SOARing through the School Year

Parent & Family Edition: Fall 2021

Camp SOAR Summer Program

Our students had a fantastic time at Camp SOAR! Students SOARed through our summer program. We had an engaging 15 days of hands-on math where we put our math strategies to the test to find the best way to get to our outcome. Students "camped out" and read while learning strategies to dig deeper into a text and relate to characters' feelings. STEM gave students time to "figure it out" as they were provided a problem and materials to solve it.

Camp SOARing to Success

Our summer program focused on instilling confidence in our students and allowing them to gain the skills required to succeed in academics, make meaningful new friendships, and rediscover strategies to better prepare for the school year.

Ready to SOAR!

We were excited to invite our rising kindergarten and first-grade students who were virtual all last year back to the schoolhouse. They could begin connecting with teachers and staff, their peers and get to know the building. During the 4-day program, students engaged in read-aloud, hands-on centers to brush up on letter/sounds and numbers and explore new strategies and make friends. They also had opportunities to be part of cultural arts!

Resource Corner

No books, baby books, or boring books at home… we have the answer. We have some wonderful online sites with a ton of books all students will love. Check out Tumble Book Library where students can select books on their reading level & take a quiz to ensure comprehension is taking place.

What are you waiting for… let’s start reading today!

If you are looking for additional literacy opportunities check out what is happening at our local AAC Public Libraries below!

What is Title I?

Title I, Part A is contained in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This legislation reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Title I, Part A is a federal program that provides financial assistance to local school systems and schools with high percentages of economically disadvantaged children to support academic achievement. All twenty-four local education agencies in Maryland receive Title I funds. These funds provide additional academic support and learning opportunities to help low-achieving children master challenging curricula and meet state standards. Title I funds support extra instruction in reading and mathematics, additional teachers, materials of instruction, parent & family workshops, as well as after-school and summer programs to extend and reinforce the regular school curriculum.

Parent Voice is Important!

By law, schools supported with Title I funds MUST provide parents and families with opportunities to support the school. Schools must host an annual Title I Parent Input Meeting. Parent voice is essential to developing the school's Title I Plan at the meeting, including the parent and family engagement plan and school-parent compact. Parents have the right to inquire about the qualifications of any teacher or paraprofessional at the school. Parents have the right to ask the principal for the school's strategic plan to review and suggest recommendations to improve academics, parent participation, community involvement, attendance, and school safety.
Click on the brochure above to read the Title I District Parent & Family Engagement Plan. We look forward to hearing your feedback.

Why is it important to attend workshops? & How do I know when my school is holding a workshop?

Our workshops are designed to continue to build parent capacity in the areas of reading and math. We plan our workshops around strategies the students are taught during the school day. The workshop provides families with a better understanding of what the students are doing in school and provides parents with tools to support their children as they continue to learn at home.

Check out the school's website for dates of upcoming workshops. Please also feel free to reach out to the school's literacy or math teachers to understand better the workshops and how they can benefit you and your child.

You will not want to miss the innovative ways our schools, supported with Title I funds, bring learning to life!

How to reach us

Stacey Witte, Parent & Family Engagement Specialist