Bardwell Family Art Night and 1st grade concert on Mar 26
Bardwell will host its first ever Family Art Night on Thursday, March 26, 2015. The colorful evening will feature artwork of over 750 1st-5th grade students who attend Bardwell as well as teacher art work. In addition, there will be many projects families will be able to complete together. The event will take place from 5:30pm-7:30pm and is free and open the public.
During the family art night, families can also catch a performance of Mr. Michael Gasso's first grade music students. Over 100 first graders will take the stage in Bardwell's historic auditorium singing songs and reciting poetry about animals they have learned about this year. The concert will take place at 6:30pm.
For more information, contact art teacher Lisa Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org or music teacher, Michael Gasso 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.
Bardwell "Snuggles Up" with 2nd grade on March 19
Bardwell will host its annual Snuggle Up wih a Good Book night on Thursday, March 19, 2015. This event is open to all 2nd grade students who attend Bardwell Elementary School. Snuggle Up promises to be the hottest pajama party in town as students are encouraged to wear their snuggly warm pajamas and bring a stuffed animal to hug.
This event will take place from 6-7:30pm. Students will be admitted starting at 5:45 p.m. at Door 7. Parents can pick up their child at door 7 at 7:30 pm. No brothers and sisters will be allowed. This is a special activity for second graders only.
QUIEN: Todos los estudiantes de *Segundo grado de Bardwell
*No pueden venir ni hermanos ni hermanas. Esta actividad especial es solamente para los estudiantes de Segundo grado.
QUE: Una fiesta de Pijamas!
CUANDO: jueves 19 de marzo del 2015,, de 6:00 P.M. a 7:30 P.M.
DONDE: Escuela Bardwell, entre por la puerta 7** (la de la avenida Seminary) empezamos a las 5:45 P.M.
Recuerden a los estudiantes traer su pijama más cómodo y su peluche favorito.
☺ Padres, los veremos en la puerta número 7 de la escuela Bardwell a las 7:30 P.M. para recoger a su hijo.
☺ No habrá tarea esta noche por la fiesta del pijama de Acurrúcate con un buen libro.
East Aurora to host March 23 parent meeting on Dunham STEM Partnership School
Families interested in learning more about the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School are invited to attend one of four informational meetings that will be held in Aurora and Batavia.
East Aurora High School will host a STEM Partnership School meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 23, in the Little Theatre.
Additional information sessions will also be conducted:
• Tuesday, March 24, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the cafeteria of West Aurora High School, 1201 W. New York Street, Aurora
• Wednesday, March 25, 7 to 8 p.m., at the board rooms in Crouse Education Center, 780 Shoreline Drive, Aurora
• Thursday, March 26, 7 to 8 p.m. at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1201 Main Street, Batavia
Interested families can attend any of the meetings. The presentations will cover: the concept of the STEM school; curriculum and courses of study; and the application and selection process. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation, which will be conducted in English and Spanish.
The STEM Partnership School on the Aurora University campus serves students in third through eighth grades in the East Aurora, West Aurora, Indian Prairie and Batavia school districts. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.
In East Aurora, it is likely that only third grade students will be admitted for the upcoming school year. Students at other grade levels will be put on a waiting list.
To apply, a family member must fill out the Parent or Third Adult Survey, which is due April 10. The application will be available after the parent information meeting.
If more students apply to the school than there are seats available, a lottery will be held. The East Aurora lottery would be held at 6 p.m. in the high school’s Little Theatre.
For more information on the STEM Partnership School, go to stem.aurora.edu.
East Aurora 2015-2016 kindergarten registration starts March 24
East Aurora School District 131 will hold several registration events for students who will be starting kindergarten in the fall of 2015. Families must register their student at their neighborhood school. To register for kindergarten, a student must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2015.
The days for registration are:
Bardwell and Krug March 24, 2015 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Allen and Johnson March 25, 2015 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Hermes and Beaupre March 26, 2015 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Gates and Brady April 7, 2015 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Dieterich and Rollins April 8, 2015 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Oak Park and O’Donnell April 9, 2015 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.
East Aurora preschool students who will be entering kindergarten next year will receive a packet at their school during the week of March 16.
Registration for all other returning students will begin the week of April 6. There will be no centralized August registration event this year. More information will be released soon on registration for returning students.
More 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Applications now online for 2015-16 Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy enrollment
Parents of second-grade students who are interested in applying to enroll their students in the Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy have until March 29 to fill out the online application. The application is posted on the Magnet Academy page of the East Aurora School District 131 website. You can also go directly to the online application here.
Applications are available in both English and Spanish. Applications are only available online. There are no paper applications.
The Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy serves students in grades three through eight. For the 2014-2015 school year, there are 75 openings for students who will be third graders next year.
There are no openings in other grades. Students can apply to be put on the waitlist. Students who are already on the waitlist do not need to reapply. The waitlists are maintained from previous years.
Eligibility for the Magnet Academy is based on student essays, test scores, grades and a teacher recommendation. All eligible students go into a lottery to determine who is admitted to the school.
Students or parents must have an email account to apply. Free email accounts are available through Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo and other online services.
Families will be notified whether they qualified for the lottery, which will be held on April 16.
The Academy opened in 2008 for academically talented students interested in math, science, and technology. In August 2013, East Aurora School District 131 opened a new building at 157 N. Root Street and expanded the program 25 students at each grade level to 75 students in third through eighth grades.
More information about the Magnet Academy can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page.
For more information, call the school at (630) 299-7175, or contact Principal Angela Rowley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bardwell's fourth graders to take PARCC tests
This coming week, Bardwell's 4th graders will begin taking the PARCC test. It is very important that all 5th grade students are on time and ready to take this exam. Fourth grade testing will take place from Tuesday, March 10th- Thursday March 12th.
Here some helpful reminders:
1) Get plenty of rest.
2) Eat a healthy breakfast at home or at school. Bardwell offers free breakfast for all students at 8:15 a.m.
3) Bring a healthy snack and water bottle to school.