Brooklyn Center School District #286 Earle Brown Elementary School-Title I Schoolwide Program Parent Involvement Plan Statement of Purpose Earle Brown Elementary is committed to the goal of providing quality education for all students with our vision that “every learner will achieve academic excellence and become a productive citizen.” We strive to empower each learner to excel academically, socially and emotionally, while capitalizing on the diverse backgrounds and experiences of the students, staff, and community. It takes an entire community to educate a child. Everyone gains if school and home work together as partners to promote high achievement. Earle Brown will involve parents in the development of its parent involvement policy. School Report Card information will be available to parents at the annual fall meeting and reported to PTA. The information is also sent to all residents of the school district in the Expressions newsletter, and there is a Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) link on the District Website under “Resources” at www.brookcntr.k12.mn.us. District Parent Involvement Policy and Earle Brown Parent Involvement Plan are available on the District Website. Parents will be involved in writing and modifying the Parent Involvement Plan through additional PTA meetings in the spring when input is gathered and compiled by the Title I Coordinator. Findings of evaluations from parent evenings are used to drive the content and logistics of future parent events and if necessary revise the Parent Involvement Plan. Students who need additional help reaching grade level goals will be able to get small group assistance through the Schoolwide Title I Program. Classroom teachers will advise parents of this additional assistance at conference time. Students who qualify for ELL services are first tested and then parents are notified within a month by a letter that details the level of the service. Earle Brown will involve parents in the process of school review and improvement. If our school has been identified as needs improvement, a letter will be sent to all parents explaining the situation. After our Data Retreat, parents, along with staff, will be involved in setting academic and climate goals for the next school year. Earle Brown will build the school’s and parents’ capacity for strong parent involvement through the following activities. MCA scores, proficiency levels, and local math and reading test results shared with parents at conferences. Title I Annual Meeting held by the Title I Coordinator with PTA parents. District Website contains a Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) link where state student academic content standards are found. Parent-teacher conferences held at the end of trimesters one and two with a Book Fair held during each conference time. Student portfolios shared at conferences. Free materials in English and Spanish available at conferences to assist parents in helping children at home with math and reading. As much as possible, parent information is sent home in English and Spanish and translators are available at parent events and conferences. Partnership Pledge signed each fall. Reading and math events focus on literacy and math activities, literacy training for parents, and getting books into the homes. These events are sponsored in collaboration with Title I, ECFE, Community Ed, and the Home Away After School Program. Fall Open House, grade level evening choral concerts, PTA sponsored all school carnival and Family Nights Out, 21st Century events, Ice Cream for Books Literacy Evening. Book bags containing books, read-at-home activities, and incentives sent home by classroom teachers. School calendars sent home with all students and school planners for appropriate grade levels. Classroom information sent home via class newsletters or the District Website. Parents involved in classrooms as field trip chaperones and volunteers. This plan was adopted by Earle Brown Elementary School on April 8, 2008 and will be in effect for the period of one year. The plan will be distributed to all parents in the fall of the year before September 30, 2008.