Watkins Word

Parent Edition for Week of January 11-14

Congratulations to Mrs. Wilcox for being chosen as Teacher of the Year for Watkins Elementary

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Science Fair

If your 3rd or 4th grader is participating in the science fair, their projects are due Monday, January 11th. If you have questions, please notify your child's teacher. We can't wait to see the hard work they have put into this year's Science Fair and know that Watkins will represent us well at the District Science Fair with some spectacular projects.

Projects must be here by 8:00 a.m. on January 11th to participate in the judging.

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A note from Nurse Beebe...

As the weather grows colder, more jackets and hats can mean an increase in the exposure to lice. Don't panic! Head lice are not considered a health hazard as they do not spread disease and/or illness. Head lice multiply quickly and can spread from person to person easily (especially in children as they have more head to head contact). Having head lice is not associated with age, sex, race, social class or hygiene.

Head lice among school children is a common frustration. Please check your child’s head frequently for lice. Using a good light source (sunshine works best) check the hair, section by section, especially around the ears, nape of the neck and crown, for live head lice and nits.

If you find live head lice, treat right away with an FDA approved product. These can be purchased at any local pharmacy.

1. Wash all brushes, combs and hair accessories used within the last 3 days in hot water (66°C or 130° F). All items that were in contact with the affected person(s) within the 3 days prior to treatment (i.e. clothing, jackets, hats, linen, pillows, toys) can be washed in hot water and dried in a hot dryer for 15 minutes. Dry clean items that cannot be washed.

2. You may wish to vacuum all carpeting and upholstered items that the affected person has come in contact with (i.e. carpets, sofas, chairs, mattresses, car upholstery). Extensive housecleaning is not necessary as head lice and nits do not live off the head for more than 3 days. Nits are not likely to hatch at room temperature.

You can help prevent head lice by:

• encouraging children to keep their hats and scarves inside coat pockets

• discouraging children from sharing combs, brushes, hats, scarves, hair accessories, or earphones

• tying long hair in ponytails or braids

Wylie ISD follows the recommendations of the Texas Department of State Health Services which can be found at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/lice.shtm. Educating your child about how lice are spread from one child to another may prevent infestation. If you need any additional information, please contact the school clinic. Thank you for your help.

21 Day Challenge

Wylie ISD is participating in the Medical City Children's Hospital 21-Day Snack Challenge. We are also competing against Rockwall ISD to have the most families sign up and participate in the challenge. Briefly, the challenge is to replace unhealthy snacks with healthy ones

Please register for the 21-Day Snack Challenge between January 11 and 24, 2016. The challenge runs between January 25 and February 14, 2016.
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Monday, January 11

Science Fair projects are due no later than 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday, January 12

2:30 Drama Kids and Watch Me Sculpt

2:30-3:30 4th Grade Green Team

2:30-3:30 Wylie Way Ambassadors Meeting

Wednesday, January 13

Happy Birthday Mrs. O'Quinn!

Thursday, January 14

Think College Thursday - Wear your favorite college shirt!

Friday, January 15

2:30 pm: Young Rembrandts Art Class, Engineers Club today


Don't forget that all flyers are now uploaded to Peachjar. You should receive an email when those flyers are posted. If you are not receiving any emails with our school flyers, you probably need to go to "manage preferences" in your Peachjar account and make sure your settings aren't set to "never".