Monday, January 16, 2017

Week of January 16th, 2017

Back in the Blogging Saddle!

If feels good to be back to blogging about the happenings at McKenzie. Other school work and life events had kept me from having the time to sit down and write up something quality each week. It is my goal to finish out the year by making communicating with you all through this blog and investigating other avenues of communication a priority! 

Thank You for Your Flexibility and Patience!

This Winter's weather has caused a great deal of chaos across our state and a few headaches in our District. Thank you all for your flexibility and patience with this years snow cancellations, delayed starts and snow routes. Student safety is our focus when deciding to differ from our usual routines due to inclement weather and road conditions. Know that we are working on expanding our avenues for communicating weather and safety related changes to our families. Please join me in keeping our fingers crossed for a smooth remainder of this winter! Stay tuned for any news regarding making up lost instructional time due to cancellations.

Remembering the Dream

Today our nation takes time to remember the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is tempting to look back and believe his work is done, but the march of securing and maintaining the rights of all citizens is one that does not stop. Today as you and yours reflect on Dr. King's life, take some time to think of things you can do to help continue this work to empower all citizens in our society.

How Sick is Too Sick for School?

This year I have had a lot of questions around this, especially from parents and guardians focused on supporting good attendance in their students. Although we'd like every student here everyday, in reality students will miss a few days here and there due to illness. Below is a guide to help guide you in deciding if your student is too sick for school.

In general, children are too sick to come to school when:

• They are contagious.
• Their symptoms are serious enough to prevent them from focusing on the tasks they need to do there.

Use this checklist to determine whether to keep your child home from school.
YES       NO
1. Does your child have a fever of 100° or higher?                            ____     ___
2. Has your child vomited two or more times in a 24-hour period?    ____     ___
3. Does your child have diarrhea?                                                     ____     ___
4. Are your child’s eyes crusty, bright red, and/or discharging yellow or green
fluid (conjunctivitis/pink eye)?                                                             ____     ___
5. If your child complains of a sore throat, is it accompanied by fever, headache, stomachache, or swollen glands?                                                       ____    ___
6. If your child complains of a stomachache, is it accompanied by fever, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, sharp pain, and/or hard belly?                               ____    ___
7. Does your child have a persistent, phlegmy cough?                     ____    ___
8. Does your child have lice (white, translucent eggs the size of a pinpoint on the hair or insects on the scalp)?                                                                ____    ___

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please keep your child home from school and consider seeking medical attention. Your child could have a serious or contagious illness. 
Keep your child home until he or she has been symptom free for at least 24 hours or until the doctor indicates that he or she can return to school.
If children have a cold, headache, or stomachache that is not accompanied by fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, they can probably come to school.
If children have a rash, it could be contagious. Please seek medical advice before allowing your child to come to school.
Earaches are not contagious. Children can come to school as long as they can concentrate on their work.
Once your child has been treated for lice, he or she can return to school.

This Week's Happenings:

Monday 1/16/2017:

No School Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday 1/17/2017:

BJVBBX @ Mohawk - 4:00pm, Depart 2:00, Dismiss 1:45 
GVBBX @ Mohawk - 5:30pm, Depart 2:00, Dismiss 1:45
BVBBX @ Mohawk - 7:00pm, Depart 2:00, Dismiss 1:45

Wednesday 1/18/2017

District Board of Directors Monthly Meeting - 5:30 pm in the District Office - Agenda
MSGBBX @ Crow - 4:00pm, Depart 2:00, Dismiss 1:45

Thursday 1/19/2017

BJVBBX v. Eddyville - 4:45pm
BVBBX v. Eddyville - 6:00pm

Friday 1/20/2017

Student Half Day - Teacher Collaboration Day

Saturday 1/21/2017

BJVBBX @ Crow - 4:30pm, Depart 1:30

GVBBX @ Crow - 6:00 pm, Depart 1:30
BVBBX @ Crow - 7:30 pm, Depart 1:30

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