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Peace Wapiti Public School Division
Educating today for success tomorrow
Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76
Kindergarten

Enrol your child in full-day Kindergarten at a PWSD school near you. All families welcome.


Kindergarten Registration is open to children turning five by December 31.
Beginning the educational journey is an exciting step for children and their families. Please review the following information in preparation for the start of the school year. If you have additional questions, contact Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) Central Office at (780) 532-8133.

Register your child from the comfort of your own home

Registration opens March 27, 2018 

PWSD offers online registration. First-time users will need to set up an account, and then complete the online registration process. Online registration for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year opens on March 27, 2018. To review how the online registration process works, please see How to register online

Please note: Registration is not complete until it has been approved by PWSD’s Central Registrar. If you are unable to upload scanned copies of your child’s birth certificate and proof of residency, please bring them to the school office. Other documents, such as custody information, may be required by the school office.

The Early Years

Lifelong learning starts the moment we are born. The first six years of our lives are a time of unparalleled discovery. We learn about ourselves and the world around us. Our personalities take shape and we begin to lay the foundation of knowledge that will support us as we enter the education system. Recognizing this, PWSD and Alberta Education are committed to exploring options that provide children with access to early learning opportunities.

Early Childhood Services (ECS)
School authorities use the following guiding principles when working with children, as outlined in Alberta Education’s Kindergarten Program Statement :

  • childhoods differ depending on social and cultural circumstances;
  • children’s development is influenced but not determined by their early experiences;
  • children interact and learn in a variety of contexts;
  • children are co-constructors of knowledge and partners in learning;
  • children are unique and active contributors to their learning;
  • children construct and represent knowledge in a variety of ways;
  • children are citizens and active participants in school and society;
  • children are active collaborators in and users of assessment;
  • children may require specialized programming and supports to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that engage them in their learning; and
  • children and their families may need co-ordinated community services to meet their needs.
PWSD provides options for educational programming for children between the ages of 2½ years old and younger than 6 years of age as of September 1. Alberta Education’s ECS policy states that children identified with disabilities/delays are eligible for up to three years of ECS programming, depending on age, severity of the disability/delay and its impact on the child’s ability to function within an ECS environment. For information about program availability, call (780) 532-8133.

Kindergarten

Kindergarten is a program that not only helps prepare children for entry into Grade 1, but also provides a foundation for later success. Kindergarten provides learning experiences that are developmentally appropriate to meet the diverse needs of children and promote a positive attitude toward lifelong learning. A child whose developmental needs have been met is more likely to grow into a self-reliant, responsible, caring and contributing member of society.  

A typical day in full-day Kindergarten

​Time​Activity
8:20 a.m. ​Arrive at school: Get settled, stow personal belongings and prepare for the day.
8:45 a.m. ​​Centers: Activity-based opportunities for free exploration, cooperation and developing social and language skills.
9:20 a.m. ​Learning time: Stories, the alphabet, songs and playing with words – so many fun ways to learn!
9:45 a.m. ​Fine motor development activities: Play dough, puzzles and forming letters.
10:00 a.m.​Washroom break and snacks
​10:15 a.m. ​Sharing and foundational numeracy activities.
​11:00 a.m.​Outdoor recess
11:30 a.m. ​Theme-based learning
​Noon​Physical activity in the gymnasium at noon.
​12:30 p.m.​Lunch
1:00 p.m.​Literacy and artistic exploration.
​1:30 p.m.​Centers: More activity-based learning.
2:00 p.m.​Outdoor recess
​2:30 p.m.​Snacks, followed by games or cross-graded reading activities.
​3:00 p.m.​Wrap up circle time at 3:00 p.m. Preparation for dismissal.
​3:20 p.m.​Dismissal

Our students are supported in a safe and caring environment


Junior Kindergarten and Playschools
Through Junior Kindergarten (JK) and playschool, PWSD is able to initiate early intervention programs a full year earlier. See the column at right for a list of PWSD schools offering JK and playschool programs, and how they differ. Positive Parenting Programs (PPP) are provided by a trained PPP employee and through a contract with the local Family Community Support Services (FCSS).

What to expect in speech and language development

Children learn different words based on their experiences and they communicate differently because of their personalities. Even though they develop speech and language at their own pace, they do learn the same things in a similar order.

Here’s what most five-year-olds can do:

Talking:

  • Say most speech sounds correctly and are easy to understand.
  • Speak in sentences that are five-to-six words in length.
  • Ask questions using who, what, where, and why.
  • Use the present, future, and past tenses (She walks to the park. She will walk to the park. She walked to the park.).
  • Retell a story by naming the characters and talking about what happened.
  • Use different types of words, such as action (kick) and describing words (yellow, cold).

Listening/Understanding:

  • Follow three directions at a time.
  • Understand many concepts, such as colours, location words, and numbers.
  • Put things into basic groups, such as fruits, animals, and toys.
  • Understand most adult conversation, including sayings like Time to hit the sack.
  • Understand and answer most questions appropriately.
  • Like to listen to rhymes and make up their own rhymes.

Social Skills:

  • Makes eye contact with other children and adults.
  • Takes turns and wait for their turn during activities.
  • Sits quietly and listens to the teacher during circle time.
  • Says hi or hello and goodbye appropriately.

Some five-year-olds may still have trouble:

  • Saying the sounds sh, ch, j, s, z, v, r, and th. The s and z sounds may be lisps.
  • Asking questions that start with when.
  • Understanding the words above and below.

If you have concerns about your child’s development, contact Heather Putio, Assistant Superintendent at PWSD, (780) 532-8133.

Early Childhood Services (ECS): How do Playschool, Junior Kindergarten and Daycare differ?

Playschools
Some playschools are run by licensed Family and Child Support Services (FCSS) Early Childhood Development staff and offer a play-based program that follows four areas of wellness.

For the 2017-2018 school year, PWSD has a partnership with FCSS for playschool programming at:

  • Bezanson School
  • Clairmont Community School
  • Elmworth School
  • LaGlace School

 
Junior Kindergarten (JK)

Play-based learning is encouraged in JK programs, but in a more structured environment where a certified PWSD teacher has input in the programming and instruction. The curriculum framework, Play, Participation, and Possibilities: An Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework for Alberta, is used to support evolving practices, planning and provisionis for young children's learning.

JK is offered at:

  • Beaverlodge Elementary School
  • Bonanza School
  • Hythe Regional School
  • Penson School (Grovedale)
  • Rycroft School
  • Spirit River Regional Academy
  • Teepee Creek School


Private Preschools and Playschools

PWSD partners with privately-run preschools and playschools to provide programming for children with identified mild, moderate or severe disabilities/delays.

Preparing for the first day of Kindergarten

Did you know?
Positive energy at home goes a long way with self-esteem in the classroom.

Staggered entry
Some schools begin with staggered entry. At the start of the year, small groups of students receive their first introduction to school on different days. Inquire with your school about the times and dates.

What to pack:
Pack clean running shoes and a change of clothes.

School supplies:
Contact your child’s school for a list of specific items to include.

Additional tips:
Read to your child for 20 minutes per day.
Get involved with your child’s school.