Multilingual Learner News
Important News for Multilingual Learners at Lake Bluff
17 November 2023
Hello multilingual families,
It was so wonderful to see everyone who came to open house last night. It was a joy to see our building filled with families and children who couldn't wait to show their caregivers around! As next week is a short week, there will not be an ML Newsletter. Don't forget that there is no school on Wednesday, 11/22. Thursday, 11/23, and Friday, 11/24.
Read on for information about:
- Book Fair: Thank you Lake Bluff PTO!
- US Department of Education: "Being Bilingual is a Superpower!"
- Family Toolkits for language learners
- Happy Diwali: Enjoy a community Diwali celebration right here in Shorewood!
- The school calendar
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Multilingual Learner (ML) Teacher
❤️ Thank you Lake Bluff PTO! ❤️
This month's Scholastic Book Fair had some amazing selections. Thanks to the generosity of the Lake Bluff PTO, these are all titles that are now available to students through the ML classroom library. I am most excited about We Are Grateful, a picture book about gratitude that includes the Cherokee language. Thank you to all families for supporting the book fair and to our amazing Lake Bluff PTO.
The U.S. Department of Education released information about its new initiative to promote and grow multilingual programs and encourage and support a multilingual educator workforce.
This is partially in response to data showing that only 20 percent of the U.S. population speaks more than one language. This initiative is intended to increase bilingual education opportunities and encourage multilingual instruction in all grades. Also as part of this agenda, grants are intended to support programs that preserve multiple native U.S. languages, including Hawaiian, Alaskan, and some Native American languages.
“Make no mistake: multilingualism is a superpower. Knowing more than one language, acquiring a new language through school, or learning new languages later in life can provide tangible academic, cognitive, economic and sociocultural advantages,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “As our nation continues to grow more diverse, and as our global economy becomes more interconnected, we cannot seize our nation's full potential to compete and lead the world unless we Raise the Bar and provide all students with opportunities to become multilingual.”
Through the above news release, you can access a complete family toolkit from NCLEA, the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition. This toolkit includes parent rights, questions you can ask at school, and how you can support your children as language learners at school. Click below to access:
For the first time ever, there will be a community-wide Diwali celebration right here in Shorewood on Sunday, November 19, and all are welcome! ElevAsian, the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), and the Milwaukee Bucks are hosting this celebration at the Atrium, on Capitol Drive across from Atwater School. There will be dance, crafts, and food. You can buy tickets and learn more using this link. Children are $10 and adults are $30.
If your family would like to share photos or stories of your celebrations of Diwali, please email them to me at email@example.com. Lake Bluff students enjoy sharing and learning about each other's traditions and celebrations.
Pork is never served at Lake Bluff. Foods such as bacon, sausage, or hot dogs are made from turkey or beef.
Students may also bring their own lunch to school if you prefer.
- 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 labeled LB or ALL SCHOOLS for your child.
There is NO SCHOOL on the following days:
- Wednesday, 22 November
- Thursday, 23 November
- Friday, 24 November
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