If you speak with me even for a few minutes about my kids' school, you will quickly catch the enthusiasm I have for it. We enrolled our children in the local Francophone school (different from French Immersion.) There are about 120 kids in the school now, up from 75 when Colin started in senior kindergarten. Almost every class is a split grade (which I love.) There are a grand total of 9 teachers in the whole school. My kids have had 6/9 of them, and we will add one more to that total come September. The principal, the secretary and all the teachers know all the students. There are many opportunities for learning and interaction with children of all ages. Plus the french language education is exquisite. 18/20 new junior kindergarten students do not speak any french at all on their first day of school (despite having at least one parent fluent in the language.) By December, they are all fluent. While the school may lack in fundraising capabilities (because of the low number of families) and extra curricular activities (due to manpower), I still love our choice.
One recent memory has been permanently etched in my mind, and it exemplified the great big family quality that our school has. At the end of the year talent show, the grade 5/6 class performed a dance to the popular french song "Magic in the Air." It's a super fun dance song, with a great beat that makes you want to get up and move. As soon as the first few notes rang through the gym, the rest of the students cheered; clearly this was a song popular in every grade. The 5/6 students were cheered through the first half of the song, clapping, whistling. But then, bit by bit, the rest of the school could no longer hold back. Everyone was soon on their feet, students and teachers and parents alike, as we all sang and danced along. Over 200 people moved in unison, feeling the energy of the song and the school.
Our school is such a great example of community. Everyone is working together, living together, loving together. This isn't just a bunch of bricks guarding our kids for 6 hours a day. This is a place we are growing together.