English as a Second Language

Spring 2022

********************************************** Student Spotlight

****************************** Senior Spotlight - Congratulations Yanisa on your upcoming graduation!



I am Yanisa Junkham, a senior at Springfield High School. I lived in Thailand all my life before coming to the U.S. and started school here as a sophomore. It was so hard for me to learn a new language I barely knew. I tried so hard to learn English. There were a lot of obstacles that I’ve been through such as learning the new culture and adjusting to the society here.

I have wanted to be a doctor since I was a kid. I did my best to study because I want to be successful in my life. It was so hard sometimes. I absolutely know how people feel when you are a senior and have to think about what you want to achieve in the future, which is so stressful. I applied to the university that I wanted. I was disappointed at first when things didn’t go the way I planned. I want to thank all my family and people around me who pushed me to try again. It made me feel a lot better. Honestly, I still was afraid to apply to another college. But I tried and was admitted to the Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. I remember the day when I heard the good news. I was really happy. Especially, that I know my family and people around me are proud of me. I learned a lesson that sometimes things can be bad but if you don’t try, you will not know what may happen: do the best you can. Frankly, I am so proud of myself. I remember myself as a girl who barely knew English and now I will be a college student! It wasn’t easy and it required a lot of time studying but I know that I am one step closer towards achieving my dream of becoming a doctor. I know there are still a lot of things I have to learn and spend a lot of years studying but I am ready for this challenge.

********************************************* Kindergarten-8th Grade Summer Book Club

Calling all readers! We are sponsoring a book club this summer. All of our students are receiving books and a reading log. These will go home at the end of the school year. Mom and dad, please check with your child and join in the fun. When your child reads a book this summer help them fill out the reader's log and sign your name. All students who bring back their reader's log will receive a prize!


Need to find a good book? You can sign up for a free library card at the Lincoln Library, 326 S. 7th Street, find an good used book at The Book Rack, 2943 W White Oaks Dr #3, or go online at Unite for Literacy!


Here is an extra Reading Log if you lose yours.



Happy Reading!

******************************************** Early Learning Center

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Preschool Screenings at the Early Learning Center

Please call the Prekindergarten Program office to request an appointment, 217-525-3365.


Early Learning center, South 1st Street, Springfield, IL

Early Learning Center

Children who attend prekindergarten are 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1 of the year they are enrolled. Children with special needs may be eligible to start on their third birthday.

********************************* District 186 ELL Parent Page

Press for a special page created just for our parents of English language learning students.

******************************************** Summer Resources

Here are some summer activities that are available for your children.

Springfield YMCA

A variety of enrichment activities, which could include archery, gymnastics, canoeing, arts & crafts, sports, group games, team building, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), swimming, fieldtrips and more! Have a fun-filled summer!

Henson Robinson Zoo

Small zoo by Lake Springfield

Springfield Parks

Springfield has beautiful parks that families can explore!

Lincoln Library Bubble Bus

Back by popular demand is the Bubble Bus! Join us outside Lincoln Library and learn all about this year's Summer Reading Challenge. Visit Us 326 S. 7th Street Springfield, IL 62701 (217) 753-4900 Bubble Bus Jun 10, 2022 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Kidzeum

Kidzeum is designed so that kids can explore, learn, and have fun while understanding how to make healthy choices for ourselves, our communities and our earth!

********************************************** Congratulations, Students 🏆

Each January students take the ACCESS language assessment in order to guide teacher instruction and measure their growth in English. Every year we have students who score high enough to exit the English as a Second Language Program. Congratulations to them!

Students who passed ACCESS 2021


Hanshit

Felipe

Nathalae

Rabail

Mayaar

Daniella

Ange

Kaizer



Students who passed ACCESS 2022


Sofia

Sarah

Arkaan

Anderj

Haritssa

Messie

Rameen

Syeda

Abdualaziz

An

Keyla

Melina

Nayely

Amor

Dulce

Marcos

Mohamed

Shaima

Mohammad Irfan

Aarav




Check out what's happening in our school district!*****

Highlights: 1) School Board Meeting Report 2) Kindergarten Registration Info 3) Summer Construction Projects 4) Covid Vaccine Clinic Dates

***************************** District 186 ESL Program

We are here to serve your children and to make learning the best experience it can be!

********************************************** Adult English Classes in Springfield

FISHES AND LOAVES/SPRINGFIELD LITERACY PROJECT

Students are 17 and older

Private and small group lessons are arranged with instructor.

217-529-3333

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Lincoln Land Community College

Sue Alexander

ESL Coordinator

217-786-4945

sue.alexander@llcc.edu

Link is below

********************************************* Join the Family and Community Engagement (F.A.C.E.)Team - We Need to Hear YOUR Voice!



Contact Diane Hess, dhess@sps186.org, if an interpreter is needed.


F.A.C.E. https://www.sps186.org/familyengagement/?cat=18918

**********************************************How can parents help their children learn English?






Research shows that children who are literate in their first language perform much better in school than children who are not literate in their first language. Parents should continue to interact with their children in their first language and to encourage them to become bilingual.

Talk with your child about school in your language.

Read to your child in your language.
Ask your child to read to you in English and expect your child to read every day.

Tell your child stories in your language.

Encourage your child to complete homework assignments.

Encourage your child to read and write in your language.

******************************************* Summer Meal Program

Any child 18 years and younger can join for breakfast and lunch at the following schools. You do not need to call ahead however you must eat at the school. There will be NO meals served on June 20 and July 4 due to the holidays.


Lee Elementary School - 1201 Bunn Avenue

June 16-July 8

8:00-8:30

11:30-12:00



Enos Elementary School - 524 West Elliott Ave

June 23-July22

8:00-8:30

11:30-12:00



Harvard Park Elementary School - 2501 South 11th Street

June 23-July22

8:00-8:30

11:30-12:00



Matheny-Withrow Elementary School - 1200 Pope Ave

June 23-July22

8:00-8:30

11:30-12:00



Marsh Elementary School - 1100 Avon Drive

June 23-July22

8:00-8:30

11:30-12:00



Ridgely Elementary School - 2040 North Eighth St.

June 23-July22

8:00-8:30

11:30-12:00



Lindsay Elementary School - 3600 Fielding Drive

June 13-August 12

8:00-8:30

11:30-12:00



Wilcox Elementary School - 2000 Hastings Road

June 13-August 12

8:00-8:30

11:30-12:00



McClernand Elementary School - 801 North Sixth Street

June 13-August 12

8:00-8:30

11:30-12:00



Franklin Middle School - 1200 Outer Park Drive

June 21 – July 15

8:00-8:30

11:30-12:00



Grant Middle School - 1800 West Monroe Street

June 21 – July 15

8:00-8:30

11:30-12:00



Lincoln Middle School - 300 South 11th Street

June 21 – July 15

8:00-8:30

11:30-12:00



Washington Middle School - 2300 East Jackson Street

June 21 – July 15

8:00-8:30

11:30-12:00



Springfield High School - 101 South Lewis Street

Monday-Thursday

June 15 – July 21

8:00-8:30

12:00-12:30



Southeast High School - 2350 East Ash Street

Monday-Thursday

June 15 – July 21

8:00-8:30

12:00-12:30



Feitshans Elementary School - 1101 S. 15th Street

June 21 – July 28

8:00-8:30

11:00-11:30

********************************************** Teacher Spotlights