Kindergarten at A. Lorne Cassidy


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Kindergarten at A. Lorne Cassidy

  1. 1. Kindergarten Information Night 2006-2007 Presented by The JK/SK Team - ALC
  2. 2. WHAT HAPPENS IN SEPTEMBER <ul><li>You and your child are invited to come to the intake interview, meet the teacher and tour the classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>The time, date and room location for your interview will be mailed to you in the summer. </li></ul><ul><li>We will discuss the Kindergarten Intake Form. Please bring the intake form back to the September interview already filled out. </li></ul>
  3. 3. STAGGERED ENTRY : <ul><li>The children will come to school for their first day in one of three separate groups. For example, on the first day, only one third of the children will come to school. Please check your child’s schedule in the information which you will receive in the summer. </li></ul><ul><li>Coming to school in smaller groups helps to ease the children into school routines . </li></ul>
  4. 4. THE KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM <ul><li>The Ontario Curriculum Document for Kindergarten is available on the Ministry of Education and Training’s World Wide Web site at: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>OVERALL EXPECTATIONS </li></ul><ul><li>PERSONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT </li></ul><ul><li>LANGUAGE </li></ul><ul><li>MATHEMATICS </li></ul><ul><li>SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY </li></ul><ul><li>THE ARTS </li></ul><ul><li>HEALTH AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY </li></ul>
  5. 5. Considering French Immersion <ul><li>ALC offers JK students the choice to remain in the regular English program or to begin the French Immersion program in SK. You will be asked to make a decision in January as to the program you would like to choose. </li></ul><ul><li>Successful candidates usually possess: </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent communication skills in their first language </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent listening skills </li></ul><ul><li>Enthusiasm about learning </li></ul><ul><li>Overall competence in cognitive skills (e.g. literacy, numeracy) </li></ul><ul><li>If you are considering enrolling your child in French Immersion, please speak with your JK teacher about his/her readiness. </li></ul>
  6. 6. KINDERGARTEN TIMETABLE information large muscle activities science social skills snack conversations discussions circle time skills development application of curriculum guided reading mathematics computers poems songs fine motor activities games activity centres literacy centers read alouds Here are some of the things we do observations free play
  7. 7. KINDERGARTEN HOURS <ul><li>These times will differ from Gr. 1- 8 times </li></ul><ul><li>AM classes are from: </li></ul><ul><li>9:15 to 11:45 (Supervision starts at 9:00) </li></ul><ul><li>PM classes are from: </li></ul><ul><li>1:15 to 3:45 (Supervision starts at 1:15) </li></ul><ul><li>Students will be greeted at the gate by the JK/SK teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>Please do not leave your child unattended. Wait until one of the kindergarten teachers greets the students at the gate! Your child will not be supervised until we are in the playground. </li></ul>
  8. 8. KINDERGARTEN PLAYGROUND & SCHOOL ENTRANCE PROCEDURES <ul><li>We respectfully request that parents and caregivers NOT ENTER THE “JK/SK” PLAY AREA unless invited to do so. This ensures your child’s security and enables us to supervise appropriately. </li></ul><ul><li>Say your goodbyes at the gate nearest to the soccer field. Please leave promptly as this helps children with separation anxiety. </li></ul><ul><li>All visitors who enter the school are asked to enter via the front doors. Please sign in and obtain a “visitor’s badge” from the office. </li></ul>
  9. 9. DISMISSAL PROCEDURE FOR WALKERS <ul><li>AM Pick Up is at 11:40 and PM Pick Up is at 3:40. </li></ul><ul><li>Parents who walk their children home are also asked to meet the children at the following gates: </li></ul><ul><li>Mme Roberts’ SK-EFI and Mrs. Wynter-Francis’ JK class will meet at the gate closest to the soccer field. </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Cardy’s JK/SK classes will meet at the gate closest to the nursery school. </li></ul><ul><li>It is very important that you pick up your child on time. Supervision is not available after hours. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Busing Information <ul><li>Bus stops for students: </li></ul><ul><li>These stops will be the same as those for older children on the route. Buses do NOT pick up Kindergarten children at their driveway unless that spot happens to be a designated bus stop. </li></ul><ul><li>Bus information will be reviewed at intake interview in September. </li></ul><ul><li>Buses usually arrive at the school by 9:15 am or 1:15 pm. </li></ul><ul><li>Parents/caregivers are requested to wait with the children until the bus leaves the stop. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Busing Information <ul><li>Drop-off information: </li></ul><ul><li>Parents/caregivers are requested to meet Kindergarten students at the designated drop-off point. </li></ul><ul><li>Buses leave the school at approximately 11:45 am and 3:55 pm. </li></ul><ul><li>If parents are late, the child will remain on the bus and the driver will return to the school. It will then be the parent’s responsibility to pick up their child at the school. </li></ul><ul><li>In August, Laidlaw will run a bus safety information day for parents to bring their children to. Check the local newspaper or Citizen for date and time. </li></ul>PLEASE don’t be late!
  12. 12. Home/School Communication <ul><li>Absentees must be reported by calling the voice mail number (613-831-2081) and then pressing #2, to record your message. This will save the “Safe Arrival Team” from having to call you to determine the reason for your child’s absence. </li></ul><ul><li>Personal, NON-URGENT messages to the teachers may be left on their voice mails: (voice mail number will be available in September.) </li></ul><ul><li>Please do not leave urgent/time sensitive messages on a teacher’s voice mail. Call the office at 613-831-3434 and speak to a member of our office staff. </li></ul><ul><li> A note in the NOTE-TOTE is a quick way to get in touch with the </li></ul><ul><li>teacher that same day. </li></ul>
  13. 13. SUMMER SHOPPING LIST! <ul><li>Extra set of clothes (pants, top, underwear and socks in a labeled Ziploc bag) </li></ul><ul><li>Back-pack (large, simple, sturdy school bag that your child can open himself/herself) </li></ul><ul><li>Running shoes – Indoor shoes (velcro or slip-on labelled with child’s name) </li></ul><ul><li>Intake form already completed </li></ul><ul><li>* Please do not buy school supplies for your child to keep at school !* </li></ul><ul><li>Please note....we insist that children NOT bring their own toys to play with at school. There are plenty of toys in the classroom and this rule helps prevent the child from having her/his toys lost, broken or misplaced! </li></ul>Please bring the following to your intake interview in September: Thank you!
  14. 14. HOW TO PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL <ul><li>Drive or walk by A. Lorne Cassidy School. </li></ul><ul><li>Teach her/him the teacher’s name. </li></ul><ul><li>Visit your child’s bus stop before the first day. </li></ul><ul><li>Read various children’s stories about school days, such as “Franklin Goes to School.” </li></ul><ul><li>Practise using: school bag (zippers, buckles, straps etc.), snack containers (lifting off lids and closing them securely), shoes (putting them on the correct foot and fastening them!), jackets, rain coats , etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Students must be able to manage the shoes they wear to school as well as the ones they leave at school! </li></ul><ul><li>Students must be able to manage using the washroom by themselves. </li></ul><ul><li>Establish your child’s “new” bedtime routine early in September. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage your child to be independent! </li></ul>
  15. 15. GETTING A HEAD START! <ul><li>Start helping your child print his/her name. </li></ul><ul><li>Start letters at the top using correct pencil grip. Doing this at an early stage decreases frustration and muscle fatigue later on. </li></ul><ul><li>Let your child use quality kid scissors often. “Fiskars” is a good brand. </li></ul><ul><li>We strongly suggest that you have your child’s vision and hearing checked by a specialist before school starts. </li></ul>