Hickory Point Happenings
Week 16 - December 10, 2018
In this edition:
- Second step skills
- Health update
- Trimester reflection
- Importance of school attendance
Second step skills
Dear Hickory Point Parents,
Second Step is the district-adopted social/emotional curriculum to support social competence and reduce social/emotional difficulties. Social/emotional skills are important to a child’s health and development. The foundation for the development of social competence builds upon social skills. This newsletter will focus on three important social skills students that are taught throughout the program. These skills for learning include welcoming, listening and focusing attention.
Hickory Point strives to be a warm and welcoming community. Adults and children alike work to make everyone in our community feel valued. A welcoming community focuses on creating a culture of kindness and acceptance. These skills are modeled by staff and taught throughout the school day.
Another skill integrated throughout the day is listening. Students are taught whole body listening. They learn to listen with their ears, eyes, bodies and brain. They practice a specific way to listen in every lesson. Active listening also promotes the students’ abilities to focus and sustain attention. Primary learners are specifically taught focusing attention skills. Staff use the term “attention scopes” which means they really need to focus in a concrete way. The idea is that our youngest learners have the power to grow their attention and focus to maximize their learning opportunities.
These lessons help children learn social skills through modeling, scenarios, situations, practice and reinforcement. They practice showing care and concern. The Take-Home Letters allow the families to also practice the skill of the lesson. Second Step is a research-based resource which promotes the social skill development of our primary learners. We hope you will support these three skills for learning: welcoming, listening and focusing attention.
For your children,
Mrs. Deely Mrs. Buchanan
Principal Assistant Principal
Update from Mrs. Zimmerman
LICE GUIDELINES - HICKORY POINT SCHOOL
Head lice are tiny, wingless insects that live close to the scalp of the head. An adult louse is the size of a sesame seed. Baby lice (lymph) are smaller. Lice eggs (nits) are teardrop shaped and can be grayish-white in color. Nits attach to the hair shaft, often found around the nape of the neck or behind the ears. Nits can look similar to dandruff but cannot be easily removed or brushed off. Head lice are not dangerous and are not known to transmit disease but they can spread easily. Mass school screening is not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control & Prevention.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF LICE
- Tickling feeling on the scalp or in the hair
- Irritability (lice are more active at night and may interfere with sleeping)
- Sores on the scalp (caused by scratching)
- Nits (lice eggs) will hatch 7-20 days when kept at body temperature
- Nits will not hatch without the blood of a human host
- Lice cannot live off of a human host for more than 24-48 hours
MODE OF TRANSMISSION
- Lice crawl (they do not fly or jump)
- Head-to-head contact with an infested person
- Contact with personal belongings of an infested person (hats, scarves, coats, hair brushes, stuffed animals, towels)
RETURN TO SCHOOL
Please report any cases of lice to Hickory Point. A child may return to school after proper treatment has been given and no live lice have been detected. Please have your child come to the nurse’s office upon their return to Hickory Point.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me
Melanie Zimmerman, RN, BSN
Hickory Point School Nurse
Dear Hickory Point Families,
I cannot believe it is already December! The first trimester has ended and the school year is going fast. I have reflected on the past few months and I am amazed with the talented and collaborative staff. The children are kind, respectful and friendly. They are curious and engaged learners. I feel very connected to the students. I have enjoyed attending the Back to School Social, Halloween and Book Fair. The traditions at Hickory Point are spectacular. I really love Hickory Point. Our theme this year is “Without change there would be no butterflies.” I’m looking forward to the continuous metamorphoses. Have a great week.
Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior and have a better chance of graduating from high school.
When students are absent for fewer days, their grades and reading skills often improve—even among those students who are struggling in school. Students who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to graduate from high school, setting them up for a strong future.
But when kids are absent for an average of just two days of school per month—even when the absences are excused– it can have a negative impact. These absences can affect kids as early as Kindergarten. For example, young elementary school students who miss an average of just two school days per month often have difficulty keeping up with their peers academically and tend to fall behind in reading. But when students are able to read on grade level by the end of third grade, which is when kids transition from learning to read to reading to learn, they are three to four times more likely to graduate high school and attend college, post-graduate, or professional development classes than their peers who struggle with reading. As a parent, you can prepare your child for a lifetime of success by making regular school attendance a priority.
(Absences Add up Campaign 2018)