Multilingual Learner News

Important News for Multilingual Learners at Lake Bluff

7 May 2021

Happy May, everyone! May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. What is AAPI Heritage Month? It is a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Asian and Pacific Islanders is a very big term, referring to many diverse countries and cultures. It includes all countries in Asia. It also includes the Pacific islands of Melanesia , Micronesia, and Polynesia.

You can explore the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month web site, sponsored by the Library of Congress and other institutions, to learn more.

Read on for information about:

  • Forward testing for 4th grade remote learners
  • lunch menu choices
  • ideas for teaching your child more than one alphabet
  • the upcoming celebration of Eid

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Take care and be safe,

Jennifer Conigliaro

Multilingual Learner (ML) Teacher

Luz Svitak

Multilingual Learner (ML) Aide

Forward Exam Continues for Grade 4 REMOTE Students Next Week

The Wisconsin Forward Exam continues this coming week at Lake Bluff for grade 4 REMOTE students only. Students are taking this exam in-person, whether they are attending school in-person or online.

Grades 3, 5, and 6 test in the areas of English language arts and math. Students in grade 4 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: 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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Here are the choices for school lunch this coming week. School lunch is free. All your child needs to do is to tell their teacher their lunch choice in the morning.
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This week I came across this article from the web site Bilingual Kidspot with ideas for teaching bilingual (or multilingual) children more than one alphabet. Growing reading and writing skills in all of your home languages will strengthen your child's literacy in English and in their other languages. The article also talks a little about different models for teaching your child more than one language. (This article uses the term "minority language," to refer to any language that is not the main language spoken at your child's school--in this case, English. We do not use the term "minority language" at Lake Bluff.)

The article talks about:

  • When should kids start learning the alphabet?
  • Should I start teaching one alphabet first, or can I teach both at the same time?
  • Challenges learning multiple alphabets
  • How to teach kids to read with different alphabets
  • Teaching kids to read in different languages


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For those who will celebrate Eid this coming week:

For families who will be celebrating Eid next week, we would love to see photos of your celebrations, decorations, and dinner tables. If you have photos to share, you can email them to me at If we receive enough photos, I would love to share them in the Lake Bluff announcements. Students at Lake Bluff love sharing their own celebrations and learning about those of their fellow students! Thank you!