Dear Grade 4 Parents and Students-
Next year, your child’s classrooms will be housed in the middle school. Your soon-to-be-5th grader will continue to be a Primary Years Programme (PYP) student, but they will be officially part of our middle school student community. We have been busy taking action to prepare for this transition and here are some answers to questions we believe you might have:
* Why is grade 5 moving to the middle school?
Our school continues to grow and we believe that we can better meet our students’ needs with the smaller middle school structure. Our administrative and leadership teams will be able to work closely with middle school teachers and students to offer the highest quality education in a smaller environment.
* Will my child have many teachers for different subjects?
No, grade 5 students will continue to have one homeroom teacher. In fact, the grade 5 schedule will offer the same classes as in grade 4. Students will attend Art and Music in the elementary section, but will use multiple PE facilities. Arabic and Islamic Studies will also remain the same.
* What will the grade 5 time schedule look like?
Grade 5s will have recess and lunch with the middle school, but will have an academic schedule similar to their current grade 4 schedule.
* What will be the first day of school for my grade 5 student?
Sunday, August 28. There will be many classroom changes and our teachers will need the time to prepare these new spaces for the first day of school.
* Will my grade 4 student take part in the end of year leaving ceremony that is typical to grade 5 students moving to middle school?
Yes, this year, there will be a ceremony for our grade 4 students who are now transitioning to middle school, as well.
* Will my child have PYP Exhibition next year?
Yes, grade 5 students will continue to be PYP learners and will complete their Exhibition next year.
You may have other questions for us. During the leaving ceremony in May, the Middle School Principal, Mr. Carl Love and our Elementary Principal, Mr. Brian Head, will present the transition and will be there to answer questions you might still have about the move.
Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.
Middle School Principal