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Family Information Packet

August 2014

Question:
    I'm putting together an info packet for ESL families in my district (East Brunswick). It will be for grades K to 12 and will contain information about ESL school events as well as community resources, I. E., adult esl classes, recreation programs, library info, etc.

    If you have done anything similar, I'd love to hear from you. Please include any additional resources that you think might be helpful to include. Thanks so much!

Reply:
    I am doing the same however we are having a family night and inviting people from the community in to speak with the families. We have the literacy volunteers of Somerset County and Representatives from the Library to talk about eresources and to sign up the families for library cards. I also have been in contact with the municipal alliance to see if they can donate any coupons or items to welcome the families.
I would love to hear other ideas as well!

Reply:
Hi,

It would be helpful to include information about:

  • how to check student grades online
  • the attendance policy/excused vs. unexcused absences (add a simple sample letter that parents can copy in order to notify the office about their child's absence)
  • summer school info. (in some countries students repeat grades unlimited times)
  • the importance of getting dressed for Phys. Ed (students fail Phys. Ed if they don't get dressed for a certain amount of days)
  • After school programs (including sports, clubs, media center times, and tutoring sessions)
  • A list of bilingual (identify languages) speaking staff member names, phone numbers, and email addresses
  • Talk to your school nurse to see if they have a list of local clinics where ESL students and families can go to if they need to complete a school physical and/or receive vaccinations.
Marcella Garavaglia, ESL Secondary Representative

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