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Welcome to Keppel-Sarawak Elementary School
Home of the Keppel Sarawak Cougars!
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Welcome Back to Another School Year!

As many of you are aware, we had extensive renovations done over the summer that included a new heating and air conditioning system, roof work, LED lighting, new flooring, and carpet, walls and doors in pod classrooms, new front doors, bike racks and a re-designed office area that makes it more visible and accessible. Contractors and Board staff worked tirelessly to have us back to school on time. School staff and custodians also worked long hours in the days leading up to school so that we would ready for the first day. I cannot thank them enough for all of their efforts in preparing for the return of our students. All of us at Keppel-Sarawak look forward to welcoming everyone back and we are excited to get to know all of our new students over the coming days and weeks. We know many of you will be anxious to see the changes to our school and you will have this opportunity at our “Meet the Teacher” night on Wednesday Sept. 20th, 2017 from 5:00-6:00 pm. Hope to see you there!

Please be aware that placement in classes during the full month of September is considered tentative for all students in Blue-water District School Board and may be subject to change until the school’s final enrollment is determined. Therefore, there is potential for your child to have a change in their classroom or teacher after school begins. The changes will hopefully be completed by early October. Thank you for your understanding and trust in our professional decisions with regard to the education of your children. It is greatly appreciated!



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:

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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We are very excited to announce that we will be offering parents the convenience of paying online for school activities, field trips and sports events, in the near future.

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.

You can register for your online payment account now. Click on the image below to get started.
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