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Understanding Your Child’s Progress Report Card and Kindergarten Communication of Learning: Initial Observations

At the Halton Catholic District School Board, school communities exist to foster and exemplify Catholic values. Educational programs, facilitated in the context of faith, promote the intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development of students.

The Elementary Progress Report Card for students in Grades 1−8 is designed to “show a student’s development of the learning skills and work habits during the fall of the school year, as well as a student’s general progress in working towards the achievement of the curriculum expectations in all subjects.” (Growing Success Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools, First Edition, Covering Grades 1–12, 2010, p.

Parents are encouraged to be active partners in their children’s education. In order for that partnership to be successful, parents must have a good grasp of their children’s learning and its progression. The progress report cards are intended to become a central part of rich discussions between students and their parents. The focus of these discussions should be on learning: what is the child learning this term, what growth have they already demonstrated, where are they struggling and what are the next steps we, as a team, (student, parent, and teacher), should take to ensure continued learning and mastery of curriculum expectations. In this way, students and parents can gain a better understanding of students’ learning skills and work habits, and students’ learning goals can be clarified and understood by all. Such communication will help establish a culture of learning and improve students’ opportunities for achieving success. (Growing Success, p. 66)

The Kindergarten Communication of Learning: Initial Observations report encourages early and ongoing communication between the parents and the educator(s) about the child’s learning. The Initial Observations report is designed to identify and describe the child’s learning during the fall of the school year and to provide parents with clear, detailed, and straightforward information about their child’s learning, growth in learning, and next steps in learning in relation to the overall expectations in The Kindergarten Program (2016).

The Progress Reports and Kindergarten Communication of Learning will be sent home electronically on November 24, 2021

Understanding Your Child’s Progress Report Card and Kindergarten Communication of Learning: Initial Observations