September 1st, 2015
We are very excited to see everyone next week! The office is open this week from 9-3pm. If you need to register your child, please bring in his/her birth certificate and Care Card to complete the registration forms.
The first day of school is Tuesday September 8th (except for Kindergarten students- please see below for information regarding Kindergarten Gradual Entry).
Important: We have an early dismissal on the first day (Tuesday Sept. 8th). School starts at 8:45am and students will be dismissed at 10:25am.
Below is our regular day schedule:
Start time: 8:45am
August 31, 2015
Signal Hill Kindergarten Gradual Entry September 2015:
Thursday September 10th and Friday, September 11th :
Students visit Room 124 for a one hour session with our Kindergarten teachers. If you did not sign up for a time during the orientation in June, please contact the office to sign up.
On Friday afternoon, Kindergarten teachers will call you to let you know which teacher/classroom your child will be in and set up an interview with you and your child for Monday.
Monday September 14th :
Students will come in with their parents/caregivers for a half hour group interview in their new Kindergarten classroom. At that time, you will sign up for a sign up for a mini session for the following Tuesday and Wednesday at either 9:00-11:00 or 1:00-3:00 – each child will need to be signed up for one morning and one afternoon session.
Tuesday September 15th and Wednesday, September 16th:
Students come to their new Kindergarten classroom for a two hour session on each of those days. Each child will attend one morning and one afternoon session.
Thursday, September 17th:
Kindergarten students will start their first regular length school day with their whole class!
If you have questions, please contact us at the office.
Tips for Heading Back to School
Going to school is about changes from summertime and this is stressful, even if a child is looking forward to school. Check out these tips written by Jody Dunn, a Child and Youth Mental Health Clinician in Squamish:
SLEEP: Start a few weeks before school starts. Gradually shift bedtime and waking in the morning to earlier times so that your child is getting enough sleep and waking more easily. For parents, give yourself an earlier start soyou can have a little quiet time each morning before the children get up to start their day.
ROUTINE: Some preparation can be done the night before to reduce morning pressures. Get children to help you to make up charts or wall calendars that list what needs to be done each day (this can be in pictures for some children). Include the steps to take each morning to get ready and out the door on time. Parents can put children in charge of most of the routine and some children like to check off each step or to have parents notice which steps the child does on their own. This helps to reduce the stress of rushing or of parents who find themselves frustrated or yelling at their children to hurry every school morning.
LISTEN: Help children with the words or ways to talk about what worries them about going to school. If a parent understands what a child worries about, they can help their child to come up with ways solve the problem. If this is a new school or a new teacher, some children need a tour or to meet the teacher before the first day of school. Some children need to know in detail what are the school rules and some children just need a buddy who is a familiar person at school.
NUTRITION: Breakfast is the first meal of the day and it’s a good idea to add a protein or fruit to the carbohydrates that are common breakfast food. Lunches and snacks can also help to balance out nutrition for children who just don’t eat in the mornings. Picky eaters may eat better if they help to pack their own lunch or have some choices about what they pack.
DOWNTIME: Children can be overscheduled after a busy day in school and they may come homework. Help your child to fit in breaks too. Plan for one or two unscheduled times a week. Take time for family time and exercise together or alone.
Parents need to take care of themselves too. It helps to compare notes with other parents about what works for their children or at their school. A confident parent can calmly remind a child of the successes they had last year and that this fall things could go even better.