Kindergarten Orientation

Kindergarten orientation sessions will be held throughout the SCDSB in the spring of 2023. These sessions provide families with the opportunity to engage with their school community as their children prepare to enter school. 

They will also have the opportunity to meet educators, early years and child care partners and receive an orientation of their school.

Orientation dates will be available on this page come the new year. Prior to your session, your school will provide you with further information.

Getting ready for Kindergarten

 

The SCDSB has developed a video made especially for students who are new to Kindergarten. We encourage you to watch this video with your child and check out the tips to get ready for Kindergarten, available below. They include discussion prompts and ideas to help you prepare your little one for the big day.


Tips to get ready for Kindergarten

My feelings about school

Talk to your child about their feelings about school, friends, teachers, and new activities. Ask your child:

  • How do you feel about Kindergarten?
  • What do you think you might get to do at school?
  • What are you most excited about?
  • What makes you feel nervous?

Listen carefully to your child’s responses. If your child is nervous about something, they will let you know: maybe not in words, though. Watch their
expressions, notice the topics they bring up repeatedly and listen for their tone of voice. Be encouraging, and if necessary, reassuring.

Eating and drinking
  • Together, make a list of foods that your child likes to eat.
  • Put snacks into reusable containers to practice opening and closing.
My belongings
  • Gather an extra set of clothing. Practice changing into the new clothes and putting the other clothes into a plastic bag.
  • Practice changing shoes.
  • Practice zipping zippers.
  • Make sure your child can recognize important items of clothing and do their shoes up on their own.
  • Don't forget to label your belongings.
Self-care and routines

Make a list of the things that you do every morning to get ready. For example:

  • wake up
  • get dressed
  • eat breakfast
  • brush teeth
  • feed the dog

Knowing what to expect each day and sticking to a routine will help to make busy mornings go more smoothly once the school year begins.

Home time

What will happen at the end of the school day? Talk about that plan with your child. 

Will they go to childcare each day? Take the bus? Be picked up by you or someone else? If possible, practice this routine together several times before school begins.

Getting ready for the big day
  • Visit the school building together. Take a walk around the schoolyard. Each time you visit the school, you will be able to build excitement and reassurance with your child.
  • Share your favourite memories of school with your child; hearing about your experiences will be reassuring.
  • Create a special good-bye handshake, kiss or hug with your child. 
  • Think about an action that your child can do when you are not around to remind them that you are always close by and thinking about them!

2023 Kindergarten orientation dates

 

School
Date & time

Adjala Central PS

May 17, 5 p.m.

Admiral Collingwood ES

May 10, 5:30 p.m. 

Alcona Glen ES

May 17, 5:30 p.m. 

Algonquin Ridge ES

May 10, 4 p.m

Allandale Heights PS

June 7, 5 p.m.

Alliston Union PS

May 11, 4:15 p.m.

Andrew Hunter ES

May 18, 6 p.m. 

Angus Morrison ES

May 17, 5 p.m.

Ardagh Bluffs PS

May 16, 4:15 p.m.

Assikinack PS

May 24, 5 p.m.

Baxter Central PS

May 3, 5:30 p.m.

Bayview PS

May 25, 3:30 p.m.

Birchview Dunes ES

May 24, 3:30 p.m.

Boyne River PS

May 17, 4:30 p.m.

Brechin PS

May 3, 4:15 p.m.

Cameron Street PS

May 9, 5 p.m.

Chris Hadfield PS

June 1, 5 p.m.

Clearview Meadows ES

May 24, 3:30 p.m.

Codrington PS

May 17, 6 p.m.

Coldwater PS

May 11, 1:30 p.m.

Connaught PS

May 25, 4 p.m.

Cookstown Central PS

May 17, 2 p.m.

Couchiching Heights PS

May 4, 3:30 p.m.

Cundles Heights PS

May 24, 4 p.m.

East Oro PS

May 25, 4:30 p.m.

Emma King ES

May 18, 4 p.m.

Ernest Cumberland ES

June 8, 5 p.m.

Ferndale Woods ES

June 13, 4 p.m.

Fieldcrest ES

May 16, 5 p.m.

Forest Hill PS

June 1, 4 p.m.

Fred C. Cook PS

May 17, 9:30 a.m.

Goodfellow PS

May 24, 2 p.m.

Guthrie PS

May 11, 4:30 p.m.

Harriett Todd PS

May 17, 4:30 p.m.

Hewitt's Creek PS

May 10, 6 p.m.

Hillcrest PS

May 10, 5 p.m. 

Hillsdale ES

May 17, 5:30 p.m.

Holly Meadows ES

May 11, 4 p.m.

Hon. Earl Rowe PS

May 17, 6 p.m.

Huron Park PS

May 31, 4 p.m. 

Huronia Centennial ES

May 11, 3:45 p.m.

Hyde Park PS

June 1, 5:45 p.m.

Innisfil Central PS

May 18, 5 p.m.

James Keating ES

May 3, 3:45 p.m.

Johnson Street PS

May 16, 4:45 p.m.

Killarney Beach PS

May 25, 4:15 p.m.

Lake Simcoe PS

May 25, 3:45 p.m.

Lions Oval PS

May 25, 4:30 p.m.

Maple Grove PS

May 17, 4 p.m.

Mapleview Heights ES

May 17, 5:30 p.m. 

Marchmont PS

May 24, 5:30 p.m.

Minesing Central PS

May 18, 4 p.m.

Moonstone ES

May 11, 1:30 p.m. 

Mountain View ES

May 18, 4 p.m.

Mundy's Bay PS

May 24, 3:45 p.m.

New Lowell Central PS

May 17, 4:30 p.m.

Nottawa ES

May 10, 5 p.m.

Nottawasaga & Creemore PS

May 16, 4 p.m.

Oakley Park PS

May 11, 4 p.m. 

Orchard Park PS

May 18, 5 p.m.

Pine River ES

May 3, 4:30 p.m.

Portage View PS

May 10, 4 p.m.

Rama Central PS

June 7, 4:30 p.m.

Regent Park PS

May 24, 5:30 p.m. 

Severn Shores PS

June 1, 5 p.m.

Shanty Bay PS

May 24, 4:30 p.m.

Sir William Osler PS

May 30, 6 p.m.

Steele Street PS

May 11, 4 p.m.

Sunnybrae PS

May 31, 6 p.m.

Tay Shores PS

May 30, 4:30 p.m.

Tecumseth Beeton ES

June 1, 4 p.m.

Tecumseth South Central PS

May 31, 4 p.m.

Terry Fox. ES

June 8, 3:30 p.m.

Tosorontio Central PS

May 18, 4 p.m.

Tottenham PS

June 1, 5:30 p.m.

Trillium Woods ES

May 18, 5 p.m.

Uptergrove PS

May 11, 5 p.m.

W.C. Little ES

June 1, 4 p.m.

W.H. Day ES

May 10, 5 p.m.

W.R. Best Memorial PS

May 25, 4 p.m.

Warminster ES

May 25, 4 p.m.

West Bayfield ES

May 3, 4 p.m.

Willow Landing ES

May 31, 5 p.m.

Worsley ES

May 8, 4 p.m.

Wyevale Central PS

May 11, 5:30 p.m.