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Elementary schools open their doors for JK registrationBy Ron Giofu 


Junior Kindergarten Student

Elementary schools with the Greater Essex County District School Board (GECDSB) and the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board (WECDSB) are welcoming new JK students to their ranks.


As part of their annual registration campaigns, both boards offered open houses last Wednesday night.


At Malden Central Public School, things were active with new registrants and parents still considering their options checking things out.


“It’s been busy,” said principal David Dawson. “It started right from 5 p.m. Some have already registered. Some are checking things out.”


Dawson said they market the school as a close-knit school and the family-nature of the school “and everything we have to offer.”


The JK open house at Malden Central Public School featured a look at the school’s music program, activities in the gymnasium and opportunities to visit other rooms around the school to see what was offered.


“I love it,” Dawson said of Malden Central. “It’s a great community school.”

Malden Central Public School has an enrolment of approximately 260 students, he added, with about 20 new JK students expected to come in.


Stella Maris Catholic Elementary School had a circus theme to its JK open house with principal Marisa Wismer and vice principal Cailin Bosnyak greeting potential new students and their parents as they came in the front door.


Parents and children toured the school and enjoyed the activities that were provided.


“We’re having an amazing turnout,” said Wismer.


Wismer said they saw a lot of siblings of current students as well as new families stop by.


“It’s been a wonderful night,” she said at the open house.


Staff shared a sample of the curriculum as well as other programs the school has to offer. She said staff really stepped up with the circus theme, as they embraced the slogan “come one, come all and step right up to the greatest school on Earth.”


“The staff really owned it and the kids are loving it,” said Wismer.


Stella Maris expects to welcome 35-40 new JK students with the school having an enrolment of 406 students.


More information on the GECDSB can be found at www.publicboard.ca while the WECDSB can be contacted at www.catholicboard.ca.  


Elementary schools open their doors for JK registration

By Ron Giofu

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