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Principal's Message: 1/20/20

Dear OHS Families,

I hope you are enjoying the long Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. This day is special in giving us opportunity to think about all Dr. King did to move our country forward, bravely leading people to work for change peacefully. This week, we have several events related to building empathy and social skills that I think Dr. King would appreciate.

On Wednesday, 1/22, at 6:00 pm, we will have a PTA Meeting and Book Talk on the first part (up to page 91) of the book, Unselfie.  The book focuses on the importance of building empathy in children and I think will lead to great discussions about how we can support this development as a home/school team. I want to commend Anmarie Galgano for spearheading this book talk and thank Bridget and Dawn and the PTA for all the support and work to make this possible.  I hope you can join us.

On Thursday, 1/23, we will have our winter concert for the fifth grade strings and fifth grade chorus at 7:00 pm in the APR.  The fifth graders, under the direction of Mrs. Trombley and Mrs. Haskitt, will serenade our students during school and then families in the evening.  The groups are sounding beautiful and it is evidence of their hard work.

On Friday, 1/24, special presenter, Dr. Joseph Demers, will be leading an assembly on social skills for our fourth and fifth grade students.  This is the second year the PTA has supported the presentation.  Last year’s session was hailed by students and teachers alike.  This year, Karla Connors and Missy McGuire were able to schedule it for earlier in the year so students have more opportunities to use the skills at school.  Thank you, Karla and Missy, for organizing this!

My final item to share with you is related to health. We are deep in the season of bugs and illnesses.  We also have students who have medical issues that make them extremely susceptible to sicknesses and the consequence can be life-threatening.  The nurse has included guidelines below to help in determining if your child should attend school or not.  Obviously, we want your child to attend school as frequently as possible but I would prefer that we keep students home when sick rather than stressing over an attendance rate.  It is more important to prevent spreading illnesses and to keep all our students out of danger.  Thank you for following the guidelines daily.

Enjoy the week ahead!

David


A Note from the Nurse:

Please note the following…

If your child has a fever TODAY…they should not be at school tomorrow.

If you have to give Tylenol or Motrin for a fever TODAY…they should stay home from school tomorrow.

If you have to give Tylenol or Motrin in the morning before school “to get them through the day” then they should not go to school.

If your child has vomiting and/or diarrhea TODAY, they should not be at school tomorrow.

Flu season is rampant.

Please, do not send your sick, still recovering from illness, feverish child to school to infect healthy students and staff.

Thank you!