Family involvement is a key focus for the Family Resource Coordinator when planning family events. We know the benefits associated with family involvement in the school include positive social interactions, increased quality time with families in addition to the many learning opportunities they can provide. Examples of typical events run by the FRC are Reading, Math, Sports, International, Art, and Game Nights. One such event, Express Yourself! Family Portrait Night offered families the opportunity to take family portraits and create their own picture frames. This opportunity brought out the creativity in all with many families requesting similar nights in the future.
" Family Art Night was very fun spending time with my family."
"I loved the photo workshop. It was a fun family activity."
"This is definitely an incentive to come out on a school night."
"Reading Night is a great way to encourage a daily ritual. We enjoyed the story and the teachers are very enthusiastic. Thanks for teaching us that reading is fun!"
"What a great idea! When are you going to have another family night? It was fun seeing the teachers."
Summit Park Parent"
All Family Resource Coordinators currently hold parent child playgroups weekly. We provide activities that will enhance early learning skills that will ease their transition into Kindergarten. We develop these skills through literacy, social, fine, and gross motor experiences utilizing the school library, gym, and playground. The playgroups offer these experiences to both public and non-public families.
In addition to the playgroups, we assist in their transition from nursery / Pre k to kindergarten. The Family Resource Coordinators partake in all aspects of registration and orientation. We also provide families with referrals to k-club and other childcare services. This early childhood component offers families many opportunities to participate in the school setting prior to their child's admission into Kindergarten creating an easier transition for both the family and school.
"My daughter loves coming to the playgroups. She was more upset about missing the playgroups than being home sick."
Summit Park Parent
The roll of the Family Resource Coordinator in the intermediate schools is still evolving. Parent involvement tends to drop off when children enter this grade level. Our goal is to offer them opportunities and programs to keep them interested in continued participation. Programs that help parent's transition from elementary school to the intermediate level and again from the intermediate to secondary are very important. Programs such as parenting workshops and family nights are now being offered through the Family Resource Center. One such event, Lime Kiln Elementary School Back to School BBQ, offered a unique back to school celebration with a twist. More than 350 families at Lime Kiln Elementary had one more reason to attend their Back to School. They had the opportunity to receive information from various community agencies as well as school personnel while they enjoyed a BBQ dinner.
The evening included booths and presentations from community agencies such as Town of Ramapo Parks and Recreation, Affinity Health Plan, EPIC, Mad Science, Community Action Program, DARE, Finkelstein Memorial Library, Spring Valley Youth Bureau, Girl Scouts of Rockland, Lime Kiln PTA, and Lime Kiln Family Resource Center. Families met in the cafeteria for a BBQ and to meet with community representatives. Then parents met the staff, PTA and had an opportunity to visit with their child's teacher while students participated in a Mad Science assembly."