Principal's Message for the week of Apr. 14th

Principal's Message for the week of Apr. 14th
Friday, April 11, 2014
Dear Willow Brook Families,
Last week, all students from Kindergarten through 4th grade brought home a Class Placement Parent Input Form for parents to complete in order to help with the placement of students into classes for the 2014-2015 school year. Completing this form will allow parents to give us input on their child’s learning needs that will help us place students with a teacher best suited to the child.
Many hours go into the process of placing each student into the appropriate class and completed forms will be one source of information we use. If you choose to complete the form, please read over it carefully and send it back to school in a sealed envelope addressed to the office. The forms are due back by April 25th.

I truly appreciate your help with this transition and please feel free to contact me if you have questions. Thanks again for everything you do!

Principal's Message for the week of Apr. 7th

Principal's Message for the week of Apr. 7th
Friday, April 4, 2014
Dear Willow Brook Families,

Gail Sheehy said, “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living”. Willow Brook has experienced tremendous change over the six years I have been the principal. We have said good-bye to many staff members; we have added close to 200 more students to the building and have become even more diverse. For the 2014-2015 school year, Willow Brook will experience more change…. a new principal, more new staff members and new students. All are exciting changes that will allow Willow Brook to grow and continue to be a great place for the students, teachers and community.
Another change that will happen next year is that the current PTO executive board members have decided to step down to allow a different group of parents to continue to move our parent organization forward. Our current PTO leaders have contributed so much to our school and to the organization. They have worked tirelessly to make sure each event and every activity has been a success. The current board really wants to open the door for new leaders, and with all the other changes that are happening at Willow Brook, this is an excellent time for new parents to take leadership roles to support our school and students.
After the PTO meeting on Tuesday, we do have a few more new parents that have offered to take on some leadership roles, but there are many committees still open. Committees for Family Picnic, Bulletin Board, Escrips, Bingo Night, Family Fun Night, Fall Fundraiser, Holiday Shop, Hospitality, Media/Tech/Website, Silent Auctions, Skate Nights, and Trivia Night all need parent leadership for next year. Think about which committee you would like to be in charge of. You can contact me or one of the PTO officers if you are interested.

Four candidates are up for election to Pattonville school board

Four candidates are up for election to Pattonville school board
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Pattonville voters will elect three board members for three-year terms during the April 8 school board election. The following candidates have filed to run for office. They are listed below in the order they will appear on the election ballot.

Principal's Message for the week of Mar. 24th

Principal's Message for the week of Mar. 24th
Friday, March 21, 2014
Dear Willow Brook Families,
As we move closer to Spring it brings us closer to the Missouri Assessment Program or MAP testing. All students from 3rd to 5th grade will be participating in tests in English Language Arts and Math. 5th grade students will also take a test in Science. The results of the test are very important to us, as the results are tied to our school district’s accreditation.
Here at Willow Brook we try to make the weeks of testing fun for the students to help lower their anxiety. Our theme this year is ‘Sporting to Success!’, with sports and fun activity plans so the students look forward to MAP testing.
I am asking parents of 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students to write a note to their student encouraging them to do their best on the MAP testing. On the backside of the chat there is stationary you can use to write the letter on and send it back to your child’s teacher in a sealed envelope, no later than April 9th.
Also, another way parents can support their student on the MAP testing is to make sure that your student is at school every day and on time. That way they have time to get ready to do their best. Thanks for everything you do!

Snow day tally update: 7th day to be made up April 18

Snow day tally update: 7th day to be made up April 18
Monday, March 17, 2014
The snow day used on Monday, March 3, marked Pattonville’s seventh snow day - one beyond the six days that were already built into the 2013-2014 school year calendar. The district will make up the extra day by having school on Friday, April 18, which had originally been scheduled as a spring holiday, but also as a possible make-up day.