Free books and resources available at Kindergarten Readiness Night on May 14
All East Aurora families who have students that will be in kindergarten next year are invited to get ready, get set and go at the Kindergarten Readiness Night on Thursday, May 14. 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. The event is free.
All families who attend will receive a free classic children’s book: “Go, Dog, Go!” by P.D. Eastman. The event will also have fun learning activities in math, language arts and more.
Parents will be given take-home resources that will prepare their students for a great start to the educational year. Parents can also ask questions about kindergarten curriculum.
Families are asked to RSVP by May 1. They can RSVP in one of three ways:
- Returning the form to your student’s school. Forms were sent home at kindergarten registration and with all preschool students. The form can also be downloaded at the East Aurora School District 131 website.
- Mailing the forms to Rebecca Gallardo, 231 E. Indian Trail, Aurora, IL 60505.
- Calling Rebecca Gallardo at (630) 299-7298.
East Aurora School District 131 releases 2015-16 calendar
AURORA – East Aurora School District 131 has released the calendar for the 2015-16 school year. The calendar can be viewed here, or on the homepage of the District’s website, www.d131.org.
The first day of the 2015-16 school year for students will be August 25, 2015. The last day of the school year for students is tentatively scheduled to be May 31, 2016. That day could be moved to a later date if the District has to close for any weather or emergency events. Five emergency days are built into the end of the calendar.
Last day for 2014-15 school year
Because the East Aurora School District 131 closed three times for extreme cold this year, the last day for East Aurora students is now tentatively scheduled for Friday, June 5. The last day for nine-month staff is now tentatively scheduled for Monday, June 8. The last day for staff is an Institute Day.
Although the last day of school for students is scheduled to be June 5, any additional weather-related closings could still affect the school calendar.
All afterschool activities are cancelled for April 9, 2015
Due to sporadic power outages at several buildings, all East Aurora School District 131 afterschool activities are cancelled for Thursday, April 9, 2015.
As of 11:45 a.m., all schools have power. Afternoon kindergarten will go on as scheduled.
The cancellation covers all events, athletic practices and contests, as well as the kindergarten registration at Oak Park and O’Donnell schools, the Dr. Lourdes Ferrer presentation at Cowherd Middle School and East Aurora High School FAFSA workshop.
Oak Park and O’Donnell parents who were going to register their students for kindergarten can register at the Welcome Center at a later date.
The Dr. Lourdes Ferrer “Opening Doors” presentation at Cowherd Middle School is postponed at this time. More information will be released later.
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.
New student registration
New student registrations will be processed at the Welcome Center beginning June 15, 2015. More information on new student registration can be found on the Registration page.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.