Call Out to Parents and Students: Share Your Thoughts on North Vancouver’s French Immersion Program

If you are a parent of a child enrolled in a French Immersion program in North Vancouver, you have recently received an email through School Connect asking you and your child to complete a survey (two different surveys) about the French Immersion program. And if you are anything like me, you would have seen the email, briefly scanned it, and ignored it, or perhaps thought you would fill it out later, but that “later” would never come because you either don’t have the time or can’t find the survey link.

With this blog post, I would like to bring your attention to this survey, kindly ask you fill it out, and share it with as many French Immersion parents or former French Immersion parents as possible. The input we receive via the survey will inform and potentially shape the French Immersion programming in the future, and provide new opportunities for your children and new generations of French Immersion students in North Vancouver.

So, what is the survey all about, and who created this survey?

The North Vancouver School District is conducting a review of the District’s French Immersion Program.  This review will focus on:

(1)  Exploring opportunities for increasing accessibility to the Early French Immersion program at the elementary entry points (K/1) (Do we need more French Immersion classes? Do we need more French Immersion programs at different schools? Do we need a single-track French Immersion school?)
(2)  Enhancing flexibility and choice in programming at the three secondary French Immersion sites
(Do we need more variety in terms of mandatory French subjects in secondary schools?).

The North Vancouver School District has set up a French Immersion Review Committee, and as president of Canadian Parents of French, I have an opportunity to sit on this Committee. Considering that I am the only parent representative regularly sitting and contributing to the Committee’s work, it is greatly important that parents from across North Vancouver (as well as students and teachers) know about this opportunity to share their thoughts early in the review process. The District and the Committee are committed to engaging in meaningful consultation with all stakeholder groups (staff, students, parents) to inform the review process and the final recommendations that the Committee will submit to the Board of Education.

Please take a few moments to complete the survey, ask your children to complete the survey, and share the survey with other parents.

It would also be greatly valuable to receive input from parents who used to have children in French Immersion, but no longer do so. Feedback from these parents would give us a better idea as to why children leave French Immersion, and how to prevent French Immersion attrition in the future.

The deadline to fill out the survey is April 1, 2016.

Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to the questions, and share the survey further. There are only 10 questions, so it will take you 5 minutes to complete it. If you have any questions about the review process or the Committee’s work, please feel free to contact me at emina@shaw.ca.

The results of the surveys, which will be posted to the District website, will help inform the Committee’s work in the planning stages, and the input you provide will be reviewed by the Committee members after the Spring Break.

Merci,

Emina Dervisevic
President, Canadian Parents for French, North Vancouver Chapter

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