Teacher with a sign for her students.

Heartfelt Messages

Here are just a few of the uplifting messages that School of Dual Language teachers made for their students.

Students reading

All Students Read Together on Read Across America Day

In celebration of Read Across America Day, all students at Townline and the School of Dual Language dropped everything and read for half an hour beginning at 9:05 a.m. on Friday, March 6. For the kindergarten and first grade classrooms, fourth and fifth grade students read to the students. Read Across America Day is an annual observance inaugurated by the NEA (National Education Association). It is held in recognition of Dr Seuss’ birthday.

Students on a gallery walk

Students Go Back in Time Through Gallery Walk

Fourth grade students at the School of Dual Language participated in a fun gallery walk between the classrooms of Mrs. Brandt, Mrs. Velazquez and Miss Mejia. They observed a wide variety of objects/artifacts and imagined how Native Americans might have used these items hundreds of years ago. This was part of a social studies segment on the history of Illinois. The objects were on loan from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Students tracing an image.

Learning About Civil Rights Heroes

Mrs. Korn’s second-grade students at the School of Dual Language learned about important figures in the civil rights movement, such as Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Jackie Robinson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They researched and wrote paragraphs in Spanish about these figures. They also traced their images to create large posters, which will be displayed in the hallways.

Students making cards.

Doing Something Special for Others

During Kindness Week at the School of Dual Language, fourth grade students wanted to do something that would brighten the lives of others. They made colorful Valentine’s Day cards for Brookdale residents.

Students jumping rope

Jumping Rope for a Good Cause

Students at the School of Dual Language, including these third graders, are getting exercise and helping others at the same time through their involvement in the Kids Heart Challenge benefiting the American Heart Association. The program teaches kids jump rope skills and helps prepare them for success through physical and emotional well-being, while raising funds to fight heart disease.

students in spelling bee

Spelling Bee Challenges Students in More Ways Than One

A group of fourth and fifth grade students participated in the School of Dual Language’s spelling bee on January 17. This event not only tests students’ ability to spell, it tests their ability to stay calm and focused as they stand in the spotlight. The students did a great job as they moved through round after round, spelling words such as dainty, garland, batteries and filters. By round 13, the contest was down to four students. A few rounds later, Campbell F. won by spelling the word legend. Maeve M. came in second and Lucas J. came in third. Congratulations to all the students.

Teachers wrapping gifts

Wrapping Gifts for a Good Cause

For Monday’s Aprendiendo Jugando (Learning While Playing) party, teachers at the School of Dual Language gave up some of their time after school one day to wrap the hundreds of gifts that generous families donated to make the holidays a little more special for the AJ students.

Students collecting items for food drive

Food Drive Gives Back to the Community

Fourth and fifth grade students who volunteered to be part of the Project Change program enjoyed the opportunity to give back to the community. Early in the morning of December 5, approximately 50 students went from floor to floor at Townline and the School of Dual Language, collecting boxes of nonperishable food items and supplies, such as toothpaste and pancake mix, from approximately 38 classrooms. They piled the items into a truck bound for the Sharing Hands Food Pantry. The items will go to community members in need. Many thanks to all the families at both schools that provided items for the food drive, which began in mid-November.

Students providing presentations

Students Give Presentations on Character Development

Groups of students in Ms. Govostis’ third grade class at the School of Dual Language gave presentations on character development in fiction writing. They presented colorful collages depicting scenes from the book “I Survived the Great Chicago Fire” and discussed how the characters in the book developed over time.