Par­ent Net­work­ing Cen­ter Open For Busi­ness

Riverbank News - - NEWS - BY VIR­GINIA STILL vstill@oak­dale­leader.com

The of­fi­cial grand open­ing of the new Par­ent Net­work­ing Cen­ter was held on the cam­pus of Car­dozo Mid­dle School on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 30. The cen­ter will be open daily for par­ents of all district stu­dents to gain re­sources with the sup­port of par­ent li­ai­son Karen De La Torre and River­bank Uni­fied School District staff like district par­ent li­ai­son Alma Calzada.

There were two ses­sions hosted Wed­nes­day to cel­e­brate the new cen­ter with one held in the morn­ing and the other held in the evening to ac­com­mo­date work­ing par­ents. River­bank Uni­fied School District Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Daryl Camp, Car­dozo Mid­dle School Prin­ci­pal Kevin Bizzini and As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Chris­tine Fa­cella, along with the two par­ent liaisons, attended both cel­e­bra­tions. Dur­ing the 9 a.m. cel­e­bra­tion sev­eral mem­bers of the River­bank com­mu­nity were on hand in­clud­ing Mayor Richard O’Brien, Coun­cil­man Cal Camp­bell, and Board of Trustees mem­ber El­iz­a­beth Meza. The evening event had at­ten­dees like Board of Trustees mem­ber Ernest Ve­lasco, and Brandi LoForti, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Assem­bly­man Heath Flora’s of­fice that pre­sented a procla­ma­tion to De La Torre.

“Al­most all par­ents in at­ten­dance walked away with a raf­fle prize,” added Camp. “I’m thank­ful to our com­mu­nity for the gen­er­ous dona­tions that were pro­vided for the raf­fle. Con­tri­bu­tions were re­ceived from Krispy Kreme Donuts, Sno-White, La Salsa Fresh, De­signs by Karen and Pizza Plus.”

There were re­fresh­ments pro­vided dur­ing both the cel­e­bra­tions like pan dulce and dough­nuts in the morn­ing and lit­tle sand­wiches and cook­ies in the evening. Along with the raf­fle prizes pro­vided by River­bank busi­nesses, Car­dozo Mid­dle School raf­fled off free year­books as well.

“Par­ents who came were en­thu­si­as­tic and grate­ful to have a place to go and get as­sis­tance,” stated Fa­cella. “The cen­ter is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and par­ent train­ings open to all par­ents in the district will be of­fered dur­ing the school year.”

Camp ex­plained that dur­ing the strate­gic plan­ning process in 2014, the school com­mu­nity and board of trustees in­di­cated that the River­bank Uni­fied School District needed to work in part­ner­ship with the com­mu­nity so that stu­dents will achieve at high lev­els. The cen­ter is a tool for RUSD to sup­port stu­dent suc­cess and get par­ents in­volved through­out the district.

“Our staff did a great job in get­ting the Par­ent Net­work­ing Cen­ter up and run­ning for the 2017-18 school year,” stated Camp. “As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent, Chris­tine Fa­cella, worked with a team to se­cure a fed­eral School Im­prove­ment Grant at the be­gin­ning of the 2016-17 school year. Af­ter be­ing awarded the grant, staff worked dili­gently to get the par­ent liaisons on board be­fore the be­gin­ning of the school year.”

Par­ents will be able to take ad­van­tage of the re­sources and ac­tiv­i­ties that the Par­ent Net­work­ing Cen­ter will pro- vide like par­ent­ing classes, as­sis­tance with tech­nol­ogy, com­mu­nity re­sources, and par­ent teacher com­mu­ni­ca­tion as well as col­lege and ca­reer in­for­ma­tion.

“Thanks also to Rudy Ser­rato, the di­rec­tor of main­te­nance, op­er­a­tions and trans­porta­tion, for get­ting Room 33 at Car­dozo Mid­dle School ready for the Par­ent Net­work­ing Cen­ter,” ex­pressed Camp. “The fenc­ing was changed so that par­ents can ac­cess the Cen­ter on Fifth Street with­out hav­ing ac­cess to the school.”

Par­ents are wel­comed to visit the Par­ent Net­work­ing Cen­ter dur­ing nor­mal school hours or by call­ing (209) 863-0837.

“We are all very ex­cited to watch this Par­ent Net­work­ing Cen­ter grow over the com­ing year and want to en­cour­age par­ents to par­tic­i­pate in their child’s ed­u­ca­tion,” said Fa­cella.

PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

River­bank Uni­fied School District Board of Trustees mem­ber Ernest Ve­lasco, left, along with Car­dozo Mid­dle School at­ten­dance clerk, Cal­i­for­nia School Em­ployee As­so­ci­a­tion (CSEA) pres­i­dent Diane Gon­za­lez, par­ent li­ai­son Karen De La Torre, As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Chris­tine Fa­cella, rep­re­sen­ta­tive Brandi LoForti from Assem­bly­man Heath Flora’s of­fice, Car­dozo Mid­dle School prin­ci­pal Kevin Bizzini, and River­bank Uni­fied School District su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Daryl Camp were all on hand for the Par­ent Net­work­ing Cen­ter open­ing.

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