Kindergarten registration now open

Limestone Learning Foundation
Kindergarten registration now open
Posted on 02/08/2021

Welcome to Kindergarten in Limestone. This is an exciting time for both you and your student. Kindergarten is a wonderful experience and your student’s next phase on their journey of learning. 

Kindergarten programs in Ontario offer a full day of learning for four- and five-year-olds. Limestone is unique in offering both English and French Immersion programs in Year 1 and Year 2 Kindergarten.
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Our Kindergarten program aims to nurture the whole child. In Kindergarten classrooms, a teacher and an early childhood educator work together as a team. This partnership helps to create a nurturing learning environment; giving every student the opportunity to learn in the way that is best suited to their individual strengths and needs.

We recognize this year has been different due to COVID-19, and we have learned a great deal from our experiences these past months. We are proud of the way our students and staff have responded to these challenges, and we continue to work closely with our partners at KFL&A Public Health to ensure health and safety protocols are in place and appropriate. The health and safety of students and staff is our priority. 

You can feel confident your student will be cared for within safe and inclusive environments.

Limestone schools are ready to welcome your student to a wonderful new world of learning and growing. We very much look forward to meeting you and supporting you as you become part of the Limestone community.

If your student is 4 or 5 by the end of December, now is the time to register.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many students are in a Kindergarten class?

Class sizes vary from school to school and year to year.  The Ministry sets the Kindergarten class size limit as 29 students.  The average Kindergarten class size in the board is 26 students.

Who are my student’s teachers?

Each Kindergarten class of 16 or more students has one Ontario certified teacher and one Registered Early Childhood Educator.  Kindergarten classes with 15 or less students have one teacher.

Are students in Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) separated from students in Senior Kindergarten (Year 2)?

Year 1 and Year 2 students learn together in a Kindergarten class.

My student’s pronouns are they/ them. Will the school honour this?

Yes. A student’s identity is important. Please be sure to select the appropriate gender identity for your student when you complete the online new student registration form. Staff will refer to the student using their preferred name and pronoun.

What does Kindergarten look like in French Immersion?

In Limestone, students can begin French Immersion in Year 1 Kindergarten. The French Immersion program is designed for students of non-French speaking parents and guardians.  There is nothing extra that you need to do to prepare your child for French Immersion.  All students are welcome!

Can my student attend Kindergarten if they are not toilet trained?

Yes.  Toileting can be an issue for a brief period of time at the start of the year for some students, especially if it is their first time away from home. Our priority is to respect the student and to help support their learning. Please discuss toileting with your educator team. Please help your student practise dressing and undressing independently and appropriate bathroom hygiene. Providing an extra change of clothes is helpful for every student in case of accidents. 

What are Nutrition Breaks?

Nutrition Breaks are part of a Balanced Day school schedule.  The break includes eating time and recess time (i.e. 20 minutes of eating time and 20 minutes of recess time).  Practise opening and closing lunch or snack containers with your student prior to the start of school.

My student finds new situations stressful (i.e. reacts by crying, getting upset). How will the school support my student?

Staff are available to support your student. The school will want to know what upsets your student and what strategies are used to help them feel better. Please be sure to discuss this with the educator team.

When can I expect to hear from my student’s school about their class placement and teacher?

Schools will communicate with families about the student’s class placement and other Kindergarten information near the end of August prior to the start of school. 

Will my student have to wear a mask at school?

Currently in Limestone, masking is encouraged for students in Kindergarten. Families should provide their students with non-medical or cloth masks.

All students in Grades 1 to Grade 12 across Ontario are required to wear non-medical or cloth masks while indoors at school (including classrooms and common areas such as hallways), outdoors, when physical distancing is not possible, and on the school bus unless there is a necessary exemption (medical conditions or special needs) that would prevent them from wearing a mask.

The Limestone District School Board works closely with our partners at KFL&A Public Health and follows provincial health and safety protocols to ensure the safety of students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

More information on COVID-19 school protocols can be found on the Limestone DSB website.

The Limestone District School Board is situated on traditional territories of the Anishinaabe & Haudenosaunee.