The School-Home Partnership
Gillen Brewer's unwavering commitment to each family is a cornerstone of the program. The School's philosophy is founded on the belief that changing the life of a child can only be achieved through meeting the needs of the family as well. GBS' goal for parents is that they develop an understanding of their child and acquire the information and strategies with which they can be his/her strongest and most supportive advocate. As both mentor and partner to parents, the school strives to provide a network of resources and to develop a collaborative relationship which fosters awareness and sensitivity and enhances the progress of each individual child.
Below are some helpful resources for families to review.
Read Donna's letter to the community about the Parkland, Florida shooting
Read the information sheet that guides staff in discussing Lockdown Drills with students.
Here at Gillen Brewer, Screen-Free Week is a time to reconnect as a community of learners and focus on being “present,” without the distraction that can sometimes come from screens and the overuse of technology. In celebration of Screen-Free Week, there will be many fun activities planned in the classrooms and outdoors. We hope you also take the time to participate at home in various screen-free activities. Some suggestions are listed below:Screen-Free
- Parent/Caregiver Support Groups
- Parent/Caregiver Workshops
- Come Sit In My Chair: A Workshop for Siblings
- Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) Workshop
- Grandparents’ Day Workshop
- Autism Acceptance Month: A comprehensive list of resources: Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)
- Agents of their own success: self-advocacy skills and self-determination for students with disabilities in the era of personalized learning: National Center for Learning Disabilities
- Include NYC
- Understanding Each Other
- Age and Stage Tips
"After almost 30 years of experience in this field, what I know for certain is that the greatest successes we have had with our students have come from a close partnership with our families. These partnerships flourish when family involvement, participation, communication, follow through, and alignment of realistic goals are shared. This may be a tall order, but our students need and deserve this level of commitment from all of the adults in their lives. The family/school partnership can be transformational for all of us." -- Donna Kennedy, Head of School