Author Archives: SCarlson

Random Acts of Kindness Week

The Willowbrook Spirit Committee invites the whole school community to participate in Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 11-17).  This student video reminds us that it doesn’t take much to spread a little extra kindness.

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Big Ideas in Math

As you may know, District 30 adopted a math curriculum and a set of materials that place a strong emphasis conceptual reasoning.  Our program is rooted in the concrete, pictorial, abstract (CPA) approach developed by American psychologist Jerome Bruner.  Each … Continue reading

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Play Pack #3

Our 17 play packs met for the third time this morning.  Students from presch00l through 5th grade returned to their packs for unstructured play.  I observed older students joining in imaginative play with younger students.  I was told a 5th … Continue reading

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Winter Sing

We have many traditions at District 30.  The Winter Sing at Maple School is one of our best!  Wescott and Willowbrook students are bused over to the Maple gym.  The orchestra performs “Chanukah Happening” and “Pachelbel’s Christmas”.  Mr. Vaananen and Mr. … Continue reading

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Deep Understanding

District 30 is a learning system. We are fortunate to have a board of education that understands the power of professional learning and its effect on student learning. Our staff and administration are committed to their craft. The past 2 … Continue reading

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School Improvement Plan

I presented this year’s school improvement plan at our PTO’s “Second Cup of Coffee” meeting this morning.  Thank you to the parents in attendance.  I appreciate their thoughtful questions and the subsequent discussion.  We have a supportive and talented parent … Continue reading

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Operation Gratitude

We are holding our Veterans Day Assembly on Friday, November 10.  The 5th grade Spirit Committee will be leading this assembly.  They will introduce Operation Gratitude.  Students are encouraged to write thank you letters to veterans and active duty service men … Continue reading

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GaGa Ball Rules

We are grateful for the Willowbrook Parent Teacher Organization’s recent gift of a GaGa Ball Pit.  This is a wonderful addition to our outdoor playscape.  Mr. Goss and Mr. Barker produced a short video with the rules of the game. … Continue reading

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Character Counts! Poster and Video Contest Winners

The Character Counts! in Glenview Committee recognized winners of the annual poster and video contest tonight at the Glenview Village Board of Trustees meeting.  The committee received around 500 poster entries and 60 video entries from 12 different schools.  Monetary … Continue reading

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2017 Kids Care Food Drive

October 16 marks the start of Character Counts! Week.  The students of District 30, District 34, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help are coming together once again to collect food items for the Northfield Township Food Pantry.  Visit twp.northfield.il.us/pantry and ccglenview.org for more information. … Continue reading

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