Kindergarten Orientation

Kindergarten orientation sessions will be held virtually throughout the SCDSB in the spring of 2021. 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 their school.

Please check this page for orientation dates as they become available. To find out more, and how to access the information session, contact the school directly. 

Getting ready for Kindergarten


New for 2021, the SCDSB has also 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!

2021 Kindergarten virtual orientation dates


Date & time

Adjala Central PS

May 20, 2 p.m.

Admiral Collingwood ES

May 18, 5 p.m. 

Alcona Glen ES

May 19, 5:30 p.m. 

Algonquin Ridge ES

May 5, 4 p.m

Allandale Heights PS

May 19, 11:15 a.m.

Alliston Union PS

May 12, 3:45 p.m.

Andrew Hunter ES

May 20, 4 p.m. 

Angus Morrison ES

May 11, 6:30 p.m.

Ardagh Bluffs PS

June 2, 4:15 p.m.

Assikinack PS

May 27, 5 p.m.

Baxter Central PS

May 5, 2 p.m.

Bayview PS

May 26, 3:30 p.m.

Birchview Dunes ES

May 26, 4 p.m.

Boyne River PS

May 19, 4:30 p.m.
May 20, 4:30 p.m.

Brechin PS

May 5, 5:30 p.m.

Cameron Street PS

May 6, 4:30 p.m.

Chris Hadfield PS

June 3, 5 p.m.

Clearview Meadows ES

May 11, 4 p.m.

Codrington PS

May 20, 5 p.m.

Coldwater PS

May 14, 2 p.m.

Connaught PS

May 27, 4 p.m.

Cookstown Central PS

May 12, 2:15 p.m.

Couchiching Heights PS

May 19, 5 p.m.

Cundles Heights PS

May 27, 4 p.m.

East Oro PS

May 27, 4 p.m.

Emma King ES

May 27, 4 p.m.

Ernest Cumberland ES

June 2, 5 p.m.

Ferndale Woods ES

June 9, 4 p.m.

Fieldcrest ES

May 27, 6 p.m.

Forest Hill PS

May 19, 6:30 p.m.

Fred C. Cook PS

May 20, 9:30 a.m.

Goodfellow PS

June 9, 4:30 p.m.

Guthrie PS

May 6, 4:30 p.m.

Harriett Todd PS

May 19, 4 p.m.

Hewitt's Creek PS

May 18, 5:30 p.m.

Hillcrest PS

May 12, 5:30 p.m. 

Hillsdale ES

May 19, 5:30 p.m.

Holly Meadows ES

May 6, 4 p.m.

Hon. Earl Rowe PS

May 12, 5 p.m.

Huron Park PS

May 19, 4 p.m. 

Huronia Centennial ES

May 13, 4 p.m.

Hyde Park PS

June 3, 6 p.m.

Innisfil Central PS

June 8, 4 p.m.

James Keating ES

May 12, 3:30 p.m.

Johnson Street PS

May 11, 4:45 p.m.

Killarney Beach PS

June 6, 4:30 p.m.

Lake Simcoe PS

May 13, 5:30 p.m.

Lions Oval PS

May 26, 2:30 p.m.

Maple Grove PS

May 19, 4 p.m.

Mapleview Heights ES

May 19, 5:30 p.m. 

Marchmont PS

May 26, 5:30 p.m.

Minesing Central PS

May 6, 4 p.m.

Moonstone ES

May 14, 2 p.m. 

Mountain View ES

May 19, 5 p.m.

Mundy's Bay PS

May 27, 4 p.m.

New Lowell Central PS

May 27, 4:30 p.m.

Nottawa ES

May 11, 5 p.m.

Nottawasaga & Creemore PS

May 18, 4 p.m.

Oakley Park PS

May 19, 3:45 p.m. 

Orchard Park PS

May 12, 4 p.m.

Pine River ES

May 11, 5 p.m.

Portage View PS

May 27, 5 p.m.

Rama Central PS

June 16, 12 p.m.

Regent Park PS

May 26, 6 p.m. 

Severn Shores PS

June 3, 5 p.m.

Shanty Bay PS

May 27, 5 p.m.

Sir William Osler PS

June 3, 2 p.m.

Steele Street PS

May 27, 5 p.m.

Sunnybrae PS

June 2, 6 p.m.

Tay Shores PS

June 2, 4 p.m.

Tecumseth Beeton ES

June 3, 4:30 p.m.

Tecumseth South Central PS

June 1, 10 a.m.

Terry Fox. ES

June 4, 1:30 p.m.

Tosorontio Central PS

May 20, 5 p.m.

Tottenham PS

June 2, 6 p.m.

Trillium Woods ES

May 12, 5 p.m.

Uptergrove PS

June 3, 5 p.m.

W.C. Little ES

June 3, 4 p.m.

W.H. Day ES

May 13, 5 p.m.

W.R. Best Memorial PS

May 20, 4:15 p.m.

Warminster ES

June 3, 4 p.m.

West Bayfield ES

May 27, 3:30 p.m.

Willow Landing ES

May 27, 5 p.m.

Worsley ES

May 12, 4 p.m.

Wyevale Central PS

June 2, 1 p.m.