Title I Family Engagement Plan


  Bell Elementary School

Family Engagement Policy

2019-2020

 

To ensure the success of students at Bell Elementary, teachers, parents, and administration will actively contribute to the students’ well-being through close monitoring and communication in the following ways:

 

  • Administration, teachers, and parents sign a home and school leadership compact indicating their agreement to work together to ensure the success of all students.
  • In August, “Meet the Teacher” invites parents to bring their child to school to meet the new classroom teacher and learn expectations for the year.
  • Teachers communicate with parents through weekly/monthly newsletters about curriculum and events in the classroom.
  • Each nine weeks, teachers send report cards home to inform parents of their students’ academic and leadership progress. Mid-term reports are sent home in between report cards to inform parents of academic and leadership concerns and strengths.
  • Teachers schedule conferences with parents at least twice a year to share information concerning their child’s strengths and weaknesses as well as review Bell home and school leadership compact. The first conference should be held close to or after the completion of the first nine weeks to give teachers time to get to know students, try interventions, and gather data to share with parents.  If parents request an early conference, the request will be honored.  Phone conferences are held as needed and parents are encouraged to request a conference as needed.
  • Parents are encouraged to volunteer in their child’s classroom, (i.e. PTO meetings-join and become an active member)
  •  An evening Annual Meeting / Open House is held in the fall to inform parents of Title 1 policies.
  • In the spring, an informational meeting about EOG test taking strategies will be held for parents and students.
  • At the end of the school year, a transition event and/or information for rising 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will be held to introduce students and parents to the new building, administration, teachers, and expectations for the upcoming school year.
  • Parent workshops will be held throughout the school year relevant to parent needs and feedback from parent surveys sent home in the fall. Parents will also be invited in during the school day to help them become more engaged in their child’s education 
  • Curriculum night will be held in October. Teachers will give you information for how to support your child at home.
  • A "S.T.E.A.M Night" will be held in March. It will show student work and see how science and technology are integrated throughout the day.
    • A “Parent Engagement Survey” will be sent home at the end of the school year for parents to have input on the year’s parent activities.  
    •   Two Bell parents will attend the Buncombe County Title I Parent Advisory Council and share information.  
    • Family members are encouraged to volunteer in the school for:  Book Fair, Field Day, Fitness testing, Music performances (behind the scenes), in the classroom and in the Media Center.   
    • Bell staff host a breakfast in May to honor and show appreciation for all volunteers.  A "Summer Book Swap" is held the last few weeks of school for students to be able to swap for "new" books to read over the summer.    
    • A parent representative serves on the Media Committee to discuss technology purchases and uses.