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Thursday, 12 November 2015

Notice Regarding German Bilingual Program

Everyone in the German program received a letter today that let us know that CBE has posted notice that if Bowcroft does not achieve a Kindergarten enrolment of 20 the program will be cut.

Bowcroft has maintained a 20+ enrolment for the past four years, however many students are not registered until after the March deadline that the CBE has given us in the letter.

This is a somewhat alarming letter as it doesn't explain anything. Not what this means to our teachers, or how it will affect the community program... there are a lot of unanswered questions. We as BPAC are here to help provide a platform for parents to affect change within our school. There is still a lot of information to be gathered and Principal Lowe is working on setting up the meetings and getting the answers we need. BPAC and AGEC are both involved in increasing enrolment.

My sincerest wish is that this letter does not anger parents but rather lights a fire to get more involved with our school. The only way we will be able to make a true difference and actually affect change is if we work together as a group to make both programs strong!

It's been noted that parents are already commenting on FB, dialogue is always great! Some of the comments are of a "first the busing issue and now the whole program" type. Valid points, we are feeling like the CBE is not supporting alternative programs and that needs to change. Wayne Jackson, a fabulous parent volunteer who comes to all of our BPAC meetings would like to start a committee to address the transportation issues we face. He would like to start up a car-pooling site for us and find other transportation alternatives to help make sure that our students to can get to our program. He would love for you to come out to our Dec. 7th meeting and speak with him, has has some great ideas!

If you decided to call the # on the letter please post and let us know what you find out. If you have questions or concerns or want to get more involved, please post to our site or contact anyone on BPAC.

You are very welcome to call, text or email me. My contact information is available here.

Lia - BPAC Chair