Building Bridges is a program that is designed to increase communication, trust and support between families and the teachers they work with. The collaboration between teachers and families will help to build foundations that will promote language acquisition while increasing student achievement. The program will provide information in a meaningful way that gives parents the opportunity to provide feedback about our ELL program. This collaborative relationship will be non-threatening, and will allow families to express pride in their personal heritage.
Building Bridges Program Objectives
1. Building Bridges will help students and their families learn skills and strategies they can use to move toward language acquisition.
2. Building Bridges will help students and their families develop basic skills and strategies that will help them to become functional in a classroom setting where the dominant language is English.
The mission of Building Bridges is to promote success for all, one family at a time.
Materials for Families
Summer Bridge Books
The Fox C-6 Building Bridges Program is now offering Summer Bridge Activities™. The summer between grade levels can be a time of discovery and anticipation as parents and teachers work together to create a path that will guide children on their journey toward academic success. Summer Bridge Activities™ are designed to review the skills that your child mastered in the current grade level, preview the skills that he or she will learn in the upcoming grade level, and help prevent summer learning loss. Summer Bridge Activities™ can help you to fill the summer months with learning experiences that will deepen and enrich your child’s knowledge. The three sections in the workbooks correspond to the three months of traditional summer vacation. Your involvement outside of the classroom is crucial to your child’s academic success.
Parental Involvement Kits
The Fox C-6 Building Bridges Program offers Parent Involvement Kits for families to use to reinforce literacy skills. These kits use spoken, receptive, and written language to increase communication skills. The brightly colored materials in the kits help to enhance imagination and curiosity while the students develop positive associations with learning and going to school. Students who use these kits develop confidence while building a foundation that will promote success later in life.
Bilingual Book Program-NEW!
Research continues to support home languages as essential elements that support academic success for students. Bilingual books help to build a bridge between students’ home languages and the languages spoken in the school setting. Parents can use bilingual books to encourage their children to speak their native languages while fostering cultural appreciation. Bilingual books can also help the students to develop an appreciation for their home languages. The Fox C-6 Bilingual Book Program gives parents the opportunity to read books at home with their children in their native languages. Parents who are interested in reading at home with their children can contact their child’s ELL teacher. Books will be sent home via backpack mail.
The Bilingual Book Program offers books in many languages. We currently have Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Turkish, Bulgarian, Slovakian, Hindi, Farsi, Italian, Lao, and Bosnian books. If your language is not represented in our library, please let us know. We would be happy to locate books in your home language.