Great Learning Starts Here
Please find a Kindergarten
checklist and a Kindergarten Parent Information Guide for 2021-2022 school
year. We currently have 74 students as of September. Please find some reading to do in order to be prepared for your
first day of school. Our Website has our school calendar, the
Kindergarten parent orientation night video for all new parents and our power
point presentation for new parents. There is also information regarding
Day Care, Seeds of Spice.
Kindergarten Information for Parents: 2021-22 School Year
Bienvenue and Welcome to William Reid School. This booklet contains important information about our school and our Kindergarten program. We recommend visiting the Kindergarten Overview for Parents> and the French Immersion Kindergarten at a Glance from Alberta Education. We also highly recommend visiting our William Reid School website regularly for information specific to our school. This is where our William Reid Student & Parent Handbook can be found and downloaded and where parents can subscribe to School Messenger in order to receive all of our email messages.
School Contact Information
Visit our Contact Us and Our Staff page.
Office Hours: 7:45 am – 3:45pm
Principal: Christine Stiles firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Principal: Sheri Bullough email@example.com
Administrative Assistant: Lindsay Marchuk-Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org
CBE website: www.cbe.ab.ca
The Kindergarten program consists of a minimum of 475 hours of instruction. Start and end times are aligned with entry and dismissal times for Grades 1-4.
AM Class: 8:02 – 10:55 am
PM Class: 12:00 – 2:50 pm
8:02 am – 12:00 pm
Please send a healthy snack but absolutely no nut products please!
The traditional school calendar for 2021-22 is available on our calendar page. Please note the alternating Fridays – yellow for AM kindergarten and orange for PM Kindergarten.
We currently have 74 Kindergarten students registered. There are two morning classes and two afternoon classes. We strive to ensure a balance of students between the morning and afternoon, considering factors such as transportation needs, after-school care arrangements and preference.
First Day - Staggered Entry
Staggered entry helps teachers engage with a smaller group while they are learning basic school routines.
Student’s with last names A – L are to come to school on Wednesday September 1 2021
Student’s with last names M- Z are to come to school on Thursday September 2 2021
Dropping off and Picking Up
Visit our Parking and Drop off page for more information.
Parents and/or caregivers should always drop off and pick up children outside the school. For security reasons, we ask that you wait outside when picking up your child. Goodbyes need to be said outside to encourage independence, to reduce crowding in the hallways, and to minimize disruptions during class time. Children are dismissed at the end of the day when the teacher and parents or caregivers make eye contac. If after-school arrangements change (ex. play date, different adult picking up your child) please provide a written note in their communication folder and or e-mail your child’s teacher and the office.
Communication between the school and family is an extremely important factor to your child’s success at school! The following are our key means of communication:
- School and CBE websites
- Classroom weekly email updates
- Student backpack mail
- Student agenda/communication folder
- Teacher and Office email messages email@example.com
- Telephone 403-777-6940
- School Messenger emails with weekly updates from administration - William’s Weekly (This is sent home and posted on the school website as well)
Report Cards and Conferences
Parents must log in to MyCBE / PowerSchool ASAP with their child’s CBE ID number. This number will be sent home in June or you may ask your child’s teacher. You need to have logged into MyCBE / PowerSchool in order to set up parent conferences in September, November and March. Please do this before the third week of September so you can get the Conference time you need. In order to keep parents fully informed on the development of their child in Kindergarten, parents and teachers need to keep an open line of communication throughout the year. There are 2 formal reporting periods (January & June). We encourage student participation in conferences in order to share work and learning goals.
School Information and Updates
Most parent information is sent through email notices, weekly updates from administration called “William’s Weekly” is sent home and can be found on the website. It is very important that you check the school’s website regularly. On the Website there is a calendar of events and the William’s Weekly is posted with the most current up to date information. Please also check your child’s communication folder in their backpack daily.
If you have questions or concerns, you can make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher before or after class. The teachers are happy to answer questions, provide information, or discuss concerns. We want to discourage informal meetings before school at drop off and pick up. Our teacher’s are responsible for all students at this time.
Due to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), you need to subscribe to School Messenger in order to receive important email messages from your child's teacher and the school. This information will also be mailed home in June.
MyCBE / PowerSchool Account
By usingMyCBE / PowerSchool , parents can register for services, apply for waivers, book conferences and pay fees. There will be a letter sent home with CBE student ID’s and Access Keys and the instructions on how to register. It is essential that you sign up for your account ASAP!
We believe that a strong relationship between parents and teachers is an important part of the culture at William Reid School. We want parents to feel welcome at the school to volunteer, to speak with a teacher, or even to see what is up on the bulletin boards. We will follow all Covid 19 protocols this year, parents can enter the school by appointment only. However, to maintain security, we do ask that you respect the following security protocols:
- Enter by front door only
- Sign in at the office as soon as you have entered
- Wear a name tag while volunteering
- Sign your child out at the office for appointments
- Sign your child in at the office if arriving late
- Call the office for absences/last minute bus changes
- Communicate clearly with teacher about all after-school arrangements (Send a written note)
- Carefully complete and return intake and registration forms
- Call the office to update a change in guardian or contact information immediately
Volunteers are greatly appreciated for classroom activities, fieldtrips, school events, etc. Regular classroom volunteering will be on a sign-up basis and the schedule will begin in October. All volunteers must complete a Police Security Clearance in advance, government identification is required and this process can take several weeks to complete. The required form can be downloaded from our website but you’ll need to visit the office to start and complete the process. Even if you are unsure if you will be volunteering, it is a good idea to have the security clearance done in case an unexpected need arises. Please note that volunteers must maintain student confidentially at all times and siblings are not permitted to attend. We suggest you start the processonce Covid AHS restrictions are lifted, as the turn-around time now is short compared to September when it may take two months! At this time we can not have any volunteers in the building due to Covid 19 protocols.
Please see our Volunteer page for more information.
Busing will begin on the first day of school.
It is important that parents understand that it is their responsibility to register their child for bus transportation and become familiar with all bus information and route maps (available online and in the office). Parents must also share bus plans with us at the beginning of the year and send a written note or email the teacher and the office when a change in plans is expected or call the office for last minute changes. Please discuss the bus behavior and safety expectations with your child. We do our best to ensure your child’s safety while taking the bus and have put many strategies into place for this reason including the following:
- Meeting with bus students and explanation of expectations
- Bus pass letter ‘hand stamp’ for first few days
- Bus buddies with older students
- Daily bus attendance
- Supervised boarding and disembarking of the bus
- Releasing of Kindergarten students to parent/caregiver at bus stop. Kindergarten students are not left at the bus stop unless someone is there to meet them.
Buses often run late during inclement weather and there may also be a variety other possible delays or issues. Please remember to check The School Bus Monitor online and subscribe to text messaging with School Messenger for the most up to date information.
Visit our Busing page for more information.
Attendance is taken after the bell rings at 8:05AM. Our school administration assistant contacts parents whose children are absent without previous notice. Please call the 24-hour absence line if your child is going to be late because of an appointment or absent for any reason. If you arrive after the other students have entered the classroom, your child must obtain a late slip from the office before coming to class. As much as possible please get your child to get the late slip as it fosters independence. We will escort Kindergarten students to their classes at first.
Visit our Attendance page for more information.
Please model traffic safety for our students by following regulations and using crosswalks! Kiss N’ Dash means that parents may not park or get out of their vehicle. Children should exit on the curbside and use the nearest crosswalk if necessary. Although the entire length of 12 Street is a bus zone, parents may use the east side as a Kiss N’ Dash, after the opening of the fence and at their own risk. If a caregiver will be dropping off/picking up your child, please ensure that they clearly understand all traffic & safety regulations.
- Parking Lot: staff only, vehicles and pedestrians strictly not permitted
- One-way: alley and cul-de-sac. Parking not permitted, Kiss N’ Dash.
- Kiss N’ Dash: 36 Avenue between 11 and 12 Street
- Bus Zone: 12 Street, between 36 and 34 Avenue
Please note that any fee waivers will be handled by the central office. We do charge an activity fee for field trips and other activities. If you are not able to pay for the activity fee, please see our Principal, Mme Christine Stiles.
Off-site trips are organized throughout the year. Their purpose is to enrich the Kindergarten curriculum. Parent permission slips are sent home prior to each trip. Students cannot participate without this written consent.
Visit our Fees page for more information.
Required: Backpack, Footwear & Clothing
Your child will be taking home notices and library books regularly. Please ensure that they have a backpack large enough to accommodate these items and that it is clearly labeled with their full name (on the inside for safety reasons). Indoor shoes with Velcro fasteners are preferred until your child is able to independently and quickly tie laces. Our kindergarten activities are often very active and can be quite messy. Please send your child in play clothes that are comfortable and easily washed. We also encourage you to watch the weather and send them appropriately dressed daily. Our students go outside every day (severe weather depending) rain, snow or shine.
William Reid School Council & Fundraising Society
The role of School Council is to:
- Consult and advise with school administration,
- Work for the collective good of the students,
- Build parent understanding of school matters, and
- Offer parents a voice in school matters
Please watch for opportunities to become involved with WRSC & FS, attend monthly meetings and consider volunteering for the upcoming casino Fundraiser!
We look forward to working collaboratively with you to ensure your child’s success!
Visit our School Council and Parent Society pages for more information.
Please send a small nut/peanut free snack each day, consisting of a labeled water bottle and one or two nutritious items. Veggies and cut fruit, meat, cheese and crackers are some suggested items. Please be mindful to use reusable containers whenever possible in order to reduce waste. Please ensure your child is able to open all containers on their own and provide spoons if necessary.
If you wish to send a special nut-free treat on your child’s birthday, please feel free to do so. It is entirely optional, but always welcome! We find cookies or Rice Krispy squares to be the preferred treats as they are not as difficult to give out.
Have you remembered to do the following?
- Update your contact information and your emergency contacts with the school
- Bookmark the CBE and our William Reid School websites
- Subscribe to SchoolMessenger
- Create an online MyCBE / PowerSchool account
- Register for busing, if you are planning on using it BEFORE June 6 2021
- Complete a security clearance, if you can volunteer
- Arrange for transportation to and from school
- Arrange for before and after school care
- Confirm bus routes/info., if needed
- Register for Seeds of S.P.I.C.E. before/after school care, if needed
How to Help
Your Child be Successful at School
- Keep them healthy. Healthy nutrition, hydration and overall good physical health are critical to successful learning.
- Set a bedtime routine and stick to it. Learning is hard. Your children will be ready for it only if they are well rested. Children this young require 10 -11 hours of quality sleep nightly.
- Ensure that your child attends regularly and is punctual. Learning experiences cannot be replicated or reduced to a worksheet. Absent students miss out on important learning.
- Check your child’s backpack every day. There will be new books to read and important school notices. Help your child keep their backpack organized and free of unnecessary items like toys.
- Read to and with your child. This develops basic literacy skills and reinforces the value of reading. Reading success is the number one indicator of overall academic success.
- Talk to them. Make time for meaningful conversations and avoid using ‘baby talk’.
- Listen to them. Encourage your child to talk about their feelings and their learning.
- Praise them for their efforts. Recognize their efforts, celebrate their success and talk about their next steps in learning.
- Make the most of meal times. Eating together can be the ideal setting for sharing school or family events or concerns, discussing challenges, setting goals and choosing strategies.
- Communicate with your child’s teacher. If you feel your child is struggling at school, make an appointment to speak with the teacher and find out how you can help. Don’t wait, advocate!
How well can your child complete the following pre-school skills?
- Use a Kleenex properly
- Wash and dry hands and face
- Attend to toilet needs
- Put on and remove coat, hat, mitts, shoes, etc.
- Tie own shoe laces
- Speak clearly using simple but complete sentences
- Say “please”, “thank you”, and “excuse me”
- Say their full name, address and telephone number
- Say their age, and month of birthday
- Follow simple directions (ex. put away toys)
- Follow a request the first time it is given
- Take good care of personal belongings (or that of others)
- Listen to others speak without interrupting
- Share and wait their turn
- Take responsibility for actions (admit when they’ve made a mistake)
- Hold a pencil with an effective 2 or 3 finger grasp
- Carry out simple cutting and pasting projects
- Catch and throw a medium sized ball
- Stand on one foot while you count to eight
- Sit still for short periods of time (10 minutes)
- Play with modeling clay, building blocks and puzzles
- Listen quietly to stories read aloud
- Talk about what happened in a story
- Look at a book and talk about the pictures
- Hold a book and turn pages correctly
- Recite some nursery rhymes
- Recognize alphabet letters and numbers to 10
- Recognize basic colours
- Recognize their own name printed in lowercase letters
- Print their own first name
- Tell the right hand from the left hand
- Indoor shoes (no laces)
- LARGE backpack (big enough to fit a large library book)
- Snack & water bottle
- Label all personal items with your child’s name
- Backup masks, in case masks get dirty
Please subscribe to School Messenger to ensure you receive information from the school and the teachers. See office for details
First Day of School
- AM (8:02-10:55)
- PM (12:00-2:50)
- Wednesday, Sept 1 - Last names ending in A-L
- Thursday Sept 2 - Last names ending in M-Z
- Friday Sept 3 - 8:05-12pm
- AM soft start 7:50 am to 8:02 am (doors locked by 8:05)
- PM soft start 11:50 am to 12:00 pm
Pick Up/Drop Off
East entrance facing the playground and west entrance in naturalization area are the kindergarten doors. You will receive specific instructions regarding which door from your teacher in August. Please ensure you are on time to pick up your child, if you are late, your child will be brought to the office.