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Get to Know Bilingual Counseling Assistants!

Get to Know Bilingual Counseling Assistants!

Did you know that there are about 157 different languages spoken by students and family members within the School District of Philadelphia? It certainly goes without saying that there is a great diversity of multilingual families and students within the District. The Office of Family and Community Engagement’s Multilingual Family Support Team strives to provide...
What Family Engagement Means To Principal Marisol Rivera Rodriguez

What Family Engagement Means To Principal Marisol Rivera Rodriguez

People often ask – what is the key to strong family engagement? While it is hard to respond with one definitive answer for all schools, Juniata Park Academy Principal Marisol Rivera Rodriguez has used a great strategy: ask families what they want! Her commitment to parent and family input and programming led to her receiving...
Spotlighting the Partnership Between School and Families at Tanner Duckrey

Spotlighting the Partnership Between School and Families at Tanner Duckrey

Teamwork makes the dream work! In few places can we see that more strongly than at Tanner Duckrey School, as families and school staff have partnered together to make the 2019 Outstanding SAC Winning school the best it can be. Principal David Cohen and the leadership team have worked alongside family members to increase family...
Tips for Students (And Families) To Stay Physically Active During the Summer

Tips for Students (And Families) To Stay Physically Active During the Summer

While we often emphasize the importance of staying academically alert and engaged during the summer, we may forget that summer is also a great time to stay physically active! It is important for children (and adults) to stay physically active and take advantage of these sunny days. Here are some ways that your child can...
THANK YOU to All Who Participated in the 2019 End-of-Year Family Celebration!

THANK YOU to All Who Participated in the 2019 End-of-Year Family Celebration!

The FACE Office would like to say a huge THANK YOU to families, staff, community members, vendors, and workshop presenters who participated in the End-of-Year Family Celebration on May 24, 2019! It was an awesome and fun night celebrating this school year and blasting off into the summer! The event featured over 20 community resource...
Congratulations to the 2019 SAC & Volunteer Award Winners!

Congratulations to the 2019 SAC & Volunteer Award Winners!

After receiving dozens of applications from families, community members, and staff from across the District, the FACE Office is proud to announce this year’s SAC and Volunteer Award Winners! Check out the Award Winners and read snippets from their nomination essays below. Thank you for all you do for our schools! 2019 Volunteer of the...
The Heart Goes a Long Way at Dunbar!

The Heart Goes a Long Way at Dunbar!

Just ten minutes of talking with Principal Dawn Moore, principal of Paul L. Dunbar School and Ms. Haydee Delgado, School Improvement Support Liaison at Dunbar School, shows how much heart goes behind connecting with families at Dunbar. Oftentimes people think that all it requires to have family engagement at schools is monetary resources, but Principal...
Low Cost, High Impact Volunteer Appreciation Ideas

Low Cost, High Impact Volunteer Appreciation Ideas

Parent volunteers, members of the "Bethune Brigade" We know that everyone in your school is VERY busy, especially as the end of the school year nears! There are many ways to celebrate volunteers that don’t require a lot of time or money but can really go a long way to make your school’s volunteers feel...
5 Tips for Enhancing Your School’s Literacy Events

5 Tips for Enhancing Your School’s Literacy Events

Families practicing with their children at a Literacy Night at Mayfair Elementary School in 2018. Many schools in Philadelphia are catching wind of hosting literacy events as a way of underscoring the importance of literacy, sharing literacy skills, and bonding the school community together around such an important academic topic. Have you been wondering how...
Getting More Families Engaged in Middle and High Schools

Getting More Families Engaged in Middle and High Schools

A full-house for a SAC Meeting at Furness High School in South Philadelphia. (Photo credit: @FurnessHigh on Twitter) The FACE Office receives many questions about boosting family engagement but getting more middle and high school families involved tops the list. It’s a tough one; family engagement at ALL grade levels can be challenging work, but family...