Moran Elemenatary News


Principal's Newsletter 12.19.12
Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
Moran Elementary School
Tracy Poduska, Principal
December 19, 2012

Moran School Vision: Moran Elementary School is a small community of learners who
work hard to
Accept differences
Be Responsible, and
Challenge ourselves.
Dear Parents,
Winter Greetings! It sounds like I missed a fantastic holiday performance on Monday night, and was appreciative when Mrs. Ryan sent a video of at least part of it! The tummy bug and head cold has hit the Poduska household L
To all families, have a wonderful holiday and break, and Happy New Year! To the MacIlwraith’s, best wishes on your new adventure in California, we will miss you.
Sincerely,
Tracy, aka “Mrs. P.”

Classroom Configurations
Moran School now has 8 students. Caroline, Niki, and I have worked together to configure the classrooms to best meet the needs of our K-5 students given our small population. We decided we are going to reconfigure the classrooms so that Caroline is teaching our K and 1st grade students, and Niki will teach our 2nd, 4th, and 5th graders. Making this shift will balance the class sizes, and enable the teachers to better plan differentiated and grade-appropriate lessons. If you have any questions regarding this change, please contact me or one of the teachers.

Mid-Year Testing
During January, students will take the DIBELS test (a reading screener assessment) and the MAP test (an achievement test in reading and math). Niki and Caroline will keep you posted on the test dates, so you can help at home by ensuring good sleep and a healthy breakfast. The mid-year assessments are formative, and designed to inform instruction for the 2nd half of the year.

Just a reminder - Illness Guidelines
‘Tis the season for tummy bugs, colds, and flu. Be considerate of others and help reduce the spread of illnesses. These guidelines should be used to help you decide whether or not your child should come to school. We also ask that you:
Keep the school office updated with current phone number and contact information
Make arrangements in advance for home care of your child if he becomes ill at school

Illness Guidelines: When to Keep Your Child Home
* Children with severe cold symptoms should not attend school.
Cold symptoms may include: a constant runny nose, especially with abnormal color or consistency (this is especially important if your child is unable to use a kleenex by him(her)self), nasal or lung/chest congestion, coughing that is constant or persistent, or recurrent sneezing that is not allergy related.

* Do not send a child to school with an abnormal temperature- any temperature over 100 degrees F. Symptoms to watch for might be a flushed face, chills, paleness or skin abnormally warm to the touch. One or all of these symptoms might be present. If in doubt at all, please take your child’s temperature. Please keep an obviously sick child at home. A child with a temperature needs to stay home for at least 24 hours. Remember, if you reduce your child’s fever with medication like Tylenol, your child is STILL ill. Please do not medicate your child and send them to school. Children spread their illness most during the time they have a fever.

* Do not send a child to school that has been vomiting within the last 12 hours.
* Do not send a child to school that has had diarrhea in the last 12 hours.
* Flu symptoms: fever over 100 degrees (usually high) and one or more of the following body aches, sore throat, cough, headache. Do not send your child back to school until he has had no symptoms for at least 24 hours without the use of medications.

Guidelines on keeping your child healthy
* Wash hands using soap and warm water for 15-20 seconds (sing the ABC song once).
Wash before eating, after using the bathroom, after playing outside, after using a tissue.
If you are not where you can wash your hands properly, use hand sanitizer.
* Cover cough /sneeze into your sleeve. If a tissue is used, throw away tissue and wash hands.
* Sleep 8+ hours per night
* Healthy eating habits
* Get flu shots when available.


Upcoming Dates/Activities
Dec. 24 – Jan. 1 Holiday break, dates inclusive
Fri., Jan. 18 Ski lessons begin
Mon., Jan. 21 No School, teacher in-service day

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