Multilingual Learner News

Important News for Multilingual Learners at Lake Bluff

20 May 2022

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Hello multilingual families!


It's hard to believe, but today is the last Friday of the school year! Many classrooms are planning fun end of year activities, celebrations, and field trips. If you have questions about any information sent home or would like translations, please contact me.


There is no school next week Friday, May 27, and on Monday, May 30.


Read on for information about:


  • Tips for using your home language at home and in the community
  • Important Information for 6th Graders
  • The return of Hot Dog Day!
  • 2022-23 School Calendar
  • Lunch menu
  • Calendar
  • New Student Enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year


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Jennifer Conigliaro

Multilingual Learner (ML) Teacher

Tips for Using Language at Home and in the Community

Research shows that one of the best things multilingual parents can do to support their child's English language development is to help their child grow the family's first language at home. I discovered a flyer that shares ways to use language at home and in the community through the Too Small to Fail website, which shares fun tips and resources based in science to help grow language development. You can access the flyer by clicking here.


Tips include:


  • Use your native language at home. Children have an easier time learning English when they have a strong foundation in their first language.
  • Tell stories and sing songs. Pass your family's heritage on to your children.
  • Tell stories and share books together. You can read in any language or just talk about pictures!
  • Check out materials in your language from the library. Ask the library staff if you need help finding what you need.
  • Talk about your traditions and culture. Share these things with your child's school!
  • Look for activities in your community. Meet other families who speak your home language.
  • Continue using your home language as your children grow older, even if they respond in English. Talk with your children about the benefits of speaking two (or more!) languages.
  • Don't forget that you are key to maintaining your home language. What you value, your children will learn to value.


Read the flyer for more information, including how bilingualism supports your child's thinking skills, socio-emotional health, learning, and long term success.

Important Information for 6th Graders

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There are two important events coming for families of 6th grade students:
  • 6th grade Passages presentations will take place May 23-May 26. Students will talk about how they have grown as learners during their time as elementary school students and show how that growth has readied them for new challenges at SIS. Presentations will be online or in person. If you have questions or are not sure of your time, please contact me or your child's classroom teacher.
  • Plans for the 6th grade completion ceremony have begun. The event will be Thursday, June 9, from the start of the school day through approximately 10AM. If you have not already, send 2 pictures of your 6th grader (baby/toddler and current/now) to 6thgradepicslb@gmail.com

Families are Invited for the Return of Hot Dog Day: June 2

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Hot Dog Day is back! This Lake Bluff tradition will take place Thursday, June 2 from 12:00 to 1:00. Your child will receive a free hot dog (regular, vegan, or gluten free), and students and families are invited to picnic outside at Lake Bluff School! Families should bring a blanket and a picnic lunch. Hot Dog Day is a fun way for families to gather and celebrate the coming summer break.

The 2022-23 School Calendar Is Ready

The 2022-23 District School Calendar has been released. Click here to view the school calendar for the 2022-23 school year. The first day of school will be Thursday, September 1, 2022.

Lunch

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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

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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 in May:

  • Friday, May 27
  • Monday, May 30

New Student Enrollment for the 2022-2023 School Year

If you have a student who will be new to Lake Bluff in the 2022-2023 school year, please register them as soon as you can. You can read more about how to register your student here. If you have any questions, please contact Iris Bohan ibohan@shorewood.k12.wi.us in the Pupil Services Office, located in the administration building of Shorewood High School, 1701 E. Capitol Drive, Shorewood, WI 53211. Call 414-963-6903 for more information.


Every year, families need to provide proof of Shorewood residency if their child is not part of the Open Enrollment program. You can read more about enrollment and residency requirements by clicking this link. Residency information is also available in Simplified Chinese and Vietnamese. Please contact me at jconigliaro@shorewood.k12.wi.us if you need residency information translated into a different language.

Equity, Growth, & Excellence For All


The Shorewood School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, creed, ancestry, pregnancy, marital or parental status, gender identity or expression, veteran status, physical, mental, emotional or learning disability, or any other legally protected status in its educational programs, activities, or employment with the District. The District also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following designee handles inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Human Resources, Title IX Coordinator and Compliance Officer, 1701 E. Capitol Drive, Shorewood, WI 53211, 414-961-2854, humanresources@shorewood.k12.wi.us.