March 2024
Published on Mar 27, 2024 13:08

Kindergarten Connections

Hello Kindergarten families!

During the first years of life, caregivers, including family members, child care providers, and educators, are central to a child's development. Young children are dependent upon their caregivers to create a safe, nurturing, and appropriately stimulating environment so they can learn
about the world around them. Children can only learn to self-regulate when they have the repeated experience of being co-regulated by caring adults. This does not mean trying to control children's feelings or telling them to calm down. Co-regulation means helping them feel calm and
safe. Co-regulation is especially important with children, and in fact, we co-regulate with others throughout our lives.

The Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie has a resourceful YouTube channel with many amazing videos. Check out this short video that discusses co-regulation.

Guided by the Simcoe County District School Board's (SCDSB) mission and vision statements and our Strategic Priorities, our Indigenous education department supports the achievement and sense of belonging of self-identified First Nation, M?tis and Inuit students. They do this through direct support to students, while also providing opportunities for all SCDSB students and staff to develop a greater understanding of the history, culture, and contributions of Indigenous peoples in our communities and across Canada. This can include activities such as circles and the use of traditional medicines in all SCDSB buildings. To familiarize your family with Indigenous culture, consider visiting an EarlyON location and participate in their Indigenous EarlyON programming.

On Tuesday, April 16 from 7 to 7:30 p.m., join us, member's of the SCDSB's Early Years team for a virtual information session via Facebook Live! This session will highlight important information parents/guardians need to know about Kindergarten in the SCDSB, including details on transitions for students with special education needs. To virtually attend the presentation, visit the SCDSB Facebook event page at 7 p.m. on April 16. To get a head start on learning about Kindergarten in the SCDSB, watch last year's information session!

A friendly reminder that Kindergarten registration is now open with the SCDSB. Kindergarten is the beginning of a wonderful journey of learning, and we want your child to begin their journey in a SCDSB school! To register online or for more information, visit: Registering now will ensure you and your child will receive information directly from the school, including an invitation to attend the school's Kindergarten orientation.

The Kindergarten Team