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First Day of School for students will be TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2019. 

Early Dismissal Day 8:13-10:13 AM

Please refer to our school calendar under parent information for all the up coming dates of the 2019/2020 school year.  We have also had an adjustment to our bell times under school information. 

 

 

 

To register at Tyson Elementary or any school in SD33 please click here
The Chilliwack School District has moved to a centralized, electronic registration system. Our schools no longer accept paper registration forms. This online process provides parents and guardians an option to register their child at any time, even over the summer break. This includes registration for K - 12, French Immersion and out of catchment requests. You will be required to:
1. Provide a valid email address
2. Upload a copy of the child’s birth certificate
3. Upload proof of residency
For more information and FAQ, please visit SD33 - Registration or email ereg@sd33.bc.ca
click here


kindergarten

Gradual Entry Process for Kindergarten Students

The Chilliwack School District has a long history of planning carefully for the transition to kindergarten and acknowledges the need for a gradual entry process. This important transition phase is aimed to set up students for success for the rest of their school years, and often involves a variety of visits, communications and opportunities to connect young children and their families with their schools, before beginning the first day of full day kindergarten.

September 2019

 

Kindergarten children will be welcomed into their new schools in small groups at the beginning of September by the Kindergarten teachers.  The children will also attend for short periods of time during the first two weeks of school to ensure a smooth and successful transition into Kindergarten.  You will be contacted by your principal /Kindergarten teacher via letter with assigned attendance dates and specific times for your child’s gradual entry.

 

We understand that Gradual Entry may be somewhat challenging for families.  Thank you for supporting your child during this transition to school. Creating a positive beginning is important for each child.  Please contact your child's school to learn more about the Gradual Entry process for that school.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Gradual Entry

 

1. What does Gradual Entry to Kindergarten mean for my child?


This means your child will have a focused time to connect with his/her kindergarten teacher and adjust to the new social/emotional realities of the elementary school context. This developmental model of transition allows children and teachers to work in smaller groups, adapting to the new learning environment that the Full Day Kindergarten program offers.  Teachers will be introducing children to classroom routines and procedures, easing the transition in a more personalized way, so your child feels comfortable and valued as a new member of the school community.

 

2. What does Gradual Entry to Kindergarten mean for our family?


The Chilliwack School District recognizes the parents /families are the first teacher of the child and the gradual entry process gives families the opportunity to share valuable background knowledge with school personnel.

 

3. When is a child ready for school?


Children don’t all talk or walk on a schedule, so it’s no surprise that chronological age is often not the best indicator of school readiness.  How ready each child is for school depends more on their level of well-being, creativity, social responsibility and language development. Gradual entry can help teachers identify which children need support and make sure resources are made available to give that support. 

 

4. What should I expect throughout the process?


Eight days for gradual entry is consistent across the District for full day kindergarten, however times of intake meetings and groupings of students will vary from school to school. Students will have the opportunity to get to know their teacher, as well as some classmates, classroom routines and meet key staff from the school.
Kindergarten teachers will gather important information about each student (interests, readiness levels and learning styles) to help inform their instructional plan for the student. This information is gathered from children and families from conversations and observations.

 

5. When will I know who my child’s teacher is?

Taking the time to get to know all of the Kindergarten students before setting class lists will help Kindergarten teachers create balanced classes which take into account everyone’s individual needs. You will be notified of which class your child will be in for the remainder of the year on Friday, September 13th.

 

Tips to help prepare your child for Kindergarten:

  • Listen and talk to your child about what Kindergarten will be like.  Express excitement and enthusiasm so that your child will look forward to Kindergarten.
  • Try to arrange for your child to spend independent time with relatives or close family friends.  This often helps children develop a growing sense of independence and capacities for communicating needs with other adults.  It also gives parents a window into how their child reacts to being without them.
  • Set up playdates – informal socialization is important to maintain over the summer months for all children, regardless of preschool experiences.  Setting up playdates with children who attend the same school can help your child establish early friendships.
Summer Learning

 


summer is comingSummer Tip:  READ!

1. Read aloud together with your child every day.

Make it fun by reading outdoors on the front steps, patio, at the beach or park. Also, let your children read to you. For younger children, point out the relationship between words and sounds.

2. Set a good example!

Parents must be willing to model behavior for their children. Keep lots of reading material around the house. Turn off the TV and have each person read his or her book, including mom and dad.

3. Read the same book your child is reading and discuss it.

This is the way to develop habits of the mind and build capacity for thought and insight.

4. Let kids choose what they want to read, and don't turn your nose up at popular fiction.

It will only discourage the reading habit.

5. Buy books on tape, especially for a child with a learning disability.

Listen to them in the car, or turn off the TV and have the family listen to them together.

6. Take your children to the library regularly.

Most libraries sponsor summer reading clubs with easy-to-reach goals for preschool and school-age children. Check the library calendar for special summer reading activities and events. Libraries also provide age appropriate lists for summer reading.

https://fvrl.bibliocommons.com/locations/SR 

7. Subscribe, in your child's name, to magazines like Sports Illustrated for KidsHighlights for Children, or National Geographic World.

Encourage older children to read the newspaper and current events magazines, to keep up the reading habit over the summer and develop vocabulary. Ask them what they think about what they've read, and listen to what they say.

8. Ease disappointment over summer separation from a favorite school friend by encouraging them to become pen pals.

Present both children with postcards or envelopes that are already addressed and stamped. If both children have access to the Internet, email is another option.

9. Make trips a way to encourage reading by reading aloud traffic signs, billboards, notices.

Show your children how to read a map, and once you are on the road, let them take turns being the navigator.

10. Encourage children to keep a summer scrapbook.

Tape in souvenirs of your family's summer activities picture postcards, ticket stubs, photos. Have your children write the captions and read them and read them aloud as you look at the book together.


summer is coming

 

 Summer Tip:  Screen Time

  As summer fast approaches, students will be looking for things to do, and many will be spending more time on screens and devices.

  Here are some tips for parents and students to help keep students safe and respectful as they enter the cyber world:

 

cyber rulesdigital citizen posterTHINK Digitalhelps

BC Government's Measles Immunization Catch-Up Program for School Aged Children from April to June 2019

 

The Province is launching a measles immunization catch-up program to help BC families ensure their children are protected from measles. The program will run from April through June 2019. Please see the Measles Campaign Letter to Parents from Fraser Health on the District Website at: https://sd33.bc.ca/announcement/bc-governments-measles-immunization-catch-program-school-aged-children-april-june-2019

 


 


Attendance Matters 

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wits

The WITS Program teaches children in Kindergarten to Grade 3 to make safe and positive choices when faced with peer conflict. The WITS acronym – Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out, and Seek help – provides a common language that children and the adults in their environments can use to talk about and respond to peer victimization.


 



To register at Tyson Elementary or any school in SD33 please click here
The Chilliwack School District has moved to a centralized, electronic registration system. Our schools no longer accept paper registration forms. This online process provides parents and guardians an option to register their child at any time, even over the summer break. This includes registration for K - 12, French Immersion and out of catchment requests. You will be required to:
1. Provide a valid email address
2. Upload a copy of the child’s birth certificate
3. Upload proof of residency
For more information and FAQ, please visit SD33 - Registration or email ereg@sd33.bc.ca
click here


 

 


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