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1 Parents as Active Participants Martha Gomez Director of Language Services and Student Programs Jurupa Unified School District

2 Where to Start? Informational Pamphlet Initial Parent Meeting Parent Commitment Form

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4 Who are your parents? Career-oriented/too busy to attend school activities Very involved in school activities Single parents working two jobs/too busy to attend Immigrant parents with language issues or school cultural differences Surrogate parents: foster parents, grandparents

5 Making Contact Flyer Homework Phone calls Reminder Specific messages

6 Sample of Calling Messages Good morning, My name is _________ and I am calling from Jurupa Unified School District. I am calling to remind you that there will be a meeting for the parents of students in the dual immersion program. If you haven’t received the flyer you will soon. The meeting will be on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Sunnyslope in the cafeteria. We truly appreciate your previous attendance to the last three meetings and are truly looking forward to seeing you again on the 18th. OR We have held three meetings this school year and we noticed you have only attended 1(or 2) of them. We sincerely hope that you will be able to attend on March 18th. If you remember, an important part of the program is parent participation and involvement. Do you think you will be able to make it to this coming meeting? Thank you, we will see you on the 18th. OR We have held three meetings this school year and we noticed you have not been able to attend any of them. We sincerely hope that you will be able to attend on March 18th. If you remember, an important part of the program is parent participation and involvement. Do you think you will be able to make it to this coming meeting? Thank you, we will see you on the 18th.

7 Keeping Track of Parent Attendance

8 Examples of Topics Specific skills Films Question/answer sessions Parent concerns Make it/Take it Reading of articles regarding bilingualism Benefits of bilingualism Improving our dual immersion program Resources available Internet Community

9 English Vs. Spanish Parent Presentations We try to never do concurrent translation Dual immersion parents and kids are a community Acceptance Value Learn Support

10 What is the Objective for the Parent Meeting? Support Expectations Meeting other parents Working with other parents Parents of students in higher grades helping new parents in the program

11 Example of Activities Putting a puzzle together Small groups of parents working together to put puzzles together Puzzles had missing parts and they had to ask for those parts to other groups Prizes were given to those who completed the puzzle Goal: Having parents work together Very successful activity. Parents were talking to each other and all were actively involved. This was a warm up activity

12 Example of Activities Three Parent Groups English Only Spanish Only Bilingual Three Charts to Define the Following Fin Once Red Tuna Dice Pie Meter Son Sin sale

13 Example of Activities Sharing Parent Concerns/Successes Time for parents to write their concerns/successes Formed two lines One with all English Only Parents One with all Spanish Speakers Bilingual Parents were split among the two lines The two lines had to face each other Parents had to introduce themselves and share with each other either a concern or a success After sharing individually, they shared in small groups about what they had learned and then with the large group

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17 Calendar Parent Meeting Dates for the 2009-2010 School Year DateGradeLocationTime Wednesday, October 14, 2009All gradesMPR5- 6pm Wednesday, December 16, 2009Grade level meetings5-6pm Wednesday January 27, 2010All gradesMPR5-6pm Wednesday, March 24, 2010Grade level meetings5-6pm Wednesday, June 9, 2010Parent Pot Luck MPR5-6:30pm Juntas para padres durante el año escolar 2009-2010 FechaGradoLugarHora Miércoles, 14 de octubre, 2009todos los gradosSalón Multiusos5- 6pm Miércoles, 16 de diciembre, 2009junta para grados individuales5-6pm Miércoles, 27 de enero, 2010todos los gradosSalón Multiusos5-6pm Miércoles, 24 de marzo, 2010junta para grados individuales5-6pm Miércoles, 9 de junio, 2010Fiesta de trajeSalón Multiusos 5-6:30pm

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23 Other Parent Programs Available Café Literario English/Spanish Classes SENG Next to come: Dual Immersion Booster Club

24 Who Presents at These Meetings? Classroom Teachers Resource Teachers Director of Language Services and Student Programs Principal

25 Most Successful Parent Meetings Student Performances Skill Specific Make it/Take it Potluck/Picnic Assembly Oriented Meetings

26 Questions? Martha E. Gomez Director of Language Services and Student Programs Jurupa Unified School District 951-360-4179 martha_gomez@jusd.k12.ca.us


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