English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher Ruth Gray and her colleagues recently hosted the annual Hispanic Family Night for students who attend Anne Mason Elementary School and their families. This event helps families feel welcome and also provides information about English classes and the migrant education program. Parents have the opportunity to ask questions and are encouraged to call, visit and communicate with the teacher by writing notes throughout the year.
Hispanic Family Night helps build relationships with families which are essential for student success, according to Anne Mason Principal Leah Riney. “Hispanic Family Night started as a way to invite and encourage families to be a part of the Anne Mason family. It has become an essential part of our culture. This night brings familiar and new faces together in a way that encourages communication, facilitates trust and caring and welcomes families into our family. This night is an important way to be present in our Hispanic families’ lives.”
Dean of Students Maria Bennett welcomed families to Anne Mason during the evening event and continues to stress the importance of communication between home and school. “Hispanic Night is so valuable because it opens up lines of communication and strengthens that valuable connection between school and home. Parents are able to meet their children’s teachers, learn about resources from both our school and the community, and most importantly, be recognized for and made aware of their significance and importance in their children’s education.”
Gray, who has taught ESL for 6 of the 11 years she has worked for Scott County Schools, uses this night of fellowship to stress the importance of learning to read in both Spanish and English and invites students and families to the school’s Spanish reading program offered on Monday evenings. In addition to accessing helpful school and community information, the 21 families in attendance also enjoyed a meal provided by the teachers and staff of Anne Mason Elementary.