W E L C O M E T O F U L L
D A Y K I N D E R G A R T E N !
~ A V I R T U A L
O R I E N T A T I O N ~
ST. MARK SCHOOL PRAYER
God our Father,
You helped St. Mark
the Evangelist with
your grace, so that he
could preach the
Good News of Christ.
Help us to know You
well, so that we may
faithfully live our lives
as followers of Christ.
We warmly welcome you to St. Mark
Catholic Elementary School, and we
look forward to working with you to
establish a new and exciting
You are your child’s first and foremost
teachers, but TOGETHER we are
embarking on an exciting journey of
faith and learning.
W H A T I S
P L A Y - B A S E D
L E A R N I N G ?
Play and academic learning cannot be
separated. They are linked. Play paves
the way for learning.
Kindergarten Teams are called to
observe children engaged in play,
interact with children in play and
extend their thinking.
Knowledge begins not in words but
experiences that provide opportunities
for investigation and discovery.
Children develop at different rates,
have different backgrounds, and
different pre-school experiences.
C E N T R E S
I N T H E
AND NUMERACY LEARNING ARE EMBEDDED IN PLAY-BASED CENTRES SO THAT LEARNING IS AUTHENTIC AND
RELEVANT FOR YOUNG
CHILDREN. WHEN CHILDREN ENGAGE IN REAL-LIFE CONTEXTS, NEW LEARNING IS MUCH EASIER TO
PLAY-BASED OPPORTUNITIES TOGETHER WITH DAILY STORIES, SONGS, CONVERSATIONS, PRAYER, OUTDOOR
EXPERIENCES AND LAUGHTER WILL TRULY PROVIDE YOUR CHILD WITH THE
BEST START POSSIBLE FOR LIFELONG LEARNING.
These are samples of just some of the common
play-based centres in the Kindergarten classroom
Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten is delivered with a TEAM approach. At the core of the program, is the partnership between a
Teacher and an Early Childhood Educator
These two professionals collaborate to meet the diverse needs of children
and provide intentional opportunities for learning.
The Early Childhood Educator and the Teacher
are in the classroom together all day and form a
Grounded in faith and shared beliefs, the team plans for and ensures a rich
Full Day Kindergarten program that embraces Play-Based Learning at its
The team makes certain that daily experiences are
developmentally appropriate and guarantee
that diversity and inclusion are at the forefront.
A Team Approach to Teaching
BASED ON THE
The Four Frames Model
allows educators to view
children with a wider
lens. For example, when
a student is building with
blocks they are not only
skills, but also
self-regulation and problem
UNDERSTANDING THE FOUR FRAMES
Contributing:Encompasses children’s learning and development with respect to their:
sense of connectedness to others
relationships with others contributions as part of a
group, a community, and the natural world;
understanding of relationships and community, and of the ways in which people
contribute to the world around them
Encompasses children’s learning and development with respect to their:
§ own thinking and feelings, and recognition of and
respect for differences in the thinking and feelings of
§ Regulating their emotions, adapting to distractions, and assessing consequences of actions in a way that enables them to engage in learning; § their physical and mental
UNDERSTANDING THE FOUR FRAMES
Demonstrating Literacy &
Mathematical Behaviours:Encompasses children’s learning and development with respect to:
§ communicating their thoughts and feelings – through gestures, physical movements, words, and symbols, using a variety of materials;
§ Literacy behaviours, in the ways they use language, images, and materials to
express and think critically about ideas and emotions, as they listen and speak, and begin to read and write;
§ Mathematics behaviours, in the ways they use concepts of number and pattern
during play and inquiry; access, manage, create, and evaluate information; and experience an emergent understanding of mathematical relationships, concepts,
skills, and processes.
Problem Solving &
Encompasses children’s learning and development with respect to:
§ exploring the world through natural curiosity, in ways that engage the mind, the senses, and the body;
§ making meaning of their world by asking questions, testing theories, solving problems, and engaging in creative and
§ the innovative ways of thinking about and doing things that naturally arise with an active curiosity, applying those ideas in relationships with others, with materials, and with the
REPORTING IN YEAR
ONE OF KINDERGARTEN
Your child(ren) will receive 3 formal reports called "Kindergarten Communication of Learning" and one
• The Initial Observation provides parents with an early overview of your child(ren)’s learning and evidence of growth in relation to the overall expectations in the Kindergarten program. A parent observation/class visit will take place in late November.
• The Kindergarten Communication of Learning will be issued at three points in the school year:
It is intended to provide parents with descriptions, including anecdotal comments, about their
child’s strengths and growth in relation to the overall expectations within each of the four frames of the Kindergarten program.
Communication about learning is designed to provide detailed information that will support children in their learning, help educators to establish plans for learning, and assist parents in supporting learning at home.
All students must wear a school uniform
The uniform consists of
solid navy blue bottoms
and crested white or navy blue polo shirts
(long or short sleeved).
St. Mark crests can be purchased at the office
for $3.50, and sewn on to polo shirts at home
Gently used uniform items are also available
Kindly labelall uniform items
Students are asked to wear running shoes
During the winter months running shoes can be left at school
Please send in an extra set of clothes for your child in their backpack,
including socks and underwear