Presentation on theme: "Area V French Immersion Kindergarten and New to Grade One Orientation Janet Johnstone, Sam Livingston, Sundance January 20, 2011."— Presentation transcript:
1Area V French Immersion Kindergarten and New to Grade One Orientation Janet Johnstone, Sam Livingston, Sundance January 20, 2011
2Agenda Introductions Your Young Learner and School French Immersion ProgramTransportationAccommodation ProposalQuestion Period
3Introductions Jerry Pedron, Principal: Sundance Melody Davies, Assistant Principal; Lucie Bouchard, TeacherDallas Wheeler, Principal: Sam LivingstonHeather Dyson & Andrea Frohlick, TeachersMichèle Wills, Principal: Janet JohnstoneMeghan Simmons, TeacherAnnmarie Gover has been our FI Kindergarten teacher for several years but for the past two years will be taking on a new role next year as our AM / PM TLC kindergarten teacher…she brings a wealth of experience and we’re pleased that she has accepted this new position with such enthusiasm. We are presently in the middle of hiring staff for both programs and have received a great deal of interest from new and seasoned TLC teachers and we will be hiring the people that will be the best fit for our school program. Stay tuned.33
4Welcome Calgary Board of Education Kindergarten / Grade One French Immersion ProgramTonight’s information evening is to inform you so that you can make informed decisions regarding your children. If this is your first involvement with the Calgary Board of Education , we welcome you to an exciting community of learners and educators who strive to
6Your Young LearnerHas learned in a variety of environments —in homes, in daycare programs, with extended family, and in the communityDemonstrates his or her knowledge in different waysBefore they enter the Kindergarten program, young children are learning in a variety of environments—in their homes, in day care programs and in the community. This learning continues and both supports and is supported by Kindergarten programming
7Your Young LearnerNeeds rich and varied opportunities to explore their environmentNeeds to use language in a variety of waysNeeds to engage with peersNeeds to interact with responsive adults at home, school and in their communitiesYoung learners need rich and varied opportunities to explore their environment; use language; engage with peers and interact with responsive adults at home, school and in their communities
8Dress independently including putting on his or her shoes Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten in the Calgary Board of EducationDress independently including putting on his or her shoesEncourage independence at such things as dressing, using the bathroom on his or her ownEncourage responsibility for such everyday tasks as putting away toys and materials that he or she has usedHave your child help out in small ways at homeProvide three step directions such as “Find your crayons, make a picture and bring it to me”.. Every child is welcomed into the classroom as a unique individual with his or her own talents and areas to develop. Below, however, are a few suggestions to help facilitate the transition from home to school. Prior to September, take your child to the school so that the building will feel familiar. Play on the playground and/or call the school to determine if there will be a kindergarten orientation or open house so your child can see the space where he or she will be learning. (however, tying shoe laces can be difficult for a five year old).
9Set a good bedtime and morning routine Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten in the Calgary Board of EducationSet a good bedtime and morning routinePut regular routines into place the week before schoolChildren need 10 to 12 hours of sleep each night (they do not learn well if tired)Plan time to eat a nutritious breakfastGet ready for school without rushing(however, tying shoe laces can be difficult for a five year old). Develop a good bedtime and morning routine with your child. This can be difficult over the summer but it will be helpful to try and put regular routines back into place the week before school. Five-year-olds need approximately 10 to 12 hours of sleep each night. You will want to get your child to bed early enough so that they can get up in the morning, have time to eat a nutritious breakfast and get ready for school without rushing. Children do not learn well if they are tired or hungry.
10Take time to talk with your child Read to your child every day Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten in the Calgary Board of EducationTake time to talk with your childRead to your child every dayChildren who are read to become readers.Picture books, information books, nursery rhymes, poetry books and pattern booksEnjoy and talk about the books togetherPlay with language, rhyming, sound gamesstrong language skills are important for successoverwhelming evidence that children who are read to become readers.
11Play on the climbing equipment at school playground Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten in the Calgary Board of EducationPlay on the climbing equipment at school playgroundFor safety reasons and confidence children need to know…- their first and last name- telephone number- address- teachers’ name
12No academic requirements needed to begin Kindergarten Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten in the Calgary Board of EducationNo academic requirements needed to begin KindergartenEach child is a unique individual with his or her own talents and areas to developAttend the Kindergarten Orientation or open house so your child can see the spaceIt is important to mention that there are no academic requirements to begin Kindergarten. The only requirement is that a child be 4 ½ by September 1st.
13Parents and FamiliesPlay a central role in the lives of their childrenAre their children’s first and most important teachersInfluence is lifelongValues and beliefs are acknowledgedCultural diversity is valuedThe values and beliefs of the home are acknowledged, and the cultural diversity of families is recognized.
14Resources for Families The Family and Community Resource CenterA Handbook for ParentsSchool Home PageJanet JohnstoneSam LivingstonSundance
16General Information Entry Points: K-Gr. 1 & Gr.7 (late immersion) K-2 begins with intensive language use to build vocabulary ( English not introduced until Gr. 3)Gr. 3 = 80%/20% Fr./English Gr. 4-6 = 70%/30% Fr./EnglishFrom Sundance and Sam Livingston, students go to Fairview (Jr. H.) & E.P. Scarlett (High School)From Janet Johnstone, students go to Harold Panabaker (Jr. H.) & E.P. Scarlett (High School)French acquired primarily through conversationSubject material is not translated: Goal = kids thinking in French!!
17French Immersion Kindergarten Entering French Immersion Kindergarten is an exciting time for children. Parents and teachers work together to make the transition from home to school and from English to French as smooth as possible.
18French Immersion Program Features of theFrench Immersion ProgramHelps students to better understand the history, development and politics of CanadaStrengthens English literacy skillsEncourages the joy of lifelong learningAllows students to compete internationallyProvides students with more choices for advanced education and career optionsBroadens students’ cultural life through access to literature, art, music and theatre in another language
19Characteristics of Immersion Students French is not your first languageAttentiveGood listenersRisk-takersLove of language (Enjoys talking)
20FRENCH IMMERSION KINDERGARTEN AT-A -GLANCEEarly LiteracyCreative ExpressionPhysical Skills and Well BeingPersonal and Social ResponsibilityFrench Language…is the filter through which a child’s learning takes placeCitizenship and IdentityEnvironment and Community AwarenessEarly Numeracy
21Characteristics of a French Immersion Kindergarten Program… Vocabulary rich songs and gamesThematic unitsPicture Inductive modelCenters combining explorative playwith academic learning- Computers with French softwareIn our Kindergarten program, your child will experience the following:
22The Kindergarten Program Involve all dimensions of a child’s developmentBuilds upon what children have alreadyInvolves exploration and experimentation with the environmentTeaches children how to interact with othersDevelops capable and competent learnersbuilds upon what children have already learned in their home and community settingsThis helps them to value themselves as learners.
23The Kindergarten Program Recognizes and supports each child’sprior knowledgeskillsattitudeslearning pacepersonal traitsinterests and goalsand preferred learning stylesrecognizes and supports each child’s prior knowledge, skills, attitudes, learning pace, personal traits, interests and goals, and preferred learning styles.
34La maison Dismissal Students who take the bus are walked to the bus. Students who are picked up are released to an adult.
35Supporting your child in French Immersion (Adapted from “How French Immersion Parents Can Help –CPF)Show interest in the activities and work that they bring home from school. Ask questions and listen attentively.Offer praise and encouragement.Communicate with your child’s teacher – you are both partners in your child’s learning.Read and speak to them in their first language, these skills will transfer to FrenchModel life long learning-Read with your child even if only in English-Visit the library, check out books and audio cassettes in French-Watch DVDs together, with French soundtrackPlay board games or cards in FrenchResearch a project on the Internet - Google and Yahoo are also available in FrenchUse older Immersion students as baby-sitters or tutorsUse a French-English dictionary to decipher key words.Learn together
38Age RequirementsA child who turns 4 on or before March 1 may attend Kindergarten in the fall of that same calendar year.Kindergarten is an optional program.Parents decide whether to register their children in Kindergarten.A child who turns 5 on or before March 1 is eligible to begin Grade 1 in that same calendar year.A child who turns 6 by September 1 must start school.
39Registration for French Immersion Can register at any time beginning Jan. 10th 2011 throughout the spring and even into beginning of SeptemberCannot register for grade 2 and up unless they have attended French Immersion Grade OnePrior language acquisition is essential
40How do I register? You will need to provide: Legal proof of your child’s name, date of birth, and citizenship status in Canada. The following documents are acceptable:Birth CertificateCanadian Citizenship CertificatePassportBaptismal CertificateCourt OrderInformation that confirms your address(e.g. telephone bill, energy bill)
41Registering Non-Canadian Students If your child is not a Canadian citizen, you will need to register at the Admissions Office at Kingsland CentreThis is also the case even if your child has attended school elsewhere in CanadaPhone to ask questions or to make an appointmentKingsland Centre is located at th Street S.W. CalgaryYou will need to provide legal proof of your child’s name, date of birth, and citizenship status in Canada.The following documents are acceptable:Permanent resident card or Confirmation of Permanent Residence or Record of LandingParent’s valid Work permit or Study Permit and your child's birth certificateIf your child is not a Canadian citizen, you will need to register at the Admissions Office at Kingsland Centre.
42Hours and Times Either in the morning or in the afternoon Often dependent on bussing or addressHours and days off are dependent on how the school lays out its school yearNo French Immersion Kindergarten full day programs
43TransportationFee for all CBE students accessing Transportation (established annually by Board of Trustees)Current fees are $200 per child (family maximum of $400) Form must be completed and fee submitted to your designated school prior to end of May.One form per family, submitted to your child’s school by May 30th Forms available on your school’s website in spring after fees have been approved by the Board of Trustees (part of the budget process).Please don’t complete them at this time…could change with budgetBus routes developed throughout the summerRoutes and stops will differ next year with the significant change in demographics and proposed boundary designation changes.Once we have your contract (no later than May 30th), CBE transportation services creates the bus routes and these are dropped off at schools at the end of August for parents to pick up (call the school to see if bus maps have arrived before stopping by---Aug or Sept 1: First day with students is Sept. 2nd).
44More About Transportation Bus maps available at school Aug -Sept (call ahead to see if they are ready: Monday August 29th is the first day schools are open…first day of school for students is Thursday, September 1, 2011)See your school for info re: Staggered Entry for KindergartenKindergarten children have two bus routes.Early morning or late afternoon and mid-day trip.Kindergarten class placement in morning or afternoon is determined by address and established by the Transportation DepartmentFirst Ride Program: Registration begins Monday, April 11, 2011 and the program will be held on Sat. May 28 &/or Sun. May 29, 2011Go to our website to see the times for our Kindergarten mid day pick up / drop off…(11:45 & 12:57 THIS YEAR)Times are determined by school hours – determined by which schools our school share bussing with (schools are ‘married’ to other schools and start / end times need to be coordinated. This year, we share busses with North Haven and Beddington Heights schools…they start early / we start later. Next year: To be determinedWhether or not a school has an AM & or PM Kindergarten class is dependent on the number of confirmed registrations. We are mindful of our obligations to keep class sizes small and meet this obligation ‘school wide’ each year.This year AM Kindergarten was North of Beddington Bvd / 80th Ave…again depending on registrations (where parents live) this line may change…stay tuned. With proposed moves, this is site specific.44
45Accommodation Process Presently involved in an Area V processAlign elementary French Immersion boundaries along McLeod TrailProposed Timeline: Beginning School YearDesignate Evergreen and Silverado to Janet Johnstone-Presently at SundanceDesignate Mahogany, Auburn Bay, Cranston and Seton to Sundance School-Presently at Sam L.Details of Proposal: