Dear Parents and Guardians,
Students in the grade 7/8 and 8 classes received the following letter today to take home, along with information about who their homeroom teacher will be starting next week. Please take the time to read it carefully:
In order to address issues with our class sizes and distribution of students across our classes, we have been faced with the need to re-organize our Gr. 7/8 and 8 classes. Starting on September 25, we will have two Grade 7/8 classes, taught by Ms. Nithiyananthaselvan and Ms. Lombardo and one Grade 8 class, taught by Ms. Vijayakumaran until Mr. Bartolomeo returns. Grade 7 students from Ms. Nithiy’s class will be divided between the two Grade 7/8 classes. Grade 8 students will be distributed between the 3 classes so that a majority of the students in each class are in Grade 8.
We have had many parental requests for students to be with particular teachers, particular friends, or not to be in split classes. Unfortunately, many of these requests conflict with each other and we are only able to do what we can within the confines of the classrooms that we have, the teachers that we have, and the classmates that we have. I cannot overstate how much time and thought the staff team and myself spent in reviewing requests, what we know about the classroom dynamics and considering all of the possible placements for each student based on the students’ needs and the needs of the school as a whole. We have done the best we can to ensure a positive classroom experience for all students. We understand that it is not possible to give everyone what they want, but we are confident that we have made the best decisions that we can. There will not be any further changes to class placement after this. Please allow your child some time to settle in and adjust to their new environment before reacting with concern.
Please encourage your child to have a positive attitude about their class placement. Part of our job as educators and parents is to encourage children to persist through challenges, collaborate with different people, adapt to change, and have a growth mindset about their abilities. These are skills that will help them be successful in high school and in their futures.
Students will have a chance to spend time in their new classrooms and with their new classmates on Friday, September 21. Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding as we make every effort to meet the needs of our students as well as provincial requirements.
Once your child has had time to adjust to their new circumstances, please feel free to contact the classroom teacher or myself if you have questions.
Mr. C. Barlow