Banneker @ Marquette's Newsletter

April 2021 Edition

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If your child needs bus transportation, please call the school as soon as possible.

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Office Notes from Ms. Robinson- School Secretary

* Students are not allowed in the office before 8:10 am.

*If your child will be absent, please call the office before 9:00 am.

* If you email your child's teacher about an absence or an early dismissal, please be sure to contact the office as well.

* Early dismissal cut off time is 2:00 pm

* For students without a laptop, packet pick-ups/drop-offs will be on Friday after the school day ends.

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April Health News - from Nurse Smoot

Spring Safety Tips: Continue to take everyday precautions against the FLU!

Spring Cleaning: In addition to your regular spring-cleaning chores, consider adding some that will make your home a little safer for your kids, such as cleaning out your medicine cabinet, checking product recalls, and looking for broken toys, etc.

Sun Safety: Remember, the sun’s rays are strongest between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Use SPF 15 or higher, even on cloudy days. It is important to get a healthy dose of sunshine each day.

New Immunization Schedules: Check with your health care provider to make sure you are properly immunized, especially children entering Kindergarten and rising 6th graders. All 11-year-old students are required to have a TDap booster (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) prior to entering 6th grade.

Asthma/Allergy Action Plans: Seasonal Allergy and Asthma Action Plans are important to review and update with your health care provider, and a copy should be on file at school, as well as a rescue inhaler. Learn what your child’s triggers are – pollen, grass, molds, temperature changes, exercise, smoke, perfume, pesticides? Please let us know. Children deserve allergy and asthma-friendly homes and schools.

Tips for Keeping Your Kids Healthy for School: frequently discuss common childhood illnesses your children are exposed to from grades K – 12. Colds, runny noses, ear infections, fever, strep throat, pink eye, chickenpox, vomiting, diarrhea, rashes, scabies, impetigo, and head lice.

A word about head lice – This can happen to anyone, it’s not uncommon. Most head lice are transmitted from head-to-head contact. Check your children regularly, if head lice are found consult a health care provider regarding treatment options. Follow package directions and comb out lice and nits thoroughly. While this is a time-consuming task, it is also very effective at preventing repeat cycles. Clean all items that may have been in contact with your child’s head. (Combs, brushes, linens, stuffed animals). Let your children’s close friends and parents know so they too can check regularly. Report all cases to the school nurse, and I will re-check your child when they return to school.


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Attendance Matters- Ms. K. Laws

We have almost made it to the finish line but keep in mind that attendance is still important! Many of the students are doing an awesome job making sure to arrive to class, both virtually and in-person, on time. Keep in mind that class begins at 8:20 am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday is our asynchronous day but students still need to check-in for attendance in the morning.

Logging into the virtual classroom means staying logged in the entire time except for brain breaks, restroom breaks, and lunch. Logging off during the teaching sessions without permission from your teacher can and will affect your attendance. Make sure you stay in your virtual classroom until you are given permission to log off.

Finally, let me remind you how a tardy can affect attendance. Three tardies count as one unexcused absence. If you are not careful these tardies could and will cause a truancy letter to be sent to your home. Hope this was helpful! Have a Great and Safe Spring Break!

Ms. K. Laws, Behavior Specialist

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Message- Mrs. L. Hogan, Dean


Explanation of Resilience

Psychological resilience is the ability to cope with a crisis mentally or emotionally or to return to pre-crisis status quickly. Resilience exists when the person uses "mental processes and behaviors in promoting personal assets and protecting self from the potential negative effects of stressors". Bouncing back is a wonderful ability to have! Resilience allows us to bounce back.

Topics Discussed

· Self-awareness. · Self-management. · Social awareness. · Relationship skills. · Responsible decision-making.

We are celebrating Resilience.

Join us!

Resilience is our word for the month!

Message- Ms. K. Smith, Behavior Specialist


Considering what 2020 offered us, I'd declare that we are VERY resilient!

We've managed to "bounce back" from major challenges and thrive!

Resilience is important to our well-being because it contributes to improved self-esteem, a sense of control over life events, and a sense of purpose in life.

Banneker Brags "Brag Tags"

Banneker has started implementing our school-wide incentive- Brag Tags!

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SPOTLIGHT: Alia Thompson- Currently Leading Our Building in I-Ready!

Alia Thompson is in Mrs. Champion's class. She leads our building in completing the most Reading and Math lessons in i-Ready. Currently, she has successfully completed 193 Reading lessons, and 241 completed Math lessons.

We congratulate you, Alia!

We celebrate you and all of our scholars for working hard!

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Birthday Celebrations for the month of April

We would like to wish a "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" to all our staff and students.
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