Dalhousie Community Kindergarten
Kindergarten is intended to meet all the developmental needs of young children – social, intellectual, creative, cultural, physical and emotional. It is a time for a child to experience social interaction, to develop communication skills, and to discover and explore. It is the first step in formal education and provides the foundation for future learning.
A strong academic component in our program ensures that our students are well prepared for Grade 1. The program emphasizes early literacy and language learning, with an introduction to letters, letter sounds, sight words, numbers and math concepts. Various themes throughout the year provide a focus for learning activities and experiences. To view the themes and related special events for the current school year, click here.
In addition, our students enjoy a variety of enrichment activities and outings throughout the school year, including:
- skating and swimming lessons all taught by certified, trained instructors.
- field trips to local venues that may include Safety City, Butterfield Acres, Calgary Co-op, the library and the theatre.
- in-class visitors vary from year to year but potentially could include storytellers, a health nurse, dentist, policeman or other community helpers.
- unique hands-on learning experiences, such as bread-making, music, and duck egg and butterfly hatching.
Dalhousie Community Kindergarten is monitored, evaluated and fully funded by Alberta Education, and must adhere to the same guidelines and meet the same requirements as kindergartens in the public school system. A parent-run Parent Council is responsible for administration and program planning.
For more information, please visit dcakids.com or call 403.288.1050.
Dalhousie Community Kindergarten News
December Celebrations and New Year Registrations
As December arrives, we would like to wish everyone the very best through the holiday season and the New Year. We are fortunate to live in a generous and caring community and are thankful for the many kindnesses shown each day in our Kindergarten world.
Through December our classroom theme focuses on the holiday season – wrapping packages, taping ribbons and decorating a mini tree are always favorite activities in our dress-up centre. We have lots of extra activities planned for December, including our important celebration and performance for our families on Dec 16 from 6:30 – 8:00pm. We also go visit our Friendship Buddies at HD Cartwright school at the start of the month. Together, we will be making a friendship wreath with these older and “very cool” friends. Our last day of classes is on December 18. Classes resume on Tuesday Jan 5 and we will quickly be back into action with skating lessons starting soon after. We will also hold a bottle drive on the morning of Jan 12. Bottle donations can be dropped off at our utility trailer in the community centre parking lot.
Don’t forget – January is registration month for kindergarten programs across the city. Our community kindergarten program is publicly funded and follows curriculum requirements set out by Alberta Education. A strong academic component in our program ensures that our students are well prepared for Grade 1, and we offer a diverse and rewarding experience for both students and their parents.
Would you like to discuss our program options and your child’s potential enrollment in Kindergarten or Jr Kindergarten? We welcome your inquiries! Our Open House for the 2016/17 school year will be held on Tuesday, January 12 from 6:30 -7:30 pm. Kindergarten registration will take place on Tuesday, January 26 from 6:30 -7:30 pm on a first come, first serve basis. Each class size is limited to 18 students. Registration for Jr Kindergarten aged students, (should any available spaces remain) will open on Monday February 1 starting at 9:00 am in the Kindergarten Office. Before and after childcare is available on site through the DCA. You are also welcome to call us at 288-1050 or visit our website at dcakids.com for more information.
January is Registration Month!
The start of a new calendar year also brings registration for kindergarten programs across the city. Our program, which has a long history in our community, offers:
- low teacher to student ratio and use of a full time aid;
- an experienced, enthusiastic teacher who loves her profession!
- an open and welcome classroom with parental participation;
- the development of social skills and the “whole” child;
- an appreciation of differing learning styles and the opportunity to learn at your individual pace;
- a curriculum focus that allows for special class interests and includes enriched experiences outside of the
- classroom (Swimming, skating, and many field trips!)
- regular music instruction;
- teaching of critical thinking skills emphasized over rote learning;
- daily outdoor playtime that inspires imagination, social development and creative play;
- opportunities for parents to develop lasting relationships with each other;
- an environment where diversity is celebrated, and a sense of community is encouraged.
Our program is publicly funded, and follows curriculum requirements set out by Alberta Education. A strong academic component in our program ensures that our students are well prepared for Grade 1, and we offer a diverse and rewarding experience for both students and their parents. To qualify for Kindergarten registration, your child must be five years old by March 1, 2016 to start class in September 2016.
Not quite old enough or not sure if your child is ready for kindergarten? Our Junior program may be the right choice! It follows a curriculum that is similar to kindergarten but adapted for those children who are not yet ready for ECS because of their age or development. Children must be at least 4 years of age by September 2016 for this 5 day a week junior program.
Our Open House for parents considering registering for the 2015/16 school year will be held on Tuesday, January 12th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm in our classroom at 5432 Dalhart Rd NW. Kindergarten registration will take place on Tuesday, January 26 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm on a first come, first serve basis. Each class size is limited to 18 students. Registration for Jr Kindergarten students, (should any available spaces remain) will open on Monday Feb 1 at the kindergarten office starting at 9:00 am. Before and after childcare is available on site through the DCA. Please call us at (403) 288-1050 or visit our website at dcakids.com for more information.