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Weekly Announcements 1-8-18

Reported by michelle_loughran@ipsd.org on 1/8/19

Fry Elementary School Weekly Announcements 1/7/19

Happy New Year!
Welcome Back! We hope you had a fantastic break!

COLD WEATHER / WELLNESS REMINDERS FROM THE NURSE:

While the holidays and break are a wonderful time for travel and gathering together, it is also unfortunately a time when we can find ourselves becoming ill.

According to the CDC, influenza (flu) activity has started to be sporadic in Illinois, but as always it is important to be proactive in preventing influenza-like illnesses and/or viruses from spreading. Regular hand-washing using proper technique, particularly before and after activities (eating, bathroom use, coughing and sneezing, as examples), is one of the very best best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. We encourage you to consider this a teaching opportunity with your child. If you believe your child is sick (if your child has a deep/barking cough, sore throat and fever over 100 degrees and/or has vomited), please keep them home from school (24-hours after a fever and/or vomiting has subsided without the use of fever-reducing and/or anti-nausea medication).

Not only is winter cold and flu season, but it is also the season of an increased incidence of head lice. When lice are found on a child at school, the child’s parents/guardians are informed, and we ask that the child be picked up from school. Our District Policy requests proof of treatment (either receipt or box top from treatment method, or a physician’s statement) before a child’s return to school. In following Health Department recommendations, parents are not notified if there is a student with lice in the school/class nor do we do head checks. Please talk with your child about not sharing hats and coats. Wearing long hair up in braids or buns can also be good prevention this time of year.

Kindly remember to call the school's attendance line promptly in the morning and report your child’s absence, stating the reason for their absence, at 428-7400, press 3. Sharing his/her symptoms early with the health office allows us to monitor patterns of illness.

At times, parents are not certain whether or not a student should attend school. The attached visual (at the bottom of this email) is a great reference. Feel free to call and speak with Mrs. Barta, the school nurse, if you have questions about your child’s specific illness in relation to school attendance.



Important Dates:
1/8 Classes Resume
1/11 Report Cards viewable in Home Access Center (HAC) after 4 pm
1/14 5th Grade Parent Information Night - Elective Program - Scullen 6:30-7:30
1/16 1st & 2nd Grade Parent Information Night - Erin's Law - Gombert 6:30-7:30
1/21 NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
1/23 1st Grade Night – Gym


Third-Party Educational Programs
The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit:

Fry: NanoBeasts STEM & Robotics
http://ipsdweb.ipsd.org/uploads/promo/NanoFryWINTERoff1.21.pdf

Fry: Bricks 4 Kids STEM Club & Scout Workshops
http://ipsdweb.ipsd.org/uploads/promo/B4KFryWINTRoff1.28.pdf

File attachments:

When to Stay Home Visual Chart ( pdf)

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