Important Message from Mr. Dart
Please click the link below to hear some imporant updates for February from our principal, Mr. Dart.
East Aurora students, teachers, and guardians invited to fill out 5Essentials survey
All East Aurora School District 131 teachers and guardians are invited to fill out the 5Essentials Survey that is offered for all Illinois public schools. The 5Essentials Survey is issued annually by the Illinois State Board of Education to gather feedback from students, teachers, and parents/guardians on school climate and learning conditions. The survey will be open through March 11.
5Essentials is a research-based survey that gives Districts an opportunity to reflect on progress since the last statewide 5Essentials survey. The free survey is anonymous and voluntary.
Middle and high school students will log in with their student ID and birth date, but not their name. Parents will receive a letter allowing their middle or high school student to opt out of taking the survey in school. Elementary school students will not take the survey at school.
Teachers should use the username and passcode that was emailed to them by the Illinois State Board of Education to log in.
Parents/guardians do not have to enter any of their own, or their students’ personal information. Parents should select “Parent Survey”, then type “Kane” in the county box. Then type the name of your student’s school in the next box.
The survey only asks which school your students attend and what grade they are in. The rest of the questions ask you to evaluate the school’s performance in several areas, including preparation and communication. If parents have children at more than one school, they should complete a survey for each school.
The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete. It is available in English and Spanish.
There are two ways to take the 5Essentials survey:
Online: Go directly to the survey at: https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/
You can find the survey through the East Aurora School District 131 webpage at www.d131.org. There is a “5Essentials Survey” button on each school’s webpage.
If you contact your school’s parent liaison, they can also help you fill out the survey online through a computer at school.
On paper: Contact the parent liaison in your student’s school and they can provide a paper copy of the survey to fill out.
You may also contact your child’s school for assistance in participating in the survey.
Message From Mr. Dart Regarding Report Cards
Please click the link below to hear an important message from Mr. Dart about student report cards. All report card envelopes need to be signed by parents and returned to teachers by Friday, January 29th.
Students kick off Fuel Up to Play 60
Hermes students had a special assembly on Friday, January 22 to discuss PBIS rules and to help kick off the school's Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage today's youth to lead healthier lives.
During the second assembly for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, students heard special guest speaker Adam Terrell talk about how his healthy life choices have led him to a positive adult life. Mr. Terrell is a NIU graduate and the current sophomore basketball coach at Marmion Academy in Aurora. Mr. Terrell spoke to students about where his coaching career and healthy lifestyle has taken him. He has met and become good friends with famous NBA basketball players and traveled all over the country!
For more information about the Fuel Up To Play 60 program, visit their website: www.fueluptoplay60.com/
Magnet Academy applications now online for students who will be third graders in 2016-17
Parents of second-grade students who are interested in applying to enroll their students in the Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy have until February 15 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. Students or parents must have an email account to apply. Free email accounts are available through Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, and other online services.
The Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy serves students in third through eighth grades. There are 75 openings for students who will start third grade in the fall of 2016. There are no openings in other grades, although students can apply to be put on the waitlist. Students who are already on the waitlist do not need to reapply because the lists are maintained.
Eligibility for the Magnet Academy is based on student essays, test scores, grades, and a teacher recommendation. All students who meet eligibility requirements go into a lottery to determine admission. Families will be notified whether they qualified for the lottery, which will be held on March 15.
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 to 75 students in third through eighth grades.
More information about the Magnet Academy can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page here.
For more information, call the school at (630) 299-7175, or contact Principal Angela Rowley at email@example.com.
5 Essential Survey for Parents
Our 5 Essential Survey link is live for the school year! This survey from the Illinois State Board of Education is for parents of D131 students. It is a diagnostic tool that provides specific data to districts in the area of school improvement.
Please click here for a message from our principal, Mr. Dart, about this survey and other special events for the month of January:
We are hoping to have all parents complete this survey because parent input is important to the success of our school. The survey is available in English and Spanish, and computers are available at Hermes for parents to use. The window to complete the survey is January 11th to March 11th.
Here is a link to the survey:
Looking for something to do? Here's a great list of inexpensive local places to visit
The parent liasons and parent educators have put together a list of fun and affordable places in the Aurora area to take your students! Most of the places listed offer various days and times that admission is free! Attached you will find a file that lists all of the places, their address, the days/times they are free, as well as a link to click on for more information about each place. During these cold, winter months, these places are an excellent idea to continue to build education for your child and create many hands-on experiences!
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