Title I Parent & Family Engagement Policy & Compact

Purpose of this Policy and Compact

Efforts will be made to clearly articulate the school’s intentions to engage with and involve parents/caregivers in the educational process.

Bren Mar Park Elementary is a Title I school within Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) and utilizes the Title I grant to improve student achievement and help all students meet the objectives of the FCPS Program of Studies and the Virginia Standards of Learning. A partnership with families is essential to meeting this goal.

Under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, schools that receive Title I funds are expected to collaborate with families to develop and maintain a parent and family engagement policy that describes the school’s approach to involve families in students’ learning and includes a compact expressing the partnerships among staff, caregivers, and students to reach high academic goals for every student.

Bren Mar Park Elementary jointly developed this policy and compact with members of the school community and adopted it for the 2019-2020 school year. Several the provisions specifically address state or federal expectations for the policy and compact.

This policy and compact is distributed to all caregivers in a language that families can understand. Caregivers have opportunities to provide comments and feedback on the policy and compact through parent coffees and PTA meetings. Comments are submitted with the school’s policy and compact to FCPS central offices and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). This policy and compact are made available to the broader school community through the school website.

Important Dates       

Parent-Teacher Conferences                                                 

  • November 4, 2019

Progress Report Distribution

  • November 7, 2019
  • January 30, 2020
  • April 16, 2020
  • June 12, 2020

School Events

  • Back to School Information - August 23, 2019
  • Family Digital Citizenship Night - September 26, 2019
  • Bingoween - October 25, 2019
  • Family Literacy Night - November 21, 2019
  • Family Cultural Literacy Night - December 18, 2019
  • Family Math Night - January 28, 2020
  • Family Dance Night - February 28, 2020
  • March Madness - March 27, 2020
  • Family Science Night - March 31, 2020
  • International Night - April 17, 2020

Building Capacity for Involvement

Efforts will be made to ensure parents/caregivers are actively involved in the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the school’s Title I program, including the following:

  • Provide family members a voice in decision-making on committees, such as SIIP Committee and PTA).
  • Engage caregiver input when developing the School Improvement Plan (SIIP), Title I Schoolwide Plan, the Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy and Compact and plans for use of Title I family engagement funding.
  • Seek feedback from families on programs within the Title I Schoolwide Plan, offer multiple methods for caregivers to submit comments about programs they may not find satisfactory, and submit any such comments with the Title I Schoolwide Plan to FCPS central offices.
  • Invite family members to help in organizing and executing a variety of school events to build collective ownership, such as the Family Market, Book Fair and PTA events.
  • Provide opportunities for caregivers to volunteer within the school in various ways, such as assisting in the library, classrooms and cafeteria.
  • Encourage families to take part in annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the division-level Title I parent and family engagement policy in order to identify:
    • Barriers to greater family participation,
    • Ways to help family members be better able to assist in student learning, and
    • Strategies to support successful school and family interactions.

Effective Communication with Parents

Efforts will be made to ensure parents/caregivers receive meaningful communication in a timely manner, including the following:

  • Use multiple methods of communication to families such as News You Choose and eNotify messages, parent newsletters and parent coffees.
  • Encourage all caregivers to attend an annual meeting on parent coffees and PTA meetings, to share information about Title I services, explain Title I grant requirements, and inform families of their right to be involved in the school.
  • Share school and student performance data with families in ways that seek their ideas about how to improve performance toward Virginia’s challenging academic standards, such as: reading at home with your children and ensuring they attend school regularly.
  • Provide opportunities throughout the year for families to better understand the school’s goals for students and find ways to improve student learning by Partners in Print and Math and Science Night to better understand how students learn at school and better support their children at home.
  • Maintain resources for caregivers to review student assignments and ongoing communication about student work, such as blackboard and Google Classroom.
  • Provide ongoing feedback on student progress through quarterly progress reports that show specific areas of proficiency and areas for continued growth.
  • Hold parent-teacher conferences for all students at least annually in the fall and more often, as needed.

Shared Responsibilities for High Academic Achievement

Efforts will be made to ensure parents/caregivers receive materials, training, and benefits from school partnerships with social and academic services, community-based organizations, and businesses, including the following:

  • Hold workshops connecting caregivers to tools and resources, such as HIPPY, PIP and Math and Science Night.  
  • Offer regular opportunities for families to learn directly from school staff about the school’s academic, behavioral, and social programming through teacher panels and PTA events.
  • Encourage participation in family learning events where caregivers learn strategies to support their child’s learning at home and have a chance to practice those strategies with their child, such as PIP, Math and Science Night and parent coffees.
  • Provide ongoing access to resources in the school, such as the computer lab and library.
  • Provide mentors for students through the HIPPY program
  • Provide opportunities to donate and access supplies donated by others, such as backpacks, Family Market
  • Leverage partnerships with local businesses and organizations to enhance school programs and events, such as mentors with SMILES Dentistry
  • Support parents in accessing county and community resources, such as employment, Free and Reduces Lunch, REC Pac, clinics and important documents for insurance purposes through our Parent Liaison.
  • Offer outreach and training for targeted families, such as English classes and HIPPY. 

Welcoming All Families

Efforts will be made to ensure that all parents/caregivers are welcomed and provided opportunities to actively engage within the school, including the following:

  • Create a welcoming atmosphere at the school with Welcome posters in all languages represented at Bren Mar Park, bilingual signage throughout the school and all communications translated.
  • Provide interpretation services for parent-teacher conferences, workshops, and meetings.
  • Translate or provide interpretation of all school documents and communication to make them accessible in the caregiver’s preferred correspondence language and for those with vision or hearing impairments.
  • Support two-way communication between families and staff through assistance of a parent liaison for parent conferences, parent newsletters and KITS.
  • Expand access for family participation in informational meetings and learning sessions through providing interpreters for PTA and school events.
  • .

Compact Provisions

School staff, parents/caregivers, and students must work together to ensure a student success.

The staff will:

Provide a high-quality curriculum and instruction that enables students to meet challenging academic standard through the following actions:

  • Teach concepts to your child in accordance with the FCPS Program of Studies and the Virginia Standards of Learning, using approved curriculum resources.
  • Engage in ongoing professional learning and bring this learning into our classroom instruction, including but not limited to Collaborative Learning Team meetings and content coaching.
  • Build intervention and enrichment time into the school day.
  • Communicate homework and classroom expectations to students and families.

Provide a supportive and effective learning environment for students through the following actions:

  • Provide clear expectations for student behavior and academic learning.
  •  Be aware of the individual needs of students and offer a variety of resources to help students learn.
  •  Provide appropriate learning experiences in a positive learning environment.
  •  Make learning fun!

Provide assistance to caregivers in understanding the school’s program through the following actions:

  • Hold an annual meeting to present information on the school’s Title I programs, state and division curriculum and assessments, and the school’s state and federal accountability status.
  • Provide opportunities for families and students to come together with staff for social and informational events.
  • Regularly communicate with parents/caregivers on progress toward meeting grade level expectations.

Build caregivers’ involvement in the school’s Title I program through the following actions:

  •  Acknowledge that parents are vital to the success of this school and its students.
  • Include caregivers in developing the Title I Schoolwide Plan and plans for Title I family engagement funds.
  • Share SIIP with parents at PTA meetings and Parent Coffees

The parents/caregivers will:

Demonstrate understanding that participation in my child’s education will help his or her achievement through the following actions:

  • Encourage my child to respect school personnel, classmates, and school property.
  • Attend Back to School Information Sessions, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Parent Coffees, and family school events.
  • Review all school communication, sign, and return the weekly Thursday Folder.
  • Encourage my child to complete homework by reviewing assignments and providing a quiet place to study.
  • Send my child to school on time and well-rested.
  • Monitor and talk with my child about daily reading and screen time.
  • Encourage and support my child’s learning at home and at school.
  • Check my child’s book bag daily and respond to notices, teacher’s notes, school forms, etc.
  • Participate and be involved in decisions relating to my child’s education, such as joining the PTA.

The student will:

Share the responsibility to improve my academic learning to achieve the state’s challenging standards through the following actions:

  • Do my best each day and be responsible for my behavior.
  • Respect all people and school property.
  • Do my homework and turn it in on time.
  • Share my Thursday Folder with and return it on Friday.
  • Obey school and classroom rules.  Seek ways to show positive character traits and problem-solving strategies. 
  • Talk to my family about my learning in school.