Welcome to Kindergarten

  
Kindergarten is the start of an exciting adventure for your child and we are happy to welcome you to the Kamloops/Thompson School District.  We know that your child will have a full year of exciting learning experiences. 

 


Kindergarten Registration

Qualifying Age
To qualify for school enrollment, a child must reach the age of five years of age prior to December 31st of the first year of attendance as per Section 3 of the School Act.

Registration
Download and print the Student Enrollment Form. (**This form must be printed on legal size paper.)  

Bring the completed form and the following required documents to your catchment school:

  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Care Card
  • Proof of residence (eg. hydro bill, etc.)

If you are unable to print the Student Enrollment Form, it is available at all schools and can be filled out at the school.

Health

Children’s physical health is an important part of their learning and development. Before school starts in September, please help your child by making sure he/she has had his/her:

  • Vision checked
  • Kindergarten booster shot

You can contact your family doctor or the local Health Unit (250 851 7300) for more information.

Please take a few minutes to read the Parent Letter from Interior Health.

Gradual Entry

Entering the school system for the first time is a big step in your child’s life, as well as in yours. Your child’s feeling of excitement about the new experience may conflict with the fear of leaving you for an unfamiliar place. Gradual entry has been set up for the beginning of the school year. To help alleviate some of this concern and anxiety, a Gradual Entry process has been set up for the beginning of the school year. 

The Gradual Entry process includes:

  • A school orientation in the Spring.
  • A Family Conference which includes yourself, your child, and the teacher.
  • Small group sessions where your child will have a chance to become familiar with the teacher, some classmates, and the school.

We want children to have a smooth transition and positive start-up to their schooling experience. The process of Gradual Entry:

  • allows children time to adjust to their new environment, teacher, and peers in a smaller group and for a shorter school session,
  • allows time for each family to meet with the teacher to share important information about their child and build positive relationships between home and school, and
  • allows the teacher to focus on smaller groups during the Gradual Entry period, introduce children to classroom routines and procedures, and ease the transition for children so that they will feel comfortable and valued as a new member of the school community.

We understand that Gradual Entry may be somewhat challenging for families.  Thank you for supporting your child during this transition to school. Creating a positive beginning is important for each child.

The Importance of Play

During your child’s Kindergarten year you will see children engaged in many different play activities. Play is a child’s work; their way of learning. Through their play, children develop sensory motor control, eye-hand coordination and problem solving skills. Physical, social, intellectual, and emotional development are enhanced through play.

Research has shown that play:

  • enhances a child’s language development, 
  • encourages thinking, creativity and problem solving,
  • provides opportunities for children to represent their thinking, 
  • acts as a basis for learning in literacy, numeracy, and other curricular areas,
  • develops higher motivation to learn, and higher self-esteem, and
  • nourishes natural curiosity and supports overall healthy development.

Ways Children Learn

In Kindergarten classrooms you will see children learning:

  • through physical movement, music, the arts, and activity.
  • through hands-on activities.
  • to make thoughtful choices.
  • to accept responsibility for their actions.
  • to accept and respect others.
  • by talking and playing with materials and each other.
  • to be comfortable and confident in a larger social group.
  • to cooperate, share, and take turns with classmates.
  • by using literacy and numeracy skills throughout the day.
  • by experimenting with print in a variety of playful ways.

Supporting Your Child

You can support your child’s Kindergarten experience by:

  • helping your child have regular, prompt school attendance,
  • seeing that your child gets enough sleep and a healthy meal before school,
  • sharing information with the teacher about any situations that affect your child’s emotional well-being, and
  • following up with home activities suggested by the teacher.