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Dubois Elementary School

120 South Lincoln Ave
Springfield, IL 62704

Family and Community Engagement (F.A.C.E.)

August 26, 2011

Dear Dubois Families and Community:

My name is Carlis Thomas and I am the parent educator at Dubois Elementary School. As a parent educator, I have a Family & Community Engagement Team, (F.A.C.E.) in which I strive to build partnerships and relationships to support student Achievement. We are currently working under the following definition for family engagement: "Springfield Public School District defines family engagement as relationships built on mutual trust and two-way communication that result in school family partnerships that create strong academic support systems to foster success for all students."

The purpose of each school-based F.A.C.E. team is to:
� Build relationships with all stakeholders through open and honest two-way communication.
� Provide feedback to the principal and Instructional Leadership Team on school issues.
� Support the School Improvement Plan by assisting in the development of the plan�s Family Engagement/Parent Involvement sections and professional development for families and staff.

Research shows that when families are involved at home and at school, children do better in school, and the schools improve as well. The more programs and activities we offer for families that are linked to what their children are learning and doing in class, the greater impact there will be on student achievement.

I am inviting your company/agency to be a part of F.A.C.E. TEAM, to help our students become successful academically and to produce world-class citizens. Your help could be in the form of offering your services to our families, donations that can be useful in terms of special initiatives, and or providing your input at our meetings.

We invite you to attend our upcoming F.A.C.E. Team Meeting. We need your help. Please attend our F.A.C.E. Team meeting with parents, staff, and other concerned community individuals. Our first meeting will be held 9-13-11 at 6:00 to 6:30pm. Feel free to send a representative on behalf of your company/agency. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Please let me know if you are interested in being part of the DES F.A.C.E. Team by calling me a 217-525-3204 or by emailing me, cthomas@springfield.k12.il.us. Please do not hesitate to contact me and I am looking forward to hearing back from you.

Working together to Achieve Outstanding Results,

Carlis Thomas
Parent Educator