Enhanced Kindergarten

Fort McMurray Catholic Schools is pleased to continue an optional Enhanced Kindergarten pilot program for the 2019/20 school year. This full day Kindergarten programming will be available in 7 schools for the 2019/20 school year. 

 

What  schools will be part of this pilot program? 

Father Beauregard School

Good Shepherd School

Ecole St Paul (English only) 

St. Gabriel School

St. Anne School 

Elsie Yanik Catholic School 

St. Martha School 

 

At this time, it is not available at:

St Kateri School

Sister Mary Phillips School

What is the new Enhanced Kindergarten pilot program? 

This optional program will consist of a full day of Kindergarten programming. In addition to the half day funded Kindergarten program, children in the full day program will extend their day to work on enhanced child development activities, especially language development, literacy, and Reggio inspired practices throughout the day. 

Children within the current school boundaries will be considered first for the programming. There will be a waitlist from other areas. Parents would be responsible to drive their child to/from school if outside their designated area.

Will this change the Full Day Kindergarten Program at Father Turcotte School?

The existing Full Day Kindergarten Program at Father Turcotte School will continue and is not part of this pilot project. The Program at Father Turcotte is focusing on English Language Learners and will continue to be provided at no additional cost for 2019/20. The program is only available for children residing within the designated boundaries of the school.

Why is there no pilot program at St Kateri or Sister Mary Phillips School? 

We love Sister Mary Phillips School. We love St Kateri School.  So do the neighbourhoods surrounding those schools! We are very pleased to see the excitement this pilot program has created. The optional Enhanced Kindergarten Programs require additional classroom space. Unfortunately at this time we do not have enough extra classrooms to host the pilot program at these schools for the 2019/20 school year. 

How do I register my child for the optional Full Day Kindergarten program? 

You can begin the pre-registration process by filling out a registration form. The school will contact you to finish the registration process. If you have already registered your child for Kindergarten for the 2019/20 school year, please contact your school and share your interest. 

Will specialized services be provided in these pilot programs? 

Alberta Education provides 475 hours of funding for children with special needs under Program Unit Funding (PUF). Unfortunately we are unable to extend the additional educational assistant support to our full day program. 

Who will be teaching Full Day Kindergarten? 

Kindergarten programming will be led by a certificated teacher. Other supports may be available depending on needs assessment of students and the classroom. 

What will the fees be for Full Day Kindergarten? 

A fee of $200 per month will be in effect for children registering in the optional Enhanced Kindergarten program. 

Will there be a charge for Half Day Kindergarten? 

There will be no charge for Half Day Kindergarten. Please note there will be no PM class option in some schools. Half Day Kindergarten will only have AM classes in some of our pilot program schools. 

*Please contact your neighbourhood school directly to enquire about AM and PM half day class options. 

Will my child be able to take the yellow bus to and from school? 

Children in the optional Enhanced Kindergarten Program will be able to use the regular Yellow Bus Transportation provided for the school. Transportation is only available within the designated area of the school and for children residing more than 1.0 km from their designated school. Learn more by visiting the Transportation section on our website. 

Will Enhanced Kindergarten Programs remain following the 2020/21 school year? 

This is a pilot project for the 2019/20 School Year. A review of the project will be done in early 2020 to determine if the program will continue and possibly expand to other schools.

Why is the project not available in all Catholic schools? 

We are only able to pilot this program in select schools this year given the limited resources available to the District. Expanding the program to all schools would jeopardize our ability to implement it successfully.