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A Message from Principal Mary Sepler, Oct. 5th

Dear Lowell Family,

We’ve had a great week filled with some walking field trips, gardening, inquiry and fun in the sun at recess.  Let’s cap it off by gathering for our first Family Movie night this Friday!

Movie Night

Our first movie night will be tomorrow Friday, October 6th in the Commons.  We will be showing the recently released SING. Snacks and drinks will be provided and families can visit the Scholastic Book Fair downstairs in A5 just before and during the screening.

Scholastic Book Fair

Get ready for this year’s Wild West Book Fair which opens this Friday during Movie Night. It will be open all next week downstairs in room A5, including during the Student Craft and Bake Sale. Cash, check and credit card are accepted. 50% of the proceeds go back to Lowell. Hours are as follows:

Friday, October 6 – 5:30-7:30 PM Monday, October 9 – 7:30-8:15 AM and 2:00-3:15 PM Tuesday, October 10 – 2:00-3:15 PM Wednesday, October 11 – 7:30-8:15 AM and 2:00-3:15 PM Thursday, October 12 – 12:30-1:15 PM Friday, October 13 – 2:00-3:15 PM Saturday, October 14 – 10 AM-12:00 PM

 

Monday’s PTA Meeting

Monday, October 9th is our next PTA meeting. Join us in the Commons from 6-615PM for coffee and dessert followed by the business portion of our monthly meeting from 6:15-7PM in the library. This month our Superintendent Dr. Baker will be speaking and answering any questions. Childcare and pizza will be provided by the PTA for your kids. Please email president@lowellschoolpta.org if you would like to sign your kids up. I will need their names, grades and ages by the end of the school day–Friday, October 6.

Garden Party and Craft/Bake Sale

We are planning our fall Lowell Garden Work Party for October 14th, overlapping the Craft and Bake sale. We will be in the garden from 11am to 1pm, and will provide all the necessary tools and supplies. We will be mulching paths, adding compost to beds, and generally preparing the garden for the winter. Learn more on our Facebook page, and please feel free to pass this on to your students and their families! Please encourage people to RSVP by contacting Marit Olson, our AmeriCorps Food Educator, marit@commonthreadsfarm.org

Fall Hitch-Hikers

As we welcome back students, sometimes they have less-than-welcome hitch-hikers coming along with them.  Head lice show up on students more often after a long break like summer vacation.  This is because they spread from head to head contact during play or sleep-overs which happen more often in the summer time.  Then they first get noticed in the classroom when students are sitting still and being observed as they do their classroom tasks.

About head lice:

  • Anyone with clean or dirty hair can get head lice.
  • Head lice are common and live on a head for about month before the itching starts, usually the first sign that gets them noticed.  Chances of transferring them to another person are not any higher just because of discovery.  An itchy scalp may continue after treatment.
  • It is less likely for head lice to be passed between students during school time because of the precautions in place to reduce this possibility.  Studies indicate that most (about 90%) head lice cases originate somewhere other than at school.
  • Head lice need to feed frequently and cannot live long if they fall off a head.
  • They do not hop, jump or fly.  They can only crawl, and have unique curved feet for grasping hairs.  They cannot stick or climb up smooth surfaces like other insects.
  •  Nits (eggs) are laid within ¼” of the scalp and will hatch in about 7 days.  Lice treatment products help kill and remove lice but you still must physically remove lice and nits by combing or picking them out.  Nits on hairs that fall off can’t hatch as the warmth of the scalp is needed.

 

What you can do:

  • Check your child about once a month for signs of lice or nits in the hair.
  • Teach them not to share hats, scarves, or hair items and to avoid head-to-head contact.
  • Long hair can be braided or pulled back to reduce accidently brushing against others.
  • If you find head lice or are notified that your child is suspected of having them, do not panic.  They do not carry disease and there are effective ways to get rid of this pest.

What we do if head lice are suspected on a student:

  • Parents/Guardians of the student are called and treatment options are discussed.  The student will be reminded not to share hair items or have head to head contact and can go home as usual at the end of the day.  They should be treated that evening and can return to school the next day, once treated.  In most situations, a student will not need to be absent because of head lice.
  • For communication purposes, if a classroom has two or more students with infestations, other parents at that grade level will be notified that head lice have been an identified at school.  Identities of students are never disclosed in this notification.

If your family is having difficulty getting rid of head lice, or cost of treatment is a problem, please contact your school nurse for help and support.

For more information on how to treat, please see visit the school’s website.  Click on the Family’s tab and scroll down to health information.   More information about head lice and treatment can also be found on the website at www.cdc.gov/lice .

 

May you all have a great rest of the week. See you at the movies!

Mary