Principal’s Newsletter – March & April 2018

March/April 2018

Dear Families,

Looking at the school calendar, March and April are busy months, but one of my favorite for two reasons. Daylight savings time (Sunday, March 11th) and spring begins (Tuesday, March 20th). I am looking forward to longer hours of daylight and warmer days!

We look forward to seeing all parents and guardians at Student-Led Conferences on Thursday, March 15th. Students in grades 1-5 will be dismissed at 11:20 am on this day. Kindergarten students will be dismissed at 11:40 am on this day. Please make arrangements to pick up your child early. The NYC Parent Surveys will be distributed at Parent-Teacher Conferences this year. This survey gives the school feedback on what we are doing well and what we still need to make even better. We need to hear from you. Each class that receives 100% survey completion will receive an ICE CREAM PARTY! We encourage all parents to complete these surveys and return them to your child’s teacher as soon as you can.

Deciding when a child is too sick to go to school can be difficult. Please know that good health is more important than a perfect attendance record. In order for your child to be available for learning, and to control communicable diseases in school, it is important to keep your child home for the following reasons:

  • Fever above 100.4 degrees – Your child should be fever free, and off of all fever reducing medication for 24 hours before he or she returns to school. Students returning to school before they are well are more susceptible to illness and may expose others. Please do not give your student medication to treat a fever and then send him or her to school.
  • Sore throat or tonsillitis – A minor sore throat is usually not a problem, but a severe sore throat could be a symptom of a more serious illness. Keep your child home from school and contact your health care provider if your child is diagnosed with Strep Throat, he or she may return to school 24 hours after antibiotic treatment begins.
  • Spots/Rash – Do not send your child to school with a rash until your health care provider has said that it is safe to do so. Children with ringworm, scabies, or impetigo can return to school after 24 hours of appropriate treatment. The affected area should be covered if possible.
  • Bad Cough/Cold Symptoms – Children with bad coughs/colds need to stay home, and possibly see their health care provider. When the cough improves and the child is feeling better they may return to school. It can take well over a week for a bad cough to completely go away.
  • Eye Inflammation or Discharge – If your child’s eye is red with a cloudy or yellow/green drainage; matted eyelids after sleep; eye pain and/or redness, you should keep your child home, and contact your child’s health care provider. If your child is diagnosed with pink eye, he or she may return to school 24 hours after treatment has begun.
  • Vomiting and/or Diarrhea – your child should stay home until the illness is over, and for 24 hours after the last episode (without medication).
  • Ear Pain – Consult with your health care provider. Untreated ear infections can cause problems with hearing loss.
  • Head Lice – Student must be treated with a special preparation for killing head lice (available over-the-counter).
  • Acute Pain – Students that have pain that requires narcotic medication for relief should not attend school.

I want to thank the PTA Board for a successful movie night and Valentine’s Day sale last month. We are excited to have these great fundraisers hosted by the PTA to support the senior activities this year.

Lastly, please be mindful when parking your car around the perimeter of the school. Please do not park in our neighbors’ driveways. We do not want to inconvenience them in any way when trying to leave their home.

Warmest Regards,

Veronica DePaolo

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