Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Dear Parents and Guardians:
We have some good news to share! Our enrollment numbers are up – we are approximately 35 students over projection, which has resulted in the Board allocating Parkview an additional teacher. We will be adding an SK/1 classroom to alleviate high numbers. This means that most of our classrooms will be reconfigured and students may be assigned to a new classroom and/or teacher.
We realize that this may be exciting for some students and disappointing for others. Whichever the case, this is an excellent opportunity for parents/guardians to model the life skills of flexibility, resilience, and optimism as you help your child navigate this shift.
We are working hard as a team to determine how this will look at Parkview and how best to support our students during this transition. Our goal is to notify families of any shifts by Friday, September 20th. Our plan is for the successful applicant will begin at Parkview on Monday, September 23.
Staff will work together to carefully place students in classrooms. Significant time and care are being given by our teachers, to decide the most supportive learning environment for your child(ren). Teachers strive to create a balanced class behaviourally and socially. Please be aware that academics are not a factor when creating classes – there is a wide range of academic achievement in all classes. After years of working daily with your child, teachers thoroughly know students socially and academically and are in a solid position to ensure the soundest match in terms of placement.
In addition to the above criteria, we will be working to meet Ministry regulations regarding class size. KG classes are capped at approximately 29 students, primary classes at 20, and the guidelines for junior/intermediate are approximately 25. These rules add complexity to our reorganization, in that there are limited spaces in each classroom.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher. Thank you for your understanding during this transition phase. As always, we appreciate your support of the students in our learning community.
Mary Handley Kim Newman
Principal Vice Principal