Bardwell Elementary

School Day
(Horario escolar):
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Office Hours
(Horario de oficina):
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Address (Dirección):
550 S. Lincoln Avenue
Aurora IL, 60505

Phone (Teléfono central):

Attendance (Asistencia):

Bardwell Daddy Daughter Dance on February 12

Bardwell will host its annuual Daddy Daughter Dance on Friday, February 12, 2016 from 6:00 PM-7:30 PM.

This year's theme is Denim and Diamonds-- come dressed up country style with boots and jeans or go all out in your fanciest clothes. All attendees must use Door 6. The cost is $5.00 per couple or $3.00 per couple for PTO members. There is a $1.00 surchage per additional child. Formal pictures will be available for $3.00 and corsages will be sold for $2.00. There will also be food for sale.  Parents may prepay with the ticket located at the bottom if the flier they recieved or they can pay at the door. Please contact parent liaison Lisandra Casiano at or 630-299-5300 if you have any additional questions. 

East Aurora students, teachers, and guardians invited to fill out 5Essentials survey

  All East Aurora School District 131 teachers and guardians are invited to fill out the 5Essentials Survey that is offered for all Illinois public schools. The 5Essentials Survey is issued annually by the Illinois State Board of Education to gather feedback from students, teachers, and parents/guardians on school climate and learning conditions. The survey will be open through March 11.

   5Essentials is a research-based survey that gives Districts an opportunity to reflect on progress since the last statewide 5Essentials survey. The free survey is anonymous and voluntary.

   Middle and high school students will log in with their student ID and birth date, but not their name. Parents will receive a letter allowing their middle or high school student to opt out of taking the survey in school. Elementary school students will not take the survey at school.

Teachers should use the username and passcode that was emailed to them by the Illinois State Board of Education to log in.

   Parents/guardians do not have to enter any of their own, or their students’ personal information. Parents should select “Parent Survey”, then type “Kane” in the county box. Then type the name of your student’s school in the next box.

   The survey only asks which school your students 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. If parents have children at more than one school, they should complete a survey for each school.

   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:

You can find the survey through the East Aurora School District 131 webpage at There is a “5Essentials Survey” button on each school’s webpage.

   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.

You may also contact your child’s school for assistance in participating in the survey.


Bardwell celebrates young authors!

Bardwell students spent the first few weeks of January writing their very own books. For most students, this was the first book they ever wrote. Every student from first through fifth grade wrote and illustrated their book to share with their friends and families during last week's Family Reading Night. Each grade level also submitted finalists for a competition from which one student was chosen as the winner, taking home a Kindle tablet. Winning authors include: Dayana Gonzalez (1st grade), Abel Leos (2nd grade), Jonathan Hernandez (3rd grade), Rocio Zamudio (4th grade), and Dalilah Ramirez (5th grade). Click here to see a photo gallery of the Family Reading Night. 

Bardwell February newsletter

Extra! Extra! Bardwell's February Newsletter, the "Bardwell Beacon" is now available.Click on the attachment to view a PDF copy. 

Bardwell 2nd Quarter Honor Roll

This month, Bardwell School recognized hundreds of students for academic achiecement during the 2nd quarter of school. Students who achieved high honor roll or honor roll recieved medals. Students were also recognized for excellence in character, p.e., art, music, and computers. Attached is a full list of recognized students. 

Bardwell Family Reading Night on January 21

Bardwell will host a Family Reading night on Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 6:00 PM- 7:30 PM. The theme is "Tackle Reading" so everyone is encouraged to wear jerseys and sports themed clothing. This event is free and open to the public. There will be a variety of activities for all grade levels, raffles, and an opportunity to read books created by Bardwell students. For more information, please contact assistant principal Paula Ek at 

Magnet Academy applications now online for students who will be third graders in 2016-17

  Parents of second-grade students who are interested in applying to enroll their students in the Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy have until February 15 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. Students or parents must have an email account to apply. Free email accounts are available through Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, and other online services.

   The Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy serves students in third through eighth grades. There are 75 openings for students who will start third grade in the fall of 2016. There are no openings in other grades, although students can apply to be put on the waitlist. Students who are already on the waitlist do not need to reapply because the lists are maintained.

   Eligibility for the Magnet Academy is based on student essays, test scores, grades, and a teacher recommendation. All students who meet eligibility requirements go into a lottery to determine admission. Families will be notified whether they qualified for the lottery, which will be held on March 15.

   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 to 75 students in third through eighth grades.

   More information about the Magnet Academy can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page here.

   For more information, call the school at (630) 299-7175, or contact Principal Angela Rowley at

Bardwell announces cast of 101 Dalmatians

Congratulations to all students involved with 101 Dalmatians at Bardwell Elementary School. Over 70 students auditioned, and we are pleased to announce the largest cast we have every had for our musical. Our first two full cast rehearsals will be on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 and Thursday, January 21, 2016. Stay up to date schedules and rehearsal music which you can find on Mr. Martinez's webpage HERE. The full cast list is attached. For more information, please contact Mr. Martinez at or 630-299-5300. 

Twila Garza

Paula Ek

Assistant Principal

Jill Bushman

Assistant Principal

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