Kindergarten

Kindergarten Registration & Info for 2024-2025

Get ready for kindergarten!

Kindergarten registration for September 2024 will be open from January 22, 2024 to February 2, 2024. Children turning five by December 31, 2024 are eligible to enroll in Kindergarten and you can register here.  You can learn more about Kindergarten programming by reading the information and accessing the links found in the Full Day Kindergarten tab on the SD6 website under Early Learning --> Kindergarten.

Kindergarten Info and Schedule for Last Year (2023-24)

This is old news, but will provide families with an idea of what we will be planning for the next school year.

 

Welcome to Kindergarten!  July 2023

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the kindergarten year at Eileen Madson Primary School!  This will be an exciting year filled with many new experiences for your child.  It is also an important time for parents, and we hope that together we can make this a wonderful year for you and your child.

During the first two weeks of September, students will not yet be assigned to a specific teacher or group of peers.  During this time, teachers will be collaborating to create balanced classes that support student learning best over the course of the year. All K teachers will have similar routines and lessons around social/emotional learning and build understandings around being a student at school.  All K students will get to know all K teachers and support staff.  We will meet in the gym at the beginning of each day and dismiss from the back playground area at 11:00 am.

Kindergarten children in B.C are required to have fewer instructional hours in a year than other grades, which allows for a smooth transition schedule for your child.  We understand that this schedule can create some challenges for parents regarding childcare.  We also know the value that it holds for children going through this time of transition.  New experiences can be difficult and exhausting for young children, so this alternate schedule provides time to learn new routines, rest, and build stamina in the school setting.  Below you will find your child’s schedule for the first few weeks.

Week 1

Monday, Sept. 4

Tuesday, Sept. 5

Wed. Sept. 6

Thursday, Sept. 7

Friday, Sept. 8

Labour Day –

No school for anyone

No School for kindergarten

Teddy Bear Picnic

1:15 -2:45 pm

* parents to join

8:50 -11:00 am

Please send:

- snacks

-  indoor shoes (to be left at school)

8:50 -11:00

Please send:

- snacks

 

Week 2

Monday, Sept. 11

Tuesday, Sept. 12

Wed. Sept. 13

Thursday, Sept. 14

Friday, Sept. 15

8:50 -11:00

Please send:

- snacks

 

8:50 -11:00

Please send:

- snacks

 

8:50 -11:00

Please send:

- snacks

 

8:50 -11:00

Please send:

- snacks

 

8:50 -1:08

Please send:

- snacks

- lunch

* Bussing available both ways

 

Regular school hours for all students start Monday, September 18

Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Thursdays

Fridays

8:50 – 3:08

Please send:

- snacks

- lunch

 

8:50 – 3:08

Please send:

- snacks

- lunch

 

8:50 – 3:08

Please send:

- snacks

- lunch

 

8:50 – 3:08

Please send:

- snacks

- lunch

 

8:50 – 1:08

Please send:

- snacks

- lunch

 

Regular bussing is available for getting to school each day. Return home will be up to individual families to manage for the 6 days when kindergarten is dismissed at 11:00 am.  If you need a bus registration form, please contact Ms. Gray at the EMP office.

Regular school hours will be 8:50 am – 3:08 pm for all students starting on Monday, September 18, and bussing will be available for all at this time.  Please note that we finish at 1:08 pm on all Fridays and our two early dismissal dates.

On the day of the Teddy Bear picnic, parents will go through the C.H.E.Q. survey with school staff so we can get to know the needs of the classes better.  You are also invited to connect with EMP’s kindergarten teachers in the afternoons to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.  If you feel there is any pertinent information that should be communicated prior to September, then please contact the school to advise the kindergarten team.  We are here to work with you to provide a successful entry into kindergarten! 

Teddy Bear Picnic (First Day of Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 7):  Because parents are an integral part of a smooth transition to kindergarten, you and your child will attend together on the first day.  We will host a 1.5 hr. outdoor/indoor event, starting at 1:15 pm, at which time students will meet their kindergarten teachers and classmates.  Students will see the kindergarten classrooms to become familiar with the space and tour the school.  During the picnic, parents will have 20-30 minutes to complete the Childhood Education Questionnaire (C.H.E.Q.) about your child, which provides valuable information to our school. 

Please RSVP by August 26 to confirm your attendance at the Teddy Bear Picnic as we will be providing some snacks and need to know numbers and allergies.  In the event that you and your child are unable to make it at the last minute, please contact the school so we are aware.  (Call (250) 342-9315 or email Rebecca.Gray@sd6.bc.ca).  Families are encouraged to bring their favourite stuffies and a blanket to sit on in the field.

Important Information for the Rest of the School Year:

  • Please send your child with “inside shoes” on the first day of school. These should be running shoes that your child can put on and take off independently.
  • Also send a water bottle. In the name of cleanliness, this should go back and forth each day to be washed.
  • Please LABEL ALL belongings with your child’s name (lunch kit, backpack, hoodies, shoes, etc.)
  • Your child will need a recess snack and lunch every school day (Friday included). Please send it “ready to eat”. We do not provide hot water or microwaves. 
  • We encourage students to bring “no garbage” lunches and snacks.
  • Just a reminder that EMP is a NUT FREE and SCENT SENSITIVE school. This means we do not allow nuts, including peanut butter, and we try to avoid strong scents (lotions, perfumes, etc.).
  • This year, the kindergarten supplies fee is covered thanks to funding from the provincial government.
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to phone the school at 250-342-9315.
  • The office will be open to begin the school year on August 21, 2023.

We look forward to a busy and exciting year with your child.  See you soon!

CHEQ Questionnaire

Increasing our knowledge of children’s early experiences and environments prior to kindergarten that play a critical role in shaping their healthy development.

During the first years of life, children’s development is highly influenced by experiences in their home and community. Quality experiences and healthy environments help to build a strong foundation for children’s development and well-being over the long-term. While good nutrition, safe and secure housing, and protection are some of the basic aspects of nurturing environments, young children also need support from parents, caregivers and other adults. They need opportunities to explore their world, play, and to learn how to interact with others. Children and families also need access to supports and services in their communities. The Childhood Experiences Questionnaire (CHEQ) gathers important information about children’s experiences prior to kindergarten – collecting actionable information that schools and communities can use to support children and families and ensure a solid foundation for healthy development and well-being.

 

Click here to watch a video which explains the Childhood Experiences Questionnaire.