Class Placement Requests

Dear Families,

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.

Mr. Wolkoff

It’s time to remind children about being safe in our community

It’s a good time for parents to remind children about personal safety.

Here’s what children need to know:

  • Their name, age, telephone number, address, city and province.  This can be done through rhyme or song.
  • How to contact their parents at any time, by memorizing cell or work numbers.
  • How and under what circumstances to call 911.
  • To never approach or enter a stranger’s vehicle.  A responsible adult would never ask a child for directions or any other question for that matter.
  • Make sure they know they have a right to say “no” to an adult, especially when the adult is asking them to do something they have been taught is wrong or feels uncomfortable.  Reminding children of this right is important because children are taught from a young age to respect adults.
  • To always tell parents where they will be and to never enter someone’s home without their parent’s permission.
  • If home alone, never admit it when answering the phone. Never answer a knock at the door or speak through it.  Adults can be very persuasive.  Teach your child to call you if there is a knock at the door and if they fear for their safety, teach them to call 911.  Make sure they know that police officers are there to help them and would not get mad if it were a false alarm.
  • If they think they are being followed or are in danger they should run home or to a public place.  If someone grabs them, they should try to get away, yelling and screaming while doing so.
  • It is important to play in safe areas, never take shortcuts and stick with a buddy whenever possible.

It is never too early or too late to teach children the importance of personal safety.  Common sense, communication and consistency are the keys. Remind children to alert a responsible adult if something strange happens that makes them feel uncomfortable. Remember, crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility.

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Summer Opportunities for Students

This summer the York Region District School Board is offering a summer school program for students currently in grades 6 (new), 7 and 8.  Offerings include grades 6, 7 and 8 reinforcement programs in literacy and math, as well as grades 6, 7 and 8 reinforcement programs in literacy and math for students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and for English Language Learners. More details can be found here.  Registration for these reinforcement programs is done through Career Cruising.

As posted a few weeks ago, the York Region District School Board Summer Institute is a program that offers academic, recreational and athletic programs and activities with intentional links to the Ontario Curriculum for children and youth entering Senior Kindergarten to Grade 8.  Many students take advantage of these summer recreational and learning opportunities, which run weekly sessions from July 3rd through August 10th, 2018.  For more details, please visit the Summer Institute web-page.

Reminder – EQAO Workshop

Dear Parents or Guardians of Grades 3 and 6 Students,

From May 22 to June 4, 2018, your child will be participating in the Education Quality and Accountability Office’s (EQAO’s) Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics for Primary Division (Grades 1-3) or Junior Division (Grades 4 – 6).  

Just a reminder of our Parent & Child EQAO Workshop that takes place this Thursday evening, March 22, 2018 from 5:30 – 7pm.

We would like you to make sure to bring your child with you on this evening.

If you have not RSVP’d for the evening, but still wish to join, it is not too late.  Please send in the form below to the school before Thursday so we can prepare.  If you have already RSVP’d, you do not need to submit again.