Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021
Welcome to all our new Junior Kindergarten (JK) students and new and returning Senior Kindergarten (SK) students!
Frequently used sites:
- 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 labeled
- Kleenex labeled
- Wipes labeled
School Label Fundraisers
If your child was born in 2016 and will start JK in Sept. 2020 or you are a NEW student to our school born in 2015 starting SK in Sept. 2020, as of January 2020, you can pick up a registration package from our office or print the form. For more info, see the HDSB pages: Register My Child for School and Registering for Kindergarten.
Note: Current JK students do not need to register for SK at our school.
Kindergarten families will receive an email in August 2020 with information about their child's classroom assignment and instructions for first day.
Our Kindergarten Orientation will be held in May 2020 (date TBD) from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the gym at the school. Families can bring their children to explore examples of activities that they will experience next year in their kindergarten rooms.
2020 First Day:
SK students start Tuesday, September 8th at 8:25 am.
JK students start Tuesday, September 8th at 10:45 am.
ALL kindergarten families should bring their children to the side (West) pen where staff will be waiting to greet you.
School Council will have a refreshment table on the first day - stop by, say hello and grab a tissue if needed. Look for the orange MG tent.
Note: JK students will need to bring a packed lunch on the first day for the second lunch break.
Do you have any questions about kindergarten? We offer a Kindergarten Mentoring program for new families to be connected with a current Kindergarten family to offer tips and advice - please email email@example.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, Green AND Purple rooms due to supervision coverage this year. Purple Room students will then be brought to their North pen by their teacher and/or ECE.
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: 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 and 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. Some examples include:
There are also several home-based before and after school care programs in our neighbourhood and families can learn about those providers by checking online directories like Daycare Bear and GoDaycare or joining the MG private parent group on Facebook.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 about half the class are SK students depending on our enrollment numbers.
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. We may require some switches due to our enrollment numbers.
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 5 Kindergarten classes and their interior doors are marked by a colour.
KF-1 = Purple Room - Mrs. MacLean & Mrs. Tapper
KF-2 = Yellow Room - Mrs. Sawatzky & Mrs. Black
KF-3 = Green Room - Mrs. Shepherd & Mrs. Lynds
KF-4 = Blue Room - Mrs. Weir & Mrs. Davis (maternity leave)/Mrs. Flynn
KF-5 = Red Room - Ms. Thorogood & Mrs. Charlton
What does the number mean?
KF stands for Kindergarten Full Day and the number indicates which of the 5 kindergarten classes from 1 to 5. It is mostly used for administrative purposes as we usually refer to the colour name.
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) as well as special staff for support including a Kindergarten Planning Teacher, Educational Assistant (EA), Child and Youth Counselor (CYC), Literacy Resource Teacher (LRT), English as a Second Language Teacher (ESLT) and Special Education Resource Teacher (SERT). 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 or secondary school co-op students or parent volunteers helping in a classroom. If you aren't sure who someone is, please ask.
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.
If I ordered my child milk through the school's Milk Program, when will they receive it?
Milk is sold through School Cash Online on a 3-month pre-order basis. Students who ordered milk (chocolate or white - 237 mL carton) will have it delivered to their class for second break. It is best to send your child with a reusable (labeled) straw if they need one as we are no longer providing straws with milk to reduce single use plastics at our school. If your child is away, their milk is put back into the school's milk freezer. If you have any questions about milk, please contact the school office at 905-632-3946.
If I ordered my child lunch through Lunch Box, when will they receive it?
If you ordered a lunch for your child through our school's Lunch Box Orders program, it will be delivered on the designated day for second nutrition break when your child eats. The lunch items usually come to the school with your child's first name and class on a label. School Council volunteers oversee Gr. 6 students who help with delivery. If there are any questions about delivery, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I ordered my child Popcorn and/or Cookie, when will they receive it?
Popcorn and Cookies are sold through School Cash Online on a 3-month pre-order basis. Students who ordered a Popcorn and/or Cookie will have it delivered to their class on the designated Popcorn or Cookie Days usually during second nutrition break. If your child is away, teachers usually label the Popcorn bag or Cookie package and leave it in the child's cubby or locker for pickup when they return. If there are any questions about delivery, please contact email@example.com.
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. Most 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, using their website or inviting you to access a classroom group online.
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 takes the bus or 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.