Multilingual Learner News

Important News for Multilingual Learners at Lake Bluff

29 October 2021

Happy Halloween, Lake Bluff multilingual families!

Today our students are having some fun with costumes and fun Halloween activities. I enjoyed carving a fantastic cat pumpkin with a couple of our multilingual students today! It was fun to see all the different ways students and teachers celebrated in their classrooms today.

Be aware, this Friday, November 5, is NOON DISMISSAL. School ends at 12:00. There is also no K4 this day.

Read on for information about:

  • PARK: Lake Bluff's character traits
  • Trick or Treat in Shorewood
  • Translation help needed
  • Lunch menu
  • Calendar

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Take care and be safe,

Jennifer Conigliaro

Multilingual Learner (ML) Teacher

P.A.R.K.: Lake Bluff's Character Traits

You may remember P.A.R.K. from one of my previous newsletters. P.A.R.K. represents Lake Bluff's character traits, standing for:

  • Perseverance
  • Advocacy
  • Responsibility
  • Kindness

Everyday, students and staff talk about all of the ways we can demonstrate P.A.R.K. all around the school: in the classrooms, in the lunch room, on the playground, and in the hallways.

Posters explaining P.A.R.K. in 9 of the languages spoken by Lake Bluff students have been posted around the school building. Since the building is not currently open to adult caregivers right now due to COVID, I wanted to link them here so families could see them too! Click the link below to see the character traits in these languages:

Trick or Treat in Shorewood!

Trick or Treat in Shorewood will be Sunday, October 31, from 4:00 to 7:00. Different communities have different hours for Trick or Treat. If your family is new to the U.S., Trick or Treat might be new to you! From 4:00-7:00PM on Sunday, children dressed in costumes will be knocking on doors and ringing doorbells, asking for candy by saying, "Trick or Treat!"

If you would like to give out candy for Trick or Treat, turn on your porch light if you have one, and be ready with some candy or some other small treat. If you do not want to participate, you may want to avoid answering your door during this time.

Click here for a fun song and video that we watch here at Lake Bluff to get ready for Trick or Treat and practice English.

Can You Help? Translation and Interpretation Help Needed!

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Lake Bluff is always looking for help translating letters home and interpreting for families. If you or someone you know is interested in providing translation or interpretation help, on a volunteer or paid basis, please contact Jennifer Conigliaro at Languages we are looking for now include the following: Japanese, Vietnamese, Nepali, and Korean. Pass the word!


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This year, school lunch is free for ALL FAMILIES. Your child will have two choices each day for lunch. They will tell their teacher their choice when they arrive at school in the morning.

Students may also bring their own lunch to school if you prefer.


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You can click on this link to see the full school calendar. Each event is labeled as follows:

  • LB = Lake Bluff Elementary School
  • ATW = Atwater Elementary School
  • SIS = Shorewood Intermediate School
  • SHS = Shorewood High School
  • ALL SCHOOLS = applies to all 4 schools in the district

Look for events labelled LB or ALL SCHOOLS for your child.

This Friday, November 5, is a NOON DISMISSAL. School ends at 12:00. (There is NO K4 this day.)

There is NO SCHOOL on the following days:

  • Friday, November 19
  • Wednesday, November 24
  • Thursday, November 25
  • Friday, November 26