ES Learning Journeys, March 29: Sign-Ups End March 22

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ES Learning Journeys, March 29: Sign-Ups End March 22
Elisia Brodeur

Dear ES Parents,

We warmly invite you to attend your child’s Learning Journey on Friday, March 29. The students are excited and proud to share their learning with their families—thank you for being part of this important event.  

What Is a Learning Journey?

A Learning Journey is a special time for children to share and reflect on their progress at school with their parents. The Learning Journey is led by your child and lasts about 90 minutes. It is divided into two parts:

  • 60 minutes for classroom discussion (scheduled) 
  • 30 minutes to visit specialists’ classrooms (unscheduled). Specialists will be available from 8:30 am - 11:45 am and 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm. Families should visit the specialists right before or right after the classroom visit. 

How to Sign Up 

Sign-ups begin on Thursday, March 14 at 9:00 am in SchoolsBuddy. Appointments are “first-come, first-serve,” so we recommend that you schedule your appointment as soon as possible to get the time you want. Sign-ups will close on Friday, March 22 at 9:00 pm.

Click here to schedule your appointment: SchoolsBuddy Login Page / ES Learning Journey 2024

Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to schedule your appointment in SchoolsBuddy.

If You Do Not Have a SchoolsBuddy Account

To schedule an appointment, you must have a SchoolsBuddy account. If you have not registered your SchoolsBuddy account, please contact the ICT department ( to request a new activation link. You will not be able to schedule your Learning Journey appointment until your SchoolsBuddy account is activated. 

Child Care Service

So students can present their Learning Journey to their parents without the distraction of siblings, SSIS is offering to supervise school-aged siblings at the elementary playground during the Learning Journey times. If you want to make use of this service, please bring your child’s sibling to the playground 10 minutes before the start of the Learning Journey.  

We look forward to seeing you on Friday, March 29!


Melanie Sylvester
Principal, Elementary School

More About Learning Journeys

A Learning Journey is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to see how their child has progressed in the classroom environment. It is a special time for your child to reflect on, celebrate, and share their progress with you.

This is not a time to have a parent-teacher conference. If you would like to have a longer discussion with the teacher, please contact them by email to arrange for a separate appointment.

What Is My Child’s Role in the Learning Journey?

Your child will escort you around the classroom. They will talk to you about what they have learned and share the work they completed at school. Your child will share their work with you and perhaps “teach” you a few classroom activities. Remember: Your child leads the Learning Journey! 

What Is My Role as a Parent During the Learning Journey?

Your primary role during the Learning Journey is to give your child your undivided attention. Ask questions about your child’s work and learning environment and respond positively to your child’s efforts in school. Families are encouraged to use their home language during the Learning Journey.

What Is the Teacher’s Role During the Learning Journey?

Teachers will help and support the children to prepare for their Learning Journey. Teachers will set up the classroom environment to facilitate the process of the Learning Journey and be available to support families if necessary.

Learning Journeys are not the time for families to ask teachers about their child’s progress in school. If parents are interested in having a separate conference with teachers, please contact them by email to arrange an appointment.

What Are the Benefits of Learning Journeys?

Learning Journeys give children the opportunity to share and celebrate their learning in a comfortable setting and to take a leading role in the learning and assessment process. The children take pride in sharing their classroom and the work they’ve completed, and they gain confidence and oral language skills as they communicate their learning with others.

Learning Journeys give parents a wonderful opportunity to see, hear, and experience school through their children’s eyes. During their visit, parents will be able to see first-hand what and how their children learn in school.

Teachers welcome the increased involvement by parents and students and provide the support and means for children to successfully take the lead during Learning Journeys. 

Specialist Classes and Learning Journeys

Students will take parents to their various specialist teacher classes to share their work with parents. Please ask your child to lead you to their specialist classes. 

What Happens After the Learning Journey?

You will be asked to reflect on your child’s Learning Journey and to complete a feedback survey. Please return the feedback on the following day. As always, if there are questions or concerns about your part in your child’s progress, please contact the teachers directly after the Learning Journey day.

Thank you for your support in this important process. We are confident that you will enjoy celebrating your child’s achievements in this way and look forward to welcoming you to our classroom!


More News & Announcements

In the ES, technology is integrated into our curriculum. While younger students use iPads, students in Grade 4 and above transition to Apple MacBook laptops. Please read this letter that details the requirements for students’ laptops and why we ask students to bring a laptop to school each day. 

Join us for STEAMovate 2024 on May 7th to see how STEAM education comes alive in the ES! Students and teachers will showcase their projects through interactive activities, celebrating creativity and innovation. It'll be an afternoon of discovery and learning for the whole family!