Welcome to all our new Junior Kindergarten (JK) students and new and returning Senior Kindergarten (SK) students!
Frequently used sites:
Kindergarten Checklist:
  • Indoor & Outdoor Shoes labeled
  • Rain and/or Snow Boots labeled
  • Change of clothes to be kept in bottom of cubby at school (2 underwears, 2 pants, 2 shirts, 2 socks & extra plastic bags for soiled garments)
  • Backpack labeled
  • Lunch container(s) labeled
  • Drink container(s) labeled
  • Jackets/coats/hoodies/sweaters labeled
  • Hat(s) labeled
  • Headphones labeled
  • Sunblock
  • Kleenex
  • Wipes
School Label Fundraisers:


If your child was born in 2014 and will start JK in Sept. 2018 - Calling All Three-Year Olds

Mohawk Gardens 2017-2018 Kindergarten
All SK students start Tuesday, September 5th at 8:25 am.
All JK students start Tuesday, September 5th at 9:30 am.

Drop-off is from 8:10 am to 8:25 am at the West side pen for the Yellow, Red, Blue and Green rooms and the North front pen for the Purple room (as of Nov. 7th).
Pick-up is at 2:45 pm at the West side pen for the Yellow, Red, Blue and Green Rooms and Door #18 for the Purple Room.
(Note that times will be different for YMCA before and after school care program participants.)

We know you have many questions about this exciting time in your child's life so we have tried to answer a few of them below.

FAQs:

What is FDK?
FDK stands for Full Day Kindergarten and you will often see it used on HDSB documentation.

How many students will be in my child's class?
Each Kindergarten class has approximately 25 students and about half the class are JK students and half the class are SK students.

How do the SK students interact with the JK students?
We find that the blended program works really well as the SK students serve as role models/mentors for their new JK friends. Most of their day is spent together in a play-based environment; however, sometimes the JKs and SKs are separated for specific learning activities.

Will my SK child be in the same class they were in for JK?
Yes, in almost all cases, we keep the SK students in the classroom they were in for JK so that they can serve as role models and mentors for the new JK students.

Will my JK child be in the same class that their sibling was in for Kindergarten?
We often support family members in the same class since a rapport has already been established with the staff.

Why is my child's class given a colour name?
We have 5 Kindergarten classes and their interior doors are marked by a colour.
KF-1 = Blue Room -  Mrs. Davis & Mrs. Weir
KF-2 = Purple Room - Mrs. Charlton & Mrs. Leonard
KF-3 = Green Room - Mrs. Lynds & Mrs. Shepherd
KF-4 = Red Room - Ms. Murray & Ms. Tapper
KF-5 = Yellow Room - Mrs. Black & Mrs. Sawatzky

Who are the adults in the classroom with my child?
Each Kindergarten class has a team of staff available including the classroom teacher, the classroom Early Childhood Educator (ECE) and often an Education Assistant (EA) as well as special staff for literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) support. You may also see their Library, Gym or Music teachers help with dismissal during the week. We also have Student Supervisors who oversee students during nutrition breaks and outdoor recess.

What is play-based learning?
It's fun and interactive and so much more! Please come spend time observing your child discovering and learning about their world through play with their peers.

Why does my child need 2 pairs of shoes?
We ask that each student change into an indoor pair of rubber-soled shoes (preferably running-type with no laces) for class during the day including gym. Students then change into their outdoor shoes, rain boots or snow boots to play outside and less dirt is tracked throughout the school.

When does my child get to drink and eat?
Students are allowed to get a drink throughout the day from the containers at their cubbies. There are two designated nutrition/outdoor breaks - the first from 10:05 am to 10:45 am and the second from 12:25 pm to 1:15 pm. Depending on the pen availability, some classes eat first and then go outside and some go outside first and then eat. A Student Supervisor is with them to assist with opening containers and monitor the students while they eat and play outdoors.

What happens if my child has an 'accident'?
If a child needs to change their clothes due to a paint spill or a washroom miss, we usually ask them to put their soiled clothes in a plastic bag to take home in their backpack. Please send back extra clothes for your child's clothing bag at school. We recommend at least 2 underwear, 2 pants, 2 shirts, 2 socks and extra plastic bags be available at all times. Some children have changed multiple times in a day.

What happens if my child gets hurt?
With 25+ children playing each day, accidental bumps and falls do occur from time to time. We have bandaids in the classroom for minor cuts and scrapes. If the child requires ice or has a major incident, the office will notify you of the injury or emergency.

When is dismissal for Kindergarten students?
Our Kindergarten students are dismissed at 2:45 pm, 10 minutes earlier than the rest of the students at the school. If your child is in the YMCA after school program, they will be brought to their designated location with their belongings.