Montgomery Elementary News
November 17, 2023
Dr. Amy Debelak, Principal
Ms. Sally Ganz, Asst. Principal
Absence Line 513-686-1736
Absence Email MTattendance@sycamoreschools.org
School Nurse 513-686-1733
🍎 PRINCIPAL'S CORNER 🍎
Thank you to our wonderful PTO for Inflatable Day! The students earned the reward for participation in the Mighty Aviator Dash. A fun and exhausting time was had by all! It is only with the unfailing support of our families, staff and students that we continue to be one of the highest achieving schools in Ohio. US News and World Reports named us as one of the top schools in the nation this week. Here is the link. Thank you for your continued support of Montgomery Elementary!
Have a relaxing weekend,
📅 IMPORTANT DATES 📅
📚 MONTGOMERY NEWS 📚
GUIDELINES FOR KEEPING CHILDREN HOME FROM SCHOOL DUE TO ILLNESS
It is sometimes difficult to decide when and how long to keep an ill child home from school. The timing of the absence is often important in order to decrease the spread of disease to others and to prevent your child from acquiring other illnesses while his/her resistance is lowered. The following guidelines represent the more common childhood illnesses.
CHICKEN POX: A skin rash consisting of small blisters, which leave scabs. A slight fever may or may not be present. There may be blisters and scabs all present at the same time. Your child should remain home until all blisters have scabbed over, usually 5-7 days after the appearance of the first crop of blisters.
COMMON COLD: Irritated throat, watery discharge from the nose and eyes, sneezing, chills, and general body discomfort. Your child should remain home if symptoms are serious enough to interfere with your child’s ability to learn. Medical care should be obtained if symptoms persist beyond 7-10 days, fever develops, or discharge becomes yellow to green.
FEVER: If your child’s temperature is 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater (or 1 or 2 degrees above the child’s normal temperature) they should remain home until they have been without fever for a full 24 hours (without fever-reducing medications). Remember fever is a symptom indicating the presence of an illness.
FLU: Abrupt onset of fever, chills, headache, and sore muscles. Runny nose, sore throat, and cough are common. Your child should remain home from school until symptoms are gone, and the child is without fever for 24 hours.
COVID: Follow the advice of your healthcare provider. Please refer to the symptoms guidance listed above for Cold, Fever, or Flu. For more information regarding precautions and isolation, see guidance from Hamilton County Public Health.
HEAD LICE: Lice are small grayish-tan, wingless insects that lay eggs called nits. Nits are firmly attached to the hair shafts, close to the scalp. They are small white specks, which are usually found at the nape of the neck and behind the ears. Following lice infestation, your child will need to receive treatment.
PAIN: If your child complains or behavior indicates that they are experiencing persistent pain, they should be evaluated by a physician before your child is sent to school.
PINKEYE: Redness and swelling of the membranes of the eye with burning or itching, matter coming from one or both eyes or crusts on the eyelids. Your child should remain home from school until receiving 24 hours of antibiotic therapy, as determined by your physician, and discharge from the eyes has stopped.
SKIN RASHES: A physician should evaluate skin rashes of unknown origin before your child is sent to school.
STREP THROAT AND SCARLET FEVER: Strep throat usually begins with fever, sore and red throat, possibly pus spots on the back of the throat, and tender swollen glands of the neck. With scarlet fever, there are all the symptoms of strep throat as well as a strawberry appearance on the tongue and a rash of the skin. High fever, nausea, and vomiting may also occur. Your child should remain home from school until receiving a full 24 hours of antibiotic therapy and until without fever or vomiting for 24 hours. Most physicians will advise rest at home 1-2 days after a strep infection.
VOMITING AND DIARRHEA (INTESTINAL VIRAL INFECTIONS): Stomach ache, cramping, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea, possible fever, headache, and body aches. Your child should remain at home without vomiting, diarrhea, or fever for a full 24 hours. If your child has had any of these symptoms during the night, they should not be sent to school the following day.
**Please refer to the description of FEVER whenever fever is referenced in this document.
The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
This year’s Ohio Department of Health Vision & Hearing screening program was a huge success both in reassuring our students, and in identifying those children in need of further care.
A heartfelt “Thank You” to the following who volunteered their time and expertise to these important screenings: Karin Detchon, Katie Russell, Lauren Carrier, Daniel Webber,
Rachel Fehring, Olivia Gordon, Tiffany Lynch, Marianne Grubbs, Ruth Richter,
Jocelyn Key, Emily Craig, Melissa Weiner, Bridget Green, Katie Laskosky, Jennie Taylor, Tamara Chandler, Marta Healey-Gerth, Angelica Bodenstein & Jiang Liu.
Also a special “Thank You!” to Karin Detchon for organizing the list of volunteers to assist with these screenings.
Montgomery Elementary School Nurse
Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our 2nd Annual Chili Cook Off! The teachers certainly enjoyed the fun and it helped them make it through an evening of conferences. Our winner and Queen of Chili at Montgomery is Kim Lewis! Big congrats to you and your gift card to the Aves Hanger is on its way! Crock Pots are available in the front office for pick up between 9am-3pm.
OPERATION GIVE BACK HOLIDAY STORE
Give Back this Holiday Season
Looking for a meaningful way to help your neighbors? Sycamore Bridges is working with Operation Give Back to stock their shelves for the 2023 OGB Holiday Store. This year, OGB expects to serve over 1,000 children and their families. We curated an extensive AMAZON REGISTRY to make sure every child receives something they wished for with gifts at every price point. Simply select "OGB Holiday Store" as your shipping address and items will be delivered directly to us. Send us an email if you would like a tax receipt for your purchase. Also be sure to visit bit.ly/SycamoreBridges and enter your email address so you never miss an opportunity to spread kindness in our community!
MEDIA CENTER REMINDERS
- PTO has provided all students a reusable “library bag” on the first day of checkout. Students are instructed to use this bag for library books ONLY. This helps protect the books from sticky or wet backpacks. Blue bags do not go in the backpacks. They are carried as a separate bag.
- Note: If a bag is lost or destroyed, we will be requesting a $2.00 replacement fee. Simply send in cash or a check made out to Montgomery PTO to Mrs. Messer and we will replace the bag as soon as possible.
- We do not charge fines for late books, however; students are not permitted to check out new books until all books have been returned.
- If you suspect that a book is lost, please contact me by email. Once a parent has communicated with me, a student’s library privileges are restored. We ask that you do not pay for lost items until the end of the school year in hopes that it shows up. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Accidents happen. If a book is damaged while it is checked out to a student, it is the student’s responsibility to bring the book directly to me and explain the situation. If the book is unable to be repaired, a letter will come home requesting payment for replacement cost.
Are you traveling this upcoming holiday season? Please don’t pass up the free ear buds that the airlines pass out. Mrs. Messer hands them out to students who are in need. Thank you!
Send in attention: Mrs. Messer - media center. --
ART ROOM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Hello, awesome aviator families! The art room is in need of volunteers. The volunteers will help prepare supplies, help with the art show, and help with displays. If this is something you are interested in please complete the art room volunteer sign-up form!
Thank you so much!
Mikayla Helton (She/Her)
Montgomery Elementary School
✏️ PTO NEWS ✏️
Hello Montgomery Families,
Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, friends and fun!!
We CANNOT do the work we do in the school without the help of our wonderful volunteers! We are always looking for help so if you are interested or need more information please contact me at email@example.com. Positions that we'd like to fill as soon as possible include:
LUNCHROOM VOLUNTEERS - Help monitor students in the lunchroom and clean up between grades. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084CAEAA2FABFF2-45447402-lunchroom#/
HASSLE FREE GIVING CHAIR – Organizes hassle-free opportunities such as restaurant nights, Pipkins receipt turn-ins and Kroger Rewards.
MEDIA CENTER VOLUNTEERS - Help check in books and reshelve during the school day. Sign up here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4CA9A729AAFD0-45009106-novdec#/
There are lots of fun things coming up. Please be sure to mark your calendars!!
THANKSGIVING BREAK - November 20-24, no Personal Learning Days!
THEATER NIGHT - Frozen is coming December 1!!
WINTER BREAK - December 25-January 5, no Personal Learning Days!
GLOW PARTY – January 26 in the Montgomery Elementary Gymnasium…more details in the coming weeks!
Montgomery PTO President
✈️ DISTRICT NEWS ✈️
Event and Activity Flyers Now Listed on Website
After receiving feedback from families, all district-approved flyers will now be listed on Sycamore Schools' website instead of in our weekly newsletters. This will help condense our newsletters to important school information. If you are still interested in viewing community flyers about events and activities for students, please click here: https://www.sycamoreschools.org/domain/944