Volume 2 Issue 1
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month - October 1 - October 31st.
Awareness surrounding breast cancer is incredibly important as early detection, often through screening, can catch the disease when it is most treatable. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for women in the United States, though a breast cancer diagnosis is not limited to only women. However, it is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for women all over the world. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and one woman will die from breast cancer every 13 minutes. Add information about breast cancer
The most common way to detect breast cancer is through a mammogram, which is basically an x-ray of the breast. The American Cancer Society recommend yearly screening mammograms starting at age 45 and continuing for as long as you are in good health. These are guidelines many physicians in the U.S. adhere to.
Even though a mammogram often can detect tumors or cancerous cells before they become physically observable, many doctors still encourage women to perform self-examinations. A self-examination can be performed by doing the following:
- Using a mirror, let your arms hang by your waist. Look for signs of bulges within the skin, the nipple either inverting or extruding abnormally, and redness or rash agitating the area.
- Raise your hands above your head and look for the same signs.
- Observe in these two tests whether any fluid is excreting from your breasts.
- While laying down, either extend outward from your nipples in a circular motion, or go from top to bottom linearly, and try to feel all the tissues of your breast. Be on the look-out for any abnormalities.
- You can perform this test while sitting down or standing up.
It is important to realize not all breast lumps are cancerous. Some are ‘benign’ and it is unlikely they will spread to other tissue. Despite this, they can still serve as a warning sign for an increased risk of breast cancer. Regardless, they should be examined by a specialist.
If you find a lump in your breast during a self-examination or suspect you may have breast cancer, please see your doctor as soon as you can. Detection at an early stage makes a big difference.
COVID- 19 TESTING
On Thursday, August 26 2021 a new Executive Order from Governor JB Pritzker, was issued requiring all school staff members to be vaccinated or take a weekly COVID test. In order to comply with this Executive Order, I explored COVID testing options for our District. I have been able to secure a partnership with Coklow Consulting Group (CCG). Coklow Consulting Group is an approved testing and vaccine administrator. They get their vaccine from the City Chicago, Cook County Department of Health, and Family Christian Service ( a federally funded health center).
Currently we provide weekly testing for all non-fully vaccinated staff and monthly testing for all staff. We also provide weekly testing for students which allows us to help students stay in school in case of close contact, and to be proactive. All student athletes and after-school program participants must be tested weekly.
Child Tax Credit
The Child Tax Credit (CTC) has been expanded for 2021.
The credit is now worth $3,600 per child under 6 and $3,000 per child age 6-17 for most families.
Non-tax filers, including those with very little or no income, are now eligible for the credit.
Families can receive half of the credit through advance monthly payments from July-December 2021.
The payments are $300 per month per child under age 6 and $250 per month per child age 6-17.
Families will claim the other half of the credit when they file their 2021 tax returns.
You can receive the credit even if you do not have a Social Security Number as long as your child has a Social Security Number. The child must have lived with you in the US for more than half of 2021.
The Child Tax Credit will NOT affect your Medicare, SNAP, TANF, or other public benefits.
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