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):

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Families invited to celebrate Las Posadas on Dec. 5 at East Aurora High School

  East Aurora families are invited to gather on Saturday, Dec. 5, for Las Posadas, a popular, free celebration of community. Las Posadas will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Ponquinette Field House at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane.

  Las Posadas has been a tradition in East Aurora School District 131 for many years and regularly draws thousands of visitors of all ages. Las Posadas means “The Inns” in Spanish and is connected with traditional stories about visiting homes for celebration. Although Las Posadas is sometimes linked to Hispanic religious ceremonies, the East Aurora event is simply a chance to unite and celebrate the joy of being part of a supportive community.

   Entrance to the event is free, but families are asked to bring a non-perishable item that will be used to re-stock the shelves of the food pantry at East Aurora High School.

   This year’s celebration will feature an opening ceremony by NJROTC cadets at 3 p.m., a performance by Simply Destinee dance troupe at 4 p.m., local Christmas carol singers at 5 p.m. and dancing by Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl at 5:45 p.m. Between those times, students from several schools, including Dieterich, Oak Park, Benavides, Krug and Simmons, will perform.

   Parent liaisons from all schools, as well as several high school clubs, will host tables where they will sell crafts and plenty of traditional food. The funds raised will go back to the support parent groups and high school clubs.

   Las Posadas will once again feature games for younger children. Santa Claus will be available for visits and parents can take their picture with the jolly old elf.

  To reach the event, enter the high school through Door 15 on the southwest side of the building.

Multiple ways to find out about East Aurora weather-related closings

  As the temperatures fall, East Aurora School District 131 families are reminded that there are multiple places to check for information about weather-related closings.

   Information will be released through:

   - A phone message to parents in both English and Spanish.

   - The District website:

   - The District Facebook page:

   - The District Twitter account: @EASD131 (

   - The Emergency Closing Center website:

  The District will only send out a notice when schools are closed. If there is no announcement, schools are open.

   If schools are open, it is the responsibility of parents and guardians to determine if conditions allow for their children to attend school.

   The Superintendent, in consultation with district administrators, makes the final decision whether to close school due to inclement weather. The decision is based on the ability of students to make it to and from school safely. When making his decision, the superintendent considers multiple factors including temperatures, snowfall and wind chill.

   The City of Aurora has opened multiple warming centers for anyone who needs shelter during extreme weather. More information is available at:


Ways to help your child to have a good school year

 As a parent, you can help your child have a good school year. Here are some ideas.

Your child needs:

  • Regular visits to the doctor and dentist
  • A healthy diet
  • Lots of excercise
  • Enough sleep each night
  • A quiet place for homework

You can help in these ways:

  • Get your child to school on time
  • Limit TV, video game, and computer time
  • Ask you child what they did in school
  • Read with your child everyday
  • Visit the library with your child
  • Sing songs and tell stories with your child
  • Take trips to the zoo, park, or a museum

Bardwell Trunk-or-Treat on October 30

Bardwell will host its 3rd annual Trunk-or-treat on Friday, October 30 from 1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m. Students are encouraged to wear their costumes as they parade around the school to the different and "trunk-or-treat" to decorated cars full of candy. Families and community members are invited to watch the students who will be escorted out of their regular door by their classroom teacher. Students will return to their classroom after they finish trunk-or-treating (school does not dismiss until 3 p.m.).  Students in grades 1-5 should bring their costume separately. They will be given time to change. Students in kindergarten may dress in their costume before school. Costumes must be appropriate: no weapons or gore. If it rains, the parade will take place inside of the gym, and parents will be invited through door #6. If you would still like to donate or volunteer for this event, please contact Mrs. Casiano in the office. 

For more information please contact Bardwell School at 630-299-5300. 

Bardwell celebrates Red Ribbon Week October 26 - 30

Bardwell Elementary School will participate in National Red Ribbon Week October 26-30. The red ribbon is a symbol of remembrance for all those who lost their lives in helping to prevent substance abuse in our country. In order to help children remember the importance of the message of this week, each day will have a special theme:

Monday: "The best me is drug free." Wear something RED for no drugs!

Tuesday: "Sock it to Drugs!" and wear crazy socks. 

Wednesday: "Jam out to be Drug Free," and wear your pajamas. 

Thursday: "Be on our Drug Free team," and wear sports themed clothing. 

Friday: "Drugs are crazy scary." Show off your crazy hair, and bring your halloween costume to school for Trunk-or-Treat.


October Bardwell Beacon

 Extra! Extra! Catch up on Bardwell news with the October edition of the Bardwell Beacon. The entire newsletter is attached here

For more information please contact Cynthia Bustos at or 630-299-5300.

Bardwell PTO Meeting on October 21

Please join us on October 21 at 6 p.m. for our monthly PTO meeting We will be entering through door 6 and meeting in room 17. Bring a friend, neighbor, or anyone else thay would like to help out with Bardwell's PTO! Topics of discussion will include upcoming events like the Trunk-or-Tream, Turkey Raffle, and Family Festivities Night. Your presence is very important to us. Light refreshments will be served. 

Bardwell Girls Soccer team dominates district tournament

The Bardwell Girls Soccer team will once again retain the traveling trophy after dominating the District 131 elementary girls soccer tournament on Saturday, October 11. Coming in with an undeafeted record, the team recieved a bye for the first round. They went on to handily defeat the Dieterich girls soccer team with a final score of 4-0. Yadira Castillo made all four goals. They kept up their momentum as they took on the Magnet School girls soccer team in the championship round. The final score of that game was 5-0, with 2 scores made by Yadira Castillo, 2 goals made Yerelin Martinez, and 1 goal secured by Aileen Sandoval. The Bardwell Girls Soccer team is coached by Matt Albright. Check out photos in the Bardwell Photo gallery here. 

For more information, please contact Nestor Garcia at or Matt Albright at or 630-299-5300

Twila Garza

Paula Ek

Assistant Principal

Jill Bushman

Assistant Principal

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