PALOMA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
PTA

At Paloma, we have families that speak a variety of languages.  Our EL students and their families speak one or more of the following languages:

 

Spanish

Filipino / Tagalog

Chinese / Mandarin

Japanese

Arabic

Armenian

Farsi

Italian

Russian

Thai

Cebuano

 

We are working hard to provide translation services for all of the languages spoken by the Paloma community.  Unfortunately, at this time, we are not able to translate into all languages without the support of Google Translate.  Even with Google Translate, we are still unable to translate into Farsi.

Please click below to access the TVUSD DELAC web page.


 

Click below to hear Mrs. Gradstein discuss Paloma's efforts to engage EL families in the ELAC process.



 

English Learner Advisory Committee

Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21 at 9:30 AM. We hope to see you there!

What is ELAC?

ELAC (E-lac) stands for English Learner Advisory Committee. It is the site-based committee that meets to discuss the needs of the English Learner (EL) students at a particular school.

 

What does an ELAC do?

The ELAC is responsible for:

-  Advising the Principal and staff on the programs for EL students

-  Developing the Site Needs Assessment

-  Informing parents of the importance of school attendance

-  Training the ELAC officers on their roles and responsibilities

-  Providing training opportunities for EL families

-  Advising and participating in DELAC (District-level ELAC)

-  ELAC meets 4-5 times per year

 

Why is it important to get involved in ELAC?

At Paloma, our ELAC meets to discuss the diverse needs of our English Learner students. We need you to come, share your feedback, and tell us how we can best support your child and family.

"The California Legislature is committed to assuring that parents/guardians of English learners have a voice in the education of their children.  This belief is reflected in the passage of specific California Education Code (EC) and California Code of Regulation (CCR) sections requiring English Learner Advisory Committees (ELAC) and District English Learner Advisory Committees (DELAC) to be in place in schools and districts that educate English learners.

California Education Code (EC) 52176(b) states, "Each school with more than 20 (21 or more) pupils of limited English proficiency shall establish a school level advisory committee on which parents or guardians or both, of such pupils constitute membership in at least the same percentage as their children and wards represent of the total number of pupils in the school.and designate for this purpose an existing school level advisory committee or subcommittee of such an advisory committee, if the advisory committee or subcommittee where appropriate, meets the criteria stated above."

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Thank you to everyone who has participated in our ELAC and to every EL family at PES.  We know the challenges you face are unique and we are here to support you in every way we can.  We look forward to another great year with you and your students!

Site Needs Assessment

 

In order to gain more specific information from our EL families, we conducted a Site Needs Assessment.  This survey was distributed to all of our EL families.  We received responses back from 44% of our families.

 

The responses received gave us some valuable information, including:

 

1.  Our EL families are aware of what CELDT testing is.

2.  Our EL families feel comfortable coming to our school.

3.  Our EL families need more information about all of the following: ELAC, EL services, and how to get involved.

4.  Our EL families would be interested in attending Parent Workshops on Report Cards and the Common Core State Standards.

 

The ELAC reviewed all of the information derived from this Site Needs Assessment and developed a plan for next school year.