Hello KES Families,
Brrrrrr….Happy Friday! I hope you are staying warm and avoiding getting those unpleasant colds and germs that are circulating...especially the flu. Today we had a presentation at Friday Morning Meeting by Nurse Brown on "Colds, Flu, Illnesses and You". She reviewed the signs and symptoms of common colds, influenza, stomach bugs, conjunctivitis, and sore throats. She also reviewed tips on how to stay healthy this cold and flu season and prevent the spread of illnesses to others. If we all do our parts - parents, staff, and students alike - we will hopefully have a much healthier cold and flu season.
There are a few things to remember when deciding if your child is healthy enough to come to school. Please remember that we want to keep all students healthy and we do have some students who are more susceptible to illnesses and complications from illnesses than most, so please consider this in your decision making. As always, use your discretion when sending your child, but please feel free to reach out to Nurse Brown if you have any questions. Here are some general guidelines:
Fever - must be fever free for at least 24 hours (without tylenol or ibuprofen) before returning to school
Conjunctivitis - must be on antibiotic eye drops for at least 24 hours and without eye discharge before returning to school
Strep Throat - must be on antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school
Influenza - in general if diagnosed with flu we recommend being out for 2-3 days and fever free for at least 24 hours. If there is a persistent cough consider longer absence as appropriate.
On a more pleasant note, I have a few good things I want to let you know about. First of all, you may now register children for Pre K and Kindergarten right on the RSU 21 website. Select “Links” at the top of the site and then under “Information” choose “Student Registration.” Three options allow users to register for the current year, the coming year, or to update information for a currently enrolled student. If you have any questions, please call the office at KES at (207) 985-4402.
This coming Thursday (2/1), WMTW (Channel 8) will be here at KES with Weather from Your School. As you may remember from last year, starting at 5:50am, Maine meteorologist Ted McInerney will broadcast the morning weather from in front of KES, and students are invited to come be in the background of his broadcast and possibly be interviewed. Because it is also the day before Groundhogs day, I have heard that we may be having a special guest appearance from Punxsutawney Phil that morning. Punxsutawney Phil will also be with us for our Friday Morning Meeting the next day (2/2), which will be a Spirit Day in honor of the super bowl. Students are invited to wear something representing their favorite (local, professional, or personal) sports team, and we will have a special reading of Flying High 2...a wonderful new chilldren’s book, written by Patriots wide receiver, Julian Edelman.
With my newsletter next week I will attach our first edition of the KES News for this year. Many of our 3rd graders have been working hard with Mrs. Boswell on this publication, and I am sure you will enjoy reading it....you will learn a lot about KES if you do!
Two weeks from today (2/9) we will have our 2nd grade concert, so if you are the parent of a 2nd grader, we hope to see you here!
Also, in case you missed the letter that our PE teacher, Mr. McCarthy, sent home this week about out upcoming Jump Rope for Heart event, I am including another copy here, electronically, for your convenience. Jump Rope for Heart will take place on February 16th and will replace our Friday Morning Meeting that day. Last year KES was one of the 10 highest fundraisers in the state of Maine for this event, so please help our students support the American Heart Association in a big way through this great event again this year.
Registration for the Kennebunk Lacrosse Club is now open. Teams for Kindergarten through 2nd graders, as well as teams for 3rd through 6th graders are beginning to form. Please see the attached flyer for more information on Kennebunk Lacrosse.
And finally, just a reminder that if your child has any special accomplishments that they have earned outside of school, we would love to recognize them, so please send me a quick email and just let me know. Other than that, I hope you stay well, and have a great weekend!
Yours in Education,
Back Pack Program
Jump Rope for Heart