It was great to see so many of you on campus this week for Parent-Teacher Conferences and the International Day festivities. Thank you to the Parent Association as well as all of the parents who worked so hard to make our International Food Fest such a big success.
Gini Rojas' Workshop on Raising Bilingual Children: Several parents attended this week's parent coffee with Gini Rojas. This parent workshop focused on ways to support your child's bilingual or mutli-lingual language development.
If you were not able to attend the workshop, I have included some important messages from her presentation here:
- The timeline for first language development is similar to the timeline for second language development.
- Children who are developing as bilinguals will not acquire language at the same rate as a child who is being raised as a monolingual.
- Some children will appear to go backward in the development of their first language as they begin to acquire their second language. This is often due to the child over applying rules of the second language to their first language. These errors will diminish over time.
- The school's role is to teach your child to speak, listen, read and write in English. The parent's role is to support mother tongue development.
- Do not correct the errors that your child makes when using his or her mother tongue. Instead provide feedback by modelling the correct form when you respond to your child.
- English tutors cannot accelerate the development of a child's English language proficiency. You can support your child's English language development by encouraging him or her to play with English speaking friends or by traveling to English speaking countries. You can also support your child's English language development by continuing to strengthen their mother tongue.
- Children who do not have a strong first language, have difficulty developing a strong second language.
ES Student Assembly: On Thursday, October 24th the grade four students will be hosting our monthly school assembly from 8:00 to 8:40. Please feel free to join us in the Theater.
Health Screenings: The Health Center will conduct their annual vision and hearing screenings from Tuesday, October 22nd to Thursday, October 24th. These will be administered to all elementary school students. If you do not want your child to be screened, please contact our Health Center at ext. 1818.
Friday, October 11th: Season 2 CCA registration closes
Monday, October 14th to 18th: No School - October holiday
Saturday, October 26: Season 1 CCA's end
Monday, November 4th: Season 2 CCA's begin
Wednesday, November 27th: ES Sports Day
Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th: No School- Thanksgiving holiday
Halloween Parade: The elementary school will celebrate Halloween with our traditional Halloween Parade. The parade will take place on Wednesday, October 30th from 9:20-10:20. Parents are welcome to attend. Please see the Halloween flier for more details about the day.
I hope you all enjoy the October break with your children.