Parent Handbook

Kindergarten Handbook

Cochrane Christian Academy

2020 – 2021

 

 

DRESS CODE

  • Casual clothes are suggested to avoid staining good clothing.
  • Your child will require indoor shoes that will go home with them EVERYDAY.  Please provide shoes with Velcro fasteners.  Teachers are not permitted to help with shoes due to Covid-19.
  • 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 Daily Agenda, Library books, indoor shoes 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.
  • Due to Covid-19, teachers will NOT be opening food packages for children. They must be able to open and close anything and everything on their own.

CLASSROOM SCHOOL SUPPLIES

  • All classroom supplies such as pencils, crayons, notebooks, scissors and glue are provided.
  • Due to Covid-19, each student will have their own supplies box that contains pencils, an eraser, scissors, glue, and crayons.

 

HOME/SCHOOL AGENDA:

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

PLEASE LABEL YOUR CHILD’S BELONGINGS!!!

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

 

BATHROOM BREAKS

  • All children will go in small groups to 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.
  • Sanitization stations are set up in our classroom and around the school. When we enter or leave our room, we will use sanitizer to ensure we are as germ free as possible.
  • 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, or at maximum capacity, 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. They must wash their hands!
  • 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.

VOLUNTEERING IN THE CLASSROOM:

  • CURRENTLY THERE IS NO VOLUNTEERING!
    • If/WHEN that changes, we will let you know and the following information becomes pertinent.
  • 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.

 

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 Daily Agenda. The teacher may be 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.

UPDATE THE TEACHER:

Let us know if something special has occurred in the child’s home life (new sibling, illness such as Covid-19, something traumatic, trip, or anything that may affect their school life).

 

REPORTING:

We are moving towards Real Time Reporting (RTR) this year. As more information is made available, it will be sent to you. Most of our reporting and evidence of learning will be showcased online. Parents will receive information on how to access their child’s progress and learning once everything is set up. The teacher 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.  The teacher 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
  • Social centers will look different this year to minimize contact and exposure. Children will still play together, just in smaller cohort sizes.
  • 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. This will look different this year due to Covid-19 but be assured that children will still have a sensory rich environment to explore and discover.

 

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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