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ESL Parent Night will take place on Aug. 27

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In honor of Liberty’s rich cultural diversity, district will host its annual orientation event for the schools’ culturally and linguistically diverse families on Thursday, Aug. 27 from 6:15-8:15 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Liberty Middle School.

Dozens of Liberty schools’ English as a Second Language (ESL) students and their parents will join community members on Aug. 27 for an ESL Parent Night, a welcome back event that takes place before the start of a new school year.

Parent Night was designed as a resource for English language learners to find out more about the opportunities available to their families. With that in mind, and with the goal to help every Liberty student reach his or her potential, the district introduced the program nine years ago.

At Parent Night, ESL families will learn more about the ESL program, principles of language acquisition, ESL assessment and how to promote the academic success of their children in all content area subjects. Parents will also receive other information, such as how to communicate with their child’s teacher and what procedures should be followed in case of illness or school closings.

In addition, two representatives from the Hudson Valley Special Education Parent Center’s Bilingual Outreach/Information Department will present two 15 minute presentations about how they work with Spanish-speaking families and districts throughout the region to promote meaningful family engagement in children’s special education programs.

According to a Hudson Valley Special Education Parent Center brochure, the center is an outlet for parents who have questions or concerns regarding their child’s education process, Individualized Education Program (IEP), transition to adulthood and more.

For more information about ESL Parent Night, please contact the Office of Student Services at (845) 292-5400 ext. 5112.

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