The Oakbrook Elementary Title I Schoolwide Parent Involvement Plan has been created through the collaborative efforts of parents and staff. Parents were an integral part in the development of this plan and their feedback and suggestions are utilized in making updates to our Title I Schoolwide Parent and Family Engagement Plan. The plan is reviewed in the fall during the Annual Meeting which is held during the first PTO meeting. Parents have the opportunity to learn the details of the plan, ask any questions they may have, and offer feedback. Their feedback is incorporated into the plan as appropriate. The plan is posted on the school website for review. Parents are welcome to contact the school should they have any questions or would like to provide feedback. The Home/School Compact is sent home in November. In addition, a meeting was held virtually in conjunction with our PTO in the fall. At this meeting parents had the opportunity to review the Family Engagement plan, school data, and The Title I Parent Survey. Questions, concerns, and suggestions were addressed at that time. In addition, Title I information and updates to the program are shared regularly during the PTO meetings.
Oakbrook Elementary holds flexible meetings throughout the school year. Feedback from parent survey given in the fall at the Annual Meeting determines if meetings will be held during daytime and/or evening hours. This offers all parents the opportunity to attend. Our Oakbrook Family Tree meetings (PTO) were held after school in person and virtually to accommodate families. Opportunities were available during school hours by appointment when requested via phone calls or TEAMS meetings. Handouts and materials were provided to all those that attended. For those parents that were not able to attend, materials were sent home and/or available upon request.
Oakbrook Elementary includes parents in the planning, review, and involvement of programs. Along with the principal and staff, PTO members work together to help determine the needs and strengths of our building. During the Title I Fall Annual Meeting, the Home School Compact is reviewed, and parents have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have and offer feedback. Parents are also given the opportunity to give feedback anonymously using a Microsoft Form parent survey. At this meeting, parents have the opportunity to review the Family Engagement Plan, school data and The Title I Parent Survey. Questions, concerns, and suggestions were addressed at that time. Communication, regarding Title I program, is ongoing and consistent with the PTO members.
Parents receive timely information about Oakbrook’s programs through the fall curriculum night, parent-teacher conferences, Kindergarten Open House, and parent workshops. Other information is distributed by the classroom teacher through email, individual notes home, student’s daily agenda, weekly classroom newsletters, Remind, Bloomz, Class Dojo, monthly digital literacy newsletter, personal or phone conferences, and PowerSchool Parent Portal (online access to student’s grades and attendance). General information for the school is available on Oakbrook’s website https://oakbrook.uticak12.org/, robocall (automated voicemail recorder sent to all parents by the principal), and the district television station.
Oakbrook Elementary sends notes to parents or contacts parents via phone or email, informing them when their child is participating in a tiered instruction with our Literacy Coach or receiving English Language Learner Support from our English Learner Teacher. Parents are informed as soon as their student is identified as at risk (below grade level based on classroom assessments). This note includes: the service the child is receiving, who is responsible for providing this service and their contact information, amount of time the child is seen per week and what parents can do at home to help their child.
Teachers provide a description and explanation of the curriculum implemented at Oakbrook during curriculum night/open house. During this event, teachers provide and explain the Core Curriculum Standards/Grade Level Content Expectations for their grade level. The teachers share assessments information used in their classroom, notifying parents through classroom newsletters and student daily agendas. The district and school sends information to parents regarding M-STEP, WIDA, and NWEA assessments, including pertinent dates of administration. Letters are also sent containing explanations with students M-STEP, WIDA, and NWEA results. In addition, the principal uses Blackboard to share important information regarding assessment dates and requirements. Classroom teachers inform parents of student proficiency level performance, as well as, the grade level expectation performance during parent-teacher conferences. Ongoing contact through emails and phone calls is provided to those students who fall below proficiency level with discussion of strategies needed for support.
At Oakbrook, parents can contact the principal, teachers, and support staff by telephone, e-mail, or schedule a meeting before/during/after school to discuss their child’s progress. Conferences are scheduled in the fall, (November) for every student and again in the spring (February) for those students that need additional support. Throughout the year, additional conferences are available upon parent request.
In addition to the annual survey, parents can contact the principal with any suggestions they may have for improvement of programs. Parents can address concerns during PTO meetings, parents may ask questions and discuss concerns with the classroom teacher, Title I literacy coach and/or the principal for further discussion and review. Contact can occur through many venues including emails, phone calls, google calls, TEAMS meetings, parent/teacher conferences, Remind, Bloomz, Class Dojo, pre-arranged face-to-face meetings and informal discussion settings.We use the feedback to review and make revisions, as necessary.
Utica Community Schools sends parent reports with individual M-Step, WIDA and NWEA scores. We have conferences available in November for all students and February upon request, both in person and virtually, as well as, additional conference opportunities in February. During these conferences, the staff provides assistance to parents in understanding their child’s progress and how they can support their child’s learning at home. Traditionally, Oakbrook provides Title I nights for parents where grade level content expectations are explained. In addition, Title I Parent nights provide training for families to monitor their child’s learning at home and ways to stay connected. Literacy Coaches and EL Teacher are available during conferences to discuss local and district assessments. During the Kindergarten Open House, new Kindergarten parents are introduced to Kindergarten academic expectations and provided with home activities.
During our Title I night, Curriculum Night, parent support nights and Kindergarten Open House our parents are given training, materials, and opportunities to ask questions. Title I students may bring home materials to keep that were purchased with Title I funds, to help support learning at home. Oakbrook Elementary participated in a Home/School Wide Read Aloud Program. This program provided each family with a book, activities, and lessons to create a culture of literacy and learning within family units. The annual EL professional development district night for parents also gives informational materials to parents. Weekly district UCS Update emails, building letters, classroom newsletters, Principal Update, digital literacy newsletters and building/district websites provide important materials and training for parents.
The principal offers professional development for staff on effectively communicating with parents. Peer reviewed articles and professional videos are shared at staff meetings. In addition, collaboration in School Improvement team meetings are utilized to discuss and coordinate ways to increase parental involvement and build the relationships between the parents and the school.
Oakbrook Elementary collaborates with the Early Childhood Special Education program to transition students from a preschool setting to our building. We also involve our MISD Great Start preschool programs in our communication of all events at the school. In addition, several events, such as, March Is Reading Month and the Scholastic Book Fair are utilized to share information and ideas to use at home . Oakbrook participated in a Home/School Wide Read Aloud Program. This program provided each family with a book, activities, and lessons to create a culture of literacy and learning within families. Our district offers English Language Learner parents opportunities to learn about programs available in school, along with ways to support their child’s learning. Our special education team invites families to review and update their child’s Individualized Educational Plan and the support they receive at school. In the fall, Oakbrook held a 50th Birthday Celebration; 50 Years of Memories, 50 Years Ahead. The focus was on engaging both parents and students in the importance of learning at Oakbrook. Activities provided to further parent understanding of the academic purpose of their child’s education. Community members, staff, alumni, families, and friends came together to showcase our building.
We provide translated documents in multiple languages for our families in both written (hard copy) and digital information as needed. Through the Macomb Intermediate School District, interpreters are available for EL families, as well as those with disabilities. In addition, through UCS, interpreters are available to translate for families. Also, our digital newsletter can be translated into multiple languages. Family liaisons through UCS are available to interpret for select languages. The LanguageLine Solutions is another tool used to assist in the understanding of the English Language information. All information is written in a reader-friendly format that is easy to understand and free of acronyms.
Oakbrook provides many flexible meeting times for families to participate in varied activities. Communications include phone conferences, video conferences, in person conferences, emails, and translators when requested and/or needed. Additionally, several supports through the MISD, such as, interpreters for deaf and hearing impaired can be accessed. The LanguageLine Solutions interpreters, translated documents in multiple languages, and UCS District website translations, are available to EL families. Families of students with disabilities have access to specialized programs through the MISD and UCS, including trained staff for specific disabilities. Oakbrook’s building is handicapped accessible.