I am pleased to let you know that once again this year we will be offering GIVE (Get Involved Volunteer in Education) – a free training program for parents/grandparents/caregivers, school council members, school lunch assistants and/or community members that wish to volunteer in the our schools will be starting on January 23, 2018 at the Vaughan Welcome Centre.
York Region District School Board is offering this program in collaboration with Settlement and Education Partnership in York Region (SEPYR) and the Region of York.
Participants of this program will have instructional in class 3 hour sessions once a week for 6 weeks and will be required to volunteer in a school. The topics covered will be: Role of the Volunteer, Equity and Inclusive Education, Communication Skills, Human Rights, Mental Health & Well-being and Interview Skills.
An information session for the French Immersion (FI) program will take place at Ventura Park Public School on January 18, 2018 at 7 p.m. (If you do not live in the Wilshire E.S. catchment area or will be moving to another area, please visit the program location page on the YRDSB website to find the FI program location for your elementary school location.) FI registration will begin January 19, 2018.
Parents or guardians of Senior Kindergarten students entering Grade 1 in 2018, and wishing to enrol in the FI Program, can visit or call the school office and request an Office Index Card – short version. The Office Index Card must be signed by the principal of the home school. Parents or guardians then take this form, along with one piece of identification showing their address to the designated FI program location to register between January 19 and February 9, 2018. This eliminates the need to provide duplicate enrollment information or to pre-register.
YRDSB’s FI Accommodation Plan provides long-term consistency and equity of access to all students in York Region and will enable YRDSB to continue to offer the FI program to all who wish to enrol. The FI program will be offered in Dual Track or Single Track settings, in a variety of configurations. In order to meet community needs and optimize available space in our schools, a community’s Grade 1-8 FI program may be provided over more than one school during the course of a student’s FI education. Space requirements at some schools may mean that siblings are in different schools for primary dual track French Immersion programs due to differing grade structures. Like any of our schools across the Board, changes to school boundaries, and/or the accommodation model for the French Immersion program may need to be considered when new schools open, a school experiences enrolment growth, and program changes occur. This will allow flexibility in addressing community needs and the opportunity to use existing space in schools.
More information is available on the Board’s website: www.yrdsb.ca. Please note: Some of the FI accommodation plans will require facility modifications or the development of new schools and will require short-term transition plans that might include overflow while we work toward the long-term vision. Overflow refers to situations in which the Board directs students to attend a school other than their community school or optional program for a specific period of time, as defined in Board Policy #108.