Hayes Highlights

February 2023

Principal's Place

Hello Families,

As we conclude the semester and begin to prepare for conferences, I am excited to know I will get to see you all soon. Conferences are a great way to learn about your child’s school achievements and social/emotional growth this school year. There are so many school strengths your children have, which we get the gift of sharing. Please take time to set up this meeting with your child’s classroom teacher. Our goal is to meet with 100 percent of our families.

Another exciting offering of connection this month is our Better Together Family/Teacher meeting. This meeting will be held on February 13th at 5PM. At Better Together, parents are partners in learning more about IB, have a voice in school wide systems, participate in building academic growth goals and also get to have some food and fun too. School age childcare is always available and light snacks are provided. Please RSVP to the main office if you will be joining this month. We are better together!

Take Care,

Principal Iverson

Looking ahead...

3-2-23 - Hayes conferences 4-7 PM

3-6-23 - Hayes Kindergarten Round Up

3-9-23 - Spring Picture Day

3-17-23 - Green Day

3-31-23 - NO SCHOOL

Please join us for our February Better Together Meeting

2-13-23 at 5 PM

Pizza and school age child care provided! Please call to let us know you will be joining at 763 502 5204

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From our Equity and Inclusion Liason

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February 2023

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From food services

Hello Families,

February is Black History Month, and we will be serving some new items to our students. Nutritional Services worked with a group of High School students to plan several different menu items. On February 16th we will be serving Jollaf Rice with the Jerk Chicken. Jolllaf Rice is a rice dish from Western Africa and is made from white rice, tomatoes, onions and spices all cooked together. Next on February 23 we will be serving Gumbo with rice. Our gumbo will be made with Thousand Hills Beef Andouille Sausage (from Becker, MN). Gumbo is popular in the Southern United States, especially in Louisiana. Gumbo can be made with a variety of different meats and the High School Students were very excited that we would try this dish. The final request was Collard Greens and those will be served on February 27 or 28, depending on the school. We hope that you will encourage your students to try these menu items and experience some different flavors and cuisines.

If your families, income has changed, you can still apply for Educational Benefits (free/reduced priced meals). The application can be completed online through the Campus Portal at https://fridleymn.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/parents/fridley.jsp If you do not have Campus Parent Portal access, paper applications can be found at your school's office or on the Nutritional Services Web Page. Please check your students lunch balance, we have quite a few students who have a negative lunch balance. If you are having trouble paying your outstanding lunch balance, please contact Kathy Backstrom at 763-502-5021 to discuss payment options. If your child is bringing a cold lunch and wants a milk, the cost is $0.55, and your child needs to have money in their account.

Interactive menus and pdf menus are posted on the Nutritional Services website. Please note that menus are subject to change due to supply chain and staffing issues. The most current menus are found on using the Titan link on the Nutritional Services web page. If you have any menu questions or concerns, please contact Renee Arbogast at 763-502-5022

From our health office

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Health office

Feel free to call our health assistant, Ms. Sheila Johnson, anytime you have questions regarding the health of your scholar at 763 502 5226.

COVID-19 and children

Reminder: Health Officials Urge Parents to Get Children Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Children ages 6 months and up are now eligible for the updated (bivalent) COVID-19 vaccine dose. Please share this information with your school communities.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is urging parents to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19 and to make sure they and the entire family are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently authorized and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded recommendations for children age 6 months through 5 years to receive an updated (bivalent) COVID-19 vaccine dose to help increase their protection against currently circulating variants. Because protection from the vaccines can decrease over time, and because the strains of COVID-19 that are circulating have changed since the original vaccine was developed, it is important for children 6 months and older get an updated (bivalent) COVID-19 vaccine when eligible.

Vaccination rates for our youngest Minnesotans remain low across the state and lower up-to-date vaccination rates for all age groups are concerning for health officials. Vaccination is one of the best ways to protect children and families from COVID-19, and that includes the updated bivalent vaccine when due.

Children can receive COVID-19 vaccine at the same visit as other recommended vaccines, including the flu vaccine. This is a good time to connect with your child’s health care provider to see what vaccines your child may need.

Visit COVID-19 Vaccine for Children and Teens for the latest information and recommendations for getting children vaccinated against COVID-19.

Where to Get a Bivalent Booster

  • Check with your regular health care provider or local pharmacy to see if appointments are available.
  • Use the state’s Find Vaccine Locations map to find vaccine providers near you—providers will update their information as appointments are available.
  • Check for vaccine appointments at Vaccines.gov, where you can search for appointments by vaccine type (e.g., Pfizer).
  • Watch for vaccination clinics being offered at other community locations around Minnesota.