Throughout the next few months, teachers, support staff and the school principal, will work together to develop balanced classes for September 2018 based on our tentative school organization. All class placement decisions are made after planning, preparation, and discussion that strive to best meet the needs of all our students. Our primary goal is to create balanced classes that reflect the diversity of our community, and allow the variety of skills, interests and talents of our students to emerge and grow. Factors that we take into consideration include the following:
- Class size, based on Board/ Ministry cap sizes
- Balance between male and female students
- Matching the student’s learning style with the teacher’s instructional style
- Coordinating students with special education/ ELL staff
- Combinations of students for optimal learning
- Pertinent information from parents/ guardians which would assist the staff in making their decision
After working with your child over the course of this year, our staff have a good understanding of your child’s abilities and needs, both academic and social. Each new year brings opportunities for all students to meet new friends and expand their circle of acquaintances.
Please be aware that we do not accept requests for specific teachers and/or for particular groups of students to remain / be placed together.
In order to be compliant with Ministry of Education expectations with regards to class sizes, our school organization will remain tentative until later in September. As such, we will continue to adjust classes into September. As was our practice this year, students will find out their tentative class placement on the first day of school in September, including Year One (JK) students. Please also be aware that staff assignments this year may not necessarily be the same next year (i.e. teachers may teach different grades, DECEs may work in different classrooms and E.As may support in different classrooms).
How Can Parents and Guardians Help?
The teachers, staff and principal at E.J. Sand Public School strive to provide the best possible learning environment for all students. Open dialogue between parents and teachers helps us to accomplish this and has a direct and positive influence on your child’s learning. If you have information about your child that may have an impact on his/her ability to learn effectively, you are encouraged to share that information with his/her teachers at the beginning of the year and throughout the school year.
Parents wishing to share information regarding their child’s class placement for 2018-2019 may do so in writing, to Mr. Wolkoff, before May 4th, 2018. Please note: requests for specific teachers will NOT be accepted. Please do not submit a request for a certain teacher as these cannot be honoured or considered.
We thank you for trusting our professional judgments as we work to set your child up for success.