The Eagle’s Landing

December 17, 2021

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

On behalf of the Ivy Hill staff, we'd like to wish each and every one of you a very happy and safe winter break! We will look forward to welcoming the students back on January 4th, 2022!


Scott & Aska

Recognize an Ivy Hill Staff Member

Our teachers and staff strive to be an example for our students on a daily basis. If you would like to recognize a staff member for his/her efforts, click on the bar above, complete the form & we will pass on the good news to them. Thank you!

Important Dates

December and January

12/20-1/4/2022 - Winter Break - ENJOY!

1/3 - Staff Only

1/4 - Students Return

1/12- Pre Registration for 2022-2023 Kindergarten Opens

1/17 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

HOLIDAY LIGHTS RECYCLE DRIVE

The PTA will be collecting your old holiday lights from December 6th - January 6th. There will be boxes set up in the foyer as well as in the school. If you have lights that don't work anymore, bring them to Ivy Hill to be recycled!

OUTDOOR WINTER RECESS GUIDELINES

It is our goal here at Ivy Hill to get our students outside for recess as much as possible. Sometimes however, Mother Nature does not cooperate! Here are our guidelines for Winter Outdoor Recess:


  • Students MUST wear snow pants, coat, boots, hat and gloves to be able to play in the snow.
  • Students that do not have snow gear can play on the blacktop area and playground.
  • Students may not throw snow or ice!
  • Students will have Indoor Recess when temperatures are at or below 0 degrees with the wind chill.
  • Most families find it easiest to put all snow gear into a large, plastic shopping bag so that the kids can keep it all together and change when needed. Again, please put your child's name on all outer wear!

  • Please talk to you kids about our snow guidelines and make sure they have their snow gear each day!

KINDERGARTEN PRE - REGISTRATION 2022-2023

Pre Registration for our Kindergarten 2022-2023 program will open on January 12th! If you have a child that will be eligible for our program, please pre register them once the site is active. If you know of anyone in our community that would be interested in this information, please let them know.

THANK YOU TO MUSIC FOR YOUTH

As the students entered the school on Thursday morning, they were met with beautiful holiday music from our Music for Youth participants led by Grethen Grube. It was a real treat!
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A WORD FROM OUR SCHOOL NURSE, MRS. HEIN

Dear Parents,


Winter is the time of year when we notice sporadic cases of lice in the school community. Please read this information about lice.


What are head lice?

Head lice are small wingless insects (about the size of a sesame seed) that live on the human scalp and in the hair. There is evidence that lice have been present since the beginning of mankind!

Lice move by crawling; they can't fly, hop or jump. They can fall off the head and will then die within 48 hours. An adult female may lay up to 8 nits (eggs) per day which are glued so strongly to hair shafts that only fingernails or a specially designed 'nit' comb will remove them (normal brushing or washing won't remove nits). Once laid, it takes 6-9 days for a nit to hatch, and another 7-10 days for the female to mature and begin laying her own eggs.


Who is at risk for getting head lice?

Anyone who comes in close contact (especially head-to-head) with someone who already has head lice can be at risk. Head lice may be acquired from contact with an infested person’s clothing (such as hats, scarves, coats) or other personal items (such as brushes, towels, fabric sports helmets). This contact occurs most often at sleepovers, camps, sports, or other activities. Current research indicates that schools are often not the environment where the transmission is most likely to occur. Head lice can also be transferred from person to person via coats, furry stuffed animals, fabric covered seats, pillows, carpets, and bedding which has been used by an infested person. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.


What should parents look for?

Head lice are clear in color when hatched and can appear gray, tan or reddish brown in color after feeding. They have six legs. They are hard to see, move quickly, and avoid light.

Nits are head lice eggs. They are very small, about the size of a knot in thread. They are firmly attached to the hair shaft. Although they may look like dandruff, they cannot be removed by flicking them with the finger. Nits are oval and usually yellow to white but can look brown as the louse matures inside the egg. Eggs are usually located within ¼ inch of the scalp. The casings without live lice remain on the hair shaft. Care should be taken to examine the scalp at the nape of the neck and behind the ears.


What are the symptoms of head lice infestation?

Some symptoms of lice infestation include: a tickling feeling in the hair, itching caused by a reaction to the bites; irritability, sores on the head due to scratching (which can sometimes become infected), or a rash behind the ears and on the neck below the hairline. However, it should be noted that head lice infestation could occur without any symptoms.


How are head lice discovered?

An infestation is discovered by looking closely through the hair and scalp for nits and/or lice. The discovery of lice may be made by a parent, school nurse, or other medical provider.


How are head lice treated?

Head lice can be treated via a variety of methods, including: medicated shampoo, oral prescription medication, and comb-outs. If using a medicated shampoo, product directions must be followed exactly. Most lice shampoos recommend a second treatment in 7-10 days. Do not use lice shampoo more often than recommended by the manufacturer unless directed to do so by your doctor. If you have questions about which treatment method is most appropriate for your child, please consult with your physician. Personal items, such as towels, clothing, and bedding need to be cleaned using high heat (130 degrees), dry cleaning, or storage in an airtight bag for at least two weeks. To rid hair brushes, combs, barrettes, and other hair ornaments of lice, soak them in hot water [at least 130°F (54°C)] for 5 to 10 minutes, soak them in isopropyl alcohol, or wash them with a shampoo that is used to treat head lice. Furniture and carpets should be vacuumed. Lice sprays and regular shampoos are not recommended.


What can parents do to prevent their families from getting head lice?

Check your children routinely for head lice as it aids in early detection. Use a bright light and look closely. Use a special lice comb to detect nits. Avoid sharing hair care items, clothing, hats, towels and bedding. Avoid throwing jackets and hats in a pile at group activities. Using medicated shampoos without the presence of lice or nits will not prevent a person from becoming infested.


Can my pets get head lice?

No, head lice are a human condition.


What do the schools do when there is a reported infestation in the schools?

Although it is unpleasant, the occurrence of head lice is not uncommon throughout the country. If there is a reported case of head lice, the schools follow the approved administrative procedures based on the most current, research-based information. It is important that instructional time be protected. If an infestation is verified, the infested student may not return to school until treatment has been completed. Parents are given information about the steps to follow. The school nurse follows-up with that student and the treatment plan.

It is not best practice for the school nurse to examine the infected student’s classroom or school, or notify parents regarding cases of head lice. Student and family privacy is protected. We encourage parents whose children who have a case of lice to inform the parents of children their child has had close contact or is in their circle of friends.


Please call your school nurse if you suspect that your child has lice or if you would like further information. All exchanges will be kept confidential.

SHIELD Testing Reminders

As a reminder, throughout the school year, you can always enroll your child in or unenroll your child from the SHIELD testing process. Please click the links below and fill out the form if you would like to enroll or unenroll your child.


Enroll my child into SHEILD testing

Unenroll my child from SHIELD testing

PLEASE LET THE OFFICE KNOW OF ABSENCES AND EARLY DISMISSALS!

The office holds the official attendance log for our students. Please let them know when your child will be absent, leaving early or arriving late. You can call or email anytime! Even if you let your child's teacher know....LET THE OFFICE KNOW TOO!


It's Easy to Report an Absence! Available 24 hours a day!


1. Call the school at 847-398-4275, press "1" OR

2. Use this link to record your child's attendance online


Please leave a specific reason for your child's absence.


When taking your child home for lunch or picking them up early please use this QR code. Just hover your camera app over the code.

PLEASE PUT YOUR CHILD'S NAME ON THEIR LUNCHBOX!

Your student can order a hot lunch or choose to take a bag with milk that also contains a fruit, vegetable, and grain. Click here for our district menu.


As a reminder, lunch is free this school year for all District 25 students.


PTA COMMITTEE MEMBERS NEEDED: Interested in heading a PTA committee next year? Please click here.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: We need parent volunteers! If you haven't had a chance to complete this PTA Volunteer Form, please do!

Join ABC/25 TODAY!

There is still time to join the ABC/25 Foundation! The ABC/25 Foundation provides powerful grants that schools can earn which can benefit all students. Over the past 24 years, the Foundation has raised and contributed over one million dollars to fund numerous projects and grants for District 25 students and teachers.

The link to join is: JOIN ABC/25.

The cost is $25 for staff members and $40 for families to join.

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