October Newsletter 2019
Greetings from the Principal
Students are now settling into a routine with school, which means it is time to dive completely into their grade level curriculum. One area of their skill development that is always fascinating to see is written expression. As any teacher will tell you, this area of the curriculum is one of the most difficult to instruct. Each student develops at their own pace. They simultaneously learn the mechanics of effective writing, while also finding a unique voice that cannot be found entirely by following models or a rigid process. One activity I have observed in classes definitely lends itself to further extensions at home, so I invite you to explore it with your students this month.
The activity is called “Small Moments”. In it, students learn to zoom in on the details of a single event. For example, rather than write about an entire trip to the beach this summer, students will, instead, focus on just writing about the first moment they entered the water. They use their senses to add description and detail that should allow their reader to experience this small moment as vividly as they did in reality.
Focusing in this manner also ties into mindfulness by appreciating the inherent beauty found in simple things. It is a joy to see students dig deeper into their memory and paint amazing images from their lives that would usually be lost if not reflected upon at length. This type of writing also opens their eyes to how professional authors might use small moments to cleverly hide important information in a story.
Try having conversations at home about small moments. Encourage your children to dig a little deeper to describe a favorite activity, trip, or memory. You will not only help to develop their academic ability, but you will also guide them to a greater appreciation for the world around them.
*NO STUDENTS—Friday, Oct. 11—Staff Development
**No School – Monday, Oct. 14—Columbus Day
***Half Day of School - Oct. 22—Students will be dismissed at 12:40 p.m. (Parent Conferences) PTO Crazy Hair Day!
PTO Fall Festival will be held here in our Gym, Friday, October 25—from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Absent? Tardy? Vacation? Please remember to call our safe arrival line no later than 9:15 to report an absence or tardy. The number is 508-563-2334 ext. 4. Also, if you are going on vacation please send a note with detailed dates to your child’s teacher. Thank you for helping us keep track of all the students!
Welcome Volunteers and Visitors! Please remember to park out back if all the front spaces are taken. You will need to walk to the front of the building to the front door and we will buzz you in. Before going to a classroom or office, please sign the visitor/volunteer log and put on a bright yellow badge! Thanks for helping our teachers and students stay safe.
From the Cafeteria… Please keep all lunch accounts up-to-date. Charges are to be used on an emergency basis, not daily. Ice Cream is available on Tuesdays and is $1.00. Children may not charge ice cream but may use their electronic funds if there are any available.
From the Nurse
Every year, between fall and early winter, health screenings are conducted for all children in kindergarten through fourth grade. We check height, weight, vision and hearing. If your child fails vision or hearing during the initial screening, they are re-screened at a later date. If they fail the re-screening, you will be sent the results in a referral letter for further evaluation by their pediatrician or a specialist. This referral should be followed up, but don’t be alarmed. Not every vision referral means glasses and not every hearing referral means hearing loss. Some children fail due to not fully understanding the directions, shyness, wax in ears, etc. On the opposite side, some children pass the screenings, but may have vision/hearing issues that you have concerns or questions about. It may be something the screenings don’t test for. If you have concerns, don’t hesitate to voice them and refer to their physician.
This is a common viral illness that causes a low-grade fever and a distinctive rash. The child may feel tired, have muscles aches and headache. The rash appears after the fever is gone and causes bright, red cheeks and a faint, lacy rash on the trunk, arms and legs. By the time the rash appears, the child is no longer contagious and does not need to stay home from school as long as they are feeling well and don’t have a fever. If the illness is suspected in the pre-rash stage, the child should not attend school. Pregnant women who have contact with children in group settings should consult with their health professionals about their immune status and potential risk. Parents of children with a chronic illness that affects their immune system should consult with their child’s doctor.
Head lice are small, wingless insects that live on the scalp. They are a nuisance, but have not proven to carry or transmit any disease. They are passed from person to person by close head to head contact. Also, they can be spread by sharing hats, brushes, etc. They can’t fly, hop or jump. They don’t live on pets. They need human blood to survive.
It is important for parents to routinely check their children’s head for evidence of head lice. If you find that your child has head lice, please let me know and bring your child to the health office to be checked after treatment. If I find your child has head lice while at school, you will be notified. Classroom checks and notes home to the whole class are not done. Remember, schools don’t get lice and homes don’t get lice—people do. Usually, a student should not miss more than 1 day of school to be treated.
Different treatments are available. The chemical shampoos should not be used “just in case” a child or family member has lice OR in an effort to prevent them. They are only for definite evidence of head lice. Please don’t use any of the chemical sprays. They are unnecessary and potentially pose personal and environmental hazards to people and pets. Vacuuming is safe and effective, as well as washing bedding and recently worn clothing. Lice will die within 24 hours of being off a human head. Put your efforts into removing the live lice and the nits (eggs), in order to prevent the nits from hatching and starting the cycle over again.
Please feel free to call the health office at any time, if you have any questions or concerns at 508-563-2334 ext.7304, Pam Coakley.