Fleming Flyer: A Weekly Newsletter
Fleming Flyer 10/13/17Posted by Jillian Aldrich at 10/13/2017 2:00:00 PM
Fleming Flyer 10/6/17
Please Note: In effort to be more Green this year, we are going to distribute the Fleming Flyer solely by Email and on our our website (EWSD.org/fle). We understand that this method may not work for everyone. .. it would be better for your family to continue to receive a paper copy, please contact the office, and we would gladly do this for you.
Notes from the Health Office:
It’s flu season, and school is a place where germs are shared generously among students, teachers and school staff. The single best way to protect your entire family against flu is for all people aged six months and older to get an influenza vaccine each year. Young children are among those at higher risk of flu complications. Every year thousands of children younger than age five are hospitalized because of flu illness, and while it is rare, some children die from flu each year. A recent study published in the medical journal Pediatrics is the first of its kind to show that flu vaccination significantly reduced a child’s risk of dying from the illness. The study looked at data from four flu seasons between 2010 and 2014, and found that flu vaccination reduced the risk of flu-associated death by nearly two-thirds (65 percent) among healthy children, and by half (51 percent) among children with underlying high-risk medical conditions. Therefore, children, parents and school staff should be vaccinated in the Fall, preferably by the end of October because it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against flu.
It is especially important for household contacts and caregivers of those with a higher risk for flu-related complications (children <5 years and adults ≥ 50 years) to be vaccinated.
In addition to the flu shot, you can encourage the following precautions to help stop the spread of germs:
- Keep kids home when they’re sick. And try to avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away after use and wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve, not your hands.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
Both children and adults can get vaccinated at their health care providers’ office. Adults can also be vaccinated at public clinics (check the schedule for a clinic near you) or at pharmacies around the state.
A Note from the Tween Center:
You're Invited to Essex CHIPS Open House!
Want to learn more about mentoring? Ever wonder what happens at the Essex Teen Center? How about all of our amazing prevention initiatives happening in the community? Come to our Open House October 26th 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the Essex Teen Center, 2 Lincoln Street above the Village Offices. There will be refreshments, crafts, and more!
4th Grade 26th Annual Egg Drop
Thank you for all that attended and participated in helping a student with their creations for the 26th annual Egg Drop. We couldn’t have asked for a better day! Pictures can be found on our website EWSD.ORG/FLE or the EWSD Facebook page, which can be found, by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/pg/essexwestford/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1973206829615763
EWSD to Test Its Emergency Notification System
on October 18
The Essex Westford School District (EWSD) utilizes an automated emergency calling system that is currently intended only for emergencies, such as an unscheduled early release or a school closing.
An annual test of this system is scheduled for Wednesday, October 18 at 10 a.m. At that time, families will receive a brief message from the system based upon contact information provided to the schools. The system will contact families via email, primary phone numbers and secondary phone numbers.
If you do not receive a message and you feel you should have, please contact your child’s school to confirm that your contact information is correct by calling 878-1381 or emailing Jillian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you receive the message in error, please contact EWSD Communications Coordinator Ben Dickie (email@example.com) to be removed from the list.
A Note from Our Local Boy Scout Troop:
The Boy Scout Troop 624 and Venture Crew 6689 are running a Pumpkin Patch at the First congregational Church of Essex Junction, 39 main street. Starting Monday, Oct 2nd until the end of the month. The hours are 4 to 8 Mon thru Fri, Saturday from 10 to 6 and Sunday from 10 to 8.
- October 19th No School Parent-Teacher Conferences
- October 20 Non School Day
- November 20th-24 No School
Bullying and Harassment Protocol
We are committed to providing all of our students and staff with a safe and supportive school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with respect. It is the policy of EWSD to prohibit the unlawful harassment, hazing and bullying of students. Fleming School/EWSD shall address all complaints of harassment, hazing and bullying and shall take appropriate action.
The following employees of Thomas Fleming School have been designated to receive complaints of bullying, hazing, and/or harassment:
- Amy Bigelow (firstname.lastname@example.org), Guidance Counselor
- Jeffrey Guilmette (email@example.com), Classroom Teacher
- David Davidson (firstname.lastname@example.org), Technology Specialist (if it is technology-related)
- Daniel Ryan (email@example.com) School Principal
Fleming School Mission Statement:
Provide an education, which challenges, nurtures, and supports each learner as a whole person and offers them broad opportunities to engage in learning in a creative, safe, healthy, and equitable learning community.