Thorsby Elementary School

ECS and Pre-Kindergarten

ECS/Pre-Kindergarten Program

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Welcome to Kindergarten at Thorsby Elementary School

Children may begin kindergarten in a school within the Division in September if they are five years of age before  March 1st of the following year.  An exception is allowed in cases where special learning needs have been identified and an earlier entrance into kindergarten is desirable.

Pre-Kindergarten Program is available at Thorsby Elementary School

Pre-kindergarten programs are for children who are eligible for: Program Unit Funding, Mild/Moderate funding, English as a Second Language funding, or without special needs.

For more information on the Thorsby pre-kindergarten programs, or to register a child without special needs please contact the school.

Birth Certificate, Proof of Residency, Alberta Health Care Card, and Legal Land Description (rural students only) are required at the time of registration.

For more information on individual schools and 2015 attendance boundaries, visit our website at www.blackgold.ca.

If you believe your child may qualify for funding email Niki Gill (ECS Coordinator) niki.gill@gshare.blackgold.ca.

School Bus (kindergarten only) inquiries call 780-955-6048.

Registration Forms

Blackgold Registration Forms

Kindergarten Friday Schedule

Kindergarten Friday Schedule

Pre-Kindergarten

 

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM:

 

“Lifelong learning starts the moment we are born. The first six years of our lives are a time of unparalleled discovery. We learn about ourselves and the world around us. Our personalities take shape and we begin to lay the foundation of knowledge that will support us as we enter the education system”. [Alberta Education]

 

At Thorsby Elementary School, our dedicated and Certified Teacher delivers a rich and engaging learning environment for all children. The goal of our programming is to provide children with an environment in which they work on independence and social skills to take with them into kindergarten and beyond. Our focus is helping children to develop a lifelong love of  learning and we do this through a variety of educational themes in our play-based program.

 

PROGRAM HOURS:

Our Pre-K program runs from September to June following the Black Gold School Calendar.

 

Classes Offered:

Monday – Thursday A.M. (8:30 – 11:30)

Monday – Thursday P.M. (12:10 – 3:10)

 

On Fridays we have Pre-K meetings or we facilitate home, school and district Family Orientated Programming Sessions (FOPS) with our Program Unit Funded (P.U.F.) students and their families.

 

Each class has the same hours by the end of the year regardless of the which time your child attends.

 

ATTENDING AS AN UNFUNDED STUDENT:

 

We welcome typically-developing children from the community to attend our program 2 half days a week. A community student must be turning 4 by February 28th that school year.

 

Children must be toilet-trained.

 

**May only attend a Black Gold Pre-K program for one year. That year must be the child’s Pre-Kindergarten year.

 

Yearly Fee $500.00 or $50/month

 

All students will be directed to attend their designated school.

 

View the Fees & Payment Page for information regarding payment. (http://tes.blackgold.ca/parents/fees-payment/)

 

ATTENDING AS A MILD/MODERATE STUDENT:

 

We welcome children with mild to moderate developmental delays whom would benefit from the collaboration of services to address their developmental needs. M/M students attend 4 half-days per week (either AM or PM) and must be turning 4 by February 28th that school year.

 

**May only attend a Black Gold Pre-K program as a M/M student for one year.

 

Yearly Fee: No cost to the family. These students are funded by Alberta Education.

 

All students will be directed to attend their designated school.

 

ATTENDING AS A P.U.F. STUDENT:

 

We welcome children with special needs and/or severe developmental delays whom would benefit from the collaboration of services to address their developmental needs. Program Unit Funded Students (P.U.F.) attend 4 half-days per week (either AM or PM) as well as Family Oriented Programming Sessions (FOPS) on some Fridays. Services that may be provided in the classroom through consultations with the teacher and the child’s family are: Speech & Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy or Behavioural Intervention Support. P.U.F. students may attend our programs as young as 2 ½ to age 6 for 1-2 years.

 

Children do not need to be toilet-trained.

 

Yearly Fee: No cost to the family. These students are funded by Alberta Education.

 

All students will be directed to attend their designated school.

 

DAILY ACTIVITIES

 

An important part of our Pre-Kindergarten program involves providing the children with a daily nutritious snack.  The snack often fits with the classroom themes.  Snack time provides an excellent opportunity to practice language and socialization skills, as well as eating skills.  Children are encouraged to participate in the preparation and the eating of the snack.

 

Daily activities may include:

 

*Fine-Motor Activities

 

*Circle Time

 

*Story

 

*Bathroom Breaks

 

* Daily P.E. or Movement Activities

 

*Learning Common Visits

 

*Snack Time

 

* Play Time

 

* Song/Group Games

 

*Outside Play

 

As a play-based program we believe children learn best by exploration and participation in the world around them. Our program in immersed with Fine and Gross Motor Activities, Early Literacy Skills, Art Activities, Stories, Songs, Dance, and more. Throughout the year we also have special fun days, theme days and party days.

 

Registering:

 

Please call the office to find out when registrations will open. AM class spots fill up quickly and program spots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. (*However we will prioritize placing students based on their needs over class preferences.)

 

View the Registration Page for Pre-K Registration Papers (tes.blackgold.ca/parents/registration-forms/)

 

What are the Supplies for Pre-Kindergarten?

 

View the Supply List Page. (tes.blackgold.ca/parents/registration-forms/)

 

WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS/MAY HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS?

 

If your child has special needs, is an English Second Language Learner (ESL), has other special circumstances, or you have concerns about their development; please call our school office at (780) 789-3776 to see what can be done for you family.

 

To arrange a speech assessment, call:

Alberta Health Services Speech Language Central Access at 780-408-8793

 

They will take information, and possibly send out forms for you to fill out and return.  

 

You will be offered the next available appointment.  This may be at the Health Centre in north Edmonton.  If you prefer Thorsby or Leduc, please inform them.  However, you may have to wait longer for an appointment closer to home.

 

I REGISTERED, WHAT NEXT?

 

In the Spring we have a Parent Info Night that you will be invited to attend where you will receive further information and meet the current teacher. We will also invite your child to a Visitation Day where we will get to know them quickly before placing them into a class. At this time, if we have any concerns about your child’s development we will contact you to discuss them.

 

We have this Visitation Day to ensure that all classes are balanced according to: various abilities of the children, special needs, gender, behaviour and more. This is by no means an ‘audition’; we are an inclusive program and welcome every child that attends.

 

WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU AND YOUR CHILD SOON!
Contact our School Office or Pre-K Teacher with any questions you may have.