Category Archives: School Events

A special student recognition

A very special student and his talented Willowbrook teaching team was recognized at the North Suburban Special Education District’s Leadership Council Meeting tonight. Second grader Jonathan Ortega and his teachers Brittany Brown, Lauren Randazzo, and Ann Angel were presented with … Continue reading

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IPA Student Recognition Breakfast

Mia Hermann and her parents joined me yesterday at the 8th annual Student Recognition Breakfast of the North Cook Region of the Illinois Principals Association.  The event was held at the Metropolis Ballroom in Arlington Heights.  We enjoyed music from … 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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Book Madness at Willowbrook

We are just a few days away from the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament #selectionsunday.  Maybe your bracket manager has already emailed you… Meanwhile, Librarian Eichmiller has brought Book Madness to Willowbrook School!  Students and staff have nominated 32 books for … Continue reading

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Future Chef Recipes

Our school district’s food service provider has held an exciting cooking competition for our 4th and 5th grade students over the past few years.  Unfortunately, this year’s Future Chef competition was cancelled.  I want to share the creative and delicious … Continue reading

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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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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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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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