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Family and Community Engagement

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Welcome to the FACE Webpage

Hello and welcome to the Ƶ District’s Family and Community Engagement (FACE) webpage.

The page has informative strategies, resources and supports to assist families in the valuable and complex work of parenting. The site also offers information to enable families to support the academic and social-emotional growth of their child. The Ƶ District appreciates the significant role that families play in the lives of their children and how families and vested stakeholders shape communities in which we live. The home is the first place of learning and families create environments, encourage values, and teach life lessons which shape how children see themselves and others, and the world around them. Families have the ability to motivate young minds to have a thirst for learning and dreaming, which is why the Ƶ District believes that partnership and collaboration with families and the community are vital to the education of a child. Successful partnerships and collaborations lead to diversity and inclusion, creative solutions, and fulfilling the needs of all learners in our school district.

We encourage families to be engaged in their child’s education through involvement at their child’s school and working with their child at home. For ways to be involved in your child’s school please contact your child’s building principal, review school calendars and newsletters for upcoming events, join or like Social Media sites (district, school, PTO/PTA), download the Newburgh App and Apps used by teachers, and speak to PTA/PTO and Booster Clubs members. To be a volunteer at the District-level please contact Mrs. Pamela Peterson, Director of Family and Community Engagement. Please also take advantage of family engagement events offered at schools and by the District.

The Ƶ endeavors to make this webpage useful, accessible, and easy to use, so if you have any suggestions regarding this webpage, please email Mrs. Pamela Peterson at ppeterson@necsd.net. Feel free to provide feedback and ideas regarding school-based and district-level parent involvement and education events as well. Thank you, and remember - get involved!

Department Events and Activities

The FACE Department hosts and partners with schools and community partners to provide a variety of family and community engagement events and activities throughout the year.  Events and activities are advertised by flyers, School Messenger (robocalls), the Ƶ and other Apps, social media (Twitter, Facebook), FACE Forward (e-newsletter) and community partnerships.


Events and Activities for Families:

Back To School – A partnership with We Are Newburgh, a consortium of community agencies and community volunteers, done each August to support Ƶ families. In addition to handing out school supplies, the event hosts recreation activities and a Community Based Organization Expo to provide families with information about healthcare, programs and services.


Newburgh Basics – A community-based initiative supporting families of children 0 – 3 years of age. The Ƶ District partners with the Newburgh Free Library to offer two Newburgh Basics cycles each year during the fall and spring. Little Rembrandts provides families the opportunity to do arts and crafts aligned the Newburgh Free Library’s Story Time for toddlers (reading and free play). Little Green Thumbs focuses on STEM based activities for toddlers and their families.

My Brother’s Keeper / My Sister's Keeper – a federal and state enterprise utilizing strategies and resource to close the achievement gaps amongst our scholars of color.

Colgate Van – For the 2021 – 2022 school year, the Colgate Van visited several of our elementary schools and provided dental screenings and supplies to 550 young scholars.

Lions Club Eye Screenings – the Ƶ partners with the Lions Club to offer eye screenings for our Pre-K scholars. This partnership is coordinated under the supervision of our school nurses. This is an early detection process that support the eye health of our youngest scholars.

Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh Day for Kids – The FACE Department partners with the Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh in celebration of youth throughout the school community. Families are given community resources and school supplies and participate in games to support physical health and well-being and to just have fun.

Latino Family Literacy Project – A program for families of English as a New Language Learners (ENL). The program provides reading strategies to families to work with their children at home to establish a reading routine, increase vocabulary, and supports language acquisition for the family. The Project offers pre-school and elementary programs, as well as a secondary program that focuses on college readiness.

Literacy Happens – A Pre-K program for families that supports organic literacy development. The sessions teach families how to utilize the home and community environment as places of literacy and language development through everyday activities.


Title I Complains and Appeals/LEA Notification of Complaint Process for Parents

The Ƶ District recognizes any public or nonpublic school parent/guardian, teacher or agency may file a complaint regarding Title 1 program services.  The District shall ensure all complaints are addressed in accordance with the following procedures. Download Procedure for Title I Complaints


Adult Basic Education Services

The Ƶ District offers Adult Education classes. Current classes include pre-High School Equivalency, High School Equivalency, and English-as-a-Second-Language. The program also offers development of workforce skills, career exploration, basic technology skills, and case management.


Please contact Ms. Vera Best, Ƶ Adult Education Coordinator at 845-562-2378 or 914-805-5606 or email Ms. Best at vbest@necsd.net. Please ask about our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) opportunities.


Contact FACE Team

Pamela Peterson
Director of Family and Community Engagement

Address: 124 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY 12550

Phone: (845) 563-3458

Email: ppeterson@necsd.net

Virtual Family University Website

Family University



Resources for Families

NYSED Hudson Valley - A Guide to Community-Based Organizations for Immigrants - 


Parent Toolkit

The parent toolkit is a website developed by NBC News' Education Nation and will help you navigate your child's journey from pre-kindergarten through high school.

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District Documents for Families

Volunteer Manual

Parent Notification Manual

Parent Involvement Policy
  English | Spanish | Arabic | Simplified Chinese

School-Parent Compact
 Elementary School | Middle School | High School


Sharing is Caring

Please consider sharing your time, talents, ideas and energy to support the Ƶ District’s effort to support every child’s success every day.

School-Based Parent-Teacher groups – Many of our schools are supported by parent-teacher groups (PTA, PTO, PTC, PTG) and booster clubs. Consider joining or just volunteering for an activity or event. Our students and schools need your help. Contact your child’s school for parent-teacher group contact information.



Videos for Families - Reading

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Make Read-Alouds Come to Life!

Connect Reading to Real Life

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