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 Family Math Night on October 15

Bardwell will host its annual Family Math Night on October 15th from 6pm-7:30pm. Discover the wonders of math together with fun games and activities for kids and adults of all ages. 

Please contact Bardwell School at 630-299-5300 if you have any questions or concerns. 

Bardwell girls soccer plays in tournament on October 10

The Bardwell girls soccer team hopes to keep the traveling soccer trophy this year as they play in the annual District 131 soccer tournament on October 10th, 2015. They go into the tournament with an undefeated record, including 3 wins and 1 tie. They will play their first game at 10 a.m. at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane. For more information, please contact Mr. Matt Albright at or 630-299-5300. 

Book and resources available at free Kindergarten Night on Oct. 15

   East Aurora School District 131 kindergarten students and their parents are invited to a free “Dreaming to Learn” Kindergarten Night on Thursday, Oct. 15. 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. To fit the theme of “dreaming”, families are encouraged to wear pajamas!

  All families who attend will receive a children’s book: “Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed”. The event will also have fun learning activities in math, language arts and more. Parents will also be provided take-home resources that will prepare their students for a great start to the educational year.

   A flier for the event is available here.


Bardwell Picture Day on September 24

Say cheese! Bardwell Picture Day will take place on September 24, 2015. Please have them dressed to impress and ready to gleam with their smile. :-) Reminder: PLEASE SEND EXACT CHANGE in the money envelope. The office will NOT have change available. Money envelopes are to be sent with the student to their teacher.

If you have any questions, please contact the photographers at LifeTouch at 630-859-2727.

We ask that girls not wear heels, because our floors are not comfortable for heels. Their little feet will be safer in flats, especially going up and down the stairs.

Chicago Museum Week: October 1-7, 2015

This fall, Chicago Museum Week will take place from October 1-7. A dozen city museums are planning special programming and discounts in this unique promotion. All eleven of the Museums in the Park members, located on Chicago Park District land, plus Lincoln Park Zoo, are offering specials ranging from backstage tours to admission and membership discounts. Full details are at

Other participating institutions are: Adler Planetarium, The Field Museum, MCA Chicago, National Museum of Mexican Art, The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Shedd Aquarium.

Also attached is an updated list of Museum Free Days.


Bardwell Curriculum Night on September 17

Bardwell will host its curriculum night on Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. This event will give families a chance to  meet with teachers, review curriculum and classroom activities, and discuss plans for the 2015-16 school year. This event is open to all families students in grades kindergarten through 5th grade at Bardwell.

For more information, please call 630-299-5300.


Bardwell Healthy Snack Policy

In order to promote healthy choices and support a culture of wellness in our schools, along with our concern for food allergies and childhood obesity, birthday treats in the form of food items will not be allowed. If a food item is sent, they will not be served and will be sent home or need to be picked up by the parent. Suggested birthday “treats” can include things like: a pencil, a book for the classroom, stickers, or one of the healthy snack choices from the attached list.

In keeping with the class treats policy we are asking that all “party treats” (Winter Holiday, Valentine’s Day, and end of the year parties) be in the form of healthy food choices. All party treats must follow the USDA nutrient standards for elementary students. A copy of the guidelines can be found at Every year the school nurse sends out a list of healthy snack suggestions, and foods from the list are acceptable foods for class parties.

On final note, during lunch time, students are allowed to bring lunch or snacks from home. All lunches and snacks must be eaten in the lunchroom. Many of our students have food allergies, therefore NO FOOD/SNACK BROUGHT FROM HOME MAY BE SHARED WITH ANY OTHER STUDENT. If a student is caught sharing food they will be given a warning, a second offense will lead to confiscating the food item, and a third offense is a parent phone call. Please remind your child if they are bringing food from home that they are the only one allowed to eat it.

If you have any further questions or need clarification, please contact your classroom teacher or one of the administrators.


Dr. Twila Garza, Principal

Mrs. Paula Ek, Assistant Principal

Ms. Jill Bushman, Assistant Principal


Please contact Bardwell School at 630-299-5300 if you have any further questions or concerns. 



East Aurora mourns loss of custodian Angelica "Angie" Ramos

   Cowherd Middle School custodian Angelica “Angie” Ramos, 41, died Monday evening after a lengthy illness.

  Ramos worked in East Aurora School District 131 since 2002, serving as custodian at Gates Elementary, Bardwell Elementary, and Cowherd Middle School. She was known as a hard worker who cared deeply for others. Ramos would often bring extra homemade treats to share with coworkers. It was just one example of her generosity.

   “She was always willing to give her time. She would always stop what she was doing to help you with anything you would need,” said Cowherd Principal Crystal England. “She just had that special spirit that allowed her to always be there for others.”

   Former Cowherd Principal Joan Glotzbach remembered that Ramos never seemed to have a down day; she was always had a can-do attitude. Staff members said Ramos could be relied on to do any job that would help the school. Even on tough, physical work, her joyful spirit and warmth shone through.

   “Angie had a habit of getting things done even before you asked her to do them,” said Cowherd engineer Fernando Alarcon. “She knew what needed to be done and she was proud of her work. She was a leader among her peers.”

   Alarcon said Ramos would go out of her way to encourage students to work hard and do the right thing.

   “She was a unique, special person. Before she became ill, she was such a vibrant member of our staff,” England said.

   Outside of work, former coworker Jesse Medina said Ramos was a dedicated mother and wife, who was devoted to her family. Ramos is survived by her husband, daughter and son.


Visitation will be Wednesday September 2, 2015 from 5 to 8 p.m.

James Funeral Home

204 Hill Ave. Aurora, IL 60505

(630) 851-6503


Mass will be Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.

St. Rita of Cascia

750 Old Indian Trail

Aurora, IL 60506

(630) 892-5918

Twila Garza

Paula Ek

Assistant Principal

Jill Bushman

Assistant Principal

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