With the support of the student success program, our program facilitator hosts a number of family and community engagement programs throughout the year.   Each of our 6 week engagement programs offer our students and their parents/guardians and opportunity to come into our school one evening per week and participate in a variety of fun activities relating to literacy and numeracy curriculum.  Dinner and snacks are provided.


ESSO Family Math

Math is fun written in food

These sessions educate parents to work and play with their children in order to develop skills and positive attitudes towards mathematics.  During this time together, all are actively involved in doing mathematics.  Activities include games and strategies that reinforce skills and develop understanding of early math concepts such as:

  • Estimating
  • Using a number line
  • Patterns
  • Numeration
  • Geometry

Esso Family Math Resources


Parents as Literacy Supporters (PALS)

PALSLogo“A program adapted in consultation with Elders and other Indigenous community leaders”  PALS (Parents as Literacy Supporters) is a play-based, culturally responsive family literacy program that gives parents and caregivers new strategies to support their preschool and kindergarten-aged children’s learning.” (Decoda Literacy Solutions:  http://www.decoda.ca/practitioners/professional-development-community-literacy/pals/aboriginal-pals/)


Community Literacy Tutoring Program

Literacy Tutoring Document

A 10 week, one to one literacy tutoring program using trained community volunteers developed in partnership with Dr. Deborah Berrill.  Each weekly one hour tutoring session includes practice on reading and writing skills based on teacher recommendations and student needs.  Volunteers receive training prior to each session and debrief with our facilitator following each session.

For more information about these programs, please contact:

Katie Wakely, Literacy and Numeracy Program Facilitator