1S Classroom Announcements

September 5 , 2017

Dear Parents & Guardians,

The first day was lots of fun and we're looking forward to a great week!  Starting tomorrow, in order to facilitate a smooth arrival and departure, we are asking that all students use their assigned exit door. At the end of the day, we are asking parents to meet their child by their exit door or at the front of the school.  The only students that should be in the hallways are those needing to wait at the office.  

Thank you for your collaboration to ensure a safe and coordinated drop off and pick up.  

August 28, 2017

Dear Parents,

To keep you informed throughout the year, I will be posting important information on the class website on a regular basis. Please take the time to peruse through each of the various sections to be informed about everything.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact me by e-mail, phone call, or visit.

I look forward to a great year with all of you !!

Madame Stéphanie



August 28, 2017
Bonjour les parents!         

Today, your child began a new French program, called Histoires en action!
This program has proven to be a revolutionary new approach to second language instruction. It is based upon the use of stories and music for the teaching of French. Specifically designed stories that are written in the form of plays become the focus for a range of motivating language activities that help students develop confidence and competence in the language as they progress through each story unit.

This approach allows language development to be supported and nurtured within the familiar, predictable context of a story that is the focus for the unit’s work. Music is integrated with the story, and in each unit of this program, students will learn to perform a play and a dance to accompany that play. The vocabulary has been carefully selected as essential for students during the initial stages of their language learning. Another component of this program is the Gesture Approach, a technique that uses hand signs to help students learn and remember this important vocabulary found in the plays, songs and other activities. There is an equal, strong emphasis on the development of all four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) through a program that meets the needs of all language learners and their learning styles. Activities are varied, so that students have the opportunity to work individually, in partners, in small groups, and as a whole class.

In order to do well in French this year, your child will:

       participate actively in class, in French only;

        memorize the play;

        work cooperatively within a small group while practising the play;

        work cooperatively with others in the class while answering questions, both orally and in written form;

        learn the gestures covered in class;

        learn the gesture associations;

        participate in songs, dances, and games with enthusiasm;

        complete class work and hand it in on time;

        keep corrections up-to-date;

        seek help when needed.


In order to support the work covered in class, and to ensure student success and independence, much of the homework will consist of practising the gestures and memorizing the play, song and dance. Students should spend about 15 minutes, three times a week at home working on this. The student AIM Portal is a useful tool to support the program and can be used as the basis for homework without the need for parental assistance. Vocabulary sheets, a copy of the play and the song are provided to accompany and support the use of the student AIM Portal.  Please note that the student AIM Portal is FREE.  Please note that this matter will be discussed further at the Meet the Teacher Night in September.


Students will be assessed on their ability to:

            identify the words associated with gestures covered;

            use French spontaneously, both with the teacher and with peers;

            pronounce words correctly;

            answer questions both orally and in writing;

            re-tell the play, both orally and in writing (later this year);

            memorize the play;

            perform the play;

            listen well;

            learn to refine their language skills as they progress through the program;

            co-operate with peers while working with a partner or in their play group;

            participate with enthusiasm;

            complete work on time;

            stay focused and productive in class.

I am looking forward to working with your child. Please don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions regarding this outline or your child’s progress.

Please encourage your child to share with you what and how s/he is learning in French class. At the end of each unit your child will make a presentation to you and other family members. Establishing a link between home and school is a very important aspect of this French program, and we hope that you will enjoy this end-of-unit sharing time with family.

In the following weeks, letters will be sent to you describing aspects of the program, such as the at-home support for your child, which is available on the student AIM Portal.


Stéphanie Roberts