Weather has made installing the disc golf baskets difficult, but tomorrow looks good! We would really appreciate volunteers tomorrow at 10am to help install a few baskets at Marlboro School. Please come if you can. Thank you!
Note from Wayne
Reminder: Basketball Season: The basketball season has started! There is still time to sign up. For grades 3-6, games will start after the Winter Break. JH games are currently begin scheduled and the schedule will be released soon.
JH Practice until 4:45
3-6 Practice until 4:45
JH Practice until 4:45
3-6 Practice until 4:00
Preschool and Kindergarten can find the registration form here: https://www.twinvalleyyouthsports.com/. Practices and games will start this Saturday and anyone is able to participate after registering.
Marlboro School Winter Bazaar 2018!
Date: December 15, 2018
Location: COMMUNITY CENTER
- Junior High Bake Sale
- Wreath Sale (order form linked below)
- Cards & Calendars from Everyone’s books will be for sale.
- An arts & crafts table
- Gingerbread House competition & fundraiser for Vt Foodbank
What a nice way to start Saturday with a scone, cup of coffee and a Wreath at the Community Center.
Have a great weekend, Wayne
A Note from our School Nurse, Sara
Did you know…..?
- Children need healthy snacks for energy, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, and to help them grow, learn and be active.
- Healthy students are better able to pay attention in class and do their best school work.
- Consuming food dyes has been associated with hyperactivity and lack of focus.
Our kids need filling, nutritious snacks that will give them steady energy and focus! Whole foods are the best option. A good guideline to follow when choosing foods for healthy snacks is to choose foods and beverages that are minimally processed. Of course, food manufacturer’s lure our kids with bright colors, favorite characters and high levels of addicting sugar so our kids will want to keep coming back for more. And they lure us parents with their convenience. However, foods that are highly processed and high in sugar cause irritability, lethargy, lack of focus and an energy crash and unsatisfied tummies soon after consuming, for kids and adults.
Here are some guidelines when choosing snacks for school.
- Mix it up! Choose foods from at least two of the food groups. For example a protein and a fruit, or a whole grain and a vegetable.
- Include fruits and vegetables. It’s hard for kids to eat enough of these unless you serve them at snack time in addition to meals.
- Aim for about 150-200 calories per snack time. This will satisfy the appetite without overdoing it.
- Watch the saturated fat, salt, and sugar content. Try to pick foods that are low in all of these most of the time.
- Steer clear of trans fat. Trans fat is very common in processed foods. Read the ingredients to avoid purchasing anything with partially hydrogenated oil.
- And even foods considered healthy, such as yogurt can have a lot of added sugar. Kids should be eating less than 25g of added sugar per day. Read nutrition labels! You might be surprised how much sugar they are really eating.
- The more our kids and us are exposed to healthy foods low in salt, sugar and saturated fats, the more our taste buds change, making healthier foods taste better and more rewarding.
Try These Snack Ideas!
- Baby carrots and low sugar yogurt
- Cucumbers and a mozzarella cheese stick
- Applesauce and whole grain crackers
- Hard-boiled egg and sliced bell pepper
- Hummus and baked whole grain crackers
- Dry low-sugar cereal (cheerios) and an apple
- A banana and some raw or dry roasted almonds
- Whole grain rice cake with peanut butter
- Dried fruit and nuts
Thanks for helping your kids be healthy and successful
Sara Sherritt, RN
When to keep your child home from school
- Use the 24 hour rule! Did they have a fever? Were they vomiting or having diarrhea? Rash with sick symptoms? Your child is fine to return to school when they have been symptom free and/or fever free (without fever reducing medications) for 24 hours. Read below for more details.
- Frequent, high quality hand washing is the #1 most effective way to prevent infection! High quality means wetting hands and using enough soap to create white bubbles on all parts of your hands and wrists, using vigorous friction with the soap for at least 20 seconds, and continuing to use friction when you rinse. Use paper towels to turn off water faucets and open doors in public places.
Does your child have a fever? Keep him/her home with a temperature of 100.0 or above. He/she may return to school when he/she has been at least 24 hours fever free without the use of Tylenol/Ibuprofen or other fever reducing medication. Fever is a symptom of illness, not an actual diagnosis, and usually indicates that the body is battling an infection. If the fever does not resolve in 2 to 3 days, or if your child appears sick with any fever, call your doctor to have your child evaluated.
Do you think your child has a contagious illness? Unless a doctor has cleared him/her to return to school, keep him/her home to avoid spreading it. If your child appears really sick, keep your child home and arrange an evaluation by your doctor that day. Call your doctor’s office for advice if you are not sure about your child’s condition or have questions about whether your child should stay home from school. Physicians have an answering service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So even after hours, you will be able to reach someone for assistance. If you can’t get through to your doctor and you are really concerned, either call 911 or bring your child to the nearest emergency room for evaluation. See below for some examples of contagious illnesses.
If your child complains of not feeling well but otherwise has no definite symptoms, he/she can likely attend school. The school will call you if something more develops. Be sure to contact your pediatrician if the complaints persist or other more definite sick symptoms develop. The effect on a family with a sick child is enormous – home, work and school lives are all impacted and often at the least convenient times! To complicate matters, it can be difficult deciding when to keep a child home and when to send them to school, as usual. It is helpful to have a plan developed for someone to be available to care for your child in the event they are sent home from school or need to stay home. Be sure to update your emergency phone numbers when there are changes. Please keep in mind that the school nurse cannot, by law, diagnose or treat any illnesses or injuries (beyond first aid) and will refer you to your primary care physician.
Sickness is a part of childhood. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the typical child has 6 to 12 illnesses a year ranging from mild to severe. Illnesses can occur throughout the year, but usually cluster in the winter. These illnesses can spread throughout classrooms affecting other students, teachers, and family members. Families and schools need to balance the child’s school attendance with the risk of spreading the illness to others in the school.
Many illnesses can be stopped before they spread by reminding everyone to practice frequent hand washing, blowing noses into tissues, covering mouths when coughing or sneezing.
Highly contagious agents: May include but are not limited to the following:
Strep throat: signs include: sore throat, fever, swollen glands, abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing. He/she should be evaluated by a doctor before returning to school. Call your child’s school and ask if strep throat is going around; if so, have your child tested. A child with a diagnosis of strep throat needs to stay out of school until they have had two doses of an appropriate antibiotic.
Pink eye (conjunctivitis): needs to be treated by a doctor. Children should stay home from school for the first 24 hours after treatment begins. Symptoms of pinkeye include eye redness, irritation, swelling, itching or burning, light sensitivity, drainage, or overnight crusting of eyelashes.
Rashes: not sure if it is contagious? When in doubt, keep them home until a doctor has determined the cause. Many rashes will resolve spontaneously and are not reason alone to keep a child home from school. Any rash associated with symptoms such as trouble breathing or swallowing, fever, or ill appearance, should be evaluated by your physician. Rashes that are itchy or scaly may be contagious and should be evaluated before sending a child back to school.
- Impetigo: Skin rash caused by a bacterial infection which is often found around the nose, mouth and face. It is noted to have a yellow crusty appearance. Children may return to school 24 hours after treatment begins.
- Chicken pox: May return to school once lesions have dried and scabbed over.
Vomiting/diarrhea: May return if both have resolved for 24 hours and child is tolerating food.
- Diarrhea is often the result of infection, food poisoning, or a side effect to medications like antibiotics. Keep children home until stools are formed and your doctor gives the okay. Make sure your sick child stays well-hydrated. Diarrhea that is bloody or associated with fever, abdominal pain, or vomiting should be evaluated by your doctor.
- Vomiting is another way for the body to rid itself of the germs making it sick, and is usually caused by a stomach virus or stomach infection.
Severe cough: Cold symptoms such as frequent cough or greenish nasal drainage throughout the day should keep kids home from school. A serious cough could be a sign of contagious conditions like whooping cough, viral bronchitis, or croup. It can also be a sign of asthma or allergies. Please consult your doctor if the cough is productive (has phlegm) or is associated with fever or trouble breathing.
Mild cold or respiratory symptoms are no reason to keep children at home so long as their nasal drainage is clear and their cough is mild. Green/yellow nasal discharge can occur in mild colds, usually in the morning, and often gives way to clear drainage throughout the day. Cough alone may not prevent your child from attending school unless it is interfering with a child’s sleep or ability to participate in school activities. Encourage fluids, plenty of rest, and treat the symptoms as needed to keep your child comfortable.
Wishing good health!
Sara Sherritt, RN
Calendar of Events
Dec 06 School Board Meet 6:30pm
Dec 19 Winter Concert at Whittemore Theater 6pm, Snow Date 12/20
Dec 20 School Board Building Sub Committee Meeting 6:30 pm
Dec 24- Jan 01 SCHOOL CLOSED
Jan 02 School Resumes
Jan 07 First Session of Winter Sports