Cougar Tracks

January 2019

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Welcome Back Healthy Habits for Children

Here are some healthy habits to keep in mind as students return to school. These will help them succeed in school and be ready to be successful

  • Sleep- The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has issued sleep guidelines that apply to most children. Grade school-aged children (ages 6-12) generally need about 9-12 hours of sleep at night to be at their best during the day. Having a set bed-time every day that allows enough sleep can help children have healthier immune systems, do better in school and have better memory, behavior, and mental health. In contrast, research shows that when children are sleep deprived, they can be more irritable, have difficulty concentrating, and suffer more headaches and depression (Healthychildren.org).
  • Send Your Child to School Ready to Learn- A nutritious breakfast fuels up kids and gets them ready for the day. In general, kids who eat breakfast have more energy and do better in school. Kids who eat breakfast also are less likely to be absent, and make fewer trips to the school nurse with stomach complaints related to hunger. You can help boost your child's attention span, concentration, and memory by providing breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fiber, and protein, as well as low in added sugar. Kelly Creek offers free breakfast to all .
  • Take attendance seriously- It's important that kids arrive at school on time every day, because having to catch up with class work and homework can be stressful and interfere with learning. Sometimes students want to stay home from school because of problems with classmates, assignments or grades, or even teachers. This can result in real symptoms, like headaches or stomachaches. If you think there's a problem at school, talk with your child — and then perhaps with the teacher — to find out more about what's causing the anxiety. The school counselor or school psychologist also might be able to help. Also try to avoid late bedtimes, which can result in tardy and tired students. A consistent sleep schedule also can help students (kidshealth.org).
  • Support Homework Expectations- Homework in grade school reinforces and extends classroom learning and helps kids practice important study skills. It also helps them develop a sense of responsibility and a work ethic that will benefit them beyond the classroom.
  • Make Time to Talk About School- It's usually easy to talk with elementary students about what's going on in class and the latest news at school. You probably know what books your child is reading and are familiar with the math being worked on. But parents can get busy and forget to ask the simple questions, which can have an effect on children's success at school. Make time to talk to your child every day, so he or she knows that what goes on at school is important to you. When kids know parents are interested in their academic lives, they'll take school seriously as well. Because communication is a two-way street, the way you talk and listen to your child can influence how well your child listens and responds. It's important to listen carefully, make eye contact, and avoid multitasking while you talk. Be sure to ask questions that go beyond "yes" or "no" answers. Besides during family meals, good times to talk include car trips (though eye contact isn't needed here, of course), walking the dog, preparing meals, or standing in line at a store. These early years of schooling are an important time for parents to be informed and supportive about their child's education and to set the stage for children to develop and grow as young learners.

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School Schedule Reminders

As we welcome students back from winter break we wanted to remind you of our school schedule.


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8:35 a.m. - 3:05p.m.

Wednesday LATE START 9:35a.m. - 3:05p.m.


Below is a link of our school Calendar. Please note on Monday January 20th Martin Luther King/NO SCHOOL and Friday January 24th Curriculum & Instruction/ NO SCHOOL.

https://www.gresham.k12.or.us/cms/lib/OR02216641/Centricity/Domain/10/Sp%20ES%2019-20.pdf


If students are being picked up from school early please pick them up by 2:45p.m. After 2:45p.m. parents/guardians will be asked to wait for their student until dismissal. For transportation changes please contact the office before 2:30p.m. to allow us to get message to teachers and students in time for dismissal.


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Al darles la bienvenida a los estudiantes después de las vacaciones de invierno, queríamos recordarles nuestro horario escolar.


Lunes, Martes, Jueves y Viernes de 8:35a.m. a 3:05 p.m.

Miércoles INICIO TARDE 9:35a.m.- 3:05p.m.


A continuación hay un enlace de nuestro calendario escolar. Tenga en cuenta el lunes 20 de enero día de Martin Luther King/ NO HAY CLASE y el viernes 24 de enero día de currículo e instrucción/ NO HAY CLASE.

https://www.gresham.k12.or.us/cms/lib/OR02216641/Centricity/Domain/10/Sp%20ES%2019-20.pdf


Si los estudiantes son recogidos de la escuela temprano recójalos antes de las 2:45. Después de las 2:45 se pedirá a los padres/tutores que esperen a su estudiante hasta la salida. Para cambios en el transporte, comuníquese con la oficina antes de las 2:30 p.m. para permitirnos enviar mensajes a los maestros y estudiantes a tiempo para la salida.

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Letter from Multnomah Education Service District

Dear Parents/Guardians


Currently there is a high of colds, flu, and other common illnesses being reported in our community. These seasonal viruses can affect both children and adults.


Please take a few moments to go over the following information with your child:


  • Do not share food, drinks, or personal items.
  • Cover your cough, wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands after recess or gym, before eating or preparing food, after using the restroom, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.



Hand washing is the most effective way to keep germs from entering our bodies. To wash your hands effectively use plenty of soap and water; scrub the palms of hands, fingernails, around wrists, between fingers, and under rings for 30 seconds. Rinse well and dry hands after washing.


You will be asked to take your child home if there is:


  • A new or sudden onset of a rash, or unusual marks on the skin, with or without a fever.
  • Skin lesions or sores that are "weepy" or draining, and cannot be covered with a bandage.
  • A fever of 100.5 degrees or higher
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea


Most illnesses are short lived without complications. However more serious conditions may develop. If you have any concerns about your child's health please contact your health care provider. If you need information about health insurance please contact your school nurse or call 503-257-1732.


Students may return to school after they have been without fever or vomiting or diarrhea for at least 24 hours, without the use fever reducing, or other medication to relieve symptoms.



Department of Health and Social Services Multnomah Education Service District CDHH/Parent Letter 01/2013 G / HSS / Forms / Communicable Disease


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Estimados padres o tutores


En este momento están siendo reportadas una gran cantidad de resfriados, gripes, y otras enfermedades comunes en nuestra comunidad. Estos virus de temporada pueden afectar tanto a niños como adultos.


Tómese el tiempo para revisar la siguiente información con su hijo:



  • No comparta comida, bebidas, u objetos personales.
  • Cúrase la boca al toser, lávese las manos.
  • Al toser o estornudar cúbrase con la articulación el codo o con un pañuelo y después lávese las manos.
  • Lávese las manos después del recreo o gimnasia, antes de comer o preparar comida, luego de usar el baño, soplarse la nariz, toser o estornudar.


El lavado de manos el método más efectivo para evitar que los gérmenes entren en nuestros cuerpos. Para en lavado efectivo de manos use mucha agua y jabón; refriegue las palmas de las manos, las uñas, alrededor de las muñecas, entre los dedos y debajo de los anillos por 30 segundos. Enjuague bien y seque las manos después del lavado.


Se le pedirá que se lleve a su hijo a su hogar si le sucede algo de lo siguiente:



  • Un nuevo o repentino comienzo de sarpullido o marcas inusuales en la piel, con o sin fiebre.
  • Lesiones o llagas en la piel que sean "húmedas " o que drenen, y que no se puedan cubrir con una venda.
  • Fiebre de 100.5 grado o más.
  • Vómitos .
  • Diarrea.


Sin complicaciones, la mayoría de las enfermedades son de corta duración. Sin embargo, se pueden desarrollar condiciones más severas. Si tiene alguna preocupación sobre la salud de su hijo contacte a su proveedor de salud. Si necesita información sobre seguro de salud contáctese con la enfermera de la escuela o llame al 503-257-1732.

Los estudiantes pueden volver a la escuela después de estar sin fiebre o vómitos o diarrea por al menos 24 horas, sin haber usado anti febriles o medicamentos para aliviar los síntomas.

Department of Health and Social Services Multnomah Education Service District CDHH/Parent Letter 01/2013 G / HSS / Forms / Communicable Disease

Save the Date: Upcoming Events

January 6th students return from Winter Break

No School- Monday January 20th Martin Luther King and Friday January 24th Curriculum & Instruction


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Guarde la fecha/ próximos eventos

6 de enero los estudiantes regresan de las vacaciones de invierno

NO HAY CLASE- lunes 20 de enero día de Martin Luther King y viernes 24 de enero día de currículo e instrucción

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