East Elementary School

Pre-Kindergarten

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ABOUT OUR PROGRAM:

“Lifelong learning starts the moment we are born. The first six years of our lives are a time of unparalleled discovery. We learn about ourselves and the world around us. Our personalities take shape and we begin to lay the foundation of knowledge that will support us as we enter the education system”. [Alberta Education]

*Highlights of our Pre-Kindergarten Program PDF here

At East Elementary, our dedicated and Certified Teachers deliver a rich and engaging learning environment for all children. The goal of our programming is to provide children with an environment in which they work on independence and social skills to take with them into Kindergarten and beyond. Our focus is helping children to develop a lifelong love of learning and we do this through a variety of educational themes in our play-based program.
Each classroom has 1 Certified Teacher and a minimum of 2 Educational Assistants. Parent Volunteers are welcome to help out if they choose to but it is not required.
PROGRAM HOURS:

Our PK program runs from September to June following the Black Gold School Calendar.IMG_7579

 

Classes Offered:

M/W AM (8:30-11:30)                           M/W PM (12:15-3:15)
T/TH AM (8:30-11:30)                           T/TH PM (12:15-3:15)
On Fridays we have PK Team meetings or we facilitate home, school and district Family Oriented Programming Sessions (FOPS) with our P.U.F. students and their families.

Each class has the exact same hours by the end of the year regardless of which day/time your child attends.
ATTENDING AS A COMMUNITY STUDENT:

We welcome typically-developing children from the community to attend our program 2 half-days a week. A community student must be turning 4 by February 28th that school year.

Children must be toilet-trained.

**May only attend a Black Gold Pre-K program for one year. That year must be the child’s Pre-Kindergarten year.

Yearly Fee: $800

All students will be directed to attend their designated school.

View the Fees & Payment Page for information regarding payment.
ATTENDING AS A M/M STUDENT:

We welcome children with mild to moderate developmental delays whom would benefit from the collaboration of services to address their developmental needs. M/M students attend 4 half-days per week (either AM or PM) and must be turning 4 by February 28th that school year.

Children must be toilet-trained.

**May only attend a Black Gold Pre-K program as a M/M student for one year.

Yearly Fee: No cost to the family. These students are funded by Alberta Education.

All students will be directed to attend their designated school.

ATTENDING AS A P.U.F. STUDENT:

We welcome children with special needs and/or severe developmental delays whom would benefit from the collaboration of services to address their developmental needs. Program Unit Funded Students (P.U.F.) attend 4 half-days per week (either AM or PM) as well as FOPS on some Fridays. Services that may be provided in the classroom through consultations with the Teacher and the child’s family are: Speech & Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy or Behavioural Intervention Support. P.U.F. students may attend our program as young as 2 1/2 to age 6 for 1-2 years.

Children do not need to be toilet-trained.

Yearly Fee: No cost to the family. These students are funded by Alberta Education.

All students will be directed to attend their designated school.

DAILY ACTIVITIES

While each PK Teacher offers their own creative take on the program, a regular day typically includes:

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*Circle Time

*Story

*Bathroom Break

*Daily P.E. or Movement Activities

*Library Visits

*Snack Time

*Play Time

*Songs/Group Games

*Outside Play
As a play-based program we believe children learn best by exploration and participation in the world around them. Our program is immersed with Fine and Gross Motor Activities, Early Literacy Skills, Early Math Skills, Art Activities, Stories, Songs, Dance and more. Throughout the year we also have special fun days, theme days and party days. We end the year with a Celebration Family Fun Day.
REGISTERING

Please call the office to find out when registrations will open. AM Class spots fill up quickly and program spots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. (*However we will prioritize placing students based on their needs over class preferences.)

View the Registration Page for Pre-K Registration Papers

 

What are the Supplies for Pre-Kindergarten?

View the Supply Lists Page.
WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS / MAY HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS?

If your child has special needs, is an English Second Language Learner (ESL), has other special circumstances, or you have concerns about their development; please call our school office at (780) 986-8421 to see what can be done for your family.
You can also make an appointment with the Leduc Public Health Centre (run by Alberta Health Services) by calling (780) 980-4644 or visit their website for more information.
I REGISTERED, WHAT NEXT?

In the Spring we have a Parent Info Night that you will be invited to attend where you will receive further information and meet the current Teachers. We will also invite your child to a Visitation Day where we will get to know them quickly before placing them into a class. At this time, if we have any concerns about your child’s development we will contact you to discuss them.

We have this Visitation Day to ensure that all classes are balanced according to: various abilities of the children, special needs, gender, behaviour and more. This is by no means an ‘audition’, we are an inclusive program and welcome every child that attends.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU AND YOUR CHILD SOON!
Contact our School Office or Pre-K Teachers with any questions you may have.

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