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National Parental Involvement Day

This month, during National Parental Involvement Day, November 21, 2013, schools throughout Urbana School District will encourage parent involvement through family events and volunteer opportunities. Schools understand that parents are busy people, but there are many different ways you can get involved in your child’s education. No matter how little or how much time you have, there are many ways you can positively impact your child’s education at school and at home.  Remember, when parents get involved and stay involved, all students achieve at a higher level.

Parent Involvement

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB Act) reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and provided a framework through which families, educators, and communities can work together to improve teaching and learning. Four principles guide this framework:

  1. accountability for results,
  2. local control and flexibility,
  3. expanded parental choice, and
  4. effective and successful programs that reflect scientifically based research.

Elementary Parent Coordinator
Jennifer Frerichs – (217)384-3565

Parent Involvement Policy (pdf)
Parent/Teacher/Student/Principal Contract (pdf)


Below are some CAFE resources for parents to use at home.  CAFE stands for C-Comprehension, A- Accuracy, F-Fluency, E- Expand Vocabulary.  All documents below are in PDF format.

Common Core information

CAFE Parent Pipeline



  • Recognize literary elements
  • Use main idea and supporting details to determine importance
  • Use prior knowledge to connect with text
  • Use text features
  • Ask questions
  • Author’s purpose
  • Back-up and reread
  • Monitor and fix up
  • Retell the story
  • Summarize text
  • Literary elements
  • Check for Understanding
  • Compare and contrast within and between text
  • Create a picture or mental image
  • Infer and support with evidence
  • Predict what will happen, Use text to confirm
  • Recognize and explain cause-and-effect relationships


  • Use the pictures – do the pictures and words match
  • Trade a word/Guess a word that makes sense
  • Blend sounds – stretch and reread
  • Chunk letters and sounds
  • Flip the sound
  • Skip the word, then come back
  • Cross checking
  • Use the beginning and ending sounds


  • Voracious reading
  • Adjust and apply different reading rates to match text
  • read appropriate level texts that are a good fit
  • Use punctuation to enhance phrasing and prosody
  • Reread text
  • Sight Words

Expand Vocabulary

  • Ask someone to define the word for you
  • Tune in to interesting words
  • Use dictionaries, thesauruses, and glossaries as tools
  • Use pictures, illustrations, and diagrams
  • Use prior knowledge and context to predict and confirm meaning
  • Use word parts to determine the meaning of words
  • Voracious reading vocabulary


District Parent Advisory Committee Information

Thank you for volunteering to attend our District level Parent Advisory Committee (DPAC). This committee will be an integral part of implementing our district’s strategic plan by analyzing how we communicate with families and how we can improve our student’s success through partnerships with parents and community. My hope is that we will have productive, honest conversations about these topics and use them to plan, make recommendations and implement positive change across the district.

All meetings will be held in the Board Room at the District Office at 205 N. Race St. in Urbana. Snacks will be provided at every meeting. Childcare and transportation will be provided but you must call Jennifer Frerichs, 384-3565 at least 24 hours in advance to get everything arranged.  More information about DPAC meetings can be found on the DPAC page.


Website Links for Parents

Illinois Parent Information Resource Center


Family Education Network




Parenting Resources


Children’s Storybooks Online


Epstein’s Framework of Six Major Types of Involvement

Type 1 The basic obligations of parents … refers to the responsibilities of families to ensure children’s health and safety; to the parenting and child-rearing skills needed to prepare children for school; to the continual need to supervise, discipline, and guide children at each age level; and to the need to build positive home conditions that support school learning and behavior appropriate for each grade level.

Type 2 The basic obligation of schools … refers to the communications from school to home about school programs and children’s progress. Schools vary the form and frequency of communication such as memos, notices, report cards, and conferences, and greatly affect whether the information about school programs and children’s progress can be understood by all parents.

Type 3 Parent involvement at school … refers to parent volunteers who assist teachers, administrators, and children in classrooms or in other areas of the school. It also refers to parents who come to school to support student performances, sports, or other events, or to attend workshops or other programs for their own education or training.

Type 4 Parent involvement in learning activities at home … refers to parent-initiated activities or child-initiated requests for help, and ideas or instructions from teachers for parents to monitor or assist their own children at home on learning activities that are coordinated with the children’s class work.

Type 5 Parent involvement in governance and advocacy … refers to parents’ taking decision-making roles in the PTA/PTO, advisory councils, or other committees or groups at the school. district, or state level. It also refers to parent and community activities in independent advocacy groups that monitor the schools and work for school improvement.

Type 6 Collaborating with Community … refers to the integration of various community agencies and resources to support the school programs.