Let’s Get Ready to Learn!
Starting your learning journey in Kindergarten is an exciting time for children and for their families and we welcome everyone to begin with us at our new Mary Bergeron Elementary School. To ensure your child gets the best start in September, we have put together some information to help make your planning as smooth as possible. If you want to learn more, we invite you to call us at 780-723-5300. We would also be happy to arrange a personal tour of our current Kindergarten classroom at A.H. Dakin with teacher Patty Redman for you and your child as we want you both to be as comfortable as possible. You will also find information below in regards to transportation and ideas to help you prepare your child for entering school.
New for the 2017-18 school year, we are also thrilled to offer a full five-day Kindergarten program at our school for those families wishing to place their child in a full-time program. Of course, we also offer the flexibility of shorter weeks if this is more suitable to meet the needs of your child. Depending on how comfortable your child’s transition to school is, you can always make the decision to increase the days later in the year. At our current A.H. Dakin School, we take pride in providing the best individualized learning program to ensure educational success for every child.
We have also recently eliminated all school and transportation fees for our Kindergarten program. Classroom school supplies will be provided by the school although we do ask that children bring a pair of indoor shoes to help keep our school tidy. At registration, your child will become a Mary Bergeron Kinder Puppy and will be given a Puppy backpack to bring their shoes and lunch to school. You will also be given some supplies and resources inside the backpack to help your little one prepare for school in September. And don’t forget to get them decorate their backpack with the marker provided by putting their name on the outside so that they know which pack to bring home each day.
Although families will be registering their child for Kindergarten at our school, your child will actually be starting their learning journey at our new school Mary Bergeron Elementary in the fall and will be in this school’s first Kindergarten class! This new school is currently under construction and you can keep up-to-date with its progress including monthly updates of new photos at the construction page on GYPSD’s site.
Welcome to Kindergarten – let’s get ready to learn together!
Mr. Mike Belecky, Principal
Mrs. Patty Redman, Kindergarten teacher
Important Resources for ‘Getting Ready to Learn’
If you have a child starting Kindergarten, we invite you to check out these helpful resources:
· School Brochure/ Parent Handbook
· Photo Album of photos from classroom activities
· Parent Testimonials/ Student Videos
· Parent Guide (coming soon)
When Can My Child Start Kindergarten?
To register for Kindergarten in the 2017–2018 school year, your child must be five years old on or before December 31, 2017.
Kindergarten Information Nights/ Open Houses
To assist in our planning for next year, we encourage families to register their new Kindergarteners, and make transportation arrangements if needed, by the end of April. We are pleased to offer a number of different times for families and children to visit us as a great opportunity to tour our school, meet the teachers, and learn more about our program. If these dates don’t work for you – no problem! Just give us a call to arrange a more convenient time.
March 7 and 14 9 - 11:30am & 6 - 7pm
Our Kindergarten classrooms provide literacy-rich, play-based programming which are led by welcoming and dedicated early childhood teachers and enthusiastic educational assistants.
In addition, all of our early learners have access to our division’s School Linked Team to help your child succeed. This team’s dedicated members include: a speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, behavior consultant, literacy/early learning lead teacher, technology lead teacher, Family School Liaison counselor and a Success Coach.
For our Kindergarten students, we offer no cost transportation fees for our families as children transition into their first year of schooling. We invite you to contact our transportation department directly to learn more or get started early to reserve your child’s seat on the bus by registering online at Bus Registration
Family engagement is one of our priorities at AHDakin as your involvement is a key component in the success of your child's learning. We encourage you to get involved in your school community such as joining the School Council at our school, volunteering at our school, or by talking with your child’s teacher.