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We want to take the time this month to honor and celebrate the life of Jody Ketchum Briola. Jody was an administrator at our partner school Jamaica Child Development Center. We learned so much from her during our work together putting on incredible workshops for families. Jody was a RISE champion from day one and always told us that we were going to change the world and should never give up. Words can't express how much Jody's support early on meant to us. She was a passionate educator that cared deeply for students and families. Thank you Jody for your love, laughter, and support. You will be missed but never forgotten! 
Here is Jody Ketchum Briola speaking about her passion for education and family engagement in this short video. Click image above to watch the video.
Staff Retreat
The RISE Team enjoyed our first, bi-annual Staff Retreat this month! Taking the time to keep our team connected is a huge priority for Co-CEOs, Veronica and Milagros. By building a strong team and an intentional team culture we ensure that we we have the support and tools we need to sustain in this work of educating, engaging, and empowering families to RISE as change agents for educational equity.  We spent time getting to know each other personally and professionally through team outings, culture builders, and professional development sessions.  There is so much love in our RISE family and we bring this to our work each and every day!
Partnership with the University of Denver 
RISE Colorado is so excited to continue our partnership with University of Denver's Morgridge College of Education Graduate Students in Higher Education through their Issues of College Access Course. We welcome four volunteers that will be with us for the next 20 weeks getting to know the Aurora community and supporting RISE's goals for this school year.  Make sure to say, "Hello!" to these new faces when you see them at our upcoming events.

From left to right:
Nura Mohamed, Katie Kubik, Daniel Hoover, and Evan Kravitz
 The 2016-17 School Year is Right Around the Corner!
A few important dates are coming up for families getting ready for pre-school and kindergarten in the upcoming school year:

Aurora Public Schools will hold Kindergarten Readiness Workshops for families about how they can prepare for the transition to Kindergarten with their students. There will be four dates for the workshop. Please refer to the flyer below.
It is Preschool Screening time!  All children ages 3 or 4 on or before October 1, 2016 are eligible for the APS Preschool Program.  Please refer to the flyer below for more information and dates of screenings.
RISE In the News
This month RISE Colorado's work was featured in:

Forbes, 2016 30 Under 30 in EducationForbes 30 Under 30 Recognizes RISE Colorado and Co-Founder Milagros Barsallo for our work. Our team shares this recognition with our families, students, teachers, school leaders, partners, supporters, and Aurora community for the work we do together everyday for educational equity!

Leadership for Educational Equity,Education Entrepreneurs Selected for Inaugural Venture Fund & Fellowship: RISE Colorado is announced as one of the inaugural winners of the Leadership for Educational Equity Venture Fund and Fellowship to support the organization's growth and leadership over the next year.
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