Welcome to English Language Learning!

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    Dear Families,

    It has been wonderful to teach your students this year! Please use the School District #45 website to access any information that you may need. The educational activities on this site can support your student's learning. In addition, I post a newsletter to families of English language learning (EL) students at the beginning of each month. If you have a question, please feel free to contact me by email at mbohlin@d45.org.

    Thank you,

    Mrs. Bohlin


    September Student News:

    Grade K

    The kindergarten students are working on their common core English language arts standards through an author study of Eric Carle and some of the books he has written and illustrated. They are learning print concepts and letter sounds. Also, they are engaged in discussing text and all its components. As they interact with literature, they are working on improving their listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English. The asynchronous activies that they have in Seesaw from Mrs. Bohlin help to support their academic vocabulary and synchronous time online. It has been wonderful to get to know Ardmore's newest students!


    Grade One

    First grade has been learning all about communities and the roles that people play to support them as they interact with social studies content. Using academic vocabulary related to social studies to improve listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English has been an exciting time as students are asked to have high participation in class in every respect. It is amazing to see how first graders are growing in their writing and speaking skills. Their activites in Seesaw help them to have the opportunity to practice what they are learning in class. Nice work, grade one!


    Grade Two

    Students in grade two are working on their common core English language arts standards. They are writing daily in their journals and recording what they wrote in Seesaw. They are up to the task of building writing stamina and working towards writing a cohesive paragraph on one topic independently. In addition, they are working to improve their foundational skills in order to become lifelong readers. Their activities in Seesaw help to support their listening, speaking, reading, and writing goals in English as they continue to work synchronously online. Their enthusiasm for learning is amazing!


    Grade Three

    The grade three students are working on their common core English language arts and state social studies standards. They have started writing in a daily journal and are working to improve their revising and editing skills. Soon they will be writing multiple paragraphs related to narratives and informational text using knowledge that they have gained from their independent research. While learning about rules and laws in their communities, they are given tasks in their Google Classrooms that help support their listening, speaking, reading, and writing goals. Keep up the good work, grade three!


    Grade Four

    Grade four is working on their common core English language arts standards while studying scientific themes. While daily engaging in inquiry, the fourth graders are becoming very thoughtful and inquisitive about the world around them. They are applying their inquisitiveness to independent research in order to build informative essays. Their asynchronous activities in their Google Classrooms support their synchronous inquiries online. Grade four, I am SO proud of you!


    Grade Five

    Wow! The grade five students have become independent learners! They are engaged in rigorous discussion of how to improve their writing daily as they work towards meeting their English language arts common core standards. Their reflective conversations on choosing themes, creating goals for themselves, checking their work, and understanding what it means to become a writer shows that they are becoming independent learners. Their asynchronous work in Google Classroom supports their learning goals that they have during their synchronous time online. I can't wait to see what you write next grade five!


     Student offline learning opportunities:


     Grade K, 1, and 2 Learning Activities:

    • Read a book to your child and discuss the text. 
    • Have your child read a fiction book to you and retell the story. 
    • Read a non-fiction book to your child and have him/her explain the concepts that are reviewed in the text.
    • After reading a non-fiction book, ask your child to write and draw a picture about key concepts.
    • Have your child keep a daily journal regarding his/her activities. 


    Grades 3, 4, and 5

    Have your student:

    • read a chapter book daily and discuss what was read with an adult or older sibling. Does he/she agree with the actions of the characters in the story? Why or why not? Have him/her give reasons from the text to support and defend his/her ideas.
    • keep a daily journal and write about various topics. 
    • interview a family member about his/her family history. 
    • write an imaginative story. illustrate the text, and share it with the family. 
    • research a topic of interest, write a report on the topic, and present the information to the family. 

    Student Online Learning Opportunities that require adult supervision:

    Some sites require passwords to enter the site. If you do not know your student’s password, please contact your child's teacher or Mrs. Bohlin. Please note that all internet activities require adult supervision. 


    Starfall is an online reading and math resource.



    Raz-Kids is an online reading program. Students can read books at their level of instrution and take a comprehension quiz after they read. 



    Freckle is an online reading and math program. Students take a quiz, and then work at their level of instruction. 



    Funbrain has many learning games online that support instruction. http://www.funbrain.com/


    Scholastic StudyJams has engaging videos that support the learning of math and science content http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/



    Helpful Websites for Parent Use:

    Sight Words:

    You can use the website below to get information on how to help your child learn sight words. Sight words are words that students need to know how to read by memory. 



    Colorín Colorado:

    This site includes helpful tips for parents on how to work with their children.


    Spanish Club:

    The third grade Spanish club that met during recess once a week for native and non-native Spanish speakers was successful. The club ran for three sessions in five week cycles, so that all those that were interested could have a chance to participate. Thank you to everyone who helped support this program during the 2019-2020 school year! 


    Are You New to Ardmore?

    We are proud of our students! There are many people in our school community that are multilingual. Ardmore has a Multiethnic Committee that works to plan and provide opportunities for our school community to celebrate the ethnic heritage of all students. Below is a link to an article that describes some of our school's present and past activities. At Ardmore we celebrate being bilingual!



    English Language Learning (ELL) Program


    Academic support is provided for qualifying students who are building English proficiency from kindergarten through fifth grade. Once it is determined that a child qualifies to receive bilingual/ELL services, our staff determines the level of support needed and works to provide appropriate programing.  The state of Illinois requires that all ELL students are tested yearly with the ACCESS 2.0 test in order to gage progress in their English language proficiency. This enables students and their families to see academic growth and provides our staff with information to help to continue to provide appropriate programming for students. 

    The main goal of our English language learning team is to help our students in their acquisition of English in all four domains (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) while encouraging support for their native language as well at home and in school. This is done using a variety of strategies, materials, and technology in order to help tailor each student's learning to his/her needs. In this way, Ardmore staff works to provide a child centered academic program in which everyone collaborates to help support each student.

    Please contact Mrs. Bohlin, the ELL resource teacher, if you have questions.

    ACCESS 2.0 

    ELL students participate in the ACCESS 2.0 test every year while they are in the program. Illinois is part of the WIDA consortium which creates and scores the test. Please contact Mrs. Bohlin for more information about this test. https://wbte.drcedirect.com/WIDA/portals/wida


    Ardmore Parents as Partners

    Ardmore Parents as Partners progam is a series of events where the parents of the students who are emergent bilinguals meet with various staff to discuss information, ways to support student learning, and celebratory activities for emergent bilingual students and their families. Topics of interest can include information regarding ACCESS 2.0, ways that you can help support your child academically at home, and/or participate in school celebrations. Do you have any topics of interest? Please contact Mrs. Bohlin.


    Ardmore's Student Spanish Club:

    The third grade Spanish club that met during recess once a week for native and non-native Spanish speakers was successful. The club ran for three sessions in five week cycles, so that all those that were interested could have a chance to participate. Thank you to everyone who helped support this program during the 2019-2020 school year! 



    Do You Need Assistence?

    For more information regarding the ELL program at Ardmore School, please contact Mrs. Bohlin, the Ardmore ELL resource teacher. 


    Contact Information for Mrs. Bohlin

    Phone (630) 516-7370

    Extension: 31220

    email: mbohlin@d45.org