Planning for the new School Year 2020-2021
We need to hear from you!
If you are planning on moving or attending a new school for the fall, please inform the classroom teacher as soon as possible.
During the month of June, the staff of St. Anne will meet to create class lists for next September. It is our sincere hope that we will all be back together to enjoy school as a community. Class organization is a highly comprehensive process in which extensive time, thought and consideration is given. The task is complex and is the subject of many revisions. Sometimes due to an increase or decrease in student enrolment, classes must be adjusted and reorganized after the start of the school year in September.
How can parents provide input to this process?
Class organization is the responsibility of the school and school staff. Placements are made at our discretion. Parent voice/input, however, is welcome in this process – but within the following parameters: You as parents know the ways your child learns best; you know what he/she needs in terms of the development of work habits and study skills; you also know effective discipline techniques that bring out the best in your child. There are a number of important details that are invaluable to staff as we organize students into classes. If you feel your input will support us in this arduous process, please complete the attached form based on the criteria mentioned in this letter.
We will take the information you provide as well as the information we have, to make the best decision for your child. Our goal at St. Anne is to develop balanced classes – a balanced class reflects the diversity of our community and allows the variety of interests and talents of our learners to emerge and to be appreciated. Like families, the class unit provides a balance of opportunities for a range of learners to succeed through appropriate challenges. Like the community, school is a socializer and so each new school year brings opportunities to meet and make new friends and expand our circle of acquaintances.
Some of the criteria we use to build classes are:
- Balance of ability, interests, and talents
- Balance according to gender
- Learning style: How does the learner go about the process of learning?
- Social blending: What is the best cluster of individuals to effectively and efficiently learn?
- Educational support – I.E.P.’s/Special Ed teacher/Educational Assistant support
For you to state a teacher preference is not helpful or in some cases not possible to accommodate due to the size of our community, and we always have the possibility of staffing changes. The same applies for split or combined grades. Stating a preference based on classmate friendships is not a valid reason to put two children together. Students have opportunities to socialize at three recesses each day and time spent in class is teaching and learning time with the teacher as the facilitator. As a general rule, your comments about your child’s strengths and needs are most appropriate.
As a result of COVID-19 and the Teacher-Led Remote Learning format that is currently happening – you are asked to e-mail your child’s teacher directly. These comments should be submitted in writing by Friday – May 29th.
In your response please include
Student Name: _____________________________
Guardian Name: _______________________________
Present Grade: _____
Present Teacher: __________________________________
Comments that reflect the following:
I/we would like the following criteria/comments to be taken into consideration on my child’s behalf for his/her class for September (please include any background information as required). This information is based on the format and direction stated in the “Class Organization Criteria for September” letter attached. Stating a teacher preference or naming other student will invalidate the form.
Once gain – please e-mail your child’s teacher directly.
Thank you kindly,
St. Anne school Staff