Independence, initiative, decision making, creativity, the ability to learn, relationships and feelings of self-worth - all have their beginnings in early childhood.
We believe that each child is unique and, together with parents as our partners, we build upon children's natural curiosity and spontaneity, encouraging and supporting them as they take their first step into school.
Our English, French Immersion, Cogito and Logos Christian Education Kindergarten programs prepare children for entry into Grade 1 and provide the foundation for success in education.
In safe and caring environments, guided by qualified and caring professionals, Kindergarten students:
- try new things, take risks and learn to accept rules and responsibility while developing positive relationships with others;
- build on and develop problem-solving skills and the language/reading base already begun in the home;
- develop attitudes and behaviours that promote wellness and a healthy lifestyle;
- become aware of similarities and differences between themselves and others, and use their senses to explore, investigate and describe their environments; and
- express themselves through poetry, songs and drama.
Kindergarten Programs of Choice
- Each year, hundreds of parents enroll their children in one of the eight district schools that offer motivational English Kindergarten programs which promote growth and excellence.
- Others opt for the French Immersion Kindergarten programs offered in "dual track" settings at two district schools, where, in an environment that reflects the richness of our Canadian heritage, children grow together to become the best that they can be.
- Some choose Logos, a Christian alternative program, offered in a "triple track" setting where the teaching of knowledge, skills and attitudes is done within a Christian context.
- And others choose Cogito, an academic alternative program. This program offers an expanded curriculum in structured classrooms to support high levels of academic achievement. Direct instruction of phonics (letter-sound relationships) is used to develop early literacy. Students wear uniforms.
All programs are values based, and in every school students, parents and staff work collaboratively to create successful experiences that advance the social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth of children entrusted to our care.
Full and half-day Kindergarten
All of our schools offer the regular half-day Kindergarten program. Several of our schools also offer full-day programs. Some offer full-day programs on alternating days, where students attend every other day. This program offers the same number of hours as the regular half-day program. Other schools offer the full-day, every-day option, where students attend school every day for the full day. Please note, however, that since Alberta Education funds only the regular program, families must pay extra for the full-day, every-day option. Full-day programs are offered pending sufficient registrations.
What parents need to know about Kindergarten
Children must be five years of age by the last day of February in the year they wish to register for Kindergarten (birth certificate required at registration).
The fee is determined by the parents through each school's Local Advisory Committee. The fee goes to this committee to be spent on special activities for the students and is payable by early September or as stipulated by each school.
Yellow bus transportation is provided to Kindergarten students who attend their designated school and live more than 1.6 km away from this school. If busing is required, parents must fill out a busing registration form. We encourage Kindergarten students and their parents to attend First Rider's Night in the late summer/early fall each year to learn about yellow bus safety and rules for riding. Call 780-460-3712 or email Transportation Services to register.
Staff meetings fall on the first Wednesday of each month except September. Kindergarten children do not attend school on these days.