Sep 13
September Update

School start up is an exciting time for students and staff.  We cannot stress enough how happy we are that our school is alive with learning again.

 Start-up is also a complex time as we secure our student population and finalize our enrolment. In addition to enrolling some new students and accounting for students that have moved out of our school, this year has the added complexity accommodating for the Hub online learning. Overall, our enrolment is down significantly in both the French Immersion program and the English program.  Therefore, it is necessary to make a few organizational changes in both tracks. Thank you in advance for your understanding as we continue to work within a complex school year. 

 At this time, we will be reorganizing the English Grade 3 classes.  Currently there are three classes and we will have to divide them into two classes.  Ms. Aisenstat's Grade 3 class will be shared among Ms. Galvin's and Ms. Hutchison's Grade 3 classes. Ms. Aisenstat will be re-deployed within the school.  We believe that the sooner we undertake this transition, the better we will be able to support students settling in.  Grade 3 students that are being moved will receive a call from their new teacher on Friday afternoon.  This transition will be effective Monday, September 14.

 We also want to announce that Mrs. Wideman has been assigned to teach a Hub Learning class for CBE.  Ms. Boston has been covering for Mrs. Wideman in grade 2 during Hub Online Learning preparation.  We would like to express our gratitude to Ms. Boston for her hard work these past two weeks. Ms. Boston's last day at Janet Johnstone School will be Friday, September 11. Ms. Aisenstat will be moving to Grade 2, room 13, to take over for Mrs. Wideman.  This transition will be effective Monday, September 14.

 We have also had to make the difficult decision to surplus a French Immersion teacher and collapse one of our French Immersion grade 1 classes.  This will result in three multi-aged classes of grades 1/2 instead of two classes of grade 1 and two classes of grade 2.  Our enrollment in grades 1 and 2 in French Immersion has decreased, resulting in this re-organization.  Mme. Julia will be moving to French Immersion Kindergarten.  All French Immersion grade 1 and 2 students will be re-organized.  Families can expect a call from their new teacher on Friday afternoon. This transition will be effective Monday, September 14.

 We are very sad that we have to say good-bye to Mme. Tamara Fawcett, currently teaching French Immersion Kindergarten. She will remain at the school to help support the transition to Mme. Julia and until she is re-deployed within CBE.  We believe that the sooner we undertake this transition, the better we will be able to support students settling in. This transition will be effective Monday, September 14. Both Mme. Tamara and Mme. Julia will be ready to great the French Immersion Kindergarten students on Monday. Together, they will explain to their students the teacher transition to both AM and PM classes.


Please know that all of these transitions are very complex for our school.  Therefore, we are not accommodating any teacher requests. Teachers will share the re-organization information with their students on Friday morning.  We hope that this will provide some closure for students and teachers.

We want to assure you that by reorganizing in this way, we will be keeping our class sizes the smallest that we are able to during this challenging time. The safety, wellness, and learning of our students remains our top priority. 

 

 

 

 


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