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Student Placement: Classroom Feedback 2020/21

      May 2020

Primary Families,

We are sure some of you are beginning to think about next year and where your child might be placed, as well as how that will occur. The process of developing class lists is a considerable investment of time and energy that we take very seriously because we know that well-formed groups set the stage for success all year long.

Should you have information you wish to present regarding the placement of your child, you are encouraged to do so in writing and forward it to the principal no later than Friday, May 22. Parents may request a type of classroom or type of learning environment for their child. You can write a letter, email, or fill out the Parent Input form (attached). We will be looking for your thoughts about your child’s learning style and particular teaching styles you think will match his or her abilities. We believe in the power and abilities of all of our staff. We ask that you please do not name a specific teacher. Forms and/or letters that name a specific teacher will not be considered during the placement process. The teachers and other professionals who work with your child meet in May and June to recommend the placement of children and any parent letters will be taken into consideration. Our goal is to achieve the most appropriate and beneficial placement for your child. Information you may choose to provide, combined with our school knowledge, will assist in this process. 

Many factors are taken into consideration during the placement process. These factors include academic readiness across the content areas, social/emotional strengths and needs, peer relationships, academic services, and learning styles. I will meet with classroom teachers as a grade level and discuss each and every student with these factors in mind. We will consult with staff members who have knowledge of particular students and these teams, collectively, make recommended lists. The final decisions regarding class lists will rest with the principal. 

Balance and equity in our classrooms are equally critical. In some cases, a grade level may have the potential to add or lose a section or class rosters may need to be changed before classes are set in August. This enrollment fluctuation is due to a transient population within our district. Final placements will not be mailed home until early-August. This prevents us from informing you of a teacher only to make a necessary change later.

Please rest assured that the unique needs of each individual child are considered as the class lists take shape. If you feel that you have information about your child pertinent to the process, please complete the form below.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding. We are looking forward to a successful end of the school year as we make plans for next year. We appreciate your help.

With P.R.I.D.E.

Casey VanEpps, Keshequa Primary Principal