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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
Aurora Youth Summit on March 21
Hosted at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, located at 1500 Sullivan Rd, Aurora IL, 60506, the Aurora Youth Summit will help young people, aged 13 - 20, become leaders in their community. There is a $12 fee to participate. If you have any questions please contact Barbara Hernandez at 630-264-6855 or by email to email@example.com.
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
Office: (630) 585-1308
State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia
Office: (630) 264-6855
State Senator Linda Holmes
Office: (630) 801-8985
Help improve your school by taking the 5Essentials survey
East Aurora School District 131 is always striving to make our schools a better place for all students. The thoughts and opinions of our parents are essential in helping us give students the best educational experience. We want to hear from you!
You can share your thoughts through 5Essentials, a survey that all Illinois public schools use to gather feedback from students, parents and employees.
The free survey is voluntary and anonymous. You do not have to enter any of your own, or your students’ personal information. They survey only asks which school they 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.
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/
Or, you can find the survey through the East Aurora School District 131 webpage at www.d131.org. Click the button on the right side of the page.
Select “Parent Survey”. Type “Kane” in the county box. Then type your student’s school name in the next box.
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.
We’re hoping that before March 20, all our families will take a few minutes to complete a survey for each school their children attend. It is important to hear from you!
Math and Science Night at Simmons
Math/ Science Night
Simmons Middle School will be hosting its’ annual Math/ Science Night. The date for the event is March 26, 2015 from 5- 7 PM. There will be fun math games and science activities for the entire family to enjoy. A light dinner will also be provided. There is no fee for this event and the community is invited. We hope to see everyone for this fun filled evening.
Free admission days at area museums
Looking for something to do? Check out these Free Admission Days at local museums.
Information was accurate at time of printing, please check each venue before visiting.
Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Avenue
Free for all Illinois Residents on Thursdays from 5-8:00p with ID.
3300 Golf Road
Free admission in January and February on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Active Military Personnel receive free admission daily.
Chicago Childrens’ Museum
700 E. Grand Ave
Target Family Free Night Thursdays from 5-8:00p
First Sunday of every month is free for kids 15 and under, $14 adults, $13 seniors, kids under 1 free
Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street
Illnois Resident Discount Days – free admission with ID
Feb – every weekday
Aug 18-20, 24-27, 31
Clark House Museum
1827 S. Indiana Ave
Free admission every Wednesday
DePaul Art Museum
935 W. Fullerton Ave
Free admission daily
DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E. 56th Place
Free admission every Sunday year round. Free admission for all active or non-active military duty personnel.
The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Illinois Resident Discount Days offer free general admission Feb 1-28
Glessner House Museum
1800 S. Prairie Ave
Free admission every Wednesday year round.
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N. Clark Street
Free admission daily
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
220 Cottage Hill Ave
Free admission every Friday. Free admission daily for active military personnel.
Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA)
820 N. Michigan Ave
Free admission every Tuesday. Free admission every day for active military personnel and their families and children 17 and under.
Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Free admission daily
McCormick Bridgehouse and River Museum
Southwest Tower of the Bridge
376 N. Michigan Ave
Free admission on Sundays
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
3001 Central Street
Free admission every first Friday of the month.
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Ave
Free every Tuesday for Illinois residents with ID. Free for military personnel and children 12 and under.
Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Illinois Resident Discount Days
Jun 1-5, 8
Sept 8-11, 14-18, 21-25, 28-30
Oct 5, 6
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th Street
Free admission daily
The Oriental Institute Museum
1155 E. 58th Street
Free admission daily with suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Drive
Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois residents with ID
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Illinois Resident Discount Days
Feb 2, 3, 9, 10, 13-17, 23, 24
Jun 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16
Sept 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
Oct 5, 6, 12, 13. 19, 20, 26, 27
Nov 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 2, 24
Smart Museum of Art
5550 S. Greenwood Ave
Free admission daily
Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark Street
Free admission on the second Tuesday of each month