Here are few exciting events that recently took place in CPF chapters in BC/Yukon, and were featured in November 2015’s Chapter Update.
If you have any recent Chapter Happenings you would like to include in December 2015’s Chapter Update, please send them to our Digital Media Coordinator, Lisa Birrell at [email protected].
Prince Rupert Chapter
Had a great time with bilingual “One Woman Circus” Sand Northrup at its École Communautaire Roosevelt Parc. Sand gave each class her circus arts workshop from Oct 5-7.
Hosted our first ever French Cultural Event for High School students in the Sooke School District-SD62! On Oct 21st our students enjoyed a powerful performance from Théâtre la Seizième called Ce Monde-là at Edward Milne Community School and our students from Belmont Secondary also bused in. At the end of the performance the cast participated in a question & answer session and backstage selfies!
CALL TO ACTION – Please write a letter to protest the last-minute proposal to move French Immersion from the Nanaimo District Secondary School to John Barsby Secondary School. The new location has inferior public transit, which was a major factor is moving FI from JBSS to NDSS in 1988. Letters accepted until November 15. A form letter is available here https://www.facebook.com/CPFNanaimo/posts/972880316065916.
CONCOURS – District 68 schools will not be participating in the CPF Concours d’arts oratoire this year for the first time, preferring instead to run a speech contest that is reflective of the popular TED talks with movement, gestures, and technology.
PICNIC – Our September 19 CPF Back to School Picnic was appreciated by all who attended, particularly the nature walks and picnic games. Special thanks to Country Grocer for their donation.
INFO SESSION – Our chapter is thankful to the BC Teachers’ Foundation for putting on the October 15 session on “How to support your student in French immersion” session for us. Another session is scheduled for June 9, 2016
French Classes for Parents, every Thursday 7-8:30pm for 6 weeks, starting Nov. 5th at the Richardson Elementary Library in N. Delta
Parent Info Evening, Monday Nov. 16th 7pm, at the South Delta Secondary Library
More details here: https://bc-yk.cpf.ca/chapter/delta/
New Westminster Chapter
We held a very successful Parent Survival Night on October 15th. We had speakers from the New Westminster Public Library, the district Vice Principal for Programs of Choice (who also taught French), a French Resource Teacher, as well as 3 teachers of French Immersion. There was a lot of good advice and helpful resources given to parents to help their children succeed in French (when they don’t speak it).
Upcoming, we are holding our annual Bonjour Bonne Nuit events for all French Immersion Kindergarten students and their families. This is an evening event where everyone, including the teacher, dresses up in pyjamas and hears stories in French at the school library. Hot chocolate and snacks are served too. At the end each student leaves with a French story book generously provided by CPF-NW. This is our way to introduce families to the wonderful things CPF has to offer and to welcome them to French Immersion.
North Vancouver Chapter
An “All Things French” bulletin board was unveiled at École Argyle where CPF NV held its first chapter meeting of the school year on October 7th. Those in attendance were also treated to a special adaptation of Gilles Vigneault’s Gens du pays celebrating Argyle’s love of French! Many thanks to Heather and Marylène for coming to our meeting and talking to us about Jeunes Artistes!
On October 21st, represented CPF at North Vancouver SD44’s Kindergarten Orientation Night, answering a wide variety of questions about French Immersion and French language opportunities in and around North Vancouver.