Early Start Calendar (2017-2018)

The Walpole Island Board of Education has made the final decision to move forward with the Early Start Calendar (formerly Balanced School Calendar) for the 2017-2018 academic year.  After a community engagement process with Bkejwanong Kinomaagewgamig staff, parents/guardians, Walpole Island First Nation (WIFN) Departments and community members, we were pleased to learn that there was indeed support for the Pilot Project.

Through the community engagement process, we also learned that the term “Balanced School Calendar” was a misnomer; it was suggested to use “Early Start Calendar.”  This is a more accurate way to describe this transition so we have embraced this suggestion.

The first day for students is Monday, August 21, 2017.  There will be three (3) one-week breaks throughout the year (October, March, and May) and school ends on June 27, 2018.  The Christmas Break will occur from December 25, 2017 through January 5, 2018.  This is a one-year pilot project and we will be evaluating throughout the year to assess the success as well as impacts.

If you have any further questions about the Early Start Calendar or wish to have any further information, please email Summer Sands-Macbeth, Education Program Manager at ssmacbeth@wifneducation.ca or call 519-627-0708.


Click HERE for Letter to Bkejwanong Kinomaagewgamig Staff
Click HERE for Letter to Parents & Guardians
Click HERE for Letter to WIFN Community
Click HERE for Total Survey Data Summary (pdf)




 
Surveys – Parents / Guardians and Community Members
Click HERE for Info Session #1 – November 2, 2016 (6 surveys)
Click HERE for Info Session #2 – November 8, 2016 (3 surveys)
Click HERE for Info Session #3 – November 17, 2016 (6 surveys)
Click HERE for Info Session #4 – November 23, 2016 [2-4pm] / Report Card Day (15 surveys)
Click HERE for Info Session #5 – November 23, 2016 {5-7pm] / Report Card Day (28 surveys)
Click HERE for Info Session #6 – November 29, 2016 (3 surveys)
Click HERE for Info Session #7 – December 6, 2016 (1 survey)
Info Session #8 – December 12, 2016 (0)
Click HERE for Passive Tabling – December 1-2, 2016 {BBC & BBK} (2 surveys)
Click HERE for Christmas Distribution – December 15, 2016 Parents/Guardians (33 surveys)
Click HERE for Christmas Distribution – December 16, 2016 Parents/Guardians (22 surveys) /// {33+22=55 total Parents/Guardians Christmas Distribution surveys}
Click HERE for Christmas Distribution – December 15, 2016 Community Members (33 surveys)
Click HERE for Christmas Distribution – December 16, 2016 Community Members (27 surveys) /// {33+27=60 total Community Members Christmas Distribution surveys}
TOTAL # of surveys:  179

Surveys – Teachers & Staff
December 13, 2106  (8 surveys)
December 14, 2106  (17 surveys)
December 16, 2106  (3 surveys)
TOTAL # of surveys:  28

Click HERE for Balanced School Calendar (2017-2018) Info Sessions [November 2016 – December 2016]