Welcome to Kindergarten
Our Kindergarten program is fully bilingual. Students spend equal amounts of time learning in French and English.
We focus on play-based learning. The art of play is the foundation of intellectual, social, physical and emotional skills, which paves the way for learning.
A caring team of educators, including teachers and early childhood educators, leads every Kindergarten classroom.
Our school offers an Extended Day Program with before and after school spaces for children 4-12 years.
Click to read a special note from our Kindergarten Team.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As you prepare to send your child off to school for the first time, you likely have many questions and perhaps a few worries, too. Please don't worry! We have lots planned to ease the transition to school:
If you would like a tour of our Kindergarten classrooms and school, simply call or email us.
Read through the information on this webpage or visit https://www.ocsb.ca/our-schools/kindergarten/
Join us for our Welcome to Kindergarten Evening. Each spring we invite our future Junior Kindergarten students and their parents to an evening filled with lots of information, socializing and activities. It's a great way to get to know our staff and to meet other families.
In September, parents are invited to an Orientation Visit with teachers. These 10 to 20 minute visits are scheduled over the course of the first few days of school.
To Do List for New Kindergarten Parents and Guardians:
Sign up for School Cash Online to allow you to easily pay for pizza days, field trips, etc.
Apply for a vulnerable sector check if you are considering volunteering at the school.
Have your child’s eyesight and hearing checked before school begins!
Update your child's immunization records.
About the Kindergarten Program at St. Dominic
We have 3 Kindergarten classes at our school. In each of the Kindergarten classrooms, you will find a teacher, an Early Childhood Educator, and a mix of Junior and Senior Kindergarten students. Sometimes an Educational Assistant is also assigned to work in the classroom.
Learning in Kindergarten follows the Ontario Kindergarten Program:
The program is focused on key areas of learning called "The Four Frames". The Four Frames include Belonging and Contributing, Self-Regulation and Well-Being, Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviours, and Problem Solving and Innovating
The program is "play-based". Through their play, children to explore ideas, work our problems, practise skills, deepen their understanding of the world and interact with others.
Our Kindergarten classrooms are set up with learning centres for building, dramatic play, arts and crafts, making discoveries, writing, reading, using technology and praying. Beyond the classroom, our Kindergarten students also have multiple opportunities throughout each week to play in the Gym, visit the Learning Commons (Library) and spend time playing outside.
In addition to learning through play, educators also lead whole group lessons during carpet time, and provide explicit individual and small group instruction as children are engaged in learning centres.
Before and After School Care: Our school has an Extended Day Program (EDP) that runs from 7:00 a.m. until the start of school, and from the end of school until 6:00 p.m. For registration information, please visit https://www.ocsb.ca/extended-day-programs/ .