Alice Smith Elementary School
Alice Smith’s Parent and Family Engagement Policy/Plan and Procedure
Alice Smith Elementary School is committed to the goal of providing a quality education for every child that attends our school. We want to establish partnerships with our parents, families, and with the community. Everyone benefits if Alice Smith and its families work together to promote high achievement for our children. This job is too critical to and important to work on alone, and by working together both home and Alice Smith we as a community will succeed. Alice Smith recognizes and appreciates that parents play an extremely important role in the lives of its students, their children, as their child’s first teachers. All around support for parents, Alice Smith, and its students is critical to children’s success at every step along the way.
Alice Smith Elementary School recognizes that some students may need extra assistance available through its Title 1 Program to reach the state’s high academic standards. Alice Smith intends to include all parents in all aspects of the school’s Title 1 Program. Our goal is to create and continue building a school-home partnership to help our students successfully reach their academic goals.
Part 1- SCHOOL, PARENT, and FAMILY ENGAGEMENT POLICY/PLAN REQUIERED COMPONENTS
- Parent and Family Engagement Policy: Alice Smith Elementary School will jointly develop/revise with parents the Parent and Family Engagement Policy and distribute it to its parents of participating children. Said policy will also be made available to the local community through the Alice Smith website, social media such as Facebook, as well as posted publicly on Alice Smith’s Information Board.
- Convene an Annual Title I Meeting: Alice Smith will convene annually every spring on the first and second Monday in May. There will be three set meeting times throughout the two Mondays: morning, mid-afternoon, and evening hours so that all parents with students will have an important opportunity to provide their insight and/or ask any questions. This annual parent meeting will focus on the types and kind of services offered through the Title 1 Program, receive information about upcoming school-wide events, activities, and community services.
- Flexible meetings: Alice Smith offers different types of flexible meetings/information for all our families, along with our friendly open-door policy. Our goal is consistent and meaningful two-way communication, all with a translator as necessary.
*c1* Written materials in English/Spanish.
*c2* Parent/Teacher Home Visits are highly encouraged to build our relationship with our families. The Parent/Teacher Home Visit Program is designed to build upon that important relationship between our staff and the community. Not only is the academics of the student focused on in the second visit, but also during the first visit, an in-depth conversation about the parent’s hopes and dreams for their child is discussed as well.
*c3* A Principal’s Connect Ed weekly phone call/email every Sunday evening with our weekly events and topics, along with intermittent Connect Ed calls/emails with important relevant information to better serve our families.
*c4* Parent/Teacher Conferences are held at least once a year but encouraged throughout the year. Every fall one week is set aside for these meetings to take place during various times of the day to discuss and review the student’s progress and to discuss the Parental Accord’s shared responsibilities of staff, parents, and students in the student’s academic progress.
- Involve parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely way in the planning, review, and improvement of the school plan under Section 1112, school-wide under Section 1114, and the process of the school review and improvement under Section 1116.
*d1* Parents are invited through flyers and Connect Ed messages/emails to an annual Spring meeting where both staff and parents collaborate and provide input, along with specifics to help compose our School Performance Plan.
- E) Provide parents of participating children-
*e1* A description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
*e2* If requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions of relating to their child’s education, and respond to any such suggestions as soon as practically possible.
** Multiple forms of communication are used to provide our families with information about school and parents programs, meetings, workshops, and other activities. We use take home fliers, Connect Ed phone calls/email messages, newsletters, one on one phone calls, and posting on our Parent Information Board. Meaningful communication with our parents is a high priority. Translations of written materials and interpreters for meetings, conferences, one on one phone calls, and daily conversations will be made available when practical so that all parents can be informed in a timely manner.
- F) If the school-wide program is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, Alice Smith will submit any parent comments on the plan when the school makes the plan available to the district.
*f1* School staff, teachers and families will continuously collaborate to support student’s learning and healthy development at both the home and school environments. Throughout the year parents will be provided information on grade level requirements, homework policies, how to monitor school work from home or through Infinite Campus, how to work with educators concerning the classroom curriculum and technology support. Information about school policies, state academic content standards, academic assessments, target proficiency level assessments, and learning options for students will be provided. Families are always encouraged to attend our Literacy and Math family friendly events, as well as other school events. Due to the matter that parent engagement is such a vital element for the improvement and progress of our students here at Alice Smith Elementary School, parents will also be involved in jointly developing ways to help educate Alice Smith staff in how to effectively communicate with, engage, and work with parents as equal partners in their child’s education.
PART ll-REQUIRED SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES FOR HIGH STUDENT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
As a component of the school-level Parent and Family Engagement Policy, Alice Smith shall jointly develop with parents for all the children served under this part, a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement.
**Conduct an annual parent/teacher conference during which the compact shall be discussed as the compact relates to student achievement.
**Provide frequent reports to parents on their child’s progress.
**Provide parents with reasonable access to staff, opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class and observation of classroom activities.
**Ensuring two-way, meaningful communication between our families and school staff, and to the extent when practicable, in a language that family members can understand.
**Conferences are held once a year, at various times during the day, to discuss student progress and review of The Parent Educational Accord and the shared responsibilities between the staff, parent, and student.
Communicating well and effectively is Alice Smith’s goal. Parents are welcome and encouraged to visit and volunteer in the classrooms. It is our expectations that teachers reach out to make positive contact with parents about their students throughout the year.
BUILDING CAPACITY FOR PARENTS AND STAFF-REQUIREMENTS FOR ENGAGEMENT
To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, Alice Smith and the district must:
1) Assist parents in understanding the challenging State academic standards, how to monitor a child’s progress, and work with educators.
*a1*Supporting student success: School staff and families will continuously collaborate to support students’ learning and healthy development both at school and home. Throughout the year parents will be provided information on grade level requirements, homework policies, how to monitor school work at home, how to work with educators, classroom curriculum and technology support. Information about school policies, state academic standards, academic assessments, target proficiency level assessments, and learning options for students will be provided.
SPEAKING UP FOR EVERY CHILD: Alice Smith is dedicated to provide opportunities for families to be empowered to participate actively in the academic process of their children. Families are encouraged to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure they are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities such as: English classes, Infinite Campus, and technology support that will support their success and their child’s. Families will receive information on all opportunities for parent education and training to assist them in advocating for students and families.
1) Provide materials, training and information to help parents work with their children, such as literacy training and using technology, including but not limited to the harms of copyright piracy and giving proper credit to authors.
**Families are strongly encouraged to attend our family friendly learning events for Literacy and Math, along with the social school events which helps create the trust and commitment to our families. Parent engagement is a vital element for improvement in a student’s progress towards their academic achievements.
2) Alice Smith will provide professional development to its teachers, specialized instructional staff, and other faculty to increase its students’ academic successes.
**Alice Smith’s administrative team works closely with grade level teams in different forms such as MTSS and through Professional Development Days to ensure high quality instructional teaching is a high priority for our students. Both administrative and grade level teams are also working hard to communicating with our parents in a regular and effective manner.
3) Coordinate and integrate parent engagement programs and activities with other Federal, State, and local programs, including public preschool programs, and conduct other activities through resource centers that encourage and support family engagement.
**Alice Smith works in collaboration with The Family Resource Center, Childfind for our two preschool programs, Sierra Kids through the city of Reno for an amazing before and after school childcare program, Nevada Food Bank with their after-school dinner program Monday through Friday, Education Alliance, PEACE Grant for extra counselor and SEL support, and Northern Nevada H.O.P.E.S. We also have reached out to our local community, and receive wonderful support from Steak & Shake, Lemmon Valley Walmart, and Lemmon Valley Grocery Outlet. Through the assistance of all of our resources parent requests and services will be provided as practicable.
4) Ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of participating children in a format, and to an extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.
**Alice Smith uses multiple ways to communicate with parents and families. Home fliers, Connect Ed calls/emails, Facebook, newsletters, Class Dojo (per teacher), fliers posted on The Parent Information Board located by front doors, and fliers in Parent Carousel located in front office. Most recent fliers will also be placed on front office counter by the Student Sign In/Out Book.
Title 1 Funding for the following are allowable activities:
5) May provide literacy training from funds received under this part if the district has exhausted all other reasonably available resources of funding for such training.
**Alice Smith diligently works with Family Resource Center, Nevada H.O.P.E.S. UNR, the Nevada Food bank, and several community neighbors such as the Golden Valley Library, Walmart, The PEACE Grant, Lemmon Valley Grocery Outlet, Steak & Shake, Kids’ Smiles Dentistry, and Whole Foods to coordinate for the resources and services that our families might need.
6) May pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with local Parent and Family Engagement activities, including transportation and childcare costs, to enable parents to participate in school related meetings and training sessions.
**Parent University provides access to childcare as needed basis and Volunteer Services has programs to help train families for volunteering in our classrooms in reading and math.
7) May train parents to enhance the involvement of other parents.
a**Volunteer Services and our own Parent Faculty Club are two great starts, along with our family friendly Literacy and Math events so that parents and families are empowered not only to help their own student, but are given the ability to help other students and parents.
8) May arrange school meetings at a variety of time, or conduct in-home conferences between teachers or other educators, who work directly with participating children with parents who are unable to attend such conferences at school in order to maximize Parent and Family Engagement participation.
a**Alice Smith holds annual conferences at various times of the day. We offer telephone conferences and in-home conferences for those parents who cannot make it during the Annual Parent Teacher Conference week and at any time throughout the year we are always encouraging meaningful and consistent communication between families and teachers.
b**Alice Smith is highly involved with the successful Parent Teacher Home Visit Program to help build trust and communication with its families to not only ensure of the child’s academic progress but show our students that Alice Smith C.A.R.E.S.
c**All conferences, meetings, and daily contact conversations are better served by a multi-lingual staff of English, Spanish, and Tagalog when practicable.
9) May adopt, implement, and model an approach to improving Parent and Family Engagement.
**Alice Smith uses multiple forms to communicate with its parents of participating students, including but not limited to, The Principal's Weekly Connect Ed/email, home fliers, The Parent Communication Board, Parent Communication Carousel, Facebook, and Alice Smith’s website.
12) May establish a district advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to Parent and Family Engagement in programs supported under this section.
**Parents will have the opportunity for leadership and participation through such things Coffee w/the Principal, multiple event committees in connection with Parent Faculty Club, and Advisory Committees that are established as necessary throughout the year such as Uniform Review Policy, Multi-Track Transitions, etc.
13) May develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses in Parent and Family Engagement activities.
**Alice Smith diligently works to collaborate with its partners and the neighboring communities, including but not limited to, The Family Resource Center, The PEACE Grant, Sierra Kids through the city of Reno, Child Find to provide preschool opportunities, Northern Nevada H.O.P.E.S., Education Alliance, Parent University, Volunteer Services, Lemmon Valley Grocery Outlet, and Lemmon Valley Walmart. We call upon these community partners so that we are better able to provide services and coordinate resources that may be needed for our families on a case by case basis.
PART lll- ACCESSIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
In carrying out the Parent and Family Engagement requirements of this part, local educational agencies and schools, to the extent practicable, shall provide opportunities for the parents and family members of all participating students (including parents and family members with limited English proficiency, parents and family members with disabilities, and parents and family members of migratory children) information and school reports required under Section 1111 in a format and to the extent practicable in a language that parents and family members would understand.
**Meaningful and consistent communication is our goal at Alice Smith. Translations of written materials and interpreters for meetings, conferences, Parent Teacher Home Visits, phone calls, and Connect Ed calls will be to the extent practicable in a language parents and family members can understand.
This Alice Smith Parent and Engagement Policy & Procedures has been revised jointly with and agreed upon with parents of children participating in the Title 1 program. These Parent and Family Engagement Policy & Procedures were revised by Alice Smith 9/11/2020 and are in effect for the 2020-2021 school year. The school will distribute this policy to all parents of participating Title I children on or before 10/31/2020.