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Keeping In Touch, Volume 19

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Greetings Tutors! As we approach the fall season, we recognize this time as one of change. When the days become shorter, the air becomes crisper, and the leaves turn their brilliant orange, yellow, and reds; one can feel overwhelmingly inspired to initiate change in their life.

Change is experienced in many ways. This edition of Keeping In Touch features tutoring suggestions related to housing topics, including packing and moving to a new home. Any move, big or small, requires numerous adaptations. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 US Census adjusted its data collection timeline from April 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020. In the event your student and their family haven’t participated in the Census, included in this newsletter are ESL video presentations and curricula that can be used with your student to help her/him better understand the importance of providing census data.

We hope you and your student continue to keep in touch with each other and find meaningful ways to interact. 

May you use this change in seasons to move forward, out of the now and into the new. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or need help with tutoring strategies during this time. Be well and take care. 

With gratitude and hope, 
Carol Garcia
Tutor Support Specialist
Light a Spark Through Literacy
Community Happenings:

  • Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project (SSIP) is hosting a virtual citizenship preparation class, beginning September 15. For more information, click here.

  • K-Love Radio, 94.3 WJKL, will broadcast an interview about Literacy DuPage this Sunday, September 6, 2020, at 9:30 PM. To hear the interview one must listen directly from the radio signal – not from internet streaming or a smartphone app. 

  • Metropolitan Family Services is accepting applications to register children for early childhood education. For more information, click here.

  • AMITA Health is offering two free medical health clinics. For more information, click here.
Upcoming Tutor Support and In-service Workshops:

Peer Tutor Mentor (PTM) Meetings – watch your email next week to RSVP to receive a ZOOM link to attend one of the following sessions:
  • Thursday, September 17, 2020, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, September 23,2020, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • During an August Peer Tutor Meeting, there was a request for a PTM that was specific for tutors with ESL Level 0-1 students. A session will be held on Monday, September 21, 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM.

In-Service Workshops
  • Probation Services - There is still room to attend the virtual orientation session to learn more about tutoring a referred student from DuPage County Probation Services. Click here for more information. To receive the ZOOM invitation link to join this presentation, email Carol Garcia cgarcia@literacydupage.org or call 630/384-9678 no later than Friday, September 18, 2020.

  • Wintrust Bank will present virtual financial literacy workshops on September 23 and October 7. Watch your email next week for more information about these important workshop opportunities. 

  • A ZOOM Basics-101 in-service workshop was offered on September 17, 2020. To learn more about ZOOM Basics and to view the materials used in the presentation, click here, here, and here.  
Tips from an LDP Tutor:

Tutor Laura K. shared some of the pictures she has successfully used with her student during tutoring sessions. Click here and here for the two picture files.  

*Please email Carol Garcia if you would like to share any tutoring tips with the rest of the LDP Tutor Family!
Activity Links:

These are activity links about moving and housing hat you may be able to use with your student: 

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