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English Language Development

Hello! Hola! هتاف للترحيب! 你好! Kamusta! Zdravo! Bonjour! Hallo! Χαίρετε! नमस्ते! Nnọọ! Halo! Ciao! 
こんにちは! 여보세요! Сайн уу! سلام! Olá! Здравствуйте! வணக்கம்! హలో! สวัสดี! chào bạn!
I'm Mrs. Ryan, ELD teacher here at sunny Soleado!  I've been an elementary school teacher since 2005, and this is my 7th year teaching in the ELD program.  When I was in college, I spent time studying at Xiamen Da Xue in China, which required me to be a second language learner.  This helped me understand the daily struggles EL students face.  My program is built on the California ELD Framework, which seeks to give students access to both daily and academic English.  I work with small groups of students based on their language level and track their progress throughout the year(s).  I also collaborate with their classroom teachers, providing in-class support, tailored to each student's specific needs.  Parents are welcome to contact me at any time for support, to get questions answered, or to learn more about what they can do at home to boost language learning!
We are proud to be a diverse school, a home to students from all over the world.  Soleado's student population represents over 20 language groups!  Welcome to "A Place in the Sun."


DELAC and ELAC dates

DELAC meeting dates this year:
Oct 14
Jan 20
Mar 10
April 14
May 12
ELAC meeting dates this year:
Oct 22
Jan 28
Mar 18
May 20

ELD Program Update

Dear Families,
This year there will be both ELD classes with me (for the beginner and early intermediate students) as well as small group support in their regular classes from either Ms. Wack or me.  The in class help from Ms. Wack will begin after our Initial ELPAC tests have been administered to new students.  This may take several weeks.  As always, if you have a specific need for support, please reach out to your classroom teacher and to us as well.  We are here for you!
~Mrs. Ryan

Schedule and Time

It's a New Day unit focuses on daily life vocabulary, time, verb tenses, and schedules. Please listen to the song at home and have your child practice. Thank you!
Thank you for the generous gifts and kind words you and your children have given to me this holiday season.
Wishing all of you the happiest of holidays. One of the most beautiful things about teaching English as a second language is that I get the benefit of interacting with so many beautiful children from places all around the world.  Holidays tell a lot about a persons history, culture, and family life. Students often share with me the special ways in which they celebrate holidays with their family. 
Here are some of the traditions my family holds:
Christmas Eve: Attend a candlelight service at church were we sing carols, hear the story of the first Christmas from the scriptures, and each hold a candle, carefully lighting our neighbor's until the entire church is filled with the soft glow of candlelight.   It's beautiful.
My mother always gets us a new pair of pajamas to wear to bed on Christmas Eve (even though all her children are grown, she continues this tradition).
Christmas Morning: Ringing Christmas bells to welcome Christmas day.  My parents keep bells in their china cabinet and my two sisters, our children, and I each choose a bell to ring joyfully on Christmas morning. The bell I always choose is made of silver and was passed down through generations in my father's family.  After the bells are rung we spend time exchanging gifts around the tree.  My father has given one ornament to me every year since my birth.  When I got married, those ornaments were the first to decorate my tree.  My husband and I carry on this tradition with our own children.
Christmas Night:  My husband's family and my family have Christmas dinner together.  Our meal is often shared with those who are far away from family and need a place to feel at home.  My husband's father says a Christmas prayer of gratitude for our faith, family, and abundance. Food, conversation, laughter, and fun fill the home until late into the night.  
What winter holidays do you celebrate and how do you celebrate them?