As families, you are important partners in your children’s education and through your involvement and participation, you postiively impact your child’s success in school. This year, as in years past, we started by focusing on connections and building and rebuiliding relationships so that our learners felt welcomed, secure and ready to learn. As in the past year, these connections were critical as we transitioned into our second full school year during a pandemic.
Our teachers have sought to create meaningful learning opportunities in both academic and social-emotional areas using many different strategies. The information shared via your child’s report card is reflective of a teacher’s professional judgment based on evidence collected from a variety of sources including observations, interviews, conversations, and work samples.
The intent of the report card is to provide clear and meaningful information on your child’s progress in the area of personal development and towards the achievement of curriculum expecations. For example, your child’s teacher uses a rating system to communicate the degree to which your child is progressing towards achieving curriculum outcomes, up to this point in time in the school year.
If you see an “IE” (Insufficient Evidence) and/or an “NA” (Not Applicable) in some areas of your child’s report card, do not be alarmed. These two indicators are not new to the K-4 report card, and may be used in the following situations to best reflect the teaching, learning and asssesment that has taken place up the end of term I.
>>>For example, an IE may be used in instances where teachers are determining effective means to uncover student learning. This would include where teachers are continuing to collect data to provide a more accurate evaluation of student acheivement.
>>>An NA may be used when a learner has not received instruction in this area of the curriculum to date. For instance, there may be an NA in a strand of mathematics as the content has not yet been taught.
The comment section of the report card provides further insight into your child’s strengths, challenges, and recommendations for next steps in learning. In particular, if there is an IE indicatior, the rationale supporting this will be included in this section.
We will be hosting parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, December 9, 2021 (some teachers may be in contact earlier than this). These interviews will provide you with further insight into your child’s learning and may look differently than they have in the past. Since physical distancing restrictions and other COVID-19 guidelines remain in place, they may include virtual meetings or telephone calls (your child’s teacher will advise of her particular method).
Finally, please understand that you may contact any of your child’s teachers at any time throughout the school year to discuss progress.
As per previous communication, we encourage you to note the following school closures for teacher professional development and parent-teacher interviews:
Friday, November 26, 2021 (full day);
Thursday, December 9, 2021 (closing at 11:00am for parent-teacher interviews); and,
Friday, December 10, 2021 (full day).
The vaccinations for our grade four learners originally scheduled for Friday, December 10, 2021 have been tentatively moved to Friday, January 21, 2022. We will confirm this date and other details as we get closer to this date.
World Diabetes Day
To mark World Diabetes Day, we are encouraging everyone to wear something blue (or with blue in it) on Monday coming, November 15, 2021.