Schlegel Safari

November 2019

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A letter from your Principals!

Dear Families,

Happy Thanksgiving! This is the time of year when students are learning about gratitude and finding ways to give to others. Our third graders have asked each student to donate a gently used book. The third graders will be delivering these books to students who attend Rochester Discovery Charter School. An example of just one of the many ways our students are learning about giving and being thankful.

Thank you to all of our Schlegel families who attended or participated in the PTSA sponsored Craft Fair! Once again, another successful event. The high school volunteers and many previous Schlegel students were helpful, energetic, and just a delight to have around. The fifth graders did a great job selling donuts for their fifth grade events as well-way to go-they sold out by noon! Bravo to all the hard work that starts a year prior from all involved-THANK YOU!

At this time of year, we encourage our families to try and keep routines in place, keep calendars calm and not overbooked, and plan dinners at home as a family. This will make the holiday season more memorable, healthy and enjoyable for all of you. Remember, the time together is what really matters. Break out those board games, books, photo albums (maybe they are all on digital devices)-and tell the stories. Your children really do love spending time with you--undivided time. We challenge you to put the phones on top of the refrigerator out of sight and reach for an hour each night. Focus on each other. Who knows... your kids may even forget about them:)!

Best wishes to the start of a delightful holiday season!

Francine Leggett & Robin Jennings

Principal and Assistant Principal


November 2019

Building Resilience

Most people have a natural tendency to adapt and bounce back from adversity. However, parents can help their children learn to face challenges successfully, whether it is the stresses of everyday life, such as academic difficulties or problems with friends, or severe adversity, such as losing a home and being displaced from normal routines for months. Following are five ways to promote resilience in your children and help protect them from long-term ill effects of difficult experiences.

    • 1. Think positive! Modeling positive attitudes and positive emotions is very important. Children need to hear parents thinking out loud positively and being determined to persist until a goal is achieved. Using a “can do” problem-solving approach to problems teaches children a sense of power and promise.

    • 2. Express love and gratitude! Emotions such as love and gratitude increase resiliency. Praise should always occur much more often than criticism. Children and adolescents who are cared for, loved, and supported learn to express positive emotions to others. Positive emotions buffer kids against depression and other negative reactions to adversity.

    • 3. Express yourself! Resilient people appropriately express all emotions, even negative ones. Parents who help kids become more aware of emotions, label emotions appropriately, and help children deal with upsetting events are giving them useful life skills.

    • 4. Get fit! Good physical health prepares the body and mind to be more resilient. Healthy eating habits, regular exercise and adequate sleep protect kids against the stress of tough situations. Regular exercise also decreases negative emotions such as anxiety, anger, and depression.

    • 5. Foster competency! Making sure that children and adolescents achieve academically is great protection against adversity. Children who achieve academic success and who develop individual talents, such as playing sports, drawing, making things, playing musical instruments or playing games are much more likely to feel competent and be able to deal with stress positively. Social competency is also important. Having friends and staying connected to friends and loved ones can increase resiliency. Social competency can even be created by helping others.

Protecting our children against all of life’s unexpected painful events is not possible. Giving them a sense of competency and the skills to face adverse circumstances can be a valuable legacy of all parents. Resiliency can be built by understanding these important foundations. The more we practice these approaches; the better able our children will be to weather whatever life brings.

Adapted from: “Resiliency: Strategies for Parents and Educators,” Virginia Smith Harvey, Helping Children at Home and School II: Handouts for Families and Educators, NASP, 2004

  • Schlegel Road participates in the Backpack Club! We work in conjunction with a Webster church to provide a Friday food distribution to support families who may need a little extra “child friendly” food and snacks to get through the weekend. A bag of food is sent home with each participating child on Fridays. This program has been very successful in the past and families have found it helpful. Please know children’s names are kept confidential and not shared with the church. If you are and interested, please contact Mrs. Riesenberger.

  • Life brings changes - Confidential support is always available for your child(ren) to assist through transitions of any kind. In addition, we can help in finding support for community resources your family may need. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Check out the programs at Webster Recreation Center for some great opportunities for your family to be more involved in our community. Their Fall 2019 Program Guide can be found here:

Joan Riesenberger

School Social Worker
(585) 217-4753

Diana Sullivan

School Psychologist

(585) 217-4723




Cold weather is upon us. Parents, please make sure your children (even teens!) are dressed appropriately for the weather. Wind -resistant jacket/coat (& wind pants for younger students) is the best protection against wind chill (especially with wind chills less than -10°F). Exposed skin can freeze (frostbite) in 30 minutes at –25°F. Elementary students should have boots, hats, mittens/gloves & a scarf or other face covering available to them for recess. Recess for elementary students is generally limited when wind chill is less than +20°F. One more thing to consider: NY State law requires buses to be turned off after 5 minutes of idling due to emissions. That means the bus will be cold, and your child needs to be dressed appropriately for the weather.

WSCD Illness/Exclusion Guidelines:

Below is a list of common childhood illnesses and conditions and the parameters for exclusion from and return to school. The school will follow Webster Central School District (WCSD) Regulation 5151: Infectious, Contagious or Communicable Diseases, utilizing guidelines from the Monroe County Department of Public Health and the district physician, even if a student's physician states that the child may return to school earlier.

  • Chicken Pox – Student may return after lesions are scabbed over, which takes approximately 5-7 days.

  • Conjunctivitis - Student should be evaluated by a healthcare provider when student is too ill to learn, has significant irritation or pain, reduced vision, light sensitivity and/or redness, swelling or lesions on the eyelid. If evaluated by a physician and prescribed medication, student may return to school once medication has been started.

  • Emesis - If cause of vomiting is determined to be from illness, student should be sent home. If no fever develops, student may return the following day if feeling well.

  • Fever – If temperature is greater than 100.4 orally, student will be sent home. Student must be fever free without assistance from fever-reducing medication for 24 hrs.

  • Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease -If suspected, student will be sent home from school with recommendation to be evaluated by a healthcare provider. Student may return to school when fever-free for at least 24 hours without assistance from fever-reducing medication, feels well enough to participate in learning and sores are gone or scabbed.

  • Impetigo – If lesions are small and on an exposed surface (face, arm), the nurse will cover area and contact parent to schedule a same-day medical appointment. Students can stay in school if area is able to be covered until treated or evaluated by a medical provider. If student has multiple lesions that are weeping and/or are unable to be covered, the student will need to be sent home and may not return to school until evaluated by a medical provider. Student may return after 24 hours of oral and/or topical treatment. Swimming is not allowed until the area is healed. If student is on the wrestling team, see sport guidelines and notify coach. Athlete must have a medical clearance to return to wrestling.

  • Lice - Student will be sent home if lice or nits (eggs) are identified. The student may not ride the bus or attend school until cleared by the nurse. The student must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to school after treatment and report directly to the nurse for screening. If no nits/lice are identified, the student may remain in school. Students are rechecked at days 7, 10, 14, 21, and 30 after initial clearance. If nits or lice are identified at any time during this process, the student will be sent home and the protocol begins again.

  • Mononucleosis – Student may return when fever free without assistance from fever-reducing medication for 24 hours and feels well enough. If student has activity restrictions, the medical note should be submitted to the student's health office.

  • Pinworm – No exclusion is required.

  • Rashes – If rash is generalized and cannot be connected to allergies, medications or contact dermatitis, student may need to be sent home to be evaluated by a medical provider to determine contagiousness. If Fifths Disease is suspected (slapped cheek pattern), student is not contagious once the rash is present. If the student otherwise feels fine, he/she may remain in school.

  • Ringworm - Student will be referred for medical evaluation and excluded from school until treatment has started. A note from the provider stating when the student may return to school is required. The lesion must be covered by clothing, gauze, or dressing when the student is in school until all signs of infection are gone. No swimming until area is healed completely. No community showers are allowed as towels can be mode of transmission. If student is on the wrestling team, see sport guidelines and notify coach. Athlete must have a medical clearance to return to wrestling. Lesions on head normally require oral antibiotics.

  • Shingles - Area must be covered and student may return to school if fever free for 24 hours without assistance from fever-reducing medication. No swimming until the area is healed. If student is on the wrestling team see sport guidelines and notify coach. Athlete must have a medical clearance to return to wrestling.

  • Strep Throat – Not all sore throats are strep throat. The only way to determine is by throat culture. Student will be sent home if temperature is greater than 100.4 orally and/or if strep throat is strongly suspected by the school nurse. If throat culture is negative (rapid test included), students may return to school if fever free for 24 hours without assistance from fever-reducing medication. If culture is positive, students must receive at least 24 hours of antibiotics, be fever free without the assistance of fever-reducing medication and feel better before returning to school. Please notify the school nurse if your child has strep throat.

  • Whooping Cough - Student must be treated with antibiotics for 5 days before returning to school.

Please contact the school health office with any further questions or concerns at

(585) 216-6023

Kristen Estelle, RN

Rachael Rock, RN

Schlegel Rd Health Office

Phone (585) 216-6023/ Fax (585)216-6016

For more information: or select Departments/select Health Office-District/select Lice Information from the sidebar.

Be sure to note the following on your Calendars!

Friday, October 25 - PTSA Fall Dance/Costume Party

Thursday, October 31 - PTSA Fall Dance/Scarecrow Contest

Parent Conferences: Students will be dismissed at 10:20

Thursday, October 24

Friday, October 25

Please be sure to plan for your child to arrive home early on all three days.

Parents will meet with their child’s teacher twice a year, once in October and once in March. You will receive two reports cards summarizing your student’s progress towards the end of the year goals-one in February and one in June.

A Note from the Main Office

Parents –

When writing a bus pass for your child, please include the following information: Date, Student Name, Teacher Name, Bus # and correct address of where they are going.

Bus number and destination address: please contact friend’s parent to obtain this information.


If you decide to bus your children home and not send to Wondercare, please call Transportation at 265-3840 to find out the bus number and closest bus stop to your house. Send in a note for a bus pass with all that information. Thank you.


November 12 @ 6PM

January 14 @ 4PM

March 17 @ 6PM

May 19 @ 6PM

Please consider joining PTSA & attending our meetings to plan & support our

Schlegel Road family events!