Spanish-speaking parents in the Locust Valley Central School District were offered support at Bilingual Night, held in Locust Valley and Bayville. The event was open to elementary, middle and high school parents. 

The school/community partnership was emphasized for more than 80 people to facilitate and improve parental involvement in education. 

Information was shared by building principals, ENL teachers, SEPTA and representatives of outside organizations, such as the library and medical facilities. 

Topics included ways in which parents can obtain support for their children in academics and where they can find information and homework assignments. The district website at www.lvcsd.k12.ny.us has an option to translate pages into a variety of languages, one way the non-English-speaking parents can stay informed.

The information sessions were facilitated and organized by Cindy Ergen, teaching assistant at Locust Valley Intermediate School, who assists in translating for and communication with Spanish-speaking parents. Parent organizations assisted by providing snacks. 

Ms. Ergen said the feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive. “They appreciated the presentations and said they feel more comfortable now reaching out and being part of the school community.” 

Bilingual nights will be scheduled for the 2018-19 school year as well. “We will continue to make sure our Spanish population feels included and informed,” Ms. Ergen said.