November 17, 2019
At Highcroft, we help learners grow in a safe, caring community where ALL are valued and supported to become leaders.
- 17: Family Fun Day, Mod Pizza, Ellisville, 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
- 20: Late Start, School begins at 11:05 am
- 20: Spirit Day - Color Day - see details below
- 21: PSO Meeting, 7:00 pm
- 25: Hearing Screening for Kdg, 3rd & 5th graders and new students
- 26: Adopt-A-Family unwrapped gifts due
- November 27 - December 1: No School, Thanksgiving
- 4: 3rd Grade Strings Open House, Ms. Fortmann, 10:20 am
- 4: 3rd Grade Strings Open House, Ms. Galanti, 10:50 am
- 5: 3rd Grade Field Trip to Busch Stadium, 9:15 am - 1:00 pm
- 11: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 pm, 471 N. Woods Mill Road
- 12: All Read, 3:25 pm - 3:45 pm
- 12: PSO Meeting, 7:00 pm
- 16: 5th Grade Field Trip to JA Biztown, 9:15 am - 2:00 pm
- 17: Country Western Day
- 20: Winter Parties, 9:45 am - 10:30 am
- 20: Half Day AM, school dismisses at 1:05 pm
- Dec 21, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020: Winter Break
Stu Cabe, a former teacher who specializes in developing a positive school climate and culture, spoke to our 4th and 5th graders at Central Middle on Tuesday. Mr. Cabe related bullying behavior to elephant behavior in an animal refuge. When the big elephants weren't around, the little elephants bullied the white rhinos. The wildlife rescuers hoped that if they brought the big elephants to the little elephants, the little elephants would model the behavior of the big elephant. Their thinking was correct: when the big elephants joined, the little elephants protected the white rhino. Students relate to such powerful messages. It is with these messages and coaching that we can make a significant impact on our students' lives. Click Here For a Version of Stu Cabe's Message
Progress reports will be available on the morning of Friday, November 22nd. You will receive an email with links and directions on how you can access your child's progress report.
November's Acts of Kindness Calendar Created By The 3rd-5th Kindness Leaders
Our belief at Highcroft is that students should experience predominantly positive interactions (ratio of 4 positives for every negative) in all locations of school. This is research based and a commitment of our staff building wide.
This month we have been going into classrooms and doing compliment circles. We are coaching students through giving meaningful, specific compliments to each other. An important piece of a meaningful compliment is our body language. We encourage students to give eye contact and full attention. Below are some examples of compliment starters you can practice at home.
Mrs. Hubert, BSN, RN, School Nurse
Welcome the crazy days of November!
It is getting to that time of year when all our little friends are starting to share illnesses. I do hope that everyone has found time to get their FLU SHOT. There is still time to get the vaccine to help prevent you and your loved ones from getting Influenza or at least decrease the severity of how sick you could become.
We have seen an increase in strep, stomach bugs and many viral illnesses. Good hand washing is one of the most important things you can do to prevent the spread of these illnesses.
For the health and safety of all our students and staff the following guidelines exist:
- When your child has had a fever of 100.0 or greater they need to stay home for at least 24 hours from the last time their fever was above 100.0 without the use of any Tylenol or ibuprofen.
- If your child has had vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours they need to stay home for at least 24 hours from the last time they vomited or had an episode of diarrhea.
- If they have an undiagnosed rash that is accompanied by fever or itching they need to stay home until they have been diagnosed or deemed not to be contagious.
- If they have a sore throat, fever and/or swollen glands in the neck they should be evaluated by their physician. If it is determined they have strep, they will need to be on antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school. Remember to get them a new toothbrush after being on antibiotics for 24 hours as well.
- We encourage you to seek medical attention when your child is sick and to follow your health care provider's recommendations about returning to school and other social activities. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Medications at School
All medications administered at school require parent and physician authorization, this includes cough drops. Only FDA approved medications will be administered during the school day. If your child needs to take medication at school, including over-the-counter medications, here are some important rules and policies to follow:
1. Medications must be brought to school by the parent or another responsible adult in the original container.
2. All medication is to be taken to the nurse’s office for secured, locked storage.
3. Prescription medications must be in a prescription-labeled container, the label stating the child’s name, current date, medication name, and directions for administration.
4. Over-the-counter medications must be in their original containers.
5. Parent permission forms must accompany any kind of medication.
6. Physician permission also must accompany over-the-counter medications given for longer than 5 days and any prescription medication to be given.
7. All left-over medication stored in the school health office must be picked up from the school nurse by the parent or legal guardian at the end of the school year. No medications will be sent home with students.
Forms can be found on the Parkway Website under Health Services or I also have them in my office.
And last but most important, please remember to dress your students in long pants and long sleeves on these cold days. Always remember they should wear socks everyday, and have warm coats, hats and gloves. When it is safe weather-wise to go outside, they need to be dressed appropriately. Also remember they need to have tennis shoes with them at all times for PE and indoor recess, as this can happen on a daily basis.
Kindergarten continues to work on physical education rules and procedures. These students also participated in some fun exercise stations that helped with their muscular strength, coordination, and cardiovascular endurance. We are excited to be working on their overhand throwing skills and look forward to some Thanksgiving games. Students also had health lessons on nutrition and will play scooter games involving food and “My Plate” guidelines. Next month, students will learn different dances for Country Western Day and how to juggle.
1st & 2nd Grade: Students continue to work on their coordination and muscular strength. Halloween exercise stations kept them busy during the last couple weeks of October. As we transitioned into November, students continued to work on their cardiovascular endurance both on the track and in the gymnasium. Students will begin playing Thanksgiving games, relay races, and “Set Your Table” scooter games during the next couple of weeks. Next month, students will learn different dances for Country Western Day and how to juggle.
3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade: Students continue to work on their cardiovascular and muscular endurance. These students will be goal setting and working on improving their muscular strength over the upcoming winter months. Students also continue working on their overhand throwing. Football activities will be introduced during this month. Students will also be playing the “Set Your Table” scooter relay race before going on Thanksgiving break. Next month, students will learn different dances for Country Western Day and how to juggle.
After Thanksgiving Break, students will no longer need to bring their jackets to PE class. All students will be inside during their scheduled PE time until returning from Spring Break.
Also, all students will be preparing for their Country Western Day scheduled for 12/17/19. During scheduled PE times, students will be performing folk, square, and line dances for parents and family members in the gymnasium. Please attend if you can.
New Online Payment System
Parents will soon have access to a new online payment system, a convenient way to view and pay selected school fees, without the hassle of writing a check or paying with cash. The new online payment system is accessible through Infinite Campus. Learn more.
The new online payment system will allow you to:
- View and pay school fees including activities fees, field trips, parking passes, school clothing, athletic fees, etc. This does not include lunch balance payments, which will still be processed through MySchoolBucks.
- Make one payment for all your children at the same time.
- View payment history.
- View and complete selected school forms.
- Pay on a computer or from your mobile device.
There is a 2.5 percent convenience fee for credit card use. There is a 10-cent fee for ACH payments (echecks) and funds will come directly out of checking or savings account.
There are no new accounts to create and you access the online payment system through Infinite Campus. Log in, go to ‘More’ and then click ‘Online Payments’.
For questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.