February 16, 2020
At Highcroft, we help learners grow in a safe, caring community where ALL are valued and supported to become leaders.
- 17: No School, Presidents' Day
- 17: Website opens for Conference sign-up, 8:00 am
- 18 - 21: Highcroft's Science Fair
- 18 - 25: Food Drive for Parkway's Food Pantry
- 19: 4th Grade Field Trip to Powell Hall, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
- 19: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 pm, 471 N. Woods Mill Road
- 20: 3rd Grade Field Trip to St. Louis Area Food Bank, 9:15 am - 12:30 pm
- 20: All Read, 3:25 pm - 3:45 pm
- 20: Family Fun Night - Panera, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- 26: Late Start, School begins at 11:05 am
- 27: PSO Meeting, 7:00 pm
- 2 - 6: Parent-Teacher Conferences
- 5: Special Olympics - Basketball at West High
- 5: Parent-Teacher Conference Night, 4:15 pm - 8:15 pm
- 6: STEM FEST at Southwest Middle, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- 7: STEM FEST at Southwest Middle, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- 11: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 pm, 471 N. Woods Mill Road
- 12: All Read, 3:25 pm - 3:45 pm
- 13: Talent Share
- 14 - 22: Spring Break
- 25: Late Start, School begins at 11:05 am
- 26: PSO Meeting, 7:00 pm
Highcroft's Spring Conference Night is Thursday, March 5th, from 4:15-8:15 pm. We will once again use MyConferenceTime, an online platform, to schedule conference meetings. This system will allow you to schedule your conference with your student’s teacher without having to send in any forms.
There are a few easy steps to register for your conference. If you have one child at Highcroft Ridge:
- Go to myconferencetime.com/highcroftridge
- Click your child’s teacher from the list of teachers.
- Choose your preferred conference time from the list of available conferences and click “Sign Up” under your preferred time.
- Fill in all required information and any necessary optional information and click “Sign Up for Your Conference.” Please be assured that all information is submitted securely and will only be used by the school for confirmation purposes. It will not be available to outside sources.
- You will receive a confirmation email confirming your conference time.
If you have multiple students at Highcroft please click “Register for Multiple Conferences,” then follow the steps to enter the information for each child. You will then be presented with the schedules for multiple teachers to compare.
The website will open for signups at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, February 17th. Please be aware that this system is set up in a way that everyone will have the same priority in scheduling. If you have a need for a specific time, it will be important that you schedule as soon as possible once the window opens to ensure the availability of conference times.
If you do not have access to a computer or have difficulty scheduling, please contact Sherry Heyse at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 314-415-6406.
Celebrating Black History Month
February's Acts of Kindness Calendar Created By The 3rd-5th Kindness Leaders
Nurse Hubert, BSN, RN
With our current weather, it’s hard to believe that soon we will be seeing seasonal allergy symptoms! Seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever or seasonal allergic rhinitis, are allergy symptoms that occur during certain times of the year, usually when outdoor molds release their spores, or trees, grasses and weeds release tiny pollen particles into the air.
The immune systems of people who are allergic to mold spores or pollen treat these particles (called allergens) as invaders and release chemicals, including histamine, into the bloodstream to defend against them. It’s the release of these chemicals that causes allergy symptoms.
Tree pollination begins in February and lasts through May, grass pollination from May to June, and weeds from August through October. People with these allergies are more likely to have increased symptoms during those times of the year. St. Louis is known to have high mold counts. Mold spores tend to peak midsummer through the fall.
Seasonal allergies can start at almost any time, but they usually develop by 10 years of age and reach their peak in the early twenties, with symptoms often disappearing later in adulthood.
You may wonder, does my child have a cold or an allergy?
Colds are caused by viruses, while seasonal allergies are immune system responses triggered by exposure to an allergen. Treatment of a common cold may include rest, pain relievers and over-the-counter cold remedies, such as decongestants. Treatment of seasonal allergies may include over-the-counter or prescription oral antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays and decongestants, antihistamine eye drops and avoidance of exposure to allergens where possible.
Treatment for seasonal allergies:
There is no real cure for seasonal allergies, but it is possible to relieve symptoms. Start by reducing or eliminating exposure to allergens. During allergy season, keep windows closed, use air conditioning if possible and change your air filter often.
At school we are keeping windows closed and reminding students to wash their hands and not touch their faces after coming in from outside. In the nurse’s office, I can rinse eyes if necessary with water and give a cold wet towel or ice pack to place on the eyes for comfort. If a child is having an extreme reaction they may stay inside, but this needs to be a temporary solution. A child may stay in for no more than 1-2 days with a note from the parent. If the child must stay inside for a longer time period, we will need a note from the doctor. It is important for children to have time to run and play outside.
If reducing exposure to allergens isn’t possible or is ineffective, medicines can help ease allergy symptoms. There are many non-drowsy antihistamines, nasal sprays and eye drops available as a prescription and over the counter. Many of these medicines can be taken at home once a day.
** In order to reduce the severity of allergy symptoms in a person with known seasonal allergies, it helps to start the medication on a daily basis before pollination starts. This is much more effective in controlling symptoms than taking the medicine on an as needed basis.
Please talk to your physician about what would be best for your child and remember that a consent form from the parent and a physician’s order is needed to give medications at school. The doctor can fax the order to me at 314-415-6419.
Be assured that I will call you if allergy/asthma symptoms are severe. A parent can always bring in medication and administer it to their child if needed.
Kindergarten students have been busy working on their basketball skills, engaging in fitness activities during exercise stations, and continuing to work on their agility. Next month, these students will be working on striking and throwing different objects in a variety of different techniques. Kindergarten just finished their 4 Lesson Unit on Friendship presented by the NCADA.
First grade students have been busy working on their basketball unit. Next month, these student will begin a unit involving different lessons on striking skills with their hands and continue to work on overhand throwing and striking skills. First grade students completed their 4 Lesson Unit presented by NCADA.
Second graders have been busy learning basketball skills. These students will continue to work on their fitness and cardiovascular endurance. Next month, these students will begin a unit involving different lessons on striking skills and games utilizing nets. Second Grade students completed their 4 Lesson Unit presented by NCADA.
Third graders have just finished their basketball unit. They will continue to work on their overall fitness levels and continue with their exercise stations. Next month, these students will begin their volleyball and hockey units. Third Grade Students completed their 4 Lesson Unit presented by NCADA.
Fourth and Fifth grade students just finished their basketball unit. They will continue to work on their overall fitness levels and continue with their exercise stations. Next month, these students will begin their volleyball and hockey units. Fifth Grade Students completed their 4 Lesson Unit presented by NCADA.
This month students in Kindergarten - Grade 5 had the opportunity to hear presentations from Jewish Family & Children’s Services. The Kindergarten - Grade 2 topic was Safe Touch. The objective of this presentation was to provide information at age appropriate levels to make children aware of the concepts of safe touch vs. inappropriate touch.
The grade levels 3-5 topic discussed Safe Surf. The objective of these presentations was to learn appropriate ways to use the Internet, areas of the Internet that may be harmful, and what to do if they experience something dangerous online.
During the last week in February Highcroft will celebrate our Abilities Awareness Week. Each grade level will have a speaker to present on different topics. We are so excited for our kick-off assembly with Lauren Murphy of Murphy’s Don’t Quit. Lauren has remained resilient and strong after a traumatic brain injury. Her story is amazing and inspiring. Check her out on https://murphysdontquit.com/. You are welcome to join our all school assembly on Monday, February 24th at 3:00.