Kindergarten Orientation

Kindergarten orientation sessions will be held throughout the SCDSB in the spring of 2024. 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!

2024 Kindergarten orientation dates


Date & time

Adjala Central PS

May 23, 5 p.m.

Admiral Collingwood ES

May 8, 5:30 p.m. 

Alcona Glen ES

May 29, 4:30 p.m. 

Algonquin Ridge ES

May 9, 4 p.m

Allandale Heights PS

April 25, 3:30 p.m.

Alliston Union PS

May 9, 4:30 p.m.

Andrew Hunter ES

May 16, 5:30 p.m. 

Angus Morrison ES

May 15, 5 p.m.

Ardagh Bluffs PS

May 15, 4:15 p.m.

Assikinack PS

May 22, 5 p.m.

Baxter Central PS

May 1, 5:30 p.m.

Bayview PS

May 15, 3:30 p.m.

Birchview Dunes ES

May 29, 4 p.m.

Boyne River PS

May 22, 4:30 p.m.

Brechin PS

May 15, 4:15 p.m.

Cameron Street PS

May 15, 5 p.m.

Chris Hadfield PS

June 5, 4:30 p.m.

Clearview Meadows ES

May 22, 3:30 p.m.

Codrington PS

May 16, 5:30 p.m.

Coldwater PS

May 27, 4:30 p.m.

Connaught PS

May 23, 4 p.m.

Cookstown Central PS

June 12, 2 p.m.

Couchiching Heights PS

May 7, 3:30 p.m.

Cundles Heights PS

May 22, 4 p.m.

East Oro PS

May 23, 4 p.m.

Emma King ES

May 23, 5 p.m.

Ernest Cumberland ES

June 6, 5 p.m.

Ferndale Woods ES

May 29, 4:15 p.m.

Fieldcrest ES

May 7, 5 p.m.

Forest Hill PS

May 30, 4 p.m.

Fred C. Cook PS

May 16, 9:30 a.m.

Goodfellow PS

May 22, 4 p.m.

Guthrie PS

May 23, 4:30 p.m.

Harriett Todd PS

May 15, 4:30 p.m.

Harvest Hills PS 

May 16, 6 p.m.

Hewitt's Creek PS

May 8, 5:30 p.m.

Hillcrest PS

May 8, 5 p.m. 

Hillsdale ES

May 22, 3:30 p.m.
Rescheduled to May 23, 5:30 p.m.

Holly Meadows ES

May 16, 4 p.m.

Hon. Earl Rowe PS

May 15, 5:30 p.m.

Huron Park PS

May 15, 4:30 p.m. 

Huronia Centennial ES

June 6, 3:45 p.m.

Hyde Park PS

June 6, 4:30 p.m.

Innisfil Central PS

May 28, 5 p.m.

James Keating ES

May 8, 3:45 p.m.

Johnson Street PS

May 14, 4:30 p.m.

Killarney Beach PS

May 22, 4:15 p.m.

Lake Simcoe PS

May 16, 4:30 p.m.

Lions Oval PS

May 15, 4 p.m.

Maple Grove PS

May 15, 4:30 p.m.

Mapleview Heights ES

May 16, 5:30 p.m. 

Marchmont PS

May 22, 5:30 p.m.

Marshview PS

May 30, 4:30 p.m.

Minesing Central PS

May 9, 4:15 p.m.

Moonstone ES

May 21, 4:30 p.m. 

Mountain View ES

May 15, 4 p.m.

Mundy's Bay PS

May 22, 4 p.m.

New Lowell Central PS

May 16, 4:30 p.m.

Nottawa ES

May 8, 5 p.m.

Nottawasaga & Creemore PS

May 23, 4 p.m.

Oakley Park PS

May 16, 4:30 p.m. 

Orchard Park PS

May 8, 5 p.m.

Pine River ES

May 8, 4:30 p.m.

Portage View PS

May 8, 4:30 p.m.

Rama Central PS

May 30, 4:30 p.m.

Regent Park PS

May 29, 4:30 p.m. 

Severn Shores PS

June 6, 5 p.m.

Shanty Bay PS

May 28, 4:30 p.m.

Sir William Osler PS

June 6, 10 a.m.

Steele Street PS

May 2, 4 p.m.

Sunnybrae PS

June 5, 5 p.m.

Tay Shores PS

May 28, 4:30 p.m.

Tecumseth Beeton ES

May 8, 4:30 p.m.

Tecumseth South Central PS

May 22, 4:15 p.m.

Terry Fox. ES

June 6, 3:30 p.m.

Tosorontio Central PS

May 16, 4 p.m.

Tottenham PS

June 6, 4 p.m.

Trillium Woods ES

May 15, 4 p.m.

Uptergrove PS

May 8, 4:30p.m.

W.C. Little ES

May 16, 4 p.m.

W.H. Day ES

May 14, 4 p.m.

W.R. Best Memorial PS

May 9, 4 p.m.

Warminster ES

May 30, 4 p.m.

West Bayfield ES

May 8, 4 p.m.

Willow Landing ES

May 29, 5 p.m.

Worsley ES

May 9, 4:15 p.m.

Wyevale Central PS

May 9, 4:30 p.m.