Category Archives: Parents

5Essentials Survey

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including … Continue reading

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Daily Reading is Homework

Homework is a common topic addressed at parent-teacher conferences. Some parents want less homework sent home. Some parents want more homework. Homework can come in different forms (e.g., worksheets, activities). However, all teachers assign daily reading. Some grade levels may place … Continue reading

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Parent Communication

As you heard from your classroom teacher at Curriculum Night, we are trying to narrow our parent communication streams. We know how busy you are and we appreciate how hard it is to juggle multiple forms of communication. Any feedback … Continue reading

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Thank you parent volunteers

This afternoon, the Willowbrook Staff and I held our annual “tea” to thank the many parent volunteers who have contributed to our strong school community. Willie the Wildcat was on hand to pass out small thank you gifts. Our PTO … Continue reading

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Coping with Grief

You may have read my parent letter or heard the sad news from a friend.  Two of our 4th graders lost their mother yesterday.  I am not surprised by the immediate compassion and care our community has shown.  I know … Continue reading

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5Essential Survey

You are invited to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about Willowbrook School.  Parents and teachers are invited to complete the Illinois 5Essentials Survey between November 16 and January 16 at https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ The … Continue reading

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Parent Education Consortium Calendar

The Parent Education Consortium of the North Shore is centralized source of information on parent programs and resources.  The 2016-17 calendar of events was recently released.  You may be interested in some of the topics covered in the speaker series. … Continue reading

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International Literacy Day

September 8 is International Literacy Day.  Below is an infographic displaying the key findings from a 2014 Scholastic survey of family reading behaviors and attitudes.  The finding that jumped out to me was the importance of parents serving as reading role … Continue reading

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Curriculum Night Slides

Curriculum Night was a success.  We are grateful for our parent involvement and partnerships.  Below are the slides from my presentation in the gym.

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Happy Summer and Happy Parenting

I am wishing all the Willowbrook families a happy summer. This is a magical time for children… and parents.  With more flexible schedules and longer days, we have the freedom to enjoy the spontaneous or the frivolous.  We have the … Continue reading

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