Neighborhood Opportunity Network

Supporting one another in a time of crisis

We Are One

Posted by brandnuheavy on June 3, 2011

Parents sign-up to join the PTA

Well before the 6:30 pm start time, families were filing into the lobby of Piney Branch Elementary School.  These families (most of whom have incoming 3rd graders) were eagerly awaiting a tour of the school that included a scavenger hunt.  Tours were given in small groups of two or three and were led by enthusiastic  and knowledgeable 5thgraders.

PBES' lobby is full of families waiting to take the school tour

5th grade tour guide helps 2nd graders with scavenger hunt questions

Sligo parent Divine Ticha and his family

The scavenger hunt tours were part of a larger effort to help families, new and old,  feel welcomed to Piney Branch and part of the school community.  Other community-building efforts that were a part of this PTA event (which was held in partnership with the PBAT) included serving pizza dinner, celebrating the commonalities and differences of the families with a fun activity called Up/Down, introducing the new PTA leadership for 2011 – 2012, offering time for Q & A, and wrapping up with, what else, cake!

Parents seemed to appreciate the community-building efforts.  Divine Ticha ( a dad orginially from Cameroon) said that he appreciated the visit to his home by a teacher from the school.  “It shows how serious this school is about connecting to the community when you see that kind of effort.”  Darleen Smith (newly elected NAACP rep to the PTA) said, “this school is very involved in trying to make sure that there is a ‘we are one’ feeling here.”

Parents listen as Mr. G takes questions from the audience

Principal Generlette declared at a recent school Leadership Teams meeting that, “outreach will be a part of everything that we do.”  The large, diverse, and engaged audience at this meeting was proof that when a school is committed to meaningfully connecting with parents and kids, families respond in-kind.

PTA prez Jenny Ash-Maher hugs incoming prez Vineda Myers

Parents and Kids stand up and cheer during the Up/Down activity

A parent receives Spanish translation

Teacher Kristin Dunlap meets a new parent

ESOL teacher Rachna Rikhye chats with a parent

PBAT and PTA volunteers serve pizza

New PTA leadership for 2011 - 2012

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