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Grove is the Halton District School Board's grade 1-6
French Immersion centre for Oakville west of Sixteen
Mile Creek. This site is back to help community
communications while the board is developing its Capital
Plan and reviewing French Immersion accommodation in
West Oakville. Other sources of École Pine Grove
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mail and available on this website or on the
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updated Tuesday 28 February 2006, 9:00 AM
HDSB Capital Plan and How It Affects Pine Grove
Friday 24 February 2006
By Laura Klemenchuk and Kathryn Olmstead-Bateman
As many of you may be
aware, the Halton District School Board recently
presented its Draft Capital Plan. Please note, this is not
the one year interim accommodation plan that we dealt
with in November. This plan is a long-term strategy
addressing the accommodation needs in Halton schools.
The building of new
schools suggested in this Capital Plan will only occur
when funding from the Ministry of Education is received
by the HDSB. To date no funding formula is available.
The changes related to
Pine Grove and French Immersion Programs in west
Oakville proposed in the DRAFT Capital Plan are as
- Pine Grove: status
quo- 12 portables
- Eastview: FI
grade 7-8 students from S.E. Curtis Estates from
Pineland School and Lakeshore Woods Community from
Frontenac School are redirected to Eastview.
- West Oak Trails #3:
(located on Pine Glen at Oakhaven) is built as a
French Immersion Grade 1-8 school for West
Oakville students who live north of the QEW (from
both Pine Grove and Eastview).
- Pine Grove
accepts FI students grade 1-6 from SE Curtis Estates
from Pineland School.
- White Oaks Secondary
School accommodates all secondary FI students who
reside north of the QEW.
What we must remember is:
- This Capital Plan is a
starting point for the HDSB. It is a DRAFT
awaiting input from the community.
- We must provide
feedback to the Planning Department of the HDSB
by March 9.
- This feedback will be
considered when finalizing the Capital
- Oakville students
deserve equal access to the highest quality of
Single Track French Immersion works.
- Pine Grove parents
strongly supported an overcrowded school for the One
Year Interim Accommodation Plan for 2006/2007 in
order to maintain quality programming.
This interim plan was accepted on the premise that
the long awaited single track FI centre would open
north of the QEW in 2007. The Draft Capital Plan is
consistent with this premise. There will be 600
Grade 1-8 French Immersion students living north of
the QEW in 2007. We have the numbers to fill a
- The HDSB needs to
consider the impact of the Capital Plan on the
quality of French Immersion programming south of the
QEW, both at the elementary and secondary levels.
- Most importantly,
our doors are bulging and we need the HDSB to
provide all FI students with a solution that will
not negatively impact this successful program.
The HDSB will be
receiving feedback from many communities
regarding WOT#3 and French Immersion. We
need our voice for French Immersion to be STRONG.
What Can You Do?
Become informed, ask
questions and think about what this plan means to your
family. Copies of
the Proposed Capital Plan can be viewed in the school
office or on-line at:
Please complete the
“Proposed Capital Plan for the Town of Oakville
Comment Request Form” available
and return it to the school no later than March 6th.
We will forward
all forms to the Planning Department on your behalf by
Every Pine Grove parent
must be heard!
Tell the HDSB what you think!
The first question on the
HDSB Comment Form asks in which “Review Area” you
live. The review areas for our population are as follows:
- Review Area PE13:
West Oakville, south of the QEW
- Review Area PE15:
West Oakville, north of the QEW, but south of Upper
Middle (Glen Abbey)
- Review Area PE18:
West Oakville, north of Upper Middle, but south of
Dundas (West Oak Trails/Upper Glen Abbey)
The second question on
the comment form asks you if you support the Draft
Capital Plan. It
is not mandatory to “check a box” to state if you
agree or disagree. This plan has many facets and we
expect that our population will agree with some
components and disagree with others. What the HDSB needs
is meaningful feedback.
Questions and comments
can be directed to:
Pine Grove School Council:
HDSB Planning Department:
Susan Sheppard: email@example.com
Jennifer Hlusko: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Tate: email@example.com
Peggy Russell: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wes Pulling: email@example.com
Janie Hanes : firstname.lastname@example.org
Ethel Gardiner: email@example.com
Debbie Downs: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Chapin: email@example.com
Kelly Amos: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ministry of Education:
Block, 900 Bay Street
- The Honourable Gerard Kennedy,
Minister of Education
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1L2
Member of Provincial Parliament:
- Kevin Flynn, Oakville MPP
This is our chance to
ensure that our children and program are seriously
considered when the HDSB makes long term plans for
schools in Oakville.
French Immersion Centre in Northwest Oakville
Friday 24 February 2006
Why should there be one
French Immersion centre north of the QEW?
The Northwest Oakville
community has embraced French Immersion education.
École Pine Grove’s
ever increasing student population is a clear indication
of the public’s thirst for bilingual education.
In 2007, 600 students living in Glen Abbey and West Oak
Trails will be in French Immersion in grades 1 through
8. It will be next to impossible to accommodate
these students in Southwest Oakville. The West Oakville
French Immersion community agreed to squeeze the grades
1 to 6 students into an overcrowded Pine Grove with the
expectation that they would be accommodated in one
French Immersion centre north of the QEW in 2007.
French Immersion works!
The Fraser Institute
consistently ranks Pine Grove as one of the best schools
in Halton. The results of many recent studies
suggest that bilingualism can positively affect both
intellectual and linguistic progress. These studies have
reported that bilingual children exhibit a greater
sensitivity to linguistic meanings and may be more
flexible in their thinking than are monolingual children
(Cummins and Swain, 1986; Diaz, 1986; Hakuta and Diaz,
1985; Ricciardelli, 1989). Recent testing also
shows students in immersion programs have higher English
reading skills than those in unilingual educational
programs (Mary Allen 2004).
Single track schools
ensure the success of French Immersion students and the
program by focusing on French language education and
Jim Cummins, of the
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the
University of Toronto, released a comprehensive
study of French Immersion education in Ontario in the
year 2000. In his report “Immersion Education
for the Millennium: What We Have Learned from 30 Years
of Research on Second Language Immersion” he noted
the importance in the success of any immersion program
are the resources that are required to enable it to
function adequately and the continued high level of
commitment of all involved in the program, from
policy-makers to teachers and students.
The students at single
track schools will have better spoken French skills than
those at dual track schools.
Jim Cummins’ research
also found expressive skills tend to develop better in
schools where the entire school is a French immersion
centre rather than in schools where just one stream is
taught through French.
The Halton District
Public School Board has designated a school site in West
Oak Trails as a French Immersion centre since the first
Capital Strategic Plan was developed.
strategic plans have indicated that a school north of
Upper Middle Road would be a French immersion centre.
This planning information is not reflected in the
signage on the vacant proposed school sites, nor is it
reflected in the developers’ sales pitches. Many of
the families in West Oak Trails purchased homes near the
sites of West Oak Trails 1, 2, 3, or 4 expecting that a
school would be built, and that their children would
attend it. They have a right to be concerned, just as we
do! Unfortunately what a developer has said or what a
sign may indicate does not determine the timing or
configuration in which new schools will be built.
(Thank you to Brenda
Cavers for compiling this information.)
quo, c'est bon!
Wednesday 30 November 2005
At tonight's meeting, the
trustees agreed to continuing with a real status quo at
Pine Grove for the 2006-07 school year. However,
and these are important points, if the Town does not (or
cannot) approve the placement of the additional
portables, or if enrolment grows beyond our current
worst case estimates, other options will have to be
The final version of the school
council delegation and its appendices
are now available online, as is the
final tally of "Your Opinion
Now the hard part starts
folks. The trustees made a commitment to us based
on our commitment. Everyone's going to have to
recommend Option 2, however ...
Saturday 26 November 2005
Number 05095: "Proposed One Year Accommodation
Plan West Oakville French Immersion Program - Pine Grove
, released with the
Wednesday 30 November Special Board Meeting Agenda, HDSB
planning staff continue to recommend Option 2 - to move
grade 6 immersion to Eastview next year, but recognize
the community preference for Option 4 - the real status
recommended is a review of this plan one year hence, due
to the continued uncertainty regarding accommodation
funding. Hopefully this review will take place
early in the fall of 2006, and will include the broader
French Immersion community, so that community options
can be considered. No hint or commitment is given
to the development of a long-term plan for West Oakville
Grove P.S. is under increasing accommodation pressure
as a result of continued development growth being
directed to the school. While it is proposed that this
accommodation plan is for one year, this cannot be
confirmed until confirmation of funding for new
redirection of students for a one year period is not
without precedent at the Board, e.g. Orchard No. 2 JK
students were directed to Ryerson P.S. for the 2005-06
school year while awaiting confirmation on the funding
of the Orchard No. 2 school, the redirection of
students south of Derry Road to J. M. Denyes P.S. and
W. I. Dick P.S. for the period March to June 2006,
while awaiting confirmation on the funding of the
Orchard No. 2 school. Upon review of the options
presented and submitted Staff maintain that the
movement of the current grade 5 (2006 grade 6’s) to
Eastview P.S. remains the preferred option.
there appears to be significant support to attempt the
“status quo” option. As there are issues that need
to be addressed to facilitate the status quo, we are
suggesting that staff initiate the request for three
(3) additional portables, prepare a staffing
organization, and review transportation issues.
it resolved that the grade 6 French Immersion
students from west Oakville be directed to Eastview
P. S. for the 2006-07 school year.
it resolved that this accommodation plan be brought
back for review by the Board no later than December
supporting the redirection of students for a one year
period are noted in this report, however, neither staff
nor community comments regarding the circumstances, the
consultations, or the success of these redirections, are
just as well argue that there are precedents for dealing
with Pine Grove capacity problems within the
school. For example, earlier this year, two grade
six classes were redirected to the library and the music
room until their portables arrived. Last year,
following the fire, one grade 4 class was redirected to
the library. The previous year, in the dead of
winter when the heating systems failed in the portables,
classes were redirected to our special ed room, the
library, etc.. In 1997, while the portables were
being remediated for mould, classes were redirected to
the library and the gym.
delegations posted below are concerned specifically with
the West Oakville French Immersion community's unique
circumstances, and the arguments therein warrant
consideration on their own merits.
Olmstead-Bateman, Laura Klemenchuk
We wish to thank the 60+
people who came out Tuesday, November 15th to learn more
about the overcrowding dilemma in the French Immersion
program in Oakville. A special thanks to the children
who attended and kept themselves so quiet and
The feedback received was
positive and those that attended feel far more informed
and comfortable with keeping the doors wide open at Pine
Grove next year. We are calling this “The Real
Status Quo” option. This would mean that grade one
students would attend next year as planned, and the
current grade 5 students would graduate from Pine Grove
next year, as planned. Many of those in attendance on
Tuesday had previously chosen other options but now feel
that though not perfect, the Real Status Quo option is
the least disruptive throughout Oakville.
The HDSB is looking for a
ONE YEAR PLAN with great hopes that a new school will be
ready for opening in North West Oakville in September of
2007. It is very difficult to plan for 2006 as we
anticipate change in 2007. Again, there is no guarantee
that a school will be built, but we are hoping that
early in the new year funding will be made available and
priority will be given to NW Oakville, specifically the
overcrowded French Immersion Program. With so many
uncertainties clouding clear thought it seems
appropriate to keep the Real Status Quo until more
information/funding can be gathered.
Eastview Public School is
already overpopulated and Gladys Speers will become
overcrowded if we move students there. Both of these
schools will require portables and French Resources from
Pine Grove to accommodate the French Immersion students.
The level of programming is always a concern in over
crowded schools, and yet the consensus at Tuesday’s
meeting was “better to deal with over crowding in our
existing community.” Furthermore, keeping the students
at Pine Grove will mean fewer school moves and peer
changes. We will also advise the HDSB to be flexible and
lenient when opening a new French Immersion Program to
accommodate “family unity” and “stability”
within individual families.
Please provide your
feedback regarding the real status quo option by
returning this sheet by no later than November 24th.
This information will be utilized to formulate a Pine
Grove Delegation to the HDSB which will be submitted on
November 24th, 2005 and presented on November 30th 2005.
For more information please speak to a council member or
Thanking you in advance
for your feedback!
parent of _____________________ in grade(s)
_____________, prefer the Real Status Quo Option that
keeps the Single Track French Immersion Program intact
for grades 1 to 6 at École Pine Grove
School for 2006/2007.
The growth in Northwest
Oakville in the last 5 years has been reflected in the
growth the West Oakville French Immersion
community. There are now approximately 350 kids in
grades 1-8 in the program, and next year that number
will swell to around 400. The nature of the
program, with only entry point, means that grade one is
where most of the growth appears.
This year, Pine Grove has
790 students in 33 classes. In June 2006, 88 grade
six students will graduate and move to Eastview.
In September, like this year, approximately 200 grade
one students will start in French immersion. The
net gain for Pine Grove will be over 100 students.
It is expected that this
growth will continue as communities west of Highway 25
and north or Highway 5 open up. By 2007, the
number of grades 1-8 students in the program living
north of Upper Middle Road will reach 450. The
school board has recognized that Northwest Oakville
needs a French Immersion centre of its own, and Pine
Glen School, planned to open in 2007, is a likely
destination. However, until an accommodation study
is done, probably about this time next year, this isn't
Understand the Options
For now, we have to cope
with the French Immersion growth in existing schools or
in portables. At the committee of the whole board
meeting on November 2, HDSB planners presented three
accommodation reports to the trustees. Report
# 05084 outlines three options for accommodating
grades 1-6 French Immersion in West Oakville, and
recommends the second.
The initial expectation
was that the trustees would consider the staff
recommendations in all three reports for two weeks and
approve them at the board meeting on November 16.
As the options had been developed by staff, the trustees
asked for additional time to so that they might inform
and consult the affected communities before making their
decisions. A special board meeting has been
scheduled for Wednesday 30 November at 7:00 PM to hear
delegations, debate the options, and make decisions.
Earlier this week at
Eastview PS, the planners presented their options and
recommendation for West Oakville Interim French
Immersion Accommodation. Details can be found on
the HDSB website at http://www.hdsb.ca/main.aspx?sMenuKey=1056&sMenuID=462&sParentID=405&sPageID=462.
The meeting was well attended and many questions were
asked and many suggestions made. The planners
asked for feedback on the options presented, and invited
new ideas from the community. However, this
feedback must reach them by Monday 14 November.
Send in Comment Forms by Monday
Comment forms are
available on the Board website showing the three options
# 05084. A revised comment form has been sent
home by backpack and is available here as a printable Acrobat
PDF, and as an editable Word
document. Please consider all the options
presented, and add your own if you wish.
Forms may be returned by
fax, by backpack and by email. Details are on the
revised form. They must reach the planners by
Monday 14 November.
Meetings, Feedback, Community
The most immediately
affected communities have meetings planned for early
next week. Eastview's is on Monday at 7:30,
Pine Grove's on Tuesday at 7:00. From
these meetings will probably spring community
recommendations. With luck, the West Oakville
community will agree on a preferred option, but this
will take some work (Who said, "the harder I work,
the luckier I get"?).
Your feedback will go
directly to the planners, so the Pine Grove School
Council and Accommodation Committee may not see
it. The planners will respect your privacy and, by
default, will not share comments with anyone. This
is clearly stated on the forms. So, if you wish
your comments to influence our school council's
recommendation, we'd need to receive a copy of page 1 of
your form, too. Keep a copy. We'll work
out the mechanics of this shortly, and keep you posted.
We hope to open up some
sort of moderated online discussion forum for the West
Oakville French Immersion community. Until then,
email Q&As will be post on this site. The link
for this will appear shortly.
More to come ...
For answers and support as your
children discover French
Enrolling your child in a
French-second-language (FSL) program is the first step
on the road to bilingualism. However, at times, access
to useful information and support pertaining to FSL
issues can be difficult to come by. For answers and
support as your children discover French, you may wish
to consider joining Canadian Parents for French (CPF).
What Is CPF?
CPF was founded in 1977
by parents who wanted to ensure that children would have
the opportunity to become bilingual in the Canadian
school system. Originally a small group of concerned
parents who met in Ottawa almost 25 years ago, CPF has
evolved into a proactive national network with 9 Branch
offices and some 170 Chapters in communities coast to
What Does CPF Do?
Advocacy and Support
for FSL Education. Both independently and through
collaboration with line-minded organizations, CPF
promotes quality FSL education at national and
provincial/territorial levels. CPF works with teachers,
principals, trustees and school boards to promote and
improve FSL opportunities at the local level.
Culture. CPF seeks
to raise awareness of the value of learning French as a
second language by sponsoring cultural events in
communities throughout Canada.
As a grassroots organization, CPF prides itself on the
service and value offered to its members. Acting as an
information resource for parents, organizing community
events and running summer camps, CPF services continue
to expand to meet the needs of its members.
What Can CPF Offer You?
Your $25 membership
- CPF provides parents
with information, materials and access to activities
needed to support your child's FSL education.
- CPF members receive a
complimentary copy of CPF's new 30-page booklet for
members: Helping Your Child Become Bilingual: A Tool
Kit for Parents
- CPF produces and
distributes brochures and an annual report, The
State of French-Second-Language Education in Canada.
- CPF publishes
informative national and provincial/territorial
newsletters for members.
- CPF operates national
and provincial web sites that provide answers to
frequently asked questions on FSL education.
- CPF is a source of the
latest information and research on
Access to CPF Events
- CPF Branches sponsor
summer camps, special programs, contests and
activities for French-second-language students
across communities, provinces and territories.
Exclusive Deals and
Discounts for CPF Members
- Discounts on CPF
publications and resources as well as with companies
like Grand and Toy and National Car Rental.
There are many reasons
for joining CPF, however the most important reason is to
ensure your child's education is the best possible.
Please complete the membership form today and mail it to
receive your Welcome Kit filled with tip and resources
to help your child become bilingual.
CPF National: http://www.cpf.ca/
CPF Ontario Branch: http://www.cpfont.on.ca/
As part of the
"Mould in Portable Classrooms" protocol
developed in 1998, all portable classrooms in Halton are
inspected on a bi-monthly basis by a third-party
environmental contractor to the Board. Schools may
have a parent representative present for these
inspections. If you are concerned about indoor air
quality and about the environment up 10% of the children
in West Oakville will be taught in, you can participate
in these inspections. For more information or to
volunteer, please contact Don
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for Education’s Fifth Annual Conference
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to survey parents
From September 28,
for Education Newsletter
immersion in jeopardy!!!
on our fate
by Chris Devoy, Thursday 1 November 2001
4 Councillor adds PGSC link to website
maintains School Boundaries page
Sunday, October 28, 2001
volunteers are urgently needed to work on the post
2004 accommodation issues facing our North students
Friday, October 26, 2001
Ward 4 Boundary Study
Oakville Ward 4 Proposed Boundaries w/Maps
removes school council link from Pine Grove website
October 24, 2001
Oak Trails" Boundary Study
determines future of immersion in Northwest Oakville
by Nancy Mulhall, Monday, October 22, 2001
Vrooman, Tuesday, October 23, 2001
can find a way!
of French immersion accommodation alternatives for
by Don Vrooman, Sunday, October 21, 2001
comments re 3C
Oakville perspective on FI accommodation alternatives
Monday, October 22, 2001
spikes Mike, Mike takes hike
exonerated, Burlington trustee will resign
Friday, October 19, 2001
ignored Pine Grove survey
Made decision based solely on phone calls
October 18, 2001
vote on transition plan for SW Oakville
Don Vrooman, Wednesday,
October 17, 2001
Oakville Boundary Study Meeting
by Don Vrooman
Thursday 18 October, 6:30 PM, White Oaks Secondary
Transition: "Shotgun" secondary, Gladys
Speers single-track French immersion
by Don Vrooman
by Nancy Mulhall
Council Election Results
26 September 2001
revoir French Café!
Park Transition - The Report's Out!
Boundary Study Will Determine Fate of French Immersion
in the Northwest
District School Board Governance Model
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