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


    May Student News

    Grade K

    The kindergarten students continue to work on learning their foundation skills while learning to read at the kindergarten grade level. In addition, they are improving their reading, writing, listening, and speaking using academic vocabulary related to science and social studies concepts. 


    Grade One

    First grade continues to work on progressing in their reading and writing skills. They are reading non-fiction content through studying the scientific concepts of life cycles. 


    Grade Two

    Second grade students are buidling their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through studying plant life and are learning strategies to revise and edit their writing. 


    Grade Three

    The third graders are writing imaginative stories while partnering with their peers to revise and edit their writing. It has been great to see them build paragraphs with grade three content. 


    Grade Four

    Grade four is reading the novel, I Survived the Great Molasses Flood. by Lauren Tarshis. During this time, they are improving their reading comprehension while connecting literature to historical events. 

    Grade Five

    Grade five students are focusing on their writing skills in writing multiple paragraphs and/or essays related to one topic of their choice. 


    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