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PTAPipeline Sand Pine Elementary

Volume 12 • Issue 1 • August 2009

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A New School Year! On behalf of the PTA, it is my pleasure to welcome you back to school. We hope everyone had a safe and fun summer!

29040 County Line Rd. Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 Phone: (813) 794-1900 Sick Line: (813) 794-1911

Don’t miss

Wednesday, August 18 Meet Your Teacher Day Friday, August 28 Our first Bingo night/ PTA General Assembly

Let me introduce myself. My name is Peggy D’Alessandro and I am your PTA’s new President. I am looking forward to an exciting year full of educational programs for our children and many fun family events. The PTA has been busy this summer drafting the 2008-09 budget and preparing for the school year ahead. We will again be hosting our popular Bingo nights and Fall Festival amongst many other activities, which you

will find on our calendar inside this newsletter.

I am happy to report that Sand Pine begins this school year with 22 new Netbook Computers which were purchased by PTA this summer. Initiatives like this are made possible by your continued and generous support! The PTA offers many ways in which you can become involved. Please visit our web site regularly (www.sandpinepta. org) and share your ideas with us. Feel free to contact any of the PTA board members with questions or suggestions. We welcome everyone’s input and

Why join the PTA?

Numerous studies have proven that children have more success in school when their parents are involved in their education. Becoming a member of a the PTA is one of the best ways for parents to get involved. Working in the PTA, parents meet the principals, the teachers, and the parents of their children’s friends. By getting the input of others, parents gain greater insight into the school’s strengths and weaknesses.

District School Board of Pasco County 7227 Land O’ Lakes Boulevard Land O’ Lakes, Florida 34638 Heather Fiorentino, Superintendent Allen Altman District 1 Joanne Hurley District 2 Cathi Martin District 3 Kathryn Starkey District 4 Frank Parker District 5

The major advantage of being a PTA member is that you will have a chance to evaluate how to improve your child’s school and to participate in providing the school with much needed resources. You can be certain that your involvement will help your child to achieve greater success in school. As a PTA member, you will have access to a wealth of online parenting resources. A PTA member has options regarding for the level of involvement. Parents can attend meetings, spearhead fundraisers, serve as spokespersons, or become an officer of the PTA board. Thus, even parents with busy schedules can easily find a way to participate.

participation. With your help and active involvement, we can make this a great year for our students! Wednesday, August 19th is Meet Your Teacher Day. School supply packs and this year’s Sand Pine T-shirts will be available in the cafeteria. The first PTA General Assembly and Bingo night will be held on Friday, August 28th at 7 p.m. I look forward to meeting many of you at these upcoming events. Until then, welcome back! —Peggy D’Alessandro 2009-2010 PTA President

Where do PTA dues go?

Your PTA dues do not go to waste! Last year, we raised enough money to purchase LCD projectors for every pod in our school, and 22 netbooks for our classrooms! Other goals we are working on this year are:

• Support the Accelerated Reader Store • Support ABC Families • Fund teacher, staff and volunteer appreciation activities • Support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life • Provide Educational Programs for the students/parents this year • To promote healthy exercise habits with a Walk-a-thon, and contributing to the Candy Cane run.

Please support the PTA by becoming a member with your $5 - $8 membership. This little amount goes a long way!

Introducing the 2009-10 PTA Board Members President Treasurer Secretary 1st VP Vol Coordinator Website

Peggy D’Alessandro Kim Clarke Darlene Basi

Christine Simonelli Dawn Khalil Nicole Fiorilli Website-Spanish Carlos Vera Newsletter Dawn Khalil Philanthropy Lisa Weinstein Membership Mary Burstiner Public Relations Nicole Auman Reflections Mari Blank Historian Photography Nicole Fiorilli Lost-n-found Deb Rottum Dad’s Club Valerie Ryan-Lanza Sports Totes Darlene Basi Legislative Mari Blank Jenn Metz Colleen Moore Kim Clark Jenn Metz Spirit/T-Shirts Jenn Metz Team Party Tiffany Ragsdale Health & Safety Kem Baker Bingo Christine Simonelli Programs Recognitions Val Ryan-Lanza

Ginny Yanson, Principal

We both are excited for the beginning of this year and welcome everyone. Feel free to come by and say hello! It is going to be a great year!”

Where to get information Online Sand Pine’s PTA Website

If you haven’t seen yet, be sure to visit and see all kinds of useful information about Sand Pine Elementary and our PTA. Our PTA site is a useful resource for upcoming events, past activities, and volunteer information and includes many community links. The site is constantly updated with the most recent news, so be sure to bookmark it and check back often! To see activities from previous years, visit our photo gallery page.

Sand Pine School Website

2nd VP Hospitality Fundraising


Staff App School Vol. Co

Catherine McLain Ms. Westbrook

The Pipeline is published six times a year and can be downloaded from our website online at Principal

Ginny Yanson

Assist Principal Todd Cluff PTA President

Peggy D’Alessandro

Editor/Designer Dawn Khalil Next Newsletter deadline: Friday, September 18th

Todd Cluff Assistant Principal

The official school website has information for parents and students alike. Links to school publications and outside resources will help parents. The Student section has links to many educational sites that can help students learn from home. Teacher resources can also be found on the school site. An exciting feature is the school blogs, found on the homepage of the school site. Updated news and information, copies of flyers sent home, and teacher and team websites can be found here. A link to this can also be found on the PTA site under “Teacher Contacts.”

Pasco County School District Website The Pasco County School website has information about our district. Graduation and registration requirements, as well as school bus schedules, and back to school information are just a few things that can be found on this newly designed site.

WELCOME Kindergarten Camp gave some of our new students a chance to see what school is all about. More pictures of Kindergarten Camp can be found in our gallery at A big Sand Pine welcome to all our new students.

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Meet Your Teacher Day is Wednesday, August 19 Come prepared with the following

Be ready with cash or checks for…

†† There are school and district forms that you will be filling out, so come prepared with your child’s social security number, doctors’ information, and emergency contact information.

†† School supply packs will be available for purchase in limited quantities ($18 for K-1; $15 for 2-3; and $25 for 4-5). The supply list can be found online at and inside this newsletter.

†† Know how your child will be going home. This year each child will receive a wrist/identification band indicating how he/she gets home. This wrist/ identification band should be placed on your child’s backpack. If your child does not have a backpack at this time, the band will be placed on his/her wrist. This wrist/ identification band will designate the proper dismissal method (e.g., Bus, Day Care, Car rider, Walker, Bike rider, PLACE, Parent Walk-up/Pick-up). We are asking that you leave this band on your child’s backpack for as long as possible to assist with effective and efficient dismissals.

†† School T-shirts will be on sale in many colors for $7, or 3 for $20 (cash or check payable to SPES-PTA). The form below can be used for future T-shirt purchases. Sorry, no long sleeve shirts this year!

†† Please fill out the Welcome Back to School form inside this newsletter and bring it with you.

†† $12 school fees (cash or check payable to SPES) —If you are paying for anything at SPES with a check, it needs to be a Florida check with your address and phone number on it.

If you are new to our school, be sure to check the information about registration found at

**T-shirts will be available for sale in the cafeteria on Meet Your Teacher Day, this form is for future orders**

Friday is “Spirit Day” at Sand Pine! Show your spirit with a Sand Pine shirt! Shirt colors:

Sizes: Youth: XS, S, M, L


Adult: S, M, L, XL, 2XL


Navy, Pink, Hot Pink, Lime Green, Royal Blue, Red, Black, Gray, Teal, Purple, Maroon, Dark Green, White (with navy)

*3 shirts for $20

Cut and return form to your child’s teacher or the front office. Please make checks payable to “Sand Pine PTA”

# Child’s Name:

Parent’s Name:





Pod: Color



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Our School Year Calendar August 2009 8/19 8/24 8/28

Meet your teacher day First day of 2009-2010 School Year PTA General Assembly/Bingo*

September 2009 9/7 No School 9/8 Fall Pictures 9/9 Brusters Night 9/14-18 Book Fair 9/14 Open house—Angelfish, Manatees, Tree Frogs 9/17 Open house—Dolphins, Panthers, Loggerhead Turtles, Gators 9/22 Progress Reports 9/24 Domino’s Night

November 2009

December 2009

11/11 Veteran’s Day no school 11/12 Market Day pick-up 11/13 Ident-a-kid 11/18 Great American Teach In* 11/19 Domino’s Night 11/16-20 PTA Food Drive* 11/20 PTA General Assembly/Reflections Celebration* 11/23-24 Fire Safety House 11/24 Progress Reports 11/25-27 Thanksgiving Holiday

12/10 Market Day pick-up 12/14-18 PTA Holiday Shop (during school hours)* 12/14-16 Winter Program at Wesley Chapel High’s Performing Arts Center for primary students 12/17 Domino’s Night 12/22 Candy Cane Run* 12/23-31 Winter Break

February 2010

March 2010

2/5 2/9-11 2/15 2/18 2/23 2/25

PTA family event (TBD)* FCAT Writes (4th Grade) President’s Day No School Market Day pick-up Progress Reports Domino’s Night

3/4 Spring Pictures 3/9-10 FCAT/SAT-10 Quiet Campus 3/11-17 FCAT Quiet Campus 3/18 Market Day Pick-up & Brusters Night 3/22 Walk-A-Thon “Go Take a Hike” kick off assembly* 3/24-26 Book Fair 3/25 Domino’s Night 3/26 Field Day*

May 2010 5/3-7 5/6 5/10 5/11 5/21 5/27 5/31

Teacher Appreciation Week School Play Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast Progress Reports PTA Spaghetti Dinner* Domino’s Night Memorial Day — No School

October 2009 10/2

PTA Magician Assembly/ Free Movie Night; Monsters Vs Aliens* 10/2-15 PTA catalog fundraiser 10/7 Walk to School Day 10/8-9 Dads’ Club Lunch/Donuts with Dad* 10/13 Tijuana Flats Night 10/15 Market Day pick-up 10/16 Planning Day/No School 10/23 Fall Festival*/ Report cards 10/26-30 Red Ribbon Week 10/28 Domino’s Night 10/30 Halloween parade

January 2010 1/1-11 1/12 1/15 1/18 1/28

Winter Break Tijuana Flats Night Report Cards Dr. MLK Holiday No School Community Night (SAC)

April 2010 4/1 4/2 4/5-9 4/13 4/16 4/22 4/23

PTA Walk-a-thon* Planning Day / No School Spring Break Tijuana Flats Night Report Cards & Relay For Life at Wiregrass High* Market Day pick-up PTA General Assembly/Bingo Nigh*t

June 2010 6/9

Student’s last day 5th grade clap out

* Volunteer opportunities! These are activities we need parents help. Together, we can make these activities special for our kids.

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Students & Parents — Stay Involved! Opportunities for Students

Opportunities for Parents

Dyan Chitty is in charge of our safety patrols who are 5th graders recommended by their teachers. This important position helps with the morning and afternoon car riders, patrol the bike racks, and are posted throughout the school to keep students from running and pushing. A student must maintain a B or above grade level and an S in all other areas to be in this program. Some members were chosen the end of last year, and the remaining students will be chosen soon after school begins.

By joining the PTA, you are not obligating yourself to anything. With your $5 (single), $8 (family) annual membership, you are simply helping the PTA support our children and school. Although there are no mandatory meetings, we invite members to join us at our general assembly meetings. Don’t be afraid! There are no required volunteer hours, and no obligations, you can be as active as your schedule allows. If you’d like to be more active, consider becoming a PTA Board Member.

Safety Patrol

Student Council Be a student council representative and make a difference in at Sand Pine! Elections will be held in September for two representatives from each class. Those interested, start thinking of your campaign now! Student council will hold monthly meetings, and decide on a worthy cause to work towards this year. School Socials will also be planned by the council. News Crew Fourth and 5th grade students interested in the News Crew should fill out an application at the beginning of the year. The application requires two teacher recommendations and a parent’s signature. We select two anchors, one meteorologist, one sports announcer, one special effects person, and two camera operators. Those selected will be rotated each quarter and will serve with others from their team/pod. For more information, see Mrs. Pope. Winter Concert This year’s winter concert will be performed by the primary students. Primary students will learn their winter program during music class, and will all be invited to perform, and there is no need for audition for the winter program. The performance will take place in December. For more information, see Mrs. Styles Spring School Play Every year, Sand Pine students put on a school play. Last year it was Willy Wonka, and previously, the Wizard of Oz. Auditions are normally held in January which allows several months for students to prepare for the May performance. More information will be coming as 2010 approaches.

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PTA Member

PTA Board Member If you have some time and would like to take a more active role in what goes on with the Sand Pine PTA, please consider taking on a position on the PTA Board. The Board is made up of approximately 25 parents who meet once a month to brainstorm and plan activities to benefit our students and school. There are important positions still available and we need you! Contact Peggy D’Alessandro at for more information. Volunteers Please be sure to register online to be cleared to be a volunteer at the school. There is a link on our PTA homepage at Also, there will be a New Volunteer Orientation sometime in September. Keep an eye out for more information. The School Advisory Council (SAC) SAC is a team of people representing various segments of the community—parents, teachers, students, administrators, business people and other community members who meet once a month. The purpose of a SAC is to assist in the preparation and evaluation of the school improvement plan and to assist the principal with the annual school budget. Parents elect SAC members at the beginning of the school year. If you, or someone you know are interested in becoming a part of the SAC, look for the nomination form in the student’s Back to School Folder. 5th grade parents Committee It’s their last year of elementary school, let’s be sure it’s special! The intermediate teams are looking for parents interested in assisting in organizing the special events for our 5th graders (picnic, fundraisers, etc.). If interested, please contact your 5th grader’s teacher. Tutoring and classroom help Volunteers for classroom help are often needed. Check with your child’s teacher to see how you can assist. For those with an extra half hour a week available, Mrs. Westbrook is often looking for parents or grandparents to help with reading and/or math with students in the classroom during the day. Often all it takes to encourage a young reader is to have someone read with them. If you have any questions, contact Mari Blank or Mrs. Westbrook.

Sand Pine Elementary 2009-2010

School Supply Lists

Welcome to another exciting year at Sand Pine Elementary. Below are lists of minimum supplies for our classes. Each teacher or team may have one or two other requirements that will be shared at the beginning of the school year.

Kindergarten - 1st Grade

Please understand that buying items on these supply lists is completely voluntary. Help is always appreciated, but we recognize that these are difficult economic times and things may be tight for many families. We have tried to prioritize the needs in this year’s supply list. Please do not label supplies with your child’s name.

2nd - 3rd Grade

4th - 5th Grade

Each student needs to bring:

Each student should have:

Each student should have:

3 pocketed folders with prongs (plastic only, please)

8 pocketed folders with prongs (2 of each color; red, blue, yellow and green)

1 1” white three-ring binders with plastic covering (No Trapper Keepers, please!)

12 sharpened pencils with erasers (No mechanical pencils)

2 composition notebooks

3 pocketed folders with prongs (red, blue, and yellow)

2 boxes of 24 crayons

24 pencils with erasers (No mechanical pencils)

1 box of washable markers

1 box of 24 crayons

2 package of regular tabbed dividers

12 glue sticks (Elmer’s brand is preferred)

1 box of washable markers

2 composition notebooks

2 composition books (Primary is preferred but not required)

6 glue sticks

1 pencil box filled with the following items for your child’s personal use:

For ongoing classroom needs, any of the following donated for the class would be appreciated:

For ongoing classroom needs, any of the following donated for the class would be appreciated:

• hand sanitizer

• hand sanitizer

• antibacterial wipes (e.g., Lysol, Clorox)

• antibacterial wipes (e.g., Lysol, Clorox)

• tissues

• baby wipes

• paper towels

• paper towels

• paper plates

• Liquid hand soap

• hand soap

• band-aids (latex-free)

• baby wipes

• tissues

• band-aids (latex-free)

• Ziploc Bags (quart and gallon size)

• Ziploc Bags (quart and gallon size)

• Copy paper

• Xerox paper

• Dry erase markers (e.g., Expo)

• Dry erase markers (e.g., Expo)

• Children’s scissors (Fiskar) • Highlighters • Colored pens for editing

3 packages of wide-ruled notebook paper

24 pencils with erasers (No mechanical pencils) 2 boxes of 16 crayons 1 box of colored pencils 1 box of washable markers 4 glue sticks 1 personal pencil sharpener 1 scissors For ongoing classroom needs, any of the following donated for the class would be appreciated: • antibacterial wipes (e.g., Lysol, Clorox) – BIG NEED • tissues – BIG NEED • hand sanitizer • baby wipes • paper towels • paper cups • band-aids

Please check with your child’s teacher if you would like to assist with any additional class needs

• ziploc bags (quart and gallon size) • copy paper • dry erase marker (e.g., Expo) • highlighters • colored pens for editing • ruler w/ inches and centimeters August 2009 PTA Pipeline | 7

2009 -2010 Sand Pine Super Star Sponsorship Rewards SILVER $100

GOLD $250

PLATINUM Sand Pine Super Stars… brightening the lives of our students $500

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PTA Business Membership

PTA’s encouragement for all of the families of Sand Pine students and faculty to “Support those businesses who support our school.”

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Name listed in ALL newsletters throughout the year Business card sized advertisement in ALL newsletters throughout the year Recognition as a Gold Level “Super Star” at PTA General Assembly Meetings and Bingo Nights

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Our sincere gratitude and the pride of knowing you’re building a kinder world and supporting education for our youth

Business card sized advertisement in the ”Friends of Sand Pine Business Directory” (sent home with all students twice per year and posted on the PTA web site)

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Recognition on the Sand Pine PTA website

1/2 page advertisement in the ”Friends of Sand Pine Business Directory” (sent home with all students twice per year and posted on the PTA web site)

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Large logo on PTA web site with a direct link to your website

Your brochures and cards displayed at one General Assembly or Bingo Event

Opportunity to advertise by putting a coupon/offer on our PTA Perks/Coupon web page Opportunity to include your business card, flyer or brochure in our PTA Partner Packet (Goes home with students Fall 2009)

A “Thank You” to your business listed on the Sand Pine School marquee for 1 week Recognition as a Platinum ”Super Star” at the PTA General Assembly Meetings, Bingo Nights, Dads’ luncheon, Teachers’ luncheon, and all other PTA events

Name of Business:


Contact Name:


Email address:

Web site:



Please select Super Star Sponsorship Level:

 Silver ($100)

 Gold ($250)

Zip:  Platinum ($500)

Please make checks payable to SPES PTA 29040 County Line Road • Wesley Chapel, Fl 33543 • (813) 794-1900 Sand Pine Elementary School PTA (SPES PTA) is a non-profit organization; tax exemption # 85-8012687449C-8 8 | August 2009 PTA Pipeline

Sand Pine Elementary 2009-2010

Welcome Back to School Form To save paper and for your convenience, there is only one form to fill out this year! *Most information will be sent home electronically, so please complete and return this form ASAP. Parent/Guardian Name(s): Student Name:



Student Name:



Student Name:



Student Name:



Home Number:

Cell Phone:


Stay Involved—Volunteer! Many activities and programs have been planned for Sand Pine students and families in the coming year. Everyone—dads, moms, grandparents, etc.— is invited to attend events, get involved, and volunteer! Donating your time and effort (regardless of amount) is of great value to our children and Sand Pine.

Please check any areas below that indicate your interests and availability. Remember to submit your on-line volunteer registration (per district requirements). The link can be found on our PTA website at Thanks for your support!

General Volunteer List: †† Please add my name to this list

Media Center: †† Book Fair †† Assist in Library

Special Events: †† Fall Festival †† Walk-a-thon †† Family Dance †† Dads’ Luncheon †† Bingo †† Holiday Shop (during school day) Annual School Activities: †† Field Day †† Candy Cane Run †† Health & Safety Programs/Red Ribbon Week

Tutoring (Maintain ongoing reading or math sessions with assigned student or small group­—20 minutes 1-2 times per week) †† Parent Buddy Reading Program †† Math Mentors Things to do at home: †† Make signs/posters †† Make copies/flyers †† Help with other projects from home Other: †† Bake or donate food items †† Help with Recycling Program †† Solicit donations from local businesses

Dads’ Club (Dads, step-dads, grandfathers, uncles, older brothers or other male role models) †† Yes I’m interested in the Dads’ Club Name: Email:­ August 2009 PTA Pipeline | 9

PTA Membership

PTA Business Partner

Become A Part of Something That Works: Be a Hero & Join Your PTA!

†† Yes, I would like to become a Business Partner with Sand Pine PTA. Please send me more information.

Membership cost­—only $5 per person or $8 per family! †† Yes I would like to join the PTA.


†† $5 Individual Membership (one adult)

Business Phone: Business Email:


†† $8 Family Membership (two adults)

PTA Board & Committees

Name: Name:

For our records, please indicate your membership category:  Mother

 Father

 Grandparent

 Teacher

 Faculty/Staff

 Other

PTA stands for “Parent Teacher Association.” The PTA helps to plan and coordinate many fun and educational events and programs for the students and their families throughout the year. Would you like to join the PTA Board or a planning committee? Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month. Moms, Dads, Guardians, stay at home parents or parents who work outside of the home… There is a place for everyone on the PTA Board!

Meet Your Teacher Day Check Out Form Quantity


†† Yes, please contact me with more information about joining the PTA Board or a planning committee. Total

PTA Membership Individual




For PTA Use Only

School Supplies K/1






Sand Pine Pride $5

Water Bottle


Sand Pine T-Shirt DEAL! 3 for $20.00

$7 $20

TOTAL DUE *PTA memberships are complimentary with the purchase of school supply packs. 10 | August 2009 PTA Pipeline

Cash: Received By:



Check #:


Stay up to date and visit us often at

3 Thank You 4 Sand Pine PTA Business Partners

If you’d like to become a PTA Superstar and see your business listed here and on our website, contact Darlenne Basi at

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Come and celebrate the joy of movement with us! NOW ENROLLING for 2009-10 Season and Summer Camps! Children: Classical Ballet | Jazz | Hip-Hop | Modern Tap | Acrobatics | Musical Theater Adults: Dance | Pilates | Ballroom | Fitness 5330 Primrose Lake Circle | Tampa, FL 33647 |

813.979.2222 |

Let’s keep Sand Pine students healthy! Did you know that there is an easy way to reduce your chances of getting a cold, the flu, diarrhea, infections, some life threating diseases, and even some other not-so-nice things? By following 3 simple steps, you can help stop the germs that can make you and others sick.

Three Simple Steps to Stay Healthy 1. Wash Your Hands. Proper handwashing is the single most important thing you can do to avoid getting sick or passing on your germs. While we may think we know the facts about handwashing, most of us do not know when or even how to wash our hands correctly. Lets review... When to Wash Your Hands...

How to Wash Your Hands...

„„ Before and after you eat.

„„ WET your hands under warm running water, apply soap.

„„ Before, during, and after preparing food. „„ After touching a pet or cleaning up after them. „„ After using the restroom. „„ After caring for someone who is sick. „„ After changing a diaper. „„ After handling trash and any other potentially germy object or surface. „„ After you cough or sneeze.

„„ RUB your hands with soap under warm running water. „„ SCRUB your hands for a count of twenty seconds (the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday”). Pay special attention to your fingernails. „„ DRY your hands with a paper towel. Turn off the faucet and open the door using a paper towel instead of your clean hands.

If you don’t have access to soap and water, a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be an effective way to help reduce the spread of germs. 12 | August 2009 PTA Pipeline

2. Cover Your Cough or Sneeze.

3. Stay Home When You’re Sick.

Coughing and sneezing, unfortunately, are excellent ways to spread germs. In fact, studies show that the speed of a sneeze is over100 miles per hour and can project out 5000 droplets, containing around 10,000 bacteria, that can be propelled up to a distance of 12 feet. So, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough. If you don’t have a tissue, cough and sneeze into your elbow to help prevent germs from being projected into the air and to keep them off your hands. Remember to wash your hands often!

Home is the best place to be when you’re sick. Employee productivity studies show that three out of four people go to work when they’re contagious. It’s important for all of us to remember how easy it is to spread germs from person to person. Let’s be considerate of others by staying home when we’re sick, getting lots of rest, and not sharing our germs!

See more information about the Swine Flu on our PTA website

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