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 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
  • Rainpants & snowpants labeled
  • Hat(s) labeled
  • Headphones labeled
  • Sunblock
  • Kleenex
  • Wipes
School Label Fundraisers:


Registration:
If your child was born in 2014 and will start JK in Sept. 2018 or you are a NEW student to our school born in 2013 starting SK in Sept. 2018, visit our school to pick up a registration package from the office or print the form. For more info, see Register My Child for School and Registering for Kindergarten

Note: Current JK students do not need to register for SK at our school.

Our school office will be open again starting on Monday, August 20th.
Our school phone number is 905-632-3946.

First Day:
All SK students start Tuesday, September 4th at 8:25 am.
All JK students start Tuesday, September 4th at 10:45 am.

School Council will have a refreshment table on the first day - stop by, say hello and grab a tissue if needed.

Orientation:
Thank you to all the families who attended our Kindergarten Orientation evening on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. We hope your child enjoyed exploring activities that they might experience next year in their kindergarten room.

Welcome Call & Mentoring Program:
We will be calling all families in August to welcome you to the school and see if you have any questions about starting kindergarten. We also offer a Kindergarten Mentoring program for new families to be connected with a current Kindergarten family to offer tips and advice - please email mgpscouncil@gmail.com and School Council will make the arrangements.

Drop-off & Pick-up:
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 and Orange rooms.

Pick-up is at 2:45 pm at the West side pen for the Yellow, Red, Blue and Green Rooms, Door #18 for the Purple Room and the North front pen for the Orange room. Note: This dismissal time is 10 minutes earlier than the rest of the school.

Note: Students who take the bus will be brought to their drop-off pens in the morning and will be assigned Gr. 5 or 6 Bus Buddies to take them to their bus at the end of the day.

Before & After School Care:
Note that drop-off & pick-up times will be different for before and after school care program participants as parents/guardians make these arrangements and notify the school and the staff.

FAQs:
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.

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. One of our classes (the Yellow Room) might be smaller this year and have only 15 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. There may be some changes this year to our classroom assignments as our enrollment has gone up and we will be adding another half Kindergarten class.

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 but this may not be possible due to enrollment numbers.

Why is my child's class given a colour name?
We have 6 Kindergarten classes and their interior doors are marked by a colour.
KF-1 = Blue Room -  Mrs. Weir & Mrs. Davis
KF-2 = Purple Room - Mrs. Leonard & Mrs. Tapper
KF-3 = Green Room - Mrs. Shepherd & Mrs. Lynds
KF-4 = Red Room - TBD & Mrs. Charlton
KF-5 = Yellow Room - Mrs. Sawatzky (smaller class with no ECE)
KF-6 = Orange Room - Mrs. Thorogood & Mrs. Black

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 Educational 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 inside and during outdoor recess. Sometimes there might be student teachers doing a placement and secondary school co-op students helping in a classroom.

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.

How do I communicate with the staff?
If you drop-off and/or pick-up your child, you might have a moment to talk with the teacher or ECE and you can also contact them by email (see Staff Info) or by calling the school at 905-632-3946 to request a meeting or notify them about an early pick-up, etc. All classes send home a plastic bag daily known as their zippy or "Mr. Zippy" which includes a communication book that you can write notes to the staff and they can write notes to you. You will receive these instructions on the first day of school. Many of the classrooms will also keep you informed of upcoming activities by email, calendar or using their website.

What are the Scholastic papers that come home each month? 
You have the option to order books for your child through the Scholastic Reading Club online or using the paper form and sending in a cheque or cash to your teacher. The order will be delivered to your child's class and each order earns classroom rewards for your child's teacher to purchase more items for the class. We also offer a Scholastic Book Fair at our school two times a year in the library.
 
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 or other after school programs (such as martial arts, etc.), they will be brought to their designated pickup location with their belongings.
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