Kindergarten: what your child needs on the first day

Summer has just begun, but many parents of soon-to-be Junior Kindergarten students are beginning to think about the first day of school. Here are some ideas on what to purchase and pack, and what you can do now with your child to get ready for the big day!

If your child is turning four in 2016 and you haven’t registered them for school yet, visit and watch our Kindergarten in the SCDSB video.

Infographic identifying tips and ideas for preparing for Kindergarten


10 things to do with your kids this summer

Summer is in full swing, but many kids are already complaining about being bored. Here are our top 10 ideas of things to do that are local, low cost (or free!) and lots of fun!

Word "Top 10'' written by a chalk on a blackboard

  1. Read, read, read. Try non-fiction, comic books or magazines.
  2. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy our amazing provincial parks.
  3. Libraries are not just about books anymore! Local libraries offer 3D printers, maker spaces, Lego programs, movies and special events.
  4. Cool off with a swim at a local rec centre or YMCA.
  5. Bike or walk to the store to pick up a few groceries. Kids can help make the list and learn about money.
  6. Have kids keep a journal or draw pictures of what they do each day. It’s a nice memento at the end of the summer.
  7. Check out a splash pad or park that’s not in your local neighbourhood.
  8. Set up a tent in your backyard and sleep under the stars. S’mores are a must.
  9. Go raspberry or blueberry picking, or explore a local farmer’s market.
  10. Be bored. It’s good to do nothing sometimes.

Enjoy your summer!

Photo of Ken

Stories of Simcoe: Ken

Meet Ken.

Ken is a bus driver, and one of his routes is from downtown Barrie to the Simcoe Alternative Secondary School’s south Barrie campus. Students at this location include parents with young children who attend the Young Parent Program, so many of Ken’s passengers are young parents and their infants or toddlers.

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Photo of Hillcrest's Girls on the Move

Grade 5 to 8 girls at Hillcrest are ‘on the move’


That is the chant that 33 girls from Grade 5 to 8 at Hillcrest Public School chanted as they gathered twice weekly to train for a five kilometre run, held on June 15. By committing to the run, these Girls on the Move made a decision to push themselves to do something they hadn’t done before. The pushed themselves to run harder and faster, and came out stronger.

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Jake Wilson

Stories of Simcoe: Jake and Kathy

Meet Jake and his mom, Kathy.

Jake is a Grade 12 student at Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School, and Kathy is the co-op department chair there. He is an elite-level baseball player who was recently drafted by the Boston Red Sox. Earlier this year, he received a scholarship to Bowling Green State University, leaving him with a big decision to make.

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