Sheridan Hill Shines
October News and Notes
World Down Syndrome Month
On Friday, October 14th, we invite all students at Sheridan Hill to wear blue and yellow to help bring awareness to World Down Syndrome month.
Red Ribbon Week
If participating, students can arrive to school in their costumes or put them on in school. See teacher communications for more specifics. Please send a bag so costumes can be safely stored after the Halloween parade.
Masks are not allowed as it makes it difficult to see and students may become overheated (this includes the Scream Mask, Superhero face coverings, etc.). However, face paint is welcomed if put on at home.
Gruesome, bloody, disfigured costume components are NOT ALLOWED. We want all children to enjoy the school parade. Please save those types of costumes for outside-school Halloween activities. If costumes such as these are brought to school, the child WILL NOT be able to participate in the parade.
Fake weapons are NOT allowed, to preserve the atmosphere of a safe school (this includes axes, knives, swords, guns, etc.).
Our Sheridan Hill students will enjoy a parade on Monday, October 31st. Weather permitting, the parade will be held outside and parents will be welcomed to come watch. In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be held inside and will be for the students only. Notification will be made to parents as the event day gets closer.
News from the Health Office
Washing Water Bottles!
It’s important to clean your water bottle thoroughly once a day to keep microbial growth to a minimum and ensure the water your student is drinking is healthy, fresh, and tasty.
· Disinfect with unscented soap, hot water, and use a bottle & straw brush.
· Don’t forget the cap and straws!
· The school has 2 refill stations for students to use.
Understanding Pink Eye
Pinkeye is the inflammation (redness, swelling) of the eye's outer layer and lining of the eyelid. There are several causes of pinkeye. Sometimes it is caused by viruses or bacteria that can be spread from person to person. Allergic and chemical pinkeye is caused by irritation and is not contagious.
Symptoms to look for:
· redness in one or both eyes with draining fluid - may be clear and watery (like tears) or thicker white or yellow pus
· The eyelids may be crusted together after sleep
· Sometimes the eyes are itchy or painful
· Feeling like there is something in the eye
· Sensitivity to bright light
· In cases of allergic conjunctivitis, itchiness and watery eyes are common symptoms.
When is a person with pinkeye contagious?
Bacterial pinkeye is contagious until 24 hours after antibiotics are started, or symptoms are gone. Viral pink eye is contagious until the eye redness and drainage are gone.
What is the treatment for pinkeye?
If you suspect your child has pinkeye, contact your child’s healthcare provider for evaluation and treatment. Bacterial pinkeye is treated with antibiotic eye drops. Be sure to complete the prescribed number of days of treatment to prevent reoccurrence. Viral pinkeye has no treatment.
· Students should not be in school with significant redness, pain, irritation, or with drainage coming from their eyes.
· A diagnosis by a healthcare provider is necessary to differentiate the type of conjunctivitis. Your child may need to be excluded from school, and your child’s healthcare provider makes this decision in conjunction with the school nurse.
· Students started on antibiotic drops should complete the first 24 hours before returning.
October PTO Events
Wrapping Paper Sale!
Take a look at the two flyer attachments below for more information on our wrapping paper sale. There are options to get your goodies before Thanksgiving and another before the holiday season!
The PTO will be holding a general meeting on Tuesday, October 18th at 6pm in the Sheridan Hill School Library.
Save the date!! Friday, October 28th we will hold our annual trunk-or-treat event for families. Be on the lookout for more information soon!