NEW! Online registration – Registration Week is the third week of January, although you can register your child anytime following that.
Online registration allows parents to register their child for Kindergarten using any device connected to the Internet, any day of the week, and any time of day.
First, create an account using your email address and a password. You will be sent an account creation confirmation emaill. Use the link in the email to activate your account. After your account is activated, you can then login to the registration system. Second, complete the fillable fields, providing all of the information requested. Once complete, the form is sent to the school for review. The school secretary receives the registration form and checks for completeness and accuracy. You may also complete the online portion at your nearest school, if preferred. Following the registration, there is a brief Early Years Experiences survey that is voluntary. We encourage you to complete this survey, providing data to help strengthen Early Years programming in your region! Thank you.
As a final step, once the online form is complete, parents/guardians will need to visit the school to provide the following information:
- Proof of your child’s age, using one of birth certificate, passport, or immigration papers
- Your child’s (or the parent’s) Catholic Baptismal Certificate
- Your child’s immunization record
- Proof of Residency (utility bill, property tax bill, phone bill)
- Your babysitter or childcare’s name and address, if your child will spend part of the day at childcare
- Documentation about your child’s needs, if applicable, such as special education reports
- Details about your child’s medical conditions and/or medication requirements, such as allergic reactions or physical disabilities
- Custody documents (if applicable)
Parents will receive a Kindergarten Registration Package when they visit the school, containing a welcome letter, school entry questionnaire, information about busing and strategies to support a successful start to school.
Use our school finder to locate your child’s school.
Kindergarten School Entry Questionnaire
If you have questions about the registration process, contact the Catholic elementary school nearest you.
Your Child’s First Week
Your child’s first week of school is an important step in his/her life. He/she may feel excited or a little scared.
During their first week of Year 1 or Year 2, children get to know their new surroundings, their teacher and the other children. Likewise, teachers get to know the children in their care. First week activities will help with this familiarization process, so that children quickly become happy and comfortable in their new environment and ready to learn.
To prepare for this first week, start a school routine early. About a week or so before the start of school, begin putting your child to bed at a normal time for a school night. Be sure your child then gets up, dressed, and fed like a regular school morning. Figure out priorities for after-school activities, homework, chores, TV time, and video games before the first day of school. This will allow you to agree on a schedule and set a routine for subsequent weeks.
Below are some tips that will help guide your child through his/her first week of school.
- Become familiar with the school. Before the first day of school, visit the school with your child so that the route, the building, and school surroundings become familiar.
- If your child will be taking the bus to school, have him/her meet the bus driver in advance and explain the process. Ask a responsible, older student to be his/her “bus buddy” for the first few weeks until he/she becomes comfortable on the bus.
- Dress your child accordingly. Your child is going to be active at school. Choose clothes and shoes that are comfortable and durable. Give your child outdoor clothing for all types of weather. Encourage children to practice at home putting on and taking off their own jacket, snow pants, boots, etc.
- Encourage questions and dialogue about your child’s day. Ask him/her to explain what he/she did, what he/she learned, what he/she liked or disliked. Review any learning materials together including worksheets, tests and stories. Let your child know that it is okay to tell the teacher if something is hard to understand.
The first week of school is a time of adjustment for most kindergarteners, and your child may not be used to sitting still for extended periods. Help him/her become familiar with the new classroom routine by reading books about the start of school and classroom activities, such as Franklin Goes to School, Own, or Billy and the Big New School.
Materials From Our Community Health Partners
To help support your child’s early development and future success, please take a few minutes to review these materials from our partners:
Peterborough Public Health Unit
Serving PVNC schools within Peterborough and Peterborough County.
- Request for Immunization Form
- Peterborough Public Health Unit
- Building Healthy Schools…A Healthy Start to Kindergarten, 2019-2020 Newsletter
- Kid Talk – Speech and Language Services
- Learning_to_Talk 2 Brochure
Working Together: Nutrition at School for Healthy Kids – This resource was designed to support parents new to the school system, but is also accessible to all parents of elementary students.
The video was funded by Healthy Kids Community Challenge, and produced by Key West Video.
Durham Region Health Unit
- 1,2,3 Get Set for Kindergarten – https://www.durham.ca/en/health-and-wellness/resources/Documents/ChildHealthandSchool-AgeChildren/KindergartenResource.pdf
- School Health Information for your Child: https://www.durham.ca/en/health-and-wellness/parents.aspx
- Child Health and School-Aged Children: https://www.durham.ca/en/health-and-wellness/child-health-and-school-age-children.aspx
This is Public Health Video:
Durham Healthy Families Social Media – Where Durham parents go to find support, information and resources to raise a healthy family
Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit
Serving PVNC schools within Northumberland County and City of Kawartha Lakes.