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8:30 am - 3:00 pm

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7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

Address (Dirección):
1000 Jungels Avenue
Aurora IL, 60505

Phone (Teléfono central):
630-299-8200

Attendance (Asistencia):
630-299-8299


Registration packets for returning students will be sent home starting April 3

   Registration packets will be sent to the homes of all returning East Aurora School District 131 students starting April 3. On April 3, packets will be mailed to the homes of high school and middle school students. On April 8, registration packets will be sent home with all elementary school and Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy students. All packets are due back to schools by April 20.

    Completed registration packets can be mailed back to the school using the envelope included in the packet, or dropped off at the school your student is currently attending. Fifth grade students should turn their packets in at their elementary school; eighth grade students at their middle school.

   If the registration packet is not returned, students will not be placed on a class list or receive a class schedule.

    When the school gets the packet, they will send a postcard to the parents, letting them know the packet has been received. If the packet is incomplete, the family will be contacted by school staff.

    If you have moved or will be moving, please go to the Welcome Center at 254 E. Indian Trail with three proofs of your new address. The Welcome Center is open from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

    Students will receive a registration packet, except for high school seniors. Registration packets can also be printed from www.d131.org/registration

   There will be no August registration event at the high school this year. There is no online registration.

Kindergarten registration

    East Aurora School District 131 continues to hold registration events for students who will be starting kindergarten in the fall of 2015. Families must register their student at their home school. To register for kindergarten, a student must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2015.

    The remaining registration days are:

    - Gates and Brady elementary schools, April 7, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    - Dieterich and Rollins elementary schools, April 8, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    - Oak Park and O’Donnell elementary schools, April 9, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    Students who register during these times will receive a free “get-ready-for-school” backpack.

    If you were unable to attend the kindergarten registration date at your home school, please visit the Welcome Center on or after April 13.

Questions

Registration questions can be answered at the East Aurora Welcome Center, 254 E. Indian Trail Road, Aurora; by phone at (630) 299-7302; or by email at enroll@d131.org.

 



Community invited to learn more about Desmond Tutu at April 10-11 Peace Jam events

   East Aurora School District 131 will host two events celebrating peace, as part of the Great Lakes Peace Jam on April 10-11. The keynote speaker at both events will be Naomi Tutu, daughter of the South African civil rights activist Desmond Tutu.

    Naomi Tutu, a college professor and minister, has spent her life advocating for tolerance and inclusion. She has spoken around the world on issues of social justice. She will meet with young people and show a documentary about her father’s life.

April 10: Screening of documentary “Children of the Light”

    On Friday, April 10, there will be a screening of “Children of the Light”, PeaceJam’s documentary that features the story of Desmond Tutu. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Simmons Middle School, 1130 Sheffer Road, Aurora. The suggested donation to attend is $5.

    The event is open to the general public. Tickets can be reserved here.

    After the film, Naomi Tutu will lead a discussion with participants.

April 11: Youth Leadership Conference

    On Saturday, April 11, Naomi Tutu will be the featured speaker at the Inclusivity and Cooperation Youth Leadership Conference at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora.

    The event is open to all students in second grade through seniors in high school. Students in second through fifth grades can attend the event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students in sixth grade through high school can attend the event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Registration is $10. Registration opens at 8 a.m. on the April 11, but to guarantee a PeaceJam shirt, you must register by March 27.

    Peace Jam is also looking for college-age students to serve as mentors.

    For more information, or to download registration forms, go to http://peacejam.org/events/Great-Lakes-PeaceJam-Slam-with-Naomi-Tutu-597.aspx Registration forms are also available at the bottom of this new release.

    This event is the PeaceJam Slam for the Great Lakes Region. For more information, contact greatlakes@peacejam.org or Adriana at (773) 383-9972.

About Desmond Tutu

    Desmond Tutu, 84, is a cleric who rose to prominence in the 1980s for his outspoken opposition to apartheid in South Africa. In 1978, he was appointed general secretary of the South African Council on Churches and drew international attention to the inequities black South Africans faced. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

    When Nelson Mandela was elected at the first black President of South Africa, Tutu was selected to introduce the new leader to the country. Tutu and his third daughter Naomi Tutu continue to be advocates for social justice.



East Aurora to host March 23 parent meeting on Dunham STEM Partnership School

   Families interested in learning more about the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School are invited to attend one of four informational meetings that will be held in Aurora and Batavia.

East Aurora High School will host a STEM Partnership School meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 23, in the Little Theatre.

    Additional information sessions will also be conducted:

    • Tuesday, March 24, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the cafeteria of West Aurora High School, 1201 W. New York Street, Aurora

    • Wednesday, March 25, 7 to 8 p.m., at the board rooms in Crouse Education Center, 780 Shoreline Drive, Aurora

    • Thursday, March 26, 7 to 8 p.m. at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1201 Main Street, Batavia

    Interested families can attend any of the meetings. The presentations will cover: the concept of the STEM school; curriculum and courses of study; and the application and selection process. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation, which will be conducted in English and Spanish.

The STEM Partnership School on the Aurora University campus serves students in third through eighth grades in the East Aurora, West Aurora, Indian Prairie and Batavia school districts. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

    In East Aurora, it is likely that only third grade students will be admitted for the upcoming school year. Students at other grade levels will be put on a waiting list.

    To apply, a family member must fill out the Parent or Third Adult Survey, which is due April 10. The application will be available after the parent information meeting.

    If more students apply to the school than there are seats available, a lottery will be held. The East Aurora lottery would be held at 6 p.m. in the high school’s Little Theatre.

    For more information on the STEM Partnership School, go to stem.aurora.edu.

 



East Aurora 2015-2016 kindergarten registration starts March 24

    East Aurora School District 131 will hold several registration events for students who will be starting kindergarten in the fall of 2015. Families must register their student at their neighborhood school. To register for kindergarten, a student must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2015.

The days for registration are:

Bardwell and Krug           March 24, 2015   8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Allen and Johnson           March 25, 2015   8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Hermes and Beaupre      March 26, 2015   8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Gates and Brady               April 7, 2015        8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Dieterich and Rollins       April 8, 2015         8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Oak Park and O’Donnell April 9, 2015         8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    Students who register during these times will receive a free “get-ready-for-school” backpack.

    East Aurora preschool students who will be entering kindergarten next year will receive a packet at their school during the week of March 16.

    Registration for all other returning students will begin the week of April 6. There will be no centralized August registration event this year. More information will be released soon on registration for returning students.

    More registration questions can be answered at the East Aurora Welcome Center, 254 E. Indian Trail Road, Aurora; by phone at (630) 299-7302; or by email at enroll@d131.org.



Two East Aurora Board of Education candidate forums to be held in March

There will be two forums in March where residents can learn more about the nine candidates running for the East Aurora School District 131 Board of Education.

March 17 at Prisco Community Center

   The DuPage County NAACP Education Committee will host a forum from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, at the Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Avenue, Aurora. Community members are invited to meet the candidates, hear their ideas and ask questions. The forum is open to the public.

   For more information about the forum, contact DuPage County NAACP at info@dupagecountynaacp.org.

March 31 at East Aurora High School

   The Aurora East Educational Foundation (AEEF) has partnered with the League of Women Voters of Central Kane County to host an East Aurora School Board Candidates’ Forum on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The forum will begin at 6 p.m. in the Hawks Auditorium at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane. The forum is open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

   The forum will be moderated by Patricia Lackman, Chairman of Voter Services for the League of Women Voters of Central Kane County.

   The forum will be recorded and posted on the District’s website and broadcast on Aurora Community Television shortly after the forum.

   At the forum, each of the nine candidates will have the opportunity to make introductory and closing statements. The moderator will then present general questions that will be answered by each of the candidates. AEEF board members will also be collecting general questions from the audience during the event.

   Anyone attending the forum should enter through the high school’s main front doors, which face Fifth Avenue. For more information, contact the District Office at (630) 299-5554 or info@d131.org.

General election information

   Nine East Aurora School District residents have filed to run for the four open seats in the April 7 election. All four seats are four-year terms expiring in 2019.

   The candidates are: Alex Arroyo, Kenneth Darby, Julie Garofalo, Mary Garza, Kimberly Hatchett, Raymond Hull, John Laesch, Anita Lewis and Mary Lou Peryea.

The elected Board members will be seated at the Board of Education meeting on May 4. Board of Education elections are nonpartisan. The top four vote getters will be elected to the Board.

Current Board members Stella Gonzalez and Mary Anne Turza will retire from the Board in May.

 



Applications now online for 2015-16 Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy enrollment

  Parents of second-grade students who are interested in applying to enroll their students in the Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy have until March 29 to fill out the online application. The application is posted on the Magnet Academy page of the East Aurora School District 131 website. You can also go directly to the online application here.

    Applications are available in both English and Spanish. Applications are only available online. There are no paper applications.

   The Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy serves students in grades three through eight. For the 2014-2015 school year, there are 75 openings for students who will be third graders next year.

    There are no openings in other grades. Students can apply to be put on the waitlist. Students who are already on the waitlist do not need to reapply. The waitlists are maintained from previous years.

    Eligibility for the Magnet Academy is based on student essays, test scores, grades and a teacher recommendation. All eligible students go into a lottery to determine who is admitted to the school.

    Students or parents must have an email account to apply. Free email accounts are available through Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo and other online services.

    Families will be notified whether they qualified for the lottery, which will be held on April 16.

The Academy opened in 2008 for academically talented students interested in math, science, and technology. In August 2013, East Aurora School District 131 opened a new building at 157 N. Root Street and expanded the program 25 students at each grade level to 75 students in third through eighth grades.

    More information about the Magnet Academy can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

    For more information, call the school at (630) 299-7175, or contact Principal Angela Rowley at arowley@d131.org.



Hermes Music Teacher plays on WGN!

Hermes Elementary's own music teacher, Matt Todd, had a wonderful musical opportunity this past Thursday, March 5th.  Mr. Todd was asked to play saxophone with the Pete Ellman Big Band on the WGN Midday News!  This event was a promo for the upcoming Naperville Big Band Jazz Festival on April 11th at Wentz Concert Hall.

Pete Ellman owns Ellman Music store in Naperville, where many of East Aurora elementary band students buy or rent their instruments from.  Mr. Todd plays with the Pete Ellman Big Band on Thursdays at Mullen's Irish Pub in Lisle, and he has built a great relationship with the other band members.

Way to go, Mr. Todd!  The Hermes Panthers are so proud to call you one of our music teachers!

Check out Mr. Todd's performance here: wgntv.com/2015/03/05/midday-fix-the-pete-ellman-big-band-performs-live/

 



Public invited to forum on Senate Bill 1, which would restore state funds to East Aurora

On Feb. 24, State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit will host an open forum on Senate Bill 1, which would change the school funding formula. Senate Bill 1 would restore some of the funding low-income districts lost when legislators decided to partially fund education.

    East Aurora School District 131 has lost $35 million in four years as a direct result of the state’s partial funding of education. Senate Bill 1 is related to former Senate Bill 16, which died during the previous legislative session when the General Assembly failed to vote on it.

    The Senate Bill 1 forum will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Wheatland Elementary School, 2290 Barrington Drive West, Aurora. State Senator Andy Manar, who proposed Senate Bill 1 and its predecessor, will also be in attendance.

    The new bill would still look to restore some funds to districts like East Aurora School District 131, where more than 90 percent of the students meet the state’s low-income criteria. Some of those dollars would come by shifting state money away from wealthier Districts, some who lost less than $500,000 in the state’s partial funding formula.

    “Opponents of Senate Bill 1 say that it does not go far enough to truly bring reform to education in Illinois. They go on to say that we should all rally around funding for educational adequacy and that if an education equity bill passes, it would be worse than our current situation. I disagree with those opponents,” East Aurora Superintendent Dr. Michael A. Popp said. “Our students have lost $35 million due to budget cuts at the state level. We cannot afford to wait.”

    The forum is free and open to the public. There will be an opportunity to hear more about the details of the bill, and ask questions of the legislators.

    Kifowit is a State Representative for the 84th District, which includes a significant portion of East Aurora School District 131. For more information about the forum, please contact Kifowit’s constituent service office at (630) 585-1308, or Stephanie.Kifowit@att.net, or www.ILDistrict84.com.

    Anyone who is interested in sharing their opinion of Senate Bill 1 can contact their state legislators, including those that represent East Aurora School District 131.

Governor Bruce Rauner

207 State House

Springfield, IL 62706

Phone: (217) 782-0244

State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit

Stephanie.kifowit@att.net

Office: (630) 585-1308

State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia

chapa-laviali@ilga.gov

Office: (630) 264-6855

State Senator Linda Holmes

holmes42@senatedem.illinois.gov

Office: (630) 801-8985

 


 
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