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Jay Cooke Elementary School: Meeting Families Where They Are

Jay Cooke Elementary School: Meeting Families Where They Are

If there’s been any constant during this pandemic time, it seems to be the fact that things are constantly changing, and we all need to roll with the punches. At Jay Cooke Elementary School, the administration has applied this open-minded approach to engaging with their families. The school staff and administrators at Jay Cooke wanted...
Strengthening Family Bonds and Engagement At Philip H. Sheridan School

Strengthening Family Bonds and Engagement At Philip H. Sheridan School

In October, we celebrated Family Engagement Month to acknowledge the many ways that school staff members have been engaging families during this digital learning time. This season of online engagement has required creativity to say the least, and we wanted to give congratulations to one of our winners of The Family Engagement Month Contest, Philip...

Join us in Celebrating our Family Engagement Month Contest Winners!

The Office of Family and Community Engagement would like to congratulate and thank every family and school who submitted their digital learning family engagement stories in October 2020! Families who shared their experience supporting their child(ren) during this unprecedented time received a Family Engagement Care Package worth over $100! Schools that were selected as winners...
SAC Tip of the Month: The Benefits of Virtual Meetings

SAC Tip of the Month: The Benefits of Virtual Meetings

It has already been over a month of school, and virtual platforms have become a new norm. Where before families had the opportunity to walk into school buildings to attend SAC meetings, volunteer, and take part in school events, now these activities are all online. It is natural for us to think of in-person meetings...
The Power of Consistent Family Presence at Dr. Ethel Allen

The Power of Consistent Family Presence at Dr. Ethel Allen

When you think about volunteering, you may think about helping out at an event occasionally or chaperoning a class trip. At Dr. Ethel Allen School in North Philadelphia, however, you can find a group of dedicated volunteers who come to the school to give their time, energy, and efforts every single day. The school’s family...
Understanding Literacy Progress Through Academic Parent Teacher Team Meetings

Understanding Literacy Progress Through Academic Parent Teacher Team Meetings

When you think about a report card conference what is the first thing you imagine? Most likely, you think about the teacher doing most of the talking--telling the parent all about the child’s academic performance, areas for improvement, and overall grades. Now imagine a report card conference in which parents are building towers out of...
A Community Effort at Chester A. Arthur School

A Community Effort at Chester A. Arthur School

An old saying states that it takes a village to raise a child. At Chester A. Arthur School in Graduate Hospital, it is evident that it takes the efforts of an entire community to have vibrant parent and family engagement. There is a strong sense of all hands on deck at Chester Arthur, which allows...
Introducing the ELECT Coordinator: Teen Outreach!

Introducing the ELECT Coordinator: Teen Outreach!

Are you a young parent (under 22 years old) who needs to get reconnected to high school or a GED program? Ms. Gabby, ELECT Coordinator-Teen Outreach is here to help! Ms. Gabby works closely with the District’s Re-Engagement Center to support young parents with finding the right fit and having supports in place so they...
Understanding Your Student's "New Math"

Understanding Your Student’s “New Math”

Here at the FACE Office, we often hear feedback from families about how math curriculum and strategies to solve math problems seem to have changed throughout the years. The “new math” that their children learn can sometimes be hard to navigate and understand. To gain some insight and helpful tips, Focus on FACE sat down...
The Power of Community Partnership and Collaboration at Stephen Girard Elementary School

The Power of Community Partnership and Collaboration at Stephen Girard Elementary School

Many people think of schools as insular communities that have their own systems, agendas, and cultures. At Stephen Girard School, we have witnessed what can happen when a school begins to incorporate its surrounding community and partners with neighborhood organizations. Stephen Girard School started a partnership with Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, a local synagogue. Both...