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.
Families encouraged to visit schools during September open house events
All schools in East Aurora School District 131 will host open house events starting next week, and running through Sept. 23.
Parents are invited to attend the open house at their student’s school to meet with teachers, review curriculum and classroom activities, and discuss plans for the 2015-16 school year. For more information on open house events, contact your student’s school.
- Allen: Kindergarten through second grades 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, September 14; third through fifth grades 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15
- Bardwell: 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 17
- Beaupre: 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, September 17
- Benavides Kindergarten Center: 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22
- Brady: 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 17
- Child Service Center: 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9
- Cowherd: 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 3
- Dieterich: 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15
- Early Childhood Center: 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15
- East Aurora High School: 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, followed by PTA social from 8:05-8:30 p.m. in school cafeteria
- East Aurora Extension: 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 10
- Gates: Primary 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15; Intermediate 6–7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 17
- Hermes: Kindergarten through second grades 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16; third through fifth grades 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23
- Johnson: 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15
- Krug: 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 17
- Magnet Academy: 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 3
- Oak Park: 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 17
- O’Donnell: 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 17
- Rollins: 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 16
- Simmons: 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 3
- Waldo: 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 3
Welcome back! School starts August 25
East Aurora School District 131 will welcome back elementary, middle and high school students for the first day of classes on Tuesday, Aug. 25.
East Aurora High School and the East Aurora Extension campus will have a late start (8:55 a.m.) on the first day of school. All other East Aurora schools will start at their regular time on the first day.
During the 2015-16 school year, all East Aurora elementary and middle schools will end the instruction day at 3 p.m. The high school will dismiss at 3:04 p.m.
East Aurora School District 131 class schedule:
Morning kindergarten 8:30 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.
Benavides Kindergarten Center 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Elementary school (grades K- 5) 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Middle school (grades 6- 8) 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
High school (grades 9-12) 7:55 a.m. to 3:04 p.m.
High school late start (grades 9-12) 8:55 a.m. to 3:04 p.m.
For preschool start dates and times, please contact your student’s school.
Students can meet their teacher, visit classroom on Friday, August 21
Kindergarten through high school students will have a chance to visit their classroom and meet their teachers before the start of the school year. From 2 to 3:15 p.m. on Friday, August 21, a student and their guardian can stop by their school, see their classroom, and meet their teacher.
Elementary students will be able to drop off any supplies in their classroom. Middle and high school students may not have access to their lockers and should not anticipate being able to leave supplies at their school.
Preschool classrooms will not be open on August 21. Preschool students will have a separate date to meet their teachers and visit their classroom before their school year starts.
Teachers will be available in their classrooms at this time to greet families. Because many families will be visiting the classrooms, it will not be an appropriate time for in-depth discussions about academic or social concerns your student might have. Please contact the school or your student’s teacher to schedule a separate time to discuss these concerns.
We look forward to seeing all students for the first day of school on August 25!
East Aurora welcomes new Rollins principal, three new assistant principals, division chair
The East Aurora School District 131 Board of Education approved the hiring of one principal, three assistant principals and a department chair at recent meetings.
Glenda Mitrov, who has worked in East Aurora School District 131 since 2011, was named principal at Rollins Elementary School at the July 6 Board meeting. Mitrov was assistant principal at Hermes Elementary School last year.
At the July 20 Board meeting, Stephanie Brennan was hired as assistant principal at Gates Elementary School; Jill Bushman was hired as assistant principal at Bardwell Elementary School; Ines Sem was hired assistant principal at Hermes Elementary School; and Jennifer Brinkman was hired as Division Chair for English and Fine Arts at East Aurora High School.
Glenda Mitrov, Principal, Rollins Elementary School
Mitrov started her educational career in 1998 as a bilingual education primary teacher in Chicago Public Schools. From 2006 to 2011, she was a bilingual education primary teacher and transitional program of instruction teacher at Creekside Elementary School in Plainfield. Mitrov was an Assistant Principal in East Aurora School District 131 from 2011-12 and from 2013 to 2015. As assistant principal, she oversaw implementation of curriculum in regular, special education and bilingual classes. She also managed school-improvement data and coordinated ACCESS testing.
She received Rookie Administrator of the Year awards in 2011, 2014, and 2015.
From 2012-2013, Mitrov was Assistant Director of Bilingual Services for East Aurora School District 131. In that role, she oversaw and supervised state and local assessment for English Language Learner students, and evaluated program models for English Language Learner students.
Mitrov also worked as an evening program coordinator at Joliet Junior College for three years. She has been an adjunct professor at the University of St. Francis and Aurora University since 2013.
Mitrov has a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from Roosevelt University as well as master’s degrees in Education and Educational Leadership from University of St. Francis.
To learn more about Mitrov, go here.
Stephanie Brennan, Assistant Principal, Gates Elementary School
Brennan has been teacher in the West Aurora School District, at McCleery and Hall elementary schools, since 2003. She received two A+ teaching awards at West Aurora and created a Welcome Night for kindergarten parents. She was a 2014 principal intern through the Kendall County Special Education Cooperative ESY, where she evaluated programs, designed staff communication systems, supervised, coached, and assessed instruction.
Jill Bushman, Assistant Principal, Bardwell Elementary School
Bushman has worked in East Aurora School District 131 since 2010, serving as a sheltered ESL and bilingual teacher and a PLC team leader. Prior to joining East Aurora, she was a Junior Senior Scholars Academic Camp Director at North Central College for four years. She participated in the IL-PART Grant Intern program, where she presented technology workshops, mentored teachers, wrote grants and monitored student development. As part of the program, she also collaborated with North Central to create a College Week and College Fair.
Ines Sem, Assistant Principal, Hermes Elementary School
Sem was a special education resource teacher in three school districts from 1998 to 2007. Since 2007, she has worked as a bilingual special education elementary teacher in East Aurora School District 131. Since 2013, she has been an RtI/PBIS coach in East Aurora School District 131. In that latter role, she collected, analyzed and reported data on student achievement and interventions.
Jennifer Brinkman, Division Chair for English and Fine Arts, East Aurora High School
Brinkman started her teaching career in 1997 as an English teacher in Killeen Independent School (Texas) where she taught sophomore, junior and seniors. She assisted the English Department with budgeting, directed a night school credit recovery program and initiated an SAT/ACT preparation program for student athletes. From 2002 to 2015, she was an English teacher in Indian Prairie School District 204, where she wrote curriculum, mentored teachers and participated in District committees.
Aurora East Educational Foundation will host annual golf outing on July 23
The Aurora East Educational Foundation will host its 14th annual golf outing on Thursday, July 23, at Phillips Park Golf Course.
The golf outing is a major fundraiser for the Educational Foundation, which supports teachers and students in East Aurora School District 131. Proceeds from the golf outing will be used to benefit literacy projects and programs in the District.
The entry fee for a single golfer begins at $125, or $450 for a foursome. The entry fee includes: 18 holes of golf, a cart, a box lunch, refreshments and dinner.
Reservations are due July 20. The registration form and more information can be found here.
There are also opportunities to be an event sponsor, or buy a place for your sign to be put near one of the golf holes, driving range, putting green or on the beverage cart. More information about being an event sponsor can be found here.
Check-in for the golf outing begins at 11 a.m., with lunch to follow, and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at the conclusion of the golf rounds and prizes will follow dinner.
Phillips Park Golf Course is located on Ray Moses Drive in Aurora, near the intersection of Hill Avenue and Montgomery Road.
For questions about the Golf Outing, contact Rhonda Mont at (630) 896-4678 or go to www.d131.org/aeef.asp .