JUNIOR AND SENIOR FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION
As of September 2013, St. Gabriel will be offering Full Day Early Learning Program
Children registering in Junior Kindergarten must be four years of age on or before December 31 of the school year for which they are registering. Children registering in Senior Kindergarten must be five years of age on or before December 31 of the school year for which they are registering. Children currently registered in the Junior Kindergarten program need not register for the school’s Senior Kindergarten program. Placement will be processed by the school unless otherwise notified by the parent.
The following documentation is required for registration:
Roman or Eastern Right Catholic Baptismal Certificate
Immunization. Before a registration is finalized, a child will have completed the prescribed program of immunization for diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, and rubella
Registrations cannot be processed until all documentation is complete. More registration information can be found here
Students from Grades 1 to 8 will receive a student agenda in the first week of September. Through use of these agendas, students are able to learn time management skills, goal setting, and how to keep track of and prioritize their tasks.
These agendas help students to record and track homework assignments and long term projects. Students are expected to use them daily. You can help encourage and support the use of agendas, by checking your child’s agenda and signing it daily, or as required by the classroom teacher.
Success in school is possible only if regular work habits are established by the students. Students are responsible for being prepared with correct notebooks and suitable writing equipment. A binder or carrying case is recommended. Homework should be completed as assigned. If for some reason, the homework assignment is not completed, the teacher concerned should be informed and a reason should be given.
Ideally homework trains pupils to plan and study on their own. It gives them an opportunity to review and master skills taught in class and encourages them to explore creativity in directions of their own choosing.
Homework is not a test of the child’s capabilities and surely not of the parents. It is not punishment or busy work. For parents the problem with homework is to strike a balance between detachment and over involvement. Many parents ask teachers about the amount of homework the student should be doing.
As a general rule, children in Primary Grades (Grades 1 to 3) are not given additional homework other than reading. A child is expected to finish work assigned in class. In the event of school absence, teachers and parents will work out a plan to catch up on missed work. The child will be expected to take home and complete such work. At times, parents and teachers work together to improve the student’s literacy and/or numeracy abilities by reinforcing new concepts at home.
In the Junior Grades (Grades 4 to 6) homework may need to be done for:
In the Intermediate Grades (Grades 7 to 8), it is expected that students may need to do homework each night for:
REPORTING TO PARENTS
Grades 1 to 8
The Provincial Report Card is sent home twice a year in February and June. Progress Reports are sent home in November, followed by a formal interview whereby you meet with your child’s teacher(s). After the first term report (February), time is available for parents and/or teachers to meet for an interview if necessary. At any time during the school year, a parent who wishes an interview with the teacher can phone the school to arrange a mutually convenient interview time.
In November, parents are invited in for a classroom observation and an informal conversation with the teacher. At the end of January, parents attend a formal parent-teacher interview to discuss their child’s progress to date. A formal, written report card will follow in June.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION and DAILY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Physical Education is an integral part of the entire program as set out by the Ministry of Education. All students are expected to participate. If a child is unable to participate for a medical reason, we require a parental note to that effect, as other areas of school life may be affected.
A participation form is sent home in September and students must return it to the classroom teacher before participating in any Physical Education classes. D.P.A., (daily physical activity), 20 minutes per day, is Ministry and Board mandated as of Sept. 2006. The 20 minutes may be incorporated into the scheduled Physical Education classes.
EXCURSIONS AND FIELD TRIPS
Educational trips which extend learning opportunities in any curriculum area are encouraged. Appropriate reservations, transportation, supervision and written parental consent are essential components of each field trip.
Educational field trips are intended to enhance student learning opportunities beyond the classroom. As such the trip experience must be related to classroom academic programs.
Prior to any field trip you will receive a letter which will explain the objectives of the trip, describe the mode of transportation, details regarding supervision arrangements and provisions for student safety as well as practical suggestions regarding clothing and food requirements as required.
The cost should never prohibit a student from attending a trip. No child will be excluded from an educational experience for monetary reasons. Please call the classroom teacher or the principal who will help you make the confidential arrangements for your child to attend.