Family Newsletter February 26-March 2, 2018
Lunch with a Loved One
Pre-K:8:25-8:40(a.m. class) & 12:25-12:40 (p.m. class)
Safety Drills For February
Fire Drill with Blocked Exit and Shelter in Place
This month, we will be practicing two safety drills. We will practice how to evacuate the building in case of fire, and a shelter in place drill. These drills help us teach students the processes and ensure we are prepared in case of an emergency.
Weatherford ISD will be conducting GT testing for nominated students in grades 1-6 beginning in April. Nominations are due Friday, March 9th. Forms may be obtained from your campus office and returned to your campus GT Specialist through the school office.
The following are district guidelines concerning GT identification:
i. Students may be nominated for the gifted and talented program by teachers, counselors, parents, or other interested persons.
ii. A selection committee shall evaluate each nominated student according to the established criteria and shall select those students for whom gifted program placement is the most appropriate educational setting.
iii. Assessment tools may include but not be limited to the following: achievement tests, intelligence tests, creativity tests, behavioral checklists completed by teachers, and student work products.
iv. Nominated students shall be assessed once during the spring semester.
v. Students who do not qualify may not test again until two years have passed (ex: a 1st grade tester who did not qualify may not test again until 3rd grade.)
vi. Parents and students shall be notified in writing upon selection of the student for the gifted program.
Flu Season is Here!
The cold weather season is upon us and Weatherford ISD is taking steps to help keep your child healthy this winter. As illnesses such as colds and flu spread, your assistance is vital in keeping the students and staff healthy.
The flu is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs caused by the influenza virus. There are many different influenza viruses that are constantly changing.
· Common symptoms include fever (100° or higher) cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, chills and fatigue. Symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can be especially dangerous for those who have long term health conditions such as asthma and diabetes.
· Flu is spread by droplet from an infected person by coughing, sneezing, or talking. Flu may be contracted by touching something with the virus on it and then touching one’s eyes, mouth or nose.
· One important measure to protect against the seasonal flu virus it to get a flu vaccine. There are several pharmacies in our community who offer this vaccine, along with doctors’ offices and the Parker County Hospital District.
Illnesses like colds and flu are spread from person to person via respiratory droplets. These droplets are spread by coughing, sneezing or by touching objects or people with contaminated hands. We know that some viruses and bacteria can live two hours or longer on surfaces such as desks and doorknobs.
When to Keep Your Child Home if they are Sick
Please keep your child home if they are sick for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever, or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
Please remind your children of the following health habits.
1. Cover their mouth and nose when sneezing. If they can, they should use a tissue and then throw it away, washing their hands afterwards. If they don’t have a tissue handy, they should use their inner elbow or upper sleeve rather than their hands. This practice prevents the spread of germs via their hands.
2. Keep their hands away from their eyes, nose, and mouth.
3. Clean their hands often. Remind them to wash with soap and warm water.
4. Remind them to not share cups, water bottles, or eating utensils.
Thank you for helping us create a healthy environment for our students and staff. If you have any questions, please contact your school nurse.
A Dollop of Dyslexia
What Should I Look for in Their Work
“The early identification of students with dyslexia as well as with corresponding early intervention program for these students will have significant implications for their future academic success. Early identification is critical because the earlier the intervention, the easier it is to remediate. If intervention is not provided before the age of eight, the probability of reading difficulties continuing on into high school is 75%.”
Birsch, Judith R. Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills.Paul H. Brooks Publishing Co., Inc. 2011, p.20.
I suspect one of my students may be dyslexic. What should I look for in his work?
· Difficulty reading words in isolation
· Difficulty accurately decoding unfamiliar words
· Difficulty with oral reading (slow, inaccurate, or labored)
· Difficulty spelling
If you suspect a learning disability of any kind, DOCUMENT, keep SAMPLES noting any inaccuracies and bring them to RtI. We need to find these students by second and third grade to see the most benefit.
Please consider clicking on the link provided below and join our Seguin's Family Communication Remind 101 class. We are excited to announce that we will use this app to communicate with you. This app is also available in Spanish. We will use this to deliver emergency information, inclement weather, and campus information. Please let us know if you have any questions!
Free and Reduced Lunch
Please take the time to fill out the free and reduced meal application. Whether you qualify or not, filing out this application will help the success of our students through federal programs.
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After School Traffic Patterns
Every minute Counts!
· School Starts at 7:40am and the final bell rings at 7:50am.
· Your student’s attendance directly affects their success and we want them to SUCCEED!
· 3 Parent Notes for excused absences will be accepted for each student per year.
· If your student has 10+ unexcused absences in a 6 month period, your case will be referred to attendance court.
· If your student has 18+ total absences, excused or unexcused, the attendance committee will review absences and create a program for credit recovery in order to prevent retention.