Title I Parent & Family Engagement Policy & Compact

Purpose of this Policy and Compact

Efforts will be made to clearly articulate the school’s intentions to engage with and involve parents/caregivers in the educational process.

Lake Anne Elementary is a Title I school within Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) and utilizes the Title I grant to improve student achievement and help all students meet the objectives of the FCPS Program of Studies and the Virginia Standards of Learning. A partnership with families is essential to meeting this goal.

Under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, schools that receive Title I funds are expected to collaborate with families to develop and maintain a parent and family engagement policy that describes the school’s approach to involve families in students’ learning and includes a compact expressing the partnerships among staff, caregivers, and students to reach high academic goals for every student.

Lake Anne Elementary jointly developed this policy and compact with members of the school community and adopted it for the 2018-2019 school year. Several of the provisions specifically address state or federal expectations for the policy and compact.

This policy and compact is distributed to all caregivers in a language that families can understand. Caregivers have opportunities to provide comments and feedback on the policy and compact through email and comment box. Comments are submitted with the school’s policy and compact to FCPS central offices and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). This policy and compact are made available to the broader school community through the school website.

Important Dates       

Parent-Teacher Conferences                                                 

  • November 6th
  • additional dates, as needed

Progress Report Distribution

  • November 2018
  • February 2019
  • April 2019
  • June 2019

School Events

  • Mural Painting, August 2018
  • Back to School Night and Annual Meeting: 9/7/18, 9/13/18
  • Kindness Week, March 2018
  • Fall Book Fair, November 2018
  • Partners in Print, October, January, April
  • BINGO Night, October 2018
  • Dia de los Ninos Dia de los Libros, 2018
  • Thanksgiving Luncheon, November 2018
  • Winter Strings, Band, Chorus Concert, January 2019
  • Read Across America, February 2019
  • Stress Less, Laugh More Week, April 2019
  • Career Week, March 2019
  • Dolphin Dash, May 2019
  • Annual Title I Meeting, May 2019
  • Art Showcase and Spring Strings, Band, Chorus Concert, June 2019
  • Lake Anne Dads (LADS) Day, June 2019
  • Lake Anne in coordination with PTA hosts an Economics Fair and Heritage Festival 2019

 

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 Title I Parent Advisory Committee and Parent Teacher Association.
  • Engage caregiver input when developing the School Improvement Plan (SIP), Title I Schoolwide Plan, 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 Title I Schoolwide Plan, offer multiple methods for caregivers to submit comments about programs they may not find satisfactory, and submit any such comments with the Title I Schoolwide Plan to FCPS central offices.
  • Invite family members to help in organizing and executing a variety of school events to build collective ownership, such as Painting the tunnel, Lake Anne Dads (LADS) Day, Dolphin Dash, Book Fair, Spring Art Showcase.
  • Provide opportunities for caregivers to volunteer within the school in various ways, such as reading with students, GRACE (Greater Reston Arts Center) Art, book fair, Dolphin Dash, Welcome Back Week, Picture Day, room parents, library support.
  • Encourage families to take part in annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the division-level Title I parent and family engagement policy to identify
    • barriers to greater family participation,
    • ways to help family members be better able to assist in student learning

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 monthly newsletters, weekly News You Choose email messages, Tuesday folders, KIT, flyers, school website.
  • Encourage all caregivers to attend an annual meeting May 2019 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 student performance data with families in ways that seek their ideas about how to improve performance toward Virginia’s challenging academic standards, such as through PTA meetings and parent teacher conferences.
  • Provide opportunities throughout the year for families to better understand the school’s goals for students and find ways to improve student learning by presenting topics of interest (parent interest) at PTA meetings, based on survey findings.
  • Maintain resources for caregivers to review student assignments and ongoing communication about student work, such as student journals, portfolios, classwork, newsletters, and assessments.
  • Provide ongoing feedback on student 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.

Shared Responsibilities for High Academic Achievement

Efforts will be made to ensure parents/caregivers receive materials, training, and benefits from school partnerships with social and academic services, community-based organizations, and businesses, including the following:

 

  • Hold workshops connecting caregivers to tools and resources, such as Cafecito (coffee talk for Spanish speaking families) PTA meetings, flyers.  
  • Offer regular opportunities for families to learn directly from school staff about the school’s academic, behavioral, and social programming through PTA meetings and social programming counselors.
  • Encourage participation in family learning events where caregivers learn strategies to support their child’s learning at home and have a chance to practice those strategies with their child, such as Partners in Print.
  • Provide ongoing access to resources in the school, by coordinating efforts with our parent liaison, weekly News You Choose, front lobby flyers.  
  • Provide mentors for students though staff members and members from our corporate partnership volunteer as mentors.  
  • Provide opportunities to donate and access supplies donated by others, such as Kids R First, Bechtel, Heritage Fellowship Church, United Parrish Church like school supplies, clothing, food for families.
  • Leverage partnerships with local businesses and organizations to enhance school programs and events, such as the Reston Sheraton, Sprint.
  • Support parents in accessing county and community resources, such as Cornerstones, RestON, McLean Bible Church.
  • Offer outreach and training for targeted families, such as Cafecito (coffee talk for Spanish speaking families) and coordinated meetings with our Arabic speaking parent liaison. 

Welcoming All Families

Efforts will be made to ensure that all parents/caregivers are welcomed and provided opportunities to actively engage within the school, including the following:

 

  • Create a welcoming atmosphere at the school with Welcome Walks, parent friendly signs, availability of resources in multiple languages, feature student work, parents are welcome to eat lunch with students.
  • Provide interpretation services for parent-teacher conferences, workshops, and meetings.
  • Translate or provide interpretation of all school documents and communication to make them accessible in the caregiver’s preferred correspondence language and for those with vision or hearing impairments.
  • Support two-way communication between families and staff through assistance of a parent liaison for Back to School Night, conferences, parent meetings, language interpretation.
  • Expand access for family participation in informational meetings and learning sessions through Partners in Print.
  • School-wide participation in Positivity Project to promote character strengthening and growth mindset

Compact Provisions

School staff, parents/caregivers, and students must work together to ensure a student success.

The staff will:

Provide a high-quality curriculum and instruction that enables students to meet challenging academic standard through the following actions:

    • Teach all students according to the state’s challenging standards, using approved curriculum resources.
    • Provide ongoing professional development and support to all teachers to ensure effective instructional practices are used in all classrooms.
    • Be aware of individual needs of each child.
    • Treat each child with dignity and respect.

Provide a supportive and effective learning environment for students through the following actions:

    • Provide clear expectations for student behavior and academic learning.
    • Offer a variety of resources to help students with their learning.
    • Create a safe, nurturing, and positive learning environment through the schoolwide Responsive Classroom practices.
    • Teach the IB learning profiles to support the development of internationally minded students.

Provide assistance to caregivers in understanding the school’s program through the following actions:

    • Hold an annual meeting to present information on the school’s Title I programs, state and division curriculum and assessments, and the school’s state and federal accountability status.
    • Provide multiple opportunities for caregivers to ask questions and give input into the Title I programs.
    • Create a Title I frequently asked questions document for families.

Build caregivers’ involvement in the school’s Title I program through the following actions:

    • Include caregivers as members of the School Improvement Planning (SIP) Committee and as collaborators in developing the Title I Schoolwide Plan and plans for the use of Title I family engagement funds.

 

The parents/caregivers will:

Demonstrate understanding that participation in my child’s education will help his or her achievement through the following actions:

    • Participate in decisions related to school programs and my child’s education and share my questions or comments about the programs in my child’s school.
    • Volunteer in my child’s classroom or in school activities, as my schedule allows.
    • Encourage and support my child’s learning at home and at school. 
    • Send my child to school on time, well rested, and prepared for learning.

 

The student will:

Share the responsibility to improve my academic learning to achieve the state’s challenging standards through the following actions:

    • Get enough sleep every night.
    • Come to school on time unless I am sick.
    • Try my hardest and work with my classmates to complete learning tasks.
    • Give my parents all notes and papers from my teacher.
    • Read every day.
    • Do my homework.