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Hi, my name is Linda Dombrowski.  I am the Health & Safety Coordinator for the Selkirk Montessori School.  Please contact me at 250-384-3414 or email if you have any questions or concerns.


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September 2015


Welcome back everyone and a warm hello to all our new families at Selkirk!


As with every new school year I want to remind everyone of a few important notes. For many this will be a repeat, yet still a good reminder.


We are a peanut free school. So that means that there are no peanuts or products containing peanuts allowed in the school. This also includes any functions that the school has where classes or the hospitality committee might be asked to bring in goodies. If any food comes into the school which contains peanuts it will be quickly removed. Peanuts are the most prevalent cause of anaphylaxis and that is why the school is peanut free. Yes, we do have students who are anaphylactic to peanuts attending the school.


That being said we have students who are anaphyactic to other nuts, dairy and variety of other foods. Those are not dismissed as being any less of a concern than the peanuts. Each of the classes that have the students using allerjects and epi pens, the classroom teachers will inform the parents in the class of the foods which will be of concern.  This is for the children and so that everyone in the classroom can come and enjoy the party with food that is safe for all of the students in that class to eat and also so that the students can enjoy their lunch on a day to day basis sitting together and socializing. 


If there are any concerns or questions about any of this please come and talk to me directly. You can find me in the office next to Erin Hayes.  Linda.


Some of our students have allergies to a wide variety of foods.  There are sometimes recalls of food products from the CFIA -  Canadian Food Inspection Agency  if you are interested in receiving these emails directly from the CFIA please sign up at


Another reminder to everyone, that the staff at selkirk are not allowed to administer any kind of medication without the written consent of the parents and for those that require prescription medication the written consent of the physician and the parents. So drugs like tyelnol, antacids, cough medicines and any other items that can be purchased over the counter must come to the school with the signed medical administration form, thereby allowing the teacher to administer it to your child. No prescriptions will be allowed in the school without the Medical Adminisitration form. 

If your child is sick and you are taking them to the doctor please take a blank form with you so that it can be completed at the time the doctor does the prescripton. Also important, is if your child is going away on an overnight field trip, please ensure that the Medical Administration form is in the hands of the school ahead of time.


The Medical Administration form should have been handed out to everyone at the beginning of the year. If you need another copy, I will be placing a link below for you to access and get your copy. I also have copies in my office.


Medical Administration Form 2015/16


Hand Washing


Taking action towards healthy living! Again, a reminder to everyone about the importance of washing your hands and teaching your children how to wash their hands as a follow through from school to home and back again.

All it takes is warm water and soap — and the best thing is you can work on your singing voice! Singing  ABC or Twinkle Twinkle Little Star will be the ideal length of time to wash hands. If I hear singing coming from the washroom, I will smile!


Thanks for helping to prevent the spread of germs by starting this practice at home.



Health Info provided to us by the Health Units. Look for more in the upcoming months.


Head Lice Awareness


Outbreaks of head lice are common throughout the school year.  Although head lice are a nuisance, head lice are not a health risk.


Head lice spread quickly by close, head-to-head contact.  Lice cannot live on furniture or carpet, and they cannot jump or fly.  There may be few or no symptoms, but itching may occur.


  • You can help by: Checking your child’s head with the wet-combing method of detection once a week throughout the school year.
  • Encouraging your child to wear their hair tied back, and avoid touching heads with other students.
  • Using the wet-combing method of treatment if you notice lice on your child’s head.
  • Telling the classroom teacher if your child has head lice, so other parents can be notified.


  • For more information:Review the pamphlet “Wet Combing – How to Get Rid of Head Lice” available at your school and health unit


Health Units:

Esquimalt                    250-519-5311              Salt Spring Island        250-538-4880

Outer Gulf Islands       250-539-3099              Sooke                          250-642-5464

Peninsula                    250-544-2400              Victoria                        250-388-2200


Child, Youth and Family Community Health

SN-HP-107-06-14 – Revised 2014-07-16

Saanich                       250-519-5100              West Shore                 250-519-3490










Well September has started off smoothly and is going quickly!!  


The school had it's first fire drill. I was away that day and would like to extend a big thanks to my colleagues in the office for taking over and making it a successful drill! 


Next month the school will be participating in the Shakeout earthquake drill. I get excited about this as every year it grows in popularity and more and more people around the world get involved with the drill.  This then brings a reminder to everyone that we live on an earthquake zone, that there will be an earthqauke (we don't know when) and that we do need to be prepared in the event of one.


Why not try to encourage your employers to get involved with this event. Check it out at