Message from the Program Director

The start of 2016 allows Westbrook to review the wonderful start of the 2015/16 school year as well as look forward to the bright future ahead. This fall included so many exciting events! Our Annual flag football Turkey Bowl game was, as always, a time for staff and students to work and play together. Students were able to participate in school trips to Big Brook, LI Aquarium, a viewing of “He Named me Malala” and a Wounded Warrior NCAA Tournament at Madison Square Garden.

As part of our school wide curriculum, Westbrook students are assigned points for altruistic activities. Many of our students started off the winter with a bang by writing cards to veterans, working Can Drives for donations to St Brigid’s church, or wrapping purchases at Barnes and Noble.  As always, the year culminated with our annual Holiday party. It is always magnificent to see alumni returning to this event and sharing with both students and staff an in person update of how their paths continue their time in Westbrook is complete.

January welcomed everyone back with our newest addition – our pet rabbit, Ca$h Bunny.  He will surely help keep all of the students calm and focused as they prepare for Regents exams and the end of the 1st semester. Spirit week will usher in February, when staff and students will celebrate Hollywood Day, Superhero Day, Decade Day, the always popular Pajama Day. Warrior Friday will commence the week on a very special February 5th: Westbrook’s 5th Birthday! Over the last five years, Westbrook has had the privilege to work with 58 students and their families on their journey for an exceptional education, remarkable clinical support, and outstanding residential services.

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Principal’s Corner

Paul Walia, PrincipleIt is an honor to serve as the Principal of Westbrook Preparatory School. Westbrook has established a tradition of academic excellence and an active school community committed to the engagement of both staff and families. Our goal at Westbrook is to nurture the development of our students’ interests, academically and socially, and broaden their world perspectives as members of a vibrant learning community. A positive school culture is the bedrock of any quality education and we as members of our children’s learning community play pivotal roles in preparing them to become future leaders of tomorrow. Through continued dialogue and community involvement, Westbrook will continue to evolve and ascend to a plateau of even greater excellence and achievement. This page will serve as a convenient means for the Westbrook community to stay up to date and exchange useful information. We will post vital information and updates, as well as opportunities for our community to come together and celebrate our many successes. I look forward to your input.

Respectfully,

Paul S. Walia
Principal
Westbrook Preparatory School

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A Note from the Coordinators of Residential Services

Ms. Kara, Ms. Lauren and Mr. Rob

During the residential portion of our program we focus on relationship building, community involvement, daily living skills and increasing student’s level of independence.  We do this by working individually with each student to help support them with their areas of needs.  We also incorporate the student’s interests into the program through our regularly scheduled activities.

In the past few months we have been doing some very exciting things in residential.  Our students have gone to the trampoline park, been rock climbing, went to a Yoga class and roller skating as well as participated in a local Open Mic Night.  We frequently have the opportunity to attend concerts and many different sporting events.  In residential we also have monthly team building activities specifically for the girls and boys.  Some things that they have done in the past were; “Build-A- Bear,” Laser Tag, going to a movie, model building and going for manicures and pedicures.  We use every chance that we are in the community as a teaching opportunity to work on different skills.  Our students have greatly benefited from the opportunities that they have had to go into the community and the social situations that they have encountered through our program.

Ms. Kara, Ms. Lauren and Mr. Rob

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