Parent Handbook

COCHRANE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (CCA) 2018-2019

 

INFORMATION TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR KINDERGARTEN 2018-2019

 

 

DRESS CODE

  • Casual clothes are suggested to avoid staining good clothing.
  • Your child will require indoor shoes that can be left at school.  Please

provide shoes with Velcro fasteners.  Teachers do not have time to tie many pairs of shoes.

  • Dress your child according to the weather.  Recess will be everyday regardless of the weather, unless a school-wide indoor recess has been declared.

 

SUPPLIES NEEDED

  • A back-pack large enough to hold the Home/School Folder, Library books and snow-pants, etc. in the winter months.  (No wheels please!)
  • Each child needs to bring his/her own morning snack, lunch, and water bottle.  Pack all food into ONE carry bag.  Please keep this in mind when purchasing their lunch bag.  Food choices should be convenient, simple and healthy. Bring a Ziploc bag for the garbage, all garbage will go back home with your child.
  • Please do not send snacks with peanuts or tree nuts due to allergies.

 

BATHROOM BREAKS

  • All children will take a bathroom break mid-morning, prior to snack and at the start of lunch.  At this time, they will use the bathroom and wash their hands.
  • If children need to use the bathroom before or after this time, they will use the 'buddy' system.
  • The class door will remain open as long as children are gone.
  • If the washroom is busy, students will return to the classroom and try again after several minutes.
  • Male children using the bathroom will use the stall toilet each time rather than the urinal.
  • While one student uses the bathroom the other stands by the blow dryer and waits for his/her friend to finish.
  • The 'buddy' will get the teacher if required.

 

  • Both will report back to the teacher when they have returned to the classroom and close the classroom door.

 

CLASSROOM SCHOOL SUPPLIES

  • All classroom supplies such as pencils, crayons, notebooks, scissors and glue are provided.

 

PLEASE LABEL YOUR CHILD’S BELONGINGS!!!

  • This includes jackets, boots, mitts, indoor and outdoor shoes, lunch boxes, backpacks, etc.

VOLUNTEERING IN THE CLASSROOM:

  • A great way to become a part of your child’s first formal classroom experience is to become a volunteer.  It is busy, enjoyable and very gratifying for both the parent and the child.  (Sign-up list provided in September.)
  • Volunteers are required to have a Police Check prior to working in the classroom.  Details for this process are available through Mrs. Watts.
  • The primary purpose of the parent classroom volunteer is to encourage and assist all children in their activities.  We are helping them to be independent and therefore we want to encourage the children to do as much as possible for themselves – even if it takes a little longer.
  • You may be asked to help in the preparation of materials and crafts.
  • There are also various housekeeping “duties” such as straightening up centers or clearing tables after snack time.
  • All volunteers are required to sign in at the office.  You will be given a badge to wear to identify you as a volunteer.

 

 

OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

There are other ways that parents can be involved in our program:

  • Assist on field trips; talk about the field trips with your child
  • Share a talent or collection related to our current studies
  • prep for upcoming lessons and craft activities from home

 

 

CONTACT WITH THE TEACHER AT THE SCHOOL

CCA’s phone number is 403-932-5177.  The office will connect you with the kindergarten classroom.   A change in arrangements for after school pick-up must come as a written note in the Home/School folder. I am often unable to answer the phone during class time.  IN CASE OF EMERGENCIES please leave a message with the office and they will contact the teacher.  The teacher can also be reached at avriend@rockyview.ab.ca.

UPDATE THE TEACHER:

Let us know if something special has occurred in the child’s home life (new sibling, something traumatic, trip, or anything that may affect their school life).

 

HOME/SCHOOL FOLDER:

Daily communication will take place via a coloured folder.  It is important to establish a routine of returning the folder to school each day.  All notices and notes between home and school will be placed in this folder.  The folder will be checked each morning for notes from home.

 

REPORTING:

There will be three progress reports sent home during the year.  I will contact families at other times with informal reports as required. Parents are encouraged to set up times to meet with me if there are any concerns.

 

CLASSROOM NEWS

Newsletters will be sent home with your child regarding the kindergarten program, student helper days and calendar.  I will also have them posted on the school website.   Look for them under Teacher Pages.

 

CLASS ACTIVITIES

During a normal school day, your child may do any of the following:

  • Devotions and Sharing Time
  • Songs and rhymes
  • Field trips
  • Social centers such as sand table, water table, playhouse, painting, crafts, listening center, blocks, etc.
  • Thematic units (Inuit, Transportation, Treasure Hunters)
  • Academics; Literacy including Phonemic Awareness, Numeracy, Citizenship and Identity, Environment and Community Awareness.
  • Gym, dramatic play and music
  • Listening to stories

 

 

Children learn best through first-hand experiences. Their natural curiosity motivates them to learn through seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling the objects, people and events in their surroundings.  Your child will be going on a variety of field trips this year.  The parents of each child attending the kindergarten program will fill out the field-trip approval form at the beginning of the school year.  In addition, Rocky View policy requires you to fill out a field trip approval form for each individual fieldtrip.  Specific information about individual field trips will be provided in the monthly newsletters and notes to parents.

A local school bus will be used to transport children to and from field trips.

 

 

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT YOUR CHILD’S KINDERGARTEN EXPERIENCE AT HOME:

  • Read stories aloud at bedtime, and other times
  • Help your child to print his/her name
  • Use good speech as a model for children’s language skills
  • Encourage them to talk about everyday activities
  • Encourage your child to make decisions by offering choices
  • Encourage your child to take responsibility for some tasks
  • Encourage your child to solve everyday problems
  • Ensure plenty of rest, with early bedtime
  • Provide opportunities for your child to walk, stretch, hop, jump, run, dance, or skip, both indoors and outdoors
  • Encourage your child to listen to a variety of music
  • Display your child’s school work at home

We have an exciting year ahead of us!!

 

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