Our families are critical partners who make our work complete. They visit our classrooms and we visit their homes. Families have a place in our school’s decision-making process. We actively work together to provide the best for our children every step of the way.
At DREAM Charter School, some of the activities and services that we implement with our families include:
DREAM knows that it takes a team. That’s why every summer, DREAM teachers visit every one of their scholars and families in their homes to learn about each scholar’s strengths and each family’s hopes and dreams for their child.
DREAM families are invited to have coffee with our Pre-K, Elementary, and Middle School Principals to hear the latest school news, share thoughts and concerns, and build relationships with school leadership.
Family workshops are interactive opportunities for families to learn new information and skills, share best practices with others, and form stronger support networks in the school and community. Every year, DREAM offers a variety of workshops based on families’ interests and needs.
The DREAM Family Action Council (DFAC) is a group of DREAM family leaders who work to ensure that every family at DREAM has a voice in our school. DFAC meets once every month. DFAC supports DREAM Charter School in developing an active and involved family body and also serves as an avenue of communication between families, administration, and faculty. Throughout the year, DFAC members develop fun school activities, family projects, and fundraising opportunities. DFAC meetings are great places to get the latest school news, provide feedback on important school-wide decisions, and take an active role in planning and carrying out school events. DFAC is open to all DREAM families.
DREAM Family special events include Harvest Fests, Culture Fairs, Literacy Nights, and more.
DREAM partners with Volunteers of Legal Service and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom to provide on-site, one time, free legal consultations to DREAM families dealing with housing, immigration, public benefits, and other legal issues throughout the year. Legal clinics take place once a month at 8:45 a.m.
DREAM families work to promote the rights of charter school students and families by participating in charter school advocacy events including an annual trip to Albany to visit state legislators.