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ELC February 2020 Newsletter
Rejoicing in Readers!
Help Your Child With Decoding Words By Reminding Them To Use Their Reading Strategies
Family Game Night
Please Join Kindergarten and Coffee and Meet All the Reading Strategy Characters and Find Out Ways You Can Help Your Child Handle Anxiety
Brickie Kidz Preschool Information
Kids Heart Challenge is Heartwarming!
We hope to see you at this month’s Kindergarten and Coffee on Friday February 21st. I will be presenting on “Anxiety in Students”. I know it seems like anxiety is such a big word to be talking about at the Kindergarten level. However, anxiety is something we’re seeing in our students more and more each year. It presents in many different ways with younger kids such as chronic tummy aches, showing reluctance to do work or normal things he/she likes to do, withdrawn, etc. Join us at our next Kindergarten and Coffee presentation to learn more about the signs/symptoms of anxiety and also how to help your child overcome it.
We have family game night quite often in our household. Playing family games together is not only fun and engaging, but also helps build social skills in children. I incorporate games in my groups here at the ELC and am always surprised by how many students DON’T play games like this at home. Your children will also LOVE having a chance to beat you in something. Here are some of our favorites!
- Hot Potato
- Uno (this is our FAVORITE game to play as a family)
- Let’s Go Fishin’
- Pie in the Face
- Connect 4
- Taco Taco
Other game recommendations that help work through being a good sport and also graceful losing include:
- Chutes and Ladders
- Any cooperative game such as Count Your Chickens, Apples to Apples, or Hoot Owl Hoot!
Don’t forget our Annual ELC Family Game Night is Wednesday February 26th from 5pm-7pm. This is a great opportunity to come out with the family try some games out before purchasing them. There will be food for purchase as well. Come join in the fun!
Students Must Be Current On All Immunization Before First Day Of School 2020
Flu- Roses are red, violets are blue, please get your shot so you don’t get the FLU! Its flu season! Please contact your healthcare provider or make an appointment at our Brickie Clinic 219-945-9383.
Hand-washing- Hand-washing can prevent 1 in 3 diarrhea-related sicknesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu. Parents and caretakers play an important role in teaching children to wash their hands. Hand-washing can become a lifelong healthy habit if you start teaching it at an early age. You can find ways to make it fun, like making up your own hand-washing song or turning it into a game. Building hand-washing skills takes time. At first, your child will need regular reminders of how and when to wash hands. It is especially important to remind children to wash their hands after using the bathroom, before eating, after touching pets, after playing outside, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing their nose. But, once hand-washing becomes a habit and a regular part of your child’s day, they will practice it throughout their lives.
Vaccinations- NEW 2020-2021 IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS: Indiana State Department of Health Immunization requirements for the 2020-2021 school year Two (2) Hepatitis A vaccinations are now required for ALL grade levels for the upcoming school year. The Hepatitis A immunization consists of two (2) doses with a minimum interval of 6 calendar months between the first and second dose. Immunization doses given less than 6 months apart are considered invalid, and will require a third dose. The first Hepatitis A dose should be given in the month of February 2020 to ensure that the second dose can be provided in the month of August. Please provide the school nurse with a copy of your student’s updated shot record after receiving any immunizations. Updated immunization information must be submitted during registration for the 2020-2021 school year. If you have any questions regarding immunizations, please feel free to contact your student’s school nurse.
Health Conditions- If your student has a specific health condition or needs special care during the school day such as medication, treatments, or monitoring, please inform your school nurse and provide your nurse with a care plan. Individual health care plans help keep your student safe and healthy.
Sick students- Please keep all sick children home from school- this includes fever greater than 100 degrees, vomiting or diarrhea. If you are unsure, please call your healthcare provider or school nurse for advice. . If you student stays home with these symptoms please make sure you are cleaning shared surfaces to prevent reoccurrence within the household
Head Lice- It’s that time of year where our students break out their coats, scarves and hats.
Please encourage your child not to share such items as hats, scarves, brushes or any personal
items. Lice is not a danger to your child’s health, it is simply an annoying problem that comes
around this time of year, so no need to panic. Please know that anyone and everyone can get
lice. Getting lice has nothing to do with you being clean or dirty, it only has to do with the fact
that you are human. It is very important to check your family for lice this time of year regularly. If
you find any live lice or eggs, it is absolutely necessary to treat each “infected” person, but more
importantly, you must notify the school so that we can effectively and confidentially assist you
with monitoring. The school nurse can assist you with proper treatment options as well as
identify and demonstrate for you what to do.
EXTRA SET OF CLOTHING- Please make sure your student has an extra change of clothing in
his/her backpack and nurses office if necessary in case needed for unseen circumstances that
may arise during the school day.
If you have any questions, please call your school nurse or visit our school web page at
http://www.hobart.k12.in.us for more information on student health, school forms, and other