School: Ronda Clingman Elementary School
Date Submitted: August 16, 2023
Describe your plan to involve parents in the development of this policy and how you intend to document their participation and feedback.
At the beginning of the school year, RCES will meet with the Parent Advisory, PTO Officers, and parents present for our annual Open House. During this meeting, we will share information regarding our school's participation in and requirements of Title I and Parent's Right to Know.
This meeting will be offered in the evening, after working hours, for the convenience of our stakeholders. All information is provided in a language and format understandable to our stakeholders. If needed, interpreters are also present for support and clarification of any communication.
The School Improvement Team also has parent representation, and these meetings are held as open meetings.
The District and School Title 1 Parent and Family Engagement Policies will be included and distributed in our annual Parent/Student Handbook and Calendar of Events. Parents return a signed form stating that they have received this information. Parents may contact the school via phone or email at any time with feedback, questions, and suggestions.
Shared Responsibility for High Student Academic Achievement
Describe your plan to develop your school compact and gain meaningful collaboration with families.
Teacher/Parent/Student Agreements and Expectations will be discussed with our Parent Advisory. During this time, we will survey and solicit feedback as we develop our Parent and Family Engagement Policy. School/Parent Compacts are collected from all students with the signature of the principal, teacher, parent, and student. These are maintained in Title 1 Room.
Building Capacity for Involvement
Describe how your school will provide programs to assist parents in building capacity to be involved in their child’s education.
RCES plans four Parent Nights each school year focusing on celebrating growth and achievements. These events are congruent with our PTO meetings and grade level music performances. These nights are established to provide parents with strategies in each curricular area to help their child be successful. RCES also conducts other informational meetings for parents such as Read to Achieve, Curriculum, Chromebook Orientation, etc. These meetings are planned throughout the school year. Family movie nights, Fall Festival, music performances and Terrific Kids Celebrations are some of the other activities RCES conducts during the school year. RCES is also planning to host an east district Safety Preparedness meeting early in the school year. RCES teachers and students also facilitate family conferences to provide opportunities for collaboration regarding the progress of the children.
Describe how you plan to make all of these programs accessible to all of the parents at your school.
The programs offered at RCES will be scheduled in the evenings after work hours. We also provide information on our school website. Our school and individual classroom teachers utilize Class Dojo as a messaging system to share information with individual students, classrooms, and the whole school. When necessary, paper copies of information are sent home with students. Our teachers will provide flexible scheduling for individual parent teacher conferences. RCES also has an interpreter who attends meetings, makes phone calls and translates any documents that need to go home. Our school also utilizes Facebook and Instagram as a means for communication to families and the community.
Describe how your Title I Parent and Family Engagement funds will be used to support these efforts.
Utilizing Title I Parent and Family Engagement funds, RCES plans to budget for a Parent Liaison to help with communication(s) to parents: School Website, School Facebook, Instagram, Newsletters, School/Parent Compact distribution and collection, Student Release of Image Permission Forms, Parent Night Sign-in Sheets, and English/Spanish translations for parent letters. We also plan to utilize these funds for yearly mailings, informational handouts to promote student attendance, study habits, exceptional children services, and any other information for parents to help their students be successful.
This document was jointly developed with our Parent Advisory Council at Ronda Clingman Elementary School. Every meeting with our parents is documented with an agenda, sign-in sheet, and minutes of the meeting. For a copy of any of the documentation mentioned in this plan, please contact Megan Kinder, Principal, and/or Lisa Mastin, Parent Liaison at 336-651-4200.