Junior Kindergarten Programme

 Is your 3 or 4 year old ready for pre-school? Did you know that Glenfir accepts registrations year round?

 

"Play is the beginning of knowledge." - Anonymous

The Glenfir School's Junior Kindergarten programme is especially designed for children aged three and four to have a positive and innovative introduction to learning about their world and preparing them for the future. Young learners experience a range of dynamic learning opportunities through creative art, dramatic play, and music appreciation, along with language, math, science, and literacy development. The Glenfir School's Junior Kindergarten children complete our programme ready for Kindergarten and, we believe, on the right track to a truly positive experience as young learners.  

Glenfir's JK Programme has a low student to teacher ratio of 8 to 1. The programme is designed to meet the developmental needs of each child. Each child is encouraged to explore and manipulate materials and to participate in activities as they choose and at their own developmental level. Materials and activities that are challenging, stimulating and age appropriate will be available for the JK's. Our schedule is flexible to allow for quality time at each activity.

Our Mission
The Glenfir School strives to promote the attainment of each young learner's full potential through a dynamic and inspiring learning experience in cooperation with the learner's family. While participating in our programme, children learn the necessary skills and concepts through consistent guidance, activities and play. Children are encouraged to grow and develop creatively, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.

Programme
The Junior Kindergarten Programme is theme based and has been designed to develop strong phonetic and numerical skills. In addition to academics, the students attend assemblies with the Kindergarten to grade twelve students, participate in special activities, partake in field trips, enjoy a hot lunch programme, use the school's gym and music room, benefit from bus transportation, receive individual interim reports as well as report cards, and participate in parent teacher interviews.

To view our monthly JK Newsletter and activity calendars, please click on the months below:

March 2011

February 2011

January 2011

Facility
The Glenfir School offers a stimulating, nurturing, and safe environment for your child by providing two separate, but adjoining, classrooms for the three and four year olds, with their own entrance, two private bathrooms, and a private fenced playground. Individual cubbies are provided for each student's belongings teaching them to respect their possessions and those of their fellow students.

Hours of Operation
- Morning Class        8:25am-12:00pm
- Afternoon Class     12:00pm-3:40pm

The Junior Kindergarten program follows the regular Glenfir School Calendar from September to June.  We are closed for the Christmas break, Spring break, and all statutory holidays and professional days set by the regular Glenfir School calendar.

Registration Procedures
A completed registration form is required to be submitted to the Glenfir School office, along with a copy of your child's immunization record and a $500.00 deposit (non-refundable). The $500.00 deposit is offset against your first month's payment. All parents are required to sign an Enrollment Agreement for tuition payment.

Click here to view our 2010-2011 registration form.

Tuition Fees
-Part time tuition fees     $485.00/month
-Full day tuition fees       $840.00/month
-Registration deposit     $500.00 (non-refundable) 

The monthly tuition fee is pro-rated for the year (based on the number of days the school is open during the year) regardless of days absent, holidays or professional days. Tuition is payable in an annual sum, or a monthly payment plan can be offered over the 10 months. Some families may qualify for provincial subsidy. We suggest you contact the Ministry of Children and Families before school begins for this financial arrangement.  All tuition fees are tax deductible. All families are required to belong to The Glenfir School Society. The Glenfir School operates as a charitable society. All families with students attending the school are required to subscribe to the society on an annual basis. Society memberships are $250.00 per year per family and allow each member family to cast one vote at the Annual General Meeting.

Click here to view our 2010-2011 JK fee schedule information booklet.

Dress Code
Students are expected to take pride in being members of The Glenfir School and to wear uniforms appropriately. The Junior Kindergarten uniform consists of a track suit and t-shirt for the winter months and a pair of shorts and t-shirt in the spring, summer and fall. The formal uniform for JKs is optional. However, if parents wish, girls may wear a tunic or navy kilt, white dress shirt and a bow tie and a navy cardigan and the boys navy or grey pants, a white dress shirt and a clip on tie and a navy cardigan. All required uniform items must be purchased through "Our Store" at the school. White socks and appropriate indoor and outdoor runners are also required on a daily basis. The approximate uniform cost is $200.00 per annum. 

Staff
Teachers working directly with Junior Kindergarten program have their Early Childhood Education license to practice as well appropriate first aid training.  In addition, all teachers maintain current in their professional development. We take pride in providing a safe, nurturing environment for all children. We are a licensed facility and follow all licensing requirements, as well as health and safety standards.

Our Daily Schedule
Mornings
8:25 - 8:45          Arrival and Greeting Circle
8:45 - 9:15          Music with Mr. Gass
9:15 - 9:45          French with Madam Holdener
9:45 - 10:15       Snack / Story time
10:15 - 11:15     Free play
11:15 - 12:00     Outside play

 
Afternoons
12:00 - 12:45      Wash up and lunch
12:45 - 1:15        Quiet time/stories
1:15 - 1:45           Free play
1:45 - 2:30           Circle time
2:30 - 3:00           Snack
3:00 -3:30            Outside play / home time
3:40                       Children who take the bus are escorted downstairs.

 

Snacks and Lunch
Children are encouraged to develop safe and appropriate eating habits, such as sitting down while eating and not talking or laughing with food in their mouths (to prevent choking). The goal is to have an enjoyable and social eating time. If your child attends our half-day program, please send a healthy snack. If your child attends our full-day program, please send two healthy snacks and a healthy lunch. Thank you for not sending candy, chips or other "sugar bugs" Some children may be dangerously allergic to certain foods. Should any allergic concerns arise we will notify parents immediately and let you know which foods to avoid sending. Our JK students all participate in cooking experiences and occasionally enjoy shared snacks.

Sleep/Quiet Time
Junior Kindergarteners rest after lunch on their mats. Each child will be encouraged to have quiet time. Their mats will be in the same location each day and they will have a choice of bringing a couple of books to read. Although sleep / quiet time is scheduled between 12:45-1:15pm, some children do sleep. Those who do not will be offered art, puzzles, books and other quiet time activities after quiet time, allowing the sleepers to continue sleeping.

Guiding and Caring
The school provides a learning atmosphere for all our children that is free from physical and emotional abuse and promotes positive relations between the children and staff. We encourage the children to develop self-discipline, responsibility and positive values. 

The goal of guidance is to help the child become self-directed and independent, to care about others and develop physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally. Our guidance as teachers is firstly to focus on prevention. The following strategies promote a positive atmosphere and maximize opportunities for desirable behaviours.

1.  Provide a developmentally appropriate environment,
2.  Establish clear, consistent and simple limits and guidelines.
3.  State limits and guidelines in a positive rather than in a negative way.
4.  Offer straight forward explanations for guidelines.
5.  Focus on the behaviour rather than the child.
6.  Make statements of expectations, rather than pose questions.
7.  Allow time for children to respond to expectations.
8.  Encourage to use caregivers as a resource.
9.  Scan for potential difficulties and act before it starts.

Problem solving promotes a sense of self-help, autonomy, self-awareness, confidence and self-worth. We recognize problems or situations as valuable learning opportunities. The following techniques will ensure that guidance is carried out in a positive and supportive manner.

1.  Model problem-solving skills.
2.  Gain child's attention in a respectful way.
3.  Use proximity and touch.
4.  Reminders of limits and guidelines.
5.  Focus on the behaviour rather than the child.
6.  Acknowledge the child's feelings/needs.
7.  Offer appropriate choices.
8.  Use natural and logical consequences.
9. Provide redirection when necessary.
10. Change the activity or equipment to meet the individual child's needs.

** no child in the care of the teacher will ever be subject to any form of corporal punishment, harsh, belittling or humiliating treatment, or confinement, separation or deprivation of adult supervision or necessary food, rest or use of a toilet.

Any intervention needed for more challenging behavior, beyond the limits of the above strategies, will be formed in a behavior strategy plan involving both teacher and parent.

Click here to view our 2010-2011 JK Parent Handbook.