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From the Desk of the Principal
I hope you all enjoyed the vacation time with your children. Winter arrived on December 21st and those of us in the Great Northeast know we can anticipate snow and wintery weather at this time of year. We must insure that the children are really prepared to face the winter elements. Please check with your child to make sure that they are dressed to go outside for recess each day. You can always send an extra supply of hats and mittens to school to be kept in cubbies or lockers. Names on clothing and other belongings helps us return lost items. Only students with full gear (coat, snow pants, boots, hat, gloves) may play in the snow or go sledding. We do not have any of these items for borrowing.
Congratulations to our fifth and sixth grade band, orchestra, and chorus for an excellent concert performance on December 12th. I know the students worked very hard, as did Mrs. White, Ms. Berman, Mrs. Holmes, and Ms. Southworth. An extra special thank you goes to Mrs. Kallner, who graciously played the piano to accompany our chorus, as well as the teachers who assisted with organization and support. Be sure to join us for another great treat, the Boght Hills concert in the Spring, in the Shaker High School auditorium.
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Mrs. Acuri, Mrs. Clay , several Shaker High School S.O.S. volunteers, and a host of volunteers for an outstanding Make and Take Craft Fair on December 1st. The students had a wonderful time making gifts for family and friends that will be cherished for a lifetime. Thank you to Mrs. Morrissey for organizing the vendor fair. Some great holiday gifts were available through one-stop shopping.
Our 6th graders, under the direction of Mrs. White and Mrs. Holmes, have been hard at work to perform “Lion King, Jr.”. There will be two evening performances-one on January 24th and the other on January 25th. Both will be performed at 7 pm in our cafeteria. Break a leg, 6th grade!
We really need your help with getting students to school on time and also trying to relieve some traffic congestion. It is very helpful, and safer, if your child rides the school bus each day so they arrive at the appropriate time and do not miss valuable instruction time. If students must be dropped off, please have them arrive between 8:05 and 8:15 in the small circle on the other side of the flag pole. There is no supervision for students arriving before 8:00 so students must wait outside until 8:05. We begin our day at 8:25. Breakfast is served from 8:00-8:15. Please do not drive in the large circle during arrival and dismissal and never park there as this is a fire lane, including after school hours.
What a tremendously generous community we have! The Holiday Giving Program provided gifts for 27 families, serving nearly 78 children. Many area businesses, community groups, staff members, and our PTA raised additional funds to provide gift cards for food and other necessities. What a great opportunity to continue the chain-reaction of kindness and compassion. Many thanks to Mrs. VanSleet, Ms Pickett, Mrs. Nuñez, and their helpers who coordinated the collection and distribution of gifts.
The second annual PTA Health Fair will be held on January 17th from 6:30-8 pm. Come and join the fun fitness activities and learn about other healthy habits. Mark your calendars for “no school” on January 21st for Martin Luther King Day. January 24th is the next PTA Meeting at 6:30 pm.
Best wishes for a healthy, happy New Year!
The Holiday Gift Drive
Mrs. Nuñez, Ms. Pickett and I are very pleased to report that we were able to provide holiday help for 27 families from our school. A total of 78 children received a grand total of 250 gifts this holiday season. Each family also received a gift card to local grocery stores to purchase food for the holidays. We could not have taken on a project of such magnitude without the very generous support of the parents, students and staff at Boght Hills. We feel truly blessed to know such kind and caring individuals.
Health Office News
Reminder to parents regarding medications to be administered in school:
ALL medications (prescription and non-prescription) must be prescribed by a licensed provider. The school nurse must have a written request from the prescriber that indicates the child’s name, drug name, frequency, dosage, date prescribed and prescriber’s signature. A written parental/guardian statement requesting administration of the medication prescribed is needed, also. The pharmacy label does not constitute a written order and cannot be used in lieu of a written order.
The medication needs to be delivered to the school by the PARENT/GUARDIAN in a properly labeled container and original container/package with the student’s name attached. Sending it to school in your child’s backpack/book bag is not acceptable.
These requirements are issued by the state of New York.
Please continue to send in physicals to the health office.
Thanks to everyone who has sent in “gently used” clothing, coats and shoes to the health office! Much appreciated!
Thank you for your cooperation in our effort to keep your children healthy and safe.
The Flu: A Guide for Parents
Keep your kids safe. Get their flu vaccine every year.
Is the flu more serious for kids?
Infants and young children are at greater risk for getting seriously ill from the flu. That’s why the New York State Department of Health recommends that all children 6 months and older get the flu vaccine.
Flu vaccine may save your child’s life.
Most people with the flu are sick for about a week, and then they feel better. But, some people, especially young children, pregnant women, older people, and people with chronic health problems can get very sick. Some can even die. An annual vaccine is the best way to protect your child from the flu. The vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older every year.
What is the flu?
The flu, or influenza, is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs. The flu can spread from person to person.
Who needs the flu vaccine?
- Flu vaccine can be given to children 6 months and older.
- Children younger than 9 years old who get a vaccine for the first time need two doses.
How else can I protect my child?
- Get the flu vaccine yourself.
- Encourage your child’s close contacts to get the flu vaccine, too. This is very important if your child is younger than 5, or if he or she has a chronic health problem such as asthma (breathing disease) or diabetes (high blood sugar levels). Because children under 6 months can’t be vaccinated, they rely on those around them to get an annual flu vaccine.
- Wash your hands often and cover your coughs and sneezes. It’s best to use a tissue and quickly throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. This will prevent the spread of germs.
- Tell your children to:
- Stay away from people who are sick;
- Clean their hands often;
- Keep their hands away from their face; and
- Cover coughs and sneezes to protect others
What are signs of the flu?
The flu comes on suddenly. Most people with the flu feel very tired and have a high fever, headache, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and sore muscles. Some people, especially children, may also have stomach problems and diarrhea. The cough can last two or more weeks.
How does the flu spread?
People who have the flu usually cough, sneeze, and have a runny nose. The droplets in a cough, sneeze, or runny nose contain the flu virus. Other people can get the flu by breathing in these droplets or by getting them in their nose or mouth.
How long can a sick person spread the flu to others?
Most healthy adults may be able to spread the flu from one day before getting sick to up to 5 days after getting sick. This can be longer in children and in people who don’t fight disease as well (people with weaker immune systems).
What should I use to clean hands?
Wash your children’s hands with soap and water. Wash them for as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. If soap and water are not handy, use a hand sanitizer. It should be rubbed into hands until the hands are dry.
What can I do if my child gets sick?
- Make sure your child gets plenty of rest and drinks lots of fluids.
- Talk with your child’s health care provider before giving your child over-the-counter medicine.
- Never give your child or teen aspirin, or medicine that has aspirin in it. It can cause serious problems.
- Call your child’s health care provider if your child develops flu symptoms and is younger than 5 or has a chronic medical condition like asthma, diabetes, or heart or lung disease.
- If you are worried about your child’s illness, call your health care provider.
Can my child go to school or day care with the flu?
No. If your child has the flu, he or she should stay home to rest. This helps avoid giving the flu to other children.
When can my child go back to school or day care after having the flu?
Children with the flu should be isolated in the home, away from other people. They should also stay home until they have no fever without the use of fever-control medicines and they feel well for 24 hours. Remind your child to protect others by covering his or her mouth when coughing or sneezing. You may want to send your child back to school with some tissues, and a hand sanitizer, if allowed by the school.
For more information about the flu, visit health.ny.gov/flu
CYC Before/After School Program Weather Policy
In the event of a school delay, the Before School Program will NOT OPERATE.
In the instance of an early dismissal from school (any time before 2:30 PM), the After School Program WILL NOT OPERATE. Children who would normally attend the program will be bused to their regular stop. Please make sure that your child knows the bus number he/she would take in the afternoon and where their bus stop is located.
Winter Weather Policy
On recess days it is especially important that our students come to school dressed warmly. Except in cases of extreme weather, we make every effort to get the children outside for their playtime. Fresh air is good for them and in order to help your child enjoy this time, they should be dressed appropriately. Hats are especially important – a warm head helps the rest of the body stay warm. Please make sure your child has gloves or mittens and label all clothing with your child’s name and class.
It might be a good idea for children to have a change of clothing in their cubbies or lockers in case they become wet from snow, water, or mud. An extra pair of socks is always appreciated when you have wet, cold feet.
Our rules for snow are very simple. To have full use of the whole playground, students must have boots, snow pants or an extra pair of pants over their clothes. If students do not have boots, they have to remain on the blacktop area of the playground. This practice will be strictly enforced for the health and comfort of our students.
If something is occasionally forgotten, we do have a limited amount of items for borrowing for that day. We will not have enough to share if your child is borrowing every day. If you are in need of these items, please let us know and we will see what we can do to help you out.
Weather Related Delays
All school closures or delays will be announced as NORTH COLONIE CENTRAL SCHOOL, not as Boght Hills School. When a decision is made to close or delay school, an announcement will appear on all major television channels. If you have not signed up for SchoolMessenger on the district webpage, please consider doing so before bad weather occurs. Closing/delay information will be sent to directly to your cell phone or email address. Parents of youngsters attending the CYC after school program are also reminded that if school closes early due to inclement weather, the program will not be in operation. All students who normally attend CYC will follow their predetermined emergency plan. Please be sure your child knows what this plan is, so that there is no confusion during dismissal. Notification of changes to the school schedule will be delivered via SchoolMessenger or the school website. No phone chain calls will be made.