An Authentic Family Engagement Activity – part 2

Have you ever wanted a family engagement activity that is filled with the wow factor and easy?!

Family Engagement Activity: Students and parents engage in creating a positive, praise statement to be posted around their school building
At the start of the school year, the Northumberland Elementary VTSS/PBIS team invited families in grades PreK-5th grade to the school to create positive, praise statements that would inspire them as they walked the halls of their school. Also, included in their time was a discussion on how parents can engage in their children’s learning at school and at home. They introduced PBIS to the families, including their school-wide expectations (Anchored in the SEAS of Learning). They had a brief presentation on Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students). The presentation was brief to allow families to participate in the activity where they created a poster as a family that included encouraging words to be displayed around the school. Families worked together and then had a fun snack together. It was a great turnout and a great night!

The goal of the activity was to create a positive learning environment in the building that included students and families.

With just a few items such as posters, markers, and pens the students along with their family member created the following posters to adorn the hallways. Some of the positive phrases:

  • A Mistake does not Mean Failure
  • Believe in Yourself
  • CARE-stands for Care and Respect Everyone
  • Everyone in this building is Somebody Important

Two female elementary students holding a poster they made that conveys to stop bullying.

Often we do not engage in activities with our families because we imagine that the activity will take too much time, resources, and energy. However, what we discovered in this activity that simple materials and a guided activity can influence the culture of the school in a positive way.


This is a great family engagement activity that is easy to implement! Don’t you think?

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