I hope that you all had a restful summer break and that you are ready for school year 2017-2018!
We have a team of teachers to help support your child throughout the year in their core classes (English, Math, Social Studies, and Science): Kathryn Deveza (Teacher Assistant), Rhea Layosa (Educational Assistant), and myself, Maricel San Agustin, Learning Support Teacher for Gr. 8.
We work as a team to help all students, but the Educational Assistant is mainly to support the assigned student. Our team works closely with all of the Gr. 8 teachers to advocate for your child’s needs. We accomplish this by working in the core classrooms every day. Great pride is taken in finding the right balance in supporting their needs while challenging them academically on their level.
I will be using this blog to communicate with you, so please bookmark this site. This is updated on Friday afternoons. You will find a short overview of what has been happening along with a look at what is coming up in each core curriculum class. I will also post resources that are helpful for that week. I wish to particularly invite you to look at the Homework calendar often as all the assignments in the core subjects will be posted there on the day that they are due. Many parents find this very helpful when their child comes home and says, “I don’t have any homework” every night. Planners will be distributed on August 7, the first day of school. It is very important for you to check the planners every day as that will communicate to your child the importance of school work and of being organized.
Many students take the Strategies Instruction class (SI) to help support learning and develop skills. In SI we take the time to help with organization, learning strategies, skills development, and task specific instruction. We do not use class time to complete homework. The class time is fully dedicated to improving and learning additional skills.
I look forward to meeting you all during the Open House on August 23, 2017.
I will be setting up goal meetings with you and your child soon. In the meantime, please feel free to schedule a meeting with me using this link if you have pressing concerns. I always look forward to meeting with parents because they are the expert on their child.
Mrs. San Agustin