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Welcome to Keewatin Public School

Keewatin Public School is a Kindergarten to Grade 6 School located in the community of Keewatin, within walking distance of Keewatin Beach, Mink Bay Trail, Darlington Bay, Lake of the Woods and the hamlet of Keewatin.

At Keewatin Public School, our staff is extremely proud of our innovative programming! We are focused on delivering high-quality outdoor and environmental education for Kindergarten to Grade 6 based on Forest School ethos and pedagogy. Forest School is an educational approach that started in Scandinavia and has been around for over 50 years. Children foster their curiosity and develop great ideas in an outdoor setting by learning and playing in nature. Key school staff, certified as Forest School Practitioners (Child and Nature Alliance of Canada) deliver outdoor experiences for children based on Ontario curriculum expectations using the outdoors as the classroom. Children play, create, explore, learn and solve problems with their peers in a natural environment through regular and repeated access to the same natural space over the course of the school year. Keewatin Public School is the perfect location for KINDERGARTEN FOREST SCHOOL! Bussing is available to and from Keewatin Public School that picks up students from home (or a bus stop close by) who want to register but don’t live within the Keewatin attendance boundary.

Our newly built outdoor learning environment based on the four elements of earth, wind, water and fire includes an amphitheatre with natural seating and a view of Darlington Bay, a working sundial, water play area, wind chimes and whale drums for children to play and explore. Our gardening and composting program is unique and provides an opportunity for learning how to grow and harvest vegetables.

We are excited to announce the opening of our dedicated Firefly Child Care space and new Kindergarten space in the spring of 2021. Before and After Care programs will be available in the 2021-2022 school year.

Our partnership with Scouts Canada provides an opportunity for young children to reap the benefits of Beaver Scouts (offered during the evening) and Cub Scouts (offered after school). Swimming lessons are provided to all children from Kindergarten to Grade 6 “FREE OF CHARGE” thanks to fundraising efforts on behalf of the School Council. We also hold monthly Seven Grandfather Teaching assemblies to promote physical activity, creativity, self-expression and build our strong sense of community. Our playground is absolutely huge with lots of space to run and play including a soccer field, basketball court, Big Foot Slide, climbing structures and a dedicated Kindergarten playground.

Parents and families are a VERY important part of Keewatin Public School’s equation for success. They are made to feel welcome in the school, encouraged to participate and volunteer in the classrooms as their schedules permit, and are involved in decision making at an individual level and at the broader school level. Our active School Council hosts several events during the school year including Trunk ‘N Treat, Turkey Feast, Family Movie Nights, Friday Family Fun Nights, and Community Family Fun Day to name a few. New members are always welcome! The EarlyOn Best Start Hub, geared for families with pre-school children, operates out of Keewatin Public School once per week.

We have plenty to offer families in Keewatin and the surrounding area and are a very proud community school. Please contact us for a tour any time!

Our Awesome Programs!

Availability of school programs is dependant on local health unit guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Forest School

Forest School is an educational approach that started in Scandinavia and has been around for 50 + years. Children foster their curiosity and develop great ideas in an outdoor setting by learning and playing in nature. Students follow the Ontario curriculum and as often as possible the outdoor environment serves as the classroom.
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Roots of Empathy

Roots of Empathy is an international, evidence-based classroom program that has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression among schoolchildren by raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. At the heart of the program are a neighbourhood infant and parent who visit the classroom every three weeks over the school year. Students observe the baby’s development and learn to label the baby’s feelings. In this experiential learning, the baby is the “Teacher” and a lever, which the instructor uses to help children identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of others.
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Scouts Canada

For more than 100 years, Scouts Canada has brought a world of adventure, outdoor experience, friendship and fun to 17 million Canadian youth. Scouts Canada engages youth, involving them throughout their formative years in a non-formal educational process by guiding children to be self-reliant, supportive, responsible and committed.
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Full-Day Kindergarten

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Swimming Lessons

Swimming lessons at Keewatin Public School are provided free of charge for families through fundraising by School Council.

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Hockey Canada Skills Academy

Our Hockey Canada Skills Academies are designed to challenge and inspire all students who participate. They are a complete program that includes a strong focus on academics, as well as on-ice skills, off-ice strength and conditioning, mental training, and personal and team development. Hockey Canada Skills Academies run during the school day and funding is available to help families acquire the necessary equipment.
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Curling

Volleyball

Basketball

Baseball

Junior Soccer Academy

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Learn to Skate

This program is open to any students from K-6 at Keewatin who have little to no experience skating, for a nominal fee. Experienced volunteers from our School Council and staff take our Learn to Skate group to the Keewatin Arena bi-weekly through the winter months and teach them how to skate—it’s an amazing, fun experience!

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Outdoor Learning

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OPHEA Healthy Schools

This program recognizes and celebrates school communities for promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of students, school staff, and the broader community through a variety of activities and initiatives. We are very proud to be the first school board in Ontario to register all of our schools for OPHEA’s Healthy Schools Certification.
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School Spirit Days

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Arts Club

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French as a Second Language

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Summer Learning Program

With a focus on outdoor learning in a fun and active environment, our Summer Learning Program continues to be popular with families. Students in the program will build on their existing literacy and numeracy skills, as well as other important learning skills, while playing fun games and participating in different activities during the three week program. The programs are free to families (healthy snacks and lunches are provided each day) and run by qualified teachers. The Summer Learning Programs offer a great opportunity for students to maintain, or even improve, their literacy and numeracy achievement, and the best part is that the children are having so much fun, they often don’t even realize they are learning!
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Indigenous Second Language

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Vermicomposting

Our school garden allows our students to take their learning outside. Working as a team, students learn about growing their own fruits and vegetables, harvesting what they have grown, and even preserving the produce!
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Track and Field

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Sliding

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Eye See... Eye Learn

This is a not-for-profit program designed to detect, diagnose and treat children with vision problems when they begin Junior Kindergarten (Year 1), so that every child can see and learn to the best of his/her ability. Local Doctors of Optometry provide OHIP-insured eye exams, and if prescribed, the child receives a free pair of eyeglasses donated by the program’s eyewear partners.
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Let’s get your child signed up for Kindergarten at KP today!

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We’d love to hear from you!

Heather Mutch, Principal

(807) 547-2292Facebookkeewatin.kpdsb.ca

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