Ed Clapp Elementary

EXPLORER BULLETIN - NOVEMBER 2021

The mission of Ed Clapp Elementary School

Achieving excellence by educating and empowering all students to succeed.

Upcoming Events

November 9: PTA Meeting - Ed Clapp Commons

November 11: No School - Veteran's Day

November 16: Sam Ting presentation for 3rd & 4th Grade

November 22: Knott & Danielson classes to MSUM Planetarium

November 23: Johnson & Blaufuss classes to MSUM Planetarium

November 24-26: No School - Thanksgiving

Tardies/Absences/Appointments


  • Class starts at 8:12. Students who arrive after that time are marked tardy and should report to the office for a tardy slip. Learning starts right away in the classrooms, so it is important for your child to be on time.
  • Absences: If your child is going to be absent please contact the office staff at 446-2900. If we do not hear from you our office staff will be calling to check the whereabouts of your child....your child's safety is always our number one concern. Being on time and having good attendance is crucial for learning. When a child is habitually absent/tardy, there is a negative impact on learning. If you are ever having trouble with getting your child to school or your child is feeling sick too often, please call our school counselor, Ali Moody at 446-2938, who would be happy to work with you and offer support and suggestions.
  • If you need to pick up your child during the day, please call the office at 446-2900 when you get to the school or come to the front door and wait in the entry way. The office will call your child out of his/her classroom. Due to district policy, we are unable to call your child out of the classroom before you have arrived at the school.

Parent Resources

New parent engagement resources can be found at the following link:


https://www.parent-institute-online.com/ep/eplibrary.php?29717-L565215

Fargo South Wrestling Camp

All Ed Clapp Elementary students are welcome to enjoy a free clinic to learn about wrestling


This 4-day clinic will be held at Ed Clapp Elementary School


Bruins Flyer

Fargo South Activies

Welcome to the second Fargo South Activities Briefing! This newsletter is to provide information on the value of kids participating in activities, events happening at South High, and information on the great things that our South students are doing.

Did you know . . .

95% of Fortune 500 executives participated in high school athletics. 47% of Fortune 500 executives were National Honor Society members. (Fortune Magazine)

Fargo South sponsors 24 varsity sports and over 30 groups, co-curricular activities, and co-curricular clubs. You can find the full list of opportunities here.

Boys and Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley (BGC) offers affordable and flexible youth development programs for before school, after school, and school out days for youth K-5th grades, and Teen Club after school and summer for teens 6th through 12th grade.

Visit our website at www.bgcrrv.org for more information.



Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley

Scheduling, Registration, & General Information

701-235-2147 | schedule@bgcrrv.org | www.bgcrrv.org

Head Lice

HEAD LICE…..Never a topic we want to discuss, but something that we need to be informed about.

The Fargo Public Schools policy regarding head lice (AP 4780): Exclude from school until treated and determined to be non-communicable (no nits). Children should be treated for lice as soon as possible. Close contacts should be checked frequently for two weeks. Head to head contact with other children should be discouraged. (Note: Cass Public Health philosophy differs from that of Fargo Schools.)

Due to the low risk of transmitting head lice at school and to maintain confidentiality, letters will NOT be sent to parents of classmates and classrooms will NOT be checked.

What do I Need to Know? Head Lice (Pediculosis Capitis)

What are head lice?

Head lice are small insects (less than 1/8 inch long). They range in color from red to brown, black, yellow-tan or gray-white. Head lice live on blood they draw from the scalp and lay tiny, gray/white eggs (known as nits) on a hair shaft near the scalp. The warmth from the scalp is needed for the eggs to hatch. Head lice are not known to spread disease.

Who is at risk for head lice?

Head lice infestations occur in all socioeconomic groups, are not an indication of poor hygiene, and can affect anyone.

What are the symptoms of head lice?

Most people who have head lice do not have symptoms at all. When symptoms do occur, the most common signs include itching of the skin on the scalp or neck where lice feed. Nits are glued to hair, commonly behind ears and at or near the nape of the neck. Scratching, especially behind and around ears and at the nape of the neck, may lead to open sores and a bacterial infection that also my cause swollen lymph nodes.

How soon do symptoms appear?

Symptoms appear when a live louse is present.

How are head lice spread?

Head lice are spread most commonly by direct contact with hair. Additionally, infested people can also spread head lice by sharing combs, brushes, hats, blankets or sheets with others, but this is not very common. It can be spread only by live lice and not nits.

When and for how long is a person able to spread head lice?

Head lice will spread until they are treated with a chemical that kills lice and until the eggs have been killed or removed. Research has shown that removal of nits may not be necessary.

How is a person diagnosed?

Diagnosing head lice is done by identifying the presence of live lice or nits within 1/4 inch of the scalp. Identification of eggs and lice with the naked eye is possible; however, the use of a hand lens or microscope may help to confirm the identification.

What is the treatment?

Over-the-counter treatments and prescriptions that kill lice and most viable eggs are available. Follow the directions on the label. Re-treat nine days after initial treatment if not otherwise specified on the product label. Contact your health-care provider or local public health unit for more information.

Does past infection make a person immune?

No. A person who previously had head lice may get it again.

What can be done to prevent the spread of head lice?

Follow these steps to prevent the spread of head lice:

· Avoid sharing headgear, coats, hats, hair ornaments, helmets, headphones, combs, brushes, towels and bedding.

· Combs and brushes should be washed in hot water (130 °) for 10 minutes.

· Items that cannot be washed should be bagged and stored for two weeks.

· Provide separate storage areas for clothing so that the personal articles of one person do not touch the personal articles of another.

· When an infestation is found, check the hair and scalp of all household members and treat only those who have lice and those who share the same bed with the infested person.

Additional Information

For additional information about head lice, head lice removal, school exclusions, etc., contact the ND Department of Health, Division of Family Health at 800-472-2286.

Resources:

American Academy of Pediatrics, [Pediculosis Capitis]. In: Pickering LK, ed. Red Book: 2009 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. 28th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2009: [495-497}

North Dakota Department of Health, (2012). Head Lice; A Lousy Problem. Division of Family Health. pp. 1-30.

Ed Clapp Elementary

Jennifer Schuldheisz, Principal

Lori Conmy, Dean of Students