Welcome to Kindergarten at Brown Junior Public School!
Frequently Asked Questions about Brown Public School – Kindergarten routines at the start of the new school year
All English and French Immersion Kindergarten students will begin school on September 6, 2016.
School Year 2016-2017 Dates to Remember – School Year Holidays (as per Ministry of Education)
Labour Day: September 5, 2016
First Day of School: September 6, 2016
Board wide PA Day: October 7, 2016
Thanksgiving: October 10, 2016
Board-wide PA Day – November 18, 2016
Board-wide PA Day – December 2, 2016
Christmas Break: December 26, 2016 – January 6, 2017 (inclusive)
Elementary PA Day – January 20, 2017
School-wide PA Day – Feb 17, 2017
Family Day: February 20, 2017
March Break: March 13 to 17, 2017
Good Friday: April 14, 2017
Easter Monday: April 17, 2017
Victoria Day: May 22, 2017
Elementary School PA Day – June 9, 2017
Last Day: June 29, 2017 (Elementary)
Start of the School Day
Q. Where do I bring my child on the first day of school? What time should we arrive?
A. Every school day at Brown P.S begins at 8:40 a.m. for Kindergartens and ends at 3:10 PM.
Kindergartens have their play recess at 11:15-11:45 and lunch from 11:45-12:15 PM.
Children are to be brought directly to their entry door at 8:40 AM each day.
Rooms 11 and 12 – will enter through ‘exit 7’
Rooms 13, 14, 15 entry may be accessed from the Primary playground. Room 9 entry is accessed from the junior yard area (exit 6).
The teachers will greet and dismiss your child at the classroom doors.
Please note: Our hallways get very congested. We cannot accommodate strollers. bicycles or pets in our hallways for safety reasons at any time. We also remind you that parents/caregivers must stay outside at drop off and pick up.
Q. Can JK and SK children be dropped off at the Kiss & Ride?
A. Unfortunately no because the JK and SK children need to be brought directly to their classrooms. The Kiss & Ride program is for grades 1-6.
Kindergarten children are to be taken to their classrooms on the first day of school. The teacher will give further instructions to parents about entry for the rest of the school year. Class lists will be posted in front of each classroom on the first day of school.
Unicorn Daycare Children
Students attending before and after school care at Unicorn Daycare on the first day of school will be brought to their designated Kindergarten classrooms where they will be greeted by their teacher and Early Childhood Educator. Students in Hot Lunch and/or After care will be escorted to the assigned classes for care by the Day Care providers at lunch time and after school.
Pick-up at the end of the day
Primary students are to meet their parents/guardians in the Primary yard – this includes Kindergarten, grade 1 and 2 students.
We understand that the beginnings can be very challenging especially for our Primary students. Please ensure you or the caregivers are on time to reduce any anxiety at the end of the day. The school yard must be cleared by 3:25 PM as the school yard is permitted by Unicorn Daycare after that.
Q. Can I bring my child home at lunch?
A. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver and may go home for lunch at 11:45 AM and return by 12:25 PM.
Lunch and snack times
When planning lunches and snacks, please remember that we are a nut free school. Many of our students have allergies and we want to ensure the safety of all of our students at all times. We are an eco school and have a Boomerang Lunch policy at Brown. All uneaten food and garbage goes back home with your child to reduce our waste at school. We are trying to reach our Platinum status as an Eco school again and would appreciate everyone’s co-operation.
Q. Where will my child eat lunch?
A. Kindergartens are on a staggered lunch schedule 11:45-12:15. Daycare providers will pick up the Kindergarten children involved in the hot lunch program. The hot lunch program is in designated Kindergarten classrooms. Lunch time supervisors are present for outdoor play and are in the classroom with the children during the lunch hour.
Q. How much food should I send for the day?
A. Try to send the right-sized lunch for your child as well as 1-2 snacks. We request that you encourage healthy choices for your child to support our school’s healthy habits. We also request that children bring their lunch and snacks in reusable food containers.
Remember: All lunches and snacks MUST BE NUT-FREE.
Brown has a “Boomerang” policy in effect, which means that all uneaten food (and any wrappers) will come home with your child. This will allow you to monitor how much food your child eats during the day, and also to add any food waste to your green bin at home. Any leftover milk or juices will be poured into a container and milk cartons will be recycled. We ask that you remind your children not to be wasteful and to remember their manners when eating in their designated areas. Food and other objects should never be thrown at other children, floors or walls.
Q. Will my child have access to a fridge or a microwave?
A. No. Please use cold packs and/or thermoses to help keep your child’s lunch at the right temperature. We do not have microwaves or fridges.
Q. Is milk available?
A. A daily milk program and a monthly pizza lunch are offered at Brown for students in Grades 1-6 for students that wish to participate. Sign-up forms and fees for each program will be sent home in September – please look for these forms in your child’s backpack sometime in September.
Q. How much time do the children have for eating? How much time for play?
Kindergartens play from 11:15-11:45 PM. They eat from 11:45-12:15 PM
Q.What do they do at lunch after they eat?
A. After eating lunch, students are supervised in the classroom by the Lunchroom supervisors, and daycare supervisors and ECEs.
During the School Day
Q. What will Kindergarten be like? Do the children sit in desks all day?
A. At the beginning of the school year, your child’s teacher will send home information about the routines specific to their classroom. Each class runs a bit differently than others; however a typical day will include time as a group on the carpet, time at a desk for seatwork, inquiry based learning, activity centres, guided and independent reading time and play time. Each week, the children will receive instruction in physical education, music, swim, library, drama and/or dance.
Q. How do I prepare my child for a full day at school?
A. While most children are more than ready for a full day of school, all will go through a period of adjustment as they become accustomed to longer time away from home and a busier schedule. You may find your child to be a bit tired at the end of the day initially, but by the middle of the first term they will have adapted to life in full Day Kindergarten.
Q. What should I send in my child’s backpack on the first day of school? Do they need a pencil case?
A. For the first day, you should pack a good lunch and 1-2 snacks. It is also a good idea to pack an extra set of clothing, in case of spills and accidents. Your child’s teacher will send home information about any other supplies that the children may need to bring to class.
Q. My child is entering JK and I was wondering how supervision of swimming works?
A. The two swim instructors, teacher and Early Childhood Educator (ECE) supervise the change rooms helping the kids get ready. At no time are the kids left unsupervised. All four supervisors are on the pool deck as well. The children don’t start swimming immediately as they go through an orientation process first to gain trust with their supervisors and get acquainted with the pool area.
For more information on the activities offered at Brown, visit our Classes page and click on each activity.
End of the School Day
Q. What happens at the end of the school day?
A. Kindergarten and Grade 1 students in Unicorn will be picked up in their classroom for the first week of school.
Students registered in after school programs at the Avenue Road Art School meet in front of the Brown School office. The Art School staff will take attendance, walk the students over to the Art School and supervise them until their program starts. Please call our office if you will be late picking up your child as we do not want children left alone after 3:10 PM in the yards.
Parents are advised to arrange the same meeting spot on the playground daily, so that your child knows where to find the person who is picking them up.
It is important for all children to know that they should not leave the playground with anyone other than the designated person responsible for picking them up.
Q. Do they need a note if there is a change in their usual routine? (for example, going on a play date with a friend)
A. Yes. Please advise the teacher by note if there is a change in routine and if possible, our office staff.
Q. Do I need to tell the teacher if they have been signed up for an after school program? (E.g. Brown After-Four, Brown Community Centre, Avenue Road Art School)
A. It is a good idea to let your child’s teacher know if they have signed up for after school programs through the Community Centre or the Avenue Road Art School as some children may forget during the course of the day that they have a program to go to. In the case of Brown After-Four programs, teachers will receive a list of all students enrolled in the programs as well as the location.
The Early Immersion Program begins only in Senior Kindergarten (SK). It offers 100% French instruction in the classroom until the end of Grade 3. All subjects are taught in French. English instruction is gradually introduced beginning in Grade 4 until it becomes a half-day program from Grades 6 – 8.
The registration system for SK French Immersion opens annually in January and usually closes at the end of the month. More details are provided to parents when the registration system opens. Brown School holds an information evening annually in January.
Please do not hesitate to call our office for more information or speak to your child’s classroom teacher.