“APALACHEE PARENT-STARS DEEPENING THE PRACTICE”
Parent Involvement Kick-Off!
September 27, 2012
5:30 pm – 7:45 pm at Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts
Who is a Parent?
A parent is anyone who provides children with basic care, direction, support, protection, and
guidance. Accordingly a parent can be single, married, cousin, aunt, uncle, grandparent, a court-
appointed guardian, a brother, a sister, an institution employee, a surrogate, a foster parent, or a
group such as happens when children live in a communal setting. There are nuclear families,
extended families, single- parent families, stepfamilies and blended families, foster parent families,
and homeless families. (Morrison, 1993)
The ATMSA family welcomes all of you aboard our learning starship!
TEAMWORK EMPOWERS SUCCESS FOR ALL!
Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts
650 Trojan Trails
Tallahassee, Florida 32311
Principal Assistant Principal Parent Liaison
Iris C. Wilson Elizabeth Rudd Arrhea S. Williams
TITLE OF SESSION and DESCRIPTION OF SESSIONS
PRESENTERS Room Number
KINDERGARTEN TEAM FAMILY READING TIME ROCKS This fun filled session will engage
Chairperson – Ms. J. Gilyard parent-stars /caregivers in literacy
activities that promote reading and
writing at home. The activities will
focus on out of school literacy
activities such as incorporating music,
puzzles, and oral reading (parents read
and model what good readers do). It
will also emphasize the various prints
that are around you such a billboards,
Room Number - 109 signs, and labels, and prints in the
FIRST (1st) GRADE READ WITH ME: Parent-stars will explore the
Chairperson – Ms. J. Wimberly Ways to Develop Language Skills relationship between language and
and A Love for Books reading. This session will demonstrate
how parents can read to their child
(ren) to create attachments that will
foster learning. The session will also
help parents become active
participants in the development of
Room Number - 139 their child’s most important skill of
SECOND (2nd) GRADE WRITING FROM THE START This session will inform parent-stars
Chairperson – M. Wells about modeled, shared, and
interactive techniques used to teach
and inspire writing in 2nd grade
students. It will provide participants
with the opportunity to experience
and explore the central role that
literature plays in the development of
a writer. Most importantly,
participants are introduced to fun,
Room Number 138 interactive tools that can be used to
reinforce writing skills at home.
THIRD (3rd) GRADE PARENTS AS PALS Parent-stars will learn how to be more
Chairperson – M. Randolph (Peer Assisted Learning productive with their students at
Strategies) home when it comes to reading.
Parents will work with another parent
(Parents please bring your child or student (their child) to complete the
to this workshop so you all can story pyramid sheet together. The
pair-up and work together.) computer will be used to show
participants how to access the Imagine
It Website; and how to play the games
with the students at home. Parent-
THIRD (3rd) GRADE Continues Parents As Pals stars will be given fluency passages
(Peer Assisted Learning and the teacher-stars will demonstrate
Strategies) Continues how to do a one-minute timed reading
check with their children at home.
Parents will participate in a
comprehension question activity and
will be given suggestions about how to
ask the best questions for maximal
Room Number - 127
FOURTH (4 ) GRADE] THE READING AND WRITING The main focus of this workshop will
Chairperson – Ms. T. Newsome CONNECTION be to help parents understand and
identify the various kinds of genres in
literature. Special focus will be on
informational and narrative text.
Samples of both will be provided and
parent-stars will be able to brainstorm
a list of other sources for these texts.
Information regarding the importance
of fluency on comprehension will be
given. Providing parents with effective
questioning techniques to use when
discussing their child’s reading will be
In addition, the teacher –stars will
discuss how the aforementioned skills
and strategies are directly related to
developing high competency in
writing. Special focus on organization,
Room number - 125 elaborations, and conventions in both
expository and narrative will mode will
FIFTH (5th) GRADE QUESTIONS THAT PARENTS We all know that there is no such thing
Chairperson – Ms. T. Carter HAVE ABOUT SCHOOL AND as a bad question! Therefore, fifth
ANSWERS THAT WILL LEAD TO grade teachers are urging parents to
HIGH ACHIEVEMENT come out and spend an evening asking
the questions that many parents want
answers to but aren’t comfortable
asking. We will spend our time
together providing information that
will empower YOU, PARENT-STARS, to
help your child/children achieve at the
It takes a village to educate a child, so
Room number – 703 this session will share quality
strategies with you that we know
work. Use of quality strategies has
Questions That Parents Have proven to bring forth positive student
FIFTH (5th) GRADE Continues About School and Answers That outcomes! Therefore this session will
Will Lead to High Achievement equip both our students and parents
Continues with an abundance of strategies and
techniques to choose from. We want
you, the parent, to understand what
we are teaching our students and why.
To make the most of our time
together, the team ask that you come
prepared with your questions written
down on paper and be prepared to
We look forward to spending an
evening with you that we are certain
will prove worthwhile in the months to
come. You know your child better
than us, so we need you to assist us in
providing a quality education to all of
our STARS. Together, we will do a
great thing in the lives of our children!
Please accept our invitation and join
the 5th Grade Teacher-stars!
Room Number - 703
MULTI -GRADE LEVELS (1 – 5) STEPS/SRATEGIES TO HELPING This interactive session will provide
Ms. A. Williams – Parent Liaison YOUR CHILD SUCCEED IN strategies to help parent –stars
SCHOOL prepare your children for long-term
success on their educational journey.
It will explore techniques, ways of
thinking, and relationships that are
needed in order for your child (ren) to
be successful on the K-12 Journey.
Students cannot afford to wait until
they get to high school to start making
preparations for college and careers.
Students must be ready and set to
learn early on. THE TIME IS NOW!
Room - Media Center
Intermediate Grade Levels (3-5) ACALETICS-STRATEGIES TO HELP This hands on session will provide
Mr. Todd Collins YOUR CHILD SUCCEED IN MATH home strategies to help increase your
child’s proficiency in math. Take home
materials will be provided at the end
of the session for parents who stayed
for the entire session.
ALL ABOARD THE ATMSA STARSHIP WITH YOUR PARENT-STAR VISION ON THIS JOURNEY TOWARD
“APALACHEE PARENT-STARS DEEPENNG THE PRACTICE”
Parent Involvement Kick-Off!
Please return this form to your child’s teacher no later than
Monday, September 17, 2012.
Parent’s Name: ___________________________________________________
_________ I plan to attend. ________ I do not plan to attend.
How many persons will attend the workshop with you?
_____________Number of adults ________ Number of children
Please indicate by checking the session that you will attend in ranking order.
Can only attend one session! Please indicate first choice with #1 and second choice with #2.
(In case first choice is full, you will be able to attend your second choice.
______ (Kindergarten (K) Session – “Family Reading Time Rocks”
______ First Grade (1st) - “Read With Me: Ways to Develop Language Skills and
a Love for Books”
______ Second (2 ) Grade – “Writing from the Start”
______ Third (3rd) Grade – Parents As Pals (Peer Assisted Learning Strategies)
______ Fourth (4th) Grade – The Reading and Writing Connection
______ Fifth (5th) Grade -
______ Multi-Grade Levels (1-5) Steps/Strategies To Helping Your Child
Succeed In School
______ Acaletics (3rd-5th) Strategies to Help You Child Succeed in Math
Dinner will be served from 5:30 pm until 6:00 pm. Dinner will be taken up at 6:15 pm
so all can enjoy the workshops. Childcare will be provided for children 3 years old and older.
The workshop sessions will begin promptly at 6:30 pm in the designated classrooms. Door
prizes will be given at 7:40 pm. The winner must be present in order to win.
Please come prepared to participate and have a good time in the name of your