Ravine Drive School

October Newsletter

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A message from Mrs. Janover

I would like to thank everyone for all of their assistance as we opened the doors for the 2016-2017 school year! It was exciting to see the smiling faces of the returning students! Many of them shared highlights of their summer vacation. We also welcomed an additional 80 new Kindergarten students!

In addition to this monthly newsletter, I will continue to send home Ravine Drive School's Weekly Virtual Backpack. The e-blast will be sent home each Wednesday, providing parents with week-to-week information regarding school news, upcoming events, and information regarding flyers and notices. I encourage you to periodically review your contacts in the Realtime Parent Portal to confirm that you have your current email address and phone numbers listed, as well as the names of any adults you would like to allow to pick up your child. The Parent Portal also contains information regarding your child's schedule, grades (Gr. 1 - 3), and attendance. Progress Reports will no longer be issued as a result of the online gradebook.

The students have been working very hard the first few weeks of school learning about expectations and routines, as well as making new friends. I am looking forward to a fantastic new school year. As always, I encourage you to stay in touch with your child's teachers and be a part of our PTO.

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Back to School Night at Ravine Drive School

Ravine Drive School's Back to School Night had a wonderful turnout. Parents had the opportunity to meet their child’s teachers and to have a better understanding of the curriculum. Although the Parent Teacher Conferences are not scheduled until November 21st and 22nd, please stay in communication with the teacher about the progress that your son or daughter is making in the classroom. Thank you for your ongoing support!

Morning Arrival

As a reminder, the front of the school by the flagpole and the Kiss and Drop Loop are only for dropping off students. Parents should not be using this area to park and walk their child to the door. As a reminder, please use the parking lot in the Kiss and Drop Loop if you would like to park and walk your child to the door. Thank you for all of your assistance as we work to improve the arrival of students.
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Security Vestibule

As a reminder, the district has implemented new procedures regarding the use of the security vestibule. All adults will be asked to provide photo identification when entering the school or signing children out of the school. Additional information was sent home with students on the first day of school, and is also available on the district website. Thank you for your assistance as we implement these procedures.

Practice Math Skills by Measuring With Your Child

Think of how you use math in your daily life. Sometimes, it’s important to get the answer exactly right. You need exactly the right amount of money to buy groceries, for example. But sometimes, an estimate is good enough. You estimate that you’ll probably need about two gallons of paint to paint the bedroom.

Measuring can be a fun way to teach your child both skills—calculating exact amounts and estimating. Make a game of measuring things around the house.

For example, you could get out the measuring spoons. Ask your child, “How many teaspoons do you think it will take to fill one cup?” Have her estimate, then check. Or show her a ruler and have her estimate how long her shoe is. Next, have her measure it. Then ask, “How many shoes would it take to stretch from one side of the door to the other? What would that be in inches?”

On a day when you are indoors, plan a measuring scavenger hunt. Include tasks such as, “Find something that is six inches long.”

- The Parent Institute

Week of Respect - October 3 - 7

Ms. Walliczek has been working with our 3rd Grade Chorus. The students have been singing "RESPECT" as we continue to work together as "Bucket Fillers" at Ravine Drive School. As a reminder, please review our Virtual Backpack for daily activities.

School Pictures

School pictures were taken on September 22nd. Pictures will be sent home within the next few weeks. Make-up pictures will be held on November 3rd for any students who were absent or need to have their pictures retaken.
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School Violence Awareness Week

Monday, October 17

Wear mismatched socks!

"Everyone doesn’t have to be the same to work and play together. Differences make us special. "

Tuesday, October 18

Wear a sweatshirt!

"Good choices are no sweat!"

Wednesday, October 19

Wear a team jersey!

"Team up against drugs and violence!"

Thursday, October 20

Wear sneakers!

"Don't let bad choices sneak up on you!"

Friday, October 21

Wear your Ravine Drive shirt or school colors!

"Good choices are easier when we work together!"

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A message from Ms. Koch, Ravine Drive's School Nurse

Debunking 5 Myths about the Flu

  1. The flu shot doesn’t cause the flu. The shot is an entirely dead virus— it’s impossible for it to replicate in your body and cause infection. The nasal spray is a very weakened strain (imagine a sprinter without legs or a bumblebee without wings) that is unable to replicate in the lungs to cause disease.The most common side effects after the shot or nasal spray are fatigue, low-grade fever, and runny nose (from the nasal spray).
  2. You may feel like you “don’t get the flu.” Well, chances are that you do or you might. Research shows that anywhere from 5% to 20% of all adults get influenza every year. Anywhere from 10% to 40% of all children get it annually as well. Sometimes it’s just a mild infection; sometimes it’s far worse. You may not know you’ve had it unless a clinician tests you.
  3. The flu shot doesn’t work. It does work, but like every shot, it’s imperfect. It is possible for someone to still get the flu after a flu shot, but the infection is far less severe when he or she has had the shot. Each year the flu shot can change in effectiveness due to differing strains that are included in the shot and that may circulate in your community. You need a flu shot every year because the influenza virus mutates while moving around the globe.
  4. I’m healthy, so I don’t need a flu shot. We’re lucky that we’re healthy, but don’t let that fool you. Healthy children and adults die from the flu every year. Often about half of the children who die from influenza (usually a couple hundred each season) are healthy infants and children. About 30,000 people die every year from flu in the United States. The flu shot you get now can help protect you.
  5. If you don’t “do” flu shots but you now have a child, you must change. Your children, particularly those younger than 4 years, and those infants too young to get a shot (younger than 6 months) are utterly dependent on you getting a flu shot so you don’t bring influenza home to them.

- HealthyChildren.org

Upcoming Events

October 3 - 7 - Week of Respect

October 7 - School Spirit Day

October 10 - School Closed - Columbus Day

October 11 - Fire Preventation Visitation

October 12 - School Closed - Yom Kippur

October 13 - PTO Meeting

October 17 - 21 - School Anti Violence Week

October 18 - Parent Teacher Conference letter sent home