York Elementary School February Newsletter
February 2023-- Important Dates
Tuesday, February 7th: Arby's Night Out
Wednesday, February 8th: Slushy Day
Friday, February 10 and Monday, February 13: No School at York Elementary School
Monday, February 20th: Wendy's Night Out
Wednesday, February 22nd: Slushy Day
Thursday, February 23rd: 5th Grade Musical Performance, 7:00pm, YHS Theater
Parent Teacher Conferences
The Y.E.S. Art Show
Spelling Bee Contestants
Congratulations to these students who will represent York Elementary School at this year's York County Spelling Bee:
3rd Grade: Emma Maronde, Megan Holthe, Jordi Rippe, Henry Peters, Brantlee Karber, Kage Kohout, Clare Miller
4th Grade: Valeria Villarreal, AydanLee Matz, Keila Kohout, Parker Niemann, Bentley Schnakenberg, Cash Eimermann
5th Grade: Kelsey Westwood, Cortland Peters, Brylee Nielsen, Jacoby Hansel, Carl Wilson, Kiley Shufeldt
Hello York Elementary Scientists and Families!
We are excited to announce the upcoming dates for the Science Expo 2023! We will have entry forms and information packets available in the office for your students to pick up. There have been a couple changes so please look over the information carefully. We will continue to have “help/informational” nights for you to come to get ideas, research topics or ask questions.
Mark Your Calendars with These Important Dates
- Information & Resource Nights at Y.E.S. media: Thursday, Feb. 2nd & Feb. 16th 5:30-6:30p.m.
- Entry Deadline: February 22nd
- Set-up for Science Expo: March 20th 3:30-6:00p.m. at the City Auditorium
- Science Expo: March 21st students arrive by 5:45p.m.
- Presentations to Science Experts: 6p.m.-6:30p.m.
- Public Viewing of Science Projects: 6:30p.m.-7:15p.m.
- Clean up: Please begin helping at 7:15p.m.
Science Expo Committee Members at Y.E.S.
Ms. Culotta & Mrs. Davis
York Elementary School mailed information to eligible Kindergartners last week. If you did not receive a packet in the mail, please contact York Elementary at (402) 362-1414.
According to Nebraska law, children are eligible to attend Kindergarten the year that they turn five on or before July 31. This is called a “cut-off date.” School districts are allowed to enroll a child who missed the cut-off date but turns five between August 1 and October 15. Parents who are interested in enrolling their child early should contact York Elementary as soon as possible to ask about the procedure for early entry assessment.
Kindergarten Registration Information
You may register your child for Kindergarten any time between
9 am-11 am & 1 pm-4pm on the following days:
Monday, February 6
Tuesday, February 7
Wednesday, February 8
Thursday, February 9
WE WILL HAVE AN EVENING REGISTRATION ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, FROM 5:00-7:00
You will need the following:
- Certified copy of your child’s birth certificate (not the hospital copy)
- Current immunization record
A certified birth certificate and current immunizations are required. If you do not have a certified copy of your child's birth certificate, you are able to order it online from the NebraskaDepartment of Health and Human Services Health Division. Their website is dhhs.ne.gov. It usually takes less than a week to receive it by mail.
Duke Branch open on Thursdays!
The Duke Branch of Cornerstone Bank is open every Thursday from 7:45-8:15. If students wish to deposit money, they may head into the library to deposit money and earn a reward for saving!
Congratulations to Mrs. Paulson's class for winning our traveling trophy two weeks in a row! The traveling trophy goes to the class who has the most students deposit each week.
When a student deposits money into their Duke Branch account, a receipt is sent home. This receipt is sent home in a student's folder on either Thursday or Friday.
News from the Nurse
February is National Dental Health Month
On Friday, December 16th 2022, Dentists Dr. Perry Rosenau and Dr. Miles Berg along with their Dental Hygienist Ashley Prochaska, from York Dental Associates volunteered their time and expertise to complete dental screenings for all children in Preschool through 4th grade. If a student did not meet the screening guidelines set forth by the state, a letter recommending further evaluation will be sent to the parent/guardian this month. If you have concerns regarding your child’s dental health, please follow up with a Dentist even if you do not receive a letter of referral.
Child Dental Care Tips
One of the best ways to prevent tooth decay in children is to get them enthusiastic about daily dental hygiene. After all, tooth brushing is probably not at the top of your child’s list of favorite things to do. But you can make it more acceptable—and even fun—by choosing a toothpaste and toothbrush that your child will like and will want to use.
Look for toothpaste with fluoride that’s child-friendly, with flavors and colors that appeal to kids. There are toothpaste choices more appropriate to adult needs as well, so many families find themselves using more than one type of toothpaste.
Knowing how to brush your teeth is just as important as the type of toothpaste you choose. Teach children the proper technique early to help encourage them to develop good oral health habits. Explaining how to brush your teeth doesn’t have to be complicated. Start with these simple steps to get kids off to a good start.
- Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums.
- Move the brush back and forth gently, in short strokes, over the fronts, backs and tops of your teeth. Don’t scrub hard along the gum line; you can irritate your gums.
- Don’t forget to brush (and floss) behind your top front teeth and behind the bottom front teeth. (The area behind the bottom front teeth is prone to tartar buildup and needs attention.) Use the top bristles of the brush to reach this area—some toothbrushes have a slightly longer tip to make it easier to reach these spots.
Combat the Effects of Sugar on Your Kids’ Oral Care Routine
- Save treats like candy, cookies and pies for after mealtime, since this is when the amount of saliva produced in the mouth is greater and will therefore better help protect your child’s teeth.
- Dairy acts as a buffer to the acids produced by oral bacteria, decreasing the possibility of tooth decay. So consider serving your children milk or cheese with holiday candies and treats.
- Hard candy can get stuck between kids’ teeth, which can cause cavities. Flossing can help remove the candy particles. Try flossers adorned with your child’s favorite character to help make flossing fun.
- To help pace the amount of candy your child is consuming around holidays like Halloween and Easter, store excess candy in a sealed container and establish set times when your child can have a treat.
- Encourage children to drink more water to help prevent tooth decay. If you choose bottled water, check the label for fluoride content. According to the American Dental Association, fluoridated water can reduce the number of cavities children get in their baby teeth.
Be certain that you are scheduling regular dental appointments for your children so that their teeth may last a lifetime!
Katie Burger, Assistant Principal