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Families invited to celebrate Las Posadas on Dec. 5 at East Aurora High School

  East Aurora families are invited to gather on Saturday, Dec. 5, for Las Posadas, a popular, free celebration of community. Las Posadas will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Ponquinette Field House at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane.

  Las Posadas has been a tradition in East Aurora School District 131 for many years and regularly draws thousands of visitors of all ages. Las Posadas means “The Inns” in Spanish and is connected with traditional stories about visiting homes for celebration. Although Las Posadas is sometimes linked to Hispanic religious ceremonies, the East Aurora event is simply a chance to unite and celebrate the joy of being part of a supportive community.

   Entrance to the event is free, but families are asked to bring a non-perishable item that will be used to re-stock the shelves of the food pantry at East Aurora High School.

   This year’s celebration will feature an opening ceremony by NJROTC cadets at 3 p.m., a performance by Simply Destinee dance troupe at 4 p.m., local Christmas carol singers at 5 p.m. and dancing by Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl at 5:45 p.m. Between those times, students from several schools, including Dieterich, Oak Park, Benavides, Krug and Simmons, will perform.

   Parent liaisons from all schools, as well as several high school clubs, will host tables where they will sell crafts and plenty of traditional food. The funds raised will go back to the support parent groups and high school clubs.

   Las Posadas will once again feature games for younger children. Santa Claus will be available for visits and parents can take their picture with the jolly old elf.

  To reach the event, enter the high school through Door 15 on the southwest side of the building.

East Aurora High School yearbook/ID photos start Tuesday

 Starting on Tuesday, December 1, students at East Aurora High School will begin taking photos for the yearbook. These will also serve as their new ID photos, and are therefore mandatory. Seniors will take photos either on December 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. Underclassmen (freshmen, sophomores, and juniors) will take photos either on December 7th or December 8th. Please ask your physical education, driver’s ed, NJROTC, band, or health teachers for more info.

A partir de la próxima semana el martes , los estudiantes de la escuela secondaria comenzar a tomar fotos para el Anuario . Estos también sirven como sus nuevas fotos de identificación , por lo que son obligatorios . Los adultos mayores de tomar fotos , ya sea en 01 de diciembre , segundo o tercero . Underclassmen ( estudiantes de primer año , estudiantes de segundo año y juniors ) tomarán fotos , ya sea el 7 de diciembre o 08 de diciembre . Por favor, pregunte a su educación física, ed del conductor , NJROTC , banda, o profesores de la salud para obtener más información .

Multiple ways to find out about East Aurora weather-related closings

  As the temperatures fall, East Aurora School District 131 families are reminded that there are multiple places to check for information about weather-related closings.

   Information will be released through:

   - A phone message to parents in both English and Spanish.

   - The District website: www.d131.org

   - The District Facebook page: www.facebook.com/EASD131

   - The District Twitter account: @EASD131 (twitter.com/EASD131)

   - The Emergency Closing Center website: www.emergencyclosings.com

  The District will only send out a notice when schools are closed. If there is no announcement, schools are open.

   If schools are open, it is the responsibility of parents and guardians to determine if conditions allow for their children to attend school.

   The Superintendent, in consultation with district administrators, makes the final decision whether to close school due to inclement weather. The decision is based on the ability of students to make it to and from school safely. When making his decision, the superintendent considers multiple factors including temperatures, snowfall and wind chill.

   The City of Aurora has opened multiple warming centers for anyone who needs shelter during extreme weather. More information is available at: https://www.aurora-il.org/ema/planandprepare/warmcoolcenters.php


East Aurora High School boys and girls basketball season tickets now on sale

   Season passes for East Aurora High School boys and girls basketball are now on sale. The season pass costs $38 and will cover eight regular season home games. The season-ticket package includes a reserved seat at all home games, a membership to the Sports Boosters Club and a free shirt (while supplies last). Applications for season tickets can be downloaded here.

   Completed applications can be mailed to Sandy Kelly c/o East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora, IL 60505. Tickets will be available for pick up from the pass gate at the girls first home game on November 30 and the boys first home game on December 4, 2015.

    East Aurora and West Aurora high schools will meet twice this year, once on each team’s home court. The Tomcats’ home game is included in the season ticket package. Season ticket holders have priority for buying tickets for the away game, as well as the IHSA playoffs.

   The East Aurora Holiday Tournament, the Ernie Kivisto Shootout and IHSA tournament games are not included in the season ticket package. The full schedule for the boys and girls basketball teams is available here.

  Any questions about season tickets can be directed to Sandy Kelly at (630) 299-8197 or skelly@d131.org.

East High students will kick off French Week celebration by sharing free compliments Friday morning

  East Aurora High School students will receive a quick pick-me-up Friday morning, as members of the school’s French Honors Society will share free compliments at the front door. Students arriving at school will be told that ‘vous êtes super!” (“you are awesome!” in French) from 7:15 to 7:45 a.m.

   The complimentary campaign was inspired by a YouTube video of a man who stood in a busy area of downtown Paris with a sign that said “vous êtes super” and shared compliments with passersby. The recipients of the compliments smile, take photos, and begin to share compliments with others.

  East Aurora High School French teacher Sarah Birdsall said the students were inspired by the positive energy the man generated and thought it would be a great way to kick off the school’s French Week celebration. Birdsall said the students don’t expect anything in return; they are just hoping to make a positive impact at the school.

East Aurora High School Theatre will present “The Laramie Project” Nov. 13-14, 20-21

  Tickets are now on sale for East Aurora High School’s fall play, “The Laramie Project”, which runs Nov. 13-14 and Nov. 20-21. All performances of the play will be at 6 p.m. on the stage of the high school’s Hawks Auditorium at 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at: www.showtix4u.com.

  The audience will sit on the stage with the actors for a unique, intimate production of a powerful play. After select performances, the cast will invite the audience to participate in a group discussion on the topics of violence, prejudice, and societal guilt. The discussion panels will involve members of Aurora’s professional community including: social workers, therapists, and clergy members.

About “The Laramie Project”

   “The Laramie Project” was written by Moisés Kaufman and the members of The Tectonic Theater Project. The play began in November 1998, one month after the brutal beating death of 21-year-old gay college student Matthew Shepard on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming.

   Kaufman and members of his theatre group conducted interviews with over 200 Laramie residents to document how this small town responded to a vicious crime, reacted to the intense global media coverage, and reflected on the attitudes and actions that can cultivate both hatred and healing.

Tickets and seating

   “The Laramie Project” is intended for mature audiences; parental discretion is advised.

   Besides online sales, tickets will also be on sale at the theatre beginning one hour before performances. All performances are general admission seating, with doors opening 30 minutes prior to curtain. Due to the intentional intimacy of this production, seating is limited.

   For more information, please contact Artistic Director, East Aurora High School theater teacher Ross Wheeler at rwheeler@d131.org.


EAHS November Newsletter

 Please see attached link for November Newsletter.

Public invited to East Aurora NJROTC Pass-In-Review ceremony on Nov. 10

AURORA – The community is invited to the annual NJROTC Pass-In-Review ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10, in the Kivisto Gymnasium at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane. Visitors should enter through Door 15 near the Ponquinette Fieldhouse.

   The event at East Aurora High School will feature performances by the NJROTC color guard, drum and bugle team, and drill team. Cadets from the NJROTC choral program will sing the national anthem.

  The event will also feature a “Knock Out Drill” competition. Approximately 50 cadets will be given specific commands. Any variance from the exact military specifications for that command will knock the cadet out of the competition, until one student is named the champion.

  The Pass-In-Review is a formal military ceremony that dates back to before the Civil War. It honors cadets’ hard work and dedication. The ceremony ties together the future of the Navy with the Naval customs and traditions.

   Prior to the public ceremony, retired U.S. Naval Cmdr. Joseph Hankins will conduct the Annual Military Inspection at East Aurora High School NJROTC during the school day.



Anthony Crespo

       East Aurora HS

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