Multilingual Learner News

Important News for Multilingual Learners at Lake Bluff

3 March 2023

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Lake Bluff students speak 16 languages!

Hello multilingual families!

In almost every classroom at Lake Bluff today, students from K5 to grade 6 are planning their student-led conferences for next week March 9 and 10. Students review all of the work they have done this trimester. They notice where they have grown and make plans for how to grow even more in the future. They organize their thoughts on paper or on Google Slides and practice presenting their conferences. Through student-led conferences, students take ownership of their own learning and come to understand that learning and growing is an ongoing process for all.

Please note that due to conferences, there is NO SCHOOL next Thursday, March 9, and Friday, March 10.

Read on for information about:

  • Parent - Teacher Conferences scheduled for March 9 and 10
  • NEW: Field trip for early multilingual learner students on March 16!
  • NEW: A new language museum in Washington, DC: Planet Word
  • the lunch menu for next week
  • the calendar

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Happy learning,

Jennifer Conigliaro

Multilingual Learner (ML) Teacher

Parent - Teacher Conferences are NEXT WEEK March 9 and 10

Teacher Conferences are on Thursday, March 9 (12:30-8:00pm), and Friday, March 10 (8:00-11:30am). For most classes, these conferences are led by the students. Teachers have already sent out signups for conferences, so make sure you have chosen a time. Also, please let your child's teacher or Ms. Conigliaro know if you would like an interpreter at the conference.

English language development takes time. Developing English language skills is necessary for students to achieve in the classroom. It is important to know how your child’s English language skills are developing and how those skills are being supported in the classroom. It is also helpful to know how to support your child’s English language development at home.

The following are some ideas for questions you might ask teachers during teacher conferences.

Questions Parents Can Ask Teachers:

  • Is my child making progress in their English language development?

  • What do you do to ensure my child understands you and the work they need to do?

  • Are all of my child’s teachers aware of their language needs?

  • What can I do to support my child’s English language development?

  • Who are my child’s friends? Do my child play with other students? What do they enjoy doing at school?

  • What can I do to support my child with their relationships with other students?

Questions Parents Can Ask the ML Teacher:

  • When was my child screened for English language support?

  • Which assessment was used to screen my child?

  • What were my child’s scores?

  • What type of language program or service do you recommend for my child?

  • What does my child need to do to exit the program?

Information for Parents Regarding Student-Led Conferences:

  • If your child has a student-led conference, they have prepared for this conference in the classroom with the classroom teacher’s guidance.

  • You may still ask the teacher any questions you have or talk about other concerns.

Important: If an interpreter is not at the conference and you would like one, please ask! Interpreters for almost all languages can be available in minutes through video conferencing. You have a right to an interpreter for all school communication.

Field Trip for Early English Learners March 16

Some Lake Bluff multilingual students will be going on a field trip to the Urban Ecology Center in Riverside Park on Thursday, March 16. English learners in the classrooms of Ms. Mandella, Ms. Griffin, Mr. Dittl, Ms. Kalt, Ms. Helms, and Ms. Walton are invited to attend. Parents of ML students in those classrooms should check their child's folder for a field trip permission form tonight. Attending this trip is optional.

Urban Ecology Center staff will be leading the students in activities inside and outside to learn about the changing of the seasons. This is a great time to learn more about the seasons, as the season of spring begins on March 20! This is also an opportunity for multilingual students to spend time with and connect with multilingual students from other classrooms!

The Urban Ecology Center in Riverside Park is also a place I love visiting with my own children. It is a short bike ride south on the Oak Leaf bike trail. There are trails to explore outside, and inside you can play games, look at the animals, and if you are lucky--watch an animal feeding session! It is free to explore and beautiful all times of the year.

New Language Museum in Washington, DC: Planet Word

I recently learned of a new museum in Washington, DC. It is called Planet Word, and it is a museum of LANGUAGE! It is the world's first "voice activated" museum. I love languages--the different ways languages work, how they change over time, and their sound systems. If you also find this interesting, you might want to check it out if you are ever in the area. I included a video below that helps you to explore the museum from home. Enjoy. I hope to visit someday! Click here to visit the Planet Word museum website.


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Students will have two choices, plus a cheese sandwich choice, each day for lunch. They will tell their teacher their choice when they arrive at school in the morning.

Students may also bring their own lunch to school if you prefer.


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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.

There is NO SCHOOL on the following days:

  • Thursday, March 9 (conferences)
  • Friday, March 10 (conferences)
  • Monday, March 27 through Friday, March 31 (spring break)

Friday, March 24 is a half day. School ends at 12:00 noon that day.

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