What’s happening in Rainbow Schools?
Register online for Kindergarten in Rainbow Schools
Is your child starting school this fall? Log on to rainbowschools.ca to register today.
Completing the online registration form is the first step in registering your child for Kindergarten. The Rainbow District School Board website can be accessed by computer, tablet or smart phone.
Once you have completed the online form, please bring your child’s identification documents to the upcoming Kindergarten information nights. Identification documents include birth certificate or birth registry/baptismal certificate, proof of residency, Ontario Health Card and an immunization record.
Information Nights will take place from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 for the English Program and Thursday, January 18, 2018 for the French Immersion Program. Schools offering English and French Immersion will host one information night on Thursday, January 18, 2018.
Staff will be available at Kindergarten information nights to help parents/guardians complete the online form if they require access or assistance. Parents/guardians who are unable to attend the information nights or need more time to register, can complete the online form at a later date.
“The Ministry of Education is moving to an online registration process for children who are starting school for the first time,” says Norm Blaseg, Director of Education for Rainbow District School Board. “School boards in Ontario are implementing the online Kindergarten registration form this year, including Rainbow Schools in Sudbury, Espanola, Manitoulin Island and Shining Tree.”
He adds: “We are here to help make the transition from pen and paper to the online registration process as smooth as possible. Parents/guardians can contact their area Rainbow Schools for assistance at any time.”
For enrolment in Kindergarten, your child must be four years of age by the end of the calendar year.
Parents/guardians can enroll their children in the English Program or the French Immersion Program.
The English Program is exclusively in English and includes a Core French component, which begins in Grade 4. Students learn basic French through songs, games, drama and interactive activities for a specified period of time daily.
French Immersion immerses children in the French language, including cultural experiences, when they begin school. English language instruction is introduced in Grade 3 and gradually builds to an equal balance of French and English instruction by Grade 5. This ensures that students gain effective bilingual skills. This program is designed for English speaking parents/guardians so they may support their children to become bilingual.
Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning
Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171 ext. 7217.