Ella P. Burr Trimester 1 Newsletter School-Wide Title I IS IT THE COLD OR THE FLU? Your child is sent home from school with a sore throat, cough, and high fever — could it be the flu that's been going around? Or just a common cold? Although the flu (or influenza) usually causes symptoms that make someone feel worse than symptoms associated with a common cold, it's not always easy to tell the difference between the two. Flu vs. Colds: A Guide to Symptoms Questions Flu Cold Was the onset of illness ... sudden? slow? Does your child have a ... high fever? no (or mild) fever? Is your child's exhaustion level … severe? mild? Is your child's head ... achy? headache-free? Is your child's appetite ... decreased? normal? Are your child's muscles ... achy? fine? Does your child have ... chills? no chills? If most of your answers fell into the first category, chances are that your child has the flu. If your answers were usually in the second category, it's most likely a cold. But don't be too quick to brush off your child's illness as just another cold. The important thing to remember is that flu symptoms can vary from child to child (and they can change as the illness progresses), so if you suspect the flu, call the doctor. Even doctors often need a test to tell them for sure if a person has the flu or not since the symptoms can be so similar! Some bacterial diseases, like strep throat or pneumonia, also can look like the flu or a cold. It’s important to get medical attention immediately if your child seems to be getting worse, is having any trouble breathing, has a high fever, has a bad headache, has a sore throat, or seems confused. While even healthy kids can have complications of the flu, kids with certain medical conditions are at more of a risk. If you think y our child might have the flu, contact your doctor. Please check out our awesome new school website! You will find daily announcements, upcoming events, information on our staff and programs, and much more. It is a great resource to keep connected to the wonderful things happening here at Ella P. Burr! Go to: www.epbelementary.weebly.com Keep teens reading. Give them books, newspaper articles and magazines about things that interest them – music, movies, TV and computers. Let children count out the change when making a purchase. Reinforce the importance of math in everyday life! Fun websites for supporting education at home: Make every day a learning day. Ask your children to make a shopping list, read recipes together or help them make a www.abcya.com calendar of their weekly activities. www.pbskids.org Newborns benefit from reading too! www.starfall.com Organize a children's book club with friends in your www.mathquarium.com neighborhood www.brainpop.com Pick one night a week to make a regular visit to the library. Quiet, cozy reading spaces are good places for your child to read independently. Family Literacy Tips: From A to Z Remember that children learn by example – if you recognize By: Hamilton Mountain News the importance of reading, your children will too! Encourage literacy in your home and community. Here are Start early! It's never too early to read to your children. some great tips to start everyone on the road to reading. Treat a child to a story a day. Ask your child questions about the story you're reading to ensure comprehension. Use reading time to create a special bond with a child. Book family time to read with your children every day. Volunteer your time. Family literacy groups in your community could use your help with tutoring adults, Create a special reading place in your home, with your reading to children and helping out with administrative child's favorite books within reach. tasks. Donate funds to a literacy cause. Write a letter. Encourage children to read words on TV, street signs, mugs X-ercise your mind! Reading ability is like a muscle, if you and T-shirts. don't exercise it often, you will not maintain the same level of reading ability as you get older. So – "use it or lose it"! Find new stories to read with your children every week. Vary their length and subject matter. You are the key to improving a child's reading ability by placing a high priority on reading in your home. Give your time to read aloud to a child. Zap off the TV - pick up a book instead! Have a child read a book to you. International Literacy Day is held on September 8 every year. Celebrate the day by picking up a book and reading to a child. January 27 is Family Literacy Day in Canada and November 1 in the United States. Find out how to create an event in your corner of the world.
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