In a cafeteria decorated with flowers and hearts, the newly created Parent Executive Team at the Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex (JSEC) held their first event, a Mother’s Day Dinner, while stressing the importance of parent involvement in their children’s education.
The event was coordinated by the school’s newly created Parent Executive Team and the Parent Engagement Committee, led by Foreign Language Teacher Leader Piedade Lemos. The event was also attended by several JSEC teachers and Principal Michaela Keegan, who delivered opening remarks, along with Vice Principals Vilai Or and Ariana Testa. Janet Pichardo, director of the district’s Family and Community Engagement Office, also attended.
Guest speakers Carina Monge, career and technical education coordinator at JSEC, and community leader and parent Rosa De Castillo spoke of the importance of prioritizing parent involvement in their children’s education, despite many challenges in their lives.
Students Luisa Alvarado, Julio Berroa, Jose Coste and Caroline Holguin read Mother’s Day poems while Kayla Bucki performed a guitar solo, “Never Too Far” by Mariah Carey.
After a light dinner, guests enjoyed a raffle with many prizes. Sponsors included Fruteria & Cafeteria Frias, DR Print, Joyeria Italia, Aurora Restaurant, Pila de Moda and CVS Pharmacy. As they reached out into the community, the Parent Executive Team developed their presence and capacity among neighboring businesses, said Lemos.
The JSEC Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) continues to grow. A new logo designed by JSEC 9thgrader Ramell Levers will be unveiled later this month. “This was a collaborative effort among teachers, students and parents to come up with the basic concept and develop a criteria of design. Branding the PTSO further solidifies our presence,” Lemos added.
The Parent Academy will host Saturday morning language exchanges between native Spanish and English speakers for all members of the JSEC community. The “intercambios” will be held on Saturday, May 16, June 6 and June 20 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Parent Zone (Room 201).
The Providence Public School District’s Parent Academy, also introduced this year, is offering Parent Leadership classes to train members of the JSEC Executive Team as well as other parent leaders in the skills and strategies needed to engage parents in their schools.
Leading JSEC’s parent engagement are members of the Parent Executive Team, Gladys Pimental, President; Karina Rosa, Vice President; Paulina Estevez, Treasurer; and Necy Cabreja, Secretary.
For more information about the JSEC Parent Teacher Student Organization, contact Piedade Lemos at Piedade.firstname.lastname@example.org.