Family and Community Engagement (FACE) is supported by the Office of Family Engagement and Title 1 through Arlington Public School! FACE is a learning strategy to support student achievement.
Visit this site to see a video about why Family Engagement matters by our school Superintendent, Dr. Durán!
Your coordinators are:
- Jennifer Burgin – Family and Community Engagement Action Team Coordinator
- Lila Vega & Laura Anduze – Title 1 Family and Community Engagement Co-Coordinators
The 2022 – 23 FACE Action Team Members are (updated September 12, 2022):
- Zaya Coughlin & Augusto Wayar – Bilingual Family Liaison Representative
- Julie Freeman-Moore & Valerie Smith – PreK & VPI Representatives
- Hailey Spina & Olivia Funnye – Kindergarten Representatives
- Nora Garcia & Bobbi Dailey – 1st Grade & English Learner Educator Representatives
- Leila Hanafi, Ariel Stevens, Daniela Matarazzo, & Helen Marcks – Parent & PTA Representatives
- Pat Harvey & La Rita Monagan – Special Education Representatives
- Emily Hernandez & Lauren Stephenson – English Language Learner Educators Representatives
- Leah Smith & Erica Ramirez – 2nd Grade Representatives
- Kimberly Lefkowitz – 3rd Grade Representative
- Melissa Hinkson – 5th Grade Representative
- Suzanne Paul & Heidi Smith – Administration Representatives
Interested in joining the FACE Team as a family or community member? Email Jennifer Burgin at email@example.com! All are welcome!
Some of our 2022-23 FACE Team Members attended a professional development led by APS FACE Mentor Elisabeth Luá! We also learned from consultant Ron Mirr who has helped bring FACE research from Harvard to schools across the country!
Fall 2021 Update – Our FACE team members are beginning Family and Community Engagement processes at Hoffman-Boston. Our first step was choosing a standard for each grade level and seeking support from families. Our theme this year is Patterns & Problem Solving! See each grade level for a family support experience.
PreK – Simple Patterns
PreK uses newsletters with families to promote engagement and will continue to do so with these goals! Check out their introduction to simple patterns in the Week 12 newsletter snippets.
Kindergarten – Counting to 20
The kindergarten team would like to provide activities you can do on the weekends or free time with your child to support your child’s number skills. Today we are introducing two games, Mix and Fix and Guess My Number. All you need to play these games are number cards. Your child will be bringing the cards home in their blue folder. If you lose them, you can also just make your own. These activities will reinforce counting to 20, recognizing numerals to 20 and understanding which numbers come before and after each other. Ms. Vega, one of our Kindergarten teachers, and her son Liam demonstrate how to play these games in the video link below.
1st Grade – Exploring Patterns
The first-grade team has provided resources for exploring patterns and key vocabulary surrounding this skill. Goals for students include:
- Identifying and describing a repeating pattern made from sounds, shapes, or colors by finding its core.
- Extending the pattern by repeating the core two or more times.
- Identifying, describing, extending, and creating a repeating pattern made from numbers. (Example- 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2,…)
- Transferring a pattern to create new patterns. ( Example- ‘1, 2, 3, 1, 1, 2, 3, 1’ can be transferred to become ‘¬ ® X ¬ ¬ ® X ¬’ OR ‘red, green, yellow, red, red, green, yellow, red’ )
Some examples of some pattern types can be found below:
2nd Grade – Telling Time to 5 Minutes
2nd Grade shared a SeeSaw activity with families to encourage supporting learners to tell time to 5-minute intervals. The video came with audio instructions and practice activities to encourage families to tell time with their children.
Families can watch the video with their learners on the school-distributed iPad using SeeSaw. Look for the activity called “Telling Time to the Nearest 5 Minute.”
3rd & 4th Grades – Adding Triple Digit Numbers
3rd & 4th grade encouraged families to play The Greatest Sum. Directions and cards can be found below.
Players take turns picking up a card from the top of their deck and deciding where that number will go on their board – thousands place, hundreds, tens, or ones. After deciding that player writes that number in the chosen place and can never move that number. The digit card goes to the discard pile. As the game goes on, fewer spaces are available and players cannot place a digit in a place value spot that is already taken. After each player has drawn and placed 8 digits, each player adds the two numbers. The player that created the largest sum wins. After playing a few rounds, discuss strategy with the class: “Does anyone have a strategy for winning?” “How did you plan to get the greatest number?” “I see you put an 8 in the thousands place – why did you do that?” “I see you put a 2 in the one’s place – why did you do that?”What did you do with any 5’s you got?”
Download and print the playing cards here: 20 digit cards 0 to 9 twice
5th Grade – coming soon
The Family & Community Engagement and Title 1 Groups would like family input for planning next school year.
- What makes you feel more connected with Hoffman-Boston? Less connected?
- What would help you understand how your child is performing in school?
- Would you like to support your child’s learning at home? If so, how can Hoffman-Boston facilitate that?