Bardwell Elementary

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8:30 am - 3:00 pm

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7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


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Aurora IL, 60505

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Fifth-grade intramural softball tournament will be played May 6-7 at Krug Elementary

  The public is invited to see fifth-grade softball teams compete on Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, at Lebanon Park and Krug Park. Lebanon Park is near the corner of Douglas and Ashland avenues. Krug Park is at Krug Elementary School, 240 Melrose Avenue. The full bracket can be found here.

  The elementary school teams will begin their tournament as follows:

   - Bardwell vs. Beaupre, 5 p.m. Friday, at Lebanon Park Field 1

   - Allen vs. Rollins, 5 p.m. Friday, at Lebanon Park Field 2

   - Bardwell/Beaupre winner vs. Johnson, 6 p.m. Friday, at Lebanon Park Field 1

   - Allen/Rollins winner vs. Brady, 6 p.m. Friday, at Lebanon Park Field 2

   - Dieterich vs. O’Donnell, 5 p.m. Friday, at Krug Field 1

   - Gates vs. Magnet, 5 p.m. Friday, at Krug Field 2

   - Dieterich/O’Donnell winner vs. Hermes, 6 p.m. Friday, at Krug Field 1

   - Gates/Magnet winner vs. Krug, 6 p.m. Friday, at Krug Field 2

   - Dieterich/O’Donnell loser vs. Gates/Magnet loser, 6 p.m. Friday, Krug Field 3

   Teams will then advance to Saturday games that start at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 7.

   The All-Star game will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, followed by the home run derby starting at approximately 8:30 a.m.

   The championship, third-place, and fifth-place games will all be played at 1 p.m., in the fields near Krug Elementary School. Awards will be handed out at Krug School at the conclusion of those games.

   If it rains on Friday, there will be a single-elimination tournament on Saturday, May 7.

District #131 to Appoint Interim Superintendents

After conducting a comprehensive search, a committee led by Board Secretary Kimberly Hatchett has recommended that Dr. Marion Hoyda and Dr. Mark McDonald be appointed by the Board of Education for East Aurora School District #131 to serve together to fill the position of Interim Superintendent of Schools. The Board plans to vote upon that recommendation and make those appointments at its May 16, 2016, meeting.

Dr McDonald and Dr Hoyda are no strangers to East Aurora or the Aurora community. Dr Hoyda has been meeting with staff and small focus groups gathering information for a smooth transition plan. Dr McDonald has been a Principal and Deputy Superintendent at West Aurora District #129. He is exhilarated to become a part of Aurora schools again.

Dr. Hoyda, who previously provided the Board with analysis and consultation on curriculum, was recently retained to guide the Board in setting priorities and identifying issues that should be addressed by District leadership. She previously served in several key management roles for several school districts, most recently as Superintendent of District #146 in Tinley Park.

Dr. McDonald, also a seasoned school administrator, is currently the Superintendent of District #99 in Downers Grove. He will retire from that position at the end of June after eight years of service.

Both candidates have over 35 years of experience as professional educators.

Kimberly Hatchett said “Both candidates have strong credentials and have been highly recommended by the references who we contacted during our due diligence process.”

“Dr. McDonald has been characterized as a transformational, charismatic leader with a profound understanding of educational systems. He has been lauded for his ability to stimulate those around him to think independently and is also said to excel at forming and leading teams to achieve well-defined goals.”

Hatchett said that Dr. Hoyda “has an in-depth knowledge of the District and has strong leadership traits that the Board has recognized during her prior and current service with the District. She has a wealth of knowledge about how to select and deploy appropriate curriculum, and her passion and capacity for mentoring educational professionals has been obvious.”

Board President Annette Johnson said “I believe the level of confidence held by each of our members in both Dr. McDonald and Dr. Hoyda is very high. Both Dr. Hoyda and Dr. McDonald have so much to offer. They each express themselves in a way to which the Board, as well as our administrators, will be sure to respond.”

“We are looking forward to getting from them the help we need in setting priorities and finding the best way to put a Superintendent who is best suited to meet them, permanently in place.”

For more information:

Annette Johnson, President, Board of Education

(630) 781-4548


Students invite to build, explore, and blast off at free S.T.E.M.-a-palooza on May 7

  There will be rockets, robots, bridge building and non-Newtonian fluids - more commonly known as goop – at East Aurora School District 131’s first S.T.E.M.-a-palooza event this Saturday. Students from kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to the District’s free interactive science, technology and math festival, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7, at Cowherd Middle School, 441 N. Farnsworth Avenue.

   This the first year that East Aurora will host S.T.E.M.-a-palooza event. A financial donation made by the DART Foundation made S.T.E.M.-a-palooza event a possibility. East Aurora Science and Social Studies Facilitator Chris Heath said the inspiration came from an NIU STEM Fest he attended where he saw students excited about interacting with science, math, and technology.

   Heath helped put together a team of staff, students, and community members that spent more than three months planning a festival that will include opportunities to shoot stomp rockets, test gliders, conduct microscope investigations, plant seeds, work with electrical circuits, design on a 3-D printer, and work on coding.

   There will also be a bridge building competition, where students will design bridges and compete for prizes to see how much weight the bridge can hold. Students will also be able to study Oobleck, that non-Newtonian fluid that acts like a liquid when it’s held in your hand, but takes on the properties of a solid when squeezed. Staff will show how that substance is affected by sound waves.

   “It’s going to be a great way to get kids interested in science, math, technology, and what’s coming in the future,” Heath said.

   According to the National Math + Science Initiative, more than one-third of students have lost interest in science by fourth grade, and half by eighth grade.

   “I just think that’s a crime especially when so many of their jobs are going to be S.T.E.M. related,” Heath said. “We need to have more than 50 percent. We need to have everyone interested. If you really want to get kids interested in science, engineering, you need to hook them early.”

Community invited to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on May 5 at Simmons Middle School

  The public is invited to attend a free Cinco de Mayo celebration on Thursday, May 5, at Simmons Middle School, 1130 Sheffer Road. The celebration will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the middle school.

   Visitors will be able to watch student and community groups dance and sing. There will be children games for 25 cents. Food and drinks will be sold at the event.

   Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of heritage and pride. It commemorates the 1862 Battle of Puebla through dance and the coming together of the community.

   The flier for the event can be viewed here.


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 or (630) 280-0265. For more information, contact Alfred Morales at 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, 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.

Music camps

   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.

Sports camps

  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, 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.

Bardwell High Expectations Assemblies on April 21

Bardwell students in grades 1-5 will be celebrated for their 3rd quarter achievements on Thursday, April 21, 2016. Students will recieve medals for honor roll, high honor roll, and outstanding achievement in specials classes. The times are as follows: 8:45 – 3rd grade; 9:15 – 5th grade; 9:45 – 1st grade; 10:15 – 2nd grade; 10:45 4th grade.  his will be the first time that parents of students receiving medals are invited to attend! For more information, contact Bardwell School at 630-299-5300. 


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Paula Ek

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Jill Zapata

Assistant Principal

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