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J A N U A R Y

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Edison Language Academy – Together Through Two Languages (310) 828-0335 www.edison.smmusd.org

ANNOUNCEMENTS

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK: STAYING HEALTHY IN COLD AND FLU SEASON

DRESSING TO STAY DRY ON RAINY DAYS – Ideally, during rainy weather, children should wear rain boots, waterproof slickers/jackets with hoods, and bring an umbrella. The kids have to move around the campus during the day and just tennis shoes, jeans and sweatshirts tend to get wet and stay wet – all day. If you have rain gear that your child has outgrown, please consider donating those items to the school. We’d also appreciate any donations of umbrellas to our classrooms. If providing rain gear is difficult on your family’s budget, please talk to Yoly Gutierrez and let us see how we might be able to help. LOST AND FOUND – Last call to visit the Edison Lost and Found and claim lost items. Whatever is still there by January 15 will either be donated to charity or added to the Edison emergency clothes stash. VALENTINES DANCE -- Please join us in getting ready for the Valentine’s Dance on February 12. There are lots of fun and important ways to be involved. Contact Jan Chantarasompoth, VP of Special Events, at jchantara@gmail.com or leave a note in the Valentine's Dance mailbox (in the mail room) with your contact information. We’re also looking for raffle prizes if you (or a business you frequent) can donate a service, a gift card or a prize item for our Valentine's raffle, contact Victor Komlos vkomlos@gmail.com.

ASSESSING STUDENT PROGRESS – As the semester draws to a close, teachers are assessing student progress in a variety of ways. Many classes will have a substitute or two during January as teachers conduct the 1:1 assessments that tell us how each child is reading. We’re planning carefully to keep out of the classroom time to a minimum but periodic assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning. Progress reports will be coming home in early February. If you worked out an Academic Improvement Plan with your child’s teacher during the fall conferences, it is time to check in with your child’s teacher and see how it’s going.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

Cold and flu season is here! The average child will get colds six to eight times a year – making them feel miserable and sometimes causing them to miss school (and making parents miss work). Here are a few tips to get through this season as healthy as possible. Colds and flu are caused by viruses – a type of germ that infects cells and makes us ill. Common culprits are: 1) head colds (rhinoviruses) -- viruses that infect the nose and give us runny and stuffy noses; 2) stomach flu (enteroviruses)—viruses that infect our gastrointestinal tract, causing sore throat, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea; and; 3) the flu (influenza virus) – the best of the above viruses, plus fever and chills! There are no medicines we can take to kill the viruses that cause colds and flu. We have to rely on our immune systems to protect us and try to avoid getting infected in the first place. Experts generally agree that these three steps are best way to prevent infection from these viruses: 1. Wash your hands! Lather up with soap and warm water for 20 seconds (sing “Happy Birthday” twice to mark the time). Then rinse and dry hands well. Wash after going to the bathroom, before eating, after coming in from outside, after using a tissue, and when the hands look dirty. If soap and water aren't available, use hand sanitizer instead. 2. Don’t share food, cups or utensils! You’re also sharing germs and people are often contagious before they start coughing or sniffling. 3. Cough into your arm. Teach your child to cough or sneeze into the inside of his or her elbow. It’s an excellent way of keeping germs off the hands where they are more easily spread. Other things that help prevent infection include keeping immunizations up to date and asking your child’s health care provider if a flu vaccine is a good idea. And, make sure your children are giving their bodies the resources they need to keep their immune systems strong – especially good food and good sleep. Sleep is important for immune function, with young school-age children needing 10-11 hours of sleep per night with “tweens” needing 9-10 hours per night. Children with fever should stay home from school until the fever has subsided (we usually say fever free for 24 hours) and he or she is feeling better. A mild cough and/or sniffles may persist for several days. It’s okay to go back to school as long as your child is generally feeling back to his/her usual self. So that’s it: wash your hands, don’t share food or drink, sneeze into your elbow, get your shots, make good food and sleep a priority, and if someone does get sick, stay home to rest and get better. (Publications from Dr Akiko Hall (Pediatrician at PacMed’s Canyon Park clinic location) and Denver pediatrician Jerry Rubin, MD, co-author of Naturally Healthy Kids were consulted in writing this article)

January 18 MLK Jr. HOLIDAY No Classes

January 20 PTA Association Meeting 8:30-9:30 am

January 27 Parent Education Workshop, Room 208

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