Multilingual Learner News

Important News for Multilingual Learners at Lake Bluff

26 March 2021

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Spring Break: NO SCHOOL March 29-April 2. See you on Monday, April 5!

Enjoy spring break!

It's a short newsletter this week as we go into spring break. Read on for information about:

  • Wednesday schedule change
  • Multilingual Learner (ML) Support Schedule
  • ACCESS English proficiency testing

Don't forget:

NO SCHOOL March 29-April 2. We will see you Monday, April 5!

Please contact me if you have questions about our new model: this includes schedules, materials pickup, or anything else!

If you would to see this newsletter TRANSLATED, please scroll down to the BOTTOM of the letter. You will see a TRANSLATE button. (If you are viewing in your email, you may need to click on VIEW IT IN YOUR BROWSER above.)

Take care and be safe,

Jennifer Conigliaro

Multilingual Learner (ML) Teacher

Luz Svitak

Multilingual Learner (ML) Aide

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Wednesday Schedule Change Starts April 7!

After spring break, starting April 7, school will end for grades K5 through 6 at 12:15 EVERY WEDNESDAY!

The K4 schedule will stay the SAME. However, there will be NO K4 on Wednesday, April 14, and Wednesday, May 12.

This change will allow in-person and remote teachers to meet and work with each other and with specialist teachers to best meet all student needs during the remainder of this unusual year.


To see an updated school calendar, click here.

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Multilingual Learner (ML) Support Schedules

ML Support for students who receive it now takes place during the school day. There are no after school or virtual meetings on the computer for in-person students.

Remote students who learn from home and receive ML support do have meetings with Ms. Conigliaro or Ms. Svitak. Links can be found in students' Seesaw or Google Classrooms. You should have received an email from Ms. Conigliaro with your child's remote meeting schedule. Please let me know if you have questions or if your child does not have their schedule.

Some parents have asked about the Multilingual Leaner After-School Homework Program. This program is not happening this school year due to COVID. I do hope to bring it back next year, so stay tuned!

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ACCESS English Proficiency Testing

ACCESS English Proficiency Testing continues this week and is almost complete! Students are working hard and showing perseverance as they take the listening, reading, speaking, and writing sections of their annual test. The state and federal government mandates that all multilingual learners take the ACCESS English test every year until students reach a score of 6. This is just one way that our school measures English language growth. Since the test must be given in person, thank you so much to families who have brought their remote students in to take the test one-on-one. Most testing should be complete before spring break!

You can learn more about the ACCESS test by clicking below:

What is ACCESS for ELLs?

French: What is ACCESS for ELLs?

Simplified Chinese: What is ACCESS for ELLs?

Vietnamese: What is ACCESS for ELLs?

As always, please contact Ms. Conigliaro with your questions.

Happy holidays, Chag Sameach, and Happy Easter to those celebrating in these coming weeks!

With the Passover and Easter holidays coming up, I wish everyone happy and safe celebrations. Please feel free to share any photos of your celebration or your table with your Lake Bluff family. We have a global community here at Lake Bluff, and students love sharing their traditions and learning about those of others.