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 ~

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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 ~

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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.

Amen.

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We warmly welcome you to St. Mark

Catholic Elementary School, and we

look forward to working with you to

establish a new and exciting

partnership.

You are your child’s first and foremost

teachers, but TOGETHER we are

embarking on an exciting journey of

faith and learning.

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W H A T I S

P L A Y - B A S E D

L E A R N I N G ?

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PLAY-BASED

LEARNING

ALLOWS FOR

THE PHYSICAL,

SOCIAL,

EMOTIONAL

AND

COGNITIVE

DEVELOPMENT

OF CHILDREN.

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…..joyful, playful

experiences that provide opportunities

for investigation and discovery.

Children develop at different rates,

have different backgrounds, and

different pre-school experiences.

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C E N T R E S

I N T H E

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LITERACY LEARNING

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

ACQUIRE.

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.

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Sample

Centres

Sand

Blocks

Drama

Reading

Painting

Puppets

Writing

Computer

Water

These are samples of just some of the common

play-based centres in the Kindergarten classroom

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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

seamless team.

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

core.

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

in Kindergarten

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PLANNING,

ASSESSMENT, AND

EVALUATION ARE

BASED ON THE

FOUR FRAMES

MODEL

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

demonstrating math

skills, but also

self-regulation and problem

solving skills.

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UNDERSTANDING THE FOUR FRAMES

Belonging and

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

Self-Regulation and

Well-Being:

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

others;

§ 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

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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 &

Innovating:

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

analytical thinking;

§ 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

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REPORTING IN YEAR

ONE OF KINDERGARTEN

Your child(ren) will receive 3 formal reports called "Kindergarten Communication of Learning" and one

Initial Observation:

• 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.

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SCHOOL UNIFORM

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

upon request

Kindly labelall uniform items

Students are asked to wear running shoes

daily

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

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Our Uniform

Supplier is

McCarthy

Uniforms ~

125 Nebo

Road

Hamilton, ON

(905)389-8800

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MEDICATION &

ALLERGIES

Please notify the office of any allergies

your child(ren) may have.

Please notify the office of any regular

medication (i.e. inhaler for asthma) that

your child may be taking.

From time to time your child may be

prescribed a medication, such as

antibiotics. In this case, a form must be

completed and signed for the medication

to be administered.

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S C H O O L

A T T E N D A N C E

S A F E A R R I V A L ~ S C H O O L M E S S E N G E R W I L L S E N D O U T A N E M A I L N O T I F I C A T I O N P R I O R T O S C H O O L S T A R T I N GP A R E N T S W I L L B E A B L E T O S I G N U P F O R A N D U S E T H I S S Y S T E M T O R E P O R T A B S E N C E S O R L A T E A R R I V A L S P R I O R T O T H E S C H O O L S T A R T T I M E .I F Y O U R C H I L D W I L L B E A R R I V I N G L A T E – R E P O R T T O T H E O F F I C E F O R A N A D M I T S L I P T O C L A S SP L E A S E P R A C T I C E G O O D R O U T I N E S F O R S C H O O L A T T E N D A N C E

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FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL

AND

DAILY DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP

Details for the first week of school have not been finalized.

This information will be sent out at the end of August, as

we await further direction. Thank you for your patience!

When dropping off your child(ren) in the morning, parents

are asked to say “goodbye” at the gate, where students

will begin their day with outdoor play.

Please pick up your child(ren) at the gate at the end of

the school day.

Parents are asked not to park in the laneway in front of the

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PREPARING YOUR CHILD(REN)

FOR SCHOOL

St. Mark School follows a

Balanced Day

, which means

that our students have

Two(2) Nutritional Breaks

where

they eat for 20 minutes and then play for 20 minutes. The

first break is from

10:40 am – 11:20am

, and the second

break is from

1:20pm – 2:00pm.

Please keep this in mind

when packing your child(ren)'s food/snacks each day.

Your child(ren) will need a

backpack

, large enough to

hold library books, lunch bag, extra clothes and

schoolwork.

Your child(ren) will need a refillable water bottle. Students

can refill their empty bottles at our hydration station or one

of our water fountains.

Please

LABEL

all your child(ren)'s belongings, including

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S T . M A R K B E F O R E &

A F T E R C A R E P R O G R A M

Andrea Spencer, Operational Lead with the

Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Child Care

Centres for the School Age Program

Elham Daker, is our onsite Supervisor, but is

currently off due to school closure

For more information contact Andrea Spencer

at

andrea.spencer@hwcdsb.ca

during our

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O U R S C H O O L

G Y M N A S I U M

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O U R

S C H O O L

L I B R A R Y

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O U R S C H O O L

M A S C O T :

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C O A T R O O M

A N D S T U D E N T

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C L A S S R O O M

P H O T O S

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F O L L O W I N G

H E A L T H & S A F E T Y

P R O T O C O L S

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F D K

E N T R A N C E

A N D E X I T

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OUR FDK TEAM

Classroom

Teachers

•Mrs. C. D’Angela

•Mrs. J. Gentile

•Mrs. P. Mastroianni

•Mrs. G. Rohac

•Mrs. N. Skaljin

DECE

•Mrs. N. D’Souza

•Mrs. L. Furness

•Mrs. D. Phillips

PPT

•Ms. M. Garrett

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THE

FOLLOWING

ONLINE

RESOURCES

WILL BE

ACCESSIBLE

TO YOU ONCE

YOUR

CHILD(REN)

BEGINS

SCHOOL IN

SEPTEMBER:

St. Mark CES Website BuzzBoard

https://stmk.hwcdsb.ca

School Cash Online

https://hwcdsb.schoolcashonline.ca

Email or call:

parenthelp@schoolcashonline.com

1-866-961-1803

School Messenger Safe Arrival Parent

Portal

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Although our circumstances

have not allowed us to meet in

person, we are looking forward

to meeting your child(ren) in

September! We are eager to

begin this new journey with you

and your child(ren). If you have

any questions, please contact

the school at (905) 560-0032, or

email the school at

stmk@hwcdsb.ca

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H A V E A S A F E A N D

H A P P Y S U M M E R !

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