Parental involvement is a combination of commitment and active participation on the part of parent to the school and to the student. As parents you can ensure that your child receives the benefits from parental involvement by staying up to date on what is happening in the classroom.
Tulsa Public Schools is committed to helping your child develop the academic knowledge and critical thinking he or she needs to succeed in school and beyond. As a result, these involvement opportunities empower parents to take action. By connecting parents to school officials, community members, other parents, knowledge, and powerful allies, these opportunities build bridges and networks that support schools and sustain whole communities.
District Involvement Information
- Stay Connected - TPS social media and smartphone app
- Tulsa Council of PTAs
- National PTA
- Booster Clubs/PTAs sanctioned organizations
- Parents as Teachers
- Student and Family Guide to Success (includes the Behavior Response Plan)
- Achieving. Classroom Excellence (ACE) Parental Curriculum Choice Letter
- Logrando la Excelencia en el Salón de Clases Carta hacia los Padres para la Selección de Currículo
- Parent Guide | Guía para Padres
- Parents Right To Know | El Derecho a Saber de los Padres
- Parent and Family Engagement Policy
- Educational Surrogate Parents Program
- All students need parental support to succeed. The Educational Surrogate Parents Program responds to the need for support and representation of students with disabilities whose parents are not available. This program relies on the commitment of volunteers who support a student's education by advocating for him/her to ensure that the student receives a free and appropriate public education.
The focus of Partners in Education is to link children with the community resources that help provide the knowledge and skills needed for their future success. The Partners in Education program connects children and teachers with corporate, education, volunteer, government, and civic leaders. These partnerships help educators improve the academic and personal growth of all children.
A partnership can be as simple as having lunch with a child, sharing a professional expertise, donating supplies, and much more. Every resource big or small helps. The sky is the limit when it comes to partnership opportunities.
Please contact Sequoyah Elementary if you would like to become a part of our family and be a Partner in Education.
Our Current Partner:
One Williams Center
Tulsa, OK 74172
Tulsa Public Schools
Sequoyah Elementary School
Parent Involvement Plan
Tulsa Public Schools shall promote parent involvement in all schools as mandated by Title I, No Child Left Behind Act 2001 and work as equal partners with parents in providing quality learning experiences for every student, every day, without exception.
The Board believes and acknowledges that parent involvement raises the academic achievement level of students. Additionally, parents become empowered, teacher morale improves and communities grow stronger when parents take an active in role in educating their children. To this end, schools shall involve parents in the education of their children at all grade levels. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall provide coordination, technical assistance and other support necessary to assist all schools in planning and implementing effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance.
Sequoyah Elementary School Teachers and Staff believe that empowering parents to insist on improvement and giving them options regarding their children’s education will help the district to realize its vision of excellence and high expectations with a commitment to all. As a result of this belief, Sequoyah Elementary shall create an environment of supportive and collaborative parent involvement.
Sequoyah is a diverse school that currently has559students. The racial make-up of Sequoyah Elementary is 0% Asian, 8%African American, 66%Hispanic, 3%American Indian/Alaska Native, 9%Multi-Cultural, 0% Pacific Island and 14%Caucasian. Sequoyah strives to incorporate cultural diversity in our curriculum and instill a sense of pride in one’s heritage.
Sequoyah is also a Universal Free Lunch school. All of our students participate in the Universal Free Breakfast in a Bag school program, which allows students to eat breakfast in the classroom with their teachers in the mornings.
2.) Program Information For Parents:
Sequoyah shall provide assistance to parents of all children in understanding such topics as the state’s academic content and achievement standards, the assessments being used, the requirements of Title I, Part A, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and how to monitor their children’s progress and work with educators to improve their achievement.
3.) Materials and Training:
Sequoyah shall provide materials and training, such as literacy training and training on how to use technology in order for parents to help their children improve in their education.
4.) Educate Educators:
Sequoyah shall educate teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff members with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents and in how to reach out to communicate, as well as work with parents as equal partners. We will also implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between families and the school.
5.) Sequoyah’s Program Information:
Sequoyah will act as a liaison between the school and the community. We will help build relationships with faculty and parents. Sequoyah will help translate flyers, conferences and school connects. We’ll work to create an awareness of the significance of teamwork between home and school in a child’s learning process. The office will house a collection of parenting books, informational flyers and community resource information to provide parents with the necessary tools to help develop successful students.
6.) Understandable Communication:
Sequoyah is committed to providing information related to the school and parent programs, meetings and other activities in a timely manner in a format that is understandable for all families. Information will be in a language parents can understand. Interpreters are available when needed. Communication is provided in the form of monthly newsletters from teachers and administration, parent calendars, phone calls, the marquee and School Connects telephone messaging.
7.) Parents and Volunteering:
Sequoyah will continually encourage all families to support their children and school by volunteering to participate in various acts of service as needed and defined by school faculty.
8.) Other Requested Activities:
Sequoyah Elementary shall provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities included but not limited to:
-Literacy Night -YMCA GoClub
-Parent Conference -SOM and Awards Assembly
-Grandparents Day -Schoolwide Family Picnic
-Rock the Test -Communities in School
-Sequoyah Mentors/Tutors -GED Program
-Distribution of information on Community Resources and Activities
Legal Reference: No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, P.L. 107-110, Title I
- Make time each day for reading.
- Read to your child 10 minutes per day.
- Encourage your child to get a library card and visit the library regularly.
- Choose books you both like.
- Encourage your child to read to you.
- Use books that reflect your child's interests.
- Talk about what you read.
- Set a good example - be a reader yourself.
- Use books that prepare for special events: new baby, first day of school, etc.
- Have fun with reading!
- Help your child plan an activity to celebrate it with the entire family.
- Make tonight a 'No TV' night with your family. Ask your child to help select games or stories and spend some quality time with them.
- Help boost your child's self-esteem by taking pride in their achievements and accomplishments on a daily basis.
- Put on a history play with your child. Help them learn about important events in world history or even your own family history.
- Make learning to write letters and numbers fun for your child. Roll playdough or clay into long thin worms and ask them to create letters and numbers.
- Ask your child to help make lunch, then ask them to pick a spot in the park so that you can share lunch together.
- Take the family out to a water park. Help your child put on sunscreen and explain the importance of protecting their skin.
- Go to the park and take a nature hike with your child. Ask them to point out different animals and what they need to survive (i.e. food, shelter etc.).
- Prior to the first day of school each year, help your child make a 'countdown to school' calendar. Ask them to cross off each day at bedtime.
- Encourage your child to make a 'to do' list. Help them make a list of things that they would like to accomplish, then check the items once completed.
- To cool off on a hot day, visit a community pool with your child.
- Take your child shopping for school supplies. Ask them to brainstorm a list of things that they will need for school.
- Help your child make a kite. They can decorate it themselves and fly it at the park.
- Teach your child about recycling. Show them how to recycle items such as paper, glass, and aluminium.
- Take your child to a petting zoo. Later, ask them to draw pictures of the animals that they saw.
- Visit the library with your child often. Encourage them to borrow books about a different country to learn about the people, cultures, and customs of that country.
- On a rainy day, set up a tent with your child in the living room. They can pretend to be a forest ranger.
- Help your child practice their math skills by asking them to add up all the change in your pocket or purse.
- Teach your child about the importance of preserving nature. Help them plant a tree in your yard and explain how littering harms the environment.
- On a large piece of construction paper, help your child write their name vertically. Using each letter, help them write words that describe their personality.
- Make car trips fun for your child. Play a game and ask them to point out license plates, billboards, and interesting road signs.
- Tell your child that you love them today and every day.
- Help your child create and design their own phone book . Make a list of their friends names, addresses, and phone numbers.
- How much does your child know about their family history? On a map, trace where your family is from and help your child create a family tree.
- Help your child write a letter to a grandparent or friend. Explain the importance of keeping in touch with loved ones.
- To prepare for the first day of school each year, help your child get back in 'school mode'. Ask them to research a famous painter on the internet, then get out the paint and let them express themselves through art.
- Teach your child about textures - ask them to find objects outdoors that are smooth, shiny, slimy, or round.
- Suggest that your child write a poem for a friend, then have them mail it to their friend as a 'just because' gift.
- Encourage your child to make journal entries and keep track of their experiences each school year.
- Before school starts, host a back to school party for some of your child's friends.
- Help your child prepare for school and talk to them about setting personal goals this year.
Be Generous With Praise
Observe your child carefully and comment on the things that are done well. When you see an area that needs improvement, find a positive way to talk about it with your child.
Encourage "Personal Best"
Help your child by encouraging him or her to do the best in school and at home. Remember, "personal best" does not mean "perfect," and learning does not always mean getting high grades. Children, like adults, need the freedom to make mistakes and to learn from them.
Make Learning A Priority
Your attitude toward school attendance, education, and involvement in the school makes a strong and lasting impression on your child. By example, show your child that learning is a priority.
Show Interest In School Work
- Talk about school each day;
- Ask to see classwork;
- Have your child read aloud to you;
- Read to and with your child from a variety of material in your first language;
- Encourage your child to discuss new ideas and opinions;
- Show appreciation for good efforts;
- Offer suggestions for success; and
- Help your child use the following strategies to improve performance in school:
- Read the assignment when it is given.
- Keep a list of new vocabulary words.
- Proofread assignments to catch errors before writing a final draft.
- Review notes before a test.
- Schedule study time.
- Set up an area for homework away from noise and distractions.
- Post a family calendar that schedules school project deadlines, after-school activities, mid-term dates, exam periods, and report card dates.
Sequoyah Elementary School
724 N Birmingham Ave
Tulsa, OK 74110