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 Spanish Immersion Program
The 2014-15 school year marks the seventh year of the district's Spanish Immersion program. The program at Encinal includes one class at Kindergarten, first, second and third grade, and two classes each at fourth and fifth grades. Students who go on to Hillview Middle School can choose to continue in the Spanish for Spanish Speakers elective program.

The immersion program operates at Laurel Elementary with a Kindergarten, first, second and third grade class this year.  Laurel's program is complete, with all fourth and fifth graders coming together at Encinal along with the entire Laurel population. The goal of the Spanish Immersion Program is to create bilingual and biliterate students by the end of fifth grade. Children enter the program with many different levels of Spanish fluency. Some children are native Spanish speakers, others have had exposure to Spanish in preschool or with a parent or nanny, and many have had very little or no exposure to Spanish when they begin the program. The native Spanish speakers benefit from learning to read and write in Spanish, deepening their Spanish speaking skills and being class leaders as they help their fellow classmates learn Spanish. The non-native Spanish speakers benefit from becoming fluent in Spanish at the same time as receiving all of the standard curriculum of Encinal School. In fact, by the end of fifth grade, the goal is that immersion students will be performing at grade level in both languages.
Happy Birthday Song
Do you know how to sing Happy Birthday in Spanish?  Use the same "Happy Birthday" tune you already know, but practice these words so you won't be left humming along when your child breaks out into song!

Cumpleaños Feliz,
Te deseamos a ti,
Qué los cumplas en tu día,
Qué los cumplas feliz.
Information for Parents
Ver o imprimir formas e información en español.
View or print forms and information in English.
+ Sharon Burns, Encinal Principal
+ Tami Girsky, Immersion Administrator
Click on name to see details.
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