Multilingual Learner News

Important News for Multilingual Learners at Lake Bluff

8 October 2021

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Happy Friday, Lake Bluff multilingual families!

I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful fall leaves and the warm fall weather. Students and staff at Lake Bluff have been enjoying being able to go outside for snack, and sometimes school work, with these unusually warm temperatures.

Happy Navatri to all who are celebrating this week!

Read on for information about:

  • Conferences
  • Right to translation reminder
  • Translation help needed
  • Job Opening at Lake Bluff: Multilingual Learner Aide
  • Lunch menu
  • Calendar (there are a few NO SCHOOL days in October)
  • Happy Navratri to those who celebrate!

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Take care and be safe,

Jennifer Conigliaro

Multilingual Learner (ML) Teacher

Conferences Are Coming!

You should have received an email from your child's teacher to schedule a conference. Parent - teacher conferences are on the following days:

  • Thursday, October 21, 12:30-8:00PM
  • Friday, October 22, 8:00-11:30AM

Conferences for October will be on the computer. Your child's teacher will send you the link. If you would like to have an interpreter present at the conference, please contact Jennifer Conigliaro at Please let me know if you have any questions!

Reminder - Parent Rights: Interpretation and Translation Services

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All parents have the right to information about their child’s education in a language they understand. When your child enrolls in school, the school will ask you about the language you would like to use when communicating with the school. This helps your school identify your language needs so they can provide an interpreter or translated documents, free of charge.

What you can expect from your school and school district: You are an important part of your child’s education! The school should communicate with you--in your language--about your child’s education. This often includes translated documents and a language interpreter for meetings and conversations.

You have the right to these services even if you speak some English and even if your child can speak or read in English.

To read more about parent translation and interpretation rights, click below:

Can You Help? Translation and Interpretation Help Needed!

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Lake Bluff is always looking for help translating letters home and interpreting for families. If you or someone you know is interested in providing translation or interpretation help, on a volunteer or paid basis, please contact Jennifer Conigliaro at Languages we are looking for now include the following: Japanese, Vietnamese, Nepali, and Korean. Pass the word!

Pass the word! Job Opening at Lake Bluff: Multilingual Learner (ML) Aide

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Lake Bluff is now seeking qualified applicants for the position of multilingual learner (ML) aide. The position is 5.5 hours per day. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in education, language learning, or proficiency in the languages of Nepali, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese, or Japanese. Interested candidates should apply on the WECAN web site.


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This year, school lunch is free for ALL FAMILIES. Your child will have two choices 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.

Calendar: Note there are 3 NO SCHOOL days in October

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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.

Happy Navratri!

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To those who celebrate, Happy Navratri! This Hindu festival began this year on Thursday, October 7, and will run through Friday, October 15. Click here to learn more about this celebration. If your family has photographs of your celebration that your would like to share, or if you would like to share information about this celebration with Lake Bluff students, please email to me at Remember, you may excuse your student from school for holidays and special celebrations, just contact the school office to let them know of the absence.