514-798-0777

Lisa Larente
Principal

Welcome to Forest Hill Kindergarten!

JUNIOR CAMPUS     1950, rue Chanterel, St-Lazare, QC

Kindergarten Frequently Asked Questions

We look forward to your child’s first experience with school. We know you have many questions and we hope that this page will be able to answer some of them.

 

  1. What are the school hours?

  2. When can my child and I visit?

  3. How many children are there in the class?

  4. How will my child cope in a full-day program?

  5. What are the objectives of the Kindergarten Program?

  6. How much of their time is in French?

  7. How is discipline handled in the school?

  8. What will my child's schedule be?

  9. How will my child adapt to the transition from home to the school environment?

  10. How should I prepare my child?

  11. What about transportation?



What are the school hours?

  •   9:00 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. for all students
Recess: 10:10 to 10:25 am
Lunch: 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Daycare: 7:00 to 9:00 am
3:35 to 6:00 pm
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When can my child and I visit?

  • All new Kindergarten students, along with their parents, will be invited to visit and spend some time at Forest Hill at the end of May. The Kindergarten teachers, as well as our Resource Teacher, will be on hand to do a few activities with the children.

    This visit will allow your child to familiarize him/herself with a classroom setting as well as giving parents the opportunity to get a tour of the school and ask any pertinent questions. This visit will last approximately one hour.
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How many children are there in the class?

  • The class maximum for Kindergarten is set at 20 (since September 2001). The average class size should be 18 students. However, it is only at the end of August that we will know for sure how many classes and number of students per class we have.
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How will my child cope in a full-day program?

  • Some children may find the full day at little long at first but overall everyone adapts by November. Many children are tired at the beginning of the school year, especially at the end of the day. Our advice is early to bed and not too many weeknight outings.
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What are the objectives of the Kindergarten Program?

  • The principle objectives are to know oneself, to relate to others and to interact with the environment.
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How much of their time is in French?

  • The Kindergarten program is that of Early Immersion. This means that the children spend most of their time in a French setting. Gym class and Music class are given in English.    

    Most children are English speaking and the teachers' approach reflects this reality.
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How is discipline handled in the school?

  • Conflicts between children occasionally arise in class and on the playground and each case is handled individually. It is very important that your child understand that in the event of a problem he/she should seek out an adult (teacher or staff member) and explain the problem.

    In cases of recurring, unacceptable behaviour, the parents will be contacted via a phone call or note by the teachers to discuss the issue and consequences.
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What will my child's schedule be?

  • A typical day in the Kindergarten class may include:
    • circle time: daily calendar, weather, theme discussion.
    • learning centres
    • snack time
    • recess (outdoors)
    • whole group activities
    • computers/music/gym/library
    • lunch
    • quiet time
    • story time
    • free play, etc.
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How will my child adapt to the transition from home to the school environment?

  • In our experience, the children may take a short time in this transition. Our aim is to provide a fun and safe environment so they want to come to school. You can help in this change by being relaxed and positively reinforcing their new independence. Contact us if you are especially concerned.
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How should I prepare my child?

Child development and readiness is particular to each child. His/her chronological age, birth order and personal experiences all have an impact on their abilities as they come to school.

Reading to your child on a daily basis is the best way to develop literacy skills and the joy of reading/learning.

You may also want to familiarize your child (if it has not already been done) with fine motor skills such as cutting, drawing, colouring, gluing, etc.

Exposure to the French language would be beneficial to facilitate the learning of a second language, i.e. Day Camp, friends, books, television, etc.

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What about transportation?

  • At the end of August, you will be receiving, at your home, a bus pass for your child. This pass is mailed directly from the Lester B. Pearson School Board's Transportation Department. This pass will indicate to you the time and location where your child will be picked up as well as the bus number. It is very important that they have your correct home address at all times in order to plan for your child's transportation to and from school. Should you have a change of address after the date that you have registered your child, please contact Ms. Carol Bardo at the school (514-798-0777) to notify us of the change.

    Should you require bussing from/to a different address (i.e. babysitter). YOU MUST INDICATE THIS INFORMATION AT REGISTRATION in order for the Transportation Department to be aware of your request.

    We would advise you to put your child on the bus the first day of school rather than driving him/her so the driver knows that there is a child to be picked up at that stop.
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