Dinner and a Show at Latest SAIL Parent Academy

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Fifty families from Franklin and Nixon Elementary Schools in Roxbury Township were treated to a dinner and show at their latest Title I Student Academic Intervention and Learning (S.A.I.L.) Parent Academy of the year at Nixon School Thursday night.

These two elementary schools in Roxbury Township qualify for Title I funding based on the number of students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. These Title I programs are organized and coordinated by Kelly Freund, Franklin and Nixon technology teacher.

Dinner and a Show at Latest SAIL Parent Academy

The latest installment of S.A.I.L. brought parents and their children together for a hot dinner catered by Aramark, the district’s food services provider followed by a show by the Paper Bag Players. The show, It’s Quite Absurd! had families laughing, singing, and dancing along.

The hour-long show was filled with stories, songs, freewheeling dances, and audience participation with paper bag costumes and scenery. Scenes covered topics of friendship, family, the sun and moon, as well as the popular tug-a-manias which received an uproar of applause and cheers from the kids in the audience.

The district’s purpose of holding S.A.I.L. Parent Academics is to educate parents on the things going on in their child’s elementary school and education. These academics were designed to make parents feel comfortable and welcome in their child’s school and to provide help for them in the easiest and most convenient ways possible. The district strives to remove any possible obstacles from participating including having translator services available for our non-English speaking families, free childcare for not just the child in the elementary school but for any age, as well as providing a meal catered by Aramark.

The next Parent Academy for Franklin and Nixon School families this year is on Positive Parenting with Amy McCready on Tuesday, March 20th. Two webinar sessions will be offered, one in the daytime and the other in the evening. This nationally recognized parenting expert is the founder of PositiveParentingSolutions.com. McCready joined the parent academy last year with many positive parenting tips and tricks and we’re excited to have her back again.

As with all of these academies, it allows the district to foster inclusive and collaborative cultures with families as well as internal and external stakeholders. In an effort to increase participation in these workshops, the district actively strives to eliminate as many barriers as possible. For instance, registration forms were distributed via email, hard copy, and Facebook in both English and Spanish. Meals, childcare, and translator services were also available at this academy as the district tries to build the bridge between a child’s connection from school to home.

PHOTOS ATTACHED (courtesy of Roxbury Public Schools)

  • Paper Bag Players
  • Paper Bag Players Trash Cans
  • Paper Bag Players Baby
  • Paper Bag Players at Nixon School
  • Paper Bag Players for SAIL
  • Families Sing and Dance Along to Paper Bag Players
  • Holden Riesebeck and Liam Connolly
  • Durga and Umadevi Canakala at Dinner

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