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Free books and resources available at Kindergarten Readiness Night on May 14

   All East Aurora families who have students that will be in kindergarten next year are invited to get ready, get set and go at the Kindergarten Readiness Night on Thursday, May 14. The event will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Cowherd Middle School, 441 N. Farnsworth Avenue, Aurora. Anyone attending should enter through Door #5. The event is free.

   All families who attend will receive a free classic children’s book: “Go, Dog, Go!” by P.D. Eastman. The event will also have fun learning activities in math, language arts and more.

    Parents will be given take-home resources that will prepare their students for a great start to the educational year. Parents can also ask questions about kindergarten curriculum.

    Families are asked to RSVP by May 1. They can RSVP in one of three ways:

    - Returning the form to your student’s school. Forms were sent home at kindergarten registration and with all preschool students. The form can also be downloaded at the East Aurora School District 131 website.

    - Mailing the forms to Rebecca Gallardo, 231 E. Indian Trail, Aurora, IL 60505.

    - Calling Rebecca Gallardo at (630) 299-7298.


East Aurora School District 131 releases 2015-16 calendar

AURORA – East Aurora School District 131 has released the calendar for the 2015-16 school year. The calendar can be viewed here, or on the homepage of the District’s website, www.d131.org.

The first day of the 2015-16 school year for students will be August 25, 2015. The last day of the school year for students is tentatively scheduled to be May 31, 2016. That day could be moved to a later date if the District has to close for any weather or emergency events. Five emergency days are built into the end of the calendar.

Last day for 2014-15 school year

Because the East Aurora School District 131 closed three times for extreme cold this year, the last day for East Aurora students is now tentatively scheduled for Friday, June 5. The last day for nine-month staff is now tentatively scheduled for Monday, June 8. The last day for staff is an Institute Day.

Although the last day of school for students is scheduled to be June 5, any additional weather-related closings could still affect the school calendar.


All afterschool activities are cancelled for April 9, 2015

   Due to sporadic power outages at several buildings, all East Aurora School District 131 afterschool activities are cancelled for Thursday, April 9, 2015.

   As of 11:45 a.m., all schools have power. Afternoon kindergarten will go on as scheduled.

   The cancellation covers all events, athletic practices and contests, as well as the kindergarten registration at Oak Park and O’Donnell schools, the Dr. Lourdes Ferrer presentation at Cowherd Middle School and East Aurora High School FAFSA workshop.

   Oak Park and O’Donnell parents who were going to register their students for kindergarten can register at the Welcome Center at a later date.

  The Dr. Lourdes Ferrer “Opening Doors” presentation at Cowherd Middle School is postponed at this time. More information will be released later.


Registration packets for returning students will be sent home starting April 3

   Registration packets will be sent to the homes of all returning East Aurora School District 131 students starting April 3. On April 3, packets will be mailed to the homes of high school and middle school students. On April 8, 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 20.

    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.

   If the registration packet is not returned, students will not be placed on a class list or receive a class schedule.

    When the school gets the packet, they will send a postcard to the parents, letting them know the 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 254 E. Indian Trail with three proofs of your new address. The Welcome Center is open from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

    Students will receive a registration packet, except for high school seniors. Registration packets can also be printed from www.d131.org/registration

   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 15, 2015. More information on new student registration can be found on the Registration page

Kindergarten registration

    East Aurora School District 131 continues to hold registration events for students who will be starting kindergarten in the fall of 2015. Families must register their student at their home school. To register for kindergarten, a student must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2015.

    The remaining registration days are:

    - Gates and Brady elementary schools, April 7, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    - Dieterich and Rollins elementary schools, April 8, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    - Oak Park and O’Donnell elementary schools, April 9, 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.

    If you were unable to attend the kindergarten registration date at your home school, please visit the Welcome Center on or after April 13.


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 enroll@d131.org.


Bardwell Family Art Night and 1st grade concert on March 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 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 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 6:30 p.m. 

For more information, contact art teacher Lisa Johnston at ljohnston@d131.org or music teacher, Michael Gasso at mgasso@d131.org. 

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 greatlakes@peacejam.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.


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