Newsletter for May 2020
Dear Thalberg Families,
April Showers bring May flowers and let’s hope that May will bring sunshine. This is usually the time where I tell you about state testing and then all of the exciting events that are happening for the end of the year. Unfortunately, this newsletter is just not the same.
As you already know, we will not be participating in the Smarter Balanced Assessment this year. This is one thing that we will not have to figure out from home. We are headed into the last 6 weeks of the school year. Right now our last school day is scheduled for June 16.
While our end of the year celebrations may look different this year, we are trying to think outside the box to create experiences for our students. We know how hard our parents and families are working at home. It is not easy to juggle working from home and educating your children, especially when you never wanted to be a teacher. I just want to thank you for everything you are doing at home and let you know how much we appreciate you.
Thalberg staff is also readying class lists for next year. I do not take teacher requests. This has been a long-standing practice at Thalberg. I do want to share the practice and the reason we do not accept teacher requests. The grade level team puts together the list of students that would make a good learning team. Once we determine the right chemistry of students, then I assign the teacher to the group of students. This is important to keep our classrooms student centered rather than teacher centered.
In case you haven't seen how much the Thalberg staff misses our students, click on the link below.
Please be well and continue to stay safe. I am counting down the days when we can be together again at Thalberg.
Mrs. Katie Reeves
May 1 Adeline, K.
May 1 Sophia P.
May 1 Cody S.
May 1 Andrea T.
May 2 Gabriel E.
May 2 Ava L.
May 2 Aiden O.
May 3 Arlyn S.
May 4 Anuv B.
May 4 Ava G.
May 4 Shanice M.
May 4 Avery M.
May 5 Lilah B.
May 5 Tyler E.
May 5 Raza I.
May 6 Colton N.
May 7 Sophie A.
May 7 David D.
May 7 Madelyn J.
May 10 Austyn N.
May 11 Brianaliz F.
May 11 Tyson P.
May 12 Reese F.
May 12 Joshua G.
May 12 Tegan R.
May 13 Oliver T.
May 14 Mia S.
May 15 Hailey P.
May 16 Kaitlyn L.
May 16 Nickalos P.
May 17 Dylan G.
May 19 Davin O.
May 25 Aiden J.
May 25 Emma J.
May 28 Ava H.
May 29 Sean M.
May 30 Kaiden D.
May 30 Daniel G.
May 30 Tyler S.
May 31 Hudson R.
May 4 - 8
I couldn’t be more proud of all of the students at Thalberg during these difficult times. All the hard work they have put in during Media Skills has prepared them for the technology use that has been required. Using Google Classroom in Media Skills as our mode of assigning and turning in work, commenting and asking questions, sharing links and videos allowed for a smoother transition into distance learning. Although more screen time is necessary to accomplish our schools goals right now, please remember what we have learned about “media balance” and take some time to do activities that don’t involve a device. Stay healthy.
Library Media Specialist
Media.....C. Perillo Media/Para
STATE OF CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
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HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT 06145
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COVID-19 Considerations for Distribution of Emergency Meals and Educational Materials/Supplies
Below are recommendations to ensure the health and safety of staff and the public in the distribution of meals and educational materials/supplies during the COVID-19 outbreak. It is important to note that each school district and local health department or health district may have different or additional requirements, instructions, guidance and recommendations for staff involved in the district’s operations.
This guidance is not intended to supersede policies from local authorities.
All staff involved in the preparation, handling, distribution or delivery of food and educational materials/supplies and cleaning of frequently used areas and surfaces must:
- Reinforce sanitation, food safety, and food handling principles, regulations and training.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth at all times. Wash hands or use sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol after touching face.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into elbow. Dispose of tissues in a lined wastebasket. Wash hands after coughing or sneezing.
- Wash hands frequently. Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm running water.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Stay home if feeling ill and report any illnesses to supervisors. Wear gloves for all tasks. Change gloves frequently, between tasks and/or if they are possibly contaminated (e.g., someone sneezes).
- Wipe down all touched surfaces (pens and pencils, pin pads, clip boards, oven and steamtable knobs, refrigerators, milk coolers, tables, counters, etc.) with sanitizer solution often, at set up, during take down, and when any possible contamination occurs (e.g., someone sneezes).
- Wipe down high-touch office areas and items with sanitizer solution often (door handles, phones, keyboards, mouse/mouse pads, light switches, etc.).
- Try to limit doorknob usage. Have paper towels adjacent to doors to use for opening. If gloves are used to open a doorknob, discard, wash hands and replace gloves.
- Limit touching cell phones and remove gloves before touching cell phones. After putting cell phones away, wash hands and replace gloves.
COVID-19 Symptom Self-monitoring:
- If an employee has had a fever with cough or shortness of breath, whether or not they have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the employee should stay home and away from others until 72 hours after the fever is gone, symptoms are improving, and it has been at least 7 days after symptoms started.
- If an employee has been identified as a close contact or household contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19, it is recommended the employee stay home for 14 days after the last exposure.
Food and Educational Materials/Supplies Distribution Protocols:
- Maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet between people, including staff.
- Enforce strict protocols that recipients line up at least 6 feet apart to receive meals or educational materials/supplies. Security or crowd management staff should make announcements throughout the process to reiterate the importance of social distancing protocols.
- Avoid touching anyone when handing out food and educational materials/supplies (no handshakes, high-fives, elbow touches, hugs, etc.). If accidental contact is made, wash hands and replace gloves before returning to distribution.
- Hand food or materials/supplies to recipients at arms-length or place on tables for recipients to take.
- Do not lean into car windows to distribute food or materials/supplies.
- Restrict recipients from handling any items (such as milk cartons, meal kits, educational packets, or electronic devices) they will not be taking.
- All delivery vehicles should have gloves, tissues/Kleenex, disinfectant, wipes, and bags or wastebaskets for safe disposal of all items.
- If appropriate, serving tables should have boxes of gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectant and wipes, probe thermometers, thermometer probe sanitizing wipes, production record/temperature logs, etc., and bags or wastebaskets for safe disposal of all items.
Don't Fry Day
Don’t Fry Day
Slip, Slop, Slap, Wrap
The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has declared the Friday before Memorial Day as "Don't Fry Day" to promote sun safety awareness.
Slip, Slop, Slap, Wrap is the slogan to help remind you of four ways to protect yourself in the sun - Slip on a SHIRT, Slop on SUNSCREEN, Slap on a HAT, and Wrap on SUNGLASSES whenever you go outdoors.
- Seek shade between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M., when the sun’s rays are strongest.
- Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more that shields both UVA and UVB rays
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours when outdoors, even on cloudy days.
- Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt and pants and wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
- Stay in the shade whenever possible.
- Use extra caution near reflective surfaces such as water, sand and snow; they can reflect and intensify the sun's damaging rays.
· Protect children by keeping them out of the sun, minimizing sun exposure, and applying sunscreen.
· Avoid intentional tanning and tanning beds.
To learn more about what you can do to protect yourself and your family from the sun, visit www.skincancerprevention.org.
(Information adapted from the CDC)
While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra vigilant in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active.
Avoid Direct Contact with Ticks
· Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
· Walk in the center of trails.
Repel Ticks on Skin and Clothing (See CDC website. Link below.)
Find and Remove Ticks from Your Body
· Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
· Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas. Parents should check their children for ticks thoroughly.
· Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and day packs.
· Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you come indoors. If the clothes are damp, additional time may be needed. If the clothes require washing first, hot water is recommended. Cold and medium temperature water will not kill ticks effectively. If the clothes cannot be washed in hot water, tumble dry on low heat for 90 minutes or high heat for 60 minutes. The clothes should be warm and completely dry. CDC 2018
Full information from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/avoid/on_people.html