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Bardwell Elementary

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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

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Fire Drill on Feb. 18

On Wednesday, February 18, we had an unexpected fire drill and had to evacuate the building at approximately 1:10p.m. Some students who did not have their coats on were brought into the bulding. All students were brought in as soon as the fire department arrived and gave us the ok to come in. 

Should you have any questions, please contact Mr. Jaime Sanchez, assistant principal, in our main office at 630-299-5300 or at jsanchez01@d131.org .

 Esta tarde tuvimos una inesperada alarma de fuego y tuvimos que evacular el edificio aproximadamente a la 1:10p.m. Algunos estudiantes no tenian sus abrigos puestos y los trajimos adentro del edificio. Todos los estudentes fueron regresados al edificio tan pronto como el departmento de bomberos nos dijo que podrian regresar. 

Si usted tiene preguntas, favor de cominicarse con el Sr. Jaime Sancez, subdirector del plantel a la ofina (630)299-5300 o jsanchez01@d131.org ..

Public invited to forum on Senate Bill 1, which would restore state funds to East Aurora

On Feb. 24, State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit will host an open forum on Senate Bill 1, which would change the school funding formula. Senate Bill 1 would restore some of the funding low-income districts lost when legislators decided to partially fund education.

    East Aurora School District 131 has lost $35 million in four years as a direct result of the state’s partial funding of education. Senate Bill 1 is related to former Senate Bill 16, which died during the previous legislative session when the General Assembly failed to vote on it.

    The Senate Bill 1 forum will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Wheatland Elementary School, 2290 Barrington Drive West, Aurora. State Senator Andy Manar, who proposed Senate Bill 1 and its predecessor, will also be in attendance.

    The new bill would still look to restore some funds to districts like East Aurora School District 131, where more than 90 percent of the students meet the state’s low-income criteria. Some of those dollars would come by shifting state money away from wealthier Districts, some who lost less than $500,000 in the state’s partial funding formula.

    “Opponents of Senate Bill 1 say that it does not go far enough to truly bring reform to education in Illinois. They go on to say that we should all rally around funding for educational adequacy and that if an education equity bill passes, it would be worse than our current situation. I disagree with those opponents,” East Aurora Superintendent Dr. Michael A. Popp said. “Our students have lost $35 million due to budget cuts at the state level. We cannot afford to wait.”

    The forum is free and open to the public. There will be an opportunity to hear more about the details of the bill, and ask questions of the legislators.

    Kifowit is a State Representative for the 84th District, which includes a significant portion of East Aurora School District 131. For more information about the forum, please contact Kifowit’s constituent service office at (630) 585-1308, or Stephanie.Kifowit@att.net, or www.ILDistrict84.com.

    Anyone who is interested in sharing their opinion of Senate Bill 1 can contact their state legislators, including those that represent East Aurora School District 131.

Governor Bruce Rauner

207 State House

Springfield, IL 62706

Phone: (217) 782-0244

State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit


Office: (630) 585-1308

State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia


Office: (630) 264-6855

State Senator Linda Holmes


Office: (630) 801-8985


Help improve your school by taking the 5Essentials survey

East Aurora School District 131 is always striving to make our schools a better place for all students. The thoughts and opinions of our parents are essential in helping us give students the best educational experience. We want to hear from you!

You can share your thoughts through 5Essentials, a survey that all Illinois public schools use to gather feedback from students, parents and employees.

The free survey is voluntary and anonymous. You do not have to enter any of your own, or your students’ personal information. They survey only asks which school they 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.

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: https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/

Or, you can find the survey through the East Aurora School District 131 webpage at www.d131.org. Click the button on the right side of the page.

Select “Parent Survey”. Type “Kane” in the county box. Then type your student’s school name in the next box.

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.

We’re hoping that before March 13, all our families will take a few minutes to complete a survey for each school their children attend. It is important to hear from you!

Bardwell PTO Meeting on Feb. 17

 There will be a PTO meeting on Wednesday, February 17, 2015. The meeting will take place in room 17. Please use door 5 (the playground entrance). Discussion items will include the upcoming Carnival event, talent show, and the Family Art Night. 

Please contact Lissandra Casiano for more details at lcasiano@d131.org.




Bardwell Staff vs. Students Basketball on Feb. 18

After competing in last Saturday's exciting tournament, Bardwell Basketball students will play one final game this season. This time, however, they will have to face their teachers on the court. The game will take place in Bardwell's gymnasium on Wednesday, February 18, and will begin at 2pm.

Please contact Bonnie Keller for more information at bkeller@d131.org.

Tall Tales and Heroes Cast Announced

 The cast of Tall Tales and Heroes has been announced, and rehearsals are well underway. All rehearsals will take place from 4-5:30. Cast lists, schedules, scripts, music, and scripts have already been sent home with students participating in the show. Be sure to review the calendar, so that students know when they are expected to be at rehearsal. Attached here is an extra copy of the February calendar. 

Please contact Mr. Martinez or Mrs. Griffin for more information at emartinez@d131.org or ngriffin@d131.org.

Fifth grade boys basketball players, young cheerleaders compete on Saturday, Feb. 14

   The public is invited to see elementary school basketball players and cheerleaders compete at the Intramural Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 14.

    Thirteen elementary schools are participating in the basketball tournament. All basketball games will take place in the Ponquinette Fieldhouse or the Kivisto Gymnasium at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Place, Aurora.

    The elementary school teams will begin their tournament as follows:

   - Game 1: Dieterich team vs. Beaupre team, 9 a.m. in Kivisto Gymnasium, with the winner playing Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy at 10 a.m.

   - Game 2: Hermes vs. Gates, 9 a.m. in Ponquinette Fieldhouse, with the winner to play O’Donnell at 10 a.m.

   - Game 3: Krug vs. Rollins, 9 a.m. in Ponquinette Fieldhouse

   - Game 4: Brady vs. Oak Park, 9 a.m. in Ponquinette Fieldhouse

   - Game 5: Allen vs. Bardwell, 9 a.m. in small gymnasium, with the winner to play Johnson at 10 a.m.

    Based on the results of those games, teams will advance in winner and consolation brackets. Each team will play at least two games in the tournament.

    The championship, third-place and fifth-place games are scheduled to be played at 2:30 p.m. Awards and photos will be handed out in the Kivisto Gymnasium at the conclusion of those games.

   Thirteen elementary schools will also be competing in cheerleading, which will begin at noon in the main gymnasium. The Esmeralda Chapa Gorski Trophy will be presented at the conclusion of the competition.

    The teams from Gates and O’Donnell elementary schools won last weekend’s girls intramural basketball tournament.

   The intramural tournament is just one of the public events happening at the high school on Saturday. Also:

- The East Aurora Band Boosters Annual Pancake breakfast will take place from 7 to 11 a.m. in the school cafeteria. Tickets are $6 at the door.

- Five former Tomcats will be inducted in the East Aurora High School Athletic Hall of Fame. There will be a reception at 4:30 p.m. and induction ceremonies between the sophomore and varsity boys basketball games against West Aurora High School.


Free admission days at area museums

Looking for something to do? Check out these Free Admission Days at local museums.

Information was accurate at time of printing, please check each venue before visiting.

Art Institute of Chicago

111 S. Michigan Avenue




Free for all Illinois Residents on Thursdays from 5-8:00p with ID.

Brookfield Zoo

3300 Golf Road




Free admission in January and February on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Active Military Personnel receive free admission daily.

Chicago Childrens’ Museum

Navy Pier

700 E. Grand Ave




Target Family Free Night Thursdays from 5-8:00p

First Sunday of every month is free for kids 15 and under, $14 adults, $13 seniors, kids under 1 free

Chicago History Museum

1601 N. Clark Street




Illnois Resident Discount Days – free admission with ID

Jan 26-30

Feb – every weekday

March 4

July 4

Aug 18-20, 24-27, 31

Sept 1-3

Clark House Museum

1827 S. Indiana Ave




Free admission every Wednesday

DePaul Art Museum

935 W. Fullerton Ave




Free admission daily

DuSable Museum of African American History

740 E. 56th Place




Free admission every Sunday year round. Free admission for all active or non-active military duty personnel.

The Field Museum

1400 S. Lake Shore Drive




Illinois Resident Discount Days offer free general admission Feb 1-28

Glessner House Museum

1800 S. Prairie Ave




Free admission every Wednesday year round.

Lincoln Park Zoo

2001 N. Clark Street




Free admission daily

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

220 Cottage Hill Ave




Free admission every Friday. Free admission daily for active military personnel.

Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA)

820 N. Michigan Ave




Free admission every Tuesday. Free admission every day for active military personnel and their families and children 17 and under.

Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art

40 Arts Circle Drive




Free admission daily

McCormick Bridgehouse and River Museum

Southwest Tower of the Bridge

376 N. Michigan Ave




Free admission on Sundays

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

3001 Central Street




Free admission every first Friday of the month.

Museum of Contemporary Art

220 E. Chicago Ave




Free every Tuesday for Illinois residents with ID. Free for military personnel and children 12 and under.

Museum of Science and Industry

5700 S. Lake Shore Drive




Illinois Resident Discount Days

Jan 26-30

Mar 2-6

Apr 22

May 21

Jun 1-5, 8

Sept 8-11, 14-18, 21-25, 28-30

Oct 5, 6

National Museum of Mexican Art

1852 W. 19th Street




Free admission daily

The Oriental Institute Museum

1155 E. 58th Street




Free admission daily with suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

2430 N. Cannon Drive



Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois residents with ID

Shedd Aquarium

1200 S. Lake Shore Drive




Illinois Resident Discount Days

Feb 2, 3, 9, 10, 13-17, 23, 24

Jun 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16

Sept 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29

Oct 5, 6, 12, 13. 19, 20, 26, 27

Nov 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 2, 24

Smart Museum of Art

5550 S. Greenwood Ave




Free admission daily

Swedish American Museum

5211 N. Clark Street




Free admission on the second Tuesday of each month



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