Building Capacity for Involvement
Efforts will be made to ensure parents/caregivers are actively involved in the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the school’s Title I program, including the following:
- Provide family members a voice in decision-making on committees, such as e-Notify for emergencies, News You Choose email messages, quarterly Parent Newsletters, weekly Friday Communication Folders, School Memos, Event Flyers, and the BES Website which contains a variety of information for students and their family members.
- Engage caregiver input when developing the School Improvement and Innovation Plan (SIIP), Comprehensive Needs Assessment, the Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy and Compact and plans for use of Title I family engagement funding.
- Seek feedback from families on programs within the SIIP, offer multiple methods for caregivers to submit comments about programs they may not find satisfactory, and submit any such comments with SIIP to FCPS central offices.
- Invite family members to help in organizing and executing a variety of school events (i.e., BES Book Fairs, BES Curriculum Nights, and PTA Sponsored events) to build collective ownership.
- Provide opportunities for caregivers to volunteer within the school in various ways, such as Parent Center, Room Parents, Library Helpers, Clinic, and our BES Café.
- Encourage families to take part in the annual evaluation of the division-level Title I parent and family engagement policy in order to identify:
- barriers to greater family participation
- ways to help family members be better able to assist in student learning
- strategies to support successful school and family interactions
Effective Communication with Parents
Efforts will be made to ensure parents/caregivers receive meaningful communication in a timely manner, including the following:
- Use multiple methods of communication to families such as e-Notify for emergencies, News You Choose email messages, quarterly parent newsletters, weekly Friday Communication Folder, school memos, event flyers, and our BES Website which contains a variety of information for students and their families.
- Encourage all caregivers to attend an annual meeting on Back-To-School Night to share information about Title I services, explain Title I grant requirements, and inform families of their right to be involved in the school.
- Share school and students’ performance data with families in ways that seek their ideas about how to improve performance toward Virginia’s challenging academic standards, such as quarterly interim reports, quarterly progress report cards, and student performance data summary of progress of Horizon and DRA reading scores.
- Provide opportunities throughout the year for families to better understand the school’s goals for students and find ways to improve students’ learning by providing families with a variety of workshops that focus on Tier I core instruction in the areas of reading, math, and science; as well as socio-emotional wellness.
- Maintain resources for caregivers to review students’ assignments and ongoing communication about students’ work, such as Friday Folders, Grade Level Newsletters, and the option to sign up for Remind and/or Class Dojo to receive weekly communications.
- Provide ongoing feedback on students’ progress through quarterly progress reports that show specific areas of proficiency and areas for continued growth.
- Hold parent-teacher conferences for all students at least annually in the fall and more often, as needed.