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January 13, 2023

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Dear Thacher Families:

As a reminder, there is no school Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Although the weather would say otherwise, it is still winter and I want to remind everyone that we will be sending students outside for recess as long as the wind chill is above 25 degrees Fahrenheit (and it's not raining). Please make sure you send your child(ren) to school dressed to be outside for their 20 minute recess.

Frank W. Rich


Dear Parents/Guardians,

To prevent the spread of illness in our school, I would like to take some time to review the health policies regarding communicable diseases/illnesses.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health recommends the following guidelines to keep children home from school:

  • Fever: Temperature of 100.0 or greater - Your child must stay home for 24 hours until fever free with out the use of fever reducing medicine.
  • Diarrhea: Your child must stay home until there is no more diarrhea for 24 hours.
  • Vomiting: Your child must stay home until vomiting has stopped for at least 24 hours.
  • Cold symptoms: Frequent cough, runny nose, sneezing (not necessarily associated with a fever)-Please test for COVID 19. If negative, please use your best judgment when sending your child to school. If positive, please call the health office.
  • Remind your child to cough or sneeze into elbow and not into hands. Encourage frequent hand washing.
  • Contagious illnesses: (Strep throat, conjunctivitis), Your child needs to have taken at least 24 hours of prescribed medication before coming back to school.
  • Rashes: Rashes need to be evaluated by a doctor to determine cause and treatment
  • Head Lice: A child found to have live lice at school will be sent home. The child should be properly treated and may return to school on the day after treatment. Before being allowed back in the classroom, a parent or other adult, must accompany the student to school so the school nurse can check the student.

Please provide documentation when your child has been evaluated for an illness. For any treatments/medications that may be needed at school, you must provide a written doctors order and parent permission slip.

Most illnesses need 24 hours rest after the fever has dropped to allow the body to recover from illness and infection. I am asking for your help in trying to reduce the amount of illness in our school.

In winter months, make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather as students still go out for recess (weather permitting) during the winter. It would also be helpful to keep a hat and mittens in their backpack.

Thank you for helping keep our children healthy and ready to learn! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the health office at 508-226-4162 ext. 314

Donations of new of gently used winter jackets, shoes, boys pants size 5/6, and girls pants size 7/8 are needed for the Kindness Closet in the health office.

be kind and be well,

Lisa Kilfoyle, BSN, RN, NCSN

School Nurse

Community Resourse & Support Liaison

Thacher Elementary & ELC

Winter Challenge

Thank you to all of the students who participated in our Winter Challenge. Over 65 students participated in the Cozy Up to a Good Book Winter Challenge during the Winter Break. We have put together a list of the recommended books that the students submitted.

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This Week in Health

Students in health have been talking about what a new year's resolution is and may look like. Students have been learning about what a goal is, and creating one for themself. Students are creating a plan on how they would like to reach that goal. Our older students are learning what a SMART goal is and breaking it down to ensure it meets those requirements. “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

While being in the middle of our cold and flu season, students have been learning and practicing ways to stop the spread of germs. Students brainstormed ideas of preventions like wearing a mask, washing hands, staying home when sick, and social distancing. Students were also taught the importance of handwashing, when to do so, along with a handwashing technique.

Our Insights and Project Success students have been continuing to grow into our routines. We have been fortunate enough to have some warm days this winter so far and have taken our routine outside to enjoy the nice weather. Students continue to work on throwing, rolling, kicking and catching. One of their favorite activities is to adventure out around the school and complete our scavenger hunt!

Let's have a healthy, happy, and safe new year!

Mr. Henry

Health Teacher

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Monthly PTO Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 7th, 6:30pm

160 James Street

Attleboro, MA

All APS Community Flyers can be found within the Welcome Center website. To view this week’s flyers, please visit the Welcome Center webpage, or click here.

Other Important Information & Upcoming Dates

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Breakfast/Lunch Menus

January 16: No School (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

January 18: Luau Lunch

February 6-10: Book Fiar

February 7: PTO Meeting

February 9: TES/ELC Roller Skate Night - United Skates of America

February 14: Spirt Day: Wear an Outfit You Love Day

February 17: Early Release Day (Staff Professional Development)

February 20-24: No School - Winter Break