BVA considers parents essential partners in the education of their children. Parents are strongly encouraged to participate regularly in their student’s learning and community events throughout the year. The school promotes active parent involvement and community participation in support of school services, securing the commitment of time, energies, and expertise to improve the quality of education at BVA. This school year alone, our parent community has volunteered more than 6,000 hours of community service so far toward making Bay View Academy the special place it is! Our parent club called the Community Volunteer Organization (CVO) meets monthly and raises funds for field trips. Parents volunteer in classrooms, on field trips, and through take home projects. Parents also volunteer on Board Committees, community social events, parent education nights, and have contributed $110,000 so far this year through our Family Share campaign. Our English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) has been very active this year. Each month attendance at our ELAC meetings has increased and our second language families have shown more interest in attending workshops and community events. In addition, family attendance at Community Meetings and school events continues to increase, as families are encouraged to contribute their ideas for innovation and equity in our community to the leadership team. This year we have held three large community wide exhibitions of student learning. The Fall K-8 Celebration of Learning and community potluck was a new evening event this year, bringing together our 496 students and their families on one campus to share their learning. Also new this year was our STEAM Expo, a 3rd-8th grade Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math exhibition where students demonstrated, taught, and experimented with families and community members. We also facilitated an After School design session for families to share their programming ideas and needs with our staff as we took over the running of our after school programs on both campuses this year. Additionally, we held our 2nd annual Community Meeting for Families of Color to listen to the needs and receive input on equity issues at BVA.
BVA staff encourage family involvement in their children’s academic success; BVA teachers communicate in person, via email in English and Spanish, and conferences with parents, assisted by Spanish language interpreters as needed, to effectively engage with all parents. Through parent involvement and other educational strategies, BVA personnel and families meet the diverse learning needs of our student population.