Your local Catholic school provides opportunities for spiritual and academic growth through a diverse range of programs and services geared to meet the needs of each learner. The Toronto Catholic District School Board invites parents to register their children for Junior and Senior Kindergarten and French Immersion Senior Kindergarten beginning on January 8th, 2014. For parents who are not available during the regular school day, most schools are hosting extended hours for registration one evening during the week of January 14th. For specific times, contact the Catholic school in your neighbourhood.
For September 2014:Children born in 2010 are eligible for Kindergarten
The following documents are required for registration:
1.Child's Birth Certificate (Certificate of Citizenship or Landed Immigrant Status)
2.Child's Catholic Baptismal Certificate (or other proof of Catholicity)
3.Child's Ontario Health Card
4.Child's Immunization Record
5.Proof or residency in Toronto
It is best to call your local Catholic school for an appointment. For a complete listing of TCDSB schools, please consult the Board website at http://www.tcdsb.org/school/Alphabeticalschooldirectory/Pages/default.aspx
The Toronto Catholic District School Board supports an effective planning entry-to-school approach for the benefit of all children, families and staff. Steps to School is a comprehensive planning guide developed to assist school staff in organizing activities that support postive entry to school and thereby ensuring that all children are welcomed and embraced into the Toronto catholic District School Board catholic community. The resource can be downloaded below.
Staggered entry-to-school is an approach that is respectful of the varying needs, experiences and backgrounds of all children and their families. It assists children in their adjustment to the school setting in a successful and positive manner. Children are introduced to school in small groups over the course of a few days until all children are in attendance. The Kindergarten teacher in collaboration with the parent/guardian decides what is best for the child. This is determined at an initial classroom orientation session in which the child along with the parent/guardian visits the classroom and school and meets the Kindergarten teacher.
It is natural that starting school can cause mixed feelings of excitement and anxiety for children and families. Before beginning this new adventure, parents/guardians can prepare their child by:
- Visiting the school during an open house, Education week or other special event.
- Visiting the Kindergarten classroom and meeting the teacher.
- Involving the child in activities that promote learning in the community (e.g., local library programs, The Ontario Early Years Centres).
- Talking positively about school and school-related activities.
- Reading and discussing books about school and making new friends.
- Walking or driving to school before the first day to practice the route.
- Talking through any fears or concerns about starting school.
- Establishing a routine a few weeks before beginning school.
Parents are encouraged to speak to their child’s teacher if there any concerns or questions regarding adjustment to school.
Parents/guardians can support a successful transition from home to school by ensuring that their child:
- Dresses in clothes that are easily managed, comfortable, labeled with his/her name and appropriate for the weather
- Manages dressing and undressing himself/herself (e.g., putting on and taking off jackets and shoes)
- Responds to his/her name
- Attends to his/her own toileting needs
- Respects other people and materials
- Has an early, regular bedtime and is well-rested
- Brings a small, healthy (peanut-free) snack for school each day
- Understands daily arrival and dismissal procedures
- Arrives on time for school each day.