A letter from your Principals!
Fall Greetings Schlegel Families!
We hope you are enjoying the transition into Fall and embracing all the special moments!
You may be wondering how the day begins and ends at Schlegel. Once all the students arrive, they complete the daily routines such as hanging up backpacks, submitting items to their teachers, making a lunch choice, returning their books in the library, and perhaps going to the Dining Room to get their breakfast. At 9:15, one of us starts the day off over the announcements. We begin with a welcome message, encourage all students to be settled back in their classrooms, share a mindful moment together, and end the announcements by saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Once the announcements are complete, EVERY class begins their Morning Meeting. Morning Meeting is a time for your child to strengthen their relationships with their classroom teacher(s) and classmates. The morning starts off with a greeting, morning message, share time and group activity. At 3:10, EVERY class ends their day with a Closing Circle which gives the class the opportunity to reflect on the day and plan for the following school day. We are thrilled at the way students are learning their classmates first and last names along with really getting to know each other. By taking time each day for both of these routines, we are establishing a foundation for a positive learning community. Research shows having a strong connection to the school community contributes to a child's success. We hope you can support these critical components of the day by making sure your child arrives on time for school and if/when needs to be picked, is picked up between 3:20-3:30.
Parent conferences are right around the corner. We look forward to seeing many of you attend the conferences. This is a great time for you, your child's teacher (and maybe even your child) to discuss goals for the school year. Enjoy your time together!
Francine Leggett & Robin Jennings
Principal and Assistant Principal
WHISKER'S WELLNESS CORNER
Mrs. Riesenberger, School Social Worker, and Mrs. Gugino-Sullivan, School Psychologist, have begun teaching Social Learning Lessons in all classes. These lessons support our students in learning important social emotional life skills which research shows is closely linked with future academic success.
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 2018 Program Guide can be found here: https://www.ci.webster.ny.us/DocumentCenter/View/2499/Program-Guide?bidId=
School Social Worker
Be sure to note the following on your Calendars!
Friday, October 12 - PTSA Fall Dance/Scarecrow Contest
Parent Conferences: Students will be dismissed at 11:20
Thursday, October 18
Friday, October 19
Friday October 26
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.
Wednesday, October 31 - Halloween Parade
Weather permitting, parents can gather in the bus loop to watch the costume parade. In the case of rain we will parade indoors with the parents’ viewing area in the dining room and gym.
Our expectations for safety require that the children’s costumes can be put on or removed independently. Your child should wear their costume to school and plan on changing after the parade. As always, weapons, scary masks and blood and gore are NOT allowed. Masks are not allowed to be worn on the bus.
Students who do not celebrate Halloween and do not want to participate in the parade will join staff in the Library for a harvest themed read-along. Please send a note to your child’s teacher indicating this so we can plan accordingly.
A Note from your School Nurses
Head lice are always in season, even more so as the weather gets colder. Head lice are also an equal opportunity pest. If your child is scratching his/her head, you may want to check for lice. Other symptoms may include:
a tickling feeling or a sensation of something moving in the hair;
irritability and sleeplessness; and
sores on the head caused by scratching. These sores caused by scratching can sometimes become infected with bacteria normally found on a person’s skin.
Head lice are transmitted through brushes, pillows, towels, hats and head-to-head contact. Please remind your children:
Avoid head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere (sports activities, playground, slumber parties, camp).
Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair ribbons, or barrettes.
Do not share combs, brushes, or towels. Dis infest combs and brushes used by an infested person by soaking them in hot water (at least 130°F) for 5-10 minutes.
Do not lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets, or stuffed animals that have recently been in contact with an infested person.
Control of the environment is the greatest factor in preventing re-infestation. Head lice cannot live away from their human host for more than 24 hours. Nits take 7-10 days to hatch, another 7-10 days to mature and live approximately 30 days on a host. Lice cannot live on pets. Steps to control the environment include:
Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that an infested person wore or used during the 2 days before treatment using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned OR sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks.
Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the infested person sat or lay. However, spending much time and money on housecleaning activities is not necessary to avoid re-infestation by lice or nits that may have fallen off the head or crawled onto furniture or clothing.
Do not use fumigant sprays or fogs; they are not necessary to control head lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.
*Webster Central School District is a No-Nit District. Nits are laid by live lice. If nits are identified, the student must go home. Consult your healthcare provider for appropriate treatment. The student will not be allowed back in school until all nits are removed. A parent/guardian must accompany the student to school the next day (do not send on the bus) so the school nurse can check the student’s hair for nits. If any are present, the student must go home. When the student re-enters school, the school nurse will check for nits at 7, 10, 14, 21 and 30 days.
New York State law requires a current physical examination for all students upon entering grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11. The examination must be completed and signed by a New York State licensed healthcare provider. A Dental Certificate which states your child has been evaluated by a dentist or dental hygienist is also requested at the same time.
Physical and dental exams must be dated within 12 months of the student starting school..
All physical exams must be submitted within 30 days of the student starting school.
If your child has an appointment scheduled during this school year that is after the first 30 days of school, please notify the school health office of the date.
Most physical exam forms from your healthcare provider’s office are accepted; however, summaries from patient portal electronic medical records are not.
District forms may be accessed via the District’s Health Office web page.
Kristen Estelle RN BSN
Rachael Rock RN BSN
Schlegel Road Health Office
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports aka PBIS
Later this month, we will be focusing on our school buses and what is expected of our students as they ride to and from school. Our teachers will be working together to teach each bus of students what the behavior expectations are for the children so they can stay safe and have a good ride on the school bus. There will also be a focus on creating a bus community. We want the students to know one another and be supportive of each other with respectful actions and words.