ES Room Parent mtg Mr. Duval – February 8, 2012
Many of the January open issues were addressed in the January Q&A in the Weekly.
Immersion opportunities: Children in transient families. One of the goals of those families that come to Spain for 1 or 2 years, is for kids to learn Spanish. Most don’t realize how few opportunites there are for the children to use language skills acquired at school and feel the school is not offering enough support. These families would greatly benefit from part of the school curriculum to be taught in Spanish. James explains that it is a Board decision for all teaching to be done in English. It was agreed for the room partent to enter this in the Parent Concern Log so it can be assigned to the Board for consideration. Another suggestion is to make it more clear in the Admissions process and on the website just how “Catalan” the city is.
Bus monitors: Same rules should apply in bus as they do in school yard. Bus monitors aren’t strict enough. School does set expectations with bus monitors and have been instructed to alert Principals directly. School has followed up with bus company, but this is not a structural review, it happens on an ad hoc basis. School has looked at having teachers on the bus, but this isn’t a viable option. School to look at tweaking the communication process between bus monitor & school.
Nurse: sometimes the wait between alerting parents and kids being picked up is very long and there is a request for the students to be allowed to go up to the library to take out a book. Nurse has a box of books for children to read while they are waiting.
ISA test: No information went out with announcement to parents before the test. What is it? Why? Will results be communicated to parents? When? Does ISA influence BFIS grade? James to follow up.