Throughout the school year, activities are planned that involve parents, students and staff. The activities are designed to strengthen the relationship between the school and families along with providing information to parents to ensure the success of their child. The following programs have been planned to involve parents in the learning process and environment at our school.
° Annual Title I Orientation Night, September 10, 2014: A presentation will be made by the Home School Coordinator and Family Engagement Coordinator explaining the different programs in detail to parents giving them suggestions on how they can help their children at home. 5:30pm – 6:30pm in the media center. This is a Pot Luck Event ! Parents please bring a dish.
° Parent Compact Meeting, September 10, 2014: Parents will be given the opportunity to give feedback on the Title I School Policy and parent compacts.
Field Day: October 3, 2014 (Rain Day October 10th)
° Tutoring, September – May, 2013-2014: Math and reading tutoring are offered after-school tutoring program for students not making adequate progress during the regular school day.
End of Year Picnics: Week of April 27th – May 1st
October 14, 2014 - 3rd Grade; November 18, 2014 - 4th Grade; February 10, 2015 – 2nd Grade; April 21, 2015 - 1st Grade **Teachers will meet with parents in the classrooms starting at 6pm; PTA meeting will start at 6:30 in the gym followed by performances**
°TOYOTA Family Literacy Project, September – May, 2014-2015: Hispanic Family Literacy Project offering resources, education, and support to Hispanic/Latino parents. Activities include computer classes, adult ESL classes, regular classroom visitation and observation, and discussions addressing how parents can best help children learn.
° Family Fall Festival, October 30, 2014: The school and PTA will host a festival of carnival games and activities for families including but not limited to a cake walk, video games, pizza, hot dogs, and other events.
° Classroom Newsletter
s: Classroom teachers send home grade level weekly newsletters to inform parents of upcoming events and report on happenings in their classrooms. Also, the Home-School Coordinator sends home monthly “Home & School Connection” Title One newsletters.
° Homework-Schedule Books: Each student in grades K-5 receives a homework-schedule book to help parents know what assignments are due when. The homework-schedule book provides teachers, parents, and students with a means of daily communication about academic and behavior issues.
° Parent Surveys: Two parent surveys are sent home to all families to obtain ideas for school activities and parent workshops. In one survey, parents are asked to evaluate the school on a wide array of issues (friendliness, amount of homework, school rules, property appearance, staff accessibility, academic issues, and the like) and are given choices of topics they would like to learn more about along with choices of days and times that they are available to participate in the workshops. In the other survey, parents are asked what activities they would like to see conducted in the school (fall festival, curriculum night, and the like) and how they might be willing to help with the events and activities.
° Weekly Folders: Teachers send home reports, announcements, special communications, and papers each week in the Tuesday Folders. Parents are asked to review the papers, sign reports and return them to the classroom teacher. Parents are encouraged to write comments or questions to the teachers and place them in the Tuesday Folders.
° Website: Mineral Springs Elementary School has a website for parents. Academic links are included along with important school information. The website is updated frequently, and parents and students are encouraged to utilize all the information that is available on the school webpage. Each teacher also has a webpage that is updated regularly and provides information about class activities, homework, and classroom standards and expectations.
° Parent Assist: Parent Assist allows parents to access student information via any Internet access at work or at home. Parent Assist uses web access to serve the family and improve the effectiveness of the communication between teachers and parents along with improved parent involvement and real-time student progress reports for parents.
° Blackboard/Connect 5: Parents are contacted with an automated telephone call with announcements about important information and up-coming events on an as-needed basis.
° Parent Handbook: A Mineral Springs Elementary School Parent Handbook is sent home with each student. School policies, attendance requirements, dress code, school hours and special information about Old Town Elementary are included in the handbook.
° Awards Day: Parents are invited to attend awards ceremonies held at times to be announced. Students are acknowledged for achievements in several areas such as academics, character, art shows, good citizenship and special events.
° Ensuring that Information is Understandable: With a majority Hispanic/Latino population, it is imperative that information is understandable by our parents. Interpreters are provided for all school-wide assemblies and Alert Now announcements, and as needed for parent-teacher conferences. All materials sent home are in both English and Spanish.
Rosalia Chavez Munoz
Parental Involvement Coordinator
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