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!
High school, middle school students can pick up schedules in August
East Aurora School District 131 middle and high school students will be able to pick up their schedules on designated dates in August. Below are the dates and times for schedule pick up:
East Aurora High School
Sophomores, juniors, seniors: Monday, August 17 – 1 to 7 p.m.
Sophomores, juniors, seniors: Tuesday, August 18 – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Freshman: Wednesday, August 19 - 8 a.m. to noon
Cowherd Middle School
Thursday, August 13 – 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, August 14 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy
Tuesday, August 4 – noon to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, August 5 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Simmons Middle School
Sixth grade: Tuesday, August 11 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4 to 7 p.m.
Seventh grade: Wednesday, August 12 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4 to 7 p.m.
Eighth grade: Thursday, August 13 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4 to 7 p.m.
Waldo Middle School
Monday, August 17 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday, August 18 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, August 19 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information on schedule pick-up dates and times, please contact the school.
Middle school athletes can get physicals at Tomcat Health Center
Any students from sixth grade through high school who need physicals can also visit the Tomcat Health Center near the main office at East Aurora High School. The health center is open noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday through Aug. 13. Parents can walk in, or call (630) 299-8023 for an appointment.
On the week of Aug. 17-21, the Health Center staff will be available at the following times:
- Aug. 17: 1 to 7 p.m. in the Ponquinette Fieldhouse at East Aurora High School
- Aug. 18: 8 a.m. to noon in the fieldhouse; 1 to 4 p.m. in the Tomcat Health Center
- Aug. 19: 8 a.m. to noon in the fieldhouse; 1 to 4 p.m. in the Health Center
- Aug. 20: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Health Center
- Aug. 21: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Health Center
The mobile Health Center will visit Cowherd, Simmons and Waldo middle schools the first week of school.
When getting a physical, parents should bring proof of insurance and immunization records. Physicals cost $25, but the Health Center accepts most forms of Medicaid and several insurance providers. Parents can call for information about whether their insurance will be accepted.
The IHSA physical form can be found here.
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 .
State Board of Education will meet at 10:30 a.m. June 17 at Oswego East High School
The Illinois State Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17 at Oswego East High School, 1525 Harvey Road, Oswego. East Aurora Superintendent Dr. Michael A. Popp is expected to speak at the meeting about changing the state’s funding formula.
Over the last four years, East Aurora School District has lost $36 million due to the state’s proration formula, which takes the most dollars from districts with the least local resources.
Last week, in an open letter, Popp encouraged the community to attend the meeting and show they believe it is time to fix the state’s educational funding formula. To read Popp’s open letter, go here. A graphic explaining the effects of the state using an across-the-board percentage cut for school districts is available here.
“A formula that heavily penalizes students who need the most support is simply unfair. It’s unfair to our residents who end up paying higher tax rates, and unfair to the students who don’t have access to the same resources as their neighbors,” Popp said. “Other districts have told us to wait for a better formula to come along. We have waited long enough. … It’s time to fix the formula.”
The State Board confirmed the time for the start of Wednesday’s meeting today. The State Board will be touring Oswego East High School prior to the meeting, so there is a potential the meeting could start slightly late. For more information about the State Board meeting, go to here.
Also last week, East Aurora School District 131 launched a “Fix the Formula” website with more information about the impact of the state’s educational funding formula; sample letters and contact information for local legislators; and letters of support from local officials.
The State Board meeting is free and open to the public.
USDA sponsoring free meals during East Aurora summer camps
Any children 18 years or younger can receive free meals this summer in East Aurora School District 131 buildings, thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Meals will be served in all buildings while the District is hosting educational, athletic, fine arts and other summer camps, beginning June 17. Each school will have a color flier on the door, notifying residents of the meal times.
All local children 18 years and younger are eligible for the healthy breakfast and lunch meals.
Meals must be eaten in the school. Small children must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling who will be responsible for them.
To find a summer meals site close to you, call (800) 359-2163, text “FOODIL” to 877877, or go to SummerMealsIllinois.org.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.