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.
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
Come to the Hermes Health Fair on November 23!
Hermes will have its first ever Health Fair during Parent-Teacher Conferences Monday, November 23rd from 5-7 p.m. School nurse Miss Oster and P.E. Teacher Mrs. Blank will cover the topics of nutrition, exercise, proper hand washing technique. Sandra Meister, a Registered Dietician and WIC Nutritionist, and a representative from Community Outreach will be coming to speak on the different services availble through the VNA. Posters about health and nutrition will be on display as well that were created by Hermes 5th grade students. All parents and students are invited to stop by during conferences! We hope to have a healthy winter at Hermes!
Ways to help your child to have a good school year
As a parent, you can help your child have a good school year. Here are some ideas.
Your child needs:
- Regular visits to the doctor and dentist
- A healthy diet
- Lots of excercise
- Enough sleep each night
- A quiet place for homework
You can help in these ways:
- Get your child to school on time
- Limit TV, video game, and computer time
- Ask you child what they did in school
- Read with your child everyday
- Visit the library with your child
- Sing songs and tell stories with your child
- Take trips to the zoo, park, or a museum
Join the Hermes Turkey Trot on November 18
Come one, come all to the 4th Annual Hermes Turkey Trot on Wednesday, November 18th from 3 - 4:15 p.m. Students, parents, and staff are invited to come run or walk our "monster lap" to get some exercise and have fun! This is a great way to "get your steps in" if you are someone who wears a fitness tracking device. Be sure to wear your comfy shoes, and dress for the weather! Students who participate in our Turkey Trot will receive a turkey toe token at the end.
Book and resources available at free Kindergarten Night on Oct. 15
East Aurora School District 131 kindergarten students and their parents are invited to a free “Dreaming to Learn” Kindergarten Night on Thursday, Oct. 15. The event will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Cowherd Middle School, 441 N. Farnsworth Avenue, Aurora. Anyone attending should enter through Door #5. To fit the theme of “dreaming”, families are encouraged to wear pajamas!
All families who attend will receive a children’s book: “Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed”. The event will also have fun learning activities in math, language arts and more. Parents will also be provided take-home resources that will prepare their students for a great start to the educational year.
A flier for the event is available here.
Join the Hermes Hikers!
Join the Hermes Hikers this weekend as we walk to raise funds for the Hesed House in Aurora. Several Hermes teachers and staff will be walking with their families to support this wonderful shelter. Students and their families are encouraged to join us!
Hesed House is the second largest homeless shelter in northern Illinois - second only to the City of Chicago. Every night, 180 men, women and children line up outside the doors of Hesed House seeking a place to sleep, shower, do laundry, receive a meal, medical and legal services, and other life-sustaining services.
Registration for the walk begins at 8:00 am at Hesed House: 659 South River Street. The walk itself begins at 9:00 am. For more information, please visit the event's website here: hesedhouse.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp
We encourage Hermes families to wear red, black, or a Hermes shirt to the walk! Come join us for a fun and meaningful Saturday morning walk!
Chicago Museum Week: October 1-7, 2015
This fall, Chicago Museum Week will take place from October 1-7. A dozen city museums are planning special programming and discounts in this unique promotion. All eleven of the Museums in the Park members, located on Chicago Park District land, plus Lincoln Park Zoo, are offering specials ranging from backstage tours to admission and membership discounts. Full details are at chicagomuseumweek.com.
Other participating institutions are: Adler Planetarium, The Field Museum, MCA Chicago, National Museum of Mexican Art, The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Shedd Aquarium.
Also attached is an updated list of Museum Free Days.