Neshaminy Title I

Parent & Family Engagement News December 2021

Dear Neshaminy Families,

Can you believe December is already here? We have had a great start to the 2021-2022 school year! The Neshaminy Title I Parent & Family Engagement News is published to keep you up to date and informed about what is happening in our Title I programs. This issue provides families with articles, strategies and resources to support elementary school learners with academic success. Happy reading!


Kim Maurizi

Title I Reading Specialist

Family Literacy & Why it's Important

It’s time to get the whole family together to enjoy some reading — because when you read to your children, you instill in them fundamental skills for success in their later years, in school and life. When a parent reads with their kids, learning happens, memories are created, and bonds are made. If you want your kids to become readers, now is the best time to help them develop a love for reading — then wait to have them thank you in the future! Below you will find 3 reasons to read together. National Today

A Fresh Look at Your Home Library

Having interesting things to read at home is a great way to keep kids motivated. Below are a few questions to ask yourself about your home library. Some simple changes on your part can help you create an amazing home library, and help your child develop an early love of reading! Does your home library offer...

  • A variety of books?
  • Books written at a variety of reading levels?
  • Some method of organization?
  • Lots of nonfiction and fiction material?
  • Lots of choice?

Click here to read more from Reading Rockets!

Holiday Book Buying Guide 2021

Even the short days of winter can be brightened when giving and enjoying books with others — creating shared memories that can last a lifetime. Here you'll discover tales of fact or fiction to warm up even the coldest day.

Browse through the Reading Rockets 2021 holiday lists online or download and print the PDF before you head out to the library or store. Click here for the book guide!

Top 5 Gifts to Give to a Child This Holiday Season

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The Benefits of Teaching Gratitude!

December is a month marked by giving and receiving. Take advantage of this opportunity to teach your child about gratitude. A 2019 study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies found that gratitude is linked to happiness in children by age 5. This means that teaching gratitude to your children at a young age could make them happier throughout their lives. Please watch this 2-minute video about how to talk with your kids about gratitude! -- GGSC, University of California, Berkeley

How to Talk with Kids about Gratitude

Title I Fast FAQs

  • Title I is the largest federally funded educational program in the United States.
  • Title I provides supplemental funds to districts in order to assist schools with the highest levels of economically disadvantaged children for improving student achievement, staff development, and parent and family engagement.
  • Title I is designed to help students achieve proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards.
  • Title I schools with percentages of low-income students of at least 40% will qualify for Title I funds.

Title I Supported Programs at Our District

Reading & Math Support

This is a program that allows students to experience instructional support from a qualified certified teacher or instructional assistant that is geared towards their individual needs. It gives students the opportunity to ask questions and practice skills in line with the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)standards.

Parental & Family Engagement Support

We have a Title I Reading Specialist available at each building to assist parents with supporting their child’s academic progress between home and school. One of the roles of the Title I Reading Specialist is that of a coordinator who provides opportunities for parents to participate in workshops and activities that will greatly benefit students. Also, the coordinator organizes and conducts, planning meetings with parents and volunteering opportunities that will help influence academic success. For more information, please contact the Title I Reading Specialist at your student's school:

NSD Title I Parent Handbook

Title I A. of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides financial assistance to school districts and schools with high percentages of children from families that may have various disadvantages. Read to find out more about Title I at NSD.

Families Connect Series: Supporting Today’s Overwhelmed K-12 Child with Love, Laughter, and the Science of Resilience

Tuesday, Dec. 7th 2021 at 7pm

This is an online event.

Join us for a dynamic discussion with Dr. Michael J. Bradley

Explore the neurology of the developing brain, focusing upon its role in decision-making, resilience challenges and vulnerability to anxiety & depression.

  • Discover implications of learning and memory under stress and anxiety and the ability for students to effectively engage in their education.
  • Investigate how appropriate “doses” of stress can protect against the diseases of anxiety and depression.
  • Receive resilience-building parenting strategies (overall goals) and tactics (specific “what-to-do-when” suggestions).
  • Allows for extensive audience Q&A.

Click here to register using the blue button on the flyer!

Neshaminy School District Title I

Please feel free to contact Michelle Burkholder, Director of Elementary Education, at any time with questions, concerns or suggestions regarding Neshaminy School District Title I.

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