ELL Parent Events from Around the Region

Many school districts in our region regularly put on highly successful ELL parent events.  We are pleased to share their excellent work here to celebrate their successes and inspire others. If you'd like your ELL parent event to be recognized here, please email a description and photos to cacummin@monroe2boces.org.  Or better yet, invite RBERN to attend!

Greece Central School District - Newcomer's Tea, Spring 2017
The purpose of this event was to welcome our most recently arrived English as New Language (ENL) families to an event where they could:
  1. Learn about Greece Central District programs
  2. Gather information about state testing
  3. Receive helpful strategies for how to support their children in school
  4. View their child’s projects and school work
  5. Meet other families and Greece ENL staff in a social setting 
Families sitting at tables watching a presentation    People at table talking 

Greece Central School District - Family Night, February 9, 2017
Greece CSD also hosted a family night at the Greece Public library. Students and adults toured the library, enjoyed read alouds by “guest” readers, and all were able to apply for library cards.

Group of children standing in a hallway      Adult and child sitting in chairs reading a book 

Rush-Henrietta School District - International Community Event, May 12, 2017
As a district which is extremely proud of its international community, it was inspiring to see so many families in Rush-Henrietta excited to share and enjoy their cultures with each other. On May 12th, the students and families of the Rush-Henrietta School District celebrated their diversity with a fun filled district multicultural night.

Families enjoyed a night spent embracing both their differences and similarities.  People of all backgrounds enjoyed multicultural food supplied by local, family owned restaurants, while high school students from the diversity club provided entertainment in the forms of ethnic dancing, face painting, henna, and helping to serve as translators.

Young children could also be seen creating origami, as well as colorful pictures while smiling in delight beside each other.  The night also served to provide parents with information and connect them to the larger school community.  The event was a truly enjoyable, enriching experience which will remain in the hearts of all who attended.  Both parents and students were encompassed  in the feeling of appreciation, not only of their cultures, but for the district as well. Days after, teachers reported that their students continued to speak about the event, proclaiming it to be “The best night ever!”

Collage of event pictures 

RCSD John Williams School #5 - ESOL Information Night and Dinner Celebration, April 5, 2017
Within the diverse Rochester City School District, John Williams School #5 stands out for its dedication to the immigrant and refugee community.  This dedication was on full display during the ESOL Information Night and Dinner Celebration.  Students in grades K-8 and their families were invited to an evening event at the school, complete with interpreters, student performances, a catered dinner, and presentations by the ESOL teachers and community-based organizations.  Over 200 children and parents attended and enjoyed a special night planned just for them.  Many thanks to the School #5 ESOL department and administrators and the NYSED Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages for enabling RBERN’s support of the event.

Collage of event pictures 

Newark, North Rose-Wolcott, Sodus, and Williamson School Districts Title III Consortium - Literacy Events for ELL Parents, Spring 2017
The Newark, North Rose-Wolcott, Sodus and Williamson school districts are working together in a consortium to offer a series of literacy events to parents of ELLs. Some of the activities at the event include:  Bilingual music and read alouds, Make and Take literacy GAMES, Wayne County Library card registration, Literacy Volunteers of Wayne County information, ELL Parents’ Bill of Rights presentation, NYSESLAT information for parents. At each event, students are able to choose books to take in both the home language and English. These events are paid for with Title III funding. 

Collage of event pictures 

Penfield Central School District - Multicultural Celebration, May 25, 2017
The Penfield CSD English as a New Language (ENL) Department hosted a Multicultural Celebration for families on  Thursday, May 25 in the Penfield High School Commons. The event featured student work and art displays, a craft center, live performances from a cultural groups  and food tastings representing a variety of countries. School, district, library and community information was available to families, as well as multicultural cookbooks for families to take home. 

Collage of event pictures 

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