March arrived like a lamb this year bringing with it finches and robins and the hope of Spring for many of us in the North suffering from Cabin Fever! My goals for March are to assist with the transition of ELLs moving from grade 6 to a -8 setting and from grade8 to high school. It is vital that staff at the receiving schools know that an ELL is coming and that they need to prepare to provide adapted programming. In Secondary settings this may mean ensuring students have an ESL class and a resource period as well as options for locally developed courses: especially in the case of ELD students. Intermediate teachers may not be accustomed to working with ELLs; since most teach rotary style in our area, they may also struggle to adapt and track student linguistic progress. In each case, the school team must work together to ensure the best possible programming and assessment for the ELL is in place.