Bitty Brickie Beat
ELC November 2020 Newsletter
Talking Goals and Grit With Our Students
Practicing Gratitude Daily For Strong Minds and Bodies
PBIS....Celebrating the Good
Kindergarteners Honor Our Heroes for Veteran's Day
Oh, the Places We're Going!
Fire Safety Lessons in October
Last month we wrapped up Red Ribbon Week at the end of the month, teaching our students about making strong and healthy choices. Students did classroom activities that promoted a positive self-image and self-care and had fun with our spirit days!
November 13th is World Kindness Day and we are ALWAYS promoting kindness at the ELC. We will be reading the book "Wonder" to our students. There will be follow up activities that the classrooms will do on November 13th that relate to the book reading as well. If you don't do this already, try asking your child "were you kind to anyone today?" If they say no, you can respond with something like "that's ok. I'm excited to find out who you were kind to tomorrow". It starts to plant the seed of being kind everyday no matter what.
Over IN The Hollow With Puppets
One of the ways we act out our stories in library is by using puppets. We were fortunate this month to be able to begin our puppet stories as we had enough puppets for our book, "Over in the Hollow" for them not to be reused before laundering. Students are able to put their own spin on the story when they act parts of it out and this helps build reading comprehension and attention span.
Where the Wild Things Are
Students enjoyed their own production of "Where the Wild Things Are" on our Pages in the Prairie. We incorporated our wonderful prairie as the setting to our story and acted it out including our own Wild Rumpus!
Since the first weeks of school, students have been practicing reading their own books in library. We began with the reading strategy "Eagle Eye" reading the pictures. Students are encouraged to make up their own story to go with the pictures in their books. They are engaging their imagination to create a story that correlates to the pictures and makes sense. This will help them become better readers. Next we added the choice to read their book by going on a letter hunt in the text of their books. This is great practice for letter recognition and tracking which they will begin doing as they are learning to read in classrooms. As we enter the second quarter, they will be hunting for those sight words in their text and earning tickets for finding 10 words in their book! Great job, Readers!
Over IN The Hollow With Puppets
Where the Wild Things Are
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Handwashing is so important! Don’t forget to get your flu shot and stay protected. Contact your healthcare provider or make an appointment at our Brickie Clinic 219-945-9383
PLEASE KEEP ALL SICK OR SUSPECTED SICK STUDENTS HOME FROM SCHOOL. PLEASE MARK THEM OFF IN SKYWARD. SYMPTOMS INCLUDE: fever greater than 100.4 degrees, CHILLS, SORE THROAT, COUGH( especially new onset, uncontrolled cough), DIARRHEA, VOMITING, HEADACHE( particularly new onset of severe headache, especially with a fever) , NEW LOSS OF TASTE OR SMELL, MUSCLE OR BODY ACHES OR FATIGUE, CONGESTION OR RUNNY NOSE, SHORTNESS OF BREATH OR DIFFICULTY BREATHING. If you are unsure, please call your healthcare provider or school nurse for advice. Please do not send your student to school and instruct them to go directly to the nurse before the school day begins. Again, if you have any questions or concerns please contact your school nurse. For more information, please visit our website: https://www.hobart.k12.in.us/protectbrickies
SKYWARD INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS
ABSENT REQUESTS IN SKYWARD FOR PARENT/GUARDIANS- SEE VIDEO BELOW
COVID-19 INFORMATION- SYMPTOMS/SICK AND RETURN SCHOOL POLICY
Notify your school immediately of COVID-19 symptoms or any exposure to a COVID-19 positive test: email@example.com
COVID-19: When a student, faculty, or staff member can return to school (Indiana Department of Health) Updated 8.25.20
Indiana COVID-19 Testing Sites - Added July 18, 2020
Click Here to access the Indiana State Department of Health's Indiana COVID-19 Testing Sites
Note: For each testing site, the following information is provided: Location, Scheduling Options, Hours, Requirements to be Tested, Payment Options, Phone Number, Days/Hours of Operation, Format of Testing Reporting.
Current Testing Sites in Lake County (As of July 18, 2020):
Methodist Hospital-Southlake Campus - 8701 Broadway, Merrillville, IN 46410
Family Urgent Care - 1217 US HWY 41, Schererville, IN 46375
Methodist Hospitals-Northlake Campus - 600 Grant St, Gary, IN 46402
NW Indiana ER & Hospital - 7904 Cabela Dr, Hammond, IN 46324
Physicians Urgent Care Indianapolis - 10343 Indianapolis Blvd, Highland, IN 46322
HealthLinc Community Health Center - 1313 W Chicago Ave, East Chicago, IN 46312
ISDH Drive-Thru at Ivy Tech CC - 410 E Columbus Dr, East Chicago, IN 46312
ISDH Drive-Thru at Oliver P. Morton High School - 6915 Grand Ave, Hammond, IN 46323
COVID-19: When to Isolate (ISDH Resources) - Added 8/12/2020
COVID-19: When to Quarantine (ISDH resource) - Added 8/12/2020
Don’t Touch Your Face
To help prevent infections, keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. WHY? Touching the mucous membranes on your face with your dirty hands allows germs that cause respiratory infections to enter the body.
Why Is Not Touching Your Face SO Important?
It is estimated that people touch their faces about 23 times per hour! Respiratory infections can be caused by many different bacterial, viruses, and other disease-causing germs. When you touch your face with dirty, unwashed hands, germs can take up residence in your mucous membranes which can lead to an infection.
How Are Respiratory Infections Spread?
Respiratory infections, like pneumonia or the flu, can spread through droplets in the air when a sick person coughs, sneezes, or talks near you. Respiratory infections can also be spread by direct contact with bacteria, viruses, and other disease- causing germs. When we touch people who are sick, or touch dirty surfaces, we contaminate our hands with germs. We can then infect ourselves with those germs by touching our face.
How Can I Protect Myself From Respiratory Infections?
There are several ways that you can protect yourself from getting a respiratory infection:
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Never touch your face with dirty hands.
Wash your hands frequently. Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations.
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to clean your hands if soap and water are not available.
Get a flu shot every year. Encourage your family and friends to get a flu shot too!
Ask your healthcare provider if the pneumonia vaccine is right for you.
Avoid being close to people who are coughing and sneezi
Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.
How Germs Spread
Washing hands can keep you healthy and prevent the spread of respiratory and diarrheal infections from one person to the next. Germs can spread from other people or surfaces when you:
Touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
Prepare or eat food and drinks with unwashed hands
Touch a contaminated surface or objects
Blow your nose, cough, or sneeze into hands and then touch other people’s hands or common objects
Key Times to Wash Hands
You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:
Before, during, and after preparing food
Before eating food
Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
Before and after treating a cut or wound
After using the toilet
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
After handling pet food or pet treats
After touching garbage
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, you should also wash your hands
After you have been in a public place and touched an item or surface that may have been frequently touched by other people, such as door handles, tables, gas pumps, shopping carts, or electronic cash registers/screens, etc.
Before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth because that’s how germs enter our bodies.
Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way
Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospital
Follow these five steps every time.
Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Use Hand Sanitizer When You Can’t Use Soap and Water
You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label.
Sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations. However,
Sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs.
Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.
Hand sanitizers might not remove harmful chemicals from hands like pesticides and heavy metals.
Caution! Swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizers can cause alcohol poisoning if more than a couple of mouthfuls are swallowed. Keep it out of reach of young children and supervise their use.
How to use hand sanitizer
Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
Rub your hands together.
Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds
CDC’s Handwashing Campaign: Life is Better with Clean Hands
CDC’s Life is Better with Clean Hands campaign encourages adults to make handwashing part of their everyday life and encourages parents to wash their hands to set a good example for their kids. Visit the Life is Better with Clean Hands campaign page to download resources to help promote handwashing in your community.
For more information on handwashing, visit CDC’s Handwashing website or call 1-800-CDC-INFO.
Vaccinations- All students SHOULD be up to date on their vaccinations. Indiana state law requires you to have up to date immunizations. If you have any questions or concerns about the new school year 2020-21 requirements, please contact your school nurse.
Health Conditions- If your student has a specific health condition or needs special care during the school day such as medication, treatments, or monitoring, please inform your school nurse and provide your nurse with a care plan. Individual health care plans help keep your student safe and healthy.
Head Lice- It’s that time of year where our students break out their coats, scarves and hats. Please encourage your child not to share such items as hats, scarves, brushes or any personal items. Lice is not a danger to your child’s health, it is simply an annoying problem that comes around this time of year, so no need to panic. Please know that anyone and everyone can get lice. Getting lice has nothing to do with you being clean or dirty, it only has to do with the fact that you are human. It is very important to check your family for lice this time of year regularly. If you find any live lice or eggs, it is absolutely necessary to treat each “infected” person, but more importantly, you must notify the school so that we can effectively and confidentialy assist you with monitoring. The school nurse can assist you with proper treatment options as well as identify and demonstrate for you what to do.
CLOTHING- Please make sure your student has an extra change of clothing in his/her backpack incase needed for unseen circumstances that may arise during the school day.
If you have any questions, please call your school nurse or visit our school web page at http://www.hobart.k12.in.us for more information on student health, school forms, and other helpful links