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Unit 4 schools celebrating National African American Parent Involvement Day

February 12th is National African American Parent Involvement Day and Unit 4 schools from early childhood to high school have special events planned in honor of this day and Black History Month in general. See below for specific schools events:

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — In honor of National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) on February 12, each Unit 4 school is inviting parents to visit their child’s school and take part in some special activities. Below is a summary of what each campus has planned.

National African-American Parent Involvement Day Activities
February 12, 2018 (unless other date specified)

Champaign Early Childhood Center
Literacy Lunch, February 9 and 16

In collaboration with the CU Kiwanis Club, CECC invites parents to a pizza lunch on the Friday before and after NAAPID. Families will receive a winter-themed children’s book along with take-home literacy and math activities.

Barkstall Elementary
Parent Activities

●      Sign-in table with giveaways, student ambassadors welcome, balloons

●      Breakfast provided for parents/guardians to attend with their student

●      Open classrooms

●      Morning Mindfulness, using literature to teach tolerance and empathy for others

●      Announcements facts in February

●      Student choir performances

●      Lunch with students

●      African artifacts from the University of Illinois on display

●      Guests read aloud in classrooms

Booker T. Washington STEM Academy
Parent Breakfast, Program & Read-Aloud starting at 8 a.m.

Books by African-American authors will be read during the remainder of the week.

Bottenfield Elementary
Performances & Activities

●      A performance with the African American Academy of the Arts from the University of Illinois

●      4th grade performance called “Wade in the Water”

●      5th grade Wax Museum on an African-American figure

●      K-2nd – Tribute to MLK

Carrie Busey Elementary

Parent Lunch & Entertainment

Parents will receive Black History Month gifts (pencils, bookmarkers, books) upon arrival. Parents will be invited to visit classrooms before lunch to enjoy time with their students.

Dr. Howard Elementary

11:30-12:00 Room 14, Mrs. Williams: Kindergartners will continue learning about Dr. Martin Luther King. He had a dream and so do we! Come help us decorate and hang our hopes and dreams for second semester. Parents, please add your dream for your child to the display as well!

11:15-12:00 Room 15: Ms. Eisele’s class will be learning about Rosa Parks and then completing a craft.

1st Grade

8:30-9:30 Room 17, Ms. Petruzzello: Students in Ms. P’s class will be studying the work of author/illustrator

R. Gregory Christie and creating their own illustrations inspired by his unique style.

1:10-1:40 Room 16, Ms. Martin: 1st graders in Ms. Martin’s room will be engaging in a “hands-down”

conversation about Martin Luther King, Jr. and their own Hopes and Dreams.

2nd Grade

11:20-11:50 Room 18 and 19, Mrs. Turner and Mrs. Knipp: We will be doing reading and writing

activities. The parents can come and then join their child for lunch at 11:50.

11:15-11:45 Room 20, Ms. Iehl: 2nd graders will be participating in math games they have been practicing.

3rd Grade

10:30-11:00 Room 5 and 6, Ms. Whitehouse and Mr. Hanson: Third graders will do a reader’s theater

activity. Partners will be reading “Big Words, Strong Words.”

10:30-11:00 Room 11, Mrs. Elrick: Mrs. Elrick’s class will be presenting their research about influential Civil War

individuals at the Wax Museum.

4th Grade

12:45-1:45 Room 13, Mrs. Stewart: Students will honor famous African-American poets with open mic poetry.

4th/5th Grade

10:00-11:00 Room 25 and 27, Mrs. Stapleton, Mrs. Simmons, and Mr. Thomson: 4th & 5th grade students have created artifacts for a Harlem Renaissance Museum. Come view their outstanding work!

5th Grade

10:00-11:30 5th Grade Hallway, Mrs. Dodge, Mrs. Posey: Visit the 5th Graders at the Civil Rights Wax Museum! Students have been working hard on their research projects about members of the Civil Rights Movement.

Garden Hills Elementary
“Remember the Past • Embrace the Present • Plant the Seed for the Future”

8:30-9 a.m. – Pastries with our People                                                                                 

8:40-9 a.m. – Tunnel of Embrace (mentors, basketball players, teachers, educators)
9:10-9:50 a.m. – Mini Assembly  (grade levels singing songs and spoken word)               

9:55 a.m. – lunch – Make and Take (each teacher has their own activity)                           
Lunch – Plant the Seed for the Future

5:30-6:15 p.m. – Community Resources Fair (International Hallway)                       
6:15 p.m. – Introduction (Principal Ladd)                                                                                                   

6:20 p.m. – Remembering the Past-Sharing Family Traditions (Dr. Preston Williams Jr.)       

7:20 p.m. – Plant the Seed for the Future-Importance of Community Engagement                     

International Prep Academy
Parent Breakfast & Activities
7:20-7:50 a.m. –  Parent breakfast with students

7:50-8:10 a.m. – Visit morning meeting

8:15-9 a.m. – Assembly with music performances and grade level presentations

9-10 a.m. – Observe classrooms

Kenwood Elementary
“Express Yourself” Themed Day
K-2 Assembly: Storyteller to share a story and talk about their craft to motivate and encourage students
3-5 Assembly: Hip hop artist and local entrepreneur to share personal story about pursuing goals

Robeson Elementary
Parent Lunch & Activities

Parents will join their students for lunch and visit classrooms. Students will greet parents as they enter; light refreshments will be provided.

South Side Elementary
Parent Lunch & Activities starting at 11:50 a.m.

●      Parents will come in during lunch

●      Upon entering parents will fill out sheet of paper to add to the I AM bulletin board

●      Luncheon in the library, where families will receive the Black Panther comic book and short write up

●      Make and take button, Inspiration book

●      Family Drum Circle in the music room

●      PowerPoint of prominent, successful African Americans, artwork by our African American students set to African music or music by African American musicians to be shown in the lunchroom for students

Stratton Academy of the Arts
Parent Activities starting at 9 a.m.

●      Inspirational Poem Cards given to the first 100 parents/visitors

●      Student musician playing the cello as parents arrive

●      Breakfast for all family visitors (library)

●      Guest speakers

●      African-American Trivia

●      Student Talent Showcase

●      Visual Art Display

●      Raffle giveaways for parents who have lunch with their students (cafeteria)

●      Parent voting throughout the day on best classroom door/hallway decorations (Black History themed)

Westview Elementary

Parent Lunch & Activities
Student greeters will welcome parents as they enter the building and guide them to their child’s room or into the cafeteria. Parents will read with their student and/or do a math activity before or after lunch.

Franklin STEAM Academy
Parent Lunch & Assembly

Noon – Parent Luncheon and Community Forum, Library

1:30 – 2:50 p.m. – Schoolwide Black History Month Assembly, Gymnasium

Jefferson Middle School
Parent Lunch & Activities
Parent lunch, class visits and performances by jazz band and dance team.

Centennial High School

Parent/Student Assembly
Featuring performances by:

●      Centennial Treble and Expressions Choir – “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “MLK”

●      Students from the African American Talent Show

●      Student readings from Centennial’s African-American Read-In

●      Keynote Speaker: Mr. Lekevie Johnson

●      Centennial Dance Team

Central High School
Parent/Student Assembly
Students and parents who RSVP will attend the Black History Month program during periods 1, 2, 3, 7, and 8 in Decker Theatre.

Photo from Champaign Unit 4 Facebook Page.

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