Shamrock GardensElementary School Parent Involvement Policy 2011-2012 School Year I. PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY Shamrock Gardens Elementary School encourages parents to be involved in their child’s education. The administration, staff and parents of Shamrock Gardens Elementary School believe that the improved academic achievement of each student is a responsibility shared by the entire school community, including the school district, school, community members, school administration, staff, students, and parents. Our Parental Involvement Policy outlines our plan to build SGES and parents’ capacity for strong parental involvement. The Shamrock Garden Parental Involvement Policy was designed by a school based team of administrators, PTA members, teachers, and teacher assistant. Parents will receive a copy of the Parent Involvement Policy (this document) which describes the ongoing activities that are held to inform and involve parentsin their child’s education. II. Annual Information Meeting/Back to School Night: On September 22, 2011 we will hold our Annual Title I Review/Back to School Night. This meeting will give parents the opportunity to learn about the Pre-K- 5th grade curriculum and provide input for school improvement and parent involvement initiatives we have as a Title I School.This meeting will also provide information regarding: a. A description and explanation of the curriculum, assessment forms, and proficiency levels and state standards. b. Our school performance profile. c. A listing of available community services and resources. d. An explanation of our instructional program. e. A discussion of the importance of homework, attendance, tardiness, and feelings aboutschool. III. Flexible Meeting Times This year we will ensure maximum parental involvement in school opportunities and meetings by using a flexible schedule. We will host a Report Card Pick Up day on November 10, 2011, 9:00 AM-12 PM. During this time, we will use our teacher assistants and support staff to provide coverage for parents who would like to speak to their child’s teacher after reviewing their report card. Additionally, members of our Support Staff (Counselor, Communities in Schools, Counselor, and Nurse) will have information available regarding resources and community support. IV. Title I Part A Planning/Regular Communication Communication with parents is crucial for student academic success. Shamrock Gardens Elementary School uses a variety of methods to communicate with our parents and school community. a. Open House: A school open house will be held on August 22, 2011. Parents will have the opportunity to faculty and staff of our school, tour our beautiful campus, and meet their child’s teacher. b. Shamrock Gazette: a monthly newsletter published between September-June that includes suggestions on how to work with your child, lists of good books to read with your child as well as other information to support strong family involvement in your child’s education and ultimate success in school. c. Agendas: All Kindergarten through Fifth grade students will receive an agenda to record daily assignments. The agendas are used to send daily messages between parents/guardians and the classroom teacher. d. Friday Folders: A communication folder will be sent home every Friday with graded student work samples and pertinent school/classroom information. e. Parent Handbook: A Parent Handbook will be distributed on the first day of school and will be available on-line. This handbook outlines important policies and procedures for our school. f. Parent Teacher Conferences: Fall Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Friday, October 28, 2011. Teachers will be available to review student progress progress and answer any questions parents may have. Parents may schedule additional conferences as needed. V. Shamrock Gardens Learning Compact We believe that our students do their best through the teamwork of parents, families, students and school staff. The learning compact is an agreement between Shamrock families and the school that describes how we will work together to support student learning during the 2011-2012 school year. This document will be sent home with First Day of School materials on August 25, 2011, during our Back to School Night, during Parent-Teacher Conferences, and on Report Card Pick-Up Day. a. SGES parents/guardians/students earn Compact Points by attending school conferences, workshops, PTA meetings and other school events and by volunteering at the school to support classroom teachers and/or specific initiatives, such as the garden, book fair, etc.In June we will hold our Annual Compact Party for Shamrock Families who have earned 60 Compact Points during the school year. b. A copy of the SGE Parent Compact can be found on the next page. Shamrock Gardens Elementary School LEARNING COMPACT 2011-2012 The learning compact is an agreement between Shamrock families and the school that describes how we will work together to support student learning during the 2011-2012 school year. Please read these statements, sign the agreement, and return to your child’s teacher. As a parent or guardian, I will: Make sure my child arrives at school rested, healthy and on time every day. Attend parent/teacher conferences at least two times during the year to learn about my child’s learning progress. Attend special school-wide events, like curriculum night, grade dinners, and family nights. Require my child to read daily and actively participate, when possible. Provide the time and space needed to complete homework activities assigned by my child’s teacher. Check my child’s backpack each day for important information. Read and respond, as needed, to the information received from the school in the agenda, teacher’s folder, notes, and newsletters. Volunteer to support the school at least two times this year (e.g., in the garden, in the classroom, with the PTA, during special school events). Communicate with my child’s teachers whenever I have questions or concerns. As a teacher, I will: Set high standards for every student. Create and maintain a supportive and caring environment, helpful for learning. Provide innovative activities and assignments that will meet and/or exceed curriculum expectations for all students. Communicate regularly with parents and guardians about their child’s progress. Engage, motivate, and support students to achieve academic success. Collaborate with parents and guardians to meet students’ specific needs. As the principal or assistant principal, I will: Support collaboration between teachers, students, and families to reinforce individual learning needs for all students. Ensure a productive learning environment for students and teachers. Host school-wide activities that enhance the learning experience and strengthen the Shamrock community. Report publicly on reading and math performance and create programs to encourage achievement in these areas. How does the compact work? Families will earn points for their engagement with the compact. Our goal is for every family to earn 60 points this year. At the end of the school year, we invite all families who have earned 60 points to a compact celebration. How can I keep track of the number of points my family has earned? Progress reports will be sent home four times during the year to update you on the number of points you have earned to that point. In addition, we will use the bulletin board in the school lobby to track total points earned at each grade level and reward the grade with the most points each quarter. __________________________________________________________________________ Parent/Guardian Signature Date Teacher: _______________________________________ Child:______________________ Shamrock Gardens Elementary School CONTRATO DE CONOCIMIENTOS 2011-2012 El contrato de conocimientos es un acuerdo entre las familias de Shamrock y el colegio que describe como iremos a trabajar juntos para apoyar a los alumnos en todos sus conocimientos durante el año escolar 2011-2012. Por favor lean las declaraciones, firmen el contrato y regrésen el documento al maestro de su niño/a. Como padre o guardián: Estar pendiente que my niño llegue a la escuela aletro, sano y a tiempo todos los dias. Asistir a las conferencias de padres/maestros por lo menos dos veces durante el año escolar para informarme del progreso de mi niño. Ir a eventos del colegio, por ejemplo noche de plan de estudios, cenas de grados, y noche de familias. Poner atención que me niño lea todos los dias y que participe en actividades cuando sea posible. Proporcionar tiemo y espacio para que el niño haga su tarea. Revisar la mochila todos los dias para información importante. Leer y responder a la información que reciba del colegio, en la carpeta del maestro, notas y hojas informativas. Ser voluntario por lo menos dos veces por año (por ejemplo en el jardín, en el salon, con el PTA, durante acontecimientos especiales). Ponerme en contacto con el maestro de mi niño cuando tengo preguntas o preocupaciones. Como maestro: Establecer altos criterios. Crear y mantener un ambiente de apoyo que ayude a los niños en sus estudios y conocimientos. Proporcionar para todos los alumnos actividades y tareas creativas que superan las esperanzas del plan de estudios. Comunicarme con regularidad con los padres y guardianes sobre el progreso de sus niños. Motivar y apoyar a los estudiantes a tener éxito. Colaborar con padres y guardianes a cumplir con las necesidades específicas de los niños. Como director o asistente al director: Apoyar la colaboración entre maestros, estudiantes y familias para hacer cumplir los conocimientos individuales de todos los alumnos. Asegurar que hay un buen ambiente para los estudios y conocimientos de los estudiantes y maestros. Presentar actividades dentro del colegio que aumentan las experiencias y mejoran la comunidad de Shamrock. Hacer reportes sobre los resultados de lectura y matemática y crear programas que animan a realizar estos estudios. ¿Cómo funciona el contrato? Las familias ganan puntos al participar en el contrato. Nuestra meta es que cada familia gane 60 puntos este año. Al final del año escolar invitamos a todas las familias que tiene 60 puntos a una celebración. ¿Cómo puedo mantener al corriente los puntos que la familia ha ganado? Enviarán reportes de progreso a la casa cuatro veces durante el año para informarles del número de puntos que han gangado. Además usaremos el tablón en el vestíbulo del colegio para anotar todos los puntos de cada grado y dar un premio al grado que gana el mayor número de puntoscada trimestre. __________________________________________________________________________________ Firma de Padre/Guardian Fecha Maestro: _____________________________________ Niño/a: ______________________________ VI. Building Parent Involvement Capacity Parent Workshops: Shamrock Gardens will offer periodic workshops directed to enhance parentawareness in the different topics related to child education. We will partner with N.C. PIRC, Parent University, and other community members to host meaningful information sessions for our parents. School Improvement Planning: Parents are encouraged to participate in school improvement planning for our school by participating in any of the following activities: a. School Leadership Team: Parents may serve as members of the School Improvement Team of Shamrock Gardens Elementary School. This body is charged with drafting the annual School Improvement Plan. b. Providing Feedback: All parents may share their thoughts, hopes, and ideas for increasing student achievement at Shamrock Gardens and enhancing our school culture. c. School Leadership Team Meetings: All parents are invited and encouraged to participate in our School Leadership Team meetings where we will discuss the School Improvement Plan and track progress towards our goals. VII. Parents of LEP and Exceptional Students We will provide full access to parental involvement activities for parents of Exceptional Students and Limited English Proficiency. The school will translate the documents that will be sent home to parents and will also have interpretation available to facilitate the communication between staff and parents. VIII. Reservation of Funds for Parental Involvement Shamrock Gardens Elementary School will reserve Title I Funds to carry out our parent involvement activities. We will request parent feedback for recommendations for using Parent Involvement funds through our PTA and during Parent Involvement activities. IX. Annual Evaluation As a school community, we will review the effectiveness of our parent involvement policy in improving our school during our Annual Title I Meeting and School Improvement Planning process. We invite you to call the school to ask any questions you may have or to schedulea visit or meeting. It is our hope that your children will have wonderful learning experience at Shamrock Gardens Elementary School.Parents will be encouraged to participate in the School Leadership Team, ParentTeacher Association and other school activities. As always, Shamrock Gardens will be sensitive to the cultural background of parents, students and thecommunity in general and will provide a welcoming environment for all.
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