November 24, 2014

Celebrities experience kindergarten in Peel through the eyes of a child

What kindergarten class boasts one of Canada’s famous renovators, Minister of Education Liz Sandals, a loveable puppet, radio hosts, a police officer and local athletes? It’s the all-adult celebrity kindergarten class at the Peel District School Board’s Kindergarten Live! event.

On Nov. 27, more than 20 celebrities, community leaders, athletes, Ministry of Education officials and media will be part of a “one night only” adult kindergarten classroom. Held at Sherwood Mills Public School, located at 1385 Sherwood Mills Blvd. in Mississauga, the “class” will arrive at 6 p.m. for the before-school program, hosted by the Peel board’s local child care partners, and wait for the bell to ring at 6:30 p.m. The kindergarten class ends at 7:30 p.m.
Minister of Education Liz Sandals, Kids' CBC's Mamma Yamma and HGTV's Scott McGillivray will be joined by the other celebrity students, including:
  • Jim Grieve, assistant deputy minister, Ministry of Education: Early Learning Division
  • John Howard, national program manager, The Learning Partnership
  • Suzanne Nurse, vice-chair, Peel District School Board
  • Wali Shah, motivational speaker and musician
  • Matt Small, acting staff sergeant - operations support services command, Peel Regional Police
  • Mark Bailey, second vice-president, Ontario Public School Boards' Association
  • Journalists Iain Colpitts, Moira MacDonald, Cindy Pom, Kris Rushowy and Marivel Taruc
  • Radio hosts Piya Chattopadhyay, JJ, Cory Kimm and Jeff Spindel
  • local athletes, including Shane Herbert from the Toronto Argonauts, Matt Bucknor from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and Theo Davis and Jameson Tipping from the Brampton A’s
Kindergarten Live! Celebrity Edition is part of a series of activities to help parents understand the advantages of the Peel board kindergarten program. Notes Brian Woodland, director of communications and community relations, “When we surveyed kindergarten parents, we found they wanted much more than the information we usually provide at registration time in February. They have lots of questions about the entire kindergarten experience and what it means for their children. Kindergarten Live! is our response. We think it will be fun and provide important learning, just like kindergarten itself.” 

On the same night, Kindergarten Live! Carousel, a tradeshow-style area will connect parents with Peel board staff and early learning and community partners who will provide information about:
  • which school families should register their children at based on school boundaries
  • play-based learning
  • special education programs and resources
  • how to pack healthy lunches and snacks
  • busing—parents and students will have an opportunity to ride a school bus
  • before- and after-school programs
The carousel component of Kindergarten Live! will also be held at two other Peel elementary schools:
  • Hickory Wood Public School on Dec. 3, 6 to 8 p.m., 630 Ray Lawson Blvd. in Brampton
  • SouthFields Village Public School on Dec. 4, 6 to 8 p.m., 110 Learmont Ave. in Caledon
To learn more or to register for Kindergarten Live!, families can visit All registered participants will be entered into a draw for one of five backpacks filled with school supplies to help get their children ready for school.

Every year, more than 10,000 students enter kindergarten at the Peel board. Children born in 2011 can start kindergarten in September 2015. Parents can register their child at the school he or she will attend on Feb. 2, 3, 4 and 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Feb. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. Parents are also welcome to register their children prior to the registration period in February, and can do so beginning in December. To find out which school their child will attend, parents should call 905-890-1010/1-800-668-1146 ext. 2212.


Media contact: Carla Pereira, Acting Manager of Communications, 905-890-1010 ext. 2814 and [email protected]
Note to media: Media are welcome to cover the celebrity classroom experience, and spokespeople will be available for the Kindergarten Carousel. 

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