FACE Time is a year-long school wide project designed to provide opportunities for all students to participate in Family and Community Experiences. The project is intentionally varied in day and time, audience, and location to increase access for our families. It adheres to School Improvement Plan (SIP) goals related to school culture and standards based instruction in all content areas to increase the rigor of instruction across the curriculum.
FACE Time draws families into the school community in many different ways.
· Family Nights are held throughout the year. Family Reading Night invites students and adults to read together in the media center one evening each month. This offers children opportunities to have adult attention to improve reading skills away from the distractions of home. Family Walk Night is a monthly event in the late afternoon at a nearby walking trail. Families have an opportunity to meet their students’ classmates’ families and to improve health and fitness in a free, family friendly environment. Many continue to walk throughout the month apart from the school event. Family STEM Night is a popular annual event held in the evening in the fall. Hands on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math games and activities are designed to give families an opportunity to learn through play. Door prizes for the event are provided by community partners.
· PBS (Positive Behavior Support) is a county-wide program that offers incentives for students who are demonstrating behavior that supports our guiding principle that “we do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.” The PBS Store is run by parent volunteers. Prizes are donated by parents, staff, and business partners and purchased with funds from annual fund raisers.
· Academic Events including our end-of-the-year Celebration of Learning, Science Fair, Kindergarten Round Up, parent FSA Nights, Back-to School Open Houses, and evening Parent/Teacher Conferences are intentionally scheduled to make them accessible to families in the evening. Our staff is committed to partnering with families for student success.
· In school field trips including Pioneer Day, Stone Soup, Jimmy Sawgrass, Trout Lake Nature Center Manatee Program, the Florida Watershed Project, and Outdoor Lab invite parents and community partners into the school to share their expertise and to inspire students to learn.
· Class and grade level community service projects occur throughout the school year. This year’s projects included:
o Second grade caroling in local nursing homes
o Fifth grade stuffed animal drive for an area children’s hospital
o Kickball for a Cure game to raise money for cancer research
o Relay for Life walk-a-thon for the American Cancer Society
o kindergarten Animal Shelter Project to collect food and other items for a local Animal Shelter
o Quilts to Books, a school-wide project in which students design and color quilt squares, which are them sewn into quilts by community volunteers. The quilts are raffled during the Celebration of Learning. That money is used to purchase books which are delivered to a school that has had classroom libraries destroyed by acts of nature.