School Council Meeting February 1st, 2021at 7:00 p.m.

We wanted to provide you with advanced notice for our next School Council meeting.  Every year we look to grow and diversify our School Council so that it is representative of our school population. Everyone who is a parent of a Bakersfield student is welcome to join council as they are able. You can attend every meeting or just the ones that are of interest to you or that you are able to fit into your schedule.

Meetings are typically 90 minutes in length at most. We begin promptly at 7
p.m. and finish in and around 8 p.m. Agendas include an update from staff and
the Principal/Vice-Principal, Council updates (variety of subcommittees) and
budget. If there are items to vote on, a discussion will occur and will be
followed by a vote.

A link to the virtual meeting will be sent to those who fill out this Google
Form:

https://forms.gle/DqMjXyfNeyuE9Jp89

A new link will be sent for each meeting.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the virtual meeting!
Krysten and Brett

French Immersion

Dear Families,

As a reminder, French Immersion registration begins this Friday, January 15. You can now access the pre-recorded French Immersion Information Session, which includes commonly asked questions and answers, on our website.

Grade 1 French Immersion Information Sessions and Registrations

What is French Immersion?  

  • In French Immersion, students receive instruction in French in a variety of subjects from a teacher who speaks French fluently.
  • The French Immersion program begins in Grade 1 and is designed for children whose first language is not French. 
  • In Grades 1, 2 and 3, all subjects are taught in French. Starting in Grade 4, time is shared equally between French and English instruction. 
  • The French Immersion program continues in high school.
  • Secondary school students must earn at least 10 French Immersion credits to qualify for the French Immersion Certificate upon graduation.

Important Considerations 

  • For the first few months of Grade 1, the children do not acquire skills identical to those learned by children in an English program as the focus is on learning in French.
  • There may be certain lags in English Language Arts skills in the first few years of the program, but by the end of the elementary grades, successful  French Immersion students perform as well as their peers in a regular English program.    
  • Communication with parents/guardians is in English including, but not limited to, report cards, newsletters and parent-teacher interviews. 
  • Reading to a child at home in a child’s native language can strengthen literacy skills. Research studies confirm that children achieve greater academic success when parents read frequently (daily) to them. 
  • There is only one entry point into French immersion in YRDSB; Grade 1.

Information Sessions

This year our Information session for Grade 1 entry into the French Immersion (FI) program will take place virtually on January 14, 2021.  You can access the pre-recorded French Immersion Information Session, which includes commonly asked questions and answers, on our website.

Registration

FI registration will begin on January 15, 2021. Parents or guardians of Senior Kindergarten students entering Grade 1 in 2021, and wishing to enrol in the FI Program, can email or call their home school office and indicate their intention to enrol.   The home school will notify the French Immersion school, and the French Immersion school will contact you by phone or email to collect any necessary information.  You are asked to register by February 5, 2021.  Registration during this period is not first come, first served.

Late Registrations

Late registrations are those submitted after February 5, 2021.  Late registrations will be treated on a first- come, first-served basis and will be considered subsequent to registrations received during the registration period should overflow be necessary.

Accommodation Plan

YRDSB’s FI Accommodation Plan provides long-term consistency and equity of access to all students in York Region and will enable YRDSB to continue to offer the FI program to all who wish to enrol. The FI program will be offered in Dual Track or Single Track settings, in a variety of configurations. In order to meet community needs and optimize available space in our schools, a community’s Grade 1-8 FI program may be provided over more than one school during the course of a student’s FI education. Space requirements at some schools may mean that siblings are in different schools for primary dual track French Immersion programs due to differing grade structures. Like any of our schools across the Board, changes to school boundaries, and/or the accommodation model for the French Immersion program may need to be considered when new schools open, a school experiences enrolment growth, and program changes occur. This will allow flexibility in addressing community needs and the opportunity to use existing space in schools. 

More information is available on the Board’s website: www.yrdsb.ca. Please note: Some of the FI accommodation plans will require facility modifications or the development of new schools and will require short-term transition plans that might include overflow while we work toward the long-term vision. Overflow refers to situations in which the Board directs students to attend a school other than their community school or optional program for a specific period of time, as defined in Policy #108.