Reorganization of Classes 2015

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September 14, 2015

Dear Families,

The 2014-2015 school year is off to a wonderful start at Bobcaygeon Public School.  We are excited to have the opportunity to learn and grow with our families this school year.

In the spring, classes are organized based on staffing provided by the Board of Education.  Each spring the Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) uses projected numbers of students to determine the number of classroom teachers, and in the case of Full Day Kindergarten, the number of Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECE) assigned to a school.

On the first day of school and again on the first Friday of the school year, the school is responsible to send in actual numbers of registered students in each grade to the Board of Education.  This year our numbers are high in the Junior and Intermediate Division.  Currently we have four of our six J/I classrooms with a count of greater than thirty (30) students.  The other two are approaching thirty (30).  Our new reorganization will put numbers at twenty-six (26) in five of our classrooms with one classroom at twenty-five (25).

We are very excited to share with you that in response to an actual increase in our projected enrolment, the TLDSB has assigned us a new classroom.  This means that we will be hiring one new permanent full time teacher and a part time teacher to support their preparation time.  This will impact students in the Junior and Intermediate Divisions only.  The changes necessary will be as follows:

  • The grade ¾ classroom will have a new teacher and be moving to a new classroom. Students in this class will remain the same.
  • We will reorganize the other 6 classrooms into 7. The breakdown that has been approved is as follows:  4/5, 4/5, 5/6, 6, 6/7, 7/8, 8
  • At this time we are not accepting requests for moves. As you can appreciate this is a challenging job and to try to meet parent requests will increase the difficulty.
  • Ellis and I along with the staff will be working towards minimizing the number of moves necessary.
  • Individual classroom schedules for specialized areas such as the gym, library and computer lab may impact students from Kindergarten to Grade 8.

To balance numbers in each classroom, we will have to transfer some students to new classrooms with new teachers.  We are working hard as a team to determine how this will look at Bobcaygeon PS.  We are also in discussions to determine how best to support the students in this transition.  Our goal is to have families of affected students notified by Friday afternoon (September 18th), in order that we may have a transition date of Monday, September 28th.    Parents of all students affected by these moves will be contacted by me or by the Vice Principal, Mr. Ellis this week.

  • be moving to a new classroom. Students in this class will remain the same.
  • We will reorganize the other 6 classrooms into 7. The breakdown that has been approved is as follows:  4/5, 4/5, 5/6, 6, 6/7, 7/8, 8
  • At this time we are not accepting requests for moves. As you can appreciate this is a challenging job and to try to meet parent requests will increase the difficulty.
  • Ellis and I along with the staff will be working towards minimizing the number of moves necessary.
  • Individual classroom schedules for specialized areas such as the gym, library and computer lab may impact students from Kindergarten to Grade 8.

To balance numbers in each classroom, we will have to transfer some students to new classrooms with new teachers.  We are working hard as a team to determine how this will look at Bobcaygeon PS.  We are also in discussions to determine how best to support the students in this transition.  Our goal is to have families of affected students notified by Friday afternoon (September 18th), in order that we may have a transition date of Monday, September 28th.    Parents of all students affected by these moves will be contacted by me or by the Vice Principal, Mr. Ellis this week.

We apologize for having to implement class changes at this time of the school year.  The school administration and staff will look very carefully at the possible changes and will make decisions that are in the best interest of all students.

Thank you for your understanding during this transition phase.  As always, we appreciate your support of the students in our learning community.

Please feel free to telephone me at the school (705-738-5105 ext. 42020) should you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Jane Austin

Principal