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FAQ Elementary School

My child has no English; how will they cope?

The Elementary teachers have a great deal of experience helping students with little or no English. The early years of Elementary are very language rich and students seldom need support in addition to that given by the classroom teacher. Upper elementary students will receive supplementary language support through the English Language Learners program or the Resource program.

What can you do to help my child transition into your school from the system he/she is used to?

Children individually assessed to determine where they are academically and socially. A plan is put in place to support each child individually.

What work will my child do with the homeroom teacher?

Your child will receive instruction and guided hands-on exploration in the core subjects:math, science, language arts and social studies.

Will my child have a schedule?

Yes, your child will have a two-week schedule, which includes all core subjects as well as art, music, physical education, technology, library, life skills, and either Urdu or French.

How much homework will my child get?

The amount of homework is dependent upon the grade your child is in. Parents of children in Kindergarten II through Grade 2 are asked to read together. Children in Grade 3 through Grade 5 are given homework to prepare them for Middle School. Homework is only given Monday through Thursday and generally does not exceed 30 minutes.

Transition: helping students to ‘move on’ and make new friends.

The Elementary faculty is well versed in helping new students transition to ISOI. The Elementary Counselor, classroom teacher and Elementary Principal will monitor your child and assist where necessary.

What activities do you have?

Afterschool activities are held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. A wide variety of physical activity, games, arts and crafts, cooking fun, and clubs are offered each quarter. Swimming, as an afterschool activity, is offered twice yearly in the warm weather. Upper Elementary students enjoy participation in the Leadership Council. Activities on offer vary each quarter according to student interest and the interests of the adult sponsors of the activities.