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PARENTS

Mandarin Immersion specific organizations:

The Mandarin Immersion Advisory Council was founded by RCSD at the start of the program to guide the development and growth of the MI program. Parent volunteer committees and school administrators meet monthly to organize and manage events and activities that advance academic and Chinese cultural learning at the school. Committees include: Cultural Enrichment, Community Building, Academic Development, Recruitment, Fundraising and Communications. 

Redwood City Mandarin Immersion Scholars (RCMIS) is a parent run non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to raising money for the Mandarin Immersion program in the Redwood City School District. Historically, funds raised have gone towards K-5 Mandarin-speaking classroom aides, reading specialists, and instructional coaching for MI teaching staff. The MI program is aligned with CA state education standards, and relies heavily on current teaching staff not only to teach, but to directly create translated content for students. Because school district supplied funds do not wholly cover the staffing costs associated with the MI program, RCMIS bridges the gap by raising funds directly from MI families and from the greater community. Those funds are then awarded as grants to RCSD covering the cost of instructional aides and program staff.

Campus-wide groups:
 
  • Starship Parent Teacher Organization raises funds for enrichment classes and organizes various community building events for both Mandarin Immersion and Orion Parent Cooperative programs.
     

  • English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC) is responsible for advising the principal and staff on programs and services for English learners and the School Site Council on the development of the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA).
     

  • School Site Council develops and implements the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) plan based upon assessed needs and monitors the effectiveness of the plan.

Mandarin Immersion parents can also play an active role in the school by volunteering in the classroom and at school events, and communicating with the teacher when they have questions or concerns.

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