French Immersion

Campus Announcements

 

Welcome to all of our DDSB@Home French Immersion Families. We are looking forward to an exciting school year on our campus! This year we have just over 30 homeroom classes from grades 1-8. Lauren Bliss is the principal of the DDSB@Home French Immersion campus and the vice principal is Catherine Pavlik. Both administrators are thrilled to work alongside an amazing group of educators and over 700 students. As we move through the school year our focus will be on the school board’s core priorities by placing Human Rights at the centre of our work and foundational to success, well-being, leadership, equity, engagement and innovation. Thanks for your partnership on this journey of learning!

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 Code of Conduct and Online Safety

Student Code of Conduct and Distance Learning

Student Guidelines for Real Time Learning

 

Now more than ever students are spending even more time online and DDSB is dedicated to teaching students the value of being smart and engaged digital citizens and how to stay safe online. For more resources and tips on how to navigate online safely, visit the Online Safety and Digital Citizenship page.

What is Real Time and Flex Time Learning?
 Real Time Learning

During this time, the educator is visible and interacting with the entire class or smaller groups.  Students may be engaged in learning opportunities such as:

  • Whole class instruction and discussion through Google Meet
  • Whole group assessments, quizzes or tests that students work on while the teacher is visible and available to answer questions
  • Whole group brainstorming using a Google Doc or other online application to share ideas
  • The broadcast of a video or slides with the class with breaks for discussion and exploration
  • Students working on tasks assigned by a teacher while the teacher meets with small groups separately or responds to questions using the Google Breakouts Extension
  • Independent assignment time for students with teachers available and visible to answer questions and provide feedback
  • Where appropriate: Circle time, read alouds, word games, show and tell activities, or hands-on activities while the teacher observes and participates

 

Please Note: RealTime learning activities will vary between grade levels from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and will be applied in an age and developmentally appropriate manner in the classroom. 

 
Flex Time Learning 

During this time, the teacher is available for questions or discussions, but may not be visible. Students may be engaged in learning opportunities such as:

  • Videos and Slideshows
    Teacher-created or curated videos or slide-shows that students may watch independently. Students may complete a related activity. 
  • Class Discussion
    Virtual discussion boards such as a question in Google Classroom, where students and educators are not required to be online at the same time. 
  • Group Projects
    Students collaborating without needing to be working at the same time. Presentations or projects developed with shared tasks and use of comments and suggestions. 
  • Independent Student Task Completion
    Applying learning from RealTime sessions to individual tasks such as online quizzes, games or other activities which are often submitted to the teacher for feedback.
Technology Information and Tips for Families
 
 My student's password is not working or they have forgotten their password

Student passwords can be recovered if parents have registered email addresses at the time of student registration and verification (i.e. if the parent email contact is on file). To do so, go to http://student.ddsb.ca and click on "Password Reset" in the upper right corner. Choose "Recover Password" on the next screen and follow the prompts. More information and instructions can be found here.

If this does not work, contact your student's teacher and they can submit a password request through an IT Incident Report on behalf of your student. They will communicate with you once the password has been reset (and provide the new password).

 Signing into Chrome Browser
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8DaY43iqMg&t=17s 
 Using a Chromebook - Comprehensive Sign-In, Classroom, & Meet Instructions
 https://drive.google.com/file/d/12EerW2LxVhBI-YJLiCu-LtnczXfSjEuk/view?usp=sharing
 Signing into Google Classroom (PC/Chromebook)
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nx_DKvXKwsU
 Signing into Google Classrom (iOS)
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTDldxqtHb4 
 Student-Led Tutorial of Google Classroom
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6i1rRcza_Y
 Parent Tip Sheet for Google Classroom
 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IHrDNVbP4ZuwNTPPzPKFArjKcI9xRjZk/view 
Home Reading Resources in French and English
Home Reading Resources Information
School Community Council Information
 DDSB at Home French Immersion Campus Elected Membership

Chair - Sandeep Kakan

Secretary - Mohammed Belyamani

Treasurer - Atul Jain

 

Voting Members:

Marc Matthews

Ruby Kakan

Melissa Harper Maniaci

Naomi Omar-Ali

 

 School Community Council (SCC) Meeting Dates

October 22 at 6:30pm - Election

December 3 at 6:30pm - French Immersion Campus Only 

January 14 at 6:00pm - Whole School meeting with all SCC elected and voting members

February 22 at 7:00pm - French Immersion Campus Only

March 25 at 6:30pm - Postponed
April 29 at 6:30 - Whole School meeting with all SCC elected and voting members

May - Date to be determined - French Immersion Campus Only

 

 School Community Council (SCC) By-Laws
 School Community Council By-Law Document
 School Community Council Meeting Minutes

October 22 - No Minutes - General Election 

December 3

January 14

February - Pending Approval

March 25 -

April -

May -

 

General Information About the French Immersion Program

Durham District School Board (DDSB) has a French Immersion program that allows students to become proficient and fluent in French as well as English. French Immersion is an optional program that begins in Grade 1. Students in Grades 1-3 spend their entire day in French. Beginning in Grade 4, French Immersion students spend half of their day in French and the other half of the day in English. Students who do not register for French immersion will study Core French. Core French begins in grade 4 and students spend 1-2 periods a day learning French.

Students who complete the elementary and secondary French Immersion program should be versed and confident enough in French to allow them to study French in post-secondary or accept employment in a French-speaking environment. We offer French Immersion at 17 DDSB elementary and 7 secondary schools.

 

 

French Immersion students and families may be interested in these resources:

 Health and Wellness Resources

 

 

 Your Well-Being Matters: Resources for Students, Parents/Caregivers and Staff
 Durham District School Board Well-Being Resources
 Covid-19: Supports and Resources for Families and Youth
 Durham District School Board Supports and Resources
 Information about Getting Help through the DDSB

This is not a crisis service. 
If the need or risk is imminent, contact 911 or call KidsHelpPhone at 1-800-668-6868.

 

Resource Link:

Durham District School Board Information about Getting help

 

Please Note:

Access to DDSB Psychological Services and/or Social Work staff will be provided through an online format or by telephone, during regular work hours (Monday-Thursday).   

If you are interested in speaking with one of our clinicians, click below to fill out a short form. One of our team members will contact you as soon as possible.

Connect with our Mental Health Team

 

     

 

Principal: Lauren Bliss

Vice Principal: Catherine Pavlik

Phone: 905-862-5511

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