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Family Liaison

John Bello
Family Liaison
The Family-School Liaisons  work cooperatively with students, adult family members, school staff and community partners to remove barriers that prevent students from learning. Liaisons function as intermediaries and advocates, providing students with proactive preventative services which promote success; socially, behaviorally, and academically, through deliberate and effective targeted family interactions. Liaisons assist with planning, organizing and implementing family events in their related schools.  They will also identify resources and services from the community to strengthen school programs.  They provide information and ideas to families about how to help students at home with home curriculum-related activities.
In Windham, the Family Liaisons have established a Parent And Community University that meets twice a year at the Windham Middle School. It takes place on a Saturday and offers parents, families in general, and community members, the opportunity to meet and select three different courses with topics that go from Common Core, Special Education, Health, Bilingual Ed, Immigration, Diversity, Arts, etc..... The day will include free breakfast, lunch, transportation and childcare. It is a great opportunity for parents and families to share with each other and learn different ways to increase their involvement in the educational process of their children.
As a Family Liaison I am committed to assist parents and families by becoming an effective link between them, the school and the community. I am a retired teacher from the Windham School District and I know the parents, the School System and the community, where  I have lived  for the past 24 years. Having worked in the Dual Language Program for many years has helped me understand how the cultural diversity of our students is more of an enrichment factor than a divisive one. Through this diversity we expect to increase unity, cohesiveness and cooperation among all our families and staff.
We invite our parents to get involved in their children's education, by participating in the different activities we have throughout the year; and also by serving as volunteers, and becoming part of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), School Governance Council (SGC) and other committees and trainings that will take place as the school year goes by.