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Mrs. S. from S San Francisco CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Making a Difference: The Home to School Connection

The cost of materials for the parent authored books for this proposal is $135, including shipping and <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $135 goal

This project expired on September 8, 2006.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Spruce Elementary is a school that is as diverse as it is challenging. The Spruce community consists of students from lower socioeconomic levels. Seventy-seven percent are second language learners from disadvantaged homes. Most of the parents speak little or no English, and have not graduated from high school. I am a third grade teacher entering my 31st year of teaching and loving every minute of it. Two thirds of my twenty students are newcomers and/or ESL students. There is a strong need to build connections between the classroom and the home. Most of the parents do not speak English and often feel intimidated by the school setting. I want to build a bridge that will open doors for them and make the connections between home and school. My proposal is to have the parents produce monthly parent authored books which will educate parents, involve their children and give them a voice that needs to be heard. Imagine if you were a parent of a newcomer student. Everything is different, confusing and difficult for you. But then, your child’s teacher asks you and all the other parents to contribute to parent authored books on a monthly basis. These books circulate around to each family. You have the opportunity to read each other’s descriptions, goals, questions, family traditions and more. The opportunity to share your goals and values, to have your voice honored and respected is powerful and creates a bond to the class, teacher, and curriculum. You are learning from each other. Imagine also making a valentine for your child for the very first time, or inviting the whole family to draw a family portrait! Each month has a different theme. Sept-Goals for your child, Oct.-Family portrait, Nov.-Family traditions, Dec.-How does your family spend time together, Jan.-New Year’s resolutions, Feb.-make a valentine for your child, Mar.-write questions for parent teacher conference, April-Family history, stories to share , May-record memories of the school year. All the parents (20-40) and students (20) will participate. Materials required are different packs of stationery with unique, colorful borders to correlate with the monthly themes or the parents to write on, nine three hole folders with clear plastic covers, one for each month, 100 three hole plastic sleeves to hold the parent letters and go into the folders, and, if possible, special valentine stickers and doilies to add a special touch. In conjunction with the parent letters, the students work all year writing their own autobiographies. At the end of the year, their finished project will also contain their parent’s letters and valentines to complete a special book of life long learning and memories of third grade. This project reaffirms my philosophy of teaching, builds self esteem, confidence and participation of my students' parents and creates lasting relationships over the years. The parents will be extremely excited about this project. Higher levels of learning will be achieved and bridges will be crossed.

Mrs. S.
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 20 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Masterpiece Studios Tropical Letterhead, 8 1/2quot x 11quot, Blue, Pack Of 100 Sheets • Office Depot Inc. $9.45 1 $9.45
Masterpiece Studios Chalk It Up Letterhead, 8 1/2quot x 11quot, Pack Of 100 • Office Depot Inc. $9.45 1 $9.45
Masterpiece Studios School Stuff Letterhead, 8 1/2quot x 11quot, Pack Of 100 • Office Depot Inc. $8.08 1 $8.08
Masterpiece Studios By the Books Letterhead, 8 1/2quot x 11quot, Pack Of 100 • Office Depot Inc. $7.39 1 $7.39
Geographics(R) Sicily Design Paper, 8 1/2quot x 11quot, Pack Of 100 • Office Depot Inc. $7.39 1 $7.39
Geographics(R) Clouds Design Paper, 8 1/2quot x 11quot, Pack Of 100 • Office Depot Inc. $7.39 1 $7.39
Office Depot(R) Top-Loading Sheet Protectors, Standard Weight, Clear, Box Of 100 • Office Depot Inc. $7.19 1 $7.19
Masterpiece Studios Flowered Letterhead, 8 1/2quot x 11quot, Pack Of 100 • Office Depot Inc. $5.98 1 $5.98
Masterpiece Studios Graduation Design Paper, Grad Hats, Pack of 100 Sheets • Office Depot Inc. $5.69 1 $5.69
Oxford(R) Clear-Front Report Covers, Assorted Colors, Pack Of 10 • Office Depot Inc. $4.85 1 $4.85
Masterpiece Studios Valentines Day Design Paper, 25 Sheets • Office Depot Inc. $3.79 1 $3.79

Materials cost

$76.65

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

3rd party payment processing fee

Fulfillment labor & materials

Total project cost

$110.70

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$24.30

Total project goal

$135.00

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$135.00

1 Donor

-$127.31

Donations toward project cost

-$111.00

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$16.31

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$8.06

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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