Willowbrook School NEWS BRIEFS: Willowbrook School's PTO Parent Social is Set for March 9 at Glenview House!

Willowbrook School NEWS BRIEFS: Willowbrook School's PTO Parent Social is Set for March 9 at Glenview House!

Save the Date: Willowbrook School's PTO Parent Social is Set for March 9 at Glenview House!

The 2019 PTO Parent Social will take place from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at the Glenview House, 1843 Glenview Road. There will be light appetizers, an amazing silent auction, and raffle prizes.  The cost is $45.00 per person. Raffle tickets cost $5.00. For more information contact PTO Co-Presidents Grace Zuercher and Katie Schick at wbptograce@gmail.com or wbptokatie@gmail.com

Willowbroook School To Celebrate 50 Years on February 22

Willowbrook School will host a 50th Birthday Assembly from 1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m, Friday, February 22.

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

Spirit Week is Dress Up Week!

Willowbrook School's Spirit Week takes place from Monday, February 18-Friday, February 22.  Each day students and staff will have the opportunity to dress up in a different outfit. On Monday, it was Crazy Hair Day; On Tuesday, it was When I Grow Up Day; On Wednesday, it is Pajama Day; On Thursday, it is Backwards Day; and on Friday, it is Decades Day.



Willowbrook PTO Daughters’ Night Out Set for February 22

The PTO Daughters’ Night Out will be held from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Friday, February 22 at the “Just for Fun” Roller Rink in Mundelein, IL. Click here for the Daughters’ Night Out Flyer and Sign Up Link.

Third and Fourth Graders' To Present "Metamorphosis" on February 27

Willowbrook School third and fourth graders will present their musical, "Metamorphosis" at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 27. The show will include a combination of creative movement and music, according to music teacher Kurt Barker.

"We began creating our show the first week back from winter break. I asked students in third and fourth grade what they would like to study in more depth. The kids wrote down many things. Then I had them circle any common interests with a small group of friends. We found commonalities as a whole class, then as a grade level, and ended up including both grade levels. The idea that emerged was biology. After reviewing our curriculum's Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) regarding biology, we had a starting point for thinking about biology as art, and the goal concerns of comparative life cycles. I started envisioning how life cycles could involve movement and music. So we danced around and created music based on plant life cycles and the metamorphosis of butterflies!" said Mr. Barker.

He showed the students that metamorphosis is an artistic concept with visual art, music, dance, and drama. Everyone focused on their idea of biology to metamorphosis.

"Our hope is to transform our audiences perception/definition of what metamorphosis means, to something much greater," added Mr. Barker.

The show will begin with creative movement and a music piece created by the kids called "Butterfly." Then the kids will be looking at metamorphosis in visual art by turning the book "Rain Fish" by Louis Ehlert into a dance. They will also change the book "Du Iz Tak?" by Carson Ellis into a drama.

"We will be singing another choral piece that I wrote using music metamorphosis, and by borrowing from of MC Escher's "Metamorphosis" print. We will end with a drumming piece based on the question, 'Paper or plastic?', which we all hear at our local grocery stores every day. The idea came from 'What if we could change the way people hear something?' Our hope is after the drumming piece that our audience will never hear 'Paper or plastic?' the same way again!" Mr. Barker concluded.


Maple Playground Fundraiser is Scheduled for April 13

Save the Date:  Join the PTO at Bowlero in Buffalo Grove for a fun adult night of dinner and bowling at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 13.  This is a district-wide fundraiser for the new All Abilities Maple School playground. 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

The Willowbrook PTO is seeking nominations for the 2019-2021 Executive Board

Participating on the PTO Executive Board is fun and a great way to get involved, work with other parents and Dr. Carlson, and give back to your child's school. You may nominate yourself and/or others to be considered for a position on the 2019-2021 Willowbrook PTO Executive Board. Moms AND dads are welcome to join the Board for a two-year term.

The open positions are:

(1)    Co-President (one opening)
(2)    Treasurer (one opening)
(3)    Fundraising (one opening)
(4)    Membership (one opening)
(5)    Cultural Arts (one opening)
(6)    Communications (one opening)

Please click on this link for descriptions of the open positions and to submit your nominations. https://district30.wufoo.com/forms/q9i6lxq0xub9kt/  
All nominations are due by Friday, February 22.


Willowbrook’s International Night Featured Multicultural Showcase
Those community members who attended Willowbrook School PTO's International Night on January 25, were treated to a vibrant international showcase of cultural customs, food, traditions, games, art, and costumes representing many countries.

Parent representatives set up tables in the main gymnasium, which highlighted the following countries: Korea, Thailand, Greece, Taiwan, Poland, Russia, India, and the Dominican Republic.

Wonderful performances included students from the Sheila Tully Academy of Irish Dance, Glenview ATA Blackbelt Academy, Bulta, and the Korean Traditional Music Ensemble with Lee Chaeyoung, Kim Sooyoung, Boo Minyoung, Lee Chaerin, and Lee Hyunju.

A number of district administrators and faculty also enjoyed this PTO event with mascot Willy the Wildcat. They included Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley and his wife Kathy, Principal Dr. Scott Carlson and his sons, Director of Student Services Lauren Schulman, PTO Co-Presidents Katie Schick and Grace Zuercher, Board member Jeff Zuercher, and teachers Nicole Fosco, Jennifer Lund, Betsie Onsrud, and Jennifer Schmidt.

Willowbrook Welcomes Author Allan Woodrow on January 24

While he was growing up in Michigan, recess was author Allan Woodrow's favorite subject in school, until he was in third grade and was assigned to write a story for the first time. After his teacher read the story, she told him that she predicted that he would become a famous author.

Eventually, that teacher's predictions came true! This prolific author was at Willowbrook School on January 24, talking to third through fifth graders about his life and rules on becoming a successful writer. To date, he is the author of 3,166 books for kids. His newest book is "Field Trip." Other books include "Unschooled", "Class Dismissed," "The Pet War," "The Rotten Adventures of Zachary Ruthless," and more.

Mr. Woodrow talked to the kids about how he overcame doubts to follow his dreams of becoming a writer, and the importance of reading, practice, and revision if someone aspires to be a writer.

"I rewrote and edited my first book, "The Rotten Adventures of Zachary Ruthless," 25 times, before it was published in 2011. I never would have succeeded had I listened to my 'doubting' voice," he said.

For more information about Mr. Woodrow, go to https://allanwoodrow.com/visits-and-events/

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

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 https://bit.ly/2N1cNjS (for Northbrook programming) (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!
Maple Playground Fundraising A BIG THANK YOU to the students and families that have been participating in our SCRATCH and GIVE Game. Donations of any size are welcome. All students who participate are automatically entered into a raffle for prizes. Top classrooms will also receive group prizes. So make your donation today.

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

Principal Dr. Scott Carlson

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

"This past week, I found myself reflecting on why I love working in the field of education this Valentine’s Day. Of course, it is rewarding to grow the next generation of confident and competent citizens. It provides me with purpose. As one of our Kindergarten students wrote, “Love is… helping other people”. And as our superintendent often says, education is the field that allows all the other professions to exist."  Read the rest of Dr. Carlson's insightful blog 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 18, "Did you know Willowbrook has had 4 different school songs written over the past 50 years? The first song was written in 1971 by Lisa Arnold & Barbra Stern. The most recent version was added to our Friday flag raising this month. Our music teacher and math Navigate teacher (a former Willowbrook student) re-worked version #2 from the late 1980s/early 1990s."

Registration is Now Open! The 19th Annual Lew Blond 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Run will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019!

Register at lewblondrun.org

Registration is now open for the 19th Annual Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Run, which 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

Volunteers Needed for the Lew Blond Run

Contact Roy Grober at rgrober@district30.org to volunteer on race day, or one of the three days prior to race day. Thank you for your support!