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    French Immersion Program & German Bilingual

    FRENCH IMMERSION

    What are the goals of French immersion programs?

    “The Edmonton Public School District students will meet provincial program expectations and will demonstrate their knowledge and skills on nationally and internationally recognized proficiency guidelines such as those developed by the Public Service Commission of Canada.

    The goal of the Early and Continuing French immersion program is to help students successfully complete the Alberta curriculum requirements and develop an Advanced Plus level of proficiency in French by the end of Grade 12.  An understanding and appreciation of francophone cultures will also be emphasized.

    Students who successfully complete the requirements of the French immersion programs will be able to communicate, undertake post-secondary studies and pursue employment opportunities in both English and French.”

    --Institute for Innovation in Second Language Education

    How successful is French immersion?

    “Thirty-five years of research shows that French immersion students do as well as, and often better than, their English-program peers in all subject areas.  The results of Alberta Education’s Achievement Tests consistently show that French immersion students perform better than regular program students in mathematics, science and social studies at Grades 3, 6 and 9 and on the grade 12 Diploma Exams.”

    --Institute for Innovation in Second Language Education

    What are the benefits of learning French?

    “The Impact of Second Language Education study shows the benefits of learning a second language are much broader than simply the ability to speak in another language.  It reports on research that affirms the importance of second language education on intellectual potential, scholastic achievement, first language skills, citizenship and the economy.”

    Go to Alberta Education for more information on the conclusions of this study. 

    How do I support my child’s learning?

    Parents often worry that they will not be able to support their children or help with homework.  You might be interested to know that many of the parents of Rio Terrace students speak very little or no French.

    There are many ways parents can help their child. 

    • Ask your child’s teacher for suggestions.
    • Check out the learning resources Rio Terrace teachers have compiled on SchoolZone.
    • Get a copy of Alberta Education’s practical handbook for immersion parents called Yes, You can Help!, written by experienced immersion parents.
    • Contact Canadian Parents for French, a national volunteer organization made up of parents with children in French immersion and core French programs.  Visit the CPF website at www.cpf.ca or call CPF Alberta at 780.433.7311 .
    • Students with learning challenges do not have to move to an English program.  Research shows that most learning difficulties are not language-related and can be addressed in any language.  Talk to your child’s teacher if you have concerns.

    GERMAN

    GERMAN BILINGUAL

    What are the goals of the German Bilingual program?

    • “Attainment of challenging, age-appropriate academic skills and knowledge using English and German.
    • Advanced levels of functional proficiency in English and German.
    • Understanding and appreciation of cross-cultural differences.”

    Edmonton Public Schools

    Why participate in the German Bilingual program?

    • “Different reasons may be given in response to this question. There are some parents who find it difficult to transmit a solid knowledge of German in the home, but who would like their child to know the language so that he or she will not lose all contacts with his or her European heritage as the child grows up.
    • Other parents may want to give their child the opportunity to get a head start on a good knowledge of German for the future. German is one of the major European languages. It is the mother tongue of over 100 million people.
    • Speakers of English are at an advantage when learning German as both languages belong to the same linguistic family and have many similarities.
    • The past and present contributions made by speakers of German to literature, music, philosophy, the arts and sciences will remain to be of great interest in the future - not to mention Germany's continuing development in the economic sphere.
    • Research shows that the acquisition of second language skills impacts positively on a child’s development of English. Students in the Edmonton Public School Board German Bilingual Program consistently achieve higher than the average results on the provincial achievement examinations. Furthermore, they are often more creative, mentally flexible and have a more diverse vocabulary than do their unilingual peers.
    • Many bilingual individuals maintain that knowing another language well gives them access to the ways of thinking and behaving embodied in the foreign language and culture; moreover, it forces them to re-examine their own values as well. One might well say that by knowing others you come to know yourself better.
    • Second language skills are sought after by businesses looking to hire the best candidates. Think about all of the big and small companies that do business with German companies.
    • In Junior High, English-German Bilingual Program students currently participate in a student exchange with students in Germany.
    • The children are proud of their German language skills! They can function with their German "in the real world."
    • Evidence has shown that children who have learned a second language learn additional languages more quickly. German is already the third language for many of our students.”

    What are the benefits of learning German?

    “The Impact of Second Language Education study shows the benefits of learning a second language are much broader than simply the ability to speak in another language.  It reports on research that affirms the importance of second language education on intellectual potential, scholastic achievement, first language skills, citizenship and the economy.”

    Go to Alberta Education for more information on the conclusions of this study.

    How do I support my child’s learning?

    Parents often worry that they will not be able to support their children or help with homework.  You might be interested to know that many of the parents of Rio Terrace students speak no or very little German.

    There are many ways parents can help their child.

    • Ask your child’s teacher for suggestions.
    • Check out the learning resources Rio Terrace teachers have compiled on SchoolZone.
    • Contact AEGBEE, Association for English - German Bilingual Education of Edmonton, an association created to support, promote and guide the German Bilingual program. 
    • Students with learning challenges do not have to move to an English program.  Research shows that most learning difficulties are not language-related and can be addressed in any language.  Talk to your child’s teacher if you have concerns.

     

     

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  • Parent Groups

    Parent Groups

    We are proud of the dynamic, cooperative and strong partnership between our school and our families.

    Parents are invited and encouraged to get involved and take an active role at École Rio Terrace Schule.  

    Research shows that parent participation in their child’s education contributes significantly to their child’s success in school.

    Thank you to all our parents for the time and talent you bring to our school.  

    School Council

    • All parents and guardians of Rio Terrace students are members of the Rio Terrace School Council.
    • Executive Officers are elected in October of the school year.
    • Council meetings are open to all parents/guardians.  Come and find out what’s happening.  Take part in discussions.  Volunteer.
    • Meetings are held on Monday evenings on a monthly basis.  Babysitting is provided. 
    • Check the school newsletter or call the school office for meeting dates. 

    Classroom/School Volunteer Program

    • Volunteer opportunities in the school or classroom can be arranged to suit your interest, expertise and schedule.
    • Volunteer activities include:
      • Field trips
      • Helping with art and cooking experiences
      • Sporting events
      • Clerical tasks
      • Preparing teaching materials (during school hours or sometimes materials can be picked up for preparation at home)
      • Reading to the class or with a student
      • Classroom Representative
      • Library volunteer
    • Ask your child’s teacher or office staff how you can help.  We would love to hear from you! 

    School Wide Volunteer Opportunities

    Rio Terrace relies on volunteers to help with a variety of school activities, such as:

    • Milk Program
    • Lunch Room Supervisors (paid position)
    • Annual BBQ
    • Special Events
    • Fundraisers (as determined by the School Council)
    • Yearbook
    • School Council Board Members 

    To get involved, call the office, talk to your child’s teacher, or attend a School Council meeting.

     

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  • School Philosophy

    School Philosophy

    Rio Terrace School Philosophy

    Mission Statement

    At École Rio Terrace Schule our mission is to enhance personal strengths and to celebrate diversity.

    Vision Statement

    École Rio Terrace Schule encourages and empowers each student to be confident, creative and a responsible leader of the 21 century.

    Philosophy

    Every child is a unique individual and must be treated with respect.  The purpose of education is to produce socially responsible citizens who strive for excellence. Students will be able to problem solve, locate and utilize information, appreciate the arts and physical health and develop acceptable character values. Rio Terrace is using Leader In Me(based on Steven Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People) as a framework to empower our students and give them leadership opportunities.

    Innovative and dynamic teaching is expected and teachers are encouraged to continually grow.  They know the curriculum, utilize multiple teaching strategies and resources, listen to and question students, allow individual and group work, integrate technology and hands-on activities and have good relationships with students, parents and colleagues.  As a professional learning community, teachers collaborate with other professionals within and outside the school to improve their practice.  We strive to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment.

    We expect and encourage the role and responsibility of parents as partners in their child’s education.  The support of our parents is essential to helping our students be successful!

     

    “Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.”  – Ladybird Johnson

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Welcome

Bienvenue Welcome Willkommen

“Inspiring greatness, one child at a time”

Located in west Edmonton, École Rio Terrace Schule offers both a French Immersion and German Bilingual program in a small school environment, Kindergarten to Grade 6.

Our vibrant community of staff, students, and parents work in partnership to provide challenging learning experiences in a safe and caring environment.

Come visit!   We take pride in our school, our students and our staff.  Experience École Rio Terrace Schule and the learning that happens here!

21st Century Literacy

Literacy has expanded beyond the traditional trio of reading, writing, and arithmetic. To achieve 21st century literacy, Rio Terrace students are developing a new set of skills: innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, initiative, productivity, and responsibility.

The foundation of 21 century literacy is promoting self-directed learners. Students who can think critically, problem solve, collaborate, and act

Second Language Learning

All Rio Terrace students are academically and culturally enriched through learning in either our French Immersion or German Bilingual program

Our parents and teachers value a second language education as a priceless gift we can give our children.  Learning a second language enhances academic achievement and opens a world of opportunities.  

Leadership School

The Leader in Me – How schools and parents around the world are inspiring greatness, one child at a time

Rio Terrace School is part of the growing worldwide community of leadership schools implementing The Leader in Me.

This leadership model is based on Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

 

 

Principal's Message

Welcome to RIO!

Is your child ready to begin school in Kindergarten next year?  Are you considering French Immersionor German Bilingual education for your child?  Rio Terrace offers both programs and we would love to provide more information for you!

For more details about registration, age and deadlines, please check our For Parent tab above and scroll down to Registration.  You can also visit openhouse.epsb.

 Familes who already have a student enrolled at Rio are "grandfathered" and have an automatic place in our Kindergarten program at Rio.  We still require the registration form to be filled out for siblings before April 15th.  Don't forget to bring in your child's birth certificate or passport document when registering.

 You are also invited to a French Immersion Parent Workshop in March! German Bilingual parents are also welcome to attend!