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Welcome to Keppel-Sarawak Elementary School
Home of the Keppel Sarawak Cougars!
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Message from the Principal

WOW! It is hard to believe that we are now in our final month of another school year. I am sure June will pass by just as quickly, especially with all the upcoming activities that teachers have planned over the next four weeks!

This month we will begin to look at our school organization for next year.  When considering placement of students we look at learning needs, teaching styles, male/female ratios etc.  Please note that because of school boundary changes in Owen Sound, we will be welcoming some new students from Dufferin and Hillcrest schools. We are still working out these details and may not be able to confirm our class structure until September.  In this regard we will remain flexible in case re-organization and teaching assignments need to change based on Ministry guidelines for class sizes. If you have any specific requests that would support your child’s academic success and suit their individual learning needs (no teacher requests, please) you may put it in writing to Mrs. Munro prior to June 16th.  Please trust our professional judgement as we begin the process of placing students in classes for next year. The best interest of every student is our priority. We would also appreciate knowing if your family has plans to move from our school area next year.

Later this month we will be saying good-bye to Ms. Currie, who is ending a long term occasional teaching assignments with us. We wish her all the best. We also wish the very best to Mrs. Dinsmore who will be a full-time Vice-Principal at Peninsula Shore District School in Wiarton next year. We appreciate all that you have done for the students and staff over the last four years! We will also be welcoming some new faces in September. Mr. Scott, Ms. Kipp, Mrs. Beaumont, Mrs. Power and Mrs. Goodspeed are all coming to us from other schools in the area.  Finally, congratulations to Ms. Hollyer on her retirement! We wish her all the very best from all of us at Keppel-Sarawak.

Our school will be undertaking a renovation this summer and will be considered a construction zone until the last week of August. Have a safe and fun-filled summer and see you back at school on Sept. 5th!

652017_23448_1.png        As part of the implementation of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education Policy Framework, the Ministry of Education is gathering public feedback that will help to inform the development of a Third Progress Report. Students, parents/guardians and families, teaching and nonteaching staff, Indigenous communities, organizations and partners, as well as school boards are invited to provide their input via the following methods:

Online Survey :
A voluntary confidential online survey is being conducted to capture successes and identify promising practices and opportunities that will assist in providing further support to enhance the achievement and well-being of Indigenous students. The survey will remain open until June 23, 2017.

To participate in the survey, click the link on the side navigation bar..

Online Focus Groups
A series of online focus groups are also being offered as outlined below.
To participate, please RSVP to thirdprogressreport@gmail.com indicating which session you would like to attend. Please note that while efforts will be made to accommodate everyone, spaces are limited to 10-12 people per session on a first come, first served basis. Therefore, participants are encouraged to respond with their preferences at their earliest convenience.

Students -  Monday, June 19, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST(English) (French)

Parents/Guardians -  June 12 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EST (English); Thursday, June 15 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST (English); Wednesday, June 21 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST (English); Friday, June 26 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST (French)

Teaching/Non-Teaching Staff - Thursday June 15 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. EST (English);Tuesday, June 20 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST (French)

Indigenous Organizations & Partners - Thursday, June 8 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST (English); Tuesday, June 27 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST (French)



Please note that many of the Keppel-Sarawak students will be riding their bikes or scooters to school so please be mindful when dropping off your children that cyclists are sharing the road. If your child is taking advantage of the nice weather to cycle to school please remind them of the road rules and that they are to put their bicycle or scooter away once they are on school property. Students should be wearing aa approved helmet and ride with the flow of traffic on the side of the road.  Please let the office know if students are not on the bus.         


 
Student Pickup and Drop off area at the back of our school:

Over the summer some improvements were made to the outside of our building. We now have a drop off/pick-up area at the back door of our school off the parking lot. To ensure the safety of all students, we encourage you to use this area when bringing your child to school or picking them up. Parents are welcome to bring primary students through the front foyer to the kindergarten area and primary yard.  Also please keep the bus loading and unloading zone clear of vehicles. Parents are great role models for children and we truly appreciate this opportunity for parents to teach children about road safety!

Student supervision begins at 8:30 am, Bus students are supervised until boarding the buses.
Students who are not on buses should be picked up at 3:10.
Thank you for your attention to these timelines.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the school office.  
                  
           
 P. Munro, Principal   


        
Ryan’s Law (Ensuring Asthma Friendly Schools), was recently passed. If your child requires an inhaler for asthma at school, please notify the office and request the necessary forms to complete your child’s Asthma Management Plan. Together we can safely support your child’s health and well-being at school.
                          
                                    
CONCUSSION PROCEDURE
The Ontario Government recently passed legislation regarding concussion, which requires school boards to develop and maintain a procedure on implementation of concussion awareness, prevention, identification, and management in publicly funded schools in Ontario. The Bluewater District School Board concussion procedure (AP 6814-D, available on the board website), which we must follow, provides strategies to minimize the risk of concussion, steps to follow for a suspected concussion, and effective management procedures to guide students’ return to learning and physical activity after a diagnosed concussion.
  Making sure that children receive appropriate care when concussion is suspected and/or diagnosed is the priority of the new procedure. Medical follow-up and documentation will be most important in ensuring that the health and safety of children is paramount. Parents and medical personnel will be required to sign documents regarding a student's ability to return to learn & return to physical activity.
If an individual experiences a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or neck, we would watch for the following as signs and symptoms of concussion:
- appears dazed or stunned
- answers questions slowly or slurs speech
- repeats questions
- is confused about events, dates, etc.
- difficulty recognizing people or places
- loses consciousness (even briefly)
- can't recall events prior to and/or after hit
bump or fall
- shows behaviour or personality changes
- forgets class schedule or assignments
- vomiting
- sensitivity to light or noise
- drowsiness
- one pupil larger than another
We will continue to communicate with parents whenever we are aware that a child has experienced a head or neck injury regardless of whether or not we suspect that concussion may be an issue.

SAFETY DRILLS
Throughout the year, we conduct a number of
drills so that in the event of an emergency
our students and staff are prepared and their
safety protected. All of us can remember fire
drills at school. In the last few years, we
have begun to conduct lockdown and severe
weather drills. These drills are conducted
throughout the year.
Again, the purpose of our various drills is to
prepare students and staff for emergencies
that we hope will never happen and protect
their safety in the event that an emergency
does occur.





 


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For safety and efficiency reasons, we want to reduce the amount of cash and cheques coming into our school. School related expenses will be available online for you to make payments during the school year soon.

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