WELCOME BIENVENUE Welcome Class of 2028 PURPOSE OF TONIGHT’S MEETING LEARN about Normandale Elementary French Immersion School MEET Kindergarten staff and Learning Specialist /Parent Jennifer Johnson RECEIVE registration materials if you did not pick them up at your neighborhood school - Edina School District residents only ANSWER questions Superintendant’s Message Who would ever send their kids to an immersion school? Nationwide, hundreds of schools offer total, partial or two-way immersion programs in many different languages and the number continues to grow. Worldwide, the number of students learning in two languages is in the tens of millions. French is the second most frequently taught language in the world after English. French is the official language in 33 countries. French is the only language other than English spoken on five continents. Language Immersion Language immersion is an approach to second language learning in which the usual curriculum activities are conducted in a second language. The new language is the medium as well as the object of instruction. We teach the same content & standards as the other Edina schools. Language & The Brain Language development windows open and close during childhood. The ability to learn a second language is highest between birth and the age of six, then undergoes a steady decline. The adult brain can still learn new skills, including languages, but it’s much more difficult. Kindergarten Schedule 8:30 AM – 3:05 PM Art, Music & Physical Education taught by specialists in English. Morning snack time Lunch and recess mid-day Quiet / rest time Media Experience Computer Lab What Does Kindergarten Look Like? (Classroom videos were shown at this point in the presentation, but are not included in the web version due to privacy of the children) English Instruction Formal English instruction begins in grade 3. Starting in K: introduction to English literacy skills through media experiences Parents play a crucial role in the development of literacy skills Our expert: Mme Johnson Questions for our teachers? Licensed teachers and paraprofessionals with high level French proficiency from: Canada Congo France Lebanon Senegal United States French classroom interns are hosted by families for the school year. The intern program is completely supported by our parent community: volunteer donations host families fun activities http://www.edinainterns.org/ Where Do Our Students Go After Normandale? Extended French Program: Grades 6-9 at Valley View Middle School Advanced French Classes: Grades 10-12 at Edina High School Same Services Available Special Education Speech and Language School Psychologist, Social Worker English Learner (EL) Services (gr 3 & up) Health Services Gifted Education Services Family Resource Center Community Education Services (including before and after school care) Early Childhood Developmental Screening State law: your child must complete the screening before starting school Screenings are scheduled by appointment and take approximately one hour http://edinaschools.org/Page/1873 The LOTTERY… All Kindergarten Choice Program Preference Forms are due Jan. 12 by 11:59pm by mail, fax or online for French Immersion and Continuous Progress. Order of preference for first 108 students: 1. Siblings – Sibling preference policy 2. Random lottery of Edina school district residents Once 108 students are accepted, a waiting list is created (Edina district residents only) 3. Open Enrollment students are accepted if there are fewer than 108 Edina district students (must submit OE form by Jan 15) www.edinaschools.org/Page/119 TIMELINE Jan. 12 - 6:00 PM - Program preference deadline for all Edina school district residents Jan. 16 - Letters sent to parents noting acceptance or placement on waiting list Jan. 29, 3:30 -5:00 PM Registration for accepted students in person at Normandale August: Teacher assignment notifications delivered via SchoolView Open Enrollment Applications Due January 15 (for out of district residents) Kindergarten Registration Day Thursday, January 30, 2013 3:30 - 5:00pm Same place! Bring: Birth Certificate Shots Records Registration Form Other items in packet SEE FOR YOURSELF! Visit a Kindergarten classroom Contact school office 952-848-4100 to schedule a time Share The Journey With Us! Questions?