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									                                            Webster PAW PRINTS
                                              October 2009

Thank you to all that attended our open house. It is such a great way to kick off our school year. I also want to
remind you that our Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday, October 22 and Tuesday, October 27.
Look for more information coming home soon! Please make plans to come and discuss your child’s progress with
their teacher.
The Wal-Mart associates picked Webster as the Watertown school of the year. We have been given ten $100 gift
certificats to use this year at Wal-Mart. This will help with the cost of supplies and classroom projects. Thank you
Late arrival to school disrupts your child’s day and that of his/her classmates and teacher. Children should be in their
classrooms by 8:05 each day in order to be marked present and on time. I will contact families after six tardies to
remind them of the importance of being to school on time. If the student continues to be tardy our Truancy Abatement
Officer will be notified to make contact with your family. Unexcused, late or tardy to school may be treated as truancy
when a pattern becomes habitual or excessive.
I want to thank you all for your cooperation during our construction. With everyone’s cooperation, we can assure that
all of our students can enter and exit the school grounds safely each day. We ask that you park on the blacktop in the
marked stalls and avoid parking in the entrance and in the fire lane. Please leave a lane around the outside of the
blacktop area for others to drive out while you are waiting. This will help to keep traffic flowing. Please do not park
in the turn around on 10 th Street before school and after 2:45 p.m. This area is needed for our buses. Please
refrain from bringing your pets to school when dropping off and picking up students. This poses a safety as well as a
personal liability issue. Many students are afraid of certain animals or have allergies.
We are required by state and fedral law to test all students in third, fourth and fifth grade. The testing window starts on
October 26, 2009 and runs until November 27, 2009. Please look for more information from your child’s teacher in
October. Students do not need to study for this type of test. Please try not to make the tests stressful for your children.
To help prepare your children please see that they get plenty of sleep and have a nutritious breakfast during the testing
This week is to promote making positive changes in your life and to promote healthy minds and bodies. To celebrate
Red Ribbon Week Webster School will participate in activities including, a family home activity, cake raffle, popcorn
sale, and POPS Reps delivering special treats to students and staff.
Group pictures and retakes will be taken on Wednesday, November 11th. Please don’t forget to mark your calendars.
Thursday, October 22, 4:00pm-7:30pm
Tuesday, October 27, 4:00pm-7:30pm
Thursday, October 22, 8:00am-8:00pm – Webster Library
Friday, October 23, 8:00am-3:30pm – Webster Library
Tuesday, October 27, 3:00pm-8:00pm-Webster Library

Mr. Brad A. Clark

  Paw Prints is a monthly publication of Webster Elementary School, 634 S 12th Street, Watertown, WI 53094, (920) 262-1490
                                                 Editor: Brad Clark, Principal
Webster PAW PRINTS                          Page 2                    October 2009

                                                         OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS
        POPS NEWS                                        Students:
                                                         October 01   Nathan Peter
                                                         October 01   Adam Rutowski
POPS (Power of Positive Students)                        October 02   Maryann Gudenkauf
                                                         October 03   Ashton Schommer
Reps have been selected for the FIRST                    October 03   Nathaniel Trego
QUARTER. They are:                                       October 04   Jacey Audiffred
Grace Mankins                                            October 04   Miles Wackett
Zach Jaworski                                            October 05   Jabin Rupnow
Trystan Hoof                                             October 09   Lydia Ollarzabal
Emma Polinsky                                            October 10   Brayden Wolter
Lindsey Braatz                                           October 12   Jack Mattke
Gabrial Harmsen                                          October 13   Paige Fanella
Ethan Pauly                                              October 13   Rachel Lewis
Allayah Schlender                                        October 13   Mackenzie Schreiner
Isabelle Day                                             October 14   Brian Frank
Zachery Abel                                             October 14   Chelsea Haines
Olivia Mattke                                            October 14   Alex Lohman
Brody Bachman           POPS Reps                        October 14   Jack Wolff
Phoebe Poff             Meetings:                        October 17   Dylan Dittberner
Hunter Beerbohm         October 5&19                     October 17   Jubilee Stolar
Alex Shane              November 2,16&30                 October 19   Nathan Polensky
Teagan Peterson         January 11                       October 20   Trevor Mengel
Jack Mattke             February 1&22                    October 23   Sabrina Timm
Allison Rein            March 8&22                       October 24   Alex Nickel
Ryan Sellnow            April 12&26                      October 24   Allayah Schlender
Bailey Coughlin         May 3&17                         October 25   Paige Devers
Kayla Goodman                                            October 26   Dylan Hesse
Garrett Radtke                                           October 26   Skylar Pease
Kalin Fischer                                            October 27   Jilynn Johnson
Dylan Dittberner                                         October 27   Gwendolyn Morstatter
Jessica Weber                                            October 27   Benjamin Schmied
Keefe Little                                             October 27   Kiera Shannon
Angel Woodley                                            October 29   Demetria Thomas
Ben Cramer                                               October 29   Donald Williams
Malieha Bodary                                           October 30   Demitra Alexander
Skyler Sheppard                                          October 30   Clarixa Ayala
Jennifer Acosta                                          October 31   Alexia Reals
Even Smothers                                            October 31   Daniel Sarmiento
Hannah Bachman                                           October 31   Dylan Zeck
Cole Nordness                                            Staff:
                                                         October 01   Mr. Nickels
Let’s Meet Another New Webster Staff Member:             October 08   Mrs. Oswald
Hi, my name is Kathy Miers. I was born and raised in
Chicago, IL. I relocated to Wauwatosa, WI in 1972 with
family and then moved to Oconomowoc, WI in 1990
with my husband and four children. One of my favorite
hobbies is cooking. I love to cook and love to try new
recipes. My family and I have two dogs. Olie is a 5
year old Border Collie and Ruby is a 3 year old Golden
  Webster PAW PRINTS                                              Page 3                              October 2009

Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned- that’s the                                Lice Advice continued
                                                                             Do not confuse nits with dandruff or other hair debris, which is
theme of Fire Prevention Week 2009 (October 4 -10), the annual
safety campaign that the National Fire Protection Association                irregularly shaped and is easily brushed off.
(NFPA) has sponsored since 1922. During Fire Prevention Week                 Head lice can be difficult to get rid of. The recommended
                                                                             process is some type of over the counter lice killing shampoo or
emphasis is placed on raising the public’s awareness of fire
                                                                             crème rinse, removal of all nits (eggs), and cleaning the
prevention and safety. Testing the water before putting a child in
the bath may sound like common sense. Wearing short or close-
                                                                             There is some evidence that head lice are becoming more
fitting sleeves when cooking on the stovetop may show foresight.
                                                                             resistant to the chemical treatments (the treatments don’t work as
This and other simple actions may be all it takes to prevent
                                                                             well as they used to) but most health experts recommend them as
devastating burns. Fire Prevention Week 2009 focuses on burn
                                                                             the best way to get rid of head lice.
awareness and prevention, as well as keeping homes safe from
                                                                             Directions need to be followed exactly. Shampoo treatments are
the leading causes of home fires
                                                                             put on dry hair. Crème rinse treatments need to be put on slightly
            Safety Tips for Adults                                          damp hair. With either type of treatment, enough of the product
                                                                             needs to be used to saturate the hair. Do not use a shampoo
Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If
                                                                             containing conditioner prior to either type of treatment--this may
you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
                                                                             cause less absorption of the chemical. Do not rewash the hair for
Keep anything that can catch fire-potholders, oven mitts, wooden
utensils, paper or plastic bags-away from your stovetop.                     1-2 days after treatment. The treatment needs to be repeated in 7
Wear short, close fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose     days. You do not need to treat family members who don’t have
clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire.                       lice but keep checking them regularly.
Keep lamps, light fixtures, and light bulbs away from anything that         Some people have tried non chemical methods with some
can burn, such as lamp shades, bedding, curtains, and clothing.              success. The most common one is a type of product such as olive
Replace cracked and damaged electrical cords.                               oil that “smothers” the lice long enough to comb them out. The
Use extension cords for temporary wiring only and use them safely           oil needs to be kept on the hair long enough (6-8 hours) to slow
(not under carpets or across walking areas).                                 them down, the hair needs to be thoroughly combed while the oil
Keep the clothes dryer vent and filter clean (no lint build-up).            is still in it to remove lice and nits, and the treatment needs to be
Have the furnace inspected every year.                                      done on a regular basis (every 4th day for 3 weeks). Never use
Have the chimney inspected and cleaned every year.                          kerosene or gasoline as these can be very dangerous.
Keep candles at least 12 inches from anything that can burn.                It is best to remove all nits with any type of treatment. Nit combs
Use sturdy, safe candleholders.                                             are helpful and metal ones seem to work better than plastic ones.
Never leave a burning candle unattended. Blow out candles when you          You can also pull nits off the hair strand with fingernails.
leave a room.
                                                                             Natural light or a strong lamp is needed to see them. Please
Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
                                                                             check your child daily for several weeks after treatment and
Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
Reproduced from NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week Web site,                        remove any nits that were missed.
www.nfpa.org. 2008 NFPA                                                     Cleaning is the last step. Vacuum carpets and upholstered
                                                                             furniture and car seats. Wash clothing and bed linens that have
                                                                             been worn in the last two days in hot (130 degrees) water and dry
LICE ADVICE                                                                  in a hot dryer for at least 20 minutes. Combs and brushes can be
Head lice have been around since ancient times and will probably             soaked in Lysol or rubbing alcohol for one hour or washed in
always be around! They are tiny insects that like to live on                 soap and hot (130 degrees) water. Do not use lice sprays--they
human heads. They are not dangerous and don’t carry diseases.                may expose your family to dangerous chemicals.
Head lice have nothing to do with how clean a child is or how                If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at
clean your home is. The main way to get head lice is through                 262-1460, or the Public Health Department at 262-8090, or
head to head contact with someone who has them. They are less                consult your family physician. Please contact me or the school
easily transmitted by sharing clothing, hats, combs, brushes and             your child attends for more detailed instruction sheets on
bedding. Head lice do not jump or fly, and pets do not carry                 treatment. Parents and schools need to work together on this very
them. They die off a human host within 24 hours. We have never               frustrating problem.
had a large number of students with them but most schools have               Janice Rambo RN-District School Nurse
a few students every year unlucky enough to get them. You will
receive a note if someone in your child’s grade has head lice.
Please let us know if you discover head lice on your child so that
we can alert other parents. We never share names so don’t be
afraid to call us.
Please check your child regularly for them. Lice are reddish-
brown wingless insects. Their eggs (nits) are grayish-white,
always oval shaped, and are glued at an angle to the side of the
hair shaft.

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