Millstone Primary School - February 2024
“If January is the month of change, February is the month of lasting change. January is for dreamers… February is for doers.”
Hello Millstone Primary School families and friends,
I hope everyone is well, rested, and looking forward to all of the wonderful events we have planned for our school community this month. February may be short, but we jammed as many events as we can into our schedule to help avoid the "winter blues"! I have highlighted most of our events that should make their way to your calendars, but please continue to monitor our school website and classroom newsletters for more district-wide events and activities.
I am so proud of how well our students are growing as readers, writers, and mathematicians! One of the many perks of my job is the free pass I have to pop in and out of classrooms throughout the day. I get to see first-hand the magic of teaching young ones to sound out words and read text. I get to see students learn letter names and sounds in preschool, and just down the hall, our "older" students are using the letters to write detailed sentences and stories. Literacy is a school-wide commitment and we look forward to showcasing many of our strategies at Family Literacy Night on March 7th!
As someone who spent my career in the classroom teaching math, I can't forget about the reenergized teaching and learning happening in our math classrooms! Innovamat has provided our teachers and students with the resources to enjoy math-rich discussion and discovery every day. Students are "talking math" everyday and are building a strong foundation for number sense. Because of the interactive components, high levels of engagement, and the collaborative lessons, math has become a highlight of many of our students' day!
As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns.
Happy Valentine's Day!
100th Day of School - 2/15
We will celebrate the 100th Day of School on Thursday, February 15th! Your child's teacher will send home information about how they will celebrate this exciting day in the classroom.
Valentine's Day Classroom Parties - 2/14
The annual Primary School Valentine's Day party will be held on Wednesday, February 14th. Your child's classroom teacher will share information about their celebration!
Parent-Teacher Conferences - 2/22
Your child's classroom teacher will reach out to their families and request a conference during the afternoon on February 22nd.
2/22 is a shortened day schedule for all students!
Preschool & Kindergarten Registration - 3/5
Enrollment for 2024-2025 preschool and kindergarten registration begins at noon on March 5. (Original date was March 4). Registration must be completed in-person on 3/5 and is first come, first served.
Online registration is required, but registration is not complete until all forms and tuition (when appropriate) are furnished to the main office. This will be discussed at the information session on 2/15.
A note from Ms. Czysz
If your child will be arriving late, or is staying home from school due to illness or personal reason, please call the absence line by 9:00AM that day indicating reason for absence/tardiness.
The following is a list of common illnesses that exclude a student from school:
● COVID - Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be excluded for 5 days and may return on day 6 if fever-free for 24 hours without medicine and symptoms are improving. These students are strongly recommended to wear a mask in school on days 6-10.
● Fever - Students are sent home with 99.5°F. Prior to returning to school, student must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of Tylenol/Advil.
● Pink eye (conjunctivitis) - Students are sent home with "pink eye". Students may return after treatment once eyes are clear (usually after treatment with medicated drops for 24 hrs)
● Diarrhea or vomiting - Students who vomit or have diarrhea in school are sent home. Students may return to school when symptom-free for 24 hours. If symptoms continue for more than a few days or if the child is listless/sluggish, contact your doctor.
● Common Cold - Students are sent home when symptoms are severe (i.e. severe cough, excessive nasal flow, tight congestion, etc.) Students may return when symptoms are minor.
● Strep throat - Antibiotics must begin 24 hours along with relief of symptoms prior to returning to school. A sore throat accompanying a stomachache could indicate strep. Watch for fever, swollen neck glands, diarrhea and/or pain.
● Skin infections (Impetigo, Ringworm, Molluscum, etc.) - Students with suspicious skin rashes are sent home for doctor evaluation. Students may return to school with a doctor's note once evaluated and treated.
● Poison Ivy - Students with poison ivy are not excluded from school. If it covers a large area of the body, the nurse will encourage a doctor evaluation/treatment.
● Chicken pox - Students may return to school when crusts are dry and the child is fever free, usually 7-9 days.
● Pediculosis (Head Lice) - Students with head lice will be referred for treatment. A student may return to school when: (1) there are no active lice in the hair, and (2) proof of treatment has been provided. The student must be checked by the school nurse before returning to the classroom. A second treatment will need to be provided in 2 weeks. The student will be checked again and, if nits are found, student will be sent home. The student must be nit free after 2nd treatment to remain in school.
A RETURN-TO-SCHOOL CLEARANCE NOTE FROM YOUR DOCTOR IS REQUIRED FOR ANY CONTAGIOUS DISEASE, INCLUDING PINK EYE AND RASHES
If you have any questions, please contact your school nurse
5 Valentine's Day Math Activities to Engage and Challenge
To celebrate February and the upcoming Valentine's Day festivities, I've created five Valentine's Day math activities that are sure to engage your students and get them thinking critically about math. Have you ever felt so constrained by your curriculum calendar you feel you can't take time out to celebrate the holidays?
School's Closed - Presidents Day Weekend
Friday, Feb 16, 2024, 12:00 AM
School's Closed - Presidents Day Weekend
Monday, Feb 19, 2024, 12:00 AM
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‘You don’t spell it, you feel it,’ said Pooh.” —A.A. Milne
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Through an engaging, innovative curriculum, we will challenge students to become independent, self-directed learners who are adaptive problem solvers inspired to impact and thrive in an evolving society.
In realizing this vision, we will establish our community as an exemplary leader in education.