Welcome to Kindergarten – September 2 Update

The following message was sent home on September 2nd to families of new Kindergarten students starting in September 2020.

September 2nd, 2020


Dear Families of 2020/2021 Kindergarten Students,

We are looking forward to having your students start school at Taylor Park this year! We hope you have had a chance to look at the orientation videos created by our staff in June.  Click on the link to see previous letters and videos sent to our families: https://taylorpark.burnabyschools.ca/2020/09/01/welcome-to-kindergarten-postponed/

As we prepare to welcome students back to our school, our priority is to maintain a healthy and safe environment for all.  In order to properly organize learning groups and arrange other details, please fill out the Kindergarten Placement Information form by Monday, September 7, 2020. The form can be found at the following link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=LV7swROUrEqeab99Ida2QpaWZ0BrU6RClAJMYIdRJVtUMlpHT0ZBREpUQUxJV05aOVJKRUMyMVU0Ty4u

Please note kindergarten students DO NOT attend school on September 10th or 11th.  As we wait for confirmed numbers for our Kindergarten classes, we have set the following timeline to help you prepare for the weeks ahead:

  • Thursday, September 10th at 2:00 PM – Meeting via ZOOM for parents
    Please join us for our “Welcome to Taylor Park” Kindergarten Virtual Orientation on Thursday, September 10th at 2:00 PM via Zoom.  This presentation will provide information regarding the kindergarten program, gradual entry, welcoming conversations, kindergarten routines, supplies and health & safety.   If you have any questions beforehand, please email me at diana.sakic@burnabyschools.ca so that we may address your questions during the presentation.

Diana Sakic is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Welcome to Taylor Park! Kindergarten Orientation 2020
Date/Time: Sep 10, 2020 02:00 PM Vancouver
Meeting Link: Can be found in email sent home. If you did not receive the email, please email diana.sakic@burnabyschools.ca

  •  Monday, September 14th to Tuesday, September 22nd   – Gradual Entry
    In order to help children in this transition, we will have a gradual entry process which includes smaller groups and a gradual longer day. Parents will be notified by email on Thursday, September 10th or Friday, September 11th with a schedule including: group, time, room number and teacher name. This schedule will help your child to connect with their teacher, learn routines and feel comfortable at school.
  • Monday, September 14th to Friday, September 18th   (Afternoons) – Individual Virtual Welcoming Conversations
    You and your child will have a virtual “Welcoming Conversation” with your child’s teacher.  Please note that these short conversations are planned to discuss your child. Safety procedures regarding Covid will be discussed at the Orientation Meeting on September 10th. Your child’s teacher will arrange dates and times to meet with you.
  • Wednesday, September 23rd – Full day classes begin
    Class placements made and full days begin.  During the gradual entry process, we will be looking at each child to determine which class they will best fit.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this exciting yet anxious time.  Please know that we are here to support you in any way we can and will work together to make your child’s Kindergarten experience at Taylor park a special one!


Ms. Diana Sakic
Vice Principal Taylor Park Elementary

August 31, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are very pleased to welcome your child to Kindergarten in Burnaby. Our full day
Kindergarten program offers young children meaningful learning opportunities in a play-based
environment. For many children, Kindergarten is the first step in transitioning from preschools,
daycare settings, or home environments to a formal school setting where there is one adult with
up to 20 children.

In order to help children in this transition, we offer and support a gradual entry process, which
includes smaller groups, an increasingly longer day and an opportunity for you and your child
to have a virtual Welcoming Conversation with your child’s teacher. We have found that this
proactive approach to school entry provides a safe and comfortable start to your child’s school

Gradual Entry allows children to connect with their teacher, feel comfortable at school, make
friends, and understand routines. If you believe your child requires a longer period to transition
to a full day Kindergarten program, please discuss this with your child’s teacher so that school
staff can collaboratively plan with you to ensure your child is successful.

In response to COVID-19, the K -12 Education Restart Plan is currently in Stage 2. In Stage 2,
Kindergarten students attend in-class instruction five days per week. We will host a Virtual
Kindergarten Orientation on Thursday, September 10th or Friday, September 11th. An email
will be sent once we have confirmed the date and time next week.

We are looking forward to having your child as part of our school community.

Yours sincerely,
Ms. Diana Sakic
Vice Principal
Taylor Park Elementary

June 16, 2020

To the Parents of Kindergarten Students Starting in September 2020,

I hope you have taken advantage of the opportunity to look at some of the orientation videos our staff has put together for you and your children. (See links in our May 22 update below)

We are looking forward to having your children start school in September 2020. As is always the case, there will be a gradual entry so that students will be able to get used to school routines and so that we can put together the right combinations of students into balanced classes.

Unfortunately, at this time there is uncertainty about what school will look like in September so the schedule we gave to you (groups A, B, C, D) is not guaranteed. We expect to receive direction from the Ministry of Education and Dr. Bonnie Henry in late August about the steps and procedures we will need to follow to maintain safety during the Covid-19 pandemic and will then be in touch. If you have any questions, you can email me: hal.wall@burnabyschools.ca or call the school office at 604-296-9034. Our office will be open August 31 – September 4th and the first day of school will be Tuesday, September 8th.

Please know that we value the safety of your children and will be making plans based on the direction of health officials and the government.

Have a great summer,

Hal Wall

Principal – Taylor Park

May 22, 2020

Dear Kindergarten Families,

We hope you are doing well during these challenging times.  Given the current situation, our previous plan of meeting our new Kindergarten students in May or June will not be able to happen.  Although this is not we had envisioned, we are so excited to welcome all of you to Taylor Park Elementary!

The two links below with provide you a snapshot of what kindergarten life is like at Taylor Park and you will find some very important messages from some very special people!

Welcome to Taylor Park.mp4

Meet the Taylor Park Team.mp4

Thank you for your patience and understanding ❤

We look forward to seeing you in September!
💕The Kindergarten Team