Family Connections

Parents/Guardians have been a part of the creation of EnCompass Academy from its initial design and planning stages. Families have many formal and informal opportunities to work in partnership with the school. Our Family Resource Center Team supports participation in opportunities such as:

Back In School Night BBQ & Family Fall Jam (October): In addition to enjoying delicious BBQ, students get down with family members and school friends in our amphitheatre to a groovy mix of music from our communities. Then we get down to the business of learning about the year’s school wide focus and current achievement data, elect leadership representatives to the School Site Council, and go to classroom to learn the essential standards for the grade. Family members get to know the classroom, the teacher, and each other. Family members in EnCAS also attend an orientation to learn more about the program and its staff.

My Own Superhero Assembly (October): We partner with Art Esteem/Attitudinal Healing Connection to help students imagine, write about, draw, and create “artwear” about a superhero power they have (based on an existing talent). They will use their own superhero power towards improving their community. Students share their powerful writing and visions for making a difference, then parade and dance to show their art wear to the school.

EnCas Community Celebration (December): EnCompass After School Scholars (EnCAS) help us move into Winter Vacation with the usual diverse mix of performances in dance, music, drama, and poetry. We close out the evening with a delicious potluck.

EnCompass Honors Night (December, March, June): At the end of each Trimester, students with outstanding behavior and academic achievement walk the stage and are bestowed medals by a family member. Performances by EnCompass students and staff add joy to a night of celebration.

Honoring Ancestors and Remembrance Table Tour (November): Families contribute an artifact of a family, community, or cultural ancestor to share and build classroom Remembrance Tables. Students may also want to bring an artifact to remember a loved family or friend. Families are welcome to join the tour of classrooms on this day to see the different ways we remember our loved ones.

School Site Council and English Learners Advisory Council (ELAC) (Monthly): This diverse body meets monthly to review the Single Site Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) and monitor its implementation. The ELAC tracks the data and needs of English Language Learners to make recommendation towards the SPSA.

Workshops and presentations: School Success Starts in Kinder, The Best Me, Family Literacy Events, Building Your Brain, Childhood Stress, and Test Success Workshops provide opportunities for family members to learn about ways to support their child.

Report Card conferences (December, March, June): Family members meet with teachers in mandatory conferences at least twice per year to discuss their child's progress towards meeting grade-level standards. The standards-based report cards, teacher comments, student work samples, and intervention plans (as appropriate) are shared.

Showcase of Student Learning (May): This celebration of student learning provides authentic ways for students to demonstrate their growth to the community. Family members also take this opportunity to see what will be expected of their child in other grades. Families may also see arts performance by students related to their content studies.

Family Volunteers: Family members are asked to volunteer an average of 3 hours/ month in the classroom or on school-wide activities.

Family Fun Fitness Field Day and Spring Jam (June): Family members help put on and are invited to participate in this day of Field games with our students. Participation and fun, rather than competition, are emphasized. This event seeks to model for students and families cost-effective and active ways to have fun together while sending a message to children that maintaining fitness is practice to value in their lives. A Family Dance and BBQ in our beautiful amphitheatre help us build a joyful community.

Building Community through the Arts: Through oral storytelling and arts, we build leadership with parents/guardians while supporting family members to deepen connections with their student.

Community Meetings (2 Wednesdays/month): Family members have opportunities to share in the joy of our community when the whole student body gathers in this special EnCompass Academy ritual. Students and staff look forward to coming together to sing, perform, learn, share, and practice the important social skills for self-conduct in public arenas.

California Healthy Kids Survey (March): Family members have the opportunity to provide anonymous feedback and rating in areas such as academics, safety/security, culture/climate, physical plant, and staff interaction with students and families.

Adult classes onsite: ESL and Computer Classes sponsored by Adult Education are held in throughout the week. Childcare is provided.

Earth Day Love Yo Mama (April): This event, co-sponsored with Communities for Better Environment, brings Earth Day celebration and education to East Oakland at our shared campus. Workshops, performances, music, games, a skateboard park, graffiti arts competition, and a march and rally to raise awareness about environmental racism were examples of the rich programming for families at our site.

Reading Rally & Parade: We invite parents/guardians and children to school for our Fall Literacy Jam to dance, limbo and conga with Clifford the Big Red Dog

Step Up Day (June): Family members help recognize all students’ efforts throughout the year at our year’s end celebration.

What does my child's reading level mean? Once you know your child's reading level, look on this chart to see where they are in terms of their grade level. You can help your child select an appropriate book for independent reading by 1) going to and enter your child's Lexile level. A list of books appropriate for your child will come up 2) go with your child to the library and let the librarian know your child's Lexile level. Choose a book that is in the range of 100 Lexile scores below your child's level, or up to 50 Lexile scores above. If your child has a 400 Lexile Score, they should choose a book between 300-450 Lexiles to read independently. That way, they are stretching just enough to develop their reading, and shouldn't be too frustrated in their reading.
SRI - Lexile Scores Chart

Family Handbook