January brought us some indoor recess time, we continue to try and get outside when the weather is warm enough and the ground is safe for play/walking. We do hope to get the students out as much as possible so please ensure they come dressed in layers to allow for time outside if appropriate. The general rule of thumb is temperatures 32 degrees or below (including wind chill) will keep us indoor. The ground coverage with snow will also impact our availability to go outside.
We had a Lockdown Drill with the County Police present. The students and staff handled this unannounced drill well. We strive to keep our students safe and thank all of our visitors for following the safety rules needed.
Our 3rd Annual National Puzzle Day was a success. We had an enjoyable day working through various puzzles. Our Grades 3-5 had time in the APR trying to solve two challenges and building domino mazes, playing Battle Ship and other puzzle games. We had other classrooms set up with jigsaw puzzles, logic puzzles, word puzzles and puzzles on the computers.
February ~ Report Cards will be distributed on February 7th. Kindergarten registration will be occurring the week of February 6 – 9. A child, who will be five years old on or before December 1, 2017, is eligible to attend kindergarten in the District. The registration packet and a list of required documentation are available at the individual school buildings or on the Lakeland Central School District's website at http://www.lakelandschools.org/district.cfm?subpage=25326. Registration packets must be completed and returned the day you register your child. Please note that the parent/guardian of the child MUST come in personally to register their child on the days and times listed above.
Our Fourth Grade will be meeting with Mrs. Cooper and reviewing an empowerment program. This program aims to develop an awareness of our strengths and weaknesses. The students work on how they can advocate making their learning environment a positive place and knowing what they need to be successful is important as they grow. Some of our fifth grade students will have a review session with Mrs. Cooper as well.
February 6th – 10th is Starts with Hello Week. The goal is to create a culture of connectedness for students with their school. At L-T we will have a week of different activities and reminders to our students to be inclusive, work on understanding we are all different but we can be the same.
Character Education ~ Theme for February is Friendship. We will celebrate this theme all month, but our kick off assembly is on Friday.
PTA Updates ~ The L-T PTA Players just completed a successful version of Beauty and the Beast, Jr. We enjoyed the production and seeing the lively actors. Congratulations to all our cast members on a beautiful job!
NYS Assessments ~ Our NYS ELA and Math Assessments for Grades 3-5 will be given the week of March 27th – March 31 (ELA) and May 1 – May 5 (Math). Our Fourth Grade takes a Science Performance and Written Exam in May and June.
News from the Nurse
Reminders! Please send your children to school properly dressed. It is best you send your children dressed in layers. The temperature varies in the building from room to room. If dressed in layers your children will be prepared. Weather permitting the children will participate in outdoor recess. Send them with hats and scarves and warm jackets. Label all clothing!
What are the symptoms of the flu? The flu usually starts suddenly and may include these symptoms:
Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle or body aches
Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adult
* It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever. If your child shows any symptoms of illness: temperature over 100° and flu-like symptoms (see above), please keep him/her home. Notify your health care provider if there is no improvement.
Children may not return to school unless:
They are fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT medication for fever
They have not vomited for 24 hours
During school, if your child is ill and/or found to have flu like symptoms, parents/guardians will be called to pick up the student. Please have updated contact numbers on file. Emergency contacts should be local and available to pick up students promptly. When parents call to report an absence, please identify the illness your child is experiencing including symptoms. Absences should be called in daily.
Lice- Children should be checked periodically at home and call the Health Office if head lice are found. Call your health care provider for best treatment.
Note to Fifth Grade Parent & Guardians: New York State Law Section 2164 requires certain immunizations (shots) to enter 6th grade. Please check with your health care provider as soon as possible to make sure that your child has all the needed immunizations for 6th grade.
The requirements include: 2 doses of Varicella (chickenpox) & Tdap: Known as: Boostrix® or Adacel (Ten year olds entering 6th grade do not need Tdap vaccine. They will need to receive it once they turn 11) Please forward any updated immunization records to the Health Office. Always make copy of your health records.
Please feel free to call me with any questions or concerns. Keep me informed of any upcoming surgery or changes in health or medication status.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Let’s keep our hearts healthy don’t forget to eat right and exercise!!