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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Spring Watch DOGS registration open!

Calling all dads, granddads, stepdads, uncles, etc. Come serve as a Watch DOG! Registration for the spring semester will open January 9th at 6PM and continue through January 19.

Join us TONIGHT for Pizza with POPS at 6:30PM in the Bennett Cafeteria!

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We also encourage our Watch DOGS to attend the MISD School Board Meeting on February 27th when the Bennett Watch DOGS program will be featured.

News from the Nurse . . .

Winter Illnesses

We would like to remind all parents of the importance of keeping sick children home. When a child comes to school ill, he/she can spread illness by coughing, touching his/her nose/mouth and then touching objects that other students come in contact with. Remember that fever is not the only sign of true illness and that fever is usually a late sign of an illness, or an illness that is progressing. If your child is out sick, remember to always send in a note from the doctor or a parent note.

MISD Health policies are in place to help insure a healthy school where students can learn and grow. Please take a moment to review the exclusions that are listed below.

Guidelines for Returning to School after an Illness

In order to minimize the number of children that are ill, we ask you to please consider the following guidelines when making your decision to let your child attend school or return to school after an illness.

A student with any of the following symptoms must be excluded from school until such time as the student is free from symptoms.

  • Temperature of 100.0 degrees or more. Student must be fever free for 24 hours, without medication, before re-entry (Texas Administrative Code)
  • Vomiting (not related to a single event such as gagging, positioning, mucus, running after eating, or eating spicy food) Student must be symptom free for 24 hours, without medication before reentry.
  • Diarrhea, of two or more loose or watery stools; all students must be diarrhea free for 24 hours without the use of medications before re-entry (Texas Administrative Code).
  • Pain and/or swelling at angle of jaw
  • Undetermined rash over any part of the body accompanied by fever
  • Under diagnosed scaly patches on the body or scalp
  • Red, draining eyes
  • Intense itching with signs and symptoms of secondary infection
  • Open, draining lesions or wounds
  • Jaundice
  • See McKinney ISD Lice guidelines
  • A vaccine preventable illness in question will require a physician's note for re-entry (pertussis, mumps, measles, etc.).
  • For any infection, antibiotics must be taken for a minimum of 24 hours prior to re-entry to school.

These guidelines have been designed to give your child adequate time to recover, as well as keep the majority of the students, faculty and staff as healthy as possible.

Hand Washing

Hand washing is one of the easiest and best ways to prevent the spread of disease. Direct contamination of your mucus membranes (eyes, nose and/or mouth) is how many infectious diseases enter your body. So let's work together to decrease the risk of contracting and spreading illnesses by following these three simple rules:

  • Wash your hands when they are dirty and before you eat.
  • Do not cough or sneeze into your hands (use your sleeve, elbow or shoulder instead).
  • Never put fingers in your eyes, nose or mouth. are responsible for keeping yourself healthy!! Be as nice to yourself as you are to others.

January Learning Commons Newsletter . . .

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January/February Counselor News . . .

Coming Up!

Tuesday, January 9: Pizza w POPS 6PM; Watch DOGS registration begins

Tuesday, January 16: 80's Day; Bear Cubs in Training Storytime 2:15PM RSVP at; MISD Spelling Bee 6PM at Boyd High School; Bear Cubs in Training from 2:15-2:45PM. Please register using link in LC newsletter; Girl Power 2.0 Registration Opens. For more information, see the LC newsletter.

Friday, January 19: Bluebonnet Book Challenge deadline. The online survey closes at 3PM.

Monday, January 29: Invitation Only Bluebonnet Book Bash

Tuesday, January 30 and Wednesday, January 31: 5th Grade Spinal Screenings during PE

Thursday, February 8: Collin County Spelling Bee

Tuesday, February 27: Bennett Elementary Watch DOGS presentation at MISD School Board

Gifted and Talented Parent Meetings for Current 5th Graders

Monday, Feb 12 6:00-7:00PM Scott Johnson

Thursday, Feb 15 11:30AM-12:30PM Cockrill

Thursday, Feb 15 6:00-7:00PM Faubion

Tuesday, Feb 20 8:30-9:30AM Evans

Tuesday, Feb 20 6:00-7:00PM Dowell

Thanks for your continued support of our campus!

Parent Feedback . . .

We always welcome your feedback. You are welcome to e-mail, call, or schedule a meeting with Mrs. Holderman and Mrs. Constantinescu. This is also a link to provide feedback, appreciations, compliments, concerns, or suggestions as we continue to ensure we are the BEST school in McKinney.

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