Multilingual Learner News
Important News for Multilingual Learners at Lake Bluff
24 September 2021
Happy autumn, Lake Bluff multilingual families!
Students are getting into their routines here at school, after our first 5-day week of the school year. The weather changed this week and gave us some days that felt more like fall. Make sure your students are bringing warm clothes so they can be warm and dry at recess time, including boots on rainy, cold, or snowy days.
Read on for information about:
- Code Switching: What is it, and why do we do it?
- Moon Festival
- Job Opening at Lake Bluff: Multilingual Learner Aide
- Talking Points App Reminder
- Lunch Menu
- Calendar (there are a few NO SCHOOL days in October)
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Take care and be safe,
Multilingual Learner (ML) Teacher
Code Switching - What is it, and why do people do it?
In conversations with parents, many have shared with me that they notice their child switching between languages, often within the same sentence. This is a normal part of language acquisition and use. There are times when a speaker may not know the word in one language, but there are also many times when the word in one language is a "better fit." This might be because the word better matches the intended meaning, or it might better fit the context of the conversation.
According to the linked article from Bilingual Kidspot, code switching is an important linguistic tool: "Rather than indicating a lack of ability, or laziness, code-switching in children is usually a sign of them using all the resources in their brains to get their meaning across."
Bilingual Kidspot is always a great place for information about raising bilingual children, and you can read more in this article: Code Switching - A Sophisticated Linguistic Tool
To everyone who celebrated this past week, I hope everyone had a lovely time celebrating the Moon Festival.
This was a holiday that I just learned of this year. For those who celebrate, it is an important day. The Moon Festival is also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival or the Mooncake Festival. It is celebrated in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and Vietnam. People in other Southeast Asian countries such as Japan and Korea celebrate a similar festival. This article from the York News Times explains more about the festival, comparing its celebration to the U.S. Thanksgiving.
If you or your family has information about the celebration, or pictures of your own celebrations, and you would be interested in sharing them with students at our school, please feel free to share with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, as a reminder, if your family is celebrating a holiday that is not marked by a day off of school, you can call the office and report the day as an excused absence. Just let us know that your child will be absent and why.
Pass the word! Job Opening at Lake Bluff: Multilingual Learner (ML) Aide
Talking Points App for Teacher Communication: Reminder
You can reply to my texts on your own texting app. If you like, you can also download the Parent version of the Talking Points app. Let me know if you need an invitation. My class code is NBMARo.
You can find more detailed instructions here:
Students may also bring their own lunch to school if you prefer.
Calendar: Note there are 3 NO SCHOOL days in October
October has a few days where there is NO SCHOOL. There is NO SCHOOL at Lake Bluff on the following days:
- Friday, 15 October
- Thursday, 21 October
- Friday, 22 October
- There is also no school for K4 students ONLY on Wednesday, 20 October.
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.