November 21, 2019
Dear Parents and Guardians,
It's almost Thanksgiving and an important time to remember to give thanks for the many good things in our lives. As many of you may have seen, Field was rated Exemplary by the State. I am very thankful for everything our staff, parents, and students do to be the best school we can be.
I am also thankful for the opportunity to work with all of your children. Our year is off to a great start and I am thankful that everyone has been so flexible about construction. I am also thankful for my own family and the support they give.
When we return from Thanksgiving break, December will be upon us and there are lots of things going on. We will have MAP testing for students in Grades 2 through 5 from December 9th through December 13th. Monday and Tuesday will be Reading and Thursday and Friday will be Math. An email with more details will be coming separately from this newsletter.
We also have the Holiday Sing program for parents on Friday, December 20th. That whole week has practices and rehearsals for classes so students will be their very best on Friday. The schedule for Friday has already been emailed out to everyone. Please do come during the time assigned to your section of the alphabet so that we don't have to turn anyone away due to space limits.
I hope everyone has a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving and joyous celebrations with friends and family.
Dr. Jason Bednar
Principal, Field School
FALL 2019 HEALTH REMINDERS FROM SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES
Review Guidelines to prevent head lice
With the return of colder weather along with hats and scarves, it's a good time to review guidelines for health lice prevention. Although the focus of head lice is usually on treatment, prevention is just as important. Since head lice cannot jump from child to child, preventing head lice may not be as difficult as it sounds. Please take the opportunity to read the following information. Experts recommend:
•Avoiding head to head contact during play and other activities.
•Encouraging your child to avoid sharing items that have been on or near another child’s head, such as hairbrushes, combs, and hair accessories, hats, scarves, towels, pillows, helmets, etc.
•Teaching your child to hang up hats and coats on individual hooks. Avoid piling coats/jackets.
•Reviewing pictures of head lice and nits (eggs) to help you understand what you are looking for when checking your child’s head.
•Checking your child for lice and/or nits on a weekly basis.
•Recognizing symptoms of head lice: itchy scalp and small red bumps on the back of the head and neck.
•Reviewing head lice prevention steps with your child before sleepovers or trips. If your child is found to have head lice, check with your healthcare provider for recommended treatment. Please inform your child’s school health office. Health staff members are available to answer questions about treatment and prevention.
•For more information, please visit these sites:
Defending against influenza and respiratory illness
Fall months also herald the start of cold and flu season. Since influenza viruses vary from year to year, it is difficult to predict the season’s beginning and peak. Flu activity in the U.S. tends to peak between December and February, but can begin as early as October and continue into May. Current recommendations state that everyone 6 months of age and older, especially those considered at high risk, receives influenza vaccination annually. To prepare for the upcoming flu season, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for basic flu facts, prevention tips and treatment information by clicking here.
Tips for cold weather safety
Recent weather trends have brought January-like weather conditions to our area unexpectedly! Hypothermia (abnormally low body temperature) and frostbite are both dangerous conditions that can occur with exposure to very cold temperatures. Stay safe during the cold weather by learning more about hypothermia. For an infographic about avoiding, spotting and treating frostbite and hypothermia, click here.
As the seasons change… keep school closing guidelines in mind
District 64's guidelines focus on wind chill and use the National Weather Service distinctions between an advisory and a warning (among other factors) when considering whether schools will be closed. As always, our first priority is the safety of students and staff when making decisions on when schools are closed. Make sure you know about our School Closing Guidelines before the bad weather hits! Here's to a safe winter ahead!
See what’s going on in our community!
From the library to the park district, our communities of Park Ridge-Niles have lots to offer. For information on all the latest happenings, be sure to check the Community Info & Events webpage.