El club de Madres is a parent support group for Spanish-speaking moms at Randolph Elementary School. The club is run by Jackie Garcia, Bilingual Family Liaison Resource Assistant. Launched in September 2003, the main goal of this group is to welcome Spanish-speaking parents into our school and to increase their participation in school activities.
Club de madres meets every Monday morning at 8:15 a.m. in the school building. For about two hours, over coffee and pastries, the group shares information about activities that are going on in the school. They discuss essential topics that effect them as parents. We often have guest speakers at our meetings who are invited to discuss important home, school and community issues.We also volunteer to help prepare any materials that staff may need for the classroom.
Meeting topics and guest speakers cover many areas of interest. Examples are listed below:
- Arlington Public Schools – Parent Expectation Support Achievement (PESA) classes
- Arlington County Police – Gang Activity
- Arlington County – Home Ownership
- Renters’ Rights
- School Nurse – Health and Nutrition
- Women’s Health Issues
- Social Worker – Behavior Management
- Testing Coordinator – SOLs and Other Testing
- School Counselor – bullying
- Classroom Teachers – Explain how parents can get involved and can help with various classroom activities
- PTA – Introduce activities and ways for parents to be involved
For more information about el Club de Madres, please contact Jackie Garcia, Bilingual Family Liaison Resource Assistant at 703-228-8193 or firstname.lastname@example.org.