Pre-Kindergarten

École Père Kenneth Kearns Catholic School

Registration for Pre-Kindergarten began January 15, 2018

Bienvenue to the ÉPK Catholic School Family, where your child will learn within a faith-rich, French Immersion environment centred on care, support, joyful-discovery and purposeful play based learning.

Our Staff

Our knowledgeable, dedicated, and caring staff includes:


Certified Teacher

Speech Language Pathologist

Occupational Therapist

Educational Assistant


Other consultants including Physical Therapist, Early Learning consultant, Inclusive Behaviour Consultant and Division Psychologists are available to work with you and your child when needed.

French Immersion Pre-Kindergarten

Pre-Kindergarten at École Père Kenneth Kearns offers a rich French Immersion, numeracy, literacy and communication experience for children aged 4 years by December 31, 2018.


As an inclusive School Division, we also offer PUF (Program Unit Funding) services for children aged 3 or 4 years by December 31, 2018.

Fees

Community Children who are developing typically: $200.00 per month. Please register and submit the first month to hold this spot.


Children with a Mild or Moderate delay as assessed by a professional. Report Required: No fee. Please register your child and submit the first month fee to hold this spot. Fees will be refunded once grant eligibility is confirmed.


Children who are eligible for Program Unit Funding as assessed by a professional. Report Required. No fee. Families of these children, please contact Marg Schimpf, Early Learning Consultant at margs@eics.ab.ca.

Class Times

École Père Kenneth Kearns Pre-Kindergarten classes run:

Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday

AM Class: 8:30 am – 11:30 am


There will be field trips, family programming and class activities scheduled on some of the Wednesdays throughout the year. Parent/Guardian attendance is required for the Wednesday events.

Learning Through Play

The Pre-Kindergarten program is based on the principles of the Alberta Play, Participation, and Possibilities Early Learning and Child Care Framework.

These principles are founded in the belief that early childhood programs need to provide opportunities for "Children to pariticipate within open, engaging, and responsive environments where exploration and play are encouraged and purposefully planned." (Makovichuk, Hewes, Lirette, and Thomas, 2014, p. 36


Children learn best when they are discovering, interacting with their peers and having fun!

"Welcome to Pre-Kindergarten" Orientation Session

To start the year off on the right foot, we will be meeting you and your child individually and in small groups prior to the start of class.


During the Orientation Session, in September, we will gather information to learn more about your child and how we can best support him/her in the class. It will also give your child an opportunity to visit the school and classroom, and play with new friends prior to the first day of school.


You will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the Teacher and Educational Assistant who will be present in the classroom. You will also have an opportunity to discuss your goals for your child, ask questions, and assist in the development of your child's program.


Details on how to book your child's Orientation Session will be shared with you via email by June? Thank you for keeping your eyes open for it. If you do not receive an email from us by June 15th, 2018, please contact us at 780-467-7135 or epk@eics.ab.ca

School Supplies

Most supplies will now be provided by the school at no additional cost. Please purchase the following personal supplies for your child.

  • A pair of runners with white soles, preferably with Velcro closure (to be kept at school)
  • Backpack
  • 2 large packages of Unscented Wet Wipes
  • A set of spare clothing for your child. (pants, shirt, socks and underwear)

PLEASE LABEL runners, backpacks, spare clothes, and all outerwear with your child's name so it can easily be identified.


Please bring all supplies to your Orientation Session!

Parent Portal

This is an account that you will create for yourself in our school's software system called PowerSchool. Your account will give you access to your child's school fees, online documents, student forms and more! You can pay your fees using debit or credit card online. You will receive this information at your orientation session.

Field Trips

Pre-Kindergarten children will be participating in a number of field trips this year. If there is a cost, monies will be collected prior to the field trip and will not exceed $10.00 per trip. This fee will be payable online under your Parent Portal Account.

Many of the field trips will occur on Wednesdays with parental participation.

AAACHOOO!

We have had our share of colds and flus in the program. Even with all the hand washing and wiping of little noses, it is difficult to keep children and staff healthy. We are also finding it difficult to find substitutes to cover when staff becomes sick. We ask your cooperation in not sending your children to school when they are sick. Here are a few general guidelines to help you in deciding when to keep your child at home:

Children should not be at school if:

  • Frequent coughing fits
  • Green or Yellow nasal discharge.
  • Infectious
  • Have a fever
  • Are vomiting, have diarrhea, are dehydrated
  • Have inadequate energy to attend to school activities

Return your child to school if:

  • Nasal discharge is infrequent, clear, or due to allergies/hay fever
  • Your child has had no fever for 24 hours.
  • Your child is able to practice good hygiene (i.e. hand washing)


We encourage parents to keep their child at home until five days after their symptoms have appeared. If your child has a bacterial infection, they may return to school after they have been on antibiotics for 24 hours. Here are some general guidelines for returning your child to school after other common childhood conditions:

Chicken Pox: All lesions have crusted over

Pink Eye: 48 hours after treatment

Head Lice: After anti-lice shampoo and manual nit removal

Pinworms: 24 hours after Pyrantel, Mebendazole, or Albendazole

Vomiting: 24 hours after last Emesis


For more information please visit http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/

La foi! Le Français! La Famille!

Faith! French! Family!


When you and your child register at ÉPK you become part of the ÉPK family and are welcome to attend all celebrations listed on the website calendar.

Pre-K children will also participate, as the are able, in special events at the school.