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Opportunities for Parent Involvement

Here are some of the opportunities for parent involvement at Freese.  For more information, please contact Alma Hills at (619) 479-2727.
Fall Open House & Curriculum Night—Tuesday, September 21st
Help your child get off to a great start this school year.  Come to Fall Open House and Curriculum Night to learn about:
ü  Grade level content standards
ü  Curriculum used in teaching to those standards
ü  Expectations and requirements around your child’s academic work
Each grade level will make a presentation to parents at a designated time and parents will be able to visit classrooms as well. 
Fall Open House will run from
6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Schedule of Grade Level Presentations
Grade Level
6:00 – 6:25
6:00 – 6:25
1st grade
6:30 – 6:55
2nd grade
6:30 – 6:55
3rd grade
7:00 – 7:25
4th grade
7:00 – 7:25
5th grade
When grade levels are not presenting, their classrooms will be open for visitations.
Family Friday!
Making Stronger Readers
Through Home/School Connections
What is Family Friday?
It is a time when Freese families and friends come to school and read with students in the classroom. This home/school connection supports our students and shows them that we all work together to further their education. After reading with students, parents gather in the auditorium for refreshments, announcements and giveaways.
Family Friday Schedule:
9:05 – 9:25 – Parents read with students
9:25 – 9:40 – Parents gather in the auditorium and
          enjoy refreshments
9:40 – 10:00 – Announcements and Giveaways
Family Friday Dates
Friday, October 1, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Friday, January 7, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
Put the 2010-2011 Family Friday dates on your calendar now and plan to come and read with students.  See you there!

Advises on English Learner Services
The purpose of the English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) is to advise the principal and school staff on programs and services for English Learners (EL) and advise School Site Council (SSC) on the development of the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). The ELAC also assists the school on other tasks listed below. Additionally, ELAC reviews the school’s annual language census and conducts a site EL Needs Assessment.
For ELAC meeting times, and more information, please contact Debbie Smith, English Learner Support Teacher. (619) 479-2727 ext 2121.

Principal’s Chats
Information and Chat Time
This year, Principal’s Chats will be run slightly differently than in years past.  Parents will still be able to raise topics of their choice as they chat with the principal, but part of the time will also be devoted to sharing information about a particular topic.  During the first principal’s chat, the principal will share information about our new series in mathematics, enVisionMath. 
The first Principal’s Chat will be held on Thursday, September 9, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the PD Room.  Here is the schedule for 2010-11 Principal’s Chats:
Thursday, September 9, 2010, 6-7 in PD Room
Thursday, October 7, 2010, 6-7 in PD Room
Thursday, November 18, 2010 in PD Room
Thursday, January 20, 2011 in PD Room
Thursday, February 17, 2011 in PD Room
Thursday, March 17, 2011 in PD Room
Thursday, April 21, 2011 in PD Room

Give Advice & Make Decisions for Freese
Freese has two governance groups.  One is the School Management Team (SMT) and the other is the School Site Council.  Both groups have memberships of parents, teachers and staff members.  Each year, the SMT advises the principal on the school budget and other issues concerning the school.  The SSC oversees the spending of Freese’s Title 1 money.  Freese parents are encouraged to get involved with these groups.  See Mrs. Hills, the principal if you are interested in serving on these groups.  Here are the 2010-11 meeting schedules:
Wed., 10/13/10, PD Room
4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
Wed., 11/10/10, PD Room
4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
Wed., 12,8/10, PD Room
4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
Wed., 1/12/10, PD Room
4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
Wed., 2/9/10, PD Room
4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
Wed., 3/9/10, PD Room
4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
Wed., 4/13/10, PD Room
4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
Wed., 5/11/10, PD Room
4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
Wed., 6/8/10, PD Room
4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.


Freese Foundation

The Freese Foundation is created to support the education of children at Freese Elementary School by fostering relationships among the school, parents, teachers, and community members.  Freese Foundation is a non-profit Public Benefit Corporation that raises funds to support teaching and learning at Freese.  For the last two years, the Freese Foundation has purchased trophies, medals and ribbons to be given to Freese students during the end-of-the-year reading celebration.  To get more information about the Freese Foundation contact President Marco Ortiz or Board Chairperson, Annette Grimes.  You may leave a note for either of them in the school office.  Just ask the office staff to place your note in the Freese Foundation box.




Area 1 Superintendent’s Parent Committee

Dr. Brenda Campbell is the Area Superintendent for the Morse/Lincoln cluster and Ms. Shirley Wilson is the Assistant Area Superintendent.  Dr. Campbell is very determined to strengthen parent involvement in the Morse/Lincoln cluster and enhance the college going culture among the children in Area 1.  Dr. Campbell is looking for parents from each of the schools in the Morse/Lincoln cluster to serve on a cluster-wide parent group around these issues.  If you are interested in serving with Dr. Campbell, please contact Principal Hills to let her know.



GATE Parent Representative

GATE stands for Gifted and Talented Education.  All students are tested for GATE in the 2nd grade and parents are notified whether or not the student qualifies for the program.  When a student qualifies for the GATE program at Freese, he/she is placed in a class where the teacher has been trained and GATE certified.  The teacher then uses that training to address the learning styles of GATE students.


Every school should have a GATE parent representative for the GATE District Advisory Committee.  This committee meets once a month.  If you are a Freese parent of a GATE student, an you would like to serve as Freese’s GATE parent representative, please contact Principal Hills to let her know.