Webster PAW PRINTS October 2009 OCTOBER NEWS 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. THANK YOU WAL-MART! 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 Wal-mart! LATE FOR SCHOOL??? 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. STUDENT DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP 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. STANDARDIZED TESTS 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 dates. RED RIBBON WEEK OCT. 19-23 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 RETAKE DAY Group pictures and retakes will be taken on Wednesday, November 11th. Please don’t forget to mark your calendars. PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES Thursday, October 22, 4:00pm-7:30pm Tuesday, October 27, 4:00pm-7:30pm FALL BOOK FAIR 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 www.watertown.k12.wi.us 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 Retriever. 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 environment. 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.