Perkins School News - November 2019

Monthly News for Parents

Letter From the Principal

Upcoming Events

Teacher Spot Light

Teaching Assistant Spot Light

Notes from the Nurse

But don't be too quick to brush off your child's illness as just another cold. The important thing to remember is that flu symptoms can vary from child to child (and they can change as the illness progresses), so if you suspect the flu, call the doctor. Even doctors often need a test to tell them for sure if a person has the flu or not since the symptoms can be so similar!

Some bacterial diseases, like strep throat or pneumonia, also can look like the flu or a cold. It's important to get medical attention immediately if your child seems to be getting worse, is having any trouble breathing, has a high fever, has a bad headache, has a sore throat, or seems confused.

When do I keep my child home from school due to illness?

If you have the following symptoms, please stay home from school:

· Fever >100.5 (Remain home until 24 hours of being fever free without the use of fever reducing medications.

· Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea (remain home until no vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours)

· Yellow or green drainage from either eye

· White area of eye is pink – call doctor to make sure not pink eye

· Contagious disease; flu, strep throat, pink eye (remain home until doctor gives you a note to return to school, or on antibiotic treatment at least 48hours), ringworm needs to have treatment and covered if possible.

· Shortness of breath or wheezing

· Severe sore throat, headache, cough, or earache

· Large amounts of nasal drainage which is not clear

· Constant cough that makes child uncomfortable or disrupts class

· yellow-crusted sores around nose or mouth; rash on other body parts, especially if other illness symptoms like fever. Please have doctor note regarding rashes, sores. Do not send to school if rashes or boils have drainage that is contagious. (ringworm, poison ivy for example if not in drying stages)

When in doubt call your child’s pediatrician for advice.

If you keep your child home, please remember to call the Perkins school nurse’s office at 332-3312 or email

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PARENTS: The Information You Need!

Tips for Working with the Beginning Reader

Reading each day with your child will help to develop important early reading skills. Here are some tips for working with children as beginning readers:

· Encourage your child to use his/her finger to point to each work.

· Read a sentence and have your child repeat it.

· Don’t be afraid to read the same book again. Repeated reading helps build reading fluency which is quickly and accurately.

· Take turns reading sentences or pages.

· Talk about the story as you read it. What do you think will happen next? What does this story remind you of? How do you think this character feels?

· 15 to 20 minutes is plenty for a beginning reader.

Have fun reading together!

Perkins Elementary School

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