Urbana School District #116

National African American Parent Involvment Day (02/11/2019)

National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) is a day for parents to visit their children’s schools, see what their children experience daily at school, and to support their children’s educational futures. Retired educator and former principal, Joe Dulin, created NAAPID in 1995. Mr. Dulin believes parents are among a school’s most important assets. “NAAPID is not just for black people –– it’s for all people,” Dulin says. “It comes during Black History Month, and I thought it was a tremendous time to introduce it as a project for parents to get into our schools to exchange notes, phone numbers, emails, have conversations and get in touch with the teachers.”

Urbana Early Childhood School will a host a musical performance by Jean Rene Balekita for both the morning (10:45 a.m.) and afternoon (2:45 p.m.) sessions in the gym on Monday, February 11, 2019. There will also be a reading of the story “Each Kindness” written by African American author Jacqueline Woodson. Refreshments will be served in the Family Center room. Families are invited to visit their children in their classrooms and stay for the performance.

Leal Elementary School will invite families to visit classrooms throughout the school day to observe their children learning. The school will invite families back to the school from 6:00-7:00 p.m. to participate in literacy and math activities with their children. Families with children in grades kindergarten through second grade will participate in literacy activities they can use at home with their children. There will be math activities for families with children in grades third through fifth.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School will host a NAAPID luncheon on Monday, February 11, 2019 (11:05 a.m.- 12:40 p.m.) to create an atmosphere where parents and families have the opportunity to interact with the teachers and staff. Parents will be encouraged to explore all facets of the school including P.E., art, music, library, and classrooms, all day. Community members, central office administration, and parents will read to students. Momentos and prizes will be given to people who attend. There will be raffle prizes for parents sent home the next day. We will be selling Black History T-shirts for $10.00.

Dr. Preston L. Williams, Jr. Elementary School: The NAAPID activity focused on EMPOWERMENT will begin at 9:00am in the foyer. We want participants to find the greatness within, nurture it, and use it to catapult them into greatness in the classroom, in their homes, and in their communities. Participants will engage in a craft activity where they will trace their arm and hand to represent an EMPOWERMENT TREE. The branches on the tree will contain words of greatness that describe them and that demonstrate the sense of power and pride they feel inside of them. Participants will then add leaves to their empowerment trees that tell how they can use what is already inside them to benefit their school, their home, and their community. Families can work on these together or as individuals. As a matter of fact, the trunk of the tree will contain either the individual’s name or the family’s last name. They will build it together, color it together and make a plan for how they can use this to continue to support learning, growth, and development in the classroom from this point forward. They can also use it as a plan to help motivate one another to empower themselves and empower one another.

Thomas Paine Elementary School: When parents arrive at Thomas Paine for the NAAPID celebration, they will pick up a “passport” as they sign in and head to the gym for a brief assembly. There will be a welcome/introduction by Mrs. Lloyd followed by a few short performances and presentations. Afterwards, students will return to their classrooms while parents join staff members in the library for light refreshments and a brief informational session about speech/language and literacy. Parents will then make their way to their students’ classrooms to visit and participate in activities. We will have a

photo-booth for families to stop and take a picture together. Parents will get a sticker on their passport for each location they visit, and then completed passports will be entered into a prize raffle.

Wiley Elementary School: A breakfast for parents and guardians will be served from 8:00-9:00 a.m. Parental engagement opportunities will be available in classrooms from 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Yankee Ridge Elementary School: As Martin Luther King Jr. has said, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today”. Join us for NAAPID at Yankee Ridge as we celebrate Dr. King, kindness, and community. ALL Yankee Ridge parents are invited to join us for a free pizza lunch, provided by our PTA. You may bring a lunch from home, order a school lunch, or have the pizza. In order to prepare for our NAAPID event, we will need to know who will be attending, and what your lunch option will be. We will be following the students’ regularly scheduled lunch periods. After lunch, you’ll enjoy a Martin Luther King, Jr. craft in the library. Each child will receive a free book with a bookmark. The bookmark will have tips you can use to read with your child(ren) at

home. Parents are encouraged to visit their child’s classroom at any time throughout the day.

Urbana Middle School will be inviting African American families to eat lunch with their students and enjoy a choir concert from our UMS choir. Additionally, we’ll be planning a variety of Black History Month events and celebrations throughout the month of February, both in the classroom settings and in assemblies.

Urbana High School will host a program and lunch for families and their children on Monday, February 11, 2019 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

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