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English Language Learners

English Language Advisory Committee

The English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) is composed of parents of english language learners and provides parents the opportunity to give advise and assist the school in the decision-making process concerning programs for (ELL) students.  ELAC is an elected body that is to be composed of no less than 25% of parents of english language learners.  ELAC meets five times per year and charged with advising School Site Council on the development of the Single Plan for Student Achievement

ELAC Meeting Dates 2019-2020

ELAC Meetings are the 2nd Friday of the month at 8:45 a.m. in the Staff Room in September, November, January, March and May.

Meeting Agendas



ELAC Officers

President:  Elena Barriga Rojas

Teachers:  Stephanie McMaster

Principal:  Robin Maganaris


Meeting Minutes

Supporting Your English Language Learner

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Tips and thoughts to help your english learner child.

Ask the office to connect you with families speaking the same native language as you. They can give you advice and support throughout this journey.

Feel comfortable to join the morning gathering, you’ll be able to meet with other parents and it’s a good way to start being a part of the community.

Do not put any pressure on yourself or your kid, every kid learns at his very own pace but they all eventually are able to speak and write. Quickly, they will be able to interact with their peers while playing and soon they will catch up and understand what they have to do in the classroom.

Stay supportive and consistent.

It’s important to keep a strong bond with your native language, using all the tools you can. Speaking in your native language at home, reading books, watching movies and if you can taking online classes or on site classes if available .

Helping your kid with homework is really important and a good thing is to start learning  or brush up your English along with your child.

You can take classes :


-Check with your company or your spouse’s company sometimes they provide or fund ESL classes.

-Take ESL classes with the San Mateo Adult School

-Use apps or websites free or not like Duolinguo-ABA- Roseta stone…. USA  Learns

-Listen to podcasts

-Use the library resources

-take advantage of online classes like on or

-Check on your home country governmental website if they provide any remote curriculum for their citizens living abroad.

Use all the resources your kid is provided with, It will be really helpful to quickly increase your vocabulary, listening to Raz-kids read aloud books will help you with pronunciation.



-Books they bring back from school


-Translate homework using dictionaries like Linguee or Reverso, 

-You can ask help for Homework through ELAC*

-Your kid will get customized support from the school specialists.

And of course be sure to communicate with your child's teacher and attend ELAC meetings.

*ELAC includes all the English learners’ parents, Nesbit's principal and other staff members, you can find support there and address your concerns too.

Welcome to Nesbit School and good luck .