October 8, 2021
Principal Message
Happy Friday!

This week we were able to reinstate SHIELD testing by using straws in place of the funnels that are on backorder. I was really proud of the flexibility students showed in tackling this new process! Only positive cases will receive notification from our school nurse Ann Martin.
Thanks to all our families that joined us for our first virtual PTO meeting. Our next meeting is Friday, November 12 at 2:20pm. We'd love to see you!

Don't forget the early release day on Thursday, October 14 @ 12:00pm for conferences. Please see below for the staggered dismissal times.
  • Bus 11:50 am
  • Walkers/Kidcare 11:55 am
  • Carline 12:00pm

Schedule your conference (K-5) *Repeat Information*
Don’t forget to schedule your parent-teacher conference. The online scheduler opened at 7 p.m Wednesday and will close tonight at 7 p.m. on Oct. 8. All conferences will be held virtually over Zoom. Conferences will be held on Oct. 13 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. or Oct. 14 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Each conference is scheduled for 20 minutes. You need the individual login and password that was emailed on Sept. 22 to you from Vicky Mazur, district data specialist (vmazur@northbrook28.net) to register for conferences.

Have a great weekend,
Mary
Happening Next Week
MONDAY 10/11
  • Indigenous Peoples' Day/Columbus Day - SCHOOL IS IN SESSION
  • Marla's lunch - Jade Chinese Cafe
TUESDAY 10/12
  • Marla's lunch - Once Upon a Bagel
  • Noon - Deadline to Order Marla's lunch for the week of 10/18
WEDNESDAY 10/13
  • Marla's lunch - Meathead's
  • Picture Day preview information emailed home
  • Voluntary SHIELD Testing - AM
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences via Zoom - 4:30-7:30pm
THURSDAY 10/14
  • EARLY DISMISSAL at 12:00pm
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences via Zoom - 1:00-8:00pm
FRIDAY 10/15
  • NO SCHOOL
School News
Picture Retake Day - Wednesday, 10/20
Families will receive an email with their child's preview from Picture Day on 10/13. Initial orders are due on Tuesday, October 19th. These orders will be ready before Thanksgiving. If you would like to sign your child up for a retake, please sign up before 3pm on 10/19 - PICTURE DAY RETAKE SIGN UP.
Sign Up For Parent-Teacher Conferences by 10/8
It's time to register for parent-teacher conferences, which will be held online: 
• Wednesday, October 13 from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
• Thursday, October 14 from 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
An email was sent home to parents last week with the information necessary to register for conferences online. If you have questions regarding conferences, need help setting up a conference, or did not receive the email - please contact Tracy Ferraro at tferraro@northbrook28.net. 
 
Registration for Elementary School Conferences opened at 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 22, and will remain open until  7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 8.
 
Click to register. You must have the login information with the student ID and password to register.
Halloween:🎃
It's hard to believe but Halloween is fast approaching. Like last year, students will be allowed to come to school on Friday, Oct. 29 in costume. Students will need to come in costumes that are functional since they will be in them all day. Unfortunately, no schoolwide parade again this year, however, we will have classroom parties and use two parent volunteers that are vaccinated.
We are also planning to host the annual Kinder Family Fun Halloween event on Friday, Oct. 29 on the playground at 5:30.
PTO News and Events
Upcoming PTO Announcements:
 
  • Parents Volunteers at the Class Halloween Parties ARE BACK!
  • The Halloween Party will be Friday, Oct 29 @ 2:15 pm.
  • Thank you for all of the parent volunteers who signed up. Please ensure you send a copy of your Vaccination card to Ann Martin or Mary Sturgill and stop by the office with your license BEFORE the event. You’ll be asked to bring a filled out self-certification form with you the day of. Watch your email for more detailed instructions. 
  • The Kindergarten Fun Night (Fri 10/29 5:30-6:30 pm) is being worked on if you want to help the co-chairs plan the event, please let us know..
  • This event is for the parents and kindergarten students only and kids are encouraged to come in costume. Sadly, we can't accommodate siblings this year.
  • Planning has started on the 2022 Westmoor READ-A-THON. If you want to help us get the Red Carpet ready, send us an email.
  • There have been some delays in the Spirit Wear delivery. We’ll keep you posted as we know more.
  • First Dine n’ Share of the year will be at The Grill House on Wed, Oct 13 & Thurs, Oct 14th
  • You must mention WESTMOOR when placing your order to ensure the 20% comes back to us. This promotion runs ALL DAY LONG so think about this for lunch as well!
2021-2022 PTO CHECK LIST
 
  • Save the Date - Next PTO Meeting, Friday, Nov. 12th @ 2:20pm via ZOOM
  • Pay your FAMILY PTO dues ($10/family). Purchasing PTO dues will allow you to download/use the Directory PTO APP (up to 3 downloads / family). 
  • Pay Class Room Party Fees ($5/kid in K-5th)
  • Donate Hands-Free(Will); submit company matching donation.
  • All of the above items can be found at westmoorpto.com.
 
If you want to know more about your PTO and want to get involved, email wmpto28@gmail.com.
 
Jackie Earley 
PTO President
Fresh Midwest is an online grocery delivery service focused on bringing the best of fresh to you. We cut out the middleman to connect you directly with farmers, restaurants and artisans. Use D28HOH and 3% will go to college scholarships for D28 grads. Click for details.
Music Parents Club Fundraiser
The Music Parents Club has supplied Northbrook with the highest quality Wreaths, See’s Candies and Papa Nicholas Coffee and Cocoa for 65 years running.
If you’re looking for 100% real, all-natural, amazingly fragrant, Upper Peninsula Wisconsin Wreaths for the best price in town…
...Or you’re looking for high-quality candy and coffee gift items…
...Order today! Pickup is Nov. 19 at the Village Green.
The Music Parent’s Club has been able to donate over $18,000 in COVID relief funds since the pandemic started. Your support is needed more than ever! 100% of profits go directly to benefit music students and music programs.
Future Events
MONDAY 10/18
  • Marla's lunch - Viccino's
TUESDAY 10/19
  • Marla's lunch - Panera
  • First round Picture Orders due today
  • Noon - Deadline to Order Marla's lunch for the week of 10/18
WEDNESDAY 10/20
  • Marla's lunch - Little Louie's
  • Picture Retake Day (See school news for more info)
  • Voluntary SHIELD Testing - AM
THURSDAY 10/21
  • Marla's lunch - Sarpino's
FRIDAY 10/22
  • Marla's lunch - Jimmy John's & DQ
  • WM Spirit Day (wear Westmoor spiritwear or blue & white)
District News
Superintendent Search Online Survey Ends Oct. 14
If you have not already done so, the Board of Education welcomes your input in the search for a new Superintendent for Northbrook District 28. The board will use the information gathered from focus groups, open forums, and this survey to help create the profile of our next leader. 
All responses are anonymous and confidential. A report summarizing all community engagement results will be published on the District 28 website after October 26 Board meeting presentation. 
 
We request each person respond only once to this questionnaire which has been designed to allow one response per device. The survey will be available from September 21-October 14, 2021.

COVID Dashboard, Letters Monitor Cases
The district is maintaining a COVID dashboard to publish more detailed information on positive cases and student quarantines for close contact and travel. The dashboard is updated daily with newly reported positive cases of both students and staff as well as student quarantine daily averages.
The district will continue to notify staff and parents by email when a COVID-19 positive individual was in a school during their infectious period (48 hours prior to symptom onset for a symptomatic person or 48 hours before specimen collection for an asymptomatic person through the date of last attendance).
NSSED Renamed True North
Our district is a member of TrueNorth Educational Cooperative 804. We share resources with 17 other school districts in our region so that we can provide every student the opportunity to learn and reach their full potential. Through TrueNorth, our students can access academic and behavior support, and our staff can engage in high-quality professional learning that impacts student growth here in [District Name]. TrueNorth (formerly NSSED, or Northern Suburban Special Education District), is committed to the possibilities in every learner, every day. Please visit truenorth804.org to learn more about the cooperative and watch an introduction video.
Virtual Backpack
District 28 shares local non-profit and community partner flyers here in the District's "Virtual Backpack." Please note that District 28 is making this information available as a courtesy and to provide information about local events and programs in our community. Materials posted on this page are the responsibility of the organizations represented. You can always check the Virtual Backpack webpage as a handy reference!
Northbrook Softball Open House Oct. 9
Registration is now open for the Northbrook Girls Softball Spring 2022 House League Season! NGSA will host an Open House on October 9 from 1-3 p.m. at Techny field #27. Download the flier for more details. 
Park District Hosts Autumnfest, Fun Run
Join in the fun at Autumnfest on Oct. 9 and the Halloween Fun Run on Oct. 22. Download the flier for details.
Northbrook Symphony Season Opens Oct. 10
The Northbrook Symphony opens its 42nd season at 4 p.m. Sunday, October 10, under the direction of Mina Zikri, featuring Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Robert Chen, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster. Click for Details
GBN Homecoming Parade Oct. 17
The GBN Homecoming parade will be held at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and follow a new route. Click for details.
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