Multilingual Learner News

Important News for Multilingual Learners at Lake Bluff

16 April 2021

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Happy April, Lake Bluff family! Read on for information about:

  • Forward testing
  • Resource for ML Families: Colorín colorado
  • Wishes for a happy and prosperous Ram Navami to those who celebrate

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Take care and be safe,

Jennifer Conigliaro

Multilingual Learner (ML) Teacher

Luz Svitak

Multilingual Learner (ML) Aide

Forward Exam Starts this Monday, April 19, for Grades 3-6

The Wisconsin Forward Exam begins this coming week at Lake Bluff. Students take this test every year in grades 3-6. Students will take this exam in-person, whether they are attending school in-person or online. Students who have ACCESS scores of 1-3 will take the test with myself or Ms. Svitak.

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.

Resource for Families: Colorín colorado

When parents have questions about raising multilingual and multi-literate children, one resource I like to refer to is the Colorín colorado web site. While this site is Spanish/English bilingual, it offers fantastic, research-based ideas for encouraging children to read, write, speak, and listen in multiple languages. Today I am including a link to their "Help Your Child Learn to Read" page. At the bottom of the page (also included below), you may want to watch the four minute video on little things parents can do to help their child see the connections between letters, words, and sentences, an important early reading skill in any language! One fact found in the video: The human voice is capable of producing over 150 speech sounds (phonemes), and the English language uses just 40 of these sounds!
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Happy Ram Navami!

To all those students and families who will be observing the celebration of Ram Navami on Wednesday, April 21, we wish you a happy and prosperous Ram Navami! We wish you and your family positivity, peace, and harmony.

Also, please feel free to collect and share photos of family celebrations, dinners, or decorations of your observances of holidays. We have a global community here at Lake Bluff, and students love sharing their traditions and learning about those of others.