Tuesday, May 3: Free Navigating Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals workshop at Waldo Middle School
East Aurora School District 131 will host a free workshop for parents and students on navigating Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and other forms of relief for undocumented students and immigrant families. The workshop will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at Waldo Middle School, 56 Jackson Street.
Workshop topics will include: defining key terms, state and national demographics, eligibility requirements for DACA applicants, steps for applying to DACA, post-secondary and legal resources, and best practices for school staff working with students and immigrant families.
RSVP with Qoc’avib Revolorio at email@example.com or (630) 280-0265. For more information, contact Alfred Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 299-7266.
East Aurora School District 131 offering free music, sports camps
East Aurora School District 131 will be offering free music and sports summer camps for students from kindergarten through high school. The camps are open to all students who are enrolled in East Aurora School District 131 during the 2015-16 school year.
In order for students to participate in either sports or music camps, registration forms must be turned in by Friday, May 13. The forms will be sent home with students on Wednesday, April 27. The forms and additional information are also available on the District’s website, www.d131.org. Forms can be turned into the office at each student’s school.
Camps are offered in the morning and afternoon, depending on the activity. A full schedule, including times, grade levels and coaches, is available on the District’s website.
The three music summer camps include: beginners band (sixth grade), drumline (8th grade – high school), and musical exploration (6th – 8th).
The music camps meet Monday through Friday at either Simmons Middle School, Cowherd Middle School, or the high school, depending on the activity and the age level. Music camps start as soon as June 6 and run as late as July 21. A full outline of all music camps, as well as times and dates, is available here.
The sports camps offered this summer include: badminton (7th- high school), baseball (7th – high school), basketball (3rd – high school), bowling (6th – high school), cheerleading (3rd – high school), cross country (6th – high school), dance (kindergarten – high school), fitness training (3rd – high school), football (kindergarten – high school), soccer (kindergarten – high school), softball (6th – high school), tennis (6th – high school), track and field (6th – high school), volleyball (3rd- high school), and wrestling (kindergarten – high school).
Sports summer camps start as early as June 2 and run as late as Aug. 24, depending on the sport and level. A full outline of all the sports camps, as well as the times and dates, is available here.
A minimum of 10 students is needed to hold a camp. Music camps may be capped at 20 students, depending on the activity.
Students can attend multiple camps, as long as they are designated at the student’s grade level.
For more information about the summer camp opportunities, contact Nestor Garcia at (630) 299-5530 or email@example.com, or your student’s principal.
Families encouraged to watch CPR video
In August 2013, Illinois Public Act 098-0305 took effect. This Act required that all school districts encourage parents to watch a CPR training video posted on the IHSA website. The video can be viewed here.
Children with Special Needs Support Group meeting set for April 27
On Wednesday, April 27, the Parents of Children with Special Needs Support Group will have a presentation by attorney Bob Farley. The presentation will overview PUNS (Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services), a statewide database that records information about individuals with developmental disabilities who are potentially in need of services.
On Thursday, May 26, The Fox Valley Special Recreation Association will be present summer activities and resources. Meetings are held from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Bardwell Elementary School (550 S. Lincoln) library. Light refreshments and childcare is available.
Community invited to free health festival at East Aurora High School on Saturday, April 16
The community is invited to a free health festival from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora. The Health Festival, sponsored by the Compañeros en Salud health care coalition is open to adults older than 18. To register, call (866) 426-7539 or visit www.rushcopley.com/festivaldesalud.
Twenty-five exhibitors will provide information about the health and social services in the area.
The festival is designed to promote healthy living habits and share preventative care tips that will help families lead healthier lives. Throughout the day, there will be free cholesterol/blood glucose (blood sugar) screenings, blood pressure checks, height and weight evaluations, depression screenings, dental hygiene, and more. (A 12-hour fast is required for cholesterol/blood glucose screening.)
Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner will welcome families at 11 a.m. At noon, Dr. Daniel Novella, Board Certified in Family Medicine and Certified in Plant-Based Nutrition with Rush-Copley Medical Group, will keynote the festival. His presentation in Spanish, with simultaneous interpretation in English, will focus on living a healthy and well balanced life.
Visitors should enter through Door 11, which is on the west side of the school, across from the stadium at Roy E. Davis Field. A flier is event available here.
For information, call VNA Health Care Director of Community Health Programs Rosalinda Saucedo at (630) 892-4355, extension 8448.
About Compañeros en Salud
Festival supporters are Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board, City of Aurora, East Aurora School District 131, Presence Mercy Medical Center, Rush-Copley Medical Center, Waubonsee Community College, as well as coalition member agencies and volunteers.
Founded in 1999, Compañeros en Salud / Partners in Health, NFP is a grassroots coalition charged with assisting members of the community in accessing appropriate healthcare and social services. Compañeros is a volunteer-driven coalition with individuals representing social and health care agencies of the Fox Valley area.
Board approves teacher, support staff three-year contract that will raise wages, could change school start times
AURORA – The East Aurora School District 131 Board of Education approved a three-year contract that increases salaries for teaching and support staff. The contract could also change the start time for schools as soon as next year. The contract was approved unanimously by the Board of Education at their regular meeting Monday evening. Last week, the membership of East Aurora Council IFT/AFT Local 604, which includes teachers, support staff and office staff, agreed to send the contract to the Board by a vote of 870 for and 434 against. The full contract is posted here.
The new contract is retroactive to the July 1, 2015. It includes revisions to 54 provisions from the previous contract, as well as multiple subcategories within those 54 provisions.
Among those revisions, are:
- A committee will be formed to study the possibility of staggering the start of elementary, middle, and high school days, so that parents with students at more than one level can more easily drop off students. That change could go into effect as soon as the start of the 2016-17 school year, but no later than the 2017-18 school year.
- Teachers with a bachelor’s degree will receive a 3.5-percent increase in 2015-16, a 3-percent raise in 2016-17, and 2.5-percent increase in 2017-18. Teachers with master’s degrees will receive a 7-percent increase in 2015-16, 2.5-percent raise in 2016-17, and a 2.5-percent increase in the 2017-18 school year. Some staff will also receive additional adjustments based on their years of experience. The increases will make salaries of teachers, particularly those with master’s degrees, more comparable to surrounding districts.
- Office and support staff will receive a 3.5-percent increase in 2015-16, 2.75-percent raise in 2016-17, and 2.5-percent increase in 2017-18. Some office and support staff will also receive a one-time increase for years of service.
- The contract allows for non-classroom East Aurora certified staff members to substitute for absent teachers once per month. This will allow for 30 more classroom days to be covered by highly qualified teachers and decreases the chances a class would be divided up when a teacher is absent. This is part of an effort to address an ongoing national and regional shortage in substitute teachers.
Additionally, although it is not part of the contract, the District has committed to providing training to staff to ensure understanding of the provisions within the contract.
A tentative agreement was reached between negotiating team members from Local 604 and representatives of the District’s negotiating team, who met for an extended time on Tuesday, March 15, to continue negotiations on a contract for the teachers, office staff, and support staff. That tentative agreement was then passed by the Union membership on Wednesday, March 30.
Negotiations on this collective bargaining agreement began in October of 2014.
Registration packets for returning students will be sent home starting April 1
Registration packets will be sent to the homes of all returning East Aurora School District 131 students starting April 1. On April 1, packets will be mailed to the homes of of high school, middle school, East Aurora Extension, outplaced, and current East Aurora STEM students. On the week of April 4, 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 18.
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. All students who are new to East Aurora School District 131 should contact the East Aurora Welcome Center.
If the registration packet is not returned, students will not be placed on a class list or receive a class schedule.
Schools will notify parents once the student’s registration 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 1480 Reckinger Road with three proofs of your new address. The Welcome Center is open from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday (by appointment after 2 p.m.). If you are currently experiencing a lack of housing or temporary housing situation, please contact the Welcome Center at (630) 299-7302.
All returning students will receive a registration packet, except for high school seniors. More information, and printable registration packets for returning students are available here. (Español)
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 2016. More information on new student registration, including the documents needed to register, can be found here. (Español)
Kindergarten students can find there registration information here. (Español)
Registration questions can be answered at the East Aurora Welcome Center, 1480 Reckinger Road, Aurora; by phone at (630) 299-7302; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about East Aurora PARCC testing
The PARCC (Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career) assessment is chosen by Illinois and mandated for annual administration by school districts. This year, the PARCC testing window in East Aurora School District begins April 4 and ends on April 29. All students in grades 3 through 8 will receive the English Language Arts/Literacy and Math PARCC tests. High school students enrolled in Algebra I, Literature and Language I, Honors English I, and all other freshmen level English classes during the current school year will take the corresponding PARCC tests. Like last year, the PARCC tests will be online. Illinois law requires all school districts to make each portion of the PARCC assessment available to students. Read more