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Bonjour parents, guardians and students!

Welcome to another year at St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School! I look forward to teaching your
child and sharing in all their learning experiences. We are partners in your childs education! members
of this years learning team. What an exciting and busy year it will be!
"rench class is a caring en#ironment where your child can feel comfortable while they speak$ read$
write$ and participate in "rench. I aim to encourage your child to communicate and interact in "rench
with confidence in a safe and supporti#e en#ironment where he%she de#elops language skills that are
continuously practiced and consolidated. I also aim to instill the belief that reading and learning
another language is an important and en&oyable part of our li#es.
'he Extended "rench program for Grade (%) includes * sections+
- Oral Communication
- Reading
- Writing
- Listening
'his year$ the students will listen to$ read and respond to a #ariety of short$ simple texts and media
works. 'hey will learn how to express their ideas and opinions on familiar topics$ produce a #ariety of
short simple pieces of writing$ and use appropriate language con#entions during oral acti#ities and in
their written work.
Social Studies:
Grade 5
1st strand: ,eople and En#ironments- 'he role of Go#ernment and .esponsible Citi/enship
nd strand: 0eritage and Identity - "irst 1ations and Europeans in 1ew "rance and Early Canada
Grade !
1st strand: ,eople 2 En#ironments - Canadas Interactions with the Global Communities
nd strand: 0eritage and Identity - Communities in Canada$ ,ast and ,resent
E#ery week students will take out a "rench library book with their English teacher 3along with an
English book4$ and are expected to read the "rench text with a parent or guardian to impro#e on their
"rench language proficiency--pronunciation$ comprehension$ oral and writing skills.
Se#eral times during the year$ your child will bring re#iew sheets containing fre5uently used
#ocabulary or learned concepts in their "rench and Social Studies program. 'hey will be asked to
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study them during the week specified and the 5ui/ will be held on the date specified. 6 students will
be gi#en one week notice to prepare for these which will be indicated in the agenda. 6
66Students are encouraged to participate in all class acti#ities$ to communicate in "rench as
much as possible and to read 78 minutes of "rench a few nights of the week. I encourage you to
read "rench books with your child$ listen to "rench songs$ watch "rench mo#ies$ #ideos or tele#ision
programs with them each week to help with their language de#elopment and increase their "rench
language proficiency. 9e#eloping an interest in "rench early on and learning with your child will instill
confidence$ appreciation of the "rench language and a positi#e attitude in learning "rench for the
years to come!
Simply reading each week is an important way to support language learning. ,icture books with short
paragraphs are great and are especially good for our grade (s%)s.666-.an/ 0elp1ul lin$s on m/
class #e2site, see address 2elo#3444 5urt0er, t0e Otta#a 6u2lic Li2rar/ o7ers a 8ariet/ o1
5renc0 2oo$s as #ell as online resources -9um2le2oo$s3 t0roug0 t0eir #e2site
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Class We2site
I ha#e created a class website as a great tool for you to stay updated on your childs "rench program.
I ha#e many helpful "rench resources 3#ocabulary lists$ songs$ #ideos$ online worksheets$ online books$
interacti#e games4 for you and your child to en&oy. It is a great way to practice and re#iew concepts
learned in class. I encourage #isiting my class website often with your child as it is a #ery useful
resource filled with fun and educational acti#ities$ games and #ideos which will ultimately help your
child impro#e on his%her "rench oral$ listening$ written and reading abilities.
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If you ha#e any 5uestions$ please do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail+ sarah.bruni:ocsb.ca or call
me at the school+ )7;-<=7-)7>7. 'hank you for your support! I look forward to working with you and
your child this year!
?our partner in education$
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5renc0 acti8ities*games*#or$s0eets
5renc0 9ele8ision 6rograms > Online and 5renc0 $ids radio, 8ideo clips, articles,
5renc0 (ideos
5renc0 Online 2oo$s*Read-along Boo$s
http :/ / www.tumblebooks.com / library / asp / english / home+tumblebooks.asp
5renc0 Games
5renc0 (er2s
0ow can I support my child e#en if I dont speak "renchB
Showing interest in what your child is doing at school and pro#iding encouragement and support is of the
utmost importance. ?our attitude will influence how your child sees him%herself as a learner and$ in turn$ will
influence success. Success in school is strongly influenced by acti#ities in the home and community which
stimulate a childs imagination and intellect$ enhance self-esteem$ teach good work habits and pro#ide moti#ation
to learn and succeed as well as pro#ide a good foundation for academic learning. Good de#elopment of oral and
listening skills in your childs first language will be a good foundation for learning a second language. 0ere are
some suggestions to help support your child%children+
7. Children need many opportunities to experience language at home. 0e%she needs to practice expressing
his%her thoughts$ ideas and feelings. Sharing your thoughts by Cthinking aloudD as you go about completing
routine tasks helps de#elop your childs listening skills as well as exposes your child to new ideas and
<. ,arents can help by reading with their child in English$ #isiting the public library$ going on family outings$
ensuring homework is completed$ and communicating regularly with the teacher
;. Enroll your child in music lessons. @usic will enhance listening skills and help de#elop the brain areas in#ol#ed
in language and reasoning.
*. ?our child should be free to read for pleasure in "rench or in English and be encouraged to talk about his%her
experiences at school.
(. Encourage your child to read "rench books$ watch "rench tele#ision$ listen to "rench radio and!
). Expose your child to "rench outside of school through participation in the "rench arts and "rench cultural
e#ents in the community.
=. Consider taking a "rench course for adults.
>. Et any age$ watching a 'F program together and then discussing it can help to de#elop analytical and debating
G. ,laying games of all kinds$ at all ages can de#elop hand-eye coordination$ obser#ation and reasoning skills$
memory$ #ocabulary and math skills.
78. While a trip to the /oo or museum is a wonderful educational opportunity$ your child can learn as much during
a shopping trip. 3"rom the "SH 'oolAox .esource for parents-- link a#ailable on my class website under C0elpful
links 2 .esources4
+ 1e# Good 9ips:
Listening Spea$ing Reading*Writing
5renc0 music -e:g, C?line @ion,
+nnie 2rocoli, Carmen Campagne,
AacBuot, +lain le lait, Gregg
6la/ 2oard games using t0e
5renc0 8ersion
C0oose a good 5renc0 2oo$ at t0e
sc0ool or pu2lic li2rar/
5renc0 radio -e:g:, 1CD:1, Radio-
Canada EC:F, C%.5 ED:E3
Go to a restaurant or s0opping in
Gue2ec -Gatineau3
Write la2els 1or t0ings in t0e 0ome
-e:g:, une c0aise, une porte3
5renc0 tele8ision -e:g:, Radio-
Canada, 95O, (ra$9(, 9?l?toon
9al$ #it0 a 1amil/ mem2er or a
1riend t0at spea$s 5renc0
)se a 5renc0*&nglis0 dictionar/
Listening Spea$ing Reading*Writing
5renc0 2oo$s on C@ &ncourage /our c0ildren to listen
in class and as$ Buestions #0en
Create t0eir o#n dictionar/ or
create #ord searc0es #it0 t0e
t0eme 8oca2ular/: