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cole st gerard school french immersion kindergarten information january 30 2013
École St. Gerard School

French Immersion / Kindergarten Information – January 30, 2013

early french immersion


…a welcoming community where we nurture faith, encourage excellence in learning and inspire students to serve others, making the world a better place.

should parents be able to speak french if their child is in french immersion
Should parents be able to speak French if their child is in French Immersion?
  • Designed for children of non French-speaking families.
  • Teachers are aware of this when they send home notices or assign homework.
  • Reporting is in English.
how can parents caregivers prepare their children for kindergarten
How can parents/caregivers prepare their children for Kindergarten?
  • Model a positive attitude towards school.
  • Read and recite nursery rhymes and stories.
  • Provide writing tools and paper.
  • Help children explore their environment.
  • Go on outings to expand their horizons and enhance learning.
  • Provide suitable toys and manipulatives to enrich play experiences.
if parents don t speak french how can they help their child and be involved at the school
If parents don’t speak French, how can they help their child and be involved at the school?
  • Provide a study area and regular routines for doing homework.
  • Show an active interest in

their learning.

  • Volunteer in various ways during or after the school day.
  • Read to children in English and have them write to friends and relatives.
immersion different from regular english programming
Immersion: Different From Regular English Programming

ELA isintroduced in Grade 3 ratherthan Grade 2. Why?

  • Alignswithrenewed curriculum in SK, all western provinces and twonorthernterritories
  • Alignswith effective practices in language acquisition for primary grades.
interdisciplinary curriculum
Interdisciplinary Curriculum
  • Integration of subjects
  • Projects, inquiry and play
  • Develops knowledge, skills and values
why inquiry based learning
Why inquiry-based learning?
  • Mirrors how students learn
  • Students explore their interests in depth
  • Students develop their communication skills in French
why it works
Why it works!
  • Authentic, meaningful contexts
  • Driven by student questions
  • Oral language emphasis
  • Shapes identity as a learner of French
french immersion programs in greater saskatoon catholic schools
French Immersion Programs in Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools

Cardinal Léger is a dual-track school—offering Immersion and regular programming. The others are single-track French Immersion.

who teaches the french immersion program
Who teaches the French Immersion program?
  • A bilingual teacher
  • First or second language
  • Variety of accents
how is french taught to young children
How is French taught to young children?
  • In the same way that toddlers learn to speak at home - they learn by listening and speaking.
  • Students tend to use single words or broken phrases by about Christmas.
  • Child understands most of what the teacher says in French as part of classroom activities. Children are usually speaking most of their French in group learning situations at this stage.
  • Usually reply to the teachers and speak among

themselves in English, but with some French

“sprinkled” in.

  • By the end of June, they are able to speak more

French themselves, but most would not converse

in French.

Will French Immersion affect my child’s social development since they are not necessarily attending their neighbourhood school?
  • Form friendships with classmates
  • Socialize in extra curricular


is french immersion for everyone
Is French Immersion for everyone?
  • A child who has a serious speech or hearing impairment may have problems in French Immersion due to language processing. Students with impairments can still be in immersion.
  • The student who would excel in a regular English program will probably excel in an immersion program; the student who would have academic difficulties in an English program will likely experience those same difficulties in immersion.

We aim to serve all students to the best of our ability with the resources available to us.

why is french immersion good for children
Why is French Immersion good for children?
  • Positive effects on brain development
  • Developmentally appropriate
  • Meets the needs

of each child

how are french immersion students assessed and evaluated
How are French Immersion students assessed and evaluated?
  • Observe students’ progress
  • Record/collect evidence of learning/portfolio
  • Observation checklists and rating scales, rubrics…
how do parents know how well their child is doing in french immersion
How do parents know how well their child is doing in French Immersion?
  • Parent/teacher meetings, informal visits
  • Progress reports
  • Teacher-parent-student conferences
  • Telephone conversations
  • Notes home/email/blog
when do students start to learn reading and writing in english
When do students start to learn reading and writing in English?
  • Pre-reading skills which are taught in the home encourage the development of literacy in any language.
  • Many reading skills taught in French transfer to English.
  • Once some fluency in French is well established, students are ready to begin to study English Language Arts beginning in grade 3.
how does a french immersion program affect my child s english skills
How does a French Immersion program affect my child’s English skills?
  • Initial lag behind unilingual peers in reading and writing skills.
  • Current research indicates that

the English language skills of

French Immersion students

equal and, in some areas,

exceed the achievement of

the students taught solely

in English.

will my child learn the same content as students in english classes
Will my child learn the same content as students in English classes?
  • Immersion curriculum is created by the provincial Ministry of Education and stands alone.
  • There are slight variations in outcomes but for the most part, academic goals remain the same regardless of the language of instruction.
why is it recommended that students continue in french immersion through high school
Why is it recommended that students continue in French Immersion through high school?
  • Early years of an immersion program develop basic competencies in the French language. However, like any other skill, it will get “rusty” if its use is greatly decreased.
how much french should a good continuing immersion program offer
How much French should a good continuing immersion program offer?
  • Christian Ethics, some Math, Language Arts, Social Studies and History are offered in French.
  • Some Cyber School courses in

French for students who experience

difficulty fitting immersion classes into

their timetable.

  • Advance Placement is for students who wish to study and write an exam for possible university credits.
after several years in immersion isn t my son or daughter already bilingual
After several years in immersion, isn’t my son or daughter already “bilingual”?
  • Students may seems quite comfortable in French, but that does not guarantee bilingualism.
  • The goal of French Immersion is to achieve “functional bilingualism”—being able to successfully manage in a personal and professional setting entirely in French.
How will colleges, universities and future employers know that students have completedpart of their education in French?
  • Ministry of Education identifies French courses

on all transcripts.

  • Bilingual certificate for completing 12 courses in

French at the Grade 10-12 levels.

what comes after continuing immersion
What comes after continuing immersion?
  • According to tests such as the Foreign Service Exams, continuing immersion graduates are functionally bilingual, capable of functioning in most social, travel and work situations.
  • Bilingual graduates are more likely to qualify for jobs in government, tourism, retail, and travel services.
  • There are an increasing number of post-secondary opportunities for students to access courses taught in French in a variety of subject areas at English universities in every province in Canada.
what if we transfer to another school division or province
What if we transfer to another school division or province?
  • Immersion is available in most urban centers in Canada
  • A child transferring out of immersion

very early – before English Language Arts is introduced – may experience a brief lag in this subject.

  • Consultation with the new teacher and some work at home overcomes this challenge very quickly.
If a child is struggling in French Immersion and transfers to English program, will he or she likely do better?
  • Performance will be similar in both languages.
  • Parents can offer help in English which can make the move worthwhile for students.

French Immersion

…offering a world of opportunities for our children that they might not otherwise have experienced as unilingual citizens.

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cole st gerard school
École St. Gerard School
  • Single-stream French Immersion setting
  • 460 students from K-8
  • 20 classrooms
our mission
Our Mission

Be it known to all who enter

St. Gerard School that we are striving to be like Jesus at all times.

Our mission is to develop our hearts and minds as we journey together toward the light of God.

We are Children of the Light.

Nous sommes les enfants de la lumière.

our teaching staff
Our Teaching Staff
  • Classroom teachers
  • Learning Assistance teachers
  • ELO (Extra Learning Opportunity catalyst teacher)
  • Band instructor
  • Speech Pathologist
service and support staff
Service and Support Staff
  • Educational Assistants
  • French Language Monitor
  • Office Coordinator and Secretary
  • Library Clerk
  • Caretakers
  • School Counselor
  • School Nurse
  • Police Officer (liaison)
  • Inclusive
  • Cultural diversity
  • Gospel values and virtues
  • Prayer, devotions, liturgies, retreat
  • Masses at St. Mary’s Church
  • Safe, friendly and a positive environment
  • Anti-bullying policy
  • Academic focus
  • Second language acquisition
  • Promote French language and culture
  • Computer lab / Smart boards
  • Band program
school wide initiatives
School-wide initiatives
  • Nutrition Positive / In Motion initiatives
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Spirit Days – House leagues
  • Recycling
  • Milk Program
  • Supervised lunch break
  • Field trips, skating at Cosmo, school rink
  • School website
  • Community partnership activities
  • Catholic Community Council
  • Parental involvement – Family events
  • Monthly hot lunch days
  • Before & After School Program
  • Petits Pandas Preschool
  • Two-way transportation is provided west of Avenue H through First Bus
  • Prairie Spirit School Division
literacy is everywhere
Literacy is everywhere

Math Makes Sense


Nurturing the whole child

Catholic education helps all children as they seek to reach their full potential spiritually, academically, physically, socially and emotionally.


Beyond the classroom

  • Computer lab
  • Teacher librarian
  • Physical education
registration procedures
Registration Procedures
  • Registration form
  • Other documents
  • Prairie Spirit instructions


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École St. Gerard School

A second language is a gift we give our children!

Putting Faith in Education!