Welcome to our school community!
We believe that all families are composed of individuals who are competent and capable, curious, and rich in experience. We know our families love their children and want the best for them. Families are experts on their children. They are the first and most powerful influence on children’s learning, development, health, and well-being. Families bring diverse social, cultural, and linguistic perspectives. Families should feel that they belong, are valuable contributors to their children’s learning, and deserve to be engaged in a meaningful way.
Welcome to Kindergarten Event You will be invited to our school this year in the spring, where we can gather in community and get to know each other! There will be an opportunity for you and your child to participate in activities together and ask questions. Let’s get ready to Talk, Create, Read and Play! This year’s Welcome to Kindergarten Event is May 24, 2023 at 6:00 pm.
Our Welcome to Kindergarten orientation package and helpful slides can be found below:
SJPII Welcome to Kindergarten Orientation Package 2022 – 2023
How Families Can Help Prepare Their Children for September!
- practice snack/lunch time scenarios
- talk about things that have happened and will happen
- talk about things that your child is doing, while your child is doing them
- read to your child on a daily basis
- encourage your child to participate while reading the story
- reflect on God’s creations
- listen to your child
- respond to what your child is saying
- arrive for class on time
- please say good-bye and leave promptly (tears disappear quickly as activities begin)
- be enthusiastic about school (your child will reflect your attitude)
- if necessary, share important information with your child’s teacher
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Welcome to Kindergarten Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is there a microwave to warm up food or a fridge to keep foods cold?
A: No, there is neither a microwave nor fridge. We recommend using a thermos or cold packs.
Q: How many snacks do they need?
A: Students should have one snack for the morning and a separate snack for the afternoon as well as a lunch for lunchtime.
Q: How does it work with sunscreen? Who applies it?
A: It is recommended that sunscreen be put on in the morning before the child leaves for school. If reapplication is required, contact your child’s educator.
Q: Can an older sibling pick up my child?
A: Yes, as long as the school has been notified in writing by a parent.
Q: Are JK and SK students separate or combined in the classroom?
A: All kindergarten classrooms are a combined JK and SK together.
Q: When will parents find out about their JK visit on the first day of school?
A: Information regarding first day visits will be given at the end of August before school begins.
Q: Do the JKs keep their shoes at school do they have their own space/cubby?
A: JKs have their own cubbies to leave their shoes at school and extra change of clothes.
Q: Do Kindergarten students need to wear a mask?
A: At this time, masks are not mandatory.
Q: What happens if I withdraw my registration?
A: If you choose to withdraw your registration, please notify the office as soon as possible as it affects staffing and other preparations.
Q: What does drop-off/pick-up look like?
A: Students who take the bus are escorted to and from their respective buses to and from their classroom. Students who walk or are driven in (parents park on Pebblecreek Drive or other side streets), the parent must stay with the child until the bell rings at 8:20 am and then the educators collect the students at the kindergarten entrance (at the back of the school by the fenced-in area) and are collected by their parents at the end of the day in the same area, dismissed by their educators. A parent must be present before a child is handed over.
Q: What is the difference between Extended Day and Rising Oaks?
A: Extended Day is run by WCDSB and staffed by our Early Childhood Educators while Rising Oaks is run by the YMCA and staffed with their own none-WCDSB staff. Please contact Rising Oaks directly for their services.
Q: Are students accompanied to Extended Day and Rising Oaks?
A: Yes. An educator from their respective programs collects the students.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the main office at 519-742-7378.