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THINGS TO KNOW:
*SPRING BREAK is right around the corner. With that comes the end of the third nine weeks. Please help your student stay engaged and finish strong. Over Spring Break, we encourage students to continue reading. Work with them on creative places and things to read to keep their excitement alive!
* EARLY RELEASE - March 8 is early release at 12:10 p.m. Make sure your child has arrangements for the afternoon. YMCA will have after school care this day.
* PTO CHOCOLATE SALES - PTO Chocolate bar sales will kick off on Thursday, February 21. Sales of chocolate bars will run from Friday, February 22 - Friday, March 8. Money from sales will be due on that Friday since the following week is Spring Break.
* KINDERGARTEN FIELD TRIP TO 7 ACRE WOODS - Kindergarten students will be participating in a field trip to 7 Acre Woods on March 6. Please make sure you have completed the permission slip for them to attend.
*SPRING CREEK BBQ NIGHT - PTO will be having Spring Creek BBQ night on March 19. Please join us at Spring Creek, treat your family to a great dinner and support our PTO.
*SPRING FLING PICTURES - Will be the Friday, March 22. Students will have their picture taken and a proof will be sent home for ordering. This picture is not prepaid.
*CHANGE OF TRANSPORTATION/PICK UP EARLY - If you have a need to change your child's transportation, the best option is to send a note to the teacher the day of the change. If it is an emergency and you need to change during the day, the cut off for that change to be effective is 2:30 p.m. If you need to pick up your child early, you will need to be in the front office no later than 2:45 p.m.
*YEARBOOK ORDERS - Yearbooks are now currently selling for $26 each. They can be purchased at the link below.
IMPORTANCE OF DAILY ATTENDANCE
*By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a students will drop out of high school.
*Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student's academic performance. That's just two days a month and that's known as a chronic absence.
*When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.
STARTLING FACTS YET SO TRUE! PLEASE HELP YOUR CHILD BUILD GOOD HABITS AND INCREASE SUCCESS BY HAVING THEM AT SCHOOL DAILY!
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Spring Break Safety Tips
Spring break is a great time for the family to get away from the cold, dark days of winter and have some fun in the sun. Keep your family safe while on your trip by following these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Sun Safety for Babies
· Babies under 6 months of age should be kept out of direct sunlight. Move your baby to the shade under a tree, umbrella or stroller canopy. Dress babies in lightweight clothing that covers the arms and legs, and use brimmed hats.
· It is okay to apply a small amount of sunscreen on infants under 6 months if there is no way to avoid the sun. Remember it takes 30 minutes to be effective.
Sun Safety for Kids
· Select clothes made of tightly woven fabrics. Cotton clothing is both cool and protective.
· Try to find a wide-brimmed hat that can shade the cheeks, chin, ears and back of the neck. Sunglasses with ultraviolet (UV) protection are also a good idea for protecting your child's eyes.
· Apply sunscreen to areas of your child's skin that aren't covered by clothing. Before applying, test the sunscreen on your child's back for an allergic reaction. Apply carefully around the eyes, avoiding eyelids. If a rash develops, talk with your pediatrician.
· If your child gets sunburn that results in blistering, pain or fever, contact your pediatrician.
Sun Safety for the Family
· The sun's rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Try to keep out of the sun during those hours.
· The sun's damaging UV rays can bounce back from sand, snow or concrete; so be particularly careful of these areas.
· Wear commercially available sun-protective clothing, like swim shirts.
· Most of the sun's rays can come through the clouds on an overcast day; so use sun protection even on cloudy days.
· When choosing a sunscreen, look for the words "broad-spectrum" on the label - it means that the sunscreen will protect against both ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA) rays. Choose a water-resistant sunscreen and reapply every two hours or after swimming, sweating or towel drying. You may want to select a sunscreen that does not contain the ingredient oxybenzone, a sunscreen chemical that may have hormonal properties.
· Zinc oxide, a very effective sunscreen, can be used as extra protection on the nose, cheeks, top of the ears and on the shoulders.
· Use a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. The additional benefits of using sunscreen with SPF 50+ are limited.
· Rub sunscreen in well, making sure to cover all exposed areas, especially the face, nose, ears, feet and hands, and even the backs of the knees.
· Put on sunscreen 30 minutes before going outdoors - it needs time to work on the skin.
· Sunscreens should be used for sun protection and not as a reason to stay in the sun longer.
Tanning salon dangers
· Many teens and young women go to tanning salons. The UV radiation from tanning salons raises a person's risk of developing skin cancer, including melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Tanning salons are not safe. Teens and others should not use tanning salons.
· The AAP supports legislation prohibiting access to tanning salons or use of artificial tanning devices by children under 18 years of age.
Pool and Beach Tips
· Children and adults should never swim alone.
· Provide touch supervision. This means that an adult is within arm's reach anytime your young child is in or near water.
· Be aware that pools and beaches in other countries may not have lifeguards, and pools may have unsafe drain systems. Supervise children closely.
· At the beach, stay within the designated swimming area and ideally within the visibility of a lifeguard
· Be aware of rip currents. If you should get caught in one, don't try to swim against it. Swim parallel to shore until clear of the current.
· Seek shelter in case of storm. Get out of the water. Get off the beach in case of lightning.
· Watch out for traffic – some beaches allow cars.
©American Academy of Pediatrics 2/16
- See more at: https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/pages/Spring-Break-Safety-Tips.aspx?nfstatus=401&nftoken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000&nfstatusdescription=ERROR%3a+No+local+token#sthash.rdmmdqcO.dpuf
CAR RIDER LINE - REMINDER OF THE PROCESS
AFTERNOON NOTES - Remember that you must enter the car rider line from Oak Ridge School Road instead of our driveway.
REMINDER - Don't forget when you are in the car rider line, it is against the law to be on your cell phone. (Not to mention that it is dangerous to our staff and students who are on duty.)
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
STAAR Writing 4th grade - April 9
Kinder Round Up - April 15 - 26
ExplOREtorium Night - April 25
School holidays - April 19 & 22
Teacher & Nurse Appreciation Week - May 6 - 10
STAAR Math 3rd & 4th - May 13
STAAR Reading 3rd & 4th - May 14
Fun Day - May 24
Memorial Day Holiday - May 27
Kindergarten Graduation - May 28 @ 9:00 a.m.
Fourth Grade Graduation - May 29 @ 9:00 a.m.
Last day of school - May 30 - Early release day
CHOCOLATE SALES - Money for all chocolate sales must be turned in by Friday, March 8 for it to count toward prizes.
March 19 - Spring Creek BBQ Night
PTO MEETING - March 21 @ 9:30 a.m. in the Teachers' Lounge.
DON'T FORGET THESE SIMPLE WAYS TO GIVE BACK TO OUR PTO...
If you need assistance with breakfast or lunch, free/reduced applications can be located at the link below. Mrs. Vera, our registrar, can assist you in completing this form should you need assistance.
DATES TO KNOW:
8 - Chocolate Sales End and money is due!
8 - Early Release/End of third nine weeks
11-15 - Spring Break
19 - Spring Creek BBQ Night
21 - PTO Meeting @ 9:30 in the lounge
22 - Spring Fling Pictures