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Workshops and Trainings

Family and Community Engagement (FACE) will be hosting virtual family workshops and trainings to suport the Twin Rivers community with distance learning, resources to engage families and students, and additional information throughout the 2020-2021 School Year.

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Planting Seeds Parent Classes
Parent and toddler interaction classes where kids can bloom.
Tuesday and Thursdays  10:00 AM
April 20- May 20, 2021
Zoom Meeting ID Link: [No registration required. Click on the link above to join.]
Meeting ID: 964 7455 1106     Passcode: 1stFive
Participants will receive a tote bag with age-appropriate books (while supplies last).
For more information:
Rosa Rivera, ECE Family and Community Liaison
Phone: 916-566-1616 ext. 33212
Parents & Guardians of African American Students in TRUSD Forum
Twin Rivers Unified School District (TRUSD) Student Services Department and the Roberts Family Development Center invites its community to be a part of the Parents & Guardians of African American Students in TRUSD Forum on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 6:00-7:00 PM

The Roberts Family Development Center will facilitate a monthly forum for students, parents, and guardians to advocate passionately about the advancement of African American/Black students in Twin Rivers Unified School District. In this virtual space we will discuss support resources for distance learning, accessible total wellness services, policies/procedures updates, and any information brought forth in the forum.

For more information, contact the Roberts Family Development Center at (916) 646-6631 or via email at 



TRUSD Apps Portal: The Gateway for Distance Learning and Online Resources
We will discuss how to access the TRUSD Apps Portal and its functions, Google Classrooms, and the educational learning programs to support distance learning. Participants will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link once registered, and a reminder message the day before the workshop.
Webinar Recording: TRUSD Apps                                                         
Presentation: TRUSD Apps- Presentation
Handouts: TRUSD Apps How to Login      TRUSD Apps Quick Start Guide 
                   Distance Learning Resources for Parents of English Learners
                  Promoting a Distance Learning Environment at Home

Tech Support

How to Use Your Twin Rivers Chromebook, Aeries Parent Portal & Tech Support for Families with Distance Learning
Be a part of this virtual workshop where we will provide a technology walkthrough on using the district-issued laptops and Wi-Fi Hotspot, Internet Access (Free and Low-Cost) Programs, Aeries Parent Portal, and Q&A (Questions and Answers) to support our families with distance learning. 

Webinar Recording: Tech Support & Tips                                                    
Presentation: Tech Support 9.9.20
Tech Guide for Families: English     Spanish
Chromebook Guide: English     Spanish

Swun Math

Swun Math Family Night
Come join us for SWUN Math Family Night! During our time together with the SWUN Math consultant, you will tour the SWUN Math website and receive helpful tips and tools to support your K-8 child with Common Core Mathematics. In this session, we will also discuss student learning in a virtual setting and provide you with strategies to support your child in their learning of math. 
Webinar Recording: Swun Math Family Night                                               
Visit the Swun Math Parent Home Connect to access:
  • Student homework in both English and Spanish (Grade TK-6), and in English (Grade 7-8)
  • Video support for each lesson in English and Spanish (Grade TK-6), and in English (Grade 7-8)
  • Facts Practice Tool (Beyond the Basic Facts) for Students
  • Parent/Guardian Letter for each Unit 
Website at or scanning the QR Code below: 
Swun Math Parent Home Connect

Student Services

Student Services: A Fall Welcome for Families on its Services & Staff    
Learn more about how Student Services supports its families & students with programs and services from:
...and much more. 

The mission for the Student Services Department is to coordinate programs that benefit our students & families, and this workshop will provide an opportunity to increase awareness of its services.  

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 5:00 PM     
Webinar Recording: Student Services 9.23.20                                                    
Presentation: Student Services
Handout: Foster Youth Services Program
Handout: Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) Program

Special Education

Special Education Resources for Students in Bridge (Mod-Sev Autism SDC)  and RISE (Mod-Sev SDC)
Distance learning resources will be provided, along with tips for a distance learning environment at home, visual supports, and additional resources to support students in our Bridge (Mod-Sev Autism SDC) and RISE (Mod-Sev SDC) programs. 
In addition, the Special Education Department would like your input for future FACE Engagement Workshops. Please complete the quick, 3-question survey below to provide feedback: 
Webinar Recording:                                           
Behavior Bits Resources: 
For more information on the Unique curriculum : 
Families will learn about how to access and use Unique curriculum online for students in the Bridge Special Day Class (for Autism) and RISE Special Day Class (for moderate/severe disabilities).  
 Presentation: English     Spanish
Video Recording: English


Get Ready with i-Ready
The i-Ready Family Information Session is designed to help families engage with i-Ready to support their Kinder-8th Grade students at home. Families will deepen their understanding of i-Ready including the diagnostic (pre-assessment where students are) and its core components.
Handouts: What is iReady? (English)     ¿Qué es i-Ready? (Spanish)
(Twin Rivers USD K-8th Students access i-Ready through the TRUSD Apps Portal.)
"Using i-Ready Assessment at Home" i-Ready Links: English     Spanish 
Getting Ready for the Diagnostic Exam:

ELPAC and How to Support your English Learner

What you need to know about English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) 

Come learn how to support your students with tools they will need to get reclassified as English proficient. Parents will have an opportunity to review a sample of the questions that will be asked on the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). In addition, the English Learner Services Department will provide updates for the 2020-2021 school year to support students and families.  
Webinar Video Recording: ELPAC Presentation (10/5/20)
The Starting Smarter website includes information on student score reports, sample test questions, parent-teacher conferences, and other no-cost resources in English and Spanish.
Websites for English Learners:

Assessments from Home

How to Prepare for Assessments from Home
During distance learning, your child will take assessments from home. Most assessments will occur though Google Classroom during the asynchronous hours of the school day. This information session will discuss guidance for students to complete assessments from home and answer questions or concerns families may have. 
Presentation: Assessments From Home-Presentation 10.13.20.pdf                                        
Video Recording: 

Imagine Learning

How to Use Imagine Learning to Support your English Learner At Home 
Learn how Imagine Learning Language and Literacy supports your child’s English Language development through the use of their fun and engaging online learning applications. In addition, we will provide resources how parents and guardians can do at home to structure a learning environment during distance learning.
Webinar Recording:  How to Use Imagine Learning                                                     
Presentation:  Image Learning for Twin Rivers Families
Handouts:    Distance Learning Resources for Parents of English Learners

Engaging Families for the ELPAC

Engaging and Preparing Students for the ELPAC
Learn practical ways of engaging students with the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). The ELPAC test is used to measure how well students in kindergarten through twelfth grade understand English when it is not their primary language. We will practice and explore the resources to support your child succeed with the ELPAC assessment, and go over sample questions.  
Presentation: ELPAC PowerPoint

EL Family 101

EL Family 101 : An Orientation for Parent/Guardians with English Learners
What is an English learner? What is the criteria to exit the English learner program? 
These will be some of the questions answered during this session. In addition, we will share literacy resources, translation/language acquisition apps, and vocabulary and reading activities to support your child at home.
Presentation:  EL Family 101
Video Recording: EL Family Webinar

Reducing Stress and Anxiety

Reducing Stress & Anxiety
During this session, you will learn different tools you can use at home to prevent and to calm stress and anxiety, and also when and how to seek professional help. School, community, and online resources will also be discussed.
Care Solace is a 24/7 web-based tool that makes it easier for students, families and staff to connect with mental healthcare resources and providers in their communities. Care Solace can offer information with therapy, online therapy, hospitalization, family counseling, and other services in minutes. The Care Concierge team can be contacted by phone, email, and video chat:

Mental Health Access Team (Sacramento County Department of Health Services) 

Simply call the Mental Health Access Team to request services and an over-the-phone assessment in order to be referred to an appropriate mental health service provider. This includes Mental Health Medi-Cal Service Providers and Prevention & Early Intervention and Mental Health Respite Service Providers.
Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm (24/7 for Mental Health Crisis Calls)
(916) 875-1055 or toll free (888) 881-4881 
Fax (916) 875-1190
Sacramento County Mental Health Plan Medi-Cal Provider Lists 
Prevention and Early Intervention & Mental Health Respite Services Provider Lists 

Healthy Habits, Healthy Families: Holiday Nutrition Tips

Healthy Habits, Healthy Families
TRUSD Nutrition Services and Community Partners, Health Education Council and Dairy Council of CA will introduce the Healthy Habits, Healthy Families Workshop series. We will kick off this series by sharing the top 10 nutrition tips for how to approach the holiday season and promote a balanced nutrition while maintaining holiday traditions. Tips will include information on nutritional guidelines, healthy food recipes and resources to support family wellness.
Parent/Guardian Survey on Future Topics:

Healthy Habits, Healthy Families: Recipes for Success

Healthy Habits, Healthy Families
Twin Rivers Unified School District (TRUSD) Nutrition Services in collaboration with the Health Education Council and Dairy Council of California are pleased to offer the Healthy Habit, Healthy Families Workshop series. This second workshop will share the "Recipes for Success" with tips to help you and your family accomplish your healthy new year’s resolutions. Workshops are open to all families regardless whether your child attends a school within TRUSD. 

Supporting Your English Learner Together

Virtual Parent University: Supporting your English Learner Together
We will review what the English learner assessment (ELPAC) looks like, the advantages of multilingual proficiency, and how families can support their young students with language and literacy at home. Come join us to learn more about resources that can help your child improve their English reading, writing, speaking, and listening! 
Workshop Resources & Specific Grade Level Focus
This workshop is designed for families with English learners in grades TK-2. 
This workshop is designed for families with English learners in grades 3-6.
This workshop is designed for families with English learners in grades 7-12.
Summative ELPAC Assessment Parent Notification Letters:

 Understanding the Special Education IEP Process and How to Support as a Parent/Guardian

 Understanding the Special Education IEP Process and How to Support as a Parent/Guardian
During this session, we will introduce the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process, including the purpose and function of an IEP and the important tips for parent participation before, during, and after the IEP meeting. In addition, we will discuss the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Checklist, Continuum of Services, and Student Strengths (how to include in the IEP). Educational (Ed) Benefit - ensuring your child is receiving Ed Benefit & making progress towards their IEP goals.

Healthy Habits, Healthy Families: Hearth Health

Virtual Parent University: Healthy Habits, Healthy Families
Twin Rivers Unified School District (TRUSD) Nutrition Services in collaboration with the Health Education Council and Dairy Council of California are pleased to offer the Healthy Habit, Healthy Families Workshop series. February is National Heart Month and this third workshop will focus on Heart Health and share lifestyle practices to lower the risk for heart disease, including a Fresh from the Garden cooking demo.   

Mindfulness and Self-Care Strategies

Virtual Parent University: Mindfulness  and Self-Care Strategies
Participants will learn the benefits of mindfulness practices and learn strategies that both parent and child can use to thrive in the midst of chaos.
Video Recording: Mindfulness Workshop

Healthy Habits, Healthy Families: Rethink Your Drink

Virtual Parent University: Healthy Habits, Healthy Families
Twin Rivers Unified School District (TRUSD) Nutrition Services in collaboration with the Health Education Council and Dairy Council of California are pleased to offer the Healthy Habits, Healthy Families Workshop series. 
We invite you to come join us to Re -Think Your Drink! This workshop is designed to help bring awareness on the prevalence of sugar consumed through sugar-sweetened beverages.  We will discuss how to utilize the nutrition label to determine how to choose healthier beverage choices and provide  visual demonstrations of sugar in commonly consumed beverages. Part of this workshop will include a beverage demo and will share healthy recipes and tips.   

Tobacco, Vaping, and other Drugs - Prevention Workshop Series for Parents

The Health Education Council and Twin Rivers Student Services Department invite our parents/guardians to attend our upcoming prevention workshop series around the subject of tobacco, vaping, and other drugs.  In this workshop, we will be discussing youth prevention, identification, conversations and resources with potential solutions for youth and families in need of support.  
Date & Time Workshop Description
Thursday, March 4, 2021     3:00 PM
“HIP”- History, Impact, and Prevention:
How does the tobacco industry tempt youth?  Join us to learn more about prevention for youth.  
Thursday, March 11, 2021     3:00 PM
The Conversation:
Starting a conversation about vaping and other drug use with your child and resources that are available to support you.
Video Recording:
Thursday, March 18, 2021     3:00 PM
Advocating for Healthier Environments:
You can be a leader in your community!  We’ll look at what changes are happening around you and how to get involved.
Thursday, March 25, 2021     3:00 PM 
Discussion & Support Roundtable:
This is a safe space for group discussion. We’ll look at potential solutions to youth use and support available.
Video Recording:
For more information: 
Scott Kazer- Program Specialist, TUPE (Tobacco Use Prevention Education)
Email:    Phone: (916) 566-1600 ext. 33222
Jeremy Combs- Program Specialist, TUPE (Tobacco Use Prevention Education) 
Email:         Phone: (916) 566-1600 ext. 33224

Healthy Habits, Healthy Families: Shopping on a Budget

Virtual Parent University: Healthy Habits, Healthy Families
Twin Rivers Unified School District (TRUSD) Nutrition Services in collaboration with the Health Education Council and Dairy Council of California are pleased to offer the Healthy Habits, Healthy Families Workshop series. 
Shopping on a Budget! Learn how to plan nutritious meals for your family on a budget. Discover tips to lower your food bill by learning about cost saving techniques like unit pricing, how to best use food purchased in bulk and ways to repurpose leftovers to prevent food waste and much more! A cooking demonstration will be featured in this workshop.
Video Recording:

FACE Workshops & Tutorials

Family and Community Engagement (FACE) has created this YouTube playlist of its workshops and tutorials to support families with their student's education. 

FACE Workshops 2020-2021

Video Tutorials for Families

FACE Workshops & Community Events Calendar

  • Virtual Parent University
  • Virtual Enrollment Fair