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									York Catholic District School Board

  French Immersion Program

      Our Lady of Peace CES
      Parent Information Night

         November 30, 2010
        Our Lady of Peace CES
Principal         Ms. Iafrate

Staff             43

School Council    Mrs. Bianchi
Co-Chair          Mrs. Benvenuto
Students          400

School Building   23 years
            Our Lady of Peace CES
Annual Community BBQ Junior Spelling Bee       Special Needs Track
                                               and Field Day
Active Catholic         Luke 4:18 Social       Spirit Days
School Council          Justice Committee
Christmas Outreach      Parent Volunteer       Scientist in the School
Initiative              Reading Program
Celebrating Diversity   Primary Play Day       Track and Field
Immaculate Conception   Oral                   Winter Carnival
Feast Day               Communications
Primary Art Club        School Liturgies and   Yearbook
  Our Lady of Peace CES -                             (continued):
Christmas Play          Healthy Schools       Junior Boys’
                        Initiatives           Basketball
Boys’ Soccer            Intermediate Boys’    Junior Boys’ Volleyball
Girls Soccer            Basketball

Bullying Prevention     Intermediate Boys’    Junior Girls’
Programs                Volleyball            Basketball

Chess Club              Intermediate Girls’   Junior Girls’
                        Basketball            Volleyball

Talent Show             Intermediate Girls’   Rosary Club
Eco Schools
Certification Project
         Our Lady of Peace CES

Community Partnerships:
Catholic School Council
• Community Safety Village
• Maple Fire Department
• Maple Food Bank
• ShareLife
• Safe School Committee
• York Region Police – Grade 6, 7, 8 VIP Program
• Chum City Christmas Wish
• York Region Food Bank
• Weston Tae Kwon Do
Rationale for French Immersion Programs
• French is one of Canada’s two official
  languages and one of Ontario’s two official
  languages of instruction.
• Knowledge of a second language
  strengthens first-language skills.
• Ability to speak two or more languages
  generally enhances reasoning and
  problem-solving, as well as creative-
  thinking skills.
• Research shows children educated in
  content subjects (like science and
  geography) in two languages develop
  higher reasoning and analytical skills.
• Knowledge of French provides students
  with an advantage in a number of careers,
  both in Canada and internationally.
Program Accessibility

• The Ministry specifies
  that French Immersion
  is open to all students,
  including those with
  English as a Second

• Parents are not
  required to be French
Successful French Immersion Students
Research suggests that children
who are successful in French Immersion are:

• Risk takers
• Interested in learning new
• Attending school regularly
• Positive in their attitude
  toward school
• Able to communicate well
  verbally in their first
• Effective listeners
• Capable of good memory
 Types of FSL Programs
       Core French             French Immersion
        (Current)                    (Proposed)

• French Instruction in    • Available in Grades 1 to 8
  Primary Grades: 1 to 3   • Beginning in Grade 1
  130 minutes per week     • French is the language of
  Grades 4 and 5:            instruction for approximately:
  200 minutes per week         85% of the total hours of
                                instructional time in
  Grades 6 to 8:
                               Grades 1 to 3.
  170 minutes per week         50% of the total hours of
                                instructional times in
                               Grades 4 to 8.
      Program Delivery
• The French Immersion program
  began in Grade 1, September
  2010. Currently we have Grade
  1 and 2 French Immersion..
• French is the language of
  instruction for 85% of the time in
  the primary grades and will be
  50% from grades 4 to 8.
• The program will deliver
  approximately 4,700 hours of
  instruction between Grades 1
  to Grade 8.
              Curriculum For Subjects
                 Taught in French
• Students will be taught the Ontario curriculum.
• For subjects like Science or Geography, the expectations in
  each grade are essentially those outlined in the English-
  language subject curriculum documents.
• Learning resources provided in French follow the Ontario
  English language curriculum.
• Students will be expected to achieve the regular English
  language curriculum expectations before the end of
  Grade 8.

             The assessment and
             evaluation of students
             in the French
             Immersion Program will
             be consistent with
             Board procedures and
             practices for all
Students in grades JK to 3
residing 1.2 km beyond the
school will receive
transportation. As well,
students in grades 4 to 8,
who live beyond 1.6 km
and live within the French
Immersion transportation
boundary will receive
transportation. Students
are required to walk a short
distance to and from these
centralized bus stops.
                                    Our Lady of Peace
     Our Lady of Peace
                                French Immersion Boundary
     French Immersion

•   Blessed Scalabrini
•   Blessed Trinity
•   Divine Mercy
•   Father John Kelly
•   Holy Family
•   Holy Jubilee
•   Our Lady of Peace
•   Our Lady of the Rosary
•   St. Cecilia
•   St. David
•   St. James
•   St. Joseph the Worker
•   St. Raphael the Archangel
  Implementation Model
• French Immersion at Our Lady of
  Peace was available to grade 1
  students as of September 2010.
  The school also offers English
• Optimal enrollment for the grade 1
  French Immersion program will be
  two classes of 23 students.
Criteria for Student Selection
              • Catholic kindergarten students
                living within the Our Lady of
                Peace boundary or current SK
                students attending Our Lady
                of Peace will be given priority
                placement in the Grade 1
                French Immersion Program.

              • The remaining placements will
                be selected by public lottery
                until 46 places are filled.

              • The public lottery process
                involves the random selection
                of applications among those
         Application Process
• Complete and submit a French Immersion on-line
  application form on the York Catholic District School Board
  website at www.ycdsb.ca by January 14, 2011.

• Catholic kindergarten students living within the Our Lady
  of Peace boundary or current SK students attending Our
  Lady of Peace will be given priority placement in the
  Grade 1 French Immersion Program.

• If the number of applications exceeds the number of
  available openings, a public lottery process will be
  conducted at the French Immersion School at 5:00 p.m.
  on January 27, 2011.

• Approved applicants will be notified shortly after the

• Approved applicants must register at Our Lady of Peace
  no later than February 28, 2011.
         Questions and Answers
Why Early French Immersion (EFI)?
Research shows that Early Immersion leads to the
highest fluency in French

Will my child’s English skills suffer?
There is a certain lag in English Language Arts for
the first few years of the French Immersion
program, specifically spelling skills in English.
However, the gap is minimized with the introduction
of English in Grade 4.
       Questions and Answers
How does the French Immersion
program impact student achievement in
mathematics and other subjects?

Research indicates that the performance of
French Immersion students in other subjects is
equal to the performance of students in the
English program.
       Questions and Answers
How do students perform on standard
provincial assessments (EQAO) in
grade 3 and grade 6?
• Most French Immersion schools will exempt
  students from writing the grade 3 EQAO test in
• A high percentage of schools with French
  Immersion Programs in the GTA have
  exceeded the provincial and board average on
  the grade 6 EQAO test in English
        Questions and Answers

Is it important for someone at home to
speak French?

The program is designed for children of non-
French speaking families. All communication from
the school to parents will be in English, including
report cards.
          Questions and Answers

How may I help my child with homework
when I do not speak French?

While it may be helpful, it is not necessary, for
parents to speak French. Research studies
confirm that children achieve greater academic
success when parents read daily to their child in
the child’s first language.
       Questions and Answers

Is French Immersion appropriate for all
Children who have poor listening skills, memory
skills, or who have had difficulty learning their first
language tend to experience difficulty in the
program. Children who have difficulty learning to
read in English may have difficulty learning to read
in French.
          Questions and Answers

What will happen if my child experiences
difficulties in French Immersion?

The classroom teacher will provide additional
assistance to the student. If this does not address
the difficulties, then the classroom teacher will
consult with the special education teacher,
principal, and parent to discuss a plan of support.
If special education intervention is recommended,
then the support will be delivered in English.
       Questions and Answers
What type of French will my child be

Standard French vocabulary and structures are
taught. A variety of accents exists in all
languages; during a school career a child will
probably be exposed to teachers from various
parts of the world who are models of well-spoken
          Questions and Answers

Will my child be bilingual after Grade 8?

No. A young person who has completed an
elementary French Immersion Program often
appears quite comfortable and competent in the
French language. While this is expected, students
are not considered to be functionally bilingual until
the end of Grade 12.
      Questions and Answers
  How can I learn more about French
  Immersion research?

   The following website links provide information
    about French Immersion research studies:
• http://sitemaker.umich.edu/356.hess/research_on_french
• http://sitemaker.umich.edu/356.hess/research_problems
• Immersion Education for the Millennium: What We Have
  Learned from 30 Years of Research on Second
  Language Immersion,
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