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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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From the Nurse . . .

We would like to remind all parents of the importance of keeping sick children home. Recently we have had many students out with strep throat, a stomach virus, and a few with the FLU. When a student comes to school ill, he/she can spread illness by coughing, touching his/her nose/mouth and then touching objects that other students come in contact with.

Remember that fever is not the only sign of true illness and that fever is usually a late sign of an illness, or an illness that is progressing.

If your child is out sick remember to always send in a note from the medical provider or a parent note.

MISD Health policies are in place to help insure a healthy school where students can learn and grow. Please take a moment to review the exclusions that are listed below.

Guidelines for Returning to School after an Illness

In order to minimize the number of children that are ill, we ask you to please consider the following guidelines when making your decision to let your child attend school or return to school after an illness.

A student with any of the following symptoms must be excluded from school until such time as the student is free from symptoms.

· Temperature of 100.0 degrees or more. Student must be fever free for 24 hours, without medication, before re-entry (Texas Administrative Code)

· Vomiting (not related to a single event such as gagging, positioning, mucus, running after eating, or eating spicy food) Student must be symptom free for 24 hours, without medication before reentry.

· Diarrhea, of two or more loose or watery stools; all student must be diarrhea free for 24 hours without the use of medications before re- entry (Texas Administrative Code).

· Pain and/or swelling at angle of jaw

· Undetermined rash over any part of the body accompanied by fever

· Under diagnosed scaly patches on the body or scalp

· Red, draining eyes

· Intense itching with signs and symptoms of secondary infection

· Open, draining lesions or wounds

· Jaundice

· See McKinney ISD Lice guidelines

· A vaccine preventable illness in question will require a physician's note for re- entry (pertussis, mumps, measles, etc.).

· For any infection, antibiotics must be taken for a minimum of 24 hours prior to re-entry to school.

These guidelines have been designed to give your child adequate time to recover, as well as keep the majority of the students, faculty and staff as healthy as possible.

Hand Washing

Hand washing is one of the easiest and best ways to prevent the spread of disease. Direct contamination of your mucus membranes (eyes, nose and/or mouth) is how many infectious diseases enter your body. So let's work together to decrease the risk of contracting and spreading illnesses by following these three simple rules:

· Wash your hands when they are dirty and before you eat.

· Do not cough or sneeze into your hands (use your sleeve, elbow or shoulder instead).

· Never put fingers in your eyes, nose or mouth. are responsible for keeping yourself healthy!! Be as nice to yourself as you are to others.

Coming Up!

September 19 - 1st-5th Progress Reports go home

September 20 - Bear Buddy Meeting - 7:30AM - all NEW TO BENNETT 1st-5th grade students invited - in the Learning Commons

September 25 - PTO October Newsletter goes home, Drama Kids begins 3-4PM

September 27 - Vision & Hearing Screeners for 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade. If your child wears glasses, please make sure they are wearing them.

September 28 - Friday Live 2:15PM; wear spirit wear or team attire; Parents welcome!

October 18 - Bennett Night at the new stadium

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After School Opportunities . . .

Please check

for updated listings of all options.

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September Staff Birthdays!!!

5 - Helen O'Connell, STC

13 - Pablo, Custodian

14 - Sara Kingsolver, Art

21 - Natalie White, 5th Grade

27 - Lisa Howard, Learning Commons Assistant

Moments with Mrs. Parks . . .

September Character Trait - Respect

Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule; be considerate of the feelings of others.

Manner of the Week:

September 4 - Be sure to make eye contact when talking to adults or other students.

September 10 - Remember to shake hands firmly when meeting someone new.

September 17 - Say "please" when making a request.

September 24 - Use polite words, like "Yes, sir" or "No, Ma'am."

MISD Recess Guidelines . . .

Each month, the Specials Team publishes a newsletter . . .

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2018-2019 Specials Schedule . . .

Visitor Safety Procedures

When visiting the school between 8AM-3PM, please state your full name, student's name, and the purpose of visit to campus as well as show your photo ID to the camera prior to entering the building. Thank you for helping us adhere to this district standard. Please also help us by not allowing anyone in the building behind you.

Bennett 2018-2019 Calendar and Spirit Days

Parent Feedback . . .

We always welcome your feedback. You are welcome to e-mail, call, or schedule a meeting with Mrs. Holderman and Mrs. Constantinescu. This is also a link to provide feedback, appreciations, compliments, concerns, or suggestions as we continue to ensure we are the BEST school in McKinney.

Bennett 2018-2019: One Team, One Dream for the Best Year Ever!