Kindergarten Gradual Entry Information

Dear Parents/Guardians of our new Kindergarten students,

Welcome to Hillcrest Kindergarten! Whether this is your first child to enter Kindergarten, or you already have children in school, getting ready for and starting Kindergarten is very special for children, as well as their families.

Attached are two important documents regarding the start of school and the Gradual Entry process for Kindergarten students. Please read them carefully and call the school at (250) 832-7195 if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Contains gradual entry schedule and other important information about what to bring on the first day of school.
  • This is a letter from the SD83 Elementary Counselling Team with some great advice to help ensure a successful transition to Kindergarten.

As part of our Gradual Entry Schedule students have be assigned to small groups for the first two days of school.

Below is an example of the line included in the emails sent out indicating which group your child has been assigned.

Your child has been assigned to Group ____

In case you missed our email in June, our Kindergarten Team, with the help of SMS student Claire Marino, has put together a video to share with your child.  Please find some time to watch it with them over the next few days as they prepare for their first day of school.


Also, if you have not yet completed the Kindergarten survey sent out in June please do so. The information collected in this survey will help our Kindergarten Team get to know your child.


We look forward to meeting you and your child at your assigned time in the Kindergarten Playground area on Thursday Sept 10.


Your Hillcrest Elementary Kindergarten Team

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