Tuesday, Sept. 4th & Wednesday, Sept. 5th - NO SCHOOL for Kinders! Intake interviews will be taking place with all Year 1 (JK) parents and new to Hilson SK parents.
Thursday, Sept. 6th - First day for ALL Year 1 (JK) students! If your Year 2 (SK) child is registered for aftercare at the Westboro Children's Centre this is also their first day of school.
Friday, Sept. 7th - First day of school for all remaining Year 2 students! This is the first day of school for Year 2 (SK) students NOT registered in aftercare.
Back to school essentials for ALL Kinders - Year 1 (JK) & Year 2 (SK)
Please be sure your child arrives to school with:
Large backpack - Backpack should be able to fit a large hardcover book, lunch bag and sweater or fall jacket. Keep in mind we are an early start school therefore your child may arrive to school with a sweater/jacket but find it too warm out to wear it during afternoon play. They should be able to fit their lunch bag, sweater/jacket and water bottle in their backpack. Having a backpack large enough to fit a large hardcover will make library books easier for your child to bring to and from school. Have your child practice putting their personal items inside, zipping up and unzipping their backpack.
Reusable lunch bag, easy to open containers & reusable water bottle that locks - Hilson encourages a litterless lunch, having a reusable bag, containers and a water bottle facilitate this. Please ensure your child can independently open and close everything. Taking the time to show them how to use everything allows them to be more independent during open snack times and lunch time, allowing them to eat without waiting for help. It also reduces mess as they are less likely to spill the contents of their containers and water bottle if they know how to close everything properly. **Hilson is a nut-free school (K-6). Kinder B parents - Room 144 is also a mustard free class. Please check labels for mustard in ingredient lists, including mustard seed. Think salad dressings, condiments, dips & anything that may use mustard as a natural food dye.**
Ziplock with extra change of clothes - It is not uncommon for Kinder students to need an extra change of clothes. Bathroom accidents, water table play, snack table spills, playing in mud/puddles/sand during outdoor play are just some of the reasons. Please pack a pair of bottoms (pants/leggings), t-shirt, underwear & socks. Label everything, even the socks and underwear. Your child will most likely not recognize any of these clothes, labelling them will greatly help the Kinder team. Feel free to double up on extra clothes if you feel your child would benefit from them. This creates backup in case there are 2 accidents in a day or week.
Indoor running shoes, preferably velcro - These shoes will be your child's primary pair of shoes at school. Your child should be able to easily put these shoes on and off. Kinders visit the gym twice a week therefore these shoes should be comfortable to run in. **Please note, ideally these shoes stay in your child's school cubbie at the end of the day. Aftercare parents, it is best to have another pair of shoes for your child to wear at the Children's Centre. This facilitates things for your family as you won't need to lug a pair shoes to and from school and aftercare everyday. They are less likely to lost in the shuffle.**
School Supplies & class donations
The Kinder team will be collecting school supplies during intakes and during the first few days of school. Glue sticks, markers, pencils, pencil crayons, erasers & scissors are all shared items and do not need to be labelled. Items in bold are most needed at the moment. Families that would like to donate craft supplies (pompoms. stickers, foam shapes, washi tape, googly eyes, glitter glue), kleenex boxes and playdough (homemade or store bought) are more than welcome to. These added supplies are always appreciated.
OCDSB School Calendar
Hilson Avenue Public School follows the OCDSB School Calendar for all holidays, PD Days and breaks. Please mark these dates in your calendar or bookmark this link for handy reference.
Upcoming Events, Important Dates & Reminders
Monday, Sept. 3rd - Labour Day
Tuesday, Sept. 4th - Intake interviews for incoming Year 1 (JK) parents and any new to Hilson Year 2 (SK) parents
Wednesday, Sept.5th - Intake interviews for incoming Year 1 (JK) parents and any new to Hilson Year 2 (SK) parents
Thursday, Sept. 6th - First Day of School for all Year 1 Kinder students (JKs) & all registered WCC aftercare year 2 students (SKs)
Friday, Sept. 8th - First Day of school for all remaining Year 2 (SK) students
Friday, Oct. 5th - PD DAY - No School
Monday, Oct. 8th - Thanksgiving
Friday, Nov. 23rd - PD DAY - No School
Friday, Dec. 21st - Last day of School before Winter Holiday break
Dec.22nd - Jan. 6th - Winter Holiday break - No School
Friday, Jan. 25th - PD DAY - No School