École Munn’s Public School
January 11, 2012
There are 3 programs:
• Core French - Grade 4-9
(mandatory for all students)
• Early French Immersion - Grade 1-12
(all geographic areas)
• Late French Immersion - Grade 7-12
(located in Burlington at SEM P.S.)
Early French Immersion
• Optional program
• Starts in Grade 1
• 50% French and 50% English
• 10 French secondary credits for French
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languages. It is Canada’s
great legacy. To get
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What is a
French Immersion Centre?
It is a single-track school which serves students
- Specific associate schools (Falgarwood,
Sheridan, Joshua Creek and Montclair)
- Other (Private Schools, Daycare, Other School
It is a school where ALL students receive half of
their instruction in French and the other half in
Note: English only programs are not offered
at Munn’s P.S.
Why Start in Grade One?
The kindergarten year in English allows
• to develop social skills.
• to learn routines.
• to use English in a school context.
Early French Immersion:
• promotes greater oral mastery of the
• supports the developmental process
of second language learning
• encourages risk-taking and
academically challenges students
Please note: your child will not be
bilingual by the end of grade one!
Is the French Immersion program
appropriate for my child?
Does my child…
• handle new situations/change and transitions using
• demonstrate a curiosity and willingness to explore
and experiment with language
• listen effectively
• take appropriate risks in unfamiliar situations
• demonstrate independence and a love of learning
• explain a story or events in proper sequence
Does my child… … continued
• like to play with language (rhyming, memory
games, vocabulary games)
• want to learn another language
• have strong organizational skills
• have the capacity to deal with a French Immersion
• display confidence in taking learning risks (e.g.
• practice taking turns
• practice tying their shoes and taking care of
personal items (e.g. backpacks, agenda)
Integrated curriculum is a focus -
• Students spend 50% of their day with
French as the language of instruction.
• Expectations for subject areas
(e.g. Science) are the same for French
Immersion and English students.
• Learning Skills
What is our curriculum?
The Ontario Curriculum includes learning
• language (English and French)*
• mathematics (English: grades 1-8)
• science & technology (French: grades 1-8)
• social studies (French: grades 1-6 )
• history and geography (French: grades 7 & 8)
• the arts (music, drama, dance) (English / French)
• health and physical education (English / French)
* a curriculum support document for use in Halton schools outlines
the expectations for the 50/50 immersion program and aligns to the
Ministry’s French Immersion Curriculum
In addition to our academic program,
we promote a safe, caring, inviting
and collaborative learning
As a TRIBES and KELSO’S
PROBLEM SOLVING STRATEGIES
school, our community agreements
guide our teaching and learning and
our commitment to student success.
A Day in the Life
What is the Halton grade one
French Immersion curriculum?
By the end of grade one, students will…
• use French most of the time to talk about
familiar topics using simple vocabulary and
expressions in very simple phrases and
sentences during daily interactions with
teachers and peers
•listen, react and respond verbally (most of
the time) or with gestures to French
speakers and to brief, very simple spoken
texts and media works (5 to 10 minutes in
length) on familiar topics
•express orally very simple facts, ideas and
opinions on familiar topics (2-3 sentences
when sharing informally and in
•demonstrate an understanding of a variety
of simple books read to them, through
actions and oral responses
•identify, recognize and use the vocabulary
and the language knowledge appropriate
for this grade in communicative language
activities in oral communication (listening
& speaking) and throughout the curriculum
(e.g., Life Systems and Daily & Seasonal
Cycles in Science)
Grade 1 French Immersion
at a Glance
Grade 1 English
at a Glance
How do the languages
support each other?
Through an integrated curriculum:
• teachers meet regularly to support student
• subject connections
• both languages used regularly
– student-teacher communication
– peer communication
École Munn’s Schedule
8:00 Supervision begins
8:15 – 9:55 Block 1
9:55 – 10:45 Nutrition Break
10:45 – 11:35 Block 2
---------- SWITCH ----------
11:35 -12:25 Block 3
12:25 - 1:05 Nutrition Break (Lunch)
1:05 - 2:45 Block 4
We operate on a 5 day cycle.
• healthy snacks and lunches
• two bags (for two breaks!)
• support our ECO school initiative by
using reusable containers
Remember to send a pair of
indoor shoes for school
(preferably running shoes!!)
• agendas (change in routine? Please
note in the agenda or call office.)
• school visits – please sign in at office!
• websites – school and grade/teacher
– students will write in agenda when
website is updated
– website will include a calendar,
newsletter and other important
How can parents help their child
with the transition to
• read story books with CD from library in English
• subscribe to French picture magazines or sign out
material from library
• watch a DVD with French choice and select the
• listen to some French music
• check information on CPF (Canadian Parents for
• independence and confidence
• indoor/outdoor shoes
• appropriate attire (physical education and
• students need to bring their imaginations
and willingness to learn
• pencils, crayons, and other materials will
• LABELS! LABELS! LABELS!
• donations of tissues, baggies and paper
towels are always appreciated!
• toys are best left at home
Transportation will be provided by the
Halton district school board to French
immersion centres from the associate/home
schools for students who are eligible under
the current transportation policy:
- Grade 1 - 8 - greater than 1.6 km (1 mile)
- Grade 9-12 - more than 4.8 km (3 miles)
• students will be given a tag with their
bus number, bus name (a sport, e.g.
the “swimmers” bus) and bus stop
information on the first day of school
• information regarding bus routes can
be found on the HDSB website in
August (www.hdsb.ca or
• students are required to take their
Where do I find out more
Our website will have more
• French Immersion program
• materials for grade one
• communication (school and grade one)
• summer activities
• parent tips
should be submitted
to your home school by 9:00 am
Friday, January 20, 2012.
Hope to see you soon!
Our Welcome Grade One Students
day is to be determined.
• tour and meet/greet for grade one
students and their families by our
• refreshments for families!
• invitations to the Welcome to Grade
One Students will be sent to your
home school in late June
• You will also receive a sync voice
email notification of the invitation.
École Munn’s BBQ!
Stay tuned for further
information in June!
“Knowing both languages has
opened many doors for me;
doors to opportunity and
doors of the mind.
There’s an interesting and
exciting world out there,
waiting for those who are
ready to reach.”
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Questions and Answers