FRMA GreenLab Annual Plant Sale Fundraiser
Support the Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy’s Annual Plant Sale by purchasing plants or seeds for the upcoming gardening season.
This year the fundraiser offers seeds from Baker Creek Seeds (non-GMO) and plants available from Burpee through Schaefer Greenhouse. Seeds are priced at $2.50 per package and plants are in 4-inch containers and cost just $4. See the attached catalog for details.
All pre-orders are due on May 1st, 2017.
Orders can be picked-up Friday May 12th from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy, just in time for Mother's Day.
For more information contact Mindy Adams at email@example.com or call (630) 299-7175.
District 131 offering free summer camps for students
East Aurora School District 131 is offering free summer camps for students who attend East Aurora Schools in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Camps will be offered throughout the district in sports, art, band, music, theater, computer, health/wellness and PeaceJam.
For students to participate in the summer camps, a registration and a waiver form must be signed by the legal parents/guardians and the student. Download registration and waver forms from the links below. All registration and waiver forms must be returned to the main office of your child’s school by Friday, May 12, 2017.
Students may choose more than one sport and/or activity at different locations. For questions, please contact your child’s school or the coach/teacher listed on the respective sport/activity.
Elementary Summer Camp Registration and Waver Form
Middle School Summer Camp Registration and Waver Form
High School Summer Camp Registration and Waver Form
Notice of public meeting to discuss District special education services
On May 9, 2017 from 10 to 11 a.m., a meeting will be conducted by Aurora East District 131 at the Gonzalez Child Service Center 1480 Reckinger Rd., Aurora, IL 60505. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the district’s plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools and home schools within the district for the 2016-2017 school year. If you are the parent of a home-schooled student who has been or may be identified with a disability and you reside within the boundaries of Aurora East District 131, you are urged to attend. If you have further questions pertaining to this meeting, please contact Joseph Schimmel, Assistant Director of Special Education, at 630.299.7902.
East Aurora School District 131 Board of Education approves busing for students
AURORA, IL – At their April 17 meeting, the East Aurora School District 131 Board of Education approved a three-year financial commitment to provide busing for students residing more than 1.5 miles from their school.
While some details of the busing plan are still being finalized, the busing plan for District 131 expects to provide transportation to and from school for more than 3,000 students.
With the State of Illinois reimbursing about 80% of the costs, it is anticipated that busing with increase student attendance, resulting in additional revenue from the State.
“We are now in the planning stages to make busing a reality,” said School Board president Annette Johnson. “It will require no tax increase and no referendum. We look forward to next school year when the buses start rolling.”
The Board approved spending up to $5.4 million to First Student, a school transportation company.
School administrators are working to have the busing in place for the 2017-18 school year.
East High Travel Club Fundraiser
East High's Travel Club will hold a fundraiser at the Oswego Portillo's for their student group trip to England, Scotland, and France in June of 2018. Dine at Portillo's on Monday, April 17th, from 5-8 p.m. and 20% of your bill will go toward the Travel Club's trip. See the flyer for more information or contact Ms. Hilary Stott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tech Showcase at Benavides Kindergarten Center
Benavides Kindergarten Center invites the community to attend their Technology Showcase 2017 on Wednesday, April 26, from 8:30-10 a.m. at the school, 250 E. Indian Trail, Aurora. Guests can explore their 1:1 iPad program and other technologies infused into their curriculum, watch students as they demonstrate coding skills through robotics, and more. See the flyer and RSVP to Jill Calhoun, tech teacher at email@example.com.
Students invited to free S.T.E.M.-a-palooza event April 22
Students from kindergarten through 8th grade are invited to East Aurora School District 131’s 2nd annual STEM-a-palooza. The event is a free interactive science, technology, engineering and math festival held on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cowherd Middle School, 441 N. Farnsworth Avenue.
District 131 students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math activities. Parents attending can learn how to continue STEM learning at home through activities with their children.
The event is set up for kids to move freely from booth to booth to try new things, learn, and most of all, have fun.
Featured this year will be the Lego robotics team from Cowherd Middle School, who will be showcasing their work. A course will be set up for the kids to practice their robot programing skills.
Christopher Heath, the district’s science and social studies facilitator, feels the event will be even better than last year. “We’re growing our event this year, with more things for kids to experience and learn,” said Heath. “We’re also holding the event on Earth Day, so we are giving away a copy of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax to the kids who attend, with specific activities related to protecting the environment and being eco-friendly.”
Heath said that getting kids, particularly young kids, interested in STEM is critical in today’s world. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that between 2012 and 2022, STEM jobs would grow to more than 9 million jobs, a growth rate of 13 percent.
Heath adds that women and minority groups are underrepresented in STEM-related careers, proportionally based on their population size, and that hooking students’ interest in STEM early is important.
“STEM-a-palooza plays a role in helping to hook students early in STEM by showing them a world of possibilities, while showing parents how they can help grow their budding scientist outside of school hours. We will give them examples of simple experiments and activities the kids can do at home.”
Now in its second year, STEM-a-palooza will welcome outside groups to the event, including Argonne National Lab, Fermi Lab, ComEd, Nicor, the NIU Chemistry Honors Fraternity, North Central College Women in Science Club, DePaul’s ACM-W chapter, the Aurora Public Library, The Kane County Forest Preserve, Red Oak Nature Center (planning partner), University of Illinois Extension (planning partner), Sci Tech, the APD Mobile Crime Scene Unit, and Aurora Fire Department.
School Community invited to attend cultural event for children
East Aurora School District 131 invites the school community to the City of Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board’s annual El Día de los Niños Celebration from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at the Vaughan Athletic Center, 2121 W. Indian Trail, Aurora.
The traditional Latin American event recognizes children, pays homage to their importance in society and endorses their well-being. This year's theme is “S.T.E.A.M.” or Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. Area school districts, including East Aurora, have contributed funding to support the event. See the flyer for more information.
El Día de los Niños is free and open to the public.