Welcome Back Information for JK

posted Sep 3, 2019, 7:12 AM by Michelle McGarry


We hope you are having a wonderful summer with family and friends. We would like to extend a warm welcome to your family as our newest members of our St Francis of Assisi family!

Attached you will find a Kinder Transition file that will show the people you will meet, many of the places where your children will learn in their school, as well as where you can drop off and pick up your children if they walk or come to school by car. We hope the pictures will help your child to feel more comfortable beginning school.

We are very excited to meet with your child and yourself, to learn about your child and family and to begin what I am sure will be a great partnership between family and school! Your meeting time for  CHILD’s will take place on  DATE & TIME.  Please send a confirmation email to the school email address, Francis.Assisi@ocsb.ca to indicate you and your child can attend

Your child will begin school for full days the day after your scheduled meeting.

In the meantime, here is some kindergarten specific information for you. 

What are the main ways to stay in touch with the school?

First contact should always be your child’s educators (information will be provided in the above mentioned meeting).  The main school-wide contact will be through School Messenger, like this email, which will include upcoming events, emergency alerts and Board-wide events.  These messages will be duplicated on our website,fra.ocsb.ca where you will also see the calendar of events for the year and school council meeting minutes.  Additionally, this OCSB School Calendar 2019-2020 link will list all of the PD days and holidays for the upcoming school year should you want to link it directly with your family calendar.Please follow us on twitter to see pictures and short videos of our day  @AssisiOCSB 

Does your child have an epi-pen, inhaler or need to take medication during the school day?

Please note that school board policy prevents any member of the school staff from administering medication to a student at school without written consent from both the parents or guardian and the physician prescribing the medication. This permission is obtained by filling out a Request and Consent to Administer Medication and have it signed by a doctor.  Additionally, those students who need an inhaler while at school will need a filled Asthma Management Plan completed as well. Both forms are attached to this email. Please drop off the medication (in its original packaging & clearly marked by the pharmacist) and signed paperwork either the week before school starts or give it to your kinder team during your meeting. 

Any other assessments your child has received?

If you have any assessments for your child (educational, occupational therapy, speech) please hand them in to your educator team who will then consult with Mrs. Harrington (resource teacher) and get back in touch with you.

What school supplies will my child need?

  • backpack that is comfortable for your child’s back (please no bags with wheels), 

  • lunch bag that your child can put all of the contents back in 

  • water bottle

  • indoor shoes that have velcro and that are non-marking soles 

  • Yoga mat/ blanket for quiet time

  • Daily appropriate dress for the weather as we could spend up to 2 hours outside

  • Full spare set of clothes in a zip lock bag

 Please label everything to help your child recognize that it is theirs!

For those of you that would like a refresher, we have attached the Welcome to Kindergarten Night slide show for more detailed information.

Would you like to volunteer?

We appreciate all offers for parents/ guardians to volunteer!! To do so, you will need to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check before you are able to do so. The process is fully detailed on our OCSB website here.

Additionally, we have a vibrant School Council that you are very welcome to join! We will be electing the new Parent Council on Monday, September 23, 2019 (7:00-8:30 PM) at our first meeting. You do not need to be a voting member or have a Vulnerable Sector Check to participate in the meetings. All are welcome! Meetings continue on the third Monday of each month from 7:00 - 8:30 PM.

How do I let the school know if my child is sick?

Please email the school Francis.Assisi@ocsb.ca  or phone the school  (613-830-3215) to let us know before the start of the day and include the child’s and educator’s name.As well,  let us know if they have a contagious condition such as pink eye, chickenpox, fifth disease or head lice. When making the decision whether or not your child should stay home, please note that children can not stay inside during recess time because we do not have adequate supervision.  


What is the procedure for Drop Off and Pick Up?

We are excited to announce that we have been accepted as one of the schools to participate in the School Active Transportation Project! We are looking to increase the amount of students walking or wheeling to school and improve safety and traffic around school. Our first meeting is this September so more information will be coming!

By Foot or Bike:

There is a crosswalk attendant that will support safe crossing on Charlemagne Blvd. The ECEs will be on the Primary Yard closest to the kindergarten classes daily to welcome your child between 9:00 AM and 9:15 AM and then again ensure that they are handed off to the designated family member at 3:45 PM. There is a designated crosswalk on our property to use if you are entering from Watters Rd that will be supported by one of our staff members. Please note that we will need an email or letter from parents/guardians giving us permission for the emergency contacts to pick up their child for that day. No other person will have permission to pick you your child except yourself and your emergency contacts.

  By Car:

The Kiss N’ Ride is the place to use to safely drop off and pick up your children. There will be a staff member there to help with this process up until school begins at 9:15 AM. We ask for your ongoing collaboration with this process to make sure it occurs as smooth as possible. Please do not park in the parking lot as we need all available spaces for our staff members.  Additionally, we have two bus lanes at our school that can not be blocked during arrival and dismissal times (signs are posted in the appropriate area). We are very pleased to have the opportunity to have a DE class in our school. This means in addition to the traditional school buses we also have small school buses that need the time to safely support the transportation of up to 10 students who are in wheelchairs at the front entrance of our school.  Thus please do not use our front entrance during these times as it impacts the safety of our very vulnerable students. 

Bus Information: 

There is a lot of information that you will need to know if your child takes the bus (how to determine bus stop location and time, who can pick up your child from the stop, etc.) It is all located here.

School Bus and Pedestrian Safety Day  There will be a School Bus and Pedestrian Safety Awareness Day on Sunday August 25th, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. It is a great opportunity for your child to learn about being safe on their way to school. Click on the above link to see more details and to register!

Transportation on the Day your Child Starts School

Parents can help staff establish the routines by following the pick up and drop off methods for their child. It is highly recommended that, on the first day your child attends school after your meeting with the educators, your child follow their regular transportation routine. This will provide your child with the specific arrival and departure instructions and the opportunity to practice and establish transportation routines from day one. 

Late Drop Off:

Please do not park in the round-about in front of the school as this is a designated fire lane. You will most likely need to park on the street. Then report to the office to sign your child in. We will then have an educator walk your child to the appropriate area of the school to join their class. Being late to school is not only disruptive to a smooth start to your child’s day but also disrupts our learning environment. Please help us to ensure everyone has a smooth start to their day!

Early Pick Up:

Please inform the main office by email: Francis.Assisi@ocsb.ca before 10am, if your child will be leaving early from school due to an appointment. Once you arrive at the school, your child will be called to the office. End-of-day is a busy time for everyone so if you must pick your child up early for an appointment, please schedule the pickup before 3:00. Please keep early pick-ups to a minimum as we have exciting learning opportunities for your child all day long and establishing routines helps your child to feel more comfortable in their learning environment.

School Cash Online

School Cash Online is the method that we use for all payments at St Francis (i.e. pizza lunches, Spirit Wear, field trips). It is also a notification system to tell you when the deadline for purchasing items. Please register by  going to https://ocsb.schoolcashonline.com                                                           

The OFFICE will open  Monday, August 26 @ 9:30 am should you have any further questions or you can email myself at michelle.mcgarry@ocsb.ca 

We are looking forward to an amazing school year!

Warm regards,

Michelle McGarry (Principal),Ms Kerry (OA)  and your Kinder Team

Mme Kearnan (French Prep Teacher), Mme Chantal (French Teacher), Mrs. Cleveland (KB - ECE), Mrs. Mastromatteo (English Teacher), Ms. Jessica (KA - ECE)