The preliminary discussion of creating class lists for next September is a long, comprehensive process in which considerable time is given. The task is complex, and must be the subject of many revisions. Staffing for September 2019 is a long way from being settled at this point.

Parent/guardian input is welcome in this process – within the following parameters. You, as parents/guardians, know the ways your child learns best; you know what he/she needs in terms of the development of work habits and study skills; you know some effective discipline techniques that bring out the best in your child and maintain his/her dignity. There are a number of important details that would be invaluable to the staff as we create class lists.

We, at the school, will then take the information we have to make the best decision for your child. Our goal at St. Gabriel School is to develop balanced classes. A balanced class reflects the diversity of our community and allows the variety of interests and talents of our learners to emerge and be appreciated. Like families, the class unit provides a balance of opportunities for a range of learners to succeed through appropriate challenges.  Like the community, school is a socializer.  So each New Year brings opportunities to meet and make new friends and expand our circle of acquaintances.

Some of the many criteria we use to build classes are:

  • Balance of ability, interests and talents
  • Learning Style: How does the learner go about the process of learning?
  • Social Blending: What is the best cluster of individuals to effectively, efficiently learn?

For you to state a teacher preference would not be helpful or in most cases even possible to accommodate. As well, statements about other children in terms of them being placed with or not with your child are also discouraged. Groupings of this nature will, by and large, be a staff decision, as staff observes on a daily basis those students who work well with others…and those who don’t. As a General Rule, your comments about your child’s strengths and needs are most appropriate and welcome and, conversely, comments about other individuals – staff or students – are not. If you wish to give input into this process, please write your comments and send them directly to Mrs. Sodaro. These comments should be given to the office by the end of May. Thank you for your support of St. Gabriel School.