If you were blessed by these concerts and want to help Westlake students continue to receive an education where they are free to praise God with their voices and the sound of their instruments, we invite you to contribute to our tuition assistance fund. Learn more about how your donation helps students discover a radically different definition of the good life.
Friday, October 29, 2021
Harvest Fest is a HALF DAY for the entire school. Harvest Fest is intended to be a family event where you can have fun and enjoy the fall season with your Westlake community. This year, Harvest Fest simply will be an afternoon/evening that is set aside for our Westlake families to visit local attractions at the same time.
All students must be picked up at school at 12pm on Friday, October 29th. There is no After Care.
***UPDATE 10/28/21*** Stade’s Farm has announced that they will be closed, due to inclement weather, on Friday, October 29th. Therefore, we are rescheduling our gathering time to Saturday, October 30th. Friday will still be a HALF DAY of school. Due to forecasted rain on Friday evening, we are also recommending that families attend Richardson’s Corn Maze on Saturday evening instead.
Friday, October 29, 1–4pm | Saturday, October 30, 1–4pm
Shades of Autumn Fall Festival at
Stade’s Farm and Market
3709 Miller Road
McHenry, Illinois 60051
Please note: This attraction is geared more towards preschool/pre-k and elementary students, but all are welcome. Parents are responsible for children at all times.
Admission: Please pay that day at the entrance. There is not a coordinated group admission rate.
Ages 2 and under: Free
Ages 3–64: $18
Ages 65+: $10
Get $5 off admission if you wear a costume!
Friday, October 29, 5–8pm | Saturday, October 30, 5–8pm
Richardson Adventure Farm
909 English Prairie Rd
Spring Grove, IL 60081
Please note: This attraction is geared more toward junior high and high school students, but all are welcome. This is not a chaperoned event. Parents are responsible for students at all times.
Admission: Please pay that day at the entrance. There is not a coordinated group admission rate.
Ages 2 and under: Free
Ages 3–12: $14
Ages 13+: $18
Richardsons offers concessions, as well as food trucks.
Thursday, February 17 | 4:30 – 8:30 PM
In an effort to provide more opportunities for parent and teacher communication, we are offering parent-teacher conferences again on February 17. This is a critical way that you can partner with us in the education of your child, and we encourage everyone to sign up for a conference.
While there will be no childcare on site, we do understand that you may need to bring your child with. In which case, your child may sit outside the classroom for the duration of your conference.
If you have children in both elementary and secondary, the office staff will coordinate your secondary conference requests with your elementary times.
Contact the school office at Info@WestlakeChristian.org or 847-548-6209 ext. 0 with any questions.
Conferences can be in-person or virtual. Masks are required in the school building.
Elementary Parents (Preschool-6th Grade):
Click here to sign up for an elementary (Preschool-6th Grade) conference.
Secondary Parents (7th – 12th Grade):
Click here to sign up for a secondary (7th-12th Grade) conference.
We love our Grandparents!
Westlake Christian Academy looks forward every fall to having our students’ grandparents visit the school. This year, we are providing two opportunities for grandparents to visit classrooms. Preschool–6th grade teachers will host virtual classroom “visits” in the morning (via Google Meet), and we will also have in-person drop-in tours (all grades) in the afternoon.
If you have been to a previous Grandparents Day at Westlake, the format will seem quite different. We hope that offering both a virtual and in-person option will allow many grandparents to attend. We are also eliminating the portion of the day when grandparents gather in the gym to watch class performances. Instead, individual classes will be making a presentation during their virtual visit. We hope you enjoy the opportunity to spend some time with your grandchild(ren) and see what’s happening at Westlake!
Friday September 24, 2021
9:15–11:30am: Virtual Classroom Visits
1:00–2:30pm: Drop-in Classroom Tours
Grandparents Day is a Half Day (9am–12pm)
Grandparents Day is a HALF DAY for all students. There is no After Care on all-school half days. Because it is also a Late Start Friday, the school day runs from 9am–12pm for Preschool through 12th grade. Pickup for all Preschool–6th grade students is from Slusser Street, via the back entrance to the playground.
All students are expected to be picked up between 12:00–12:20pm. Please leave campus for lunch, and then students may return with grandparents any time between 1:00–2:30pm for an in-person classroom tour.
Morning: Virtual Classroom Tours (Preschool–6th Grade)
Take a peek at what the school day looks like for your grandchild! Preschool–6th grade teachers will host a brief Google Meet for each grade. The times will be staggered, so that grandparents can “visit” multiple grades throughout the morning. Grandparents can expect to “meet” the teacher, “see” what’s happening in the classroom, and say hello to their grandchild.
Each grade will have a 10–15 minute Google Meet, which grandparents can join using a link that was emailed to parents on September 22nd. Please ask your grandchild’s parent to forward the email to you. A schedule and full instructions for joining will be included. Please RSVP below.
Afternoon: In-Person Drop-In Tours (Preschool–12th Grade)
Grandparents are invited to visit the school with their grandchildren to take a quick tour of the classroom. Students will be able to show you where they sit, along with some of their school work.
The school will be open from 1:00–2:30pm for tours. You may come at any time during that window, but please let us know that we should expect you. The doors will not open until 1:00 pm, as our teachers need time to eat lunch and prepare for your arrival. Please RSVP below.
We look forward to seeing you at Celebrate Westlake! Wondering about the weather? We will have displays throughout the school, including crafts and face-painting in the gym. If it doesn’t rain, students can play outside in our new GaGa Ball Pit!
Many of you know that our principal, Mrs. Laura DeReus, will be moving to Tennessee this summer. We are so thankful for her many years at Westlake, and we are sad to see her go. If you would like to wish her well, please consider bringing a card to Celebrate Westlake.
Parking may be limited. We encourage you to drop off passengers at the front door (only if you have two adults)
Saturday, May 21, 2022
4–7 pm (Drop-in or stay the whole time)
Picnic Outside or in the Cafeteria (BYO or Pre-Order Online)
Crafts and Face-Painting for Kids in the Gym
Classroom Displays (PS–12th)
Student Artwork Exhibits
History Walk through the School
RSVP by Thursday, May 12th
Please let us know if you’re planning to join us! Picnic tables will be available for eating outside, or you can eat in the cafeteria. You are welcome to bring your own picnic meal, or pre-order one of our options from Something’s Brewing (deadline May 12th). Bottled water will be available for everyone in the cafeteria.
Pre-order meals must be paid for in advance and will be available for pick-up at 5pm in the cafeteria. All meals include chips and a cookie.
Donations can be mailed to:
Westlake Christian Academy
275 S Lake Street
Grayslake, IL 60030
Take a few moments and spread some Christmas cheer! Each year, as part of the fundraising for our Senior Mission Trip, we offer our Merry Messages to our students and families. For just $0.50 per message, you can write a sweet tiding to that special someone and we’ll include a candy cane to be delivered on Tuesday, December 15th throughout the school day. These Merry Messages are only able to be delivered to Kindergarten – 12th grade (sorry, we can’t accommodate Pre-S/K).
There are two ways to order:
- Print out the order forms below and fill them out yourself
- Fill out the online form and we’ll hand write it for you!
All payments need to be made to the office by the beginning of the day on Friday, December 11. Feel free to pay by cash or check, but bring exact change if you’re paying by cash – our elves don’t carry change. You may either send in your orders & payment with your student or place it in the mailbox that is outside the main doors to the left.
If you’re wanting to print and hand-write your order, please print one of each of the attachments, fill them out, and send in the completed order and message to the office along with your payment.
If you’d like to do your ordering online, please fill out the form below completely, then be sure to send in your payment (your message will not be delivered if payment is not received by Friday, December 11th before school). There is only one message per entry, so if you’d like to send more than one Merry Message, you’ll need to fill out the form again on the confirmation page.
If so, we’ve created these free events just for you! Join us as we hear from different experts in their field who are all passionate about equipping you to parent your child and discovering their potential, value, and gifts.
These events are FREE and open to the public, no tickets or registration necessary (though registering is helpful). We are sure these events will inform you and resource you to grow as a parent. These events will be held in the Westlake Gym. Westlake is located at 275 S. Lake Street, Grayslake, IL 60030.
Do you have questions about these events? Please contact our Special Services Coordinator, Mrs. Chelsea Schopper.
Register here for Parent University on February 9, 2022.
Interested in joining virtually? RSVP at the link above to receive a Google Meet link via email.
Please join us at one of the following evenings:
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 @ 7 PM: College Night
Wednesday, February 9, 2022 @ 7 PM: Social Media in a Post Pandemic World
Saturday, April 2, 2022: “How Does Sensory Processing Impact Behaviors, and What Can I Do to Help?” (Early Childhood)
Each student will have their own scheduled time slot. If you have a student in first grade and find it necessary, one parent may accompany their child. Teachers will be in their classrooms to help students pack up all their personal belongings. **Sign Up for a Time via the Button Below**
Scheduled Dates & Times:
- Elementary students are welcome to come on Tuesday, May 26th between 9:00 – 3:40.
- Secondary students (grades 7-11) are invited to come on Friday, May 29th between 11:00 – 3:00.
- Preschool & PreK families may come on either day (no need to sign up for a time slot). Our PreS & PreK teachers will have already collected all student items for you. Your child’s personal items will be in the main hallway on the benches.
- Our Senior class will get their own day and time on Friday, May 22nd from 4:00 – 5:30 pm and do not need to use the attached sign up form.
Specific Details for All Students:
- Please have your child enter through the front door and exit through the gymnasium. Faculty & Staff will direct students through the building.
- Please ensure your child is wearing a mask.
- We will supply a white garbage bag for your child to carry all their personal belongings home.
- We will have hand sanitizer throughout the building.
- As students are exiting the building, they will be encouraged to look through Lost and Found in the gymnasium.
- Please make sure your child understands this is not a time to move slowly or talk with everyone they see.
Specific Details for Elementary Students:
- Go straight upstairs to your classroom via the front stairwell.
- Drop off all textbooks and school materials to your classroom.
- Empty your desk and then locker as quickly as possible.
- Go down the back stairs (by 5th grade) and go to the gym.
- Stop by Lost & Found before exiting the building through the gym doors.
Specific Details for Parents:
- We ask that you drop off your student at the front door using our normal drop off route.
- Please then pull out of the parking lot and head around the block to line up along Slusser to pick up your child (following normal elementary pick up protocol).
- When you pull into the back lot of the school, please follow the rainy-day protocol where cars make a “U” shape along the left side of the lot.
- *****First grade students may have one parent accompany them into the building, if needed. ***** In that case, park in the main parking lot, walk your child in, and when you are done, walk around the building after exiting through the gym door.
Specific Details for Secondary Students:
- Enter through the front door and go directly to the gym to drop off all textbooks and materials.
- Next go to your locker to retrieve belongings. We will provide bags for you. If you have items in other places around the building, please collect them as quickly as possible.
- Exit through the gym door and check out Lost & Found on your way out.
Parents who are driving: after dropping off your child, drive around the block and enter the playground from Slusser Street. Park and wait for your child there. Exit through the main parking lot (as usual).
- Students who are driving themselves: Park in the front lot, enter through the front door. Once you’ve gathered all your personal belongings, exit through the gym door and walk around the back of the building to your car.
ALL STUDENTS MUST SIGN UP BELOW TO OBTAIN A TIME SLOT TO ENTER THE BUILDING.
We are excited to announce Westlake’s upcoming International Arts and Culture Day, March 19, 2020! This year’s theme is focused on countries around the world and their arts, including music, dance, crafts, and food.
We are looking for volunteers to provide either time or food for sampling. Please sign up below by March 9th if you are able to help with either of these!
Thank you for helping make this a successful International and Arts and Culture day at Westlake! We look forward to partnering with you to make this a memorable event.
We need volunteers to assist in three ways:
helping to supervise our 20-minute activity sessions
providing small ethnic food samples, or
helping distribute ethnic food samples during lunch.
Helping to supervise activity sessions
Each of the grades is creating an activity for our International Arts and Culture Day. Activities might consist of doing a craft, learning a traditional dance, participating in role-playing, learning about a non-traditional musical instrument, playing a game, etc. Because we want all of our students to be able to experience all of the activities, we need parent volunteers who will partner with a teacher to supervise the activity 20 minutes at a time, for six sessions. The volunteer will not need to create or plan the activity. The activity will already be planned and materials will be in place. The volunteer will just assist the teacher in “running” the activity. If you volunteer to help supervise, a teacher will reach out to you and brief you on the activity and your role in it prior to the International Arts and Culture Day. You will be asked to commit to helping either in the morning, from 8:20 until 11:30, or in the afternoon, from noon until 3:20.
Providing ethnic food samples
We also need volunteers to prepare samples of various ethnic foods to enhance our lunch. The students will bring their lunches, but we would like to have them have the opportunity to choose up to two small samples of a food from another culture. If you are able to help us with this, we would ask you to prepare enough to be divided into three dozen sample cups. Students will be issued two tickets each to use to “buy” the samples.
Distributing ethnic food samples
We would like different volunteers (not the ones providing the samples) to help serve the food samples during our lunchtime. Each volunteer will be placed at one of several stations in the lunch area (gym), exchanging the samples for the tickets. If you volunteer for this, you will need to be present from 11 AM until about 12:30 PM, as we will also need your help setting up the stations and taking them down.
Thank you for helping to make International Arts & Culture Day a success!
Every year we have an all-school meeting where our principal gives a “state of the union” type of address. Two years ago, because of the weather, we chose to make the event virtual. It was so successful that we decided to hold this meeting online again last year and this year.
All families will receive a special email on Wednesday, January 27th with a link to watch the video.
This video will contain important information for everyone to know. Please make it a priority to watch What’s Up @ Westlake Digital sometime between now and Sunday, January 31 at midnight to qualify for dress down passes and a special treat for the class with the most parents in attendance.
Here is some of the information that will be in the video:
- Why Christian Education is so important and why you should continue to invest in it for your child
- A stakeholder survey will shortly come to your inbox that is required for our accreditation renewal
- Our revised calendar for the second semester with updated events and information
- Coffee with Mrs. DeReus, which is an opportunity for you to give feedback, ask questions, share concerns, and connect not only with Mrs. DeReus but other parents
- Opportunities for you to help promote Westlake
We’ve created a booklet for you to peruse while you watch the event. You should have received one either in your child’s homework bag which was sent home last Sunday or via the mail with your child’s report card. If you don’t hapeen to have it handy, you may download it here.
How do I get a free dress down day?
There will also be an incentive for every family to watch the video: a free dress down pass for each student whose parent watches as well as a special treat for the class which has the most parent representation. There will be a link posted in the chat on 1/27 for you to register for your child’s dress down pass. If you’re unable to watch it that night, it can be found in the description of the video on our YouTube page.