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Goodbye, kwaheri, adios, au revoir, tot ziens!

As the school year comes to an end, we’d like to take some time to thank the following:

  • The students:  Thank you for putting in continuous effort despite various challenges! You are all stars and each one of you shines in their own special way.
  • The parents:  Thank you for your continuous support!  We couldn’t do it without you.
  • The teachers:  Thank you for your flexibility and team efforts!  Together we can make a difference in many childrens’ lives.

We would like to say a super big thank you and goodbye to the following leaving Student Services teachers:

  • Tammy Schaapherder (Grade 5 Learning Support)
  • Shona Sarkar (KG EAL and French)
  • Klara Jaeger (G3-5 Counselor)
  • Heidi Fitzgerald (Early Intervention)

Thank you for your years of dedicated support.  You helped make the Student Services department to what it is today.   You will be missed!

For those families moving to new destinations…safari njema! Good luck on your new adventures!

For those of you returning…enjoy the holidays and see you in August!

Happy holidays!

The Student Services Team

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Student Support Plan (SSP) Meeting Weeks from 18th – 29th January 2016

For which students is an SSP meeting scheduled?

SSP meetings are only scheduled for students who are on the Learning Support Register.  

What is a Student Support Plan (SSP) meeting?

The Student Support Plan (SSP) meeting is a yearly meeting where a new SSP for your child is shared and developed in collaboration with you.  The new SSP will run from January 2015 to January 2016 and lists type of support, focus of instruction, accommodations (for all Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 Learning Support students) and individual goals (only for Level 3 and Level 4 students).  The reason the SSP runs from January to January is to ensure a smoother support for students through transition and into the next grade.

When is my child’s SSP meeting?

You should have received an email from your child’s Learning Support teacher before the December break with a date and time which you were to confirm.  You should also have received a reminder email sometime this past week.  If you did not receive this information or are unsure of your date and time, please contact your Learning Support teacher as soon as possible.

Should you not be able to attend for any reason, please let us know well in advance.  We have about 30 back-to-back meetings for these 2 weeks so it will not be easy to reschedule a meeting.  The meetings run for 1 hour and are on a strict schedule.  Please understand that, should you arrive late, we cannot extend your time as we will have another meeting planned straight afterwards so please ensure that you are on time.

Who will attend the SSP meeting?

For Level 2 students: the classroom teacher, Learning Support teacher (leading the meeting), the Counselor (if applicable), the EAL teacher (if applicable), the Student Services Coordinator (taking minutes)

For Level 3 and Level 4 students: the classroom teacher, Learning Support teacher (leading the meeting), the Counselor (if applicable), the EAL teacher (if applicable), the Student Services Coordinator (taking minutes) and an administrator (Principal or Vice-Principal)

For Grade 5 Students we have also invited the Secondary School Learning Support department to attend the SSP meeting as this will help with a smoother transition into Grade 6.

What do parents need to do?

Please bring with you any additional information (e.g. external reports) that you would like to share.  Think about your child’s strengths, difficulties and goals before the meeting.

You do not need to take notes at the meeting, as minutes and a copy of the SSP will be sent home to you within a week.  As we are reviewing the suggested SSP at this meeting, we need some time to make adjustments if needed.

Please remember to return a signed copy of the meeting minutes and the SSP, within one week of receiving them, for our files.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Learning Support Teacher or the Student Services Coordinator (Ellen Claessens: eclaessens@istafrica.com). Search For Solution

Student Services Reporting

All students receiving Student Services will receive a regular classroom report.

Early Childhood (EC) and Kindergarten (KG) reports

The EAL and Early Intervention teacher will work collaboratively with the classroom teachers to write the students’ reports. EC and KG reports look slightly different and do not have a separate Early Intervention or EAL section.

EAL (English as Additional Language) Students Grade 1-Grade 5

Progress will be marked on the report continuum and further explanation will be given in the EAL section of the report.  As the report continuum covers up to 2 years below grade level, we fully expect some New to English and EAL students to fall below that, and will therefore have little (if anything) highlighted on the report continuum.  This will be explained in the teacher narrative.

Learning Support Students Grade 1-Grade 5

Only students on the Learning Support Register receive accommodations on their report.

We provide accommodations in any of the following areas:

  • Reading Fluency and accuracy
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing content and ideas
  • Writing conventions and skills
  • Communication
  • Math Number
  • Math Measurement
  • Math Pattern and Function
  • Math Shape and Space
  • Math Data Handling
  • PSPE (Physical, Social, Personal, Emotional)

If your child receives accommodations for any of the above listed areas, this is clearly marked by the triangular symbol on the report continuums.  Further explanation is given in the teacher narrative.

As we have some students working more than 2 years below grade level in some academic areas, it is possible that these students will have certain areas unmarked/un-highlighted on their report continuum.

There will be a sentence on your child’s report mentioning that your child has received Learning Support this past semester and referring the reader to their Student Support Plan for more information.

The reporting section of the Student Support Plan will be sent home together with the classroom reports for all Level 2, 3 and 4 students.  Individual goal reporting will also be sent home with the classroom report for all Level 3 and Level 4 students on the Learning Support Register.

We kindly ask you to return one signed copy of your child’s Student Support Plan Report to your child’s Learning Support Teacher as soon as possible.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s Learning Support teacher.