Presentation on theme: "French Immersion Program Parent Information Night"— Presentation transcript:
1 French Immersion Program Parent Information Night Principal slides 1 -St. Joseph AuroraDecember 1, 2014
2 Prayer We are all here tonight to support our students in the next stage of their lives. Let us pray for guidance as we prepare to make a pathway choice for our children and their education.Lord, we give you thanks for havinggiven us children.We accept them with serenity and all theworries and fears we have.They are our joy.Give us the wisdom to guide them,The patience to teach them andThe courage to set a good example.They are our hope.Help us to respect and nurture theperson you made them to be.They are our love.Amen
3 St. Joseph Aurora Principal Mrs. deHaas Staff 35 staff School Council Co-Chair21 Members – Ms. Wells and Ms. GontierStudents380 K-8School Building52 years old – 3 phases
4 School Activities/Events/Committees Spirit Days – Halloween, Valentine’s Dance-a-thonLuke 4:18Annual Community BBQChristmas Sing-a-longCarnavalCelebrating Diversity EventsLunch Clubs – Lego, Reading, GamesLuke 4:18 Social Justice CommitteeTrack and FieldPlay LeadersOral Communication PresentationsFaith DayJune Play DayMusic Star / ChoirTerry Fox Run/WalkScientist-in-the- SchoolSchool Liturgies and Masses
5 School Activities/Events/Committees (continued) Junior and Intermediate Girls and Boys BasketballAuthor VisitsBullying Prevention PlaysCross CountryBook FairCatholic Education WeekAdvent Community MassClothing and Food DrivesLenten Outreach InitiativesIntermediate and Junior Boys and Girls VolleyballJamboreeTalent ShowSharelife and St. Vincent de Paul ActivitiesYou’re the ChefCatholic School CouncilEco School InitiativesWelcome to KindergartenYearbookCommittee
6 Community Partnerships Catholic School CouncilOur Lady of Grace Parish – St. Vincent de PaulYork Region Public Health – Healthy SchoolsMusic Star of York RegionAurora Fire DepartmentAurora Food BankShare LifeAurora Senior Retirement HomeYork Region Police – Grade 5, 6, 7, 8 VIP Program, Community SafetyKinark Family Services – SNAPGirls Inc – Girls CircleYork Centre – Bullying Prevention
7 St. Joseph, Aurora CES French Immersion Boundary Feeder Schools
8 Transportation Transportation will be provided to: Grade FDK – 3 students residing 1.2 km beyond the schoolGrade 4 – 8 students who live beyond 1.6 km but within French Immersion (FI) boundaryStudents are required to walk a short distance to and from these centralized bus stopsSiblings of students registered in the FI program, for as long as one child remains in the FI program
9 Rationale French is one of Canada’s two official languages French is one of Ontario’s two official languages of instructionKnowledge of a second language strengthens first-language skillsAbility to speak two or more languages generally enhances reasoning and problem-solving, as well as creative-thinking skillsResearch shows children educated in content subjects (like science and geography) in two languages develop higher reasoning and analytical skillsKnowledge of French provides students with an advantage in a number of careers, both in Canada and internationally
10 French as a Second Language Programs Core French Immersion French language instructionMinutes per week:Grades = 160Grades = 200Grades = 160French is the language of instruction% of total instructional time:Grades = 85%Grades = 50%Early entry: grade 1Available in both elementaryand secondaryAvailable in elementary with asecondary pathway in place
11 French Immersion Classroom Program Delivery GradeFrenchEnglish1 - 3LanguageMathematicsScienceSocial StudiesArtsReligionPhysical Education4 – 8(Health/Dance)Family LifeMathMusic
12 Curriculum: For Subjects Taught in French Students will be taught the Ontario CurriculumExpectations in each grade are as outlined in the English- language subject curriculum documentsLearning resources provided in French align with the Ontario English language curriculum.Students will be expected to achieve the English language curriculum expectations before the end of Grade 8Assessment and Evaluation of students is consistent with Board procedures and practices for all students
13 Is the French Immersion Program right for my child? Research suggests that children who aresuccessful in French Immersion are:Risk takersInterested in learningAttending school regularlyPositive in their attitude toward schoolAble to communicate well verbally in their first languageAble to read at grade level or beyondEffective listenersCapable of good memory skills
14 Application ProcessAll students interested in the French Immersion program must apply online by completing and submitting the YCDSB French Immersion on-line application form at by February 4th, If you are experiencing any difficulty accessing the on-line application, please contact the school.2. In the placement process, student applications will be prioritized as follows:Siblings of students presently in the French Immersion programSK students presently attending St. Joseph CESStudents within the school’s French Immersion boundaryStudents outside of the French Immersion boundary but within the York Region.
15 Application ProcessIf the number of applications exceeds the number of available openings, a public lottery process will be conducted here at 5:00 p.m. on February 10th,Approved applicants will be notified by the school betweenFebruary 13th – 17th, 2015.5. Approved applicants must register at the school no later than February 24th, 2015, to confirm their child’s placement.
16 Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions YORK CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOLBOARD :: Collaborative Learning Inspired By Jesus
17 Why Early French Immersion (EFI)? Research shows that Early Immersion leads to the highest fluency in FrenchHow does the French Immersion program impact student achievement in other subjects such as mathematics?Research indicates that the performance of French Immersion students in other subjects is equal to the performance of students in the English program.
18 grades 1-3, specifically spelling skills in English. How do students perform on standard provincial assessments (EQAO) in grades 3 and 6? French Immersion schools exempt students from writing the grade 3 EQAO test in English and write only the mathematics section in French. Across the province, results show that schools with French Immersion Programs tend to exceed the provincial and board average on the grade 6 EQAO test in English.Will my child’s English skills suffer ? There is a certain lag in English Language Arts ingrades 1-3, specifically spelling skills in English.However, the gap is minimized with the introduction ofEnglish in grade 4.
19 5. What type of French will my child be learning 5. What type of French will my child be learning? Standard French vocabulary and structures are taught A variety of accents exists in all languages; during a school career a child will probably be exposed to teachers from various parts of the world who are models of well-spoken, standardized French Will my child be bilingual after grade 8? No. A young person who has completed an elementary French Immersion Program often appears quite comfortable and competent in the French language. While this is expected, students are not considered to be functionally bilingual until the end of grade 12.
20 7. Is it important for someone at home to speak French 7. Is it important for someone at home to speak French? The program is designed for children of non-French speaking families. All communication from the school to parents will be in English, including report cards How may I help my child with homework when I do not speak French? While it may be helpful, it is not necessary, for parents to speak French. Research studies confirm that children achieve greater academic success when parents read daily to their child in the child’s first language Currently, all FSL students and parents in YCDSB have free access to Voila’ Learning, an online French homework help site.
21 9. What will happen if my child experiences difficulties in French Immersion? The classroom teacher will provide additional assistance to the student. If this does not address the difficulties, then the classroom teacher will consult with the special education teacher, principal, and parent to discuss a plan of support If special education intervention is recommended, then the support will be delivered in English.
22 10. How can I learn more about French Immersion research 10. How can I learn more about French Immersion research? The following website links provide information on French Immersion research studies: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE) Immersion Education for the Millennium: What We Have Learned from 30 Years of Research on Second Language Immersion by Jim Cummings CUMMINS/cummins.pdf University of Michigan: immersion_programs