Summer Links for Students

Summer Links for Students
Friday, June 6, 2014
Click here for a collection of educational websites your child can explore over the summer.

Principal's Message for the week of May 26th

Principal's Message for the week of May 26th
Friday, May 23, 2014
Dear Willow Brook Families,

This will be the last chat for the school year. It has been my pleasure being the principal and having your children attendWillow Brook this past year. We have all grown and learned a lot together.

If you have new neighbors that have school-age children, please have them contact our office (213-8018) to register theirchildren for the fall. Registration packets will also be available atthe Learning Center if the Willow Brook office is closed.

The office will re-open Thursday, July 31. Checkimportant dates listed on this page, and look for our back-to-school mailing in early August. Calendars and Supply Lists for2014-15 will be sent home next week. They will also be availableon our website if you need another copy. Have a fantasticsummer, and remember to read every day.

Good luck in the new year.




Principal's Message for the week of May 19th

Principal's Message for the week of May 19th
Monday, May 19, 2014
Dear Willow Brook Families,

Being a PTO Officer takes a lot of dedication, time and hard work. Willow Brook has been fortunate to have great PTO officers that work tirelessly to create fun events for our families and support the school financially. I would like to say “Thank you” to our current officers, Mrs. Meyer, Mrs. Downing, Mrs. Finn and Mrs. Walker. These ladies have done an outstanding job and the staff and I truly appreciate everything they have done.
As we move into the new school year, I would like to introduce our PTO Executive Board, who were elected at the last PTO meeting.
President- Rena Simmons
Vice-president- Shelli Greenblatt
Treasurer- Vickie Bower
Secretary- Lindsay Mercer
The new board is extremely excited and they have some great ideas for families to connect and build onto our strong foundation. One new idea that we are doing at the end of year is our PTO Summer Vacation Kickoff Picnic. It will be held on Wednesday, May 28 here at Willow Brook. I hope you are able to attend.

Message from Nurse Graeser

Message from Nurse Graeser
Friday, May 2, 2014
What are seasonal allergies?
Seasonal allergies, commonly referred to as hay fever, are the body's reaction to airborne particles such as pollen or mold. This type of allergy kicks up at the times of year when certain trees, grasses, or weeds are in flower, or when mold releases its spores into the air.
A combination of genetics and interaction with environmental allergens causes some people to develop seasonal allergies. People with hay fever seem to have a hyper-alert immune system that's always on the lookout for substances foreign to the body. This also decreases the effectiveness your child’s immune system in fighting viruses.
Pollen and mold aren't actually harmful in any way, but when an allergic child or adult breathes in pollen or mold spores, his body perceives it as a dangerous invader and reacts by releasing histamine and other chemicals. Histamine inflames the nose and airways, and the other chemicals cause the well-known symptoms of hay fever: congestion, runny or itchy nose, scratchy throat, watery or itchy eyes, and itchiness in the ears.
Are seasonal allergies a serious problem or just a nuisance?
Children suffering from seasonal allergies often can't concentrate, and chronic nasal stuffiness may interfere with the quality of their sleep, making them tired throughout the day. Seasonal allergies not only make life miserable for your child, but if left untreated they can lead to some greater long-term health problems such as sinusitis, chronic ear infections, and even asthma.
What's the best way to treat my child's hay fever?
It depends on the type of reaction your child has. For a mild respiratory reaction, using a saline nasal rinse may be sufficient. For more constant or bothersome symptoms, several non-drowsy prescription antihistamines have become available over-the-counter in the past few years.
You'll want to talk with your child's doctor about these medicines. He/She may suggest an over-the-counter drug or prescribe another appropriate allergy medicine to help your child's symptoms. If the symptoms persist, she can refer you to an allergist.



Principal's Message for the Week of Apr. 28th

Principal's Message for the Week of Apr. 28th
Friday, April 25, 2014
Dear Willow Brook Families,

Tom Brokaw once said, “It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” When I read this I thought about the work that our teachers and staff members do every day to support the students and families here at Willow Brook. The best teachers play the same role as a parent, providing encouragement, inspiration, and invaluable guidance. The best teachers also find the hidden qualities of every student and teach students to believe that nothing is impossible.
Here at Willow Brook, I have been truly lucky to work with the best teachers. The teachers here are enthusiastic, caring, and knowledgeable. Please join me in celebrating the excellent work our teachers and staff members do on May 5th-9th. This week is designated as Teacher Appreciation Week.
During this week it would be great if you could write a quick note or send an email to your teacher to let them know how much you appreciate everything they do for our students. Your kind words are the best gift that a teacher can ever receive. Thank you for everything you do. Make it a great week!