2Welcome Class of 2028 PURPOSE OF TONIGHT’S MEETING LEARN about Normandale Elementary French Immersion SchoolMEET Kindergarten staff and Learning Specialist /Parent Jennifer JohnsonRECEIVE registration materials if you did not pick them up at your neighborhood school - Edina School District residents onlyANSWER questions
4Who would ever send their kids to an immersion school?
5Nationwide, hundreds of schools offer total, partial or two-way immersion programs in many different languages and the number continues to grow.
6Worldwide, the number of students learning in two languages is in the tens of millions. French is the second most frequently taught language in the world after English.French is the official language in 33 countries.French is the only language other than English spoken on five continents.
7Language ImmersionLanguage immersion is an approach to second language learning in which the usual curriculum activities are conducted in a second language.The new language is the medium as well as the object of instruction.We teach the same content & standards as the other Edina schools.
8Language & The BrainLanguage development windows open and close during childhood.The ability to learn a second language is highest between birth and the age of six, then undergoes a steady decline.The adult brain can still learn new skills, including languages, but it’s much more difficult.
9Harriet AbdoWilson GossYvonne PeraltaJessica SchmidtKatie Thomas
10Kindergarten Schedule 8:30 AM – 3:05 PMArt, Music & Physical Education taught by specialists in English.Morning snack timeLunch and recess mid-dayQuiet / rest timeMedia ExperienceComputer Lab
11What Does Kindergarten Look Like? (Classroom videos were shown at this point in the presentation, but are not included in the web version due to privacy of the children)
12English Instruction Formal English instruction begins in grade 3. Starting in K: introduction to English literacy skills through media experiencesParents play a crucial role in the development of literacy skillsOur expert: Mme Johnson
14Licensed teachers and para-professionals with high level French proficiency from: CanadaCongoFranceLebanonSenegalUnited States
15French classroom interns are hosted by families for the school year. The intern program is completely supported by our parent community:volunteer donationshost familiesfun activities
16Where Do Our Students Go After Normandale? Extended French Program: Grades 6-9 at Valley View Middle SchoolAdvanced French Classes: Grades at Edina High School
17Same Services Available Special EducationSpeech and LanguageSchool Psychologist, Social WorkerEnglish Learner (EL) Services (gr 3 & up)Health ServicesGifted Education ServicesFamily Resource CenterCommunity Education Services (including before and after school care)
18Early Childhood Developmental Screening State law: your child must complete the screening before starting schoolScreenings are scheduled by appointment and take approximately one hour
19The LOTTERY… www.edinaschools.org/Page/119 All Kindergarten Choice Program Preference Forms are due Jan. 12 by 11:59pm by mail, fax or online for French Immersion and Continuous Progress.Order of preference for first 108 students:Siblings – Sibling preference policyRandom lottery of Edina school district residentsOnce 108 students are accepted, a waiting list is created (Edina district residents only)Open Enrollment students are accepted if there are fewer than 108 Edina district students (must submit OE form by Jan 15)
20TIMELINEJan :00 PM - Program preference deadline for all Edina school district residentsJan Letters sent to parents noting acceptance or placement on waiting listJan. 29, 3:30 -5:00 PMRegistration for accepted students in person at Normandale August: Teacher assignment notifications delivered via SchoolViewOpen Enrollment Applications Due January 15 (for out of district residents)
21Kindergarten Registration Day Thursday, January 30, :30 - 5:00pm Same place!Bring:Birth CertificateShots RecordsRegistration FormOther items in packet
22SEE FOR YOURSELF! Visit a Kindergarten classroom Contact school office to schedule a time