Welcome Back, January Newsletter, And Important Reminders
Please find attached our CMES Newsletter for January 2018. We are looking forward to seeing all of our students back to school tomorrow at 830am.
Please read below for some important reminders that went out electronically before the Christmas break:
Grade 9 Information Night
Please see the attached for information on the information night on: Thursday, January 18th, 2018 from 7-9pm.
Students brought home a paper copy as well.
Exciting changes are coming as we get ready to welcome our newest students to our school.
Kindergarten registration for the 2018-2019 school year will take place from January 9 to 19, 2018, and will feature a new online pre-registration process.
All Kindergarten students (JK and SK) who are new to the Upper Grand District School Board must pre-register online at www.ugdsb.ca/kindergarten. Students entering SK next year who are already attending an UGDSB school this year are not required to pre-register online.
Pre-registering online will allow parents to fill out a Student Admission Form at a time and place that’s convenient to them. Our school will have a computer available for families to pre-register online here, if desired. If you’re not sure which school your child is eligible to attend, visit www.findmyschool.ca.
Once they’ve pre-registered online, parents must come into their home school before the Jan. 19th deadline, to drop off required documentation and complete their registration.
Kindergarten Registration steps for all new Kindergarten students:
- Between Jan. 9-19, 2018, pre-register your child online atugdsb.ca/kindergarten
- Check for a confirmation email indicating you’ve successfully completed pre-registration
- Once you have pre-registered, go to your child’s home school to drop off required documentation to complete your registration. Required documentation:
- Proof of Age (child’s birth certificate or passport)
- Proof of Immunization (Health Record card)
- Proof of residency identifying parent/guardian’s current home address (e.g. utility/tax bill, bank statement, purchase/lease agreement)
- Verification of date or arrival/immigration documents (if child was not born in Canada)
- If you are registering your child for JK French Immersion, make sure you have completed your registration and received a FI Pre-Registration Receipt directly from the school by Jan. 19, 2018, at 4 p.m. The FI registration process is not complete until you have received this receipt.
Junior Kindergarten French Immersion
In the UGDSB, admission into the French Immersion (FI) program begins in Junior Kindergarten (JK), which is the only entry point into the program.
All UGDSB schools that offer JK FI have an enrolment cap, and there is a defined selection process for students if a school exceeds its enrolment cap.
For the 2018-19 school year, all parents wanting to register their child in JK FI must have completed their registration by Jan. 19 at 4 p.m., in order to be considered ‘on time.’
JK FI registration is considered complete when:
- The Student Admission Form is completed and submitted online (pre-registration)
- Required documentation has been brought to the home school
- A ‘FI Pre-Registration Receipt’ is completed, signed and submitted at the school
For more information on the JK FI registration and selection process, visit www.ugdsb.ca/jkfi.
Talking to Children
How many times have you asked your child what they did in school today and they said “nothing”? Do you feel that most of the conversations you have with your children are just about telling them what to do? Many parents feel this way; life is busy.
Giving children opportunities to have conversations is really important for their growth and learning. What to do? Children often ask a lot of questions, especially young children. Parents answer those questions and the conversation often just ends. How do you keep the conversation going? Instead of answering the question what if next time you ask a question instead? Consider these questions: What do you think it is? What do you think about that? What interests you about that? What do you notice? How do you think that works? If you get a one word answer you might make a comment such as, “tell me more”, “I’d like to hear more about that” or ask another question.
Listening carefully is also important when talking to your child. Children respond positively if they know they have been heard and that you are interested in what they have to say. Use comments to encourage your child to keep talking: “Tell me more about that”, “that must have been difficult/interesting”, “it sounds like you had fun”, “you must have felt disappointed/frustrated/angry”. Talk while having dinner together, preparing dinner, going out for a walk, at bedtime, on the way to school or while standing in the grocery line. Think of yourself as a partner in the conversation.
The last week of school was filled with special events and activities. Here are some pictures from our last week of school.