Welcome to the Kindergarten at Wescott

Sample Daily Schedule
8:55  Morning Meeting
9:15  Reading and Writing Workshop
10:15  Specials Block (PE, Music, Art, Creative Movement)
11:15 Reading and Writing Workshop
12:00  Lunch and Recess
1:00  Math Workshop, Science, Social Studies
2:00  Extension (i.e., supplementary interventions)
2:30  Closure and Dismissal
 

Lunch and Recess
All District 30 elementary students receive a minimum of 20 minutes for lunch and 20 minutes of recess. The Kindergarten students receive additional recess and unstructured play time throughout the day at the discretion of the classroom teacher.

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Importance of Play in Kindergarten

  • We believe a balance between direct instruction of academic content and play is developmentally appropriate.
  • The “21st Century Learning Skills” of creativity, problem solving skills and collaboration can be developed through structured and unstructured play.  This is a “season of opportunity” to establish critical habits of mind.
  • We emphasize the process of learning and creativity over the product developed.
  • Play offers a window into a child’s thinking.  Play is how children make sense of their world and assimilate new information.
  • Play can be used for self-discovery.

Assessment
There are no standardized or formal assessments given to students in Kindergarten. However, our teaching team utilizes a wide variety of formative assessments and diagnostic tools to inform their teaching decisions and measure student growth.  These include, but are not limited to, informal reading inventories, curriculum-based measurements, written language rubrics, and structured observation of student behavior.  Parents receive progress updates throughout the school year via parent-teacher conferences, report cards, and other informal conferences as needed.

The Northbrook Park District partners with School District 30 to offer the following extended care programs during the school year for children in grades K-5:  Adventure Campus, before and after school care, school day-off programs, and winter and spring break holiday programs.  For more information, visit Northbrook Park District's Early Childhood and Youth Programming website.

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Kindergarten Pre-Registration Information

District 30's full-day Kindergarten Program is held at Willowbrook School, 2500 Happy Hollow Rd, Glenview, IL 60026 and Wescott School, 1820 Western Avenue, Northbrook, IL 60062. In order to be eligible for kindergarten, your child must have been born on or before September 1, 2016, as evidenced by an official birth certificate or passport. 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. You will also need to prove residency. 

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. Visit our enrollment page for more information on establishing residency in District 30. 

For more information, call Willowbrook's school office at 847-498-1090 or Wescott’s school office at 847-272-4660.

New this year: Pre-registration for the 2021-2022 school year will take place online beginning on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.
The following information will be required:

Click here for the Online Pre-Registration Form for Kindergarten  (Available 01/15/2021 at 9am)
     An original birth certificate or passport  (Document Upload Required)
     List of documents required for proof of residency  (Document Upload Required)
     Affidavit  (Document Upload Required)