February 1, 2013
As we begin the second half of the school year, I hope this letter finds you and your family well into
the swing of the school year. This winter season has surely provided us with some active weather
events and I am sure there are more to come! Please be reminded that students will be going out
for recess as often as possible. Please ensure that your children come to school prepared with coats,
gloves, scarves, hats, etc.
This season is also one when we find ourselves fighting to remain in good health. With the flu virus all
around us, it is important for us to have some information how we can stay healthy.
To help fight the flu in your household, it is wise for you and your children to get the flu vaccine. As parents, 3
you can help us limit the spread of influenza by teaching the children the following:
· Wash hands often, especially after coughing or sneezing. Washing with soap and hot water
for at least 20 seconds is ideal. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer cleaners are also effective.
· Keep their hands away from their face and avoid touching their mouth, nose or eyes.
· Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of their elbow.
· Stay home when sick.
Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills and fatigue. Some people have
reported diarrhea and vomiting. If a child is exhibiting these symptoms, please call the child’s physician and keep the
child home from school.
Remember: Students are not to return to school until they are fever free for 24hrs WITHOUT fever reducing medication.
As a reminder, we have parent-teacher conferences on Monday, February 4th beginning at 1:15p.m. See you then! Stay warm and healthy!
Michele R. Pillari