French as a Second Language Advisory Committee update

Bonjour from Sindy Preger, Parent co-chair FSLAC-TDSB

                

1.Application Dates French Immersion/Extended Programs

Grade 4 Junior Extended or Middle Immersion:

The application period closed on December 12, 2012. Parents will be notified of placement in mid-January. Late applications are considered if space is available. Don’t forget to accept the placement on-line!

Senior Kindergarten French Immersion:

December: All JK parents receive information in their child’s backpack.

January 2013: SK French Immersion schools host information nights.

January 31, 2013 – applications due.

Step 1 – apply at  www.tdsb.on.ca/pars . Parents are notified of placement at the end of February.

Step 2 – accept placement on-line.

Grade 7 Extended:

January 2013: Grade 7 Extended programs host information nights.

January 31, 2013 – paper applications due at the Grade 7 Extended school office. Parents are notified of placement at the end of February.

For details go to: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/_site/ViewItem.asp?siteid=206&menuid=1335&pageid=986

For the location and time of meetings click on ‘Parent Information Nights’. For paper applications for Grade 7 Extended, click on ‘Application Information’ and then, ‘Application Process for Grade 7’.Late applications are considered if space is available. Help is available at your elementary school office.

2. FSL Draft Policy Update

Consultations on the FSL draft policy wrapped up in September. The working group led by TDSB staff with participation of FSLAC members met to review the input and update the draft. Two senior staff committees have now reviewed the updated draft which will go to trustees at the Program and School Services Committee (PSSC) and then on to the full Board for a decision in early 2013. The FSLAC and the public will have the opportunity to make comments on the final draft at a meeting of PSSC, date to be announced. The FSL policy will set out the Board’s commitment to FSL programs, building on the guiding principles adopted in 2000 and the Board’s response to the 2005/06 review of French (www.tdsb.on.ca/fslac, under ‘Staff Reports’).

3. CPF Conference:  Advocates for FSL Education from around the country come together

In October, Canadian Parents for French (CPF) held its national conference in Ottawa drawing delegates from across the country including three FSLAC members.

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, shared his family’s experiences with bilingualism, and now multilingualism!  A plenary discussion including Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages and François Boileau, Ontario’s Commissioner of French Language Services, highlighted how far we’ve come since the Official Languages Act in 1969.

Following the national conference, delegates from Ontario met for their Annual General Meeting electing Mary Cruden, past parent co-chair of the FSLAC, as the new CPF Ontario President.  A new partnership with Télé Française Ontario (TFO) was signed to support the creation and sharing of electronic resources for FSL students.

4. FSLAC at the Parent Conference

FSLAC parents put on a ‘How to help your child succeed in French workshop at the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee parent conference in November. The parents who attended had children in core, extended or immersion and were very appreciative of tips to support their children, particularly since many do not speak French themselves. The power point is available at www.tdsb.on.ca/fslac under ‘Resources’.

5. La Supervision des Parents n’est pas Suggérée – Parental Supervision Not Needed

TFO (like TVO but in French) is on Rogers 13 and on Bell 137. Apps at: www.tfo.org/apps . For ages 2-6-mini-TFO games and shows at: www.tfo.org/mini . For ages 7 and up Mégalô at: www.tfo.org/mega . For teens and hipsters – BRBR has indie music and interviews at: www.tfo.org/brbr .

6. Encounters with Canada

Encounters with Canada is celebrating its 30th year of bringing students age 14-17 together to discover our heritage and to become engaged citizens. Students from across Canada spend a completely bilingual week in Ottawa at the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre. Transportation to Ottawa is paid for by Canadian Heritage (federal government) and financial assistance may be available through the TDSB FSL department. Find out more about the program at:  www.ewc-rdc.ca .

7. Civics/Careers Credit in French – March Break & July

EduTravel Inc and TDSB Continuing Education have partnered to provide French immersion/extended students with the opportunity to get Civics and Careers credits over March break or in July – on the road. This experiential learning program takes students to Ottawa, Montreal and New York City where they will use their French in real-life situations. (French is an official language at the United Nations too!) Financial assistance scholarships are available: www.edutravelforcredit.com

8. College or university in French!

Check out the Commissioner of Official Languages map of university/college programs in French across Canada:  www.ocol-clo.gc.ca/twolanguages_deuxlangues/index.html?L=E   .

9. FSLAC Meetings – All Welcome

Parents, students, trustees, teachers and staff are invited to attend and participate in FSLAC meetings. Meetings start at 7 pm at the TDSB offices at 5050 Yonge St., ground floor. Meeting notices, reports, minutes and newsletters are posted on the TDSB website: www.tdsb.on.ca/fslac .

Upcoming meetings are: February 12 and April 11, 2013.

10. Email List

This list is being maintained by FSLAC parent volunteers and will be used for this newsletter and occasional FSL news for interested community members. To get on the distribution list or to get in touch, please email fslactoronto@gmail.com

All the best for a safe and happy holiday break.

Sindy Preger

FSLAC Parent Co-chair

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