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August 2014

Dear 7th and 8th Grade Parents and Guardians:

We are writing to share with parents some information about the 7th and 8th grade foreign language program.

As you know, new students continually join our School community, oftentimes without any prior learning of German or French. To ensure a positive beginning of study in these languages for newer students, while enabling students with previous exposure to continue, the School has divided foreign language in the 7th and 8th grades for both German and French. The two groups will alternate languages each quarter throughout the school year. For example, while one section of 7th grade students have German, the other section of 7th grade students will have French. This approach allows for teaching in smaller groups at the appropriate experience level, and will result in more enjoyable and effective learning. Another benefit of this approach is a narrowing of the gap in learning outcomes by the time all the students reach high school.

During the first week of school we will establish which students are best served in each group. Both skill assessment and teacher recommendation will be the basis for this decision. We are confident that this will improve the learning experience for all our middle school students. Throughout the year, we will carefully review and evaluate this new approach to ensure the best possible education for your children.

Thank you.


Florence Kadri
Lower School French Teacher
The Waldorf School of Garden City
225 Cambridge Avenue
Garden City, NY  11530
T: (516) 742-3434 Ext. 303
F: (516) 742-3457
E: kadrif@waldorfgarden.org
Juliane Schneider
German Teacher, Grades 1-10
The Waldorf School of Garden City
225 Cambridge Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
T: (516) 742-3434 Ext. 314
F: (516) 742-3457
E: schneiderj@waldorfgarden.org

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