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Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary--Parent Involvement Policy

Parents and Community Members Are Welcome!

At Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary, we believe that active parent/community involvement is essential to ensure student academic success.

· We will hold our annual Title I meeting in September at Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary at a convenient time to accommodate parents’ work and family schedules.

· Parents participating in the Title program will be encouraged to attend in order to learn more about the Title I Program and the opportunities available for them to be involved.  If parents are not able to attend, they will be invited to set up a time to meet with the Title I teacher and to go through the information.  Information will be sent home if a meeting time cannot be established.

· The Parent Involvement Policies and Parent-School Compact will be reviewed at the annual meeting.  Parents will be asked for input and revisions on the documents.

· Surveys will be distributed to parents annually to seek suggestions for improvement of the planning and implementation of the Title I Program

· A Parent Advisory Committee will be established at the Annual Meeting.  This committee will convene at least annually to review and evaluate parental feedback.   This committee also helps organize and gives input for other meetings/ activities for Title I families.

· We will provide parents of participating children with timely information through the annual meeting in the fall, the parent information center, the DeSmet News, school handbook, school website,  and notes home.

· We will provide a rigorous curriculum based on the standards established by the state of South Dakota. 

· A standards-based progress report will be sent home quarterly to inform parents of student progress.

· Communications with parents can be established through various methods:  school and class newsletters, notes home, phone calls, email, and the parent information center.  Parents are invited to provide input and assist in making decisions regarding their child’s education.

· Coordination and integration of  parent involvement programs and activities will be done through preschools, Head Start,  and Reading Recovery by distributing information to participants in those programs.  Activities include preschool screening, kindergarten round-up, and kindergarten open house.  Activities such as Middle School Visitation Day will be held to help elementary students transition to Middle School.