Dear Junior Kindergarten Parent/Guardian:
We are fortunate to be hosting a special program for our new JK students this summer, and are encouraging all of our new students to consider attending. The “Building Blocks for Kindergarten” program runs half days from July 6- 29th. Children attend Tuesday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day.
This amazing program will help your child to make a smooth transition to Kindergarten in the fall. The program will help children become familiar with the routines of school, as well as increase literacy skills while developing personal and social development skills. The program is hosted at W.J. Watson in one of our Kindergarten classrooms. The program is run by an experienced Kindergarten teacher, a Designated Early Childhood Educator (DECE) and a senior counsellor. And it’s completely free!
If you are interested in your child attending this program, please complete the application package and return it to the school by next Wednesday, June 1st, 2016. You can also email the completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. Application packages are also available in the school office. Please note: we need at least twelve children registered to run the program. We currently have seven children interested and would love to have your child join the learning as well!
Should you have any questions at all, please contact the school office at 905-476-1618
As part of our efforts to support a successful transition to school, we’d like to invite new JK students (beginning school September 2016) and their families to our “Welcome to Kindergarten” afternoon. This hands-on learning event will take place from 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 12th, 2016. Along with an opportunity to explore our Kindergarten classrooms and engage in activities with your child, we will share some simple ways to support your child as they enter school for the first time. We will be posting all information that we share during the “Welcome to Kindergarten” afternoon on our school blog, wjwatsonps.com, for future reference. Also available that afternoon will be your free “Welcome to Kindergarten” bag filled with books, letters, numbers, scissors, glue and more (see below for more information)!
To RSVP to our Welcome to Kindergarten afternoon, please call the office at (905) 476-1618 to confirm that you and your JK child will be joining us. If you are unable to attend, please contact the office to make arrangements to pick up your Welcome to Kindergarten bag.
In addition to our Welcome to Kindergarten afternoon, we also have our Building Blocks to Kindergarten (BBFK) program that runs this summer. This program is ideal for children who may not have participated in group learning (e.g., daycare) or formal social experiences and/or who would benefit from participating in formal, scheduled learning without family present. The program runs for four weeks in the summer, in the mornings, from Tuesday – Friday.
If you feel that your child would benefit from attending the FREE Building Blocks for Kindergarten (BBFK) program this summer, we ask you to apply by completing a short questionnaire at http://bit.do/WatsonBBFK2016. Hard copies of this questionnaire are also available in the school office. Families selected for the program will be contacted in early May.
|What is included in the “Welcome to Kindergarten” bags this year?
This year’s WTK bags will have:
● four books – Whoosh, Nat the Cat, One Grey Mouse and Bear Listens
● one copy of Chirp magazine
● magnetic letters and numbers (with paper templates)
● scissors, crayons, glue stick and pencil
● activity ball
● link to download the WTK Album of songs in English and French
● Family Activities for Early Learners Resource Book
● new Key Messages and Parent Information page (translations available in 10 languages)
If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please contact the office.