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Content for the Elementary School pages contributed by each school. Backpack Connection magazines are published every six weeks during the school year by BP Publishing LLC. The advertisements in this magazine are paid for by the advertisers, which allows this magazine to be distributed free to the families of the elementary students. Unless specifically noted, no advertisers, products or services are endorsed by the publisher, BISD, or NISD, or any districts employees. The publishers (BP PUBLISHING LLC) are not responsible for omissions, errors or misinformation within this publication. All real estate advertised within this publication are subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which make it illegally to advertise any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin or intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination. We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings adverting are available on an equal opportunity basis. Reproductions of this magazine in whole or part without written permission is prohibited.

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Count the Which Wich logos in this issue (including this one!).Submit to: contest@backpackconnection.com by June 1 for a chance to win a $20 gift card to Which Wich. Include name, email, and phone number so we can contact the winner! Correct answers will be placed in a drawing to win. Only one winner will be chosen.

LAST ISSUE’S WINNER Mason Joiner of Cibolo Creek Elementary deserves a big congratulations! He was our Which Wich $10 gift card winner for submitting the correct number of logos in the April issue.

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Summer Lunch Program & Weekend Hearts of Love Bags Each day of the summer, the Boerne Community Coalition (BCC) will deliver lunch to children participating in camps and VBS programs (to-go lunches provided for VBS) provided they are eligible for the program at school. Just mention to the camp during registration that you are interested in daily lunches or contact the BCC at boernecoalition@gmail. com. In addition to daily lunches, we’ll drop off weekend Hearts of Love Bags, filled with packaged breakfast, dairy products, fresh fruit, protein and healthy snacks for the weekend.

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oerne Community Coalition (BCC) along with the Patrick Heath Public Library, are hosting monthly Pop Up Community Dinners for children and families in our community. These meals are the fourth Tuesday of every month at 5:30p.m. and are held in the Community Room at the library. These dinners provide a bountiful meal and an opportunity for families to meet and children to engage with one another. After dinner, Ms. Constance offers storytime for the younger ones and each child has the opportunity to select their very own take home book! All families whose children are eligible to participate on the lunch program in school are invited to attend. Please plan to join us! Each month we have an HEB gift card door prize as well! Other families are welcomed to help with a meal item donation! Please go to www.boernecommunitycoalition.com/volunteer if you’d like to help! And if you are interested in attending the meal and have questions, please contact the BCC at boernecoalition@gmail.com or text 503.927.3820.

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LITTLE SMILES DENTISTRY

By Dr. Stefan Ionescu, Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

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ediatric dentists are essentially the pediatricians of the dental world who limit their practice to the treatment of infants, children and adolescents. Dr. Stefan Ionescu is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist who has undergone a voluntary series of rigorous examinations designed to confirm the knowledge and the skills of the dentist. He has been the owner and primary pediatric dentist at Little Smiles Dentistry since 2016.

Importance of the First Dental Visit The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child visit the dentist as soon as the first tooth comes in or by the first birthday. The primary purpose of this visit is to arm the parent with the information needed to be able to identify risk factors that can be harmful to the teeth and development of the jaws.

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Brushing and Fluoride Fluoride is the single most beneficial component in reducing cavity rates in children. Children who are between six months and two years old should receive no more than a smear or rice grain sized amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush. A sense of independence can develop as early as two years old and children will often times want to brush their teeth themselves. There is no harm in letting your children go through the motions of brushing, but it is important to realize that they may not be removing the plaque sufficiently. When a child is old enough to tie his or her own shoelaces, there is a good chance that they will have the dexterity to do a good job brushing. However, it’s important to watch out for speed brushers! Remember that it takes about two minutes to adequately remove plaque.


Most adults know to brush at least twice a day. The key phrase here is “at least.” Think about how often children eat a meal or snack. Most are grazers in the sense that they snack frequently between meals! Every snack or sip of a sweet drink is feeding the bacteria that cause cavities. It is important to be mindful of not only what your children are eating, but how often they are eating as well.

Xylitol Xylitol is a natural sweetener that has been shown to have anti-cavity properties. It is important to point out that the anti-cavity action of xylitol is not nearly as good as that of fluoride. For those who are strongly opposed to using fluoride toothpaste, a xylitol toothpaste can be used as a less effective alternative. Another benefit of xylitol comes in the form of xylitol chewing gum. Xylitol chewing gum has a mild anti-cavity effect, but it also helps to loosen plaque and large food debris from the teeth as well as stimulate salivary flow. Saliva is one of the best natural protectors against cavities that the body produces. It is loaded with calcium and phosphate which act to buffer or neutralize the acidic environment in the mouth after eating.

Silver Diamine Fluoride Cavities are typically repaired with fillings or crowns and require drilling out the decayed part of the tooth. Some children who are either very young or fearful can have difficulty with such a procedure even with the help of laughing gas or other sedative medications. Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is a non-invasive medication that is painted on the cavity. It is a painless and quick procedure that relieves sensitivity, stops the cavity from growing, and can help to avoid or delay more invasive treatment. SDF is considered to be a treatment, not a cure, because there will still be

a hole that can trap food and plaque and it permanently stains the cavity black. The main benefit of this medication is that it allows time for the very young child to mature enough to tolerate a more esthetic filling, and it allows the fearful child time to develop trust with the dentist while reducing the risk of an infected tooth.

Take Home Message The American diet has changed significantly in the last few decades and there has been a rise in sugar and carbohydrate consumption which affects not only our teeth, but our overall health. Many parents are unaware of the potential for carbohydrates such as Goldfish crackers and cheese puffs to cause cavities. Think about how those foods stick in the deep grooves of the molars and think about how well your child’s teeth are being cleaned. The two factors that you have control over are diet and hygiene. Understand that it is always going to be a work in progress and understand that we are here for you if you need us!

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JUNE - AUGUST, 2018

Mathnasium “Summer Workouts”

Power Math Workouts

summer learning loss, helping students prepare for what

Lower Elementary - Addition/Subtraction Facts (for

lies ahead, and having some fun along the way! For some

students entering 1st -3rd grades)

students, that means a solid review of previous material.

Upper Elementary Math – Multiplication facts (for students

Others benefit from previewing upcoming concepts. Most

entering 3rd-5th grades)

students will get some of both. Summer programs are

Middle School Math (for students entering 5th-7th grades)

available to all currently enrolled Mathnasium members.

Algebra Readiness

18 Visits - Set Curriculum

At Mathnasium, summer programs are all about preventing

Geometry Readiness

Summer Only Memberships

Algebra I Review or Algebra II Prep 12 hour-and-a-half sessions

Here is the opportunity for your child to master lifetime math concepts and skills. Enroll in our regular program or just for summer.

SAT/ACT Math Prep

3 Month Memberships beginning in June

Supplemental Programs

Unlimited Visits

Multiplication Bootcamp

Personal Assessment of Skills

Fun Fridays- Math related games and activities

Customized Learning Plan Multiplication Bootcamp and Fun Fridays included *Regular memberships also available

Summer Instructional Hours

Monday & Wednesday 10am-2pm Tuesday & Thursday 3pm-7pm Friday 10am-12pm

830-331-8414

1430 S Main Suite 107 Boerne, TX 78006 www.mathnasium.com/boerne boerne@mathnasium.com

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