of our students are receiving English Language support. Another 12 students are receiving supplementary academic interventions. We share 3 students with our friends at the Northern Suburban Special Education District." Continue reading his Kindergarten Program report at http://blog.d30.me/scarlson/

PROJECT LEAD THE WAY Writing Contest Underway/

Submission Date is February 1, 2019

The National Academy of Science is holding a writing contest open to elementary through high school

The EngineerGirl writing contest is asking students to submit works of creative fiction in which the main character is a female who uses engineering skills to solve a problem.

The deadline to submit a story is Feb. 1, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Submit stories via the online submission form at the website below.

The contest is open to individual girls and boys in the following three competition categories:
1. Elementary school students (grades 3-5)
2. Middle school students (grades 6-8)
3. High school students (grades 9-12)

Visit the 2019 EngineerGirl Writing Contest
website at https://www.engineergirl.org/108311/2019-contest…

Please contact Maple School Applied Technology teacher Michelle King-Mulvihill at
with any questions.

Save the Date! The 19th Annual Lew Blond 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Run will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019!

The 19th Annual Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Run will be held at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Maple School. It is an esteemed Cara Circuit Race and is USATF certified. The event is among the top running events in the north suburban area.

For 18 years, this fundraiser has been helping to support research for Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS), in memory of Lew Blond, a Maple School teacher who passed away from this disease in February 2000. Proceeds benefit ALS research through the Les Turner ALS Foundation, and support scholarships for prospective teachers at the Glenbrook High Schools and special District 30 projects. The 2018 race drew over 1,000 participants and volunteers. Total funds raised over 18 years exceeds $450,000. For more information, go to lewblondrun.org