Kathy’s Kamp International Summer Camp 2016


In partnership with Families Forward Resource Center, the APS Welcome Center is offering to all immigrant and refugee students ages 5-14 to be part of the 8 weeks Kathy’s Kamp International.

Summer camp will be from June 6th –July 28th 2016 at Kenton Elementary School (1255 Kenton St. Aurora Co. 8010) CAMP IS FULL

Camp hours: 9am-3:30pm Monday-Friday.

Camp will include activities such as: English Classes, Field Trips, Cooking Classes, Swimming, Sports and much more.

For Registration, fees, and financial scholarships please contact us at: 303-344-8060 ext. 29036

Ethiopian Community Parent Meeting Night!

Ethiopian Community Parent Meeting took place on Thursday March 17th at ESC-4/Welcome Center. APS schools currently have over 500 students from Ethiopia. The purpose of the meeting was to reach out to the Ethiopian community across Aurora Public Schools (APS), invite parents to learn about educational topics, and to create connections with APS staff.  The evening featured presentations on high school credits and graduation, student individualized career and academic plan (ICAP),  and parent engagement opportunities with APS schools. Partnering with APS, Africa One Village at a Time (ICOM), one of the organizations housed under the Aurora Welcome Center, informed parents about the multitude of services and supports they are offering for community members in Aurora. The event was also attended by the Board of Education Director Eric Nelson, APS Chief of Staff Marcelina Rivera, and Director of English Language Acquisition (ELA) Jean Burke. Thank you for everyone who participated in our event!

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APS Refugee and Immigrant Students Take Field Trips to Community College of Aurora

APS Welcome Center and Post Workforce Readiness (PWR) partnered together in order to take APS refugee and immigrant students and parents to visit the Community College of Aurora (CCA). The trips that took place in Februrary and March of 2016 brought 53 high school students and 18 parents to learn about CCA’s programs and degrees, financial aid opportunities, and to take a campus tour. The students and families on these trips represented various language groups: Burmese, Karen, Karenni, Nepali, Swahili, Spanish and Sango. For many of them it was their first time on a college campus in the United States. Many students and parents were excited and impressed about the opportunities that CCA has to offer for them and their families!

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Development and Advocacy for Social and Academic Success (DASAS)

DASAS is a support group for high school students who have gaps in their education. Students coming from other countries who enter Aurora Public Schools as high school students offer a rich range of experiences and perspectives. However, it is challenging for high school students who are beginning to learn English and have gaps in their education to demonstrate a great deal of academic and linguistic growth in a short amount of time.  DASAS provides a small group setting outside school hours to support and advocate for these students in academics, school involvement and social life.  We meet twice each week and accomplish these goals through English development and literacy activities, homework support, attendance accountability, games and shared experiences.                         

Conducted by Ryan Lee/APS welcome center TOSA

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Newcomer Orientation Event

This event has been created to enhance and provide support to our refugee and immigrant families that are new to APS district and United States school system.  During the orientation day, parents are introduced to a variety of educational topics such as attendance policies, grading system, and how their children are going to learn English in school. While parents participate in the workshops, students of all ages get to engage in fun and educational activities. Parents and students also have the opportunity to connect with other families, and to meet teachers, principals, and other APS staff. At the end of the day the families get to enjoy the community resources showcased to them by different community organizations. These resources and the experiences provided to the new families during the Newcomer Orientation Event help our newcomer students and parents prepare for educational success in Aurora Public Schools.

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