BFPP Welcome Guide

Welcome to BFPP! We're glad you're here.

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BFPP provides support for home learning, offers enrichment classes, and facilitates community connections through parent workshops, student clubs, and family activities.

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Home Learning

Learning Plan Partner- LPP: Every family enrolled at BFPP has a LPP (teacher) from whom they receive support and guidance as needed. Families check in with their LPP via email, zoom, or phone to receive support and review student progress. LPPs also assist by ordering materials needed for home learning, brainstorming ideas, facilitating registration in enrichment classes, and lending a listening ear. They are a great first point of contact for most questions or concerns.


Written Student Learning Plan- WSLP: Every student enrolled at BFPP has a WSLP developed by their family and LPP to guide and document their home learning. These WSLPs are unique to each student and family.


Ordering Materials: Your LPP will help you order learning materials that you need to support your Student Learning Plan goals, such as workbooks, manipulatives, textbooks, and more. You can check materials out of BFPP's growing curriculum library, and we also order materials locally from Launching Success as well as online. All non-consumable learning materials need to be returned to BFPP when you're finished using them. Materials must be non-biased and free of religious content for us to purchase them.

Weekly Contact

Weekly contact is a requirement by the state to ensure the family partnership program is maintaining contact and claiming funding for actively enrolled families. Weekly contact is currently being accomplished by LPPs and families checking in through Zoom, phone calls, and emails. Your Learning Plan Partner will work with you to set up a weekly contact method and schedule. Intended as a brief check-in, weekly contact is a great time for social and emotional support.

Monthly Reviews

Monthly reviews between Learning Plan Partners and Family Partners are a mandatory state program requirement. We follow this expectation because it is required but also because we believe this process is critical for the success of our partnership. During our review meetings we get the chance to learn more about families, adjust learning goals, and individualize learning plans and needs.


Before talking with your learning plan partner each month, please take time to:


  • review your child's learning plan and determine which goals have been met
  • determine whether any goals should be revised or adjusted
  • note any new instructional plans for the upcoming month
  • celebrate the learning that’s taking place each month


During each monthly review, the Learning Plan Partner takes into consideration many different factors: student life situation, effort, attitude, etc., before making a professional judgment whether a student has made satisfactory or unsatisfactory progress (designations required by the state). While the Learning Plan Partner makes the final determination, this process is a collaborative discussion with the student and family.


Helpful Hints and Tools

Please come to your monthly review meeting prepared for a conversation with your Learning Plan Partner. Progress notes may be requested from the LPP to assist with the conversation and documentation of progress ahead of meeting time.


Here are some guiding questions to assist in the collaborative monthly review process:


1. What goals, topics, concepts, or skills did you introduce, continue to study, or review this month?


2. What things did you do? (e.g. workbook pages, projects, journals, lessons, units, presentations)


3. How did the student do on them? (e.g. needed some assistance, completed with mastery, etc.)


4. Did you have any discussions, group collaboration or field trips related to the class?


5. Were there any areas of challenge that you will be revisiting or would like to receive suggestions on how to approach?


It is also wonderful to share examples of work, photos, videos or demonstrations with your Learning Plan Partners. Provide detailed and thoughtful comments for each area of instruction. Remember, you are describing the instructional progress for an entire month. Provide specific information about the learning and the materials used (those from the learning plan or others you discovered such as on-line resources, excursions, library resources, etc.). Note the areas of suspected difficulty, celebrate the progress made, and indicate any changes you anticipate for the coming month.

Enrichment Classes

BFPP offers a wide variety of enrichment classes.


These classes are typically:


  • supplemental to home-based instruction,
  • multi-grade,
  • held once a week for an hour,
  • limited to a class size maximum around 16 students,
  • hands-on, interdisciplinary, and highly engaging.


Some classes are quarter-long, some last one semester, and some may continue the whole year.


Registration for classes occurs twice per year; at the start of first semester in the fall and then again in late January for second semester.


For the second semester 2020-2021 school year, students may choose up to three classes. Students may register for a maximum of one 'excursion,' or in-person class. Currently the majority of classes are conducted remotely via Zoom.

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Using AL*e

Our student information system is called AL*e. On the AL*e website you can view your learner's SLP and register for enrichment classes.


AL*e Parent Login

AL*e Parent Login Instructions

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Online Educational Resources

As you build your Student Learning Plan (SLP) with guidance from your Learning Plan Partner (LPP) , consider these online resources.


Online Resource List (Google Doc)

Stay in Touch with BFPP

Here are the ways you can learn about school news, events, and activities:


Have Questions?

Your Learning Plan Partner (LPP) is a great first point of contact.

BFPP Staff Directory


Twice Monthly School Newsletters

Newsletter Archive


Facebook

@learningtogetherpartnership

@bellinghamfamilypartnershipprogram


Instagram

@bellinghamfamilypartnership

Facebook Groups

Looking to connect with other families at our partnership program or in our larger homeschooling community? Check out these Facebook groups. They're a great way to hear about homeschooling opportunities in our community, get advice from other families, and find quick answers to those burning school questions!


Bellingham Family Partnership Program Parents Facebook Group


Homeschoolers of Whatcom County Facebook Group

Family Partners - We Need You!

BFPP is designed to provide families with support and materials that assist them in teaching their children in an effective and enriching way. Along the way, we hope that families will recognize the power of their role and see that they can strengthen their student’s learning by extending their abilities and talents to the whole community.


Therefore, to create the richest learning experiences for our families, our expectation is that they will get involved and jump into something they enjoy. By sharing parts of yourself-your passions, experiences, knowledge, and positivity- with the community, you are being a partner to the program.


We greatly encourage partnering! Remember that our greatest resource is our human resource. Share yourself to make this the learning community you have always envisioned.


Ways to partner include:

• Connect with other parents to share homeschool journeys

• Advise a club: music, chess club, debate, poetry, Pokémon, D&D, trail walking, games, etc.

• Organize a field trip or community activity

• Share your resources and expertise via the school newsletter or parent workshops

• Organize adult learning opportunities, share curricular resources, articles, book groups, etc.

• Participate in a school-wide committee (staff appreciation, fundraising/grant writing, Scholastic book orders, spirit wear orders, green team, etc.)