Multilingual Learner News

Important News for Multilingual Learners at Lake Bluff

23 April 2021

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Happy Earth Day week, Lake Bluff family! Earth Day is April 22 every year. It started in 1970 with the idea of Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. You can learn more about the history of Earth Day by clicking here (there is a translate button for the web page). Many families and schools choose this week to learn more about how to protect our planet and participate in projects to help clean up our earth. As I left school yesterday, there were neighborhood children collecting litter on our school grounds on their free time, and Ms. Griffin's K5 class spent time cleaning up the playground during the school day.


It's a short newsletter this week. Read on for information about:


  • Forward testing for Remote learners
  • lunch menu choices
  • ideas for how to talk with your child about what they are reading


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

Forward Exam Continues for REMOTE Students Next Week, grades 3-6

The Wisconsin Forward Exam continues this coming week at Lake Bluff for REMOTE students, grades 3-6. Students take this test every year in grades 3-6. Students are taking this exam in-person, whether they are attending school in-person or online.


Grades 3, 5, and 6 will test in the areas of English language arts and math. Students in grade 4 will test in the areas of English language arts, math, science, and social studies.


Click on the links below for a letter from Principal Rasco and Sam Coleman, Director of Curriculum and Instruction:

In English

In French (langue française)

In Vietnamese (ngôn ngữ tiếng Việt)

In Simplified Chinese (中文)


Click here for the Lake Bluff Forward Exam Schedule.


Students who are REMOTE who will be taking the test have received the schedule from Dean Harrison via email.


Here is more information for REMOTE students from Dean Harrison:


Testing for students who are remote will be held at Lake Bluff on the following dates from 1pm-2:30pm (please arrive at 12:45).


Wednesday: April 21st (English Language Arts for grades 3-6)


Wednesday: April 28th: (Math for grades 3-6)


**Wednesday: May 5th (4th Grade Only- Science) (and any make-ups)


**Wednesday: May 12th (4th Grade Only- Social Studies) (and any make-ups)


What To Bring

- Mask (must be worn at all times)

- Pencil

- Water Bottle

- A Book to read in case the student finishes testing early


*Students will use a district device to complete the Forward exam, which will be provided when they arrive at school each Wednesday.

*Please make sure your child is aware of who will be picking them up or if they are to walk home independently.


Please contact Ms. Harrison (Dean of Students) with any questions/concerns.

Lunch Menu Choices for Free School Lunch

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This past week, our free school lunch has begun offering choices. Above you will see the choices for this coming week. School lunch is free. All your child needs to do is to tell their teacher their lunch choice in the morning.

Questions You Can Ask Your Child about Their Reading

As a parent, I like to be able to ask my children questions about the books that they are reading. However, especially now that they are older, I am not always familiar with the books they are reading. Asking questions can help you to learn about your child's reading, but it also can help strengthen your child's reading skills. So, what questions can I ask them if I am not familiar with their book? The list below offers some ideas. (Note the list uses British English spellings.)


If your child speaks and understands more than one language, or is learning another language, you can even try asking and answering these questions in more than one language!


You can also find a printable list of these questions from the original source by clicking here.

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