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Parent Engagement Week

The purpose of Parent Engagement Week is to celebrate National Parental Engagement Week and honor families of students with and without a disability by encouraging parents, teachers, and staff involvement through family events and opportunities at school and at home. Schools understand that parents are busy people and Parent Engagement Week highlights the many different ways parents can get involved in their child’s education.

No matter how little or how much time we have, there are many ways to positively impact a child’s education at school and at home. Volunteering and attending school functions are important and valuable ways to get involved, but playing a role in students’ success begins at home. For example, parents are encouraged to ask your child(ren) about school, review homework and make time for meaningful dinner conversations, trips, games, reading time, and daily routines. Teachers, staff and administrators can help in this process by maintaining good communication with parents and creating a warm, welcoming place for parents, families and community members.

Events during Parent Engagement week may include: PTA Family Dance, Dreams for My Family, Family Reading Night, Breakfast program, Open Hearts & Hands, Movie Night, and other events. Parents, students and families are encouraged to attend these events at school and participate in activities at home. Remember, when parents get involved and stay involved, all students achieve at a higher level.

Inaugural Parent Engagement Week

**School events are not open to the general public.

Nesbit Elementary School - Tucker, GA
February 2012

Download: Events Calendar for Parent Engagement - Feb. 2012 [PDF]

Character Word – HONOR

NOTE: The classroom from each grade level that returns the most “Dreams for My Family” Hearts wins a pizza party!

Friday - February 10

  • 5:30 p.m. Special Viewing of Trailer "Waiting for Superman"
  • 6:00-8:00 p.m. PTA Family Dance

Monday - February 13

During dinner, take time to discuss the HIGHs and LOWs of your child(ren)’s day at school today! You will be surprised at what you will learn!

Tuesday - February 14

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

“Dreams For My Family” Heart Activity

Using the heart attached to the Events Calendar, take a moment as a family and
write down the most important thing you would like to do as a family in the coming year.

Wednesday - February 15

  • 9:00-10:30 a.m. Parental Engagement Breakfast (Cafeteria)

    Please note: Child care will NOT be provided at this event.

    Download: Program - Parental Engagement Breakfast [PDF]

    Speakers for Panel Discussion
    • Bonita Collins, PTA President
    • Debbie Currere, Family Outreach Coach,
      Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership, Georgia Department of Education
    • Paula Everett‐Truppi, Executive Director
      Gwinnett County Special Education Services
    • Donna Kosicki, Georgia State PTA President
    • Hector Riveras, Nesbit Parent/Nesbit Watch D.O.G.S.
      (Dads of Great Students)
    Special Thanks to Contributors & Volunteers
    • Ronnell Rembert, B‐Roll Productions, Inc.
    • Nesbit Elementary School PTA Volunteers
    • Nesbit Elementary School Administration/Staff/Faculty
    • Flying Biscuit Catering
  • Reading Activity
    "You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and
    read with your child(ren)
    ." NEA Read Across America

Thursday - February 16

Open Hearts & Open Hands

Please return your family’s heart from "Dream For My Family"
with one (1) canned good for a needy family.

Upcoming Event

PTA Parental Engagement Activity
Friday - April 27 — FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

Inaugural Participating Organizations

  • Southeast ADA Center,
    Project of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University (Atlanta office)
  • Nesbit Elementary School
  • Nesbit Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
  • Gwinnet County Special Education Services
  • Gwinnet County Schools Public Relations Department
  • Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership, Georgia Department of Education (GaPMP)
  • Georgia State Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
  • Nesbit WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students)
  • ABEL2