All schools in the Lord Selkirk School Division are accepting Kindergarten registrations for September 2014. If you have a child who will be 5 years of age before December 31, 2014, you are invited to visit your local school to register. A list of schools can be found at www.lssd.ca/School%20Directory .
French Immersion: Register for the program at Ecole Bonaventure, contact 785-8284.
Ukrainian-Bilingual: Register for the program at Happy Thought School, contact 482-4521.
When registering for Kindergarten, you will need:
1. The child’s Birth Certificate
2. Proof of residency (e.g. utility bill, purchase or rental agreement)
Once your child is fully registered, they will receive a Kindergarten Readiness Kit from the school. In the kit, you will find games and activities to promote the development of literacy, numeracy and communication skills. As well, you will find items to enhance the physical, social, and emotional health of your child. Each of these kits is developed specifically for your child by the Kindergarten teacher.
Interlake Eastern Regional Health Authority Links
Tips for Parents of Children Starting Kindergarten
1. Give all information about your child to the school especially medical and special needs
You know your child best. Your child's Kindergarten teacher will have many students to get to know. Help the teacher understand your child better and faster by sharing information and insights. This will also ensure that your child gets any essential attention.
2. Provide emergency contact numbers
The school might need to contact you urgently. Provide alternative numbers and contacts in case the school is unable to contact you.
3. Make the school aware of any special family circumstances
Any changes to your child's family situation can impact on their emotional and academic well-being. Inform your child's teacher and principal about any changed circumstances so that the child can be supported if necessary. Examples of special circumstances include the birth of a sibling, divorce or the death of a loved one.
4. Establish routines with your child and stick to them
Prepare your child for a more structured day. Make a daily routine that includes mealtime, talking time, reading time and bedtime.
5. Make sure your child is road/travel safe
Children should know to cross the road only at marked crossings. Please set a good example. Take particular care when you drop off and collect your child from school.
Things You Can Do as a Parent to Prepare Your Child for School
Does Your Child Know …? (Checklist)
· Your child is learning the skills for Kindergarten long before the first day of school.
· Full name (first and last)
· Parents’ names (first and last)
· Phone Number
· How to dress him/herself (zippers, buttons, snaps, laces, etc.)
· How to use the bathroom by him/herself (including being able to manage clothing independently)
· Medical information about themself (asthma, diabetes, allergies etc.)
· How to print his/her name
· How to sing the alphabet
· The names of all the letters in his/her name
· How to count to 10
· Recognize numbers to 10
· How to tie shoelaces
· How to use scissors and crayons, markers and pencils
· Colour names
Getting Ready for School
As parents, you contribute to your child’s school readiness. You can help their ability to meet the tasks and demands of school by teaching them:
· To sit and listen
· To wait your turn
Give Your Child Experiences
· Go on excursions or field trips such as the library, playgrounds, etc. and talk about it
· Attend parent and child programs if possible to socialize with their peers
· Attend nursery programs if possible
· Provide lots of reading materials (borrow from library) and discuss letters, sounds, and numbers
· Provide writing materials, pencils, markers and crayons
· Get outdoors to run and play
· Encourage independence
· Read, Read, Read!