Now that everyone has had their first couple of days of school, we ask that parents always drop off at the Kinder yard gate (along the parking lot) between 7:45-8am. In our experience, it is best to keep the drop off short & sweet. There are 3 educators available at drop off to help you. You can kiss & go or encourage them to go drop off their backpack in their cubbie and come back to give you a last goodbye. If your child is having difficulty at drop off, give yourself time to make it smooth. We are better able to help you earlier (7:45am) than later (8am).
If you are picking your child up early, please note you need to sign them out at the office. You can then come to retrieve them from the classroom.
Trust us when we tell you that most of our Kinders do not recognize their belongings once they are off their bodies or out of their backpack/lunch bag. Please label their outerwear, even their sweatshirts, their ice packs, lunch containers that you care to have back, etc. This makes life easier for all of us and ensures that we can get things back home with your child. A quick sharpie of initials can go a long way.
Dress your child for the day - not the just in case
Our cubbie area is crowded & shared by about 60 people. We do not have space to store extra outdoor clothes. Please dress your child for the weather of the day, drop them off wearing those clothes. In our experience, your child will be able to identify what they wore to school and keep track of it. If it comes in their backpacks, they find it tricky to put back in when it all spills out throughout the day. Please simplify what they are bringing to school with them. We do go out in all kinds of weather so check the forecast. We are outside from 10am-11am & then again end of the day 2pm until 2:30pm (aftercare until 3pm). Again, label everything!
We foster independence in Kindergarten
Please take the time to practice self-help skills at home with your Kinder. For example, how to pack their backpack and their lunch bags. Show them what to put in first, which way their lunch bag fits in, how to put their sweater/jacket in with their lunch bag, where their water bottle goes, how it locks, how to fit their containers in their lunch bags, etc. This not only fosters their independence but makes for smoother transitions throughout the day. It is also part of the Self-Regulation/Well-Being and Problem Solving frames in the Kindergarten curriculum. Your child will feel accomplished and like a big kid when they've mastered these skills. A little practice at home goes a long way!
Kinders LOVE Playdough!
We are looking for parents to make playdough for our classes. You can use your own recipe or the one below. Please send a message via Remind to Raquel (Kinder A) or Sabrin (Kinder B) if you are interested in making a batch. We will then assign you a date to send it in with your child.
Wednesday, Sept.19th - Online payment for milk due
Monday, Sept.24th - Milk starts
Thursday, Sept.27th - Terry Fox Run (Whole School event, more info to come)
Friday, Sept. 28th - Orange Shirt Day (Truth & Reconciliation day of awareness to recognize our history of residential schools & its impact)
Thursday, Oct.4th - Meet the Teacher, 5-6:15pm
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