Fairmount Elementary

September / October 2016

AR Update

Our Fairmount students are off to an Olympic start towards meeting their AR goals! This nine weeks the rewards are:

Bronze level - 30 minutes extra recess

Silver level - 30 minutes extra recess plus a soda sipper pass

Gold level - 30 minutes extra recess, soda sipper pass, plus a mystery snack from the library

The end of the 1st Nine Weeks is September 30th, so keep up the good work!

Kindergarten is "moving" right along too with a special guest who came to talk to them about reading on September 14th!

Car Rider Line

We have been working really hard this year to make our car line as safe and efficient as possible. You may have noticed that we are requiring you to display the official car rider tag throughout the entire car rider line. If you do not have a tag, you will be asked to park, come into the office, and display an official form of identification to be cleared to pick up your student.

So... make sure to have your official Fairmount car tag and display it through the entire car rider line.

Optional Student Day

Our first optional student day on September 6th was a huge success with over 80 students participating in fun activities throughout the day! Our next Optional Student Day will be October 10th. Watch for information coming home in folders soon!

FMT Spirit Day

Friday, Sep. 23rd, 8am

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Bristol, TN

Wear your Fairmount t-shirts or school colors to show your Redhawk Pride!

Picture Day

Friday, Sep. 30th, 8am

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Bristol, TN

End of 1st Nine Weeks

Friday, Sep. 30th, 8am

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Bristol, TN

Fall Break

Monday, Oct. 3rd, 8am to Friday, Oct. 7th, 11pm

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Bristol, TN

Fall Break Intersession

Tuesday, Oct. 4th, 8am to Thursday, Oct. 6th, 3pm

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Bristol, TN

Optional Student Day

Monday, Oct. 10th, 8am

821 Virginia Avenue

Bristol, TN

Parent / Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Oct. 13th, 3:30-6:30pm

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Bristol, TN

Reading Buddies Party Grades K-2

Tuesday, Oct. 18th, 6pm

821 Virginia Avenue

Bristol, TN

PTA - "Fearmount" Haunted Hallways

Thursday, Oct. 27th, 6pm

821 Virginia Avenue

Bristol, TN

Niswonger's Virtual Health Clinic

Students and staff of Bristol Tennessee City Schools will now have access to medical care at each school through a partnership with Niswonger Children’s Hospital. With prior parent consent, the care will be available using telemedicine technology in our new Niswonger Virtual Health Clinics (NVHC).

The program allows students and staff to see the school nurse for initial evaluation. If the issue requires care beyond what the school nurse can provide, they can connect via the Internet to a provider, which will be a medical doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.

With the assistance of the school nurse, the provider can then examine the student’s throat, mouth, ears, and eyes virtually using specialized video equipment. A parent or guardian can even be instructed how to join the visit through their computer or phone without leaving work or home.

If ordered by the provider, the school nurse can perform three basic tests: flu, strep, and urinalysis screens. If a prescription is needed, it will be electronically sent to the student’s pharmacy. The provider and school nurse will determine if the student can stay in school or if they need to recover at home. After the visit is complete, the provider will contact a parent or guardian and the child’s pediatrician or primary care provider to communicate what care was given and arrange any necessary follow-up appointments.

The goal is to keep students and staff healthy and in school by identifying illnesses early. Also, the new clinics will provide medical services for children who may not normally have access to a doctor. The NVHC will take most insurance plans including TennCare. For private insurance, the copay amount will be billed. In addition, a flat fee of $49 will be billed for those without insurance. Payments will not be accepted at the school.

Prior to their child being seen by a provider, parents must complete the necessary paperwork. A packet was sent home at the beginning of the school year. The packet may also be obtained from the school nurse or accessed here.

The school-based clinics offer primary care services to students and staff, including the following:

•Fever

•Sore Throat

•Allergy Symptoms

•Ear Pain

•Nausea

•Abdominal Pain

•Skin Irritation

•Inflammation

•Limb Sprains

•Chronic Illness

For more information, contact your school nurse.