Friday, February 5, 2016

Principals' Notes - February 5th

Dear Memorial Families,
We have certainly seen some winter today … hope you and your family are enjoying the snow day! On Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil has promised us an early spring. I guess we will have to wait and see.




NEW NEWS


Guidance Messages
Week of February 8:
February 10:  Phrase of the day: “Talk little.  Listen much”.  Being a good listener is an important friendly behavior.  We need to hear what others think, and work things out when we disagree, using Kelso.  If we are angry, we need to “wait and cool off” before talking it out.  We need to have a good face, good voice, and good words.
February 12: Phrase of the Day:  Quote by Henry Ford, “My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”  Good friends help us to be our best and make good choices for ourselves and others.  Unfriendly behaviors are those that cause us to lose friends, such as being bossy, tattling, lying, cheating, bragging and showing off.  In addition, Baby Behaviors don't help friendships.  Baby Behaviors are the ones babies do, such as hitting, punching, poking and pinching, since they haven't yet learned how to solve problems peacefully.


Bingo Night - February 11th
Memorial will be hosting our second annual Bingo Night on Thursday, February 11th.  We hope that you will join us on Thursday, from 5-6:30 to play Bingo. If last year is a predictor, it should be a lot of fun. There is no cost for this event.


Spirit Day - February 19th
For your planning: Friday, February 19th is Beach Day. A great day to get those sunglasses out!


Spring Fling
Our annual Spring Fling will be on Friday March 18th. Please mark your calendar for this Memorial family experience.


Kindergarten and 1st Grade Registration (2016 – 2017)
You may pick up registration packets on Monday, March 7th, and return them on Thursday, March 10th.  K+ packets will also be available on March 7th.  A $500 deposit is required with the K+ registration.  
Kindergarten students who are currently enrolled at Memorial do not need to register for 1st grade.


Educational Farm at Joppa Hill
The First Annual Snow Ball will take place at LaBelle Winery on Feb 13, 2016, 7-10PM to benefit Bedford's Educational Farm at Joppa Hill. Featuring a live band, hearty hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, and silent auction, this event is your chance to spend a romantic evening out and also support the Farm. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased by visiting www.theeducationalfarm.org or calling Drew Cline at 661-8383.




REMINDERS


Reminder - Toys at School
Toys of financial or emotional value should stay at home.  Cards or toys should not be traded at school anytime and any toys that do come into school must stay in bags until recess or after school. Toys can be a distraction to the students, can get lost and can cause hurt feelings. During indoor recess teachers have games and activities that students can do, so that bringing in toys is not necessary.


Health Alert
Please report any of these infections to Rachel Higgins, our School Nurse:
Strep Throat Infection                  
Signs and Symptoms:
 Rapid onset of throat pain
Throat pain that is worse when swallowing
 Appetite loss
 Stomachache
 Headache
 Fever
 General ill feeling
 Ear pain when swallowing (sometimes)
 Tender, swollen glands in the neck
 Bright red tonsils that may have specks of pus
It is caused by streptococcal bacteria, which are spread from person to person via drops of saliva or nasal secretion. (Sneezing and coughing)
Treatment:
If you suspect strep throat infection, call your child’s physician and have a throat culture done. If culture is positive, they need 24 hours of antibiotic treatment and to be fever free before returning to school.


Scarlet Fever
Is a form of strep infection which presents as a skin rash. The rash is usually red with fine bumps and feels sandpapery and is most noticeable on the neck, chest, groin, or on the inner surface of the knees, thighs or elbows. Often children will have a fever and sore throat prior to the rash, but not always.
Treatment:
If you suspect scarlet fever contact your child’s physician.  After 24 hours of antibiotic treatment and being fever free he/she may return to school.


Impetigo
Impetigo is a superficial infection of the skin, caused by streptococcus or staphylococcus bacteria. Impetigo is quite contagious, it usually involves the skin of the face, arms and legs. Impetigo is a red rash with many small blisters.  Some blisters contain pus, and yellow crusts form when they break. The blisters don’t hurt but may itch. If you suspect your child may have this rash contact your child’s health care provider. After 24 hours of antibiotic treatment your child may return to school.



IMPORTANT DATES


February 8 – School Board Meeting – 7:00 PM – SAU
February 9 – NO SCHOOL – Presidential Primary Day
February 10 - Homework Club
February 11 - Chorus Practice
February 11 - Bingo Night (Memorial Cafe - 5:00PM - 6:30PM)
February 15 - Invention Convention
February 22-26 – Winter Vacation
March 7-10 - Kindergarten Registration
March 8 – District Workshop Day
March 27 – Easter


March 18 - Spring Fling


Thanks,
Pam  

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