Kindergarten



"Growing, Learning and Playing Together" 
Entering Kindergarten in the Fort McMurray Catholic Schools is an exciting time for your child and an important first step in their Catholic education. Children of all faiths are welcome to our exciting early learning programs offered in a Catholic Faith environment. The Catholic Education philosophy welcomes, engages, and celebrates everyone, individuals and community, regardless of religious identity. Our language rich early learning programs help children develop and grow spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, physically as well as socially. Fort McMurray Catholic Schools welcomes children and their families to come learn, play and grow in our faith based Kindergarten programs.

Kindergarten programs in Alberta are funded for 475 hours (half time).  Children attend the program either in the morning or the afternoon depending on availability.

French Immersion Kindergarten is available at St. Paul School. Full day Kindergarten is available at Father Turcotte School for children living on the South side of the river. Exceptional cases are reviewed on an individual basis. Please call Janice Molloy (780-799-5799 ext 5043) for more information.


Children who are eligible for Kindergarten in 2016 - 2017 are born between March 2, 2011 - March 1, 2012.


                   


EYE- TA - Early Years Evaluation - Teacher Assessment

What is EYE-TA?

The Early Years Evaluation – Teacher Assessment (EYE-TA) is a systematic framework that teachers use to structure their observations and informal assessments along with checklists, administration guides, assessment templates, and other supporting documents. Teachers use this information to determine each child's developmental progress and provide meaningful instruction to meet their needs.  EYE -TA is administered to all kindergarten children in October and again in June.

 

The EYE-TA provides a

  • Awareness of Self and Environment - a child's understanding of the world and his or her ability to make connections with home and community experiences.
  • Social Skills and Approaches to Learning - a child’s attentiveness during classroom activities and his or her ability to interact with peers while respecting the classroom rules.
  • Cognitive Skills - a child's basic math and pre-reading skills and his or her ability to solve problems.
  • Language and Communication - a child's understanding of spoken language and his or her ability to express thoughts and feelings.
  • Physical Development - ­
    Fine motor: a child's ability to perform small movements that require hand-eye coordination.
    Gross motor: a child's ability to perform large movements that involve arms, legs, and body.


EYE-TA results are depicted using three color codes:

Green - denoting appropriate development;

yellow-  experiencing some difficulty; and

red -  experiencing significant difficulty.

The EYE-TA provides parents, teachers and school administrators with accurate and meaningful information on children’s early developmental skills.


How do we use the information from the EYE?

As mentioned above, the EYE print out will show us each child's areas of strength as well as areas of need. This information will help guide us in our instruction for the class as a whole as well as an individual.

For children who are having significant difficulty in many areas of the EYE we may look at Program Unit Funding (PUF) as a means to give the child more supports to gain age appropriate skills. For a child to enter the PUF program we will review any previous assessments from Speech Language Pathologist along with Physical and Occupational Therapists along with any other medical reports. FMCSD teachers and personnel will combine these reports along with the results from the Early Years Evaluation (EYE) and classroom observations to decide who we will be applying for Program Unit Funding. This does take time and is not unreasonable to take up until November to finish this process. It is important to us to get to know the whole child and this takes time.


Kindergarten Open House


Kindergarten Open Houses will be held at all of schools on:

Friday April 21, 2017 - 8:30am- 12pm, 1:00pm- 4:00pm. 

Please feel free to come meet the classroom teacher, principal and educational assistants at these open house times at your neighbourhood school. No appointment is necessary.


Transportation

Busing will be offered for kindergarten students for the regular school day, based our transportation policy and guidelines. Busing is an additional cost beyond the school fees. Kindergarten students are eligible for transportation however EEP children's transportation must be provided by the family as no bus transportation as an option. Please see your school secretary for more information and to see if you qualify for bussing.

Click on the bus to link to the transportation policy and guidelines

http://fmcschools.ca/registration/transportation

OVERVIEW KINDERGARTEN

Alberta Education develops the curriculum for Kindergarten in consultation with early childhood teachers.  It describes what young children need to learn to prepare for Grade 1 and provides a foundation for future learning.

For more information on Kindergarten in Alberta, we invite your to review the following information from Alberta Education:

Early Childhood Services (ECS)

Facts about ECS in Alberta

 

All of our Kindergarten programs include:

- Certified Teachers

- Learning through play

- Integration of the fine arts

- Rich oral language opportunities

- Family oriented programming opportunities

- A multi-disciplinary team that includes early learning consultants, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist and psychologist

- faith based learning environment

FAMILY ORIENTATED PROGRAMMING EVENINGS

Family orientated programming is offered throughout the school year free of charge to parents/caregivers with a child who has a developmental delay and who are currently attending our early learning programs.  These family orientated programs enhance the children’s learning, and gives parents support in key areas.  Families will be invited to meet with our team’s speech-Language, Physical and Occupational Therapists for fun interactive workshops.  They will have the opportunity to learn ways to incorporate early literacy skills into everyday routines through books, songs and rhymes.  There will also be informative workshops to explore positive strategies for parenting your child.

EYE SEE … EYE LEARN

Eye See…Eye Learn provides comprehensive eye exams by local optometrists (or eye doctors) to kindergarten students in Fort McMurray Catholic Schools. If the child requires a pair of glasses, they will receive them FREE of charge courtesy of our participating sponsors.  With the “Free Eyeglasses Program” any kindergarten student who requires glasses will receive one pair at no charge form their optometrist.

For further information, go to: Eye See … Eye Learn

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION PROCESS

To be eligible for Kindergarten, your child must be four years, six months old before September 1st of the school year.

Kindergarten registrations are now being accepted at all district elementary schools.  For additional information contact any of our elementary schools or call Fort McMurray Catholic School District at 780-799-5799 (5043).

If you would like to register your child for a program you will be asked to provide proof of your child’s name, date of birth and citizenship. Only the following documents verifying birth:

•            Birth certificate of the child

•            Canadian Citizen Certificate

•            Passport

You can register online at http://fmcschools.ca/on-line-registration.


CONTACT EARLY LEARNING

For additional information contact any of our elementary schools or call Fort McMurray Catholic School District at 780-799-5799 (5043) or by e-mail to Janice Molloy at janice.molloy@fmcsd.ab.ca.


Schools currently offering  full day Kindergarten:

Schools currently offering  half day Kindergarten:









               St. Martha School