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Title: Area V French Immersion Kindergarten and New to Grade One Orientation Janet Johnstone, Sam Livingston, Sundance January 20, 2011


1
Area V French Immersion Kindergarten and New to
Grade One OrientationJanet Johnstone, Sam
Livingston, SundanceJanuary 20, 2011
2
Agenda
  • Introductions
  • Your Young Learner and School
  • French Immersion Program
  • Transportation
  • Accommodation Proposal
  • Question Period

3
  • Introductions
  • Jerry Pedron, Principal Sundance
  • Melody Davies, Assistant Principal Lucie
    Bouchard, Teacher
  • Dallas Wheeler, Principal Sam Livingston
  • Heather Dyson Andrea Frohlick, Teachers
  • Michèle Wills, Principal Janet Johnstone
  • Meghan Simmons, Teacher

3
4
Welcome
  • Calgary Board of Education
  • Kindergarten / Grade One
  • French Immersion Program

5
Your Young Learner and School
6
Your Young Learner
  • Has learned in a variety of environments in
    homes, in daycare programs, with extended family,
    and in the community
  • Demonstrates his or her knowledge in different
    ways

7
Your Young Learner
  • Needs rich and varied opportunities to explore
    their environment
  • Needs to use language in a variety of ways
  • Needs to engage with peers
  • Needs to interact with responsive adults at home,
    school and in their communities

8
  • Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten in the
    Calgary Board of Education
  • Dress independently including putting on his or
    her shoes
  • Encourage independence at such things as
    dressing, using the bathroom on his or her own
  • Encourage responsibility for such everyday tasks
    as putting away toys and materials that he or she
    has used
  • Have your child help out in small ways at home
  • Provide three step directions such as Find your
    crayons, make a picture and bring it to me.

9
  • Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten in the
    Calgary Board of Education
  • Set a good bedtime and morning routine
  • Put regular routines into place the week before
    school
  • Children need 10 to 12 hours of sleep each night
    (they do not learn well if tired)
  • Plan time to eat a nutritious breakfast
  • Get ready for school without rushing

10
  • Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten in the
    Calgary Board of Education
  • Take time to talk with your child
  • Read to your child every day
  • Children who are read to become readers.
  • Picture books, information books, nursery rhymes,
    poetry books and pattern books
  • Enjoy and talk about the books together
  • Play with language, rhyming, sound games

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  • Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten in the
    Calgary Board of Education
  • Play on the climbing equipment at school
    playground
  • For safety reasons and confidence children need
    to know
  • - their first and last name
  • - telephone number
  • - address
  • - teachers name

12
  • Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten in the
    Calgary Board of Education
  • No academic requirements needed to begin
    Kindergarten
  • Each child is a unique individual with his or her
    own talents and areas to develop
  • Attend the Kindergarten Orientation or open house
    so your child can see the space

13
Parents and Families
  • Play a central role in the lives of their
    children
  • Are their childrens first and most important
    teachers
  • Influence is lifelong
  • Values and beliefs are acknowledged
  • Cultural diversity is valued

14
Resources for Families
  • The Family and Community Resource Center
  • http//www.fcrc.sacyhn.ca/calendar.php
  • A Handbook for Parents
  • http//education.alberta.ca/parents/resources/hand
    book.aspx
  • School Home Page
  • Janet Johnstone http//schools.cbe.ab.ca/b270/
  • Sam Livingston http//schools.cbe.ab.ca/b35
    4/
  • Sundance http//schools.cbe.ab.ca/b267/

15
French Immersion
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General 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./English
  • From 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 conversation
  • Subject material is not translated
    Goal kids thinking in French!!

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French 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.
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  • Features of the
  • French Immersion Program
  • Helps students to better understand the history,
    development and politics of Canada
  • Strengthens English literacy skills
  • Encourages the joy of lifelong learning
  • Allows students to compete internationally
  • Provides students with more choices for advanced
    education and career options
  • Broadens students cultural life through access
    to literature, art, music and theatre in another
    language

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Characteristics of Immersion Students
  1. French is not your first language
  2. Attentive
  3. Good listeners
  4. Risk-takers
  5. Love of language (Enjoys talking)

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FRENCH IMMERSION KINDERGARTEN AT-A -GLANCE
Early Literacy
Creative Expression
Physical Skills and Well Being
Personal and Social Responsibility
French Language is the filter through which a
childs learning takes place
Citizenship and Identity
Environment and Community Awareness
Early Numeracy
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Characteristics of a French Immersion
Kindergarten Program
  • Vocabulary rich songs and games
  • Thematic units
  • Picture Inductive model
  • Centers combining explorative play
  • with academic learning
  • - Computers with French software

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The Kindergarten Program
  • Involve all dimensions of a childs development
  • Builds upon what children have already
  • Involves exploration and experimentation with the
    environment
  • Teaches children how to interact with others
  • Develops capable and competent learners

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The Kindergarten Program
  • Recognizes and supports each childs
  • prior knowledge
  • skills
  • attitudes
  • learning pace
  • personal traits
  • interests and goals
  • and preferred learning styles

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A Typical Day in Kindergarten
25
Le tapis
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Daily Activity
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Art
  • Science
  • Social Studies

27
La musique
  • Offered by a music specialist

28
La bibliothèque
  • Book exchange at the library

29
La technologie
  • Computer lab
  • Computers in the classroom
  • SMART technology
  • Headsets and voice recorders
  • Digital cameras
  • Video camera

30
La collation
  • The best time of day.. SNACK TIME!
  • Healthy
  • Small
  • Peanut Free

31
Le gymnase
  • Physical Education
  • In the gymnasium
  • In the field
  • At the playground
  • In the classroom

32
Les centres
  • Centers
  • Exploration and learning through hands on
    activities
  • Small group or individual instruction with
    teacher or parent volunteer
  • Free choice
  • Learning social skills and curriculum

33
Des centres
  • Blocks
  • Sand/water
  • Connectors
  • Lego
  • Puzzles
  • Books
  • Listening activities
  • Art

34
La maison
  • Dismissal
  • Students who take the bus are walked to the bus.
  • Students who are picked up are released to an
    adult.

35
  • Supporting your child in French Immersion
  • (Adapted from How French Immersion Parents Can
    Help CPF)
  • http//cpfalta.ab.ca/
  • 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 childs teacher you are
    both partners in your childs learning.
  • Read and speak to them in their first language,
    these skills will transfer to French
  • Model 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 soundtrack
  • Play board games or cards in French
  • Research a project on the Internet - Google and
    Yahoo are also available in French
  • Use older Immersion students as baby-sitters or
    tutors
  • Use a French-English dictionary to decipher key
    words.
  • Learn together

36
Personal Testimonials Meghan Simmons (Janet
Johnstone) Heather Dyson (Sam Livingston)
37
Registration Process
38
Age Requirements
  • A 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.

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Registration for French Immersion
  • Can register at any time beginning Jan. 10th 2011
    throughout the spring and even into beginning of
    September
  • Cannot register for grade 2 and up unless they
    have attended French Immersion Grade One

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How do I register?
  • You will need to provide
  • Legal proof of your childs name, date of birth,
    and citizenship status in Canada. The following
    documents are acceptable
  • Birth Certificate
  • Canadian Citizenship Certificate
  • Passport
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Court Order
  • Information that confirms your address
  • (e.g. telephone bill, energy bill)

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Registering Non-Canadian Students
  • If your child is not a Canadian citizen, you will
    need to register at the Admissions Office at
    Kingsland Centre
  • This is also the case even if your child has
    attended school elsewhere in Canada
  • Phone 403-777-7373 to ask questions or to make an
    appointment
  • Kingsland Centre is located at 7430 5th Street
    S.W. Calgary
  • You will need to provide legal proof of your
    childs 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 Landing
  • Parents valid Work permit or Study Permit and
    your child's birth certificate

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Hours and Times
  • Either in the morning or in the afternoon
  • Often dependent on bussing or address
  • Hours and days off are dependent on how the
    school lays out its school year
  • No French Immersion Kindergarten full day
    programs

43
Transportation
  • Fee for all CBE students accessing
    Transportation (established annually by Board
    of Trustees)
  • Current 2010-11 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 childs
    school by May 30th. Forms available on
    your schools website in spring after fees have
    been approved by the Board of Trustees (part of
    the budget process).
  • Please dont complete them at this timecould
    change with budget
  • Bus routes developed throughout the summer
  • Routes and stops will differ next year with the
    significant change in demographics
    and proposed boundary designation changes.

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More 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 openfirst day
    of school for students is Thursday, September 1,
    2011)
  • See your school for info re Staggered Entry for
    Kindergarten
  • Kindergarten 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 Department
  • First Ride Program Registration begins Monday,
    April 11, 2011 and the program will be held on
    Sat. May 28 /or Sun. May 29, 2011

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Accommodation Process
  • Presently involved in an Area V process
  • Align elementary French Immersion boundaries
    along McLeod Trail
  • Proposed Timeline Beginning 2011-12 School Year
  • Designate Evergreen and Silverado to Janet
    Johnstone-Presently at Sundance
  • Designate Mahogany, Auburn Bay, Cranston and
    Seton to Sundance School-Presently at Sam L.
  • Details of Proposal http//www.cbe.ab.ca/Schools/
    ceop/default.asp

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Proposed Boundary Designations
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  • General Questions
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