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Carol Rae Ranch Elementary

October 2022

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School resumes Mon, Oct 17th

Character Counts Spirit Week, 10/17 - 10/21

Help us celebrate Character Counts Week! Join us to celebrate good character, highlight character education efforts throughout the world, and recognize student who show good character. Wear the following colors each day during the week of October 17th to show your great character and school spirit!

Monday, 10/17: Wear BLUE to show TRUSTWORTHINESS

Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly

Tuesday, 10/18: Wear GREEN to show RESPONSIBILITY

Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others

Wednesday, 10/19: Wear PURPLE to show CITIZENSHIP

Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer people in need

Thursday, 10/20: Wear RED to show you're CARING

Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help

Friday, 10/21: Wear ORANGE to show FAIRNESS

Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly

Red Ribbon Week, 10/24 - 10/28

We’re excited to participate in the 2022 National Red Ribbon Week Theme, Celebrate Life. Live Drug Free.™ The Theme is a reminder that everyday Americans across the country make significant daily contributions to their communities by being the best they can be because they live Drug-Free! Show your school spirit by wearing the following this week:

Monday, Oct 24th — Help Kick OFF Red Ribbon Week! - Wear RED/Pink

Tuesday, Oct 25th — ”Save the Day, Keep Drugs Away!” - Wear a Super Hero Shirt

Wednesday, Oct 26th — “Follow your dreams” Wear your PAJAMAS

Thursday, Oct 27th — “Put a Cap on Drugs” - Wear a Hat/Cap

Friday, Oct 28th — Team Up Against Drugs—Wear your Favorite team shirt

Free/Discounted Internet

We all know it's harder for students to succeed at school without reliable internet at home. Students need it to complete their homework and access resources critical to their development. Unfortunately, many families can't afford internet service. But there's good news—a new government benefit, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), provides eligible households with a discount on internet services and devices.

To find out more:

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Nurses Corner:

Head Lice

We had a nice reprieve from head lice the last couple of years while we practiced social distancing. Now that in person socialization with school, play dates, sleepovers, and other activities is back in full swing, we are seeing an increase in head lice as well. Please take a few moments to read over this information.

What are Head Lice?

Head lice are small, wingless insects with 6 legs that live close to the human scalp. They are parasitic and feed on human blood only. Full grown, a louse is about the size of a sesame seed. Adult lice lay nits (eggs) on the hair shaft close to the scalp. The nits are tiny, firmly attached to the hair, and tear shaped. Nits take approximately 1 week to hatch and an adult louse can live on the head for up to 30 days. Lice require human blood, and can only survive 48 hours off the head. Nits can survive off for up to 10 days.

How Are Lice Transmitted?

Having lice is NOT an indication of poor hygiene. Lice do not jump or fly. The most common way to acquire head lice is direct head to head contact. Pets do not carry head lice. While less common, lice can also be transferred by the sharing of pillows, bedding, combs, hats, scarves, coats, and towels. It is also possible to contract lice by lying on a couch, carpet, stuffed animal, etc., that has recently been in contact with the head of an individual carrying lice.

How Do I Treat Head Lice?

  1. There are a variety of over-the counter-treatments that can be used to treat head lice. Make sure to follow the directions exactly and retreat in the recommended number of days to kill any lice/eggs that may have survived. If over the counter medications are not proving effective, talk to your child’s doctor about possible prescription options and/or additional treatment options.

  2. Combing the hair with a special lice-treatment comb can be an effective way to treat lice without the use of chemicals. Each strand of hair must be carefully combed to remove lice and nits. Even if an over the counter treatment was used, lice and nits can sometimes survive and manual removal is necessary.

  3. To prevent re-infestation, it is important to clean personal items. Clothes worn in the last 2-3 days and bedding should be washed in hot water and dried on the hot cycle. Heat is lethal to lice. Dry clean clothes that are not washable.

  4. Boil combs and brushes if possible, or soak in a small amount of lice shampoo for 10 minutes.

  5. Bag any stuffed animals or other items that cannot be cleaned in a tightly sealed bag for two weeks and shake outside after that time.

  6. Vacuum carpeting, couches, etc. Don’t forget to vacuum the car!

And don’t forget to TAKE A PEEK ONCE-A-WEEK. Taking a few minutes once a week to check your child’s head for lice or nits can help to catch an infestation early.

Resources: American Academy of Pediatrics, Center for Disease Control and Prevention


October 2022

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Parent University

GPS is happy to announce there are two presentations scheduled for October as part of the Parent University program, both featuring topics about cyber and internet safety! Please see the flyers below about each presentation on Oct 18th & 26th.

Presentations for the Parent University program are open only to adults & parents, no child care is provided unless specified otherwise. Registration is required and can be found on the QR Code/website on each flyer too.

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Free FLU Shots

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Carol Rae Ranch Elementary

Home of the Coyotes!

A+ School of Excellence TM

School Hours: 8:10 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Early Release each Wednesday at 1:55 p.m.

7:45 - All students must enter through the bike rack gate or parent drop off.