Workshops Offer Resources for ELL Parents

Workshops Offer Resources for ELL Parents photo

Smithtown Elementary School held two information workshops for parents of English language learners on Feb. 8 and 12 to help them better understand community resources and the support services that Smithtown Central School District provides them.

“We felt the need to get more information to parents so that their children can become actively involved in sports organizations, library programs, and for the parents, gain a better understanding of our adult education opportunities,” said Principal Janine Lavery. 

The workshops were a collaborative effort led by the Smithtown Elementary School faculty, with support from the ENL department, community resources, Parent-Teacher Association and translators. Parents learned about the school-family connection and parent portal. Attendees could sign up for PTA notifications regarding events and volunteer opportunities. 

The Smithtown Library issued cards to families, and the St. Patrick’s Youth programs spoke about some of their offerings. The adult education director’s presentation sparked several parents to register for English classes.