Elementary Highlander Newsletter

February 2020

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Important Dates

February 3-7 - School Counselors' Week

February 14 - Act 80 Day - No School for Students

February 17 - Presidents' Day - No School

February 20 - PTO Meeting

Artists of the 21st Century

Many of our talented Cambria Heights Elementary Students will have their art featured in the Student Art Exhibition at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art which is located on the Saint Francis University campus. This exhibit will be open to the public from January 31-April 4, 2020. If you have any questions, you can call the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at 814-472-3920. Congratulations to our blooming artists!

January Role Models of the Month

Kindergarten Registration is OPEN

Cambria Heights School District will hold Kindergarten Registration on March 17, 18, 19, 2020 at the Cambria Heights Elementary School in Carrolltown. REGISTRATION WILL BE BY APPOINTMENT. Call 344-8506 ext.1000 to schedule an appointment.

A child must be five years of age as of and including AUGUST 31, 2020, to be eligible for kindergarten. A child entering first grade must be six years of age as of August 31, 2020.


If there are any medical reasons why a child cannot be fully immunized, the parent must provide verification from a physician. If a parent objects to the immunization because of religious reasons, the State requires that a letter be received stating the objections. If your child is exempt from immunizations, he/she may be removed from school during an outbreak.

CHES Yearbook Orders

You can still hand in your yearbook orders by Friday, February 7, 2020. Don't miss out on the chance to have a keepsake of all the memories that were made this year!

Guidelines for Keeping Sick Children Home from School

Each day many parents are faced with a decision: should they keep their sick children at home or send them to school? Often the way a child looks and acts can make the decision an obvious one.

The following guidelines should be considered when making the decision:

Fever: The child should remain home with a fever greater than 100 degrees. The child can return to school after he/she has been fever free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medicine such as Tylenol or Motrin).

Strep Throat: Following diagnosis by rapid strep test or culture, the child may return to school after 24 hours of antibiotic treatment and 24 hours fever free without fever reducing medication (Tylenol/Motrin)

Diarrhea/Vomiting: A child with diarrhea and/or vomiting should stay at home and return to school only after being symptom free for 24 hours.

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): Following a diagnosis of conjunctivitis, the child may return to school 24 hours after the first dose of prescribed medication.

Rashes: Common infectious diseases with rashes are most contagious in the early stages. A child with a suspicious rash should return to school only after a health care provider has made a diagnosis and authorized the child's return to school.

Flu Symptms/Colds: A child with thick or constant nasal discharge should remain home. Very few younger children can effectively blow their noses and wash their hands afterward. A child with the above symptoms will quickly spread the illness to other children.

Head Lice/Pediculosis: CHSD has a "no nit" policy. Student must be free from live lice and louse eggs before returning to school. Any child who has been treated for head lice must be cleared by the School Nurse before returning to school.

A sick child cannot learn effectively and is unable to participate in classes in a meaningful way. Keeping a sick child home prevents the spread of illness in the school community and allows the child opportunity to rest and recover.