2Cashmere Avenue Public School Mission statement - To enable all students and staff to reach their full potential in a community of learning, and become productive, adaptive, independent and interdependent participants in a rapidly changing world, to be able to creatively apply knowledge and skills to real world problems. Population students in grades Kindergarten to Grade SixJust read
3Office StaffPrincipal – Joe Catalfamo Vice-principal – Terry- Lynn Graham – School Secretary – Maria Patiile
6My child does not speak English! Kindergarten program is fundamentally a language learning program using strategies designed to support Early language learners of all abilitiesStrategies include using visuals and pictures, music, movement and direct language instruction in a play based, highly social environmentStudents who are still in need of extra support when they move to Grade One will work with an English Language Learning Teacher
7Full Day KindergartenCurrently the plan is to begin full day sessions at Cashmere in September of 2012Lots more info will follow
9Why is play important?Developmentally appropriate – this is how young children learn bestMotivating – develops a love for schoolEncourages problem solving, social skill development, high level thinking skills and core brain development in a safe and emotionally nurturing manner
10Kindergarten Handbook Ontario government designed curriculum which sets out learning expectations in 6 areas of developmentCan be accessed online at
11Personal and Social Development Self-help skillsSocial skillsEmotional intelligenceBehaviour management and problem solving skills
12Language Spoken language skills ( listening and speaking) Reading Writing
13Mathematics Numeracy Patterning and Algebra Measurement Geometry and Spatial SenseData Management and Probability
14ScienceExploration and ExperimentationUse of Technology
15Health and Physical Development Healthy livingBody awarenessGross motor developmentFine motor development
17How will I know how my child is doing? January Parent –Teacher- Student conferences where teachers will share the Summary of ProgressMay – Parent Observation of child at schoolJune – Summary of Progress updated and sent homeOngoing communication with teacher by notes and phone callsParents may request an interview with the teacher at any time throughout the school year
18When does school begin?We bring the Junior Kindergarten students into the school after September gradually, a few at a time. You will receive information from the school identifying your child’s start day and teacher in the mail in June.
19Mail EnvelopesEach student will receive a plastic envelope to transport work and notes to and from school. Please help your child look after this envelope and return to the teacher regularly.
20Library BagsEach student will receive a library bag with their library number on it. The library books must be returned in this bag.
21BackpackStudents will need a backpack to carry materials to and from school. It should be the biggest one your child can comfortably manage. Please help your child learn to open and close the backpack by themselves.
22SnackThere will be an open snack time provided during free choice time each day. Please send a healthy, nut-free snack which your child can manage independently and eat in about 5 minutes.
23Indoor ShoesEach student is required to bring a pair of running shoes to leave at school for use inside the school and in the gymnasium. Slip on shoes or shoes with Velcro fasteners work best.
24Change of clothesStudents may bring a change of clothes to school to wear in case of accidents. Please have all items of clothing labeled with your child’s name.
25What else does my child need to bring to school? Nothing!No toys, stickers, make-up or nail polish or school supplies.
26Washroom UseThere are washrooms in the Kindergarten classes. The students are expected to be able to take care of their toileting needs without teacher assistance.
27Outdoor playOutdoor play is a vital part of the Kindergarten program. Students should be dressed appropriately for the weather conditions every day.
28Birthday PartiesThe teachers and students develop a way to celebrate each students birthday in the classroom together. This way all students receive the same recognition on their special day.Please do not send any special items to distribute such as birthday cakes, loot bags, candy or invitations. Save your celebrations for the enjoyment of your family.
29BussingIf your child will be riding the bus to and from school you can find bussing routes and times posted in front foyer of school prior to the first week of school.Students will be given bus tags on their first day of school which must be displayed on their backpacks.Parents and caregivers must be at the bus stop five minutes before the scheduled pick-up and drop off times.Students are required to observe bus safety rules.
30Volunteers in the School Parents who would like to assist in the Kindergarten program or elsewhere in the school must have a criminal record check.Parents are encouraged to join the Parent Council and support ongoing fund-raising activities.
31What does a day in Kindergarten look like? Independent Reading TimeGroup learning timeMust-do activityFree choice activity timeLibrary, Music or GymOutdoor Play
32How can I help my child get ready for Kindergarten? Prepare them to stay without you.Ensure that they are independent in their dressing and toileting skills.Discuss any developmental concerns you may have regarding your child’s progress with you pediatrician or family doctor.Read to your child daily and discuss the ideas and events in the stories.Explore the community programs and opportunities for learning with your child. (libraries, parks, drop-in and Early Learning Centres, Recreational Facilities)Accept and praise your child’s attempts at learning and creativity.Develop mathematical language and understandings through counting, sorting, matching and talking about numbers, numerals, shapes, sizes and physical properties.Help your child learn to identify their names.Try to visit drop in learning centres like the one at Floradale Public school on Paisley Avenue.Students are required to be completely toilet trained by their first year of school unless they have a designated Special Need.If you have concerns about their speech development, their coordination, social skills or their behaviour they may need to be assessed to make sure their development is within the norm. The school does not have the means to do this for Kindergarten students. It needs to be accessed through your medical health practitioner.
33AttendanceRegular attendance is key to each students success at school.Extended vacations during the school year should be avoidedIll children need to be kept at home to prevent the spread of infections.If your child will be missing school for any reason please call the school before the start of the first day’s absence.
34Thank-you for coming!We look forward to working with you as partners in education. Have a fun summer. See you in September!