Thank you for taking a few minutes to read through this newsletter to learn more about what is currently happening aboard the USS Ravenwood! Don't forget to friend us and our PTSO on Facebook and check our school website for the most up-to-date information about school events and happenings. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions.
At this time, we are waiting for the district to put our proposal on the agenda for consideration by the School Board as a non-action item, and then as an action item, where they will vote their final decision. In the meantime, we will be doing another survey, hosting a second parent information event, and have information available during Parent/Teacher Conferences. Our PTSO will also be letting you know other ways to help. Please let us know if you have any questions about how you can help us with this initiative. We will alert you as soon as possible of the dates for our proposal to be presented and voted on by the ASD School Board.
School Climate & Connectedness Survey
Please consider healthy options when sending in food items to the classroom. A list of suggested snack choices to consider is available on our website under the Family tab. https://www.asdk12.org/cms/lib/AK02207157/Centricity/Domain/3340/SKM_28720012404180.pdf
Influenza cases are on the rise. I felt this was a great time to go over the signs and symptoms of the Flu, what to do if you should come down with the Flu, and how you can best protect yourself from getting the virus in the first place.
The Flu is spread most commonly when a person who has the flu coughs or sneezes, sending the flu virus into the air. The virus can then enter the nose, throat and lungs of a person and multiply. Although less frequent, the virus can spread when a person touches a surface that is contaminated with the flu virus and touches their mouth, nose or eyes. Flu symptoms come on rapidly and include fever, headache, chills, fatigue, dry cough, sore throat and nasal congestion. Unfortunately, antibiotics will not cure the flu since it is a virus and not a bacterial infection. Symptoms may last for 7-14days.
Rest and drinking plenty of fluids is key to recovery. Symptomatic relief can be aided by the use of acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Advil), cold and cough over the counter medications, and the use of a humidifier in the home. Of course, Nurse Cottle recommends talking with your family doctor before using any medications should you or your child become ill with the flu virus. Please stay home from work or keep your child out of school during the first days of the illness when symptoms are most severe and most contagious. Return to work or school only after symptoms are resolving and no fever has been detected for 24 hours without the use of medications to control fever such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
How can you protect yourself or your family from the Flu? Although no method is 100% effective in preventing the Flu, there are steps to take to decrease your risk.
*Annual Flu Vaccination- Talk with your medical provider- I vaccinated
just over 200 students and staff in October of this year @Ravenwood.
*Cough and Sneeze into your sleeve- inside of elbow
*Avoid sharing drinks, water bottles and eating utensils
*HAND WASHING- simple, easy and very effective
You may also have been hearing a lot about the Coronavirus on the news. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses whose effects range from causing the common cold to triggering much more serious diseases, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome. Symptoms can be mild but in some cases can cause severe respiratory illness and death. Although, no vaccine is available at this time, preventative measures mentioned above are the best practice to prevent the spread of this viral strain. No cases of Coronavirus have been seen in Alaska yet. Alaska Health Department is keeping us up to date on this developing viral outbreak and we have been given guidelines on how to monitor and treat potential individuals in the school setting, who may have been exposed through travel or exposed family members.
Please call me with any concerns or questions at 742-3254. Let’s beat this “bug” this Flu season =)
Jennifer Cottle, BSN, RN, NCSN
Raven's Nest School Store - Open Fridays, from 8:50-9:00, in front of the office.
Upcoming Service Project- Student Council is proud to participate in Chains of Caring again! They plan to sell chain links the week of Feb 18-21, and then a team of representatives will take a section of our school chain to the Linking Ceremony at Providence Alaska Medical Center on February 28. All proceeds from the chain links will go directly to The Children’s Hospital at Providence.
Student Council Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 8:15. Upcoming meeting dates:
Feb. 12 and 26
Apr 1, 15, and 29
Thank you for your help keeping students outfitted in all their winter gear - hat, coat, snow pants, gloves and boots! We want them warm enough to safely enjoy our longer recess and outdoor PE classes. Remember, we go outside up to -10 degrees!
Next PTSO meeting: February 5th, in the HeArt Room, at 6:00p
Students are invited to cuddle up in PJs, with their blanket and stuffy, Friday, Feb. 7, to watch the movie Abominable! Doors open at 5:30pm to get your food, the movie will start at 6pm. Pizza, drinks, candy, and popcorn will be sold. Pre-order forms for whole pizzas went home with students and are due by Wednesday, Feb. 5th, with checks made payable to Ravenwood PTSO. Concessions will be sold at Movie Night.
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2nd Grade Hundreds Day Project and January Birthday Celebration
Feb. 7 – Popcorn Day
Feb. 7 - PTSO Family Movie Night, 5:30 gym doors open/6:00 movie starts
Feb. 8 – Eagle River Area JNYO hosted at Ravenwood
Feb. 11 – Young People’s Concert Field Trip, Gr 4-6
Feb. 12-13 – Book Fair in the library
Feb. 12-13 – Parent/Teacher Conferences, Early Release for students at 12:30p
Feb. 14 – No School for Students/ Inservice Day
Feb. 15 – Tech Ed Camp at Begich, 8a – 5p
Feb. 17 – No School/President’s Day
Feb. 18 – 21 – S.C. Chains of Caring for Providence Children’s Hospital
Feb. 19 – Ravenwood Spelling Bee
Mar. 4 – STEAMNight/Science Fair, 6-7:30p
Mar. 5 – Popcorn Day
Mar. 6 – End of 3rd Qtr/ No School for Students
Mar. 9-13 – Spring Break
Thank you to our School Business Partners!!
2019-2020 ASD School Board
President, STARR MARSETT
Vice-President, ALISHA HILDE
Treasurer, ELISA VAKALIS
Clerk, MARGO BELLAMY
Seat C, DAVE DONLEY
Seat D, ANDY HOLLEMAN
Seat F, DEENA MITCHELL
DR. DEENA BISHOP, SUPERINTENDENT